Video: Ambassador Nawang Sherpa ’20
Jul15

Video: Ambassador Nawang Sherpa ’20

Nawang Sherpa ’20 struggled during his first year at Geneseo. It inspired him to explore his roots as a Sherpa-American and help other first-generation, Sherpa-Americans be introduced to and prepare for college. As the 2019 John A. ’87 and Mary Grace ’84 Gleason Ambassador in Student Affairs, Sherpa designed a three-part, immersive project in Nepal, Queens, N.Y., and...

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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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Seeds and Harvest
Jul13

Seeds and Harvest

While Geneseo’s mission is to foster student growth, faculty and staff learn and gain inspiration from students as well. By Kris Dreessen In higher education, we most often hear about how students learn from professors and staff. But just as often, those faculty and staff members say they learn from and are inspired by students. They are mentors, but their support of students comes back to them in many, sometimes revelatory, ways....

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Kindred Spirits
Jul13

Kindred Spirits

Geneseo community members share how their pets teach them about life, loss, relationships and unconditional love. By Kris Dreessen A paw on the hand, a face full of fur, a loving greeting when we arrive. From dogs and cats to horses and pot-bellied pigs, our pets change our lives — and us — in large and small ways. President Denise A. Battles, Michael Mills and Vejovis: Pet ambassadors and accepting loss We were just going to meet...

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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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Breaking Higher Ed’s Gender Barriers
Jul13

Breaking Higher Ed’s Gender Barriers

How Geneseo and two professors are shaping the future of women and underrepresented groups in academia, especially in STEM fields. By Lonny Lippsett Though women in academia have made strides in recent decades, they remain stubbornly underrepresented in higher professorial ranks, especially in STEM fields. Two initiatives at Geneseo have been launched to help surmount entrenched barriers for women faculty. Wendy Pogozelski,...

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Video: The Simple Life, Unplugged
Mar06

Video: The Simple Life, Unplugged

At Geneseo, Nik Varrone is the support services manager for IT. At home, he and his wife, Anya, run a farm and plows the land using a method that was most popular in the 1700s. The Varrones use horse plowing and have created a lifestyle that fits their beliefs, goals and is more sustainable. “If you look at what we do from the outside, it looks simple,” says Nik Varrone, Geneseo’s support services manager in the IT...

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Video: A Home Away From Home
Mar06

Video: A Home Away From Home

If it’s Tuesday or Thursday, Terry Price ’58 is probably at the Home Away From Respite program, which provides companionship and programming for seniors with memory-related illnesses and free time for their caregivers. Students like Raina Schoen Thomas ’20, he says, have become friends and help him with his memories....

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Your Guide to a Little Zen — Anywhere
Mar05

Your Guide to a Little Zen — Anywhere

Pausing a few minutes inspires mindfulness and boosts your everyday well-being. By Kris Dreessen Deadlines. Errands. There are a million tasks to do each day. But by taking a few minutes to sit, breathe and immerse ourselves in the present, we can boost our focus, reset our distracted minds and bring some much-welcome calm. “There is a natural slowing down when you are not trying to do 20 things at once,” says Beth Cholette,...

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Video: A Forest Sanctuary
Mar05

Video: A Forest Sanctuary

Geneseo’s Director of Sustainability Dan DeZarn and Kimberly Keil-DeZarn ’06 show us around their home, which they’ve built to have many sustainability related features. It’s even built from mostly recycled and reclaimed...

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