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The Peripatetic Observer 2010

The Peripatetic Observer 2010

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2010 alumni newsletter of the SUNY Geneseo Department of English.
2010 alumni newsletter of the SUNY Geneseo Department of English.

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Published by: SUNY Geneseo Department of English on Jun 24, 2010
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English Stays Strong as Both a Department and Community
A note from the Departmentchair, Richard Finkelstein
Despite the challenging economicenvironment that all of us have faced,the last year has seen our English De-partment move forward in many positive,well-focused directions. Faculty and staff have redoubled their efforts to ensurethat English majors receive classroomeducation that matches Geneseo’s top-ranked reputation, and also get the at-tention, encouragement, and mentorshipthey deserve. Our push forward alsoresults from the many kinds of generoussupport that alumni have provided. Eng-lish Department graduates everywherehave confirmed that they remain strongparticipants in our community, oftendecades after leaving Geneseo.
During this past year, for example,we held one of our forums that attemptsto answer the question, “how do youbuild a career with an English major after graduation?” Featuring Janet Ten-reiro (’78), a businesswoman in westernNew York, and lawyers Anne Joynt (’02)and Mary Kate Woods (’96), the sessionproved encouraging to students, whoheard a happy truth: English majorssometimes take more time to settle on acareer path than some, but our major builds the skills and intellectual flexibilityto create professional lives in a varietyof ways over a lifetime. Alumni havealso helped strengthen our students’confidence by participating in internshipsand helping them to establish networks.Professor Graham Drake coordinatesmost of the internships, and he has beenkept busy.
As has always been a Geneseo tra-dition, faculty members support studentswith creative activities and family-likeconnections outside the classroom. For over two years, Professor Ken Cooper has been working with Geneseo studentson an organic garden they designed.Integrated with his courses on literatureand eco-criticism, work in the garden hasalso educated the entire campus abouthealthy practices. In addition to engag-ing many former students to write sec-tions of his two-volume encyclopedia onthe history of Broadway, Professor TomGreenfield continues to teach guitar andoccasionally serenade students in hisclasses. Several of our faculty memberslead study programs overseas, includinga new one in Ireland created by Profes-sor Rob Doggett. The centerpiece of thistrip is a residency at the International Yeats Summer School, where studentsmeet and are mentored by some of theworld’s most important scholars. WithProfessor Beth McCoy’s mentoring, wehave now sent two students to the Sum-mer Institute for Literary and CulturalStudies at Wheaton College in Massa-chusetts. One of them is now a Ph.D.student at Brown.
As you can see inside, this has alsobeen a growth year for bringing speak-THEPERIPATETICOBSERVER
in this issue:
keep in touch
alumni update
literary forum
Lima on the “Today Show”
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SUNY-GENESEODEPARTMENTOF ENGLISHVOLUME 10SPRING2010Welles Hall, home of the English Department
A Letter from the Chair 
(continued frompage one)ers, poets, and fiction writers to campusto enhance our intellectual environment.Students heard talks from Professor Mi-chael Warner, Chair of the Yale Univer-sity English Department, who deliveredthe annual Walter Harding Lecture, en-dowed by the Harding family. J.D.McClatchy, poet and translator (andanother member of the Yale Depart-ment), gave a poetry reading when hevisited for the Phi Beta Kappa lecture lastspring. The Geneseo Literary Forumbrought prize-winning short story writer ZZ Packer to campus this fall. We werethrilled to sponsor several literary read-ings: and there was little more excitingthan hosting an award-winning alumnawriter, Ashley Pankratz (’05).
That we were able to reaffirm our vigorous commitment to building an intel-lectually and socially supportive commu-nity during the sharp economic down-town speaks to the commitment of fac-ulty, staff, and alumni. With your timeand generosity we have enlarged our students’ opportunities and the quality of their experience at Geneseo. Thanks for all that you have done. Please continueto keep in touch.Richard FinkelsteinChair 
The Peripatetic Observer 
Spring 2010 Page 2
2009 Awards:
Here are a few of thisyear’s student awardsand scholarships
1. The William T. BeauchampLiterature Award.Patrick Morgan received this annual$250 award presented to an outstand-ing senior English student.2. The Rita K. Gollin Award for Excellence in American Literature.This graduating senior award went toMolly Kerker. To be eligible for con-sideration, recipients must demonstrateexcellent work in the study of Ameri-can literatures.3. The Don Watt MemorialScholarship.Caitlin Klein received this scholarship,established by friends and colleaguesof the the former Chair and Professor.It rewards a student who demonstratesa strong academic record as well as ahistory of having to work to supporther- or himself in college.4. The Natalie Selser Freed MemorialScholarship. Jeffrey Lovitz received this award,granted to the junior English major with the highest grade point averagewithin the major. It is funded by Pro-fessor Walter Freed in loving memoryof his mother.
GREAT Day 2009
At this year’s Geneseo RecognizingExcellence, Achievement, and TalentDay (21 April) more than ten studentpanels featured critical papers, recita-tions, and creative readings in Englishlanguage and literature. Topics in-cluded the Hebrew Scriptures as Lit-erature, Thoreau and Beauty, Cine-matic Representations of Elizabeth I,“Criticism without Borders” (Multi-media Responses to Literature), andAfrican-American Migration Narrative.
Select English majors serve as WritingCenter Tutors, aiding all Geneseo stu-dents with their academic writing.
Keep in touch. Let us know about your accomplishments.
Email us at englishalumni@geneseo.edu, or fill out the information below.Name:Address:City/State/Zip:Email:
 Year of graduation: Your information:Send to: Dept. of English, SUNY-Geneseo, 1 College Circle, Geneseo NY 14454-1401
Alumni News
Please send your news and updates toenglishalumni@geneseo.edu
Bill Bly
(1969) graduated as an Art ma-jor with a Creative Writing minor atGeneseo. He studied with the recentlyretired Dave Kelly ("a first-classteacher"), Dr. David Wand, and Profes-sor Walter Harding ("one of the finestprofessors I ever knew"). Bly attendedgraduate school in Creative Writing atSUNY Buffalo and has lived for the last31 years in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, asuburb of Tulsa.
Professor Harding's influence contin-ues, as Mr. Bly is a Life Member of TheThoreau Society.
Bly, a Geneseo village resident fromthe ages of 2 to 27, finds that WellesHall will always "have a special meaningfor me. It was my grade school from1956-1963. And, ironically, my lastclass as a senior at SUNY Geneseo wasin that building!" Bly is a Geneseo "leg-acy" graduate, as his father received hisBS and MS in Education from the col-lege.
Peter Wm. V. Fedorchuk
(1974) retired in2007 as English Department Chair andEnglish teacher at Wayland-CohoctonCentral School after thirty-three years of service. "I used many of my handwrittennotes from undergraduate classes atGeneseo to supplement my lectures andteaching of American, British, and Greekliterature to juniors and seniors at thehigh school level," he writes. He is nowan adjunct instructor at Genesee Com-munity College, teaching English andEducation courses as well as PublicSpeaking. <PeterFed@frontiernet.net>
Trouble Light 
, a new volume of poetryby
Gerald McCarthy
(1974), is availableat GeraldMcCarthyPoet.com. McCarthyis Professor of English at St. ThomasAquinas College, in Sparkill, NY; hereceived his MFA from the University of Iowa in 1976.<Gerald@GeraldMcCarthyPoet.com>
Sari Arfin-Schulman
(1992) teaches highschool English and Drama with the PortWashington school district. "This is my17th year," she writes, "hard to believe!"She delivered the presentation, "Teach-ing
The Canterbury Tales
to 21st CenturyStudents," at the November 2009 NCTENational Convention in Philadelphia.She has two daughters, ages 3 and 7.
Tracy Strauss
(1996) teaches First-Year Writing at Emerson College. She re-cently earned a scholarship to attend theSouthampton Writers Conference, whereshe worked with author Kaylie Jones.
Alison O'Reilly
(1999) is a Youth ServicesLibrarian with the Austin Public Libraryand serves on the 2010 Newbery AwardCommittee.
Julie Sacco Bastedo
(1999) teaches Eng-lish and Drama at Orchard Park HighSchool in Orchard Park, NY. She cur-rently runs the Drama program, directing
One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest 
in Fall2008 and
A Midsummer Night's Dream
 for Fall 2009. She received her Addi-tional Qualification in Dramatic Arts from York University in Toronto, Ontario, inthe summer of 2008. Julie also createdan interdisciplinary program called"Drama without Borders," dealing withAmerican and Canadian Drama andHistory, which she co-orchestrates with adrama teacher in Iroquois, Ontario.<jules.vergne@gmail.com>
Padraic McConville
(2004) is working onhis MBA at Cornell University's JohnsonSchool. He spent last summer workingfor a private equity firm, and he deliv-ered a presentation to Geneseo's Schoolof Business last autumn.
Erica Truncale
(2007) has been living inBoston, MA, since November 2007. Sheis the Development Assistant for the Si-lent Spring Institute, a non-profit envi-ronmental research organization.<erica.truncale@gmail.com>
Brian Balduzz
i (2009) has been ac-cepted to Washington and Lee LawSchool.
Ben DeGeorge
(2009) works full-time inhis family's company, St. Pauly Textile."If you live in Western or Central NY youhave probably seen our clothing collec-tion sheds at local non profit organiza-tions in your communities," he writes. Heinvites visits to: www.St-Pauly.com. Benis also a co-writer of the blog,www.BiggerImpact.com.<BenDeGeorge@gmail.com>
The Peripatetic Observer 
Spring 2010 Page 3
Tom GreenfieldReceives 2009Chancellor’s Awardfor Excellence inTeaching
Professor Greenfield was one of four Geneseo faculty membersto receive the Chancellor'sAward for Excellence in Teach-ing. The awards are SUNYsystem-level honors conferred toacknowledge and providesystem-wide recognition for con-sistently superior professionalachievement and to encouragethe ongoing pursuit of excel-lence.A perennial favorite among ma-jors and non-majors alike, Pro-fessor Greenfield teaches manyof the department’s dramacourses. He also teachescourses in the School of the Artsand mentors students from allover campus. An accomplishedacoustic guitarist and songwriter,he lends his services to manycollege organizations for enter-tainment or fundraising pur-poses.Greenfield has written two major books on American drama andmedia and numerous scholarlyarticles. He served as Dean of the College for 11 years beforetaking a full-time professorialappointment in the English de-partment six years ago.

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