How Geneseo Student-Athletes Spent Their Summer Vacations

Geneseo student-athletes are afforded the opportunity to be a part of many unique and exciting opportunities during their time in a Knights uniform. In addition to the lessons they learn in the classroom, many experiences that come off campus prove to be just as meaningful. 

Below are a six examples of the types of experiences some current student-athletes tackled this past summer. 

Tricia Baxley
Junior – Smithtown, N.Y.
Communication Studies
Women’s Volleyball
Over the summer, I studied abroad in Italy with roughly 20 other students and two incredible professors. I had the pleasure of traveling with four of my fellow Geneseo Knights (Maggie Hale - Women's Tennis, Sarah Haggerty – Women’s Lacrosse, Carolanne Murphy and Erin O'Connor - Women's Soccer). Since the program was almost five weeks long, we were able to pack a lot of learning (and a lot of sightseeing!) into a very short amount of time. I saw some absolutely beautiful places that I had only ever seen in pictures, like Rome, Sienna, Sorrento, Pompeii, The Amalfi Coast/Capri and Florence among all the amazing cities we visited. It was fascinating getting to experience Italian culture firsthand and see famous pieces of artwork and landmarks with my own eyes. Taking all aspects of the trip into consideration, one of my favorites was definitely the food. I probably ate about a year’s worth of pizza and lasagna but it was completely worth it! To anyone who is on the fence about studying abroad - do it! You'll make friends and memories that last a lifetime and make a personal connection to a part of the world completely different from our own.

Abby Dennett
Junior – Penfield, N.Y.
Geological Science
My summer was absolutely amazing and unbelievable! I spent 10 weeks at the University of Notre Dame doing research with an awesome professor and one of her grad students. Working in the ND Energy program on projects related to nuclear forensics, I got to work on two different research projects and I spent a lot of time getting lab experience, which I am eager to bring back to Geneseo as I continue to pursue my geology degree. Also, I was in awe at the magnitude of the athletic facilities, and at the end of my time at Notre Dame I got to catch a touchdown pass in the football stadium. It was an unforgettable summer.

Sean Fischer
Senior – Pittsford, N.Y.
Men’s Cross Country
This summer, I received an Undergraduate Research Fellowship grant from Geneseo to carry out original research into the development and implementation of digital materials for writing education. More simply, I was part of a team that was funded to study what it takes to make really good and useful tools for teachers and students in writing classrooms. Our summer research went really well and we are currently continuing our work by partnering with a teacher at York Central School to test the roll out of our platform before testing it with college students during the spring semester. 

Kara Houppert
Junior – Webster, N.Y.
Childhood/Special Education
Women’s Basketball
This summer for me was a combination of work, social and physical activities. Of course I kept busy staying in shape and playing basketball, but along with attending two music festivals I traveled the East Coast camping, climbing and going to Disney World. However, the highlight of my summer was a life changing experience from one of my jobs, working at the Rotary Sunshine Camp for children with disabilities.  The Rochester Rotary Sunshine Campus is a fully-accessible residential summer camp located in Rush, N.Y. that gives children and young-adult campers with special needs a unique overnight camping experience. I had some previous knowledge about the camp before I started working there because my brother Mark, who has multiple disabilities, had the time of his life attending a partner agency, Camp Haccamo. I had no idea that working at Sunshine Camp would change my life forever. I don’t know if it is possible, but I think I got more out of working there than the campers. My awareness of the capabilities of the young campers made me more excited to pursue my passion in Childhood Education/Special Education.

Emma Lannon
Junior – Gainesville, Fla.
Women’s Volleyball
This summer, I worked at Camp Good Days and Special Times in Rochester, N.Y., which is a place made especially for kids suffering from long-term illnesses like cancer or sickle cell anemia. Free for campers, it is located on Keuka Lake and is staffed with people that come from all over the country. I was a part of the general staff and got to work with amazing kids every day. We spent our days playing cabin wars, having shaving cream fights, playing with bubble machines, relaxing on the beach, going on nature hikes, scuba diving, making cookies, kayaking and taking banana boat rides. I even got dunked in a dunk tank! The most amazing thing to me about the camp was being around the kids and how happy they were to be there, despite going through things that I could never even imagine. They still managed to bring their biggest smiles to camp every day. Camp Good Days is really one big family and an absolutely incredible place. Everyday there made me grateful for what I have in life and I believe I am a better person for the experience.

Ryan Moynihan
Senior – Geneseo, N.Y.
Cross Country/Track & Field
I spent my summer working for the newly introduced entrepreneurship program here at Geneseo’s Business school. Specifically I was the project manager for one of the emerging companies in the start-up business incubator. I worked closely with an inventor and personal trainer out of Buffalo, N.Y. to commercialize and begin the manufacturing process of his newly patented, biomechanical correction and speed training tool. It was a particularly cool project for me because part of the business team that I worked closely with included ex- University of Buffalo football players and current NFL stars Khalil Mack from the Oakland Raiders and Branden Oliver from the San Diego Chargers. The project gave me a great chance to combine my science, business, and athletic passions and also afforded me the opportunity to interact with some local football stars.