Special Events and Guests

Dining Etiquette Luncheon [Business PD Event] (Emerald)
Monday, November 2, 12:00 - 1:30 pm | Food Studio North, Letchworth Dining Complex
Dining Etiquette Luncheon (Emerald) Join us for an eating etiquette lesson and delicious sit down culinary lunch. CAS Executive Chef, Jonna Anne will provide you with proper etiquette tips and you will leave feeling confident and prepared for potential job related luncheons and dining experiences. The cost of the luncheon will be $10.00 and you will pay the cashier at the Letchworth Dining Complex as you arrive at the Food Studio North. The registration deadline for this event is Friday, October 30 at noon.
Instructor: Jonna Anne - Director of Culinary Operations, Campus Auxiliary Services


MacVittie Lecture: Dr. William Cavanaugh on" Does Religion Cause Violence? " [Social Justice Series] [GISP Event] (Diamond)
Tuesday, November 10, 7:00 - 8:00 pm | Doty Recital Hall
Is something peculiar in religion that gives it a tendency to promote violence? Our guest speaker will argue that there is no reason to suppose that religious ideologies are more inclined than secular ideologies to promote violence, because there is no essential difference between the two. Secular ideologies can and do inspire as much lethal devotion as religions. Dr. William T. Cavanaugh is the Director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology and Professor of Catholic Studies at DePaul University in Chicago. His degrees are from the universities of Notre Dame, Cambridge, and Duke. He is the author of six books, and the editor of two more. His books and articles have been published in nine languages.
Instructor: Dr. William Cavanaugh - Director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology, DePaul University


Identity Abroad and At Home (Amethyst)
Wednesday, November 18, 7:00 - 8:30 pm | Bailey 202
Crossing national borders can have a dramatic impact on how you interpret your own identity. In this panel presentation, current Geneseo students will speak about their experiences with identity and how it changes and grows through international experience. Panelists from around the world will represent a variety of locations studied, academic disciplines, duration of travel, and various aspects of identity.
Instructor: Sam Cardamone - Assistant Director, Office of International Programs


Speed Networking [Business PD Event] (Emerald)
Thursday, November 19, 5:30 - 7:00 pm | Big Tree Inn, Main Street, Geneseo
Based on the speed dating concept, Speed Networking brings Geneseo students together with staff and alumni/ae to build networking skills in a no-pressure environment. The event will begin at 5:00 pm at the Big Tree Inn with the "Speed Networking" portion of the program taking place from 5:30-6:45 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to chat with alumni and staff both before and after the structured portion of the program. Dress will be business casual (no jeans, collared shirt for men, dress slacks/skirt and blouse for women). Don't miss this fun opportunity to gain valuable networking tips and practice making a positive first impression! The program will conclude at 7:30 pm. Participation is limited and will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Instructor: Kathy Tonkovich - Assistant Director, Office of Career Development


Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Leadership & Service [Social Justice Series] [MLK Jr. Day of Leadership & Service ] (Diamond)
Monday, January 18, 9:45 - 3:00 pm | MacVittie College Union Ballroom
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Leadership and Service will take place in the MacVittie College Union from 9:45 am to 3:00 pm on January 18, 2016. This day of leadership and service is planned as an inter-generational and interfaith event with SUNY Geneseo students and area senior citizen volunteers learning and working together on an important outreach effort to home-bound senior citizens in Livingston County. Signing up for this "workshop" includes registration and participation in the entire program from the opening keynote at 10:00 am through the service projects in the afternoon ending at 3:00 pm. The program will begin with a key-note address by Dr. Emilye Crosby on "Dr. King and the Movement, and Why It Matters Today." One hour GOLD workshops will follow at 11:00 am and all participants must select and register for one of the five topics (TBA). Lunch is included with special guest, Lulu Westbrooks-Griffin, who will share her story as a young black girl arrested and imprisoned for protesting at a whites-only movie theatre in Americus, Georgia in 1963. After lunch volunteers will assemble kits and greeting cards to be distributed to 400 home bound seniors, area veterans, families served by the Migrant Center, and low income K-12 students in eight area schools. The program will also feature musical selections by student soloists. The GOLD Program at SUNY Geneseo is partnering with Student & Campus Life, Center for Community, Multicultural Programs & Services, Volunteerism & Service Learning, Residence Life, Student Life, Student Association, Geneseo Interfaith Service Project (GISP), Campus Auxiliary Services, ABVI-Goodwill, Livingston CARES and the Livingston County Office of the Aging to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Instructors: Dr. Emilye Crosby - Associate Professor, History; Lulu Westbrooks-Griffin - Civil Rights Activist


Student Organization Expo [SOLE] (Bronze)
Wednesday, January 27, 2:00 - 4:00 pm | MacVittie College Union Ballroom
[SOLE Series] Each semester the Student Organization Expo, sponsored by the College Union & Activities Department, provides an opportunity for new and returning students to talk to leaders of student organizations and volunteer for membership. New students in the GOLD program may earn Silver Certificate credit by registering for this program, obtaining an instructional handout at the GOLD Student Organization Expo Fair Table and visiting at least ten organizations' tables. The purpose of this workshop is to encourage students to become involved in organizations where they can practice the leadership skills they are learning in GOLD workshops.
Instructor: GOLD Leader Mentor Staff


EcoHouse Panel Discussion: Getting Involved (Jade)
Thursday, February 11, 3:00 - 4:00 pm | CU 322/323
Join a panel of EcoHouse students to learn how you can cultivate your own environmental awareness and activism. This workshop will include a holistic approach to environmentalism on our campus. Learn how you can become involved from the individual level to activism in the greater Geneseo community. The workshop is a panel discussion in which several members from the EcoHouse community speak about their involvement in the House and what the future of the House will look like.
Instructor: Guest Panelists TBA


Etiquette Dinner [Business PD Event] (Emerald)
Tuesday, February 16, 6:00 - 8:00 pm | MacVittie College Union Ballroom
The annual Etiquette Dinner will help you learn critical etiquette skills while enjoying a deliciously prepared meal. No matter your field of study, this dinner will educate you on how to conduct yourself at a food-related professional event, an important factor in being a successful leader. Networking etiquette is often an anxiety-producing issue for many during the job search process or the first few years at the job. Joins us for an evening that will include a first class dinner and desert while our speakers guide you through the experience with valuable tips and tricks. This program costs $7.00, payable by credit or debit card. Payments must be made through your Knightjobs account, through the Career Development website: https://www.geneseo.edu/career_development/job_search, under the Career Events tab on KnightJobs. Students can register starting December 1. The deadline for payment will be February 9, 2016.
Instructor: Kathy Tonkovich - Assistant Director, Office of Career Development


Oxfam Hunger Banquet: Where Will You Sit? [Social Justice Series] (Amethyst) or (Opal) or (Diamond) or (Jade)
Monday, February 29, 7:00 - 8:30 pm | MacVittie College Union Hunt Room
(Opal) or (Diamond) or (Jade) Did you know that globally 1 in 7 people experience hunger? This experience of hunger exists despite that a sufficient amount of food is produced globally to feed every child and adult. These inequalities extend beyond food, but in overall unequal access to resources resulting in illiteracy, poverty, war and the inability of families to grow or buy food. At the Oxfam Hunger Banquet, participants are seated based on the luck of the draw--just as in real life when some are born into prosperity and others into poverty. Guests draw tickets at random that assign them to a high, middle, or low income tier based on the latest statistics on global poverty, and receive a corresponding meal-filling and nutritious or sparse and simple. A discussion and group response portion follows the conclusion of the meal. This event will change the way you think about hunger. At the event we will also be collecting NONPERISHABLE food items for donation to a local food pantry.
Instructor: Guest Panelists TBA


Women's Networking Dinner [Women's Leadership Conference] [Business PD Event] (Emerald)
Wednesday, March 2, 5:30 - 7:00 pm | MacVittie College Union Ballroom
Cosponsored by Geneseo Alumni Association, Women's Leadership Institute, School of Business, Multicultural Programs and Services & GOLD. The theme of the 2016 Women's Leadership Conference on March 2 is "Lean in to Your Geneseo Experience." Conference workshops centered on Women in Leadership are scheduled at 2:30-3:30 pm and 3:45-4:45 pm. The networking dinner is scheduled from 5:30-7:30 pm. The networking dinner will provide an opportunity for students to meet with alumnae from business, non-profit agencies and government to learn about their personal leadership journeys. The keynote speaker at dinner will be Karen Podsiadly, Class of '90 and Director of Community Development, The College at Brockport. The dinner is free. Since a final guarantee for numbers is required by CAS Impressions Catering on Tuesday morning, students who are unable to attend need to drop this event no later than Monday, February 29.
Instructor: Karen Podsiadly - Class of '90, Director of Community Development, The College at Brockport


Dining Etiquette Luncheon [Business PD Event] (Emerald)
Thursday, March 10, 12:30 - 1:30 pm | Food Studio North at Letchworth
Join us for an eating etiquette lesson and delicious sit down culinary lunch. CAS Executive Chef, Jonna Anne will provide you with proper etiquette tips and you will leave feeling confident and prepared for potential job related luncheons and dining experiences. The cost of the luncheon will be $10.00 and you will pay the cashier at the Letchworth Dining Complex as you arrive at the Food Studio North. The registration deadline for this event is Monday, March 7 at noon.
Instructor: Jonna Anne - Director of Culinary Operations, Campus Auxiliary Services


Live Green Expo (Earth Day) (Diamond) or (Jade)
Friday, April 22, 12:00 - 4:30 pm | MacVittie College Union Ballroom & Lobby
The eight annual Live Green Expo will include informational tables staffed by several local college and community organizations involved in green initiatives. Students in the GOLD Program and the Leadership in Community Engagement and Social Justice Certificate and Jade Leadership in Sustainability may earn credit in the program by participating and engaging in conversations with the green organizations. Check livegreen.geneseo.edu, the Office of Sustainability, or gold.geneseo.edu for details on the exhibits and other Live Green events. This event is a collaborative effort with Residence Life.
Instructor: Guest Panelists TBA


Leadership & Recognition Awards Ceremony (No Certificate Credit)
Wednesday, April 27, 2:30 - 3:30 pm | MacVittie College Union Ballroom
This annual awards ceremony will include a variety of leadership awards to student organizations and student leaders such as The President's Outstanding Achievement Awards for Student Organizations; GOLD Outstanding Advisor Award; Student Association Leadership, Service & Diversity Awards; PATH Awards; and GOLD Leadership Certificate Program recipients. Students who have earned, or expect to earn, leadership certificates this academic year, and who wish to receive the certificates at the ceremony, should register for this event in advance. All other students earning certificates may pick up the certificates in MacVittie 353 any weekday after the ceremony.
Instructor: Dr. Tom Matthews - Associate Dean of Leadership and Service, Center for Community




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