2015 Family Weekend Schedule

Under Construction:

We are in the process of finalizing the Family Weekend 2015 schedule of events. Stay tuned for a more up-to-date schedule on August 17th, when registration begins.

September 25


1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 


Gallery Exhibits

Campus Galleries will be open for your viewing enjoyment.

Lederer Gallery (203 Brodie Hall)

  • exhibits TBA

Lockhart Gallery (McClellan House on 26 Main St)

  • exhibits TBA

Kinetic Gallery (MacVittie College Union)

  • exhbit TBA

2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Check-In at Family Weekend Headquarters, MacVittie College Union.

3:00 p.m.


Men's Soccer vs. Fredonia

Enjoy watching the game in Geneseo's new stadium!

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Social Painting Class

Taught by Zest4Art

Description coming soon

5:15 p.m.


5K benefiting the Ultra Violet Campaign

Hosted by Sigma Kappa Sorority

For more information and advance registration, check out Sigma Kappa's webform.

Payment for pre-registered Family Weekend guests and walk-in registration will begin at 4:45 p.m.

Race will begin promptly at 5:15 p.m.

8:00 p.m.



Robert Channing ESP/Mind Reading Show

Location TBD

"America's Foremost Mind Reader and Psychic Entertainer" is what many call Robert Channing. Robert has performed at hundreds of industry events for Kraft Foods, Johnson & Johnson, and Dupont, as well as Syracuse University and University of Florida at Gainesville. He has read thousands of minds and predicted futures for Heads of State, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and such notables as Former President Bill Clinton, Britney Spears, Madonna, Alice Cooper, Whitney Houston, Ozzy Osborne and thousands of others worldwide. He believes that ESP (Extra Sensory Perception) exists and has developed himself to communicate with others in a unique and fascinating way. He is the man who knows what you are thinking - See more information and videos online.

Sponsored in part by the Department of Student Life.

9:00 p.m.

Bingo with Geneseo Late Knight

Location TBD

Bring your family and friends for a rousing game of Bingo and a chance to win cool Geneseo gear! Light snacks will be provided. Hosted by Geneseo Late Knight and sponsored by New Student Programs, the Family Weekend Planning Committee, and Campus Auxilary Services.


september 26



8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Check-In at Family Weekend Headquarters, MacVittie College Union.

8:00 a.m.


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

9:00 a.m.


Study Abroad Information Session

Location TBD

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.

10:00 a.m.


Parent College Sessions

On Saturday morning, Geneseo faculty will offer four mini-college classes from a broad spectrum of academic disciplines. Locations are TBD.

Tour #1
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Information Session 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Tour #2
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Geneseo Admissions Information Session for Siblings

Doty Hall, Office of Admissions

Geneseo siblings are invited to attend an information session and tour of the campus. This program will provide you with information about Geneseo and the application process. All are welcome, but the content will be tailored to high school students.

Space is limited, so please sign up in advance for the information session and one of the two tours.

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



12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Details coming soon!

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.

1:00 p.m.


First Year Institute: Adirondack Adventure Reunion

Location TBD

If your student attended the FYI: Adirondack Adventure Program this summer and you are looking forward to meeting the one and only Griz (Geneseo's own faculty member Gary Caudle who led the program)- this is your chance!

Please join us for a coffee and dessert reception. Meet Griz and watch a great DVD compilation of photos from the summer 2015 trips.
RSVP necessary, an individual invitation will be mailed to the participant's home in early September.

Questions? Call 585.245.####. We hope to see you there! 

1:00 p.m.

Men's Soccer vs. Buffalo State

Enjoy the game at Geneseo's new stadium!

2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Social Painting Class

Taught by Zest4Art

Description coming soon 

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m

Center for Inquiry, Discovery & Development Open House & Coffeebreak

Doty 303

Join us in the CIDD for a relaxing coffee, tea and snacks break in the unique atmosphere of the CIDD. It is definitely worth the journey up to the third floor! Enjoy the international feel of the center while you browse our library, listen to music or chat with our Ambassadors about their amazing projects. Learn more about our Ambassadorship program that provides selected students $5,000 to carry out their self-directed, transformational projects.

2:00 p.m.


Finding an Internship

Location TBD, Presented by Rob DiCarlo (Associate Director of Internships, Office of Career Development) and (Student Intern)

According to national surveys, the number one criteria employers seek in new hires is prior internship experience. It's never too early to start gaining real-world experience! This workshop covers all the basics of finding that first internship - popular websites, networking, and College resources. There will be a brief overview of the application process and receiving college credit for internships as well as strategies family members can use to help their student. There will be plenty of time for questions.

3:00 p.m.


GOLD Workshop: Bad vs. Good Leaders

Location TBD, Presented by Dr. Tom Matthews (Associate Dean of Leadership and Service, Center for Community)

Much of the discussion in the literature on leadership centers on the concept of how to be a good and effective leader. However, one has to study the entire continuum of leadership from bad to good in order to understand the practice of leadership, as discussed in "Bad Leadership," a recent book by Barbara Kellerman, Research Director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University. Participants are invited to share their experiences with various leadership styles and engage in a lively discussion about effective (and ineffective) leadership.

Students should register in advance through the GOLD website (link coming soon). There is a limited capacity of 50 people for this session. Non-student guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis.


1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 


Gallery Exhibits

Campus Galleries will be open for your viewing enjoyment.

Lederer Gallery (203 Brodie Hall)

  • exhibits TBA

Lockhart Gallery (McClellan House on 26 Main St)

  • exhibit TBA

Three Seating Times:
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. 

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


Fall Harvest Dinner

MacVittie College Union Ballroom

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. If you prefer to pay for your student’s meal, do not check the student box, but add to your number of tickets. 

4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Family Portraits

MacVittie College Union Lobby

Have some fun and get your family portrait taken for free!

8:00 p.m.

A Capella Concert 

Location TBD

Enjoy musical harmonies of Geneseo’s time honored tradition of student A Capella singing.

The cost of this event is included with Family Weekend registration.


To register for events click here...coming soon: August 17, 2015

Parents College Course Titles and Descriptions 

The Liberal Arts: Why Philosophers, Poets, Scientists, and Composers are Your Real BFFs 

Celia Easton, Dean of Residential Living

The tradition of the “liberal arts” goes back to antiquity: it means “studies essential for free people.”  In the modern world, we say that the humanities, arts, and sciences comprise the liberal arts curriculum.  There are many other ways to organize higher education: technical programs, conservatories, art institutes, agricultural schools, and professional training provide excellent directions for college students.  At Geneseo, however, even our professional programs situate themselves within a broader liberal arts curriculum.  In antiquity, liberales or “free” meant literally “not enslaved.”  Today we ask, “How does the study of history, literature, physics, and anthropology free your mind?”  Over the course of a student’s career, technical skills will need constant updating.  The study of the liberal arts creates a foundation for learning skills rather than teaching particular skills.  Why are Shakespeare and Plato your best friends forever?  Because they will exercise your mind, inspire you to think, and teach you how to question even the most confident authorities you will encounter throughout your life.  

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450 Years of Physics in 50 minutes and Dozens of Demos

Dr. Kurt Fletcher, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Physics & Astronomy

How do the physical laws that govern the universe manifest themselves in our everyday experiences?  In this presentation we will use a series classroom demonstrations to illustrate many of the basic laws of nature.  The outcomes of some demonstration are obvious, but every once in a while the laws of physics surprise us and confound our expectations.

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You Said What? Exploring Language as Symbolic Action

Dr. Meredith Marko Harrigan, Associate Professor of Communication

Have you ever been misled by the adage “sticks and stones may break your bones but words will never hurt you”? Have you ever felt misrepresented by a label? Have your words ever gotten you in trouble? This presentation will focus on the pragmatic function of language and the importance of effective language use to healthy interpersonal relationships. Special attention will be given to linguistic tools such as reference terms, marking, and hyphenation and the role they play in constructing personal and relational identities.

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Marriage, Social Relationships, and Happiness

 Dr. Jim Allen, Associate Professor of Psychology

Description coming soon!

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