In the Ecuadorian Amazon, members of the Sarayaku Kichwa live in harmony with “Pachamama,” or Mother Earth. When workers from the national oil company of Ecuador flew a prospecting helicopter onto their land in 2007, the Sarayaku protested against drilling and fought to protect their way of life, winning their case in an international court in 2012.
A week before this past August’s “Great American Eclipse,” Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Anne Pellerin gave a community talk about the event at Wadsworth Library in Geneseo. “There were 5-year-old kids, there were elderly people — all ages, just being excited about science,” says Pellerin. That energy carries her: “It’s what wakes me up in the morning, and is really why I’m doing that job as a teacher. I want to share the excitement.”
Step into the time machine! Though high-waisted jeans may have peaked in the 1980s, they are making a strong comeback. Clothes that emphasized the waistline were all the rage at New York Fashion Week 2018.
Freshmen in the First-Year Immersion program collect water samples from Wolf Creek to help determine overall habitat health in Letchworth State Park. Students spend three days before classes getting introduced to the area, life at Geneseo, research and each other.
Hunter Drews knows volleyball.
Growing up the daughter of a coach, the first-year Geneseo women’s volleyball head coach literally had a front-row seat for how to achieve at a high level in a sport most people play either in their backyards or on a beach.
When William Sadler was acting in a high school play in Orchard Park, N.Y., the director asked him what he wanted to do with his life. “I didn’t know what I wanted to be,” he recalled. “I was a newbie, and this was a brave new world. But acting was interesting.” The play was about a young veteran who was confronting an alcoholic father. Sadler felt the complexity and the power of emotions and fragility of relationships that were brought to life on stage.
Jeanine Lupisella ’87/MS ’92 was at a point in her life when she was in a hurry to help. As a middle school principal in the Honeoye Falls-Lima district south of Rochester, N.Y., she had planned to travel to a developing country to help promote literacy — after retirement. Then, in 2011, she found herself going to a lot of funerals, sometimes for people of her generation.
Everyone knows about Geneseo sunsets: Many evenings, nature’s show is the best show in town. While most students and visitors watch from the gazebo, some students have a secret advantage to viewing the oranges and pinks over the valley — from their rooms. Scott Williams ’20, a political science and geography major, has one of those rooms. When selecting where he was going to live, this perk was something he never anticipated at Genesee Residence Hall.
For 27 years, the Roemer Arborteum has been both a quiet place to appreciate the wild and a natural classroom, where students and faculty conduct research on topics from ant colonies to monitoring how human impact on songbird habitat affects the birds’ behavior. The 20-acre reserve is home to 70 species of trees, shrubs and plants and was a gift from the college by the late Spencer J. Roemer, emeritus dean of admissions, who created an endowment so it will be forever wild.
James Patterson, The best-selling author and philanthropist, has sold more than 300 million copies of his books, including his well-known Alex Cross and Maximum Ride series as well as numerous stand-alone thrillers, and he shows no sign of curtailing his prolific writing schedule.