Geneseo’s Power of Place
Dec11

Geneseo’s Power of Place

For generations, members of our College community have created memories on campus. They embrace them for life. SUNY Geneseo is set on a hill, bordered by a village main street, farmland and a valley that appears to stretch beyond the horizon. Alumni remember the golden orange sunsets and the rolling landscape.  “At first, students see it as a landscape of academic buildings. By living in it and experiencing it, it becomes a place, and...

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Who You Are,  Where You Are
Dec11

Who You Are, Where You Are

Geneseo researchers explore the connections between people and place.  It’s not hard to figure out your location on the map. Nowadays, you can just ask your phone. Understanding what it means to be in that location is a different story. The character of a place (Hilly or flat? Bustling or deserted? Settled in the 1890s or the 1980s?) shapes your experience there, and maybe even shapes the person you are. Whether you’ve lived in a...

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Finding ‘Place’ in Unexpected Places
Dec11

Finding ‘Place’ in Unexpected Places

Helping residents in Puerto Rico Reminds Us What Home and Belonging Really Are. Danny stood on the curb waiting for us every day in front of his hurricane-ravaged house in Puerto Rico as we arrived to help him rebuild.  His residence outside of Carolina City was among thousands all but destroyed by Hurricane Maria in the fall of 2017, and Geneseo alumnus Dan Martin ’16 and I led a group of seven Geneseo students last May.  The...

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Seven Marathons. Seven Continents. Seven days.
Dec11

Seven Marathons. Seven Continents. Seven days.

Check out Cara’s “ultimate motivating playlist” for tunes to keep you going on a run or exercising.  Teacher Cara Nelson ’09 brought the experience of completing an impossible feat to her students. Along the way, she learned that succeeding is all mental. Last spring, Cara Nelson ’09 accomplished something that may seem impossible. She completed seven marathons on seven continents — in seven days. Nelson first ran...

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Explorer. Scholar. Teacher.
Aug15

Explorer. Scholar. Teacher.

Since 1969, Ronald Herzman has examined culture, the arts and humanity across the world and through time. Students and colleagues say the voyages they have taken have been transformative. On a Wednesday in early April, Ronald Herzman, Distinguished Teaching Professor of English, Geneseo faculty member since 1969 and international scholar, now in the last month before his retirement, walks down University Drive on his way to his 8:30...

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The Psychology of Happiness and the Sociology of Well-being
Aug15

The Psychology of Happiness and the Sociology of Well-being

Recent books by Geneseo faculty members take different approaches in examining what may make for a better world and for satisfied lives The Shakespearian assertion that “something is rotten in the state of Denmark,” doesn’t hold weight these days according to the United Nation’s annual World Happiness Report. Denmark, and the handful of other Scandinavian countries, are consistent leaders on the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions...

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