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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Trips of Lifetimes
Feb23

Trips of Lifetimes

Geneseo faculty first led students on journeys of discovery abroad 45 years ago. Adventures of learning, self-reflection and global understanding have transformed students ever since. By Kris Dreessen The summer after his graduation, Jim Leary ’75 traveled to Italy to learn about The Age of Dante Alighieri with Bill Cook and Ron Herzman — two young professors who would become world-renowned scholars.  Leary and other students studied...

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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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Geneseo Fulbrights Across the World

Students and alumni who have earned the prestigious fellowships are informal ambassadors who are transformed by the experience. By Kris Dreessen Watch a series of videos from Fulbrighters about their experience: go.geneseo.edu/fulbright Rachel Britton ’18 always appreciated nature, but it took an undergraduate study abroad program in Iceland to truly feel a part of it. Exploring ancient island rock formations and the literature they...

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What Makes Good Leaders?
Nov13

What Makes Good Leaders?

  Entrenched notions of leadership are expanding to embrace collaboration and listening. By Lonny Lippsett Every year, Tom Matthews would ask incoming first-year students at Geneseo, “What’s your definition of leadership?” Their knee-jerk response was almost always “Leadership is telling people what to do.” “We knew there was a lot more to it than that,” Matthews says with a smile. In 1999, Matthews, associate dean emeritus of...

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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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First Words: First-Generation Success
Jul14

First Words: First-Generation Success

Nawang Sherpa ’20 discovered his Sherpa identity in Nepal and created a program to introduce first-generation Sherpa-Americans to college at Geneseo through his ambassadorship. /Photo by Keith Walters ’11 Nawang Sherpa ’20 struggled to excel in his first year at Geneseo. It inspired him to explore his roots and prepare other Sherpa-Americans for the college experience. By Kris Dreessen Nawang Sherpa’s parents immigrated to...

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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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Kindred Spirits
Jul13

Kindred Spirits

Geneseo community members share how their pets teach them about life, loss, relationships and unconditional love. By Kris Dreessen A paw on the hand, a face full of fur, a loving greeting when we arrive. From dogs and cats to horses and pot-bellied pigs, our pets change our lives — and us — in large and small ways. President Denise A. Battles, Michael Mills and Vejovis: Pet ambassadors and accepting loss We were just going to meet...

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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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