Family Weekend Event Schedule

The 2014 schedule and registration will be available on July 1. 
Please review last year's schedule to get a taste of the weekend's activities!


Fri., Oct. 25, 2013


3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 


Check-In at Family Weekend Headquarters

Welcome! Check-in and pick up your Family Weekend packet containing event schedules and tickets.

MacVittie College Union

3:00 p.m.


Men's Soccer vs. Potsdam (free admission)

5:00 p.m.


Women's Volleyball vs. Oneonta (admission fee applicable at entry)

7 p.m

Women's Volleyball vs. Fredonia

8:00 p.m.



This event exemplifies the wide variety of talent upon which Geneseo prides itself and features nearly all of Geneseo's performing artists and ensembles in an evening of music and artistry.

10:00 p.m. - midnight



Late Knight Ice Cream Social and Entertainment

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Stop down to the College Union, make yourself a sundae and enjoy the fun activities and entertainment offered by Late Knight for parents and students. Co-sponsored by the Student Association and Geneseo Late Knight.

Friday Oct. 25 - Sunday Oct. 27

Kappa Delta Pi Bicycle Drive

Kappa Delta Pi, the honor society for students in the School of Education and Communicative Disorders and Sciences, is collecting bikes, tricycles, scooters, etc.  to donate to R Community Bikes of Rochester. If you would like to donate to the bike drive, please contact Annmarie Urso at 585-245-5468 or to arrange a meeting time and place.


Sat., Oct. 26, 2013



8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Check-In at Family Weekend Headquarters, MacVittie College Union

Welcome! Pick up your Family Weekend packet containing event schedules and tickets.

8:00 a.m.


Coffee, tea and danish will be served in Newton Hall.

9:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.


On Saturday morning, Geneseo faculty will offer a selection of mini-college classes from a broad spectrum of academic disciplines. The 45-minute sessions will be offered at 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. in Newton Hall.

9:00 a.m.


Parents College, Session 1, Newton Hall
View Course Descriptions.

10:00 a.m.


Parents College, Session 2, Newton Hall

10:00 a.m.


Women's Volleyball vs. Plattsburgh (admission fee applicable at entry)

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


A Conversation with Interim President Carol Long, Wadsworth Auditorium

Don't miss this opportunity to hear Interim President Carol Long speak about the College's latest news and initiatives in her annual report to parents. A question-and-answer period will follow her remarks.

Afternoon Activities and Workshops


Throughout the afternoon, we are offering a wide variety of tour and workshop options that offer broad appeal to help you make the most of your day on campus. Note: Lunch is not included; your Family Weekend packet will list local and campus dining options.

12:00 p.m.


Women's Field Hockey vs. Nazareth (free admission)

1:00 p.m. 

Men's Soccer vs. Plattsburgh (free admission)

1:00 p.m.


First Year Institute: Adirondack Adventure Reunion in the College Union, Hunt Room

Did your first-year student take the FYI: Adirondack Adventure trip over the Summer of 2013? Want to meet Griz (Gary Caudle, Geneseo Faculty)? This is your chance to see a slideshow of the adventure and talk to the man, the myth, the legend- Griz. We look forward to the opportunity to get the trip participants back together again and meet their families. Please call 245.5500 and RSVP prior to October 20 if you plan to attend. Light refreshments will be served.

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m or 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


Study Abroad Workshop

At Geneseo, students are encouraged to map out adventures off campus through educational experiences in countries throughout the world. With more than 45 programs in 20 countries, the possibilities abound. This seminar gives tips for navigating the selection, application and preparation processes and getting the most of the study abroad experience. Hear from study abroad advisors, students and faculty about their trips abroad.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (tours run every 15 minutes)


Wave Tank and Flume Demonstrations

A wave tank is a giant sand box that holds sand, water, and a wave generator. Shoreline models are constructed to observe the effects of wave action on natural and man-made features. In the demonstration, several erosion control features will be constructed to demonstrate the effect of rising sea level and wave action on home sites and other engineered structures.

The flume is a model stream where experiments are conducted to observe the effects of water depth and velocity on sediment in the stream bed. In the Geneseo flume, velocity, gradient, water depth, and sediment grain-volume and size can be manipulated. In this demonstration bed forms will be produced; the glass sides of the flume allow individual grains to be observed and the interaction of grains and current to be determined.

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (tours run every 10 minutes)


Pelletron Particle Accelerator Display and Discussion

Learn how undergraduate students are using this state-of-the-art tool designed for materials analysis in hands-on physics research.

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Gallery Exhibits

Campus Galleries will be open for your viewing enjoyment.

  • Lederer Gallery: 203 Brodie Hall
  • Bridge Gallery: Brodie Hall
  • Lockhart Gallery: McClellan House on Main St.

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m or 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


GOLD Workshop Encouraging the Heart

Presented by Charles (Chip) Matthews, Director of Student Life.

This exciting workshop is part of Geneseo Opportunities for Leadership Development (GOLD), a program that prepares students for leadership roles and responsibilities in service to the college and the global community.

The development of human relationships and the promotion of values are core to the execution of exceptional leadership. Based on Kouzes and Posner's Leadership Challenge, "Encouraging the Heart" is one of the five practices of exemplary leaders.  By "Encouraging the Heart" through simple, intentional acts of kindness and empowering others to be their best, people can achieve exceptional leadership.

1-2:30 p.m. 

Center for the Inquiry, Discovery and Development Meet & Greet
Doty Hall- 3rd Floor

Meet students who represent the best that The Center provides -- the opportunity to transform their own world perspective and the communities in which they work.

3:00 p.m.


What I Know Now, That I Wish I Had Known Then...

Getting the Most Out of the Geneseo Experience

A panel of recent Geneseo graduates will provide insight and information about coursework and extracurricular activities for students who seek a competitive advantage in job and graduate school interviews.

3:00 p.m.

Department of Music Honors Recital Showcase

This spectacular showcase of the Campus's top musicians celebrates the accomplishments of student winners of the Honors Recital Competition. Stop by and enjoy the beautiful music.

Fall Harvest Dinner

First Seating: 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Second Seating: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Third Seating: 6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

 Gather with other Geneseo families for a buffet-style harvest dinner featuring carved turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, harvest vegetables and dessert. Please indicate special dietary needs on your reservation form. SUNY Geneseo students with meal plans may pay for their meal with their meal plan; however, a meal must be reserved on the registration form.

8:00 p.m.


Limelight and Accents Performing Arts Series Presents Judah Friedlander

You may know Judah as “Frank Rossitano” from the Emmy-winning “30 Rock,” but on the comedy stage, Judah Friedlander is The World Champion.  Judah is known to comics and audiences as one of the funniest and most original stand-up comedians.

Judah started doing stand-up in 1989 and has made more than 30 movies and has appeared in hundreds of TV shows as well.  He has made multiple appearances on many late night talk shows including: Letterman, Conan, Fallon and The Daily Show.

Judah was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2003 Independent Spirit Awards for his role in the Sundance-winning film “American Splendor.” Some of his other movies include “Meet the Parents,” “Wet Hot American Summer,” “Feast,” “Zoolander” and “The Wrestler.”

7:30 p.m.


Geneseo Theater Club Presents “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo”

Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo is a play by Rajiv Joseph. The show is about "a tiger that haunts the streets of present day Baghdad seeking the meaning of life. As he witnesses the puzzling absurdities of war, the tiger encounters Americans and Iraqis who are searching for friendship, redemption, and a toilet seat made of gold." Tickets may be purchased through the theater box office at


Parents College Course titles and descriptions 

Session 1

Dante and Mathematics

Gary Towsley, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Mathematics

Dante Alighieri, the Florentine Poet of the High Middle Ages, was well-versed in the advanced mathematics of his day. His mathematical knowledge enters his poetry in ways both obvious and subtle, light and profound. I wish to show you just how important mathematics was to his poetry.

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The Immune System:  Friend and Foe

Robert O’Donnell, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Biology

The immune system consists of proteins, cells and organs that have evolved over time to protect an organism from disease caused by infectious organisms, also known as pathogens.  In order to do so, they must be able to distinguish what is harmful from what is not.  In this seminar, we will look at the components of the immune system and how these components work together to prevent disease or at least disease recurrence (the friendly side of immunity).  At the same time, we also will examine the downside of immunity, hypersensitivities and autoimmune diseases, where the immune system acts as the bad guy or foe.  Walking the thin line between friend and foe is not an easy one but works most of the time!

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Speech, Story and Ethics in African-American Poetry

Beth McCoy, Distinguished Teaching Professor of English

Participants will read some Paul Laurence Dunbar poetry out loud and consider important issues of speech, power and responsibility.

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Session 2
Democracy Promotion and Post-Conflict Peace Building: Theory and Practice

Jeremy Grace, Lecturer of Political Science and International Relations

Democracy and human rights promotion are an important part of United States foreign policy and are a centerpiece of the United Nations' efforts to reconstruct post-conflict countries. Democracies are statistically unlikely to wage war on other democracies, leading some analysts to argue that more democracies will generate a more peaceful international system. However, democratic transitions can be difficult to manage. Elections in post-conflict societies can be particularly difficult and may unleash social forces that derail peace agreements and cease-fires. Nevertheless, the international community continues to invest significant resources in these programs (Iraq, Afghanistan, DR Congo and elsewhere). This lecture will explore the recent track record of post-conflict democracy promotion in theory and practice. What have we learned about how to organize and run elections in fragile states, and do these investments meet the strategic and humanitarian interests of the United States and its allies?

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Adoptive Families: Challenges and Possibilities

Jennifer Katz, Associate Professor of Psychology

This lecture will address the complexities of formal adoption.  Adoptive families are created when the rights and responsibilities for a child are transferred from birth parents or legal guardians to one or more adoptive parents. Adoption is often stigmatized. Adopted children and families are negatively compared to traditional birth families, and birth mothers are often vilified. Despite these challenges, adoption provides homes for children in need, parenting opportunities for adults who do not conceive or give birth, and options for women who feel unprepared to parent.  Adoption also promotes family diversity. This lecture will briefly discuss the historical context of adoption in the U.S., discuss challenges and possibilities associated with adoption, and introduce positive ways to discuss adoption that support, not diminish, birth mothers, adopted children and their families.

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Shifting Paradigms in Understanding Nutrition

Wendy Pogozelski, Distinguished Teaching Professor of Chemistry
Nutrition advice from the media and sometimes even the medical establishment can be overwhelming and confusing.  The media lags far behind our understanding of how diet impacts specific clinical conditions such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.  This lecture is meant to help make sense of conflicting information, showing real research data and how nutrition advice can be evaluated for individual needs and lifestyles.
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