Stellar Returns
Jul06

Stellar Returns

Dedicated alumni and donors — and a keen eye for investments — yield positive results for business students. By Carol Marcy Ryan Austin ’22 is president of Geneseo’s Student Management Investment Fund (SMIF), whose members invest money in the stock market. Between September 2020 and May 2021, they pulled a 19.01 percent return on investments — bringing in approximately $72,000.  Solid investment decisions like those have brought the...

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A New Style of Education Brings Courage — And Space Exploration
Feb24

A New Style of Education Brings Courage — And Space Exploration

International student Nami Nishimura ’21 found her place among friends and in astronomy research. By Kris Dreessen Nami Nishimura ’21 worked in a Toyota factory for more than a year in Aichi, Japan, to earn money to study at Geneseo. She wanted to learn about and be a part of American culture, and she appreciated the style of U.S. higher education. “In Japan, education is a lot more passive,” says Nishimura. “Here, students are so...

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A World of Mentors for Geneseo Scholars
Feb24

A World of Mentors for Geneseo Scholars

 Gifts making a difference A two-year program builds women’s leadership skills through scholarships, internships and seminars with global leaders.  By Carol Marcy Since 2014, the SUNY Global Affairs Leadership program, established by Jewish Foundation for the Education of Women (JFEW), has awarded nearly $1.2 million in scholarships and stipends to 50 female scholars at Geneseo. As impressive as that dollar figure is, however, the...

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Old Songs, New Life
Feb24

Old Songs, New Life

Full Circle: Music apps and social media spur students to discover hits from decades past.  By Mary-Margaret Dwyer ’20 Last fall, Nathan Apocada’s truck broke down on his way to work. So instead, he rode his longboard down the Idaho freeway and posted a 15-second video to TikTok of himself cruising, sipping Ocean Spray cranberry juice — and listening to Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.”  Apocada quickly rose to fame, bringing Fleetwood Mac’s...

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Cultures at Home: A Photo Gallery of Some of our Student Clubs and Organizations
Feb24

Cultures at Home: A Photo Gallery of Some of our Student Clubs and Organizations

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The Negative Effects of Stereotyping
Feb23

The Negative Effects of Stereotyping

  Subtle or direct, what society assumes about us changes our actions (for the worse).  By Kris Dreessen Suppose an aspiring female chemist enters a high school competition, and before her presentation, she notes that most of the other participants are male. She remembers hearing at some point that “girls” aren’t supposed to be good at science. She knows she’s created an outstanding project, but these thoughts needle their way in and...

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First Words: What I’ve Learned About Being a Leader
Nov16

First Words: What I’ve Learned About Being a Leader

  The evolution of Awab Shawkat ’21 into a campus leader taught him the importance of listening and responding — what he calls “response-ability.” By Kris Dreessen Awab Shakat ’21 grew up in upstate New York, but as a child he visited his parents’ hometown in Kerma, a village in northern Sudan. It is a place, he says, where you can walk into anyone’s home at any time of day for a visit or to share a meal....

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Two Wheel Wonderful
Nov16

Two Wheel Wonderful

Freedom, play or a more practical commute — bicycling is experiencing a boom. By Mary-Margaret Dwyer ’20 Sometimes finding joy is as simple as riding a bike. A sense of independence can come from exploring on two wheels, or an endor-phin rush from cruising down a steep hill. That joy is exactly what Shana Lydon ’98 needs. “Being able to get out on your bike, pedal and have that sense of freedom is what I like the most,” says...

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Trending Now: It Takes One — to Keep You Going
Nov16

Trending Now: It Takes One — to Keep You Going

 Inspiring stories of athletes who surrounded themselves with passion and the will to achieve their dreams. By Brett Ford Chris Popovici ’06 has dedicated his life and livelihood to mentoring and developing young people, using track and field as a catalyst for personal growth. A middle-distance standout during his four years in the Geneseo program, Popovici won the 500 meters at the 2004 SUNYAC Indoor Track and Field Championships and...

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Looking Ahead
Nov16

Looking Ahead

Alumni and faculty are leaving legacies for future generations of students through charitable estate planning. By Carol Marcy Geneseo donors like Kate DeForest ’93 and Scott Ray, associate professor emeritus of theatre and dance, have designated Geneseo as a beneficiary in their estate planning so they can support future generations of college students. Their leadership gifts will benefit students like Josh DeBell ’21, who received...

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