Community Gold
Apr01

Community Gold

Tom Matthews has helped mentor student leaders for more than 50 years. Tom Matthews gazes through the window of his second-floor office in the MacVittie College Union, taking in the majestic Genesee Valley. It’s a view he has enjoyed thousands of times during his 51 years at the College. Many alumni remember Matthews as the ultimate mentor who could identify their hidden leadership talents and gently provide guidance on how to empower...

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Breaking the Chains
Apr01

Breaking the Chains

Activists — including those from the Geneseo community — are using lessons from history to combat modern slavery and galvanize communities. An estimated 40.3 million people are in some form of modern slavery in 167 countries worldwide, according to the 2017 Global Slavery Index, published by the Walk Free Foundation, which works towards ending modern slavery. Some 50 percent are in forced labor, and 25 percent of slaves are children...

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The Business of Building Hope
Dec01

The Business of Building Hope

It was the early 1980s and Mark Ashley ’77 was on his way to one of his patient’s living quarters in the residential area of the Centre for Neuro Skills (CNS), the rehabilitation facility he had founded to treat patients with acquired and traumatic brain injuries. He was carrying a small bottle of champagne.

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Office Space
Dec01

Office Space

Stepping into some professors’ offices is an encounter with  their passion for their area of expertise, their personalities and life journeys.

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Keeping the Winning Program Strong
Dec01

Keeping the Winning Program Strong

“It’s not really that hard of a decision to support Geneseo,” said Kevin Gavagan ’75. “The students are well-rounded, bright and hard-working, and we alumni have an obligation to give back and keep that winning program strong.”

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The Art of Failure
Dec01

The Art of Failure

My after-Geneseo plans were pretty simple. I was going to graduate in May of 2000, head to a Ph.D. program in September, and be an English professor by 2007. In my free time, I would: adopt a pug dog, start an herb garden, and be a calm human. But as graduation grew closer, I did something that shocked everyone. I decided to turn down a full ride to a prestigious Ph.D. program so I could move to Martha’s Vineyard and waitress.

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