Video: A Voice for LGBTQ History
Mar05

Video: A Voice for LGBTQ History

Michael Venturiello ’13, founder of Christopher Street Tours in New York City, speaks about his path at Geneseo and his path to start his own walking tour that highlights LGBTQ history:  

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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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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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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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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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Two Is Not Always Better Than One
Nov22

Two Is Not Always Better Than One

A difficult choice prompted change that helped define Danni Napoli’s collegiate experience — and set a record. Danni Napoli ’19 came to Geneseo in the fall of 2015 with the notion of being an elite student-athlete while obtaining one of the best educations in the country. Earning a degree in mathematics from a renowned institution was a priority, but so was playing the two sports she fell in love with at a young age. Napoli was...

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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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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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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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