For Immediate Release—Thursday, September 21, 2006


Mary E. McCrank

Media Relations Officer

(585) 245-5516

SUNY Geneseo Corporate and Business Partners

Announce Recipients of Annual Award

GENESEO, N.Y.—The State University of New York at Geneseo Corporate and Business Partners has presented two $2,500 Faculty/Staff Awards this year.

Amy Sheldon, assistant professor of geological sciences, and Paul A. Scipione, an adjunct professor of business and director of the College's Survey/Research Center, are the recipients. Sheldon and Scipione both received their bachelor's degree from SUNY Geneseo.

Sheldon and Scipione each received $1,250, while $750 of each grant is awarded to student researchers and $500 of each grant is to be spent on travel and administrative costs.

The faculty/staff awards program offers the community the opportunity for significant and focused research in regional business or economic development issue to include surveys or projects concerning business or cultural history, ecology and the environment, tourism and sports and other topics that could produce a better understanding of the region.

Sheldon is using the grant for the Geneseo Geology R.O.C.K. (Reaching Out to Community Kids) Program. The goal of this program is to provide inquiry-based, museum-quality educational earth science resources to local classrooms to assist teachers in meeting New York state learning standards and enhance classroom activities. Sheldon and Geneseo student researcher Kelly Howe are upgrading the college's Rock'n Mineral Box—which contains several minerals and rock samples—to be more user-friendly. In addition, they are developing fossil and volcano boxes. The fossil box will contain local specimens useful to science "detectives" and will provide the opportunity for teachers to take their students to a local field. The volcano box will contain a working model of a volcano so students can see the rock layers and conduits of lava and watch as the lava erupts and flows over the surface. The project, which began in the fall 2006 semester, is expected to be completed in May 2007.

Scipione is using the grant toward his landmark study about the consumer behavior, preferences and economic impact of Geneseo students on the local economy. This grant allowed Scipione and Geneseo student researchers Joel D. Sovie and Kentura Kelly to provide a Main Street orientation for first-year students in the summer of 2006 and to follow up with these students in the spring of 2007 to determine if the students spent discretionary money in the village. The project, titled "SUNY Geneseo Students as Consumers: 2006 Benchmark Survey," began in May and is expected to be completed in April 2007.

The Corporate and Business Partners group works to strengthen existing associations in the community. The college-community partnerships include community education, business education and workshops, internships, sponsorship of programs and research, faculty research and consulting services, library research and business information services, business owners' and leaders' participation on advisory boards, and more.