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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Video: Reconstructing Fashion
Jul13

Video: Reconstructing Fashion

Katherine Andersen ’19 spent an entire semester creating and constructing a wearable historical traveling gown, inspired by a museum visit while studying abroad in the Netherlands. Bonita Bauter Stubblefield ’82, lecturer in theatre and dance, theatre costume designer, mentors students like Andersen who wish to learn to create costumes. She says she the beauty of students is that they are new to the field and have...

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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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A New Focus
Mar05

A New Focus

Jeff Fasano ’80 chose passion over an uninspiring career. He was rewarded with his dream job, photographing musicians and actors. By Kris Dreessen For 18 years, Jeff Fasano ’80 worked a corporate job organizing container ships carrying goods for import and export. Ultimately, it was disappointing to spend his days in New York City, poring over operations in an office. He wasn’t happy in life. “I was 33. I left my job one day,...

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Kids On Earth in the 21st Century
Nov27

Kids On Earth in the 21st Century

Howard Blumenthal ’74 explores the future by interviewing kids around the world. Watch the Kids on Earth videos. Howard Blumenthal ’74 created and produced the Peabody Award-winning PBS series, “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” to teach kids geography and problem-solving. The show combined a detective story, game show, comedy and musical numbers. With his new online video project, “Kids on Earth,” he travels to cities,...

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Unexpected History Makers
Nov27

Unexpected History Makers

How ordinary people can catalyze extraordinary change. History is full of great people who have invoked great change. But just as often, great change happens through ordinary people, untrained in activism, whose convictions compel them to act and whose circumstances provide them an unexpected platform. Jim Obergefell is one such “ordinary” person, says Geneseo’s Chief Diversity Officer robbie routenberg ’05. Along with his partner of...

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Video: The Power of Music and Science
Nov27

Video: The Power of Music and Science

  Jamie Sacca Dostal ’08 blends science and music to help children with disabilities. Learn about her work in the classroom and read her profile about the power of...

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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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The Power of Music
Nov22

The Power of Music

Jamie Sacca Dostal ’08 blends science and music to help children with disabilities. Watch a video of Jamie at work. Jamie Sacca Dostal ’08 was playing musical instruments with a group of children in her preschool classroom last spring when she heard a child diagnosed with autism utter his first intelligible word. As she cued the students with “Ready, set,” the 5-year-old boy suddenly said, “Go. “The first time he said it, we...

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Reach Out and Be Surprised
Jun24

Reach Out and Be Surprised

Artist Ivan Cash ’08 encourages connection and curiosity in the digital age. A few years ago, Ivan Cash ’08 had an idea to bring strangers together — using a digital tool that can often make us more insular and detached. Cash created Selfless Portraits, an interactive art project that invited Facebook users to receive a random user’s profile picture, draw it and welcome a stranger drawing theirs in return. He posted the finished...

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