SUNY Geneseo’s 2011 Homecoming was another hit, bringing alumni from all across the United States to join in on the weekend’s festivities. While many of you already know of the traditional Geneseo events that took place, you may not know of all the awards and special recognition that were given out to alumni who have made especially great contributions during and after their time in Geneseo. Awards were given to a current teacher, alumni who participated on sports teams, and those who were active in Greek Life. Special acknowledgment was also given to the sciences here at Geneseo and many past Geneseoans were here as part of Celebrate the Sciences.
Dr. Ronald Herzman became the 2011 recipient of the Geneseo Alumni Association Honorary Membership Award. He was given the honor for his outstanding contributions to the Geneseo Alumni Association. Along with being an Honorary Member, Dr. Herzman is a distinguished teaching professor of English and of Medieval Literature, and is best known for his dedication to the mastery and teaching of Dante for almost every year since 1974.
The Sports Hall of Fame, which is now held every year during Homecoming weekend, honored four new inductees and also one team—all of whom demonstrated exemplary dedication to their chosen sport. The four inductees included Jeff Stitt '81 and Keith Hyde ’81 of Men's Ice Hockey and Kim Stone Butts '95 and Beth Cincotta Canero '96 of Cross Country/Track. The honorary team for 2011 was the 1993-94 Women's Cross Country/Track & Field Team.
Greekfest, a celebration of the Geneseo Greek Community, is another event that takes place annually during Homecoming weekend. During Greekfest, the Greek Hall of Fame inducts its new members to the ranks of Greek alumni who have shown a commitment to the preservation and furtherance of Greek affairs here at Geneseo. Inductees for 2011 included Stephanie Brown ’05 of Alpha Kappa Phi (AGO) Sorority, Val Scott ‘82 of Phi Lambda Chi Sorority, and Tim Tobin ’89 of Sigma Nu/Chi Fraternity.
The weekend also marked Geneseo’s dedication to the sciences. Alumni panels, keynote speakers, tours, and receptions were all held for the four sciences—Biology, Geology, Physics, and Chemistry. For each of the sciences, we were joined by Geneseo alumni who came back to participate on the alumni panels:
- Biology Alumni Panelists included: Mark Gregor '82, Michael Joynt '04, Megan Mongiovi '04, Dave Reist '78, Chris Rubeck '89, Jennifer Zubler '91 and Chuck Strickland '74
- Geology Alumni Panelists included: Ken Eck '82, Jim Gagliardi '77 and Don Geddes '88
- Physics Alumni Panelists included: Mark Muller '91, Andrew Caffrey '00, Robyn Colburn-MacBride '02, Dan Krygowski '69, Tracy Potter '00, Jack Schroeder '70, Tim Tobin '89, Michael Genier '92, Jeff Sklaver '78 and Dave Williams '93
- Chemistry Alumni Panelists included: Thomas Miller '72, Anthony Molloy '96, Erica Martin Bennett '97 and Paul Dethlefsen '97
Homecoming 2011 was not only a time to reconnect with old friends, but also a time to recognize the alumni who have made a positive difference in some way to the school and community of Geneseo. All events from the weekend made up for an incredible time and we hope you enjoyed it just as much as we did—and from the looks of the pictures taken throughout the weekend, you did!
-The Geneseo Alumni Team