Geneseo History 2011-2020

2011

Capital Campaign Launched

Capital Campaign launch

Geneseo launched the largest capital campaign in its history, Shaping Lives of Purpose, to bolster the college’s endowment and strengthen its program offerings to students.

2011

Capital Campaign Launched

2012

Village/College Compact Signed

Signing of the college/village compact

SUNY Geneseo and the Village of Geneseo jointly signed a village/college compact on December 5, renewing a commitment to a high quality of life for all who live, work, and study in the village.

Village Mayor Richard Hatheway and President Christopher Dahl sign compact

2012

Village/College Compact Signed

2013

Monroe Residence Hall Re-opened as a Model for Sustainability

Monroe Hall

After undergoing its first renovation since opening in 1961, Monroe Hall reopened to 170 students and staff as the most environmentally friendly residence hall. At the time, it was one of the most energy-efficient residence halls on campus and later became the first building on campus to receive the LEED Gold Certification. To reduce energy use, heating and cooling for the building is controlled by geothermal wells underground, and a rainwater harvesting system on the roof conserves water by channeling it for use in toilets. The entire project focused on sustainability to reduce environmental impact. It also supported the national agreement that then-president Christopher Dahl signed in 2007 calling for a reduction in the college’s overall impact on the environment and the integration of sustainability issues into education and campus culture.

(SUNY Geneseo photo/Keith Walters '11)

2013

Monroe Residence Hall Re-opened as a Model for Sustainability

2014

Doty Hall Re-opened

Doty Hall, Geneseo’s former junior-senior high school and a notable landmark in the village, was renovated and officially opened as the new "entrance" to campus. The building is Gold certified by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards, the most widely used green building rating system in the world.

2014

Doty Hall Re-opened

2015

Denise Battles Named President

Denise Battles inauguration

The State University of New York Board of Trustees appointed Denise A. Battles as the new president of SUNY Geneseo. Battles, who holds a doctorate in geology from the University of California, Los Angeles, formerly served as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Interim President Carol S. Long led the College since Christopher Dahl retired in 2013.

(SUNY Geneseo photo/Keith Walters '11)

2015

Denise Battles Named President

2015

College Led in Peace Corps Volunteers

SUNY Geneseo ranked among the top colleges and universities in the country in producing volunteers for the Peace Corps, ranking 17th among medium-size schools with 17 alumni volunteering worldwide.

2015

College Led in Peace Corps Volunteers

2015

Office of Sustainability Established

Created in response to the college’s commitment increasing environmental sustainability, the Office of Sustainability works toward constructing nationally certified "green" buildings and utilizing innovative energy processes.

2015

Office of Sustainability Established

2015

Bailey Hall Renovated

Bailey Hall interior after renovation

Bailey Hall reopened after renovation, creating a larger, more energy-efficient building with modern classrooms, offices, and laboratory space. The building houses four social science departments: anthropology, geography, psychology, and sociology.

(SUNY Geneseo photo/Keith Walters '11)

2015

Bailey Hall Renovated

2015

New College Stadium Hosted First Competition

New college stadium opening competition

The men’s soccer team scored a victory in front of more than 1,500 fans and supporters celebrating the grand opening of Geneseo’s new College Stadium complex.

(SUNY Geneseo photo/Keith Walters '11)

2015

New College Stadium Hosted First Competition

2017

First Chief Diversity Officer

Geneseo's newly created position of chief diversity officer leads the college’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts to advance the broader aim of creating an inclusive and supportive campus climate.

2017

First Chief Diversity Officer

2017

First Lavender Graduation Ceremony

Lavender Graduation events honor graduating seniors that identify as LGBTQ+ and allies for their contributions to the Geneseo community. These programs also recognize the resilience and advocacy demonstrated by LGBTQ+ students in light of unique experiences and potential obstacles within higher education.

2017

First Lavender Graduation Ceremony

2017–18

First Multiple National Champion

Track and field standout Isaac Garcia-Cassani ’18 became the first multiple national champion in the school’s history and finished his college career with four championships.

2017–18

First Multiple National Champion

2018

Red Jacket Reopened

Significant renovation to the 21,000-square-foot Red Jacket Dining Complex created dining areas that also provide a space for community building. In 2020, Red Jacket was awarded with a Gold certification in Leadership Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for its green-minded-design, construction, and operations.

2018

Red Jacket Reopened

2018

Sturges and Fraser Renovations Began

Geneseo began renovating two core campus buildings, neither of which had ever undergone a substantial renovation—Sturges was built in 1938 and Fraser in 1955. The newly renovated Sturges/Fraser Learning and Community Hub will be part of the college’s ongoing efforts to maintain and redesign facilities to create effective learning environments on campus.

2018

Sturges and Fraser Renovations Began

2019

Health and Counseling Expands and Improves

SUNY Geneseo’s Department of Student Health and Counseling was designated as a Medical Home by the Accreditation Association of Ambulatory Health Centers (AAAHC). The Department of Student Health and Counseling opened the South Village Health Center in Onondaga Hall in the fall.

2019

Health and Counseling Expands and Improves

2019

First Sankofa Graduation Celebration

The Sankofa event honors those who self-identify as students of color while acknowledging their resilience and perseverance toward this important milestone. The Sankofa Graduation Celebration complements Geneseo’s commencement ceremonies as a space that embraces the cultural traditions of this group of students.

2019

First Sankofa Graduation Celebration

2020

Milne Library Renovation Began

SUNY Geneseo moved forward with a $35 million renovation of Milne Library, expected to open during the 2024–25 academic year.

2020

Milne Library Renovation Began

2020

COVID-19 Shutdown

For the first time, SUNY Geneseo was forced to send students home for online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated nationwide shutdown.

2020

COVID-19 Shutdown