Parent Newsletter: November 2017

From the Beautiful Valley: News for SUNY Geneseo Families

South Hall steeple

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is less than a week away—the fall semester has flown by. As we begin to prepare for the break, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on the many gifts SUNY Geneseo have been afforded and the people who are part of our great community.

I am thankful for the trust that each of you has put in the faculty and staff of the College. You have entrusted us with guiding and nurturing your sons and daughters to become responsible, active and impassioned leaders. Each of you has made and continues to make sacrifices and provide the support needed for our students to succeed at Geneseo.

I am thankful for the faculty and staff who care deeply about the success of your sons and daughters. They are dedicated individuals who spend every day assisting and challenging your student to develop into mature and caring community members.

And I am thankful that together, we ensure that your student’s experience at Geneseo continues to be one that is filled with opportunities, intellectual engagements and the stuff that becomes long-lasting memories.     

I wish you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday.


Lenny Sancilio
Dean of Students and Director of the Center for Community
(585) 245-5706

News and Accolades


Student Gabrielle Cicio studied abroad at the University of Groningen, Netherlands, this past spring. On a trip to Paris, Gabrielle took the photo above from the top of the Notre Dame Cathedral. 

Residence Hall Closing Dates

Our residence halls will be closing for the Thanksgiving break at 10  a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22. Students will not be permitted back into the building until 10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 26.

Students can leave most of their belongings in their rooms over the breaks but they should take all valuable items home with them, including their passport, ID, phone, laptop and chargers.  Remind your child to also remember to bring their license and keys and any necessary clothing, toiletries, medication and glasses or contact lenses. Students should also grab any books they may need for papers or studying.

Before students leave, they should:

1) Empty trash bins
2) Unplug everything except for fish tanks and refrigerators
3) Close windows — both the storm windows and interior windows — and blinds
4) Leave the sign-out sheet on the outside of their door
6) Sign the sheet on their door when they leave (but not before).

Residence halls will be closing for winter break at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20, reopening at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan.  13.

If your student needs special accommodations during Thanksgiving or winter break, please have them contact their area coordinator, residence director or the Office of Student Life.

Questions? Visit the Student Life website, send an email to or call (585) 245-5851.

Transportation Options

Geneseo students have options for bus transportation each break, including:

  • RTS’s Break Shuttle is free with college ID, but space is limited so advance sign-up through Parking & Transportation is required. Questions? Contact Livingston Area Transportation Service (LATS) dispatch: (585) 658-4690.
  • SA’s Break Shuttle is free with college ID. Space is limited, so advance sign-up through the Student Association ticket office is required. For more information, visit the Vacation Shuttle Service website.
  • College Express Bus is coordinated and sponsored by the Student Association to the Albany/White Plains and NYC/LI areas. For specific stop locations and bus information, please visit the SA ticket office’s  Vacation Bus Program website, the College Express website or call them at (631) 588-8790.
  • Trailways New York is not free, but student discounts may be available via the local ticket office at Sundance Books at 106 Main Street. Contact Sundance Books at (585) 243-2250 or Trailways at (800) 295-5555 for more  information.
  • RTS: Gen-Roc Weekend Service is free with college ID and runs to the Greater Rochester International airport, Trailways bus terminal, and the Amtrak station. Visit the Geneseo-Rochester Weekend Service website for the most up-to-date schedule . This option does not run during the regular business week and on certain weekends. Refer to the bus schedules page for a list of service dates, or call Livingston Area Transportation Service (LATS) dispatch: (585) 658-4690.

For more information, visit the websites provided or the break-planning website.

Giving Back

Student serving food

This month's biannual Gumbo to Go fundraiser broke records by raising over $2,500 for Livingston CARES trips to disaster relief areas. 

Livingston CARES, Geneseo’s non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to assisting communities and individuals through humanitarian projects, is offering several service week trips in 2018. Opportunities include:

Jan. 7-13: Houston, TX; Tampa, Florida
Mar. 10-16: Houston, TX; Tampa, Florida; Puerto Rico
Mar.  11-17: Brooklyn, NY
May 13-19: Houston, TX; Tampa, Florida; Puerto Rico; Biloxi, MS.

Projects will include tasks such as the remediation of flood-damaged homes and community service initiatives.

Other service trips include:

Mar: 10-17: Give Kids The World in Orlando, FL

Academic service learning credit is an option for the service trips. Some financial assistance to participate in the service trips is available.

Questions? Visit the Livingston CARES website, email Tom Matthews, associate director of leadership and service, or call (585) 245-5857.

Graduate Programs

It’s not too late for students to apply to Geneseo’s graduate programs in education. The spring 2018 semester begins Tuesday, Jan. 16. Academic achievement scholarships that range in value from $1,000 to $2,500 are available to new students. Best of all, there's no additional scholarship application. Students can simply submit their admissions application and we'll automatically determine scholarship eligibility.

Questions? Email or call (585) 245-5040.

Career Planning Over Break

Career planning doesn’t need to stop during the break. Here’s how students can maximize the winter break to keep their career goals on track.

  • Take advantage of holiday sales to expand a closet of professional business attire and prepare for interviews and career-related events.
  • Start the search for summer jobs or internships. Use the Career Development website as a source as well as KnightJobs and other sites such as,, etc.
  • Encourage students to shadow a professional in their field of interest. This is a good introduction to a profession and it looks great on a resume, too.
  • Have them utilize the free time by attending networking events or career fairs.
  • Think spring: The spring 2018 semester brings many great events hosted by the Department of Career Development. Students should mark their calendars for two featured events: The Etiquette Dinner on March 6, and the Professional Job and Internship Fair on March 21, both of which require professional business attire.

Questions or to schedule an appointment? Email the Career Development Office or call  (585)245-5721.



Is your student interested in getting “a taste” of a particular job or industry? Have them check out Geneseo’s Externship Program, which taps the College’s robust alumni network to provide students with a range of opportunities to shadow an experienced professional in his or her place of work. Students will be able to explore potential career paths while building professional networks and gaining first-hand experience.

Geneseo’s next externship opportunity will take place March 10-14, 2018, in Boston, MA. Participants will attend several group visits with alumni, panel discussions and a networking event. Students can apply online. Deadline is Dec. 1.

Questions? Visit the Externship website or contact Michelle Worden, associate director of alumni relations.

On-Campus Living

Geneseo’s residence halls and living learning communities (LLC) are more than just places to live. They are unique communities full of resources, support, convenient services, events and fellow Knights. Most importantly, they're environments built for your student’s success. Over the next few issues of the parent newsletter, we’ll explore some of the places that serve to enrich your son or daughter’s Geneseo experience.   

Get to Know Dante House

Dante House is an all-first year living learning community (LLC) located in Wayne Hall. It is Geneseo’s first LLC, established in 2008, and focuses on the themes of civic engagement and global citizenship. There are 90 students in the community, including the first year Edgar Fellows and five residential fellows that work directly with the community: Wes Kennison (study abroad, English, languages and literature), Glenn McClure (English), Samuel Cardamone (study abroad) and Anne Eisenberg (sociology).

Each year, the residential fellows and student life professionals choose a theme for the year. This year that theme is global and civic engagement. Wayne Hall hosts a dinner series in which fellows speak on the theme from the perspective of their academic discipline and experiences. The talks lead up to a spring service project that is chosen by the residents. Dante House provides a unique opportunity for students to engage with each other, faculty members, and the community over common interests and expands their knowledge with a self-directed application of that knowledge.  

Tess Lavigne ‘21 is a Dante House resident and a member of the women’s lacrosse team.

Q: Why did you choose to live in Dante House?

A: I stayed in Wayne Hall during my overnight visit to Geneseo during my senior of high school. I was drawn to the work ethic of the students and how smart they were. I grew an appreciation for how smart students could be total goofballs. I also valued the small size of the hall because everyone knows each other. I picked Geneseo because it is a college town and I was excited to get involved in service in the community.

Q: What service-related activities have you done at Geneseo so far?

A: I participated in the Knight’s Day of Service. I scrubbed headstones in the Temple Hill Cemetery.  Over 7000 headstones are unreadable. We scrubbed 150 in five hours! I also raked leaves with the women’s lacrosse team and participated with Empty Bowls in Rochester.

Q: What role has Dante House played in your first semester?

A: My area resident director was also my orientation advisor. I was so excited to see him when I moved in. To make more friends, I joined the hall council that day I moved in. We’re all so busy — I wanted to be sure I saw people outside of their rooms. I was elected to the recognition coordinator position and immediately created a “Humans of Wayne” Instagram campaign to recognize the individual stories within the hall.

Q: What are you excited about in the coming semester?

A: I’m excited to do random things that get me out in the community to help out.

For more information, visit the Wayne Hall’s Dante website.

Intercollegiate Athletics Updates

Women's soccer

It has a been a tremendous season for our fall teams. Four squads won SUNYAC Championships, and three teams are still competing in their respective NCAA Championship postseasons.

Women's Soccer

Cross Country

Women's Tennis

Women’s Volleyball

Volunteer Efforts

Upcoming Athletics Events

  • Nov. 18: Women’s Soccer vs. Johns Hopkins (NCAA Tourn. 3rd Round - Williams, Mass.)
  • Nov. 18: NCAA Cross Country Championships (Elsah, Ill. - hosted by Principia)
  • Dec. 1: Men’s Ice Hockey vs. Oswego (Teddy Bear Toss)

For all the latest athletic results, check out the GeneseoKnights website  or download the Geneseo Knights Front Row App to have stats and updates delivered directly to your mobile device.

Keeping Healthy

If your student hasn’t done so already, encourage them to get a flu shot during the break.

Visiting Geneseo?

If you’re planning a visit to Geneseo, be sure to checkout the Village of Geneseo’s calendar of events for a list of regional activities, programs and festivals. For instance, if you’re town this weekend, stop by the Artful Holidays fine arts and crafts sale, scheduled for Nov. 17-18 in Mount Morris.  

Visit our website for area accommodation and dining options and other resources.

Important Dates

View the Academic Calendar (now available as a Google Calendar).

  • Nov. 22–24: Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 11: Last day of classes
  • Dec. 13–19: Final exams
  • Dec. 20: Residence halls close t 10 a.m.


  • Jan. 13: Residence halls reopen at 10 a.m.  
  • Jan. 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—no classes, halls remain open
  • Jan. 16: Classes begin
  • Feb. 16–18: Siblings Weekend
  • Mar. 6: Etiquette Dinner
  • Mar. 21: Professional Job and Internship Fair

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