International Treasures Bring Us Together
Dec12

International Treasures Bring Us Together

Milne Library’s special collections include mementos from some of the first Geneseo students who studied abroad. To view the full collection visit: scene.geneseo.edu/web-exclusives In 1969, Chris Walsh ’71 spent the summer in what was then Yugoslavia as a student ambassador. He lived with a family in Split and toured the country to learn about its culture. He remembers after news of the moon landing spread, people approached him to...

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Explorer. Scholar. Teacher.
Aug15

Explorer. Scholar. Teacher.

Since 1969, Ronald Herzman has examined culture, the arts and humanity across the world and through time. Students and colleagues say the voyages they have taken have been transformative. On a Wednesday in early April, Ronald Herzman, Distinguished Teaching Professor of English, Geneseo faculty member since 1969 and international scholar, now in the last month before his retirement, walks down University Drive on his way to his 8:30...

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Chenussio
Apr04

Chenussio

A glimpse into the past. Distinguished Professor of History Michael Leroy Oberg looks at a map dated 1771 and can’t help but wonder. What was life like back then? — when Geneseo was known as “Chenussio,” a Seneca Iroquois town along the Genesee River. Trails through the woods — forerunners to Ridge Road, Route 20A and others — connected the Senecas with their Haudenosaunee kin in the “Land of the Iroquois.” People were constantly...

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A Lifetime of Friendship
Apr04

A Lifetime of Friendship

Former Geneseo roommates Joanne Goldstein Siegel ’47 and Eleanor Bonnet Betlem ’47 became lifelong friends shortly after they arrived on campus in 1943. “She didn’t have a sister, and I didn’t have a sister,” said Betlem, “so we became sisters.” Though Siegel settled on Long Island and Betlem in Rochester, they’ve remained close for 75 years. Their husbands, who are both deceased, also became good friends. After Geneseo alumni...

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Community Gold
Apr01

Community Gold

Tom Matthews has helped mentor student leaders for more than 50 years. Tom Matthews gazes through the window of his second-floor office in the MacVittie College Union, taking in the majestic Genesee Valley. It’s a view he has enjoyed thousands of times during his 51 years at the College. Many alumni remember Matthews as the ultimate mentor who could identify their hidden leadership talents and gently provide guidance on how to empower...

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