Geneva College

Infobox University
name = Geneva College
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motto = "Pro Christo et Patria"
mottoeng = For Christ and Country
established = 1848
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type = Private college
affiliation = Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America
endowment = US$28.6 million [ [;_ylt=AgWV8tEHmzjFoOH4R0cNZnIZvskF Yahoo Education] ]
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president = Kenneth A. Smith
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faculty = 79 full time [ Geneva College - Fast Facts ] ]
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students = 1791
undergrad = 1340
postgrad = 451
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city = Beaver Falls
state = Pennsylvania
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country = United States
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campus = Suburban, 55 acres
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nickname = Golden Tornadoes
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affiliations = NCAA Division III, Presidents' Athletic Conference
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Geneva College is a small, private, liberal arts college located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded in 1848, it is affiliated with the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA).


Geneva College was founded in 1848 in Northwood, Ohio, by John Black Johnston, a minister of the RPCNA. Originally called "Geneva Hall", the college was named after the Swiss center of the Reformed faith movement. After briefly closing during the American Civil War, the college continued operating in Northwood until 1880. By that time, the college leadership had begun a search for alternate locations that were closer to urban areas. After considering several locations in the Midwest, the denomination chose the College Hill neighborhood of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. The college constructed its current campus on land donated by the Harmony Society. Old Main, the oldest building on campus, was completed in 1881.

The United States Army took over the campus during World War I for use as a training base. Fact|date=November 2007 The college experienced significant growth after World War II as many former servicemen took advantage of the educational provisions of the G.I. Bill. The college also experienced another growth period in the 1990s. The most recent major campus construction project to be completed was the construction of the Rapp Technical Design Center in 2002. A major project to reroute Pennsylvania Route 18, which runs through the campus, was completed in November 2007. [ [ New Route 18 Open] , Geneva College, 2007-11-19. Accessed 2007-11-27.] Improvements to Reeves Stadium and the construction of a campus entrance are expected to be completed by Fall 2008. [ [ Beyond the Bend Timeline] , Geneva College. Accessed 2007-11-27.]


Two bodies oversee the administration of the college, the Board of Corporators and the Board of Trustees; while the Corporators are the official legal owners of the college, in practice most authority is delegated to the Trustees, who are elected by the Corporators. The RPCNA still takes an active sponsorship and oversight role in the college: the college president, chaplain, and chairman of the Department of Biblical Studies must be members of the RPCNA, and all members of the Board of Corporators and the majority of the Board of Trustees must be RPCNA members. All professors and lecturers in the Department of Biblical Studies must subscribe to the Westminster Confession of Faith, and all full-time faculty and staff members must submit a written statement confessing faith in Jesus Christ and the Christian religion.


Geneva offers undergraduate degree programs in the arts and sciences, such as elementary education, business, engineering, student ministry, biology, and psychology. In 2006, the Educational Testing Service (ETS) rated the Business and Accounting undergraduates in the 95th percentile amongst American colleges.

Geneva offers a Degree Completion Program (DCP) for degrees in Human Resource Management, Community Ministry or Organizational Development for adult students mainly at off-campus locations. Geneva also established the Center for Urban Theological Studies in Philadelphia and has sister colleges in Taiwan (Christ College) and Korea (Chong Shin College and Theological Seminary).

Geneva also offers graduates studies in several fields. These include a Master of Business Administration, a Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership, Masters of Education in Reading or Special Education, and Masters of Arts in Counseling or Higher Education.

Geneva established the Center for Technology Development in 1986 for providing research, prototyping and technical support to local industries and entrepreneurs. The Center was awarded first prize in the Consolidated Natural Gas Company’s Annual Award of Excellence competition in 1990.

Affiliations and accreditations

Geneva College is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Accreditations include the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology, Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs, American Chemical Society and the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs.


The school's sports teams are called the Golden Tornadoes. Beginning with the 2007-08 school year, Geneva will begin play as a provisional member in NCAA Division III, as well as the Presidents' Athletic Conference. However, Geneva will not qualify for post season play or conference Player of the Week honors until they gain full membership in 2011. [] The Golden Tornadoes will also be joining the East Coast Athletic Conference and will continue its membership in the National Christian College Athletic Association. [ [ Athletics] , Geneva College. Accessed 2007-09-30.]

Football competition began in 1890 under head coach William McCracken. Over the years, the football team has amassed an all-time record of 496 wins, 437 losses, and 48 ties with five appearances in the Victory Bowl. The current football coach is Geno DeMarco.

Culture and traditions

The majority of students come from evangelical or conservative Mainline Protestant backgrounds.Fact|date=February 2008 Students must attend a designated number of weekly college-sponsored chapels to qualify for graduation. Alcohol is banned from the campus, and tobacco use is restricted to a purpose-built gazebo near Pearce Hall. Greek letter fraternities and sororities are not permitted.

Geneva College bills itself the "Birthplace of College Basketball." The first recorded basketball game involving a college team occurred at Geneva College on April 8, 1893 when the Geneva College Covenanters defeated the New Brighton YMCA.

Geneva was founded by Scottish and Scots-Irish immigrants. Many names of campus buildings and areas bear Scottish names:
*The main meeting area of the Student Center is called "Skye Lounge" after the Isle of Skye.
*The restaurant-style eating area is called "The Brig", short for Brigadoon, commemorating a play about a mythical Highland village.
*The guest dining room is referred to as the "Clan Room", after the Scottish clans.

Geneva sports teams were nicknamed the "Covenanters" until the 1950s. Members of the RPCNA are sometimes referred to as Covenanters because the denomination traces its roots to the Covenanting tradition of Reformation era Scotland. The modern sports nickname of "Golden Tornadoes" commemorates the "Golden Tornado" of May 11, 1914 when a major tornado struck the college. Although the storm caused significant damage to the campus, there were no serious injuries. College students and faculty rejoiced at what they believed was a sign of God's mercy.

Geneva's traditional sports rivalry is with Westminster College in nearby New Wilmington, Pennsylvania.Fact|date=February 2008 The rivalry was partially interrupted for several years around the turn of the 21st century when Westminster left the NAIA for the NCAA Division III. The rivalry will continue into the future, however, as both schools will be members of the NCAA Division III Presidents' Athletic Conference by 2007.



On December 15, 2006, the college filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Pennsylvania, alleging that a decision by the state to block the college from participating in the state sponsored CareerLink job service amounted to a violation of the college's First Amendment rights. In response, the state argued that the college's requirement that faculty members subscribe to the Christian religion amounted to discrimination, to which the college responded that the faculty religious test constituted a bona fide occupational qualification under existing federal employment law. The lawsuit was co-sponsored by the Association of Faith-Based Organizations and argued by the Christian Legal Society.

In April 2007, the college reached a settlement with CareerLink in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh. Geneva's right to access to CareerLink will be restored and the college will retain the statement on its employment applications stating, "Compliance with Geneva's Christian views is considered a bona fide occupational qualification ... and will have a direct impact on employment consideration." [ [] , Beaver County Times]


Offices and classrooms

*Alexander Hall — Administrative offices (first floor) and main dining hall (second floor). [ [ Alexander Hall] , Geneva College. Accessed 2007-09-08.]
*Alumni Hall — Primary music building, including music department offices. [ [ Alumni Music Hall] , Geneva College. Accessed 2007-09-08.]
*Fern Cliffe — Faculty offices for political science, humanities, history and English departments. [ [ Fern Cliffe] , Geneva College. Accessed 2007-09-08.]
*Johnston Gym — Built in 1911, Johnston Gym is primarily used for music and band purposes. Originally, per its name, it was used as the college gymnasium. [ [ Johnston Gymnasium] , Geneva College. Accessed 2007-09-08.]
*McCartney Library — College library, built in 1930 and expanded in 1965, and named for Clarence E. Macartney. Its collection includes over 371,000 items including a special section of RPCNA historical documents. [ [ Geneva College - About the Library] , Geneva College. Accessed 2007-09-08.]
*Northwood Hall — Classrooms and faculty offices for business and psychology departments, completed in 1998. [ [ Northwood Hall] , Geneva College. Accessed 2007-09-08.]
*Old Main — Classrooms, administration offices (including the president's office), and faculty offices. When Geneva moved to Beaver Falls, Old Main was the first classroom structure, completed in 1881. [ [ Old Main] , Geneva College. Accessed 2007-09-08.]
*Rapp Technical Design Center — Technical classrooms and laboratories. Completed in 2002, it is the newest educational building on campus. [ [ Rapp Technical Design Center] , Geneva College. Accessed 2007-09-08.]
*Science and Engineering (S&E) — Technical classrooms, laboratories, and faculty offices for engineering, chemistry, biology, physics and computer science departments. [ [ The Science & Engineering Building] , Geneva College. Accessed 2007-09-08.]

ports and student life

*Bagpiper Theatre — Theater hosting productions sponsored by the Communications Department. [ [ The Bagpiper Theatre] , Geneva College. Accessed 2007-09-08.]
*Merriman Athletic Complex — Track and field and soccer. [ [ The Merriman Athletic Field Complex] , Geneva College. Accessed 2007-09-08.]
*Metheney Fieldhouse — Gyms, locker rooms, sports faculty offices, and other sports-related facilities. [ [ Metheny Field house] , Geneva College. Accessed 2007-09-08.]
*Reeves FieldFootball. [ [ Reeves Field] , Geneva College. Accessed 2007-09-08.] The field is also used by the Beaver Falls High School football team and was Joe Namath's home field during his high school days.Fact|date=September 2007
*Student Center — Lounges, Brigadoon restaurant, Riverview Cafe coffeeshop, student mail, fitness center and bookstore. [ [ The Student Center] , Geneva College. Accessed 2007-09-08.]
*WGEV — college radio station. [ [ WGEV] ]

Residence halls

*Clarke Hall — traditional women's dorm with three floors of two-person rooms. [ [ Clarke Hall] , Geneva College. Accessed 2007-09-08.]
*Geneva Arms — four floors of apartment-style dorms, with apartment capacities ranging from three to six persons. The Arms is divided into men's and women's buildings. [ [ Young Hall & Geneva Arms] , Geneva College. Accessed 2007-09-08.]
*McKee Hall — traditional women's dorm with three floors of two-person suite-style rooms. [ [ McKee Hall] , Geneva College. Accessed 2007-09-08.]
*Memorial Hall — traditional men's dorm with four floors of two-person rooms. [ [ Memorial Hall] , Geneva College. Accessed 2007-09-08.]
*Pearce Hall — traditional men's dorm with four floors of two-person rooms. [ [ Pearce Hall] , Geneva College. Accessed 2007-09-08.]
*Schoolhouse — three floors of women's apartment-style dorms. [ [ "College Catalog 2006-2007"] , Geneva College, 2006, p. 166. Accessed 2007-09-10.]
*Young Hall — four floors of apartment-style dorms, with apartment capacities ranging from three to six persons. Young Hall is divided into men's and women's buildings. [ [ Young Hall & Geneva Arms] , Geneva College. Accessed 2007-09-08.]

Geneva also operates several smaller houses, primarily for upperclassmen. These include: [Geneva College. "Geneva College 2007-2008 Student Handbook". Beaver Falls: Geneva College, 2007, pp. 191-193.]
*Barbato House
*Kerr House
*Patterson House
*Richardson House [ [ The 2007-08 school year brings excitement to the campus community] , Geneva College, 2007-08-24. Accessed 2007-09-10.]
*Swanson House

The college also places some restrictions on out-of-town students living off-campus. [Geneva College. "Geneva College 2007-2008 Student Handbook". Beaver Falls: Geneva College, 2007, pp. 168-169.]

Other places on campus

The following structures are owned by the college, but currently not being used for any activities or events.
*Geneva R.P. Church Building - Formerly the meeting place of the Geneva Reformed Presbyterian Church congregation, the buff colored brick building was sold to Geneva College when that congregation merged with the nearby First Reformed Presbyterian Church in the early 21st century. Though the building is owned by Geneva, it is only being used for some music practice rooms.

Future structures

*Music and Fine Art Center - Will house the college's band, and music program, along with a giant auditorium. May also be used for play and musical productions.


Geneva Campus Gallery


External links

* [ Geneva College website]
* [ "The Cabinet" Geneva College newspaper]
* [ WGEV Geneva College radio station]

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