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BATAVIA -- The Rev. Nancy Tripp, pastor of First Baptist Church, Le Roy, will review renowned primatologist Jane Goodall's "Reason for Hope: A Spiritual Journey" in the next Books Sandwiched In program, Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. in the Gallery Room at Richmond Memorial Library, 19 Ross St.

The talk is free, and those attending are encouraged to bring their lunches. Coffee, tea and dessert are provided by Friends of the Richmond Memorial Library.

Geneseo breaks ground for new dormitory

Geneseo State College broke ground Thursday for the first new residence hall on its campus in 30 years.

The townhouse-style complex, to accommodate 200 students, is planned for completion by August, and will be located between College Drive on the campus and the Mary Jemison Drive/Route 63 bypass, officials said. Cost will be about $10 million.

"This complex will transform residential life on the campus," said Robert Bonfiglio, Geneseo State's vice president for student and campus life.

Four or five students will be able to live in private bedrooms in each of a series of townhouses in the complex. Each bedroom will have computer and telephone access.

A 3,000-square-foot commons building will contain a student-run food co-op as well as meeting rooms, mailboxes, laundry facilities and offices.

Design is by Quinlivan, Pierik & Krause Architects Engineers of Syracuse. The complex will be built by Spoleta Construction of Rochester.

Funded by the state Dormitory Authority, the complex will be part of a $36 million project to include major improvements for the rest of the college's residence halls. About 3,000 students currently live on Geneseo State's campus.

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