Words to a New World
Jul14

Words to a New World

Book club members find escape and community at Geneseo for more than 100 years. By Mary-Margaret Dwyer ’20 In 1940, Marie Laure and her father fled to the French countryside when the German army invaded Paris. There she encountered Werner, a German who tracked the Resistance. Their tale, told in Anthony Doerr’s book “All the Light We Cannot See,” is one of survival, and how people try to be good to each other. Doerr’s story won...

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Calendar: Events in fall 2020 and beyond
Jul14

Calendar: Events in fall 2020 and beyond

STAY CONNECTED  Enjoy virtual opportunities to connect with the Geneseo community and share your ideas for new programs. Check out lifelong learning activities like the alumni book club. Take a trip down memory lane through your favorite campus and event photos, download coloring pages, or find a Geneseo Zoom background to show your Geneseo spirit. Visit...

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Fostering a Love of Learning
Jul13

Fostering a Love of Learning

A lifetime of inquiry builds our knowledge and inspires us to serve others. By President Denise A. Battles I am writing this message in early June, as the nation and world continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic and are engaged in a crucial conversation about systemic racism and the need for change. By the time of your reading, the particulars of that environment may have again altered, but there’s little doubt that these public health...

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Video: Reconstructing Fashion
Jul13

Video: Reconstructing Fashion

Katherine Andersen ’19 spent an entire semester creating and constructing a wearable historical traveling gown, inspired by a museum visit while studying abroad in the Netherlands. Bonita Bauter Stubblefield ’82, lecturer in theatre and dance, theatre costume designer, mentors students like Andersen who wish to learn to create costumes. She says she the beauty of students is that they are new to the field and have...

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In Memoriam: Summer 2020
Jul13

In Memoriam: Summer 2020

ALUMNI Phyllis Harrington Olmstead ’38, Jan. 24, 2020 Margaret Block Ball ’45, Jan. 26, 2020 JoAnn Springstead Seyfert ’49, Dec. 30, 2019 Robert W. Yull ’49, April 10, 2020 John “Jack” Samter ’50, March 30, 2020 Rosemary Allen Pisaro ’51, May 19, 2019 Margaret Bellanca Vangalio ’51, April 28, 2020 Barbara Long Dick ’52, Jan. 11, 2020 Michela Marino DiDuro ’52, Aug. 31, 2019 Mary Nash Orbaker ’53, Aug. 22, 2019 Patricia Keenan Steele...

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Video: Apart, Together, One Knight
Jul13

Video: Apart, Together, One Knight

Members of the Geneseo family reached out and offered support during the pandemic last spring— from Geneseo faculty quickly adapting to remote learning, to members of Geneseo First Response offering assistance in hard-hit Rockland County in New York, to students volunteering at home or online. “This is exactly the character and spirit of our students, faculty, staff and alumni, to address needs and be responsive,” says Garth Freeman,...

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Video: Fuel for the Future
Jul13

Video: Fuel for the Future

In his lab in the Integrated Science Center, Barnabas Gikonyo, lecturer in chemistry and director of introductory chemistry labs, teaches students the foundations of chemistry research. Last year, 10 of them assisted with long-term projects to support better health and more sustainable use of resources. Gikonyo, an expert in organic and materials chemistry, and his team are developing both biofuels and a biocompatible cement that may...

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Video: Noah Chichester ’18 Quarantine Concerts
Jul13

Video: Noah Chichester ’18 Quarantine Concerts

Noah Chichester ’18 was living and working in A Coruña, Spain when the coronavirus forced everyone into quarantine. Noah began putting on impromptu concerts from the window of his high-rise apartment to lift the spirits of his neighbors. Here are a couple snippets of those...

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Seeds and Harvest
Jul13

Seeds and Harvest

While Geneseo’s mission is to foster student growth, faculty and staff learn and gain inspiration from students as well. By Kris Dreessen In higher education, we most often hear about how students learn from professors and staff. But just as often, those faculty and staff members say they learn from and are inspired by students. They are mentors, but their support of students comes back to them in many, sometimes revelatory, ways....

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Kindred Spirits
Jul13

Kindred Spirits

Geneseo community members share how their pets teach them about life, loss, relationships and unconditional love. By Kris Dreessen A paw on the hand, a face full of fur, a loving greeting when we arrive. From dogs and cats to horses and pot-bellied pigs, our pets change our lives — and us — in large and small ways. President Denise A. Battles, Michael Mills and Vejovis: Pet ambassadors and accepting loss We were just going to meet...

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