Q & A: Half a Century Passes, But Important Things Stay the Same
Oct29

Q & A: Half a Century Passes, But Important Things Stay the Same

  Karen Brown Bryant ’74 and Clara Worrall ’22 celebrate what makes Geneseo special in any era. By Kris Dreessen This spring, Clara Worrall ’22 will graduate with degrees in French and chemistry and a minor in anthropology. She started her four years at Geneseo navigating outdoor challenges with other first-year students in the Adirondack Mountains, and she has since studied abroad in Western Africa, completed an internship in a...

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The Unofficial Mayor of Geneseo
Oct29

The Unofficial Mayor of Geneseo

George Gagnier graduated in 1988 — and has been a mentor and athletics behind-the-scenes guru ever since.  By Brett Ford After being part of SUNY Geneseo in one capacity or another for nearly 40 years, George Gagnier ’88 has become one of Geneseo’s most recognizable faces — both on and off campus. He strikes up conversations with nearly every employee he passes and is seemingly omnipresent at campus events and activities.   “I refer...

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Looking Back, From the Class of 1948
Oct29

Looking Back, From the Class of 1948

Joyce Perry Johnson loves reading and has learned listening is most important.  By Kris Dreessen Joyce Perry Johnson ’48 spent her first year as a Geneseo student in Emerson Hall, sharing the large boarding house with 15 other women. World War II wasn’t over, and the lack of male students — only one among the 300-plus undergrads — meant all men’s sports were canceled. She and her friends used to walk to the movie theater and diners on...

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Geneseo Stories — Including Yours
Oct29

Geneseo Stories — Including Yours

  Alumni Relations is publishing an oral history project to celebrate 150 years. By Kris Dreessen Learn more about the Oral History Project and submit your own Geneseo story. An hour-long tour that made the campus feel like home. A visit with an admissions counselor who offered new possibilities to attend college. Friends made in the first days on campus who are like family 40 years later. Alumni remember their college experience as...

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VIDEO: 20 Questions With George Gagnier ’88
Oct29

VIDEO: 20 Questions With George Gagnier ’88

George Gagnier ’88 returned to his alma mater to coach basketball, and has stayed nearly 40 years, in a variety of positions that enhance the student-athlete experience. He is currently the assistant director of athletics, working behind the scenes in important ways. We asked the unofficial mayor of Geneseo 20 questions: Read the story.  

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The Big Idea: Tackling Waste and Transparency Worldwide
Jul06

The Big Idea: Tackling Waste and Transparency Worldwide

View our interactive map to learn how alumni and the College are addressing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals Peter Johnson ’02 is addressing the global problem of food waste and creating greater transparency and fairness in supply chains, worldwide.  By Kris Dreessen From harvest to dinner table, 30 percent of all food produced globally goes to waste, the United Nations estimates, which impacts the environment, workers and food...

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Mission Driven: The Necessary Push
Jul06

Mission Driven: The Necessary Push

Matt Cook ’17 knows the value of an encouraging nudge to dream bigger. Now he provides that support for other young adults. By Kris Dreessen Matt Cook ’21 has had people push him to do and be better throughout his life. In high school, teachers saw what the distracted, loud teen could do and motivated him to focus. The nudges took him to Geneseo, where professors again challenged him to meet his goals, then think bigger for his...

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Superhero Ice-Water Swimmer
Jul06

Superhero Ice-Water Swimmer

Breaking world records in freezing oceans? No problem. Jaimie Monahan ’00 makes history in the most remote, extreme locations. By Kris Dreessen When champion ice-water and ultramarathon swimmer Jaimie Monahan ’00 slides off her Zodiac boat into icy waters, everything falls away. She monitors her fingertips, arm color and breathing. In water just below freezing — and sometimes colder — dropping her focus means she won’t reach her goal....

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Epiphany: Caretakers for Future Generations
Jul06

Epiphany: Caretakers for Future Generations

Protecting wildlands and volunteering on behalf of Geneseo highlights the true value of strengthening what each of us holds most dear.  By Jessica L. Blair ’00 I live on the ancestral lands of the Lakota people, near Bdote, where the Mississippi River converges with the Minnesota River, in the city of Minneapolis. Before being forced to cede their home to European settlers in treaty after treaty, Indigenous people stewarded the lands...

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Driving Change for Good
Feb24

Driving Change for Good

Spring 2021 Issue Global marketing expert Kwame Taylor-Hayford ’04 helps clients build their brands, champion activism, and shift perspectives on social injustice.  By Kris Dreessen For more than a decade, Kwame Taylor-Hayford ’04 has helped global companies like Apple and Uniqlo develop their brands and positions in the marketplace — helping them develop their visual and communication strategies and what they want to be known for. ...

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