President's Report to Parents


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President Christopher C. Dahl provided an update on SUNY Geneseo's initiatives to families during parents weekend 2012.

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President's Report to Parents

  1. 1. Shaping Lives of Purpose Through Transformational Learning
  2. 2. The Class of 2016• 9,116 applications• 1,018 enrolled• Mean high school average: 94• 58% in top ten• Mean SAT – critical reading + math: 1333• International and diverse class
  3. 3. Our PromiseGeneseo is committedto providing a liberal andliberating education thattransforms students’ lives.
  4. 4. Our Mission• ―… to develop socially responsible citizens with skills and values important to the pursuit of an enriched life and success in the world.‖• More than 55,000 alumni across the country, around the world
  5. 5. Middle States Reaccreditation: “Significant Accomplishments”• Moving the mission forward by adopting activities that promote transformational learning• Focus and strength of Student and Campus Life
  6. 6. Our Passion• Transformational learning: experiences that integrate academic learning, civic engagement and personal/social development to educate the whole student.• High impact learning enhances students’ cognitive powers, emotional well-being and civic development.
  7. 7. High Impact Practices• Engage students in knowledge about a changing world - study abroad programs in 20 countries - summer international study in Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, including Rome, Athens, Siena, Peru, Ghana, China, Nicaragua and more - 400 students (2011-12)
  8. 8. High Impact Practices• Provide opportunities for students’ individual growth and development - GOLD Program (Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development)
  9. 9. High Impact Practices• Empower students to combine their knowledge and individual growth in the service of community
  10. 10. High Impact Learning Experiences at Geneseo• First-year seminars• Service learning and community-based learning• Learning communities – Dante House (2008) – Writers House (2009) – Eco House (2010)• Study abroad
  11. 11. High Impact Learning Experiences at Geneseo• Internships• Senior theses• Capstone courses• Critical skills and writing- intensive seminars
  12. 12. High Impact Learning Experiences at Geneseo• Undergraduate research - publication and presentation with faculty - physical and social sciences - GREAT Day 2012 (Geneseo Recognizing Excellence and Talent): 900 student participants
  13. 13. High Impact Learning Experiences at Geneseo• Extreme learning courses: - experiential community-based learning - academic study - service to the community - ―… a lot of people come here and leave and never learn about where they just were.‖ – Tobias Scott-Killian ’13, geography
  14. 14. Our Innovation• The Center for Inquiry, Discovery and Leadership• Nine student ambassadors; $5,000 stipends (endowed Ambassadorships)• Scholarly and creative pursuits: life-changing and transformational
  15. 15. Center for Inquiry, Discovery and Leadership Ambassadorships• The James Houston ’80 Ambassador in Innovation• The Frank Vafier ’74 Ambassador in Leadership (2)• The Edward Pettinella ’73 Ambassador in Business• The James N. Leary ’75 Ambassador in Leadership
  16. 16. Center for Inquiry, Discovery and Leadership Ambassadorships• The John A. ’87 and Mary Grace ’84 Gleason Ambassador in Student Affairs• The Gerard Gouvernet Ambassador in French Language and Culture• The Community Advocates Ambassador in Community Engagement• The Provost’s Ambassador in Diversity
  17. 17. Shaping Lives of Purpose: In Their Own Words• Melissa Graham ’13 (Orchard Park, N.Y.) - Community Advocates Ambassador - Biology major; environmental studies and psychology minor - Co-captain, women’s basketball - RA, Ontario Hall
  18. 18. Shaping Lives of Purpose: In Their Own Words• Thomas Decker ’14 (White Plains, N.Y.) - Business Administration major - Point guard, men’s basketball - Finance Club - Geneseo Knights Community Service
  19. 19. Shaping Lives of Purpose: In Their Own Words• Nicole Coriddi ’13 (Rochester, N.Y.) - Accounting major - Intern, Elizabeth Arden - President, Phi Kappa Pi sorority (Clio) - Accounting Society - GOLD program - Study abroad: Greece and Italy• Geneseo parent Stephen Smith (Aaron Smith ’14), CFO and senior executive vice president, Elizabeth Arden
  20. 20. Shaping Lives of Purpose: In Their Own Words• Brent Sanderson ’13 (Fairport, N.Y.) - Undergraduate research: North Atlantic starfish and Conesus Lake — Biology Professor Sid Bosch - Biology major; pre-med concentration - Geneseo First Response; team leader, GOLD mentor staff
  21. 21. Transforming the Campus
  22. 22. Active Construction Projects• Most activity in four decades• Money from the State University Construction Fund• Academic and student life improvements
  23. 23. Monroe Residence Hall• Major reconstruction for new up- to-date residential living• New energy efficient windows, centrally located elevator and outside patio• New floorings and ceilings; bathroom and bedroom upgrades• Completion: January 2013
  24. 24. Athletic Stadium• New home for Geneseo Knights field sports – men’s/women’s lacrosse and soccer, women’s field hockey plus intramurals• 2,000-seat, lighted stadium; two synthetic turf fields; press box and VIP suite; spectator and athletic support buildings• Catalyst for student activity/traditions• Future site for outdoor commencement• Completion: summer 2014
  25. 25. Bailey Hall• Major renovation will house the Psychology, Sociology, Geography and Anthropology academic departments• New faculty and department offices, research labs for ―hard- edged‖ social sciences and general purpose classrooms.• Completion: fall 2014
  26. 26. Letchworth Dining Hall• Building additions and cosmetic upgrades for distinct styles of dining space and different dining atmospheres• ―Retail" style food delivery outlet (subs, grill, pizza, bakery, café) plus cuisine styles of traditional grill, vegetarian, Italian, Asian, gluten free and a bakery• Additional space: meeting and seminar rooms• Completion: spring 2014
  27. 27. Shaping Lives of Purpose• $20 million toward $22 million goal• National campaign launched September, 2011• Regional events from Los Angeles to Boston
  28. 28. National Alumni Council• Historic initiative creates national footprint for Geneseo• Consolidates 18 regional alumni committees into single structure; focus on communication, events and career engagement• Increased student -alumni connections — internships, mentoring, post-grad networking
  29. 29. Play Your Part• State funding is now less than 20% of all-funds budget• The Fund for Geneseo supports every academic department at Geneseo• Private support makes transformational learning possible at Geneseo
  30. 30. Thank You!Your support makes a real and lasting difference in students’ lives.
  31. 31. Questions?