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 August 2012


In This Issue
Parents Weekend 2012
Welcome Class of 2016
Geneseo on Princeton Review's List of Best Colleges
Letting Go--Coping with Leaving Your Student at College
Faculty and Staff Recognized for Excellence

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Share in the Fun and Enjoyment of Parents Weekend 
October 19-20, 2012 

Parents Weekend Dinner

Parents Weekend provides a unique opportunity to experience a taste of campus life with your sons and daughters. From faculty lectures to theater performances to sporting and musical events, there's an activity sure to interest everyone.


In addition to spending time with your family, you'll have opportunities throughout the weekend to meet ours - the dedicated faculty members and staff committed to helping your student succeed. What's more, President Christopher C. Dahl will provide an update on campus events and future plans that continue to attract the best and brightest students to Geneseo.  

In the course of two days, we're certain you'll get a sense of what it's like to be a Geneseo student -- intense, stimulating and challenging -- yet fun! We are proud of our Geneseo community and thrilled to share it with you and your student.

We look forward to seeing you at Parents Weekend!

Geneseo Welcomes the Class of 2016     


gunitThe start of a new academic year is always an exciting time on a college campus.  There are new people to meet, new opportunities to explore, current relationships to strengthen, past successes to build upon, and additional knowledge to acquire. Each fall, members of the incoming class are invited to create the "G-Unit" photo.  Take a behind-the-scenes look at how the image comes together -- maybe you will see someone you know!   

Weeks of Welcome (WOW) is a series of events and activities with the common goal of welcoming students to Geneseo. It is the official start of a new academic year and it is a transitional time when students become acclimated to the campus community and prepare for their academic endeavors.

Active involvement in Weeks of Welcome is one of the important ways in which new students can start to become part of the Geneseo experience. The activities offered help to increase personal connections with other students, faculty and staff and to promote a sense of belonging. Attending events and activities during Weeks of Welcome is the best way to begin getting the most out of the academic year. 


Geneseo on the Princeton Review's Best Colleges List for 2013  


Prinecton Review The Princeton Review has named SUNY Geneseo one of the best institutions in the country for undergraduate education in the 2013 edition of its annual guide, "The Best 377 Colleges." Geneseo has been on the list for several years.

About 15 percent of America's approximately 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the book, The Princeton Review's flagship college guide. It includes detailed profiles of the colleges with rating scores for all schools in eight categories, plus ranking lists of top-20 schools in the book in 62 categories based on the surveys of students attending the colleges.   

"We commend SUNY Geneseo for its outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book," said Robert Franek, the publication's publisher and author. "Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and 30-member National College Counselor Advisory Board. We also work to keep a wide representation of colleges in the book by region, size, selectivity and character."  read more 


Letting Go--Coping with Leaving Your Student at College   


move inFor many parents, the thought of dropping off their son or daughter at college can be anxiety-provoking. Sometimes it's more difficult when the first (or last!) child leaves the nest, but often, there are other factors involved causing anxiety -- a student who has never been away from home, a teen who has had some health issues, etc. Here are a few things that you can do to facilitate this transition:

  • Become familiar with on-campus resources. Obtaining information can help to reduce anxiety, so if you have questions, ask them!
  • Discuss expectations with your student. Address whatever issues are important to you, such as grades, money, and communication. Allow your son or daughter to share his/her opinions so that you can come to mutual agreement.
  • Visit the Counseling Services Faculty, Staff, & Parent Information web page for resources on assisting with mental health issues while your student is at college. Also, keep informed of important updates by "liking" the Health & Counseling Facebook page.
SUNY Chancellor Honors Excellence Among Geneseo Faculty and Staff

SUNY LOGO Four SUNY Geneseo faculty members, two from the college's professional staff and a classified service member are among the recipients of Chancellor's Awards for Excellence for the 2011-12 academic year. The awards are SUNY system-level honors to provide recognition for consistently superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence. The chancellor presents the awards annually to faculty and staff in six categories:  teaching; faculty service; scholarship and creative activities; professional service; librarianship; and classified service.

Receiving Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Teaching are Alice Rutkowski, associate professor of English, and Shuo Chen, associate professor of business. Tony Macula, associate professor of mathematics, received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities. Ken Kallio, associate professor of psychology, received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.  Calvin Gantt, director of Geneseo's Access Opportunity Program (AOP), and Becky Lewis, assistant provost for international programs, both received a Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Professional Service.  The Chancellor's Award for Classified Service was awarded to Donna Gerould, agency program aide in the Department of Athletics and Recreation. read more