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by Kris Dreessen

Val Scott ’82 and her friends used to gather after classes on the College Green, talking about the day and appreciating the sun. Sometimes they crowded into her room in Onondaga to watch their favorite shows on her small black and white TV. Sometimes they did not do much at all.

“A lot of times we really were just together, doing nothing,” remembers Scott. “We hung out, and felt like we were solving the world’s problems. Times have changed on campus, but they are also the same.”

Forty years later, photos of students on the College Green remind Scott of her experiences and how Geneseo felt (and still feels) like home. So does every Reunion Scott attends with her Phi Lambda Chi sisters. The weekend is a celebration of what Geneseo meant to them as students — and how it helped them build for their lives, their memories and their lifelong friends.

“We absolutely loved it,” says Scott. “Love it now. All of us.”

Geneseo was a place, says Donna Breskin ’80, where you could keep busy with so many student-run clubs, academics and other opportunities. She was a resident assistant, had on-campus jobs, and despite always being busy, found her second home at the school as well.  She helped start the first alumni chapters in the Washington, D.C., area and is a regional chapter member of the SUNY Geneseo Alumni Association.

Night soccer games, watching the sun set over the valley with friends. Making decisions as a class officer. “It was all wonderful,” remembers Breskin. “It was some of the happiest years of my life.”

On the 150th anniversary of the College, walk memory lane with us, appreciating moments from student life throughout the years.