Leadership Starts from the Inside Out
Nov13

Leadership Starts from the Inside Out

By listening to others and envisioning possibilities, A. Gidget Hopf ’72 created ground-breaking opportunities for those with physical challenges. By A. Gidget Hopf ’72 Getting a job upon graduation from Geneseo in 1972 was my number one goal. My husband John (Class of 1970), whom I met at Geneseo, and I were dead broke, and I was driven to earn a living in my chosen field of speech pathology. Fortunately, I landed my...

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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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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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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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On the Front Lines to Defend Wildlife
Jun19

On the Front Lines to Defend Wildlife

Working with the National Geographic Society, I have turned my passion for animals into my purpose.  Follow Tara Keir on Instagram: @tarankeir   If you are lucky in life, you find something you love. If you are even luckier, passion will find you. And if you are me, it will hit you as if you’ve run head-on into a brick wall.  From that perspective, I have been incredibly lucky all of my life. Traced back to elephants and their...

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Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable
Mar13

Getting Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

My mission is to challenge myself and to be present. The journey has helped me to better appreciate life. Read how Krista creates and follows a bucket list, with tips on how to create your own. Last fall, I booked a rather spontaneous trip to visit Virgin Islands National Park. It was my first solo journey to an unfamiliar destination, and while I was a little nervous, I was excited for everything new I would experience. It’s a...

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Good Karma and Positivity: They are a Choice.
Aug15

Good Karma and Positivity: They are a Choice.

My dear friend’s life was cut short. How he lived his life, teaches me how to live mine best. If you were on campus in the early ’80s, you probably remember my Genesee Hall roommate — the guy with the long hair and the derby hat. What you may not know is that Mike Annis ’84 died much too young at 54, taking his last breath in October 2016 in his Nashville home when his body finally said enough to a 33-year battle with Crohn’s, liver...

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Grit is Not Enough
Apr04

Grit is Not Enough

It isn’t enough to be strong and resolute. We all need each other’s help. In the past year, I’ve read a torrent of articles and papers about college students. Two concepts receiving considerable attention are the traits of grit and resilience. I’ve read how the lack of these qualities has purportedly left today’s students ill-equipped to succeed. I’ve read about college student “snowflakes” who, according to a Washington Post op-ed,...

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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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Video: Nature’s Canvas
Dec01

Video: Nature’s Canvas

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.

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