Fostering a Love of Learning
Jul13

Fostering a Love of Learning

A lifetime of inquiry builds our knowledge and inspires us to serve others. By President Denise A. Battles I am writing this message in early June, as the nation and world continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic and are engaged in a crucial conversation about systemic racism and the need for change. By the time of your reading, the particulars of that environment may have again altered, but there’s little doubt that these public health...

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It’s Complicated
Mar05

It’s Complicated

Geneseo’s liberal education prepares students to simplify complex problems. By President Denise A. Battles “Aaah, the good ol’ days!” While that expression harkens back to a supposedly less complicated time, it’s largely an illusion. Our society has always presented us with complex problems — and throughout Geneseo’s history, the College has striven to provide a liberal education essential to solving them. Today...

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Blurring the Lines
Nov22

Blurring the Lines

Geneseo’s vision of integrative learning transforms lives. Among the most rewarding aspects of my presidency is the opportunity to see how Geneseo transforms lives. As I wonder at our students’ achievements, I find myself anticipating what their promising futures may hold. There is an enduring power that comes from a Geneseo liberal education, fueled by our mission to prepare students for an enriched life and success in the...

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Keeping an Eye on the Future
Jun21

Keeping an Eye on the Future

Geneseo minds are solving today’s problems to create tomorrow’s opportunities. Familiar sayings are often variations of someone’s original words. On May 25, 1946, the New York Times reported that Albert Einstein sent a telegram to several hundred prominent Americans under the headline, “Scientist in plea for $200,000 to promote new type of essential thinking.” At the dawn of the atomic age, Einstein understood the inherent...

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Beyond the Red Pin.
Dec11

Beyond the Red Pin.

The power of place thrives at Geneseo. Thanks to Danish inventor, designer and software developer Jens Rasmussen, finding places has never been easier. A searcher simply types in the name or GPS coordinates of any destination, and the ubiquitous red Google Maps pin that Jens designed (or a close variation) precisely marks the location. The pin, however, tells only part of the story. It doesn’t reveal the power of place, the impact...

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Standing the Test of Time
Aug15

Standing the Test of Time

Resilience and sustainability define Geneseo’s ability  to endure Since its founding in 1871, thirteen persons have served SUNY Geneseo as president. I am both honored and humbled to lead the College as we work together to advance this storied institution to even greater heights of distinction.   Upon my arrival, one of my first priorities was to launch a collaborative strategic planning endeavor to chart our direction and guide our...

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Cultivating Community
Apr04

Cultivating Community

Fostering inclusivity makes Geneseo stronger and better. On various occasions, I’ve heard people comment, “There must be something in the water!” to account for the strong sense of place that makes Geneseo so special. It’s almost magical how that feeling of belonging stirs passion among alumni and friends, drawing them close to the Valley across distance and time. I sensed that magic the first time I visited campus, and three years...

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A Fresh Start
Dec01

A Fresh Start

This issue of the Scene marks a new beginning. Over the past several months, members of the College’s advancement and communications teams have redesigned your Geneseo magazine to better capture the spirit and vision of the College, as well as the lives and pursuits of its alumni. We have also established a more robust online presence for the magazine at geneseoscene.com, with stories of students, faculty and alumni illustrating how the College is evolving, while still staying true to its roots and traditions. We encourage you to join us in conversation online and through Facebook and other social media channels.

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