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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Try This at Home: Barbeque Recipes from Master Chef Matt Abdoo ’02
Nov16

Try This at Home: Barbeque Recipes from Master Chef Matt Abdoo ’02

“Almost anybody who has a pantry or a spice cabinet already has the stuff to make barbeque. Most barbecue seasonings are salt, pepper, paprika and brown sugar. Then there are dried spices that many novice cooks have in a cabinet somewhere: garlic, onion, thyme, fennel. It’s all very convenient, easy-to-get stuff,” says chef Matt Abdoo ’02, owner of Pig Beach Barbeque in Brooklyn. He shares three of his own...

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Speaking Up
Nov13

Speaking Up

Geneseo faculty, students and staff have a tradition of activism. By Kris Dreessen Kathy Trainor joined Geneseo in 1970 as director of the MacVittie College Union and student activities. Right away, she noticed that the college community had a “code.” She can’t define it, she says, but it was visible in how faculty, students and staff stand up for and treat one another — with kindness, respect, an open mind and a desire to make a...

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Make Belly-Warming Barbeque at Home
Nov13

Make Belly-Warming Barbeque at Home

Award-winning chef Matt Abdoo ’02 shares how to create your own masterpieces in the kitchen. (Get Matt’s barbeque recipes that are easily made in the oven at home. https://scene.geneseo.edu/2020/11/try-this-at-home-barbeque-recipes-from-master-chef-matt-abdoo-02/) By Robyn Rime I’ve loved cooking since I was a little boy,” says Matt Abdoo ’02, chef and owner of New York City’s Pig Beach BBQ. “I’m half Lebanese, half...

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Leadership Starts from the Inside Out
Nov13

Leadership Starts from the Inside Out

By listening to others and envisioning possibilities, A. Gidget Hopf ’72 created ground-breaking opportunities for those with physical challenges. By A. Gidget Hopf ’72 Getting a job upon graduation from Geneseo in 1972 was my number one goal. My husband John (Class of 1970), whom I met at Geneseo, and I were dead broke, and I was driven to earn a living in my chosen field of speech pathology. Fortunately, I landed my...

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In Memoriam: Fall 2020
Nov13

In Memoriam: Fall 2020

ALUMNI Frances Battaglia Kelly ’44, June 21, 2020 Winifred Auburn Miller ’44, Dec. 20, 2019 Rosemary Allen Pisaro ’51, May 19, 2019 Sadie Boyd Chamberlin ’53, May 10, 2020 Paul Van Der Meid ’53, May 27, 2019 Adele Beckwith Edwards ’56, June 26, 2020 Teresa Rizzo ’59, June 27, 2019 Gwendolyn Burdick George ’60, June 4, 2020 William Heaney ’65, April 18, 2020 Nancy Armeli ’70, March 23, 2020 Mary Spagnolo ’70, Aug. 21, 2020 Judith...

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Making “Frozen” Magic on the Silver Screen
Jul15

Making “Frozen” Magic on the Silver Screen

An animator for The Walt Disney Company, Becky Bresee ’93 was a head of animation for “Frozen 2.” /Photo by Ricky Middlesworth Walt Disney animator Becky Bresee ’93 brings fairy tales to life. By Carol Marcy When you wish upon a star, do your dreams come true? Yes, if you are Becky Bresee ’93. As a young girl, she loved The Walt Disney Company’s fairy tales. She dreamed of the characters’ lives — royalty in castles and imaginary...

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A Century of Do-It-Yourself News
Jul14

A Century of Do-It-Yourself News

Student staff members of The Lamron have created their own voice and a lens to the world. By Mary-Margaret Dwyer’ 20 Larry Austin ’87 spent his years at Geneseo devoted to publishing the student-run newspaper, The Lamron, every week. Starting out as a sports writer, he moved on to sports editor as a sophomore, associate editor as a junior, and finally editor-in-chief his senior year, overseeing all production and management...

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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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The Small Steps of Lifelong Learning
Jul13

The Small Steps of Lifelong Learning

The journey toward fulfillment starts with wonder. by Dana Wavle ’85 Our lives are a sequence of small steps toward the attainment of our personal and professional goals. Since graduating from Geneseo in 1985, I have been a lifelong learner. My academic experiences at Geneseo — the classes, professors and ivy-covered buildings — instilled a love for learning that has remained with me to this day. I earned my master’s degree in...

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