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Academic Affairs News

The news items below are sorted by date published (newest at the top). The Division of Academic Affairs also puts out a periodic newsletter, Acmes and Accolades.

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Accelerated Master's Degree Partnership with Claremont Graduate U.

The SUNY Geneseo Department of History has entered into an agreement with Claremont Graduate University (CGU) to offer an accelerated bachelor's-to-master's program in history or cultural studies with a concentration in museum studies.

ssor of communication Lee Pierce performing stand-up
Teaching Stand-up Comedy Is No Joke

Assistant professor of communication Lee Pierce teaches a combination of comedy and social commentary in her course The Rhetoric of Stand-up.

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Intersession has More Courses, More Seats, and More Diverse Topics

For the third year, Geneseo’s popular intersession term is expanding to include additional offerings of online courses for winter break.

Sturges Hall in fall.
Students Present at COPLAC Conference

Eight SUNY Geneseo students participated in this year's virtual Council of Public Liberal Arts College's Northeast Regional Undergraduate Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity conference.

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College Names Its First PRODiG Fellow

SUNY Geneseo has named Bruno Renero-Hannan as its first SUNY PRODiG Fellow (Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Growth). He'll serve as a visiting scholar in the anthropology department.

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Bud Welter ’73: The "Senior" Senior

A full 47 years after leaving SUNY Geneseo one course short of his degree, Andre “Bud” Welter ’73 will graduate in May with a bachelor’s in geological sciences.

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Geneseo Geologist Helps Discover Marsquakes

The InSight mission to Mars has completed its first Earth year of observations. The results were published as a set of six papers in Nature journals. The papers show that Mars is seismically active and reveal information about its complex atmosphere, magnetic field and geology. SUNY Geneseo Assistant Professor Nicholas Warner is a co-author on two of the papers that detail the discovery of quakes on Mars—marsquakes—and describe the alien landscape at the landing site.

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Geneseo Adds Sociomedical Sciences Major

The Department of Anthropology at SUNY Geneseo is introducing a new major for undergraduate students interested in the social determinants of disease and health. The sociomedical sciences major examines the correlation between trends in health and its social causes, including social inequality and structural inequities.

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Dance Ensemble Performs Dancing to Defy Limits

SUNY Geneseo’s Department of Theatre and Dance Studies presents the Geneseo Dance Ensemble in Dancing to Defy Limits. The program will be presented in the Alice Austin Theatre, William A. Brodie Hall, on the Geneseo campus on November 21–23 at 7:30 p.m. and November 24 at 2 p.m. The performances are open to the public and free parking is available. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the Student Association Ticket Office or online at

A Q&A with Jason Ozubko: 'I Study Human Memory'

Assistant Professor Jason Ozubko runs the Human Cognition and Memory Lab at SUNY Geneseo. Ozubko, a faculty member in the Department of Psychology, was recently awarded a grant from the National Institute on Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to study spatial memory using Google Street View. The project, which is aided by undergraduate researchers, is in its second year.

Irene Belyakov-Goodman, Andrea Klein, Melanie Medeiros
Academic Affairs Honors Five with Annual Awards

The Division of Academic Affairs honored five employees on October 21 with its Awards for Outstanding Commitment to Geneseo’s Values. Provost Stacey Robertson recognized recipients at the division’s annual Fall Festival where faculty and staff celebrated their colleagues’ accomplishments.

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Online and Study Abroad Intersession Courses Expanded for 2020

Geneseo’s successful enhanced intersession term is expanded this year with additional offerings of online and study abroad courses for winter break. The term, which runs December 30, 2019–January 21, 2020, allows students to earn credits in the interval between fall and spring terms.