Driving Change for Good
Feb24

Driving Change for Good

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.  He’s led efforts...

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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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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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