Return to the Simple Life
Mar03

Return to the Simple Life

It’s not always easy, but these Geneseo staff members and alumni have created lifestyles they love. Story by Jim Memmott One couple lives in a house that might make a room in a campus residence hall seem spacious. Another has created a sanctuary in the woods, with a yurt and A-frame they built themselves, where they are at one with nature’s silence and sounds. Yet another couple lives on a farm with a herd of sheep — and ducks and...

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Toothsayer
Mar03

Toothsayer

Tanya Smith ’97 shows how simple teeth can reveal complex stories about how humans evolved. By Lonny Lippsett When Tanya Smith ’97 peered into the time capsules, two small children who lived 250,000 years ago came back to life. They were Neanderthals, an ancient species of now-extinct evolutionary cousins of humans, who had dwelled in what is now southeastern France. One child, Smith could make out, was born in springtime and was...

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Uplifting Voices for LGBTQ History
Mar03

Uplifting Voices for LGBTQ History

Illustration by Ellice Weaver Learning our own stories empowers us. When I saw a need to share LGBTQ history, I created my own walking tour to share with the world. By Michael Venturiello ’13 If you look on the homepage of SUNY Geneseo’s website, you will see an enticing message: “Discover why there’s no place like Geneseo.” As a proud alumnus of 2013, I can understand the rationale for that statement. There truly is no place...

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All the Buzz
Mar03

All the Buzz

The Geneseo Beekeeping Club learns about the complex role of honeybees — and encourages them to thrive on campus. By Mary-Margaret Dwyer ’20 As Beekeeping Club President Allison Menendez ’20pries the top off the beehive, bees emerge from their sticky shelter, flying in and out of the hive. A few puffs from a smoker put the honeybees into survival mode. The smoke urges bees to retreat back into the hives, so club members can...

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Make What You Imagine
Nov26

Make What You Imagine

Alumni conquer real-life boundaries — and serious topics — as illustrators, editors and actors of graphic novels, comics and anime. In the world of graphic storytelling, a teen morphs into a super-hero and swings between buildings with webs spun from his fingertips, and an orphaned goblin faces danger and creatures we’ve never seen before with a wolf pup friend on a mission for justice. What’s fantasy for readers and viewers is...

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Connections Count
Nov26

Connections Count

Embracing the principle of integrative learning, members of the Geneseo community weave disparate strands of knowledge and experience into a strong new fabric. Watch a video about the philosophy curriculum that’s related. In college, you choose a major. In the wider world, you never just have one focus. You might be a software engineer who plays jazz piano, leads a scout troop or calls on knowledge gained in chemistry courses in...

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Your Guide to the Good Shots
Nov26

Your Guide to the Good Shots

Our award-winning photographer shares tips on taking images you’ll want to keep. See Keith’s gallery of favorite  athletic photos to illustrate the tips. With fall sports underway, many Geneseo alumni hope to make memorable photographs of their children and friends competing. As the College’s lead photographer, I’ve learned a few key things during the past eight years of photographing athletic events that help me better tell a...

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Say Yes
Nov26

Say Yes

As an explorer, author and equality advocate, I have learned the importance of embracing life’s blurry lines. When I first arrived at Geneseo, I’d never been on a plane. Heck, I was born and raised in New York state, yet had never before visited New York City. My senior year at Geneseo set me on a different path after I enrolled in Semester at Sea. It’s pretty much like what it sounds: a semester on a ship sailing around the...

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Find Your Flow
Mar13

Find Your Flow

These alumni have built successful careers doing what they love. The old adage “do what you love and you will never work a day in your life” has been repeated in various forms, but the aspirational advice continues to resonate.  Eric Hinman ’02 has created his entire career on it. “The key for me is to find what I love and find ways to do it — all the time,” says Hinman.  Hinman has created several businesses based on his love for...

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The Importance of Play
Mar13

The Importance of Play

Play. It’s a simple word that we learn at an early age, and it embodies wide-ranging activities that help shape our essential nature through adulthood. Who hasn’t heard the shout of, “Will you play with me?” or “Let’s play hide-and-go-seek!” We engage in a multitude of sports — “Play ball!” The billion-dollar game industry capitalizes on our penchant for play, and we play in orchestras and playact on stage and screen. The list is...

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