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October 2012


In This Issue
Parents Weekend 2012
Career Services Introduces Winter Break Shadow Program
First Knights Day of Service a Success!
Keeping in Touch with Your Student
Externship 2013 Heads to Washington D.C.
College Enforces Underage Drinking and Hazing Policies

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Have you registered for Parents Weekend?  
October 19-20, 2012

Parent AnimotoNearly 500 families will visit campus to enjoy time with their children, meet their students' friends and faculty and experience first-hand daily life on Geneseo's beautiful campus.

We hope to see you at all of the special events we have arranged for parents and students. Registration is open until October 14 -- register today!


We look forward to seeing you at Parents Weekend! 

Be Part of Career Development's Winter Break Shadow Program    

Geneseo's first annual Winter Break Alumni/Parent Shadow Program will offer Geneseo alumni and parents a chance to become involved with current students in a way that can make a significant and meaningful impact on a student's career path!

By volunteering to be a Shadow Program host, you'll provide a Geneseo student with a critical opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of your field. We're hoping that you'll help make this initiative a successful event by welcoming a student-shadow for a day, a week, or other period of time you're willing to offer, between January 14 and January 18, 2013.

Once we have identified all potential shadow sponsors, students will indicate their preferred shadowing experience and the Office of Career Development will coordinate the initial contact between individual students and shadow hosts, after which each matched pair will communicate directly.

Look for an email in the near future with more information and a participation form that you can fill out and submit to volunteer your time as a shadow sponsor!  We hope you will be part of this exciting new experience!

Students Volunteer for First Knights Day of Service    

First Knight Day of Service
Students and Volunteers Wash and Wax Fire Trucks

Geneseo is proud of its strong tradition of giving back to the community. On Sept. 15, 215 freshmen and transfer students and volunteer group leaders started the semester by lending a helping hand in five communities. 

Students worked at a total of 23 sites in Avon, Lakeville, Mt. Morris, Leicester, Pavilion and Geneseo.   Projects included assistance in rebuilding the crumbling stone wall that surrounds the historic Wadsworth Homestead in the Geneseo village; washing and waxing fire trucks; painting at the Central Presbyterian Church and the Farm Discovery Center; working at the H.O.R.S.E Rescue Center; clearing brush at two community parks and at the Interfaith Center; helping with mailing projects at the Livingston County Historical Society; and playing games and entertaining senior citizens. 

View a gallery of the day's efforts.   

Keeping in Touch with Your Student -- How Technology has Affected Connectivity


Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, text, email -- which is your favorite way to reach out to your son or daughter? Once a month, once each week or ten times a day, how often do you communicate with your student? It seems that technology has increased the amount of times students are interacting with parents each day. Providing counsel, a shoulder to cry on or an anecdote from home, parents are far more connected to students through phones and computers than at any other time.   

Understanding how to be involved, yet not over-involved can be challenging. Take cues from your student as to how much is too much, teach them to advocate for themselves and respect their privacy. Not every student wants parents "liking" pictures or making public comments on their Facebook or Instagram accounts, but most enjoy a quick text to check-in throughout the week so they can share their successes and discuss challenges. Listen to NPR's latest story on the trend and check out the resources Geneseo's Health and Counseling Center offers for assisting your student with topics from studying to alcohol and test anxiety. 


The Geneseo Alumni Association presents Externship 2013 - Washington, D.C.  

Saturday, March 16 - Friday, March 22, 2013    

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2012 Boston Externship Group/Alumni

The Externship is a career exploration program for current Geneseo students. A group of 14 Geneseo students will be  selected to spend the week of Spring Break in Washington, D.C. interacting with alumni and participating in an array of career-related and social activities.


As selected Externs, students have the opportunity to learn from Geneseo Alumni and Parents who have excelled in various professional careers in D.C. If you would like to host a student for 2-3 hours to discuss your career path, please contact Michelle Worden, Alumni Relations, by email ( or at (585) 245-5506.


The program is open to all students and applications are due October 12, 2012. Encourage your student to apply to this beneficial program through the online application.

College Enforces Underage Drinking and Hazing Policies   


Geneseo continues to reinforce its strict anti-hazing policies in light of an alleged incident Sept. 2 resulting in the cancellation of the women's intercollegiate volleyball season.


Robert Bonfiglio, vice president for student and campus life, said while the consequences for the volleyball team are stern, the college is looking at the situation as a teachable moment. Geneseo has a long history of thoroughly educating all students about campus policies regarding hazing and alcohol consumption.


"We take underage drinking and hazing very seriously," said Bonfiglio. "Every Geneseo student is expected to comply with our Student Code of Conduct and the law, and each student-athlete at Geneseo is expected to uphold the Intercollegiate Athletics Code of Conduct."


Bonfiglio emphasized that while hazing remains a widespread problem in higher education, the college has a comprehensive approach to educating students about hazing prevention that includes presentations during the college's annual Weeks of Welcome for new students; during the annual mandatory meetings for all student-athletes; as part of the mandatory educational programs for all students interested in joining fraternities and sororities; and at many other student gatherings during the year.