Humor: A Walking Tour of My Irish Faux Pas
Feb23

Humor: A Walking Tour of My Irish Faux Pas

A Fulbright student’s (fictional) comedy of errors in the heart of Dublin. By Bizzy Coy ’06 Folks, gather ’round! The free tour is about to start. Thank you all for assembling here beneath Dublin’s famous statue of a seagull defiling a statue of a seagull. Today, we’ll visit several locations where I made massive blunders during my time as a Fulbright student in Ireland. It can be quite a challenge to adjust to living in another...

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Citizenship and Change on a Global Scale
Feb23

Citizenship and Change on a Global Scale

Geneseo alumni with the U.S. State Department say understanding other experiences and perspectives is key. By Kris Dreessen As a foreign service officer in the U.S. State Department, George Sullivan ’07 served in Washington, D.C., and abroad, including Egypt, Brazil and Pakistan. His last overseas assignment was in Pakistan, where he managed an assistance program focused on law enforcement and gender programs. “Serving abroad...

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Many Places to Call Home
Feb23

Many Places to Call Home

Doram Wallach ’08 lived on three continents before attending Geneseo. His experiences have taught him about what unites us. By Doram Wallach ’08 While I was growing up in Israel, my family got to “adopt” people from all over the world, many of whom came to volunteer on my kibbutz. My dad is from South Africa, and my mom is Australian, so we visited South Africa often and lived in Australia for some years. Living on two continents...

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Video: Ambassador Nawang Sherpa ’20
Jul15

Video: Ambassador Nawang Sherpa ’20

Nawang Sherpa ’20 struggled during his first year at Geneseo. It inspired him to explore his roots as a Sherpa-American and help other first-generation, Sherpa-Americans be introduced to and prepare for college. As the 2019 John A. ’87 and Mary Grace ’84 Gleason Ambassador in Student Affairs, Sherpa designed a three-part, immersive project in Nepal, Queens, N.Y., and...

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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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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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The Door Opens to Cuba
Jun24

The Door Opens to Cuba

Geneseo begins study abroad in the country, offering students new pathways to global citizenship. Studying abroad is one of the most beneficial things you can do in your undergraduate career, or in life, to connect with other people around the world.” The statement from Marisa Sanquini ’20, an anthropology major with minors in history and Native American studies, echoes one of Geneseo’s values: Study abroad helps students become...

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Video: The Doors Open to Cuba
Jun21

Video: The Doors Open to Cuba

Geneseo has started a historic partnership with the Universidad de Holguín in Cuba, creating opportunities for students to study abroad. The first students went with Geneseo faculty last January, spending time with Cuban students and studying “Race, Racism and the Black Experience in the...

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Pema Sherpa ’19: Geneseo’s Ambassador Provided Eye Care to Children in Nepal
Jun20

Pema Sherpa ’19: Geneseo’s Ambassador Provided Eye Care to Children in Nepal

As the Eddie Lee ’76 First Generation Ambassador, Pema Sherpa ’19 spent the fall semester in her native Nepal, shadowing pediatric doctors to learn about medicine and the challenges of providing health care in underserved areas. She was inspired to help while there. She collaborated with the doctors to provide no-cost eye exams to more than 700 children and prescription eyeglasses to 80 students who needed...

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