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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Connections Count
Nov26

Connections Count

Embracing the principle of integrative learning, members of the Geneseo community weave disparate strands of knowledge and experience into a strong new fabric. Watch a video about the philosophy curriculum that’s related. In college, you choose a major. In the wider world, you never just have one focus. You might be a software engineer who plays jazz piano, leads a scout troop or calls on knowledge gained in chemistry courses in...

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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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Unravelling the Mysteries of Mars
Jun19

Unravelling the Mysteries of Mars

Little is still known about the Red Planet, but faculty, students and alumni are conquering the great space unknown. We Earthlings have long been captivated by what occupies the unfathomable vastness of our universe, now with a diameter we can see of about 93 billion light years. In our own solar system of eight major planets, the mysteries of Mars are particularly fascinating, mainly because it is among our closest planetary...

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Geneseo’s Problem-Solvers
Jun19

Geneseo’s Problem-Solvers

Alumni and faculty members make important contributions toward addressing needs in healthcare, community development and energy.  Some people say that every problem is really an opportunity and wrestling with a problem provides the opportunity to make tangible differences for good. While no individual alone can cure a disease or shrink humanity’s carbon footprint, each person who confronts a need joins a team that spans time and...

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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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Developing Anti-Cancer Medicines with Fewer Side Effects 
Jun19

Developing Anti-Cancer Medicines with Fewer Side Effects 

A Professor’s research on how pharmaceuticals interact with our biomolecules may lead to less toxic treatments. Pharmaceuticals are often necessary in the fight against cancer. But targeting cancer cells has a harsh impact on other cells in the human body, often leading to side effects such as infertility, hair loss and digestive problems.  Ruel McKnight, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at Geneseo, has spent more than 15...

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Change, Before It Happens
Mar15

Change, Before It Happens

Bruce Himelstein ’76 started hotel work as a bellhop. He became a sales and marketing expert known for innovation and customer service. Six months after graduating as a communication major from Geneseo, Bruce Himelstein ’76, in desperation, took a job as a housekeeper at the Americana Inn in Albany, N.Y. He struggled to clean hotel rooms and was fired after a week. The hotel’s general manager, however, liked him and rehired him...

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Making Everyday Life, Art
Mar14

Making Everyday Life, Art

Zach Motl ’07 skyrocketed his design career when he transformed his tiny room into a stylish house. Now he creates living spaces that can always evolve. Zach Motl ’07 arrived at Geneseo as a musical theater major with plans to launch an acting career after graduation. But after taking a sculpture class his junior year, his passion shifted to the visual arts.  Outside of class, Motl experimented with interior design by...

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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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