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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How to: Your Food Scraps, Renewed!
Jul06

How to: Your Food Scraps, Renewed!

Geneseo’s sustainability experts share simple steps to compost at home. By Mat Johnson “Some things just take time — like good wine and compost,” says Dan DeZarn, Geneseo’s director of sustainability. Technically, composting is “the decomposition of organic waste,” says DeZarn, himself a backyard composter. In any active compost pile, oxygen-seeking bacteria are busy breaking down organic material. The result is a soil-like material...

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In Memoriam: Summer 2021
Jul06

In Memoriam: Summer 2021

IN MEMORIAM Beverly Mose Simons ’52, May 15, 2021 Mary Timcher Vosburgh ’52, Feb. 21, 2021 Diana Costello DeMerio ’57, March 30, 2021 Alison Wagner Wessler ’57, April 8, 2021 James Hallenbeck ’59, Dec. 21, 2020 Lillian Michels ’60, Feb. 10, 2021 Ann House Brunner ’61, June 13, 2021 Gordon Schiller ’63, March 19, 2021 Mary Mooney Bradley ’64, April 22, 2018 Carol Wren Hall ’64, Feb. 19, 2021 George Wilkerson ’64, May 12, 2020 Katharine...

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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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How to: Steeped in Tradition
Feb24

How to: Steeped in Tradition

Tea sommelier Sara Silbiger Shacket ’98 shares the joy and how to make perfect cold brew.  By Mat Johnson “I started drinking tea really young,” says Sara Silbiger-Shacket ’98. Some of Shacket’s earliest memories are of visiting her Eastern European grandparents, drinking tea around the table as a family. Her grandmother would drink tea with a sugar cube in her cheek to sweeten it, while Shacket would steal and eat the other cubes...

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In Memoriam: Spring 2021
Feb23

In Memoriam: Spring 2021

In Memoriam of ALUMNI Elizabeth Galvin Mather ’44, Oct. 13, 2020 Esther McNeil Griffin ’48, Dec. 5, 2020 Betty Daniel Mitscher ’48, Dec. 5, 2020 Donna Kraiger Kopp’ 49, Jan. 21, 2021 Hunter Fraser ’50, Sept. 20, 2020 Shirley Coggen Wyker ’50, Aug.29, 2020 Loris Corteville Mosher ’51, Jan. 24, 2021 Mary Lynn Coleman Biondolillo’ 52, Jan. 13, 2021 Ann-Mari Nordgren ’53, July 14,...

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Humor: A Walking Tour of My Irish Faux Pas
Feb23

Humor: A Walking Tour of My Irish Faux Pas

A Fulbright student’s (fictional) comedy of errors in the heart of Dublin. By Bizzy Coy ’06 Folks, gather ’round! The free tour is about to start. Thank you all for assembling here beneath Dublin’s famous statue of a seagull defiling a statue of a seagull. Today, we’ll visit several locations where I made massive blunders during my time as a Fulbright student in Ireland. It can be quite a challenge to adjust to living in another...

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A Leader in Autism Services
Nov16

A Leader in Autism Services

Former teacher Melissa Willa ’98 created a network of trained professionals who help educators, families and children. By Carol Marcy Melissa Willa ’98 didn’t expect to establish a large business one day. She intended to be an elementary school teacher. Yet, by 2005, Willa had co-founded Gateway Learning Group with her spouse, Colin Davitian, whose background in finance and business development helped her create a company that...

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