How to: Host a Movie and Food Night
Feb25

How to: Host a Movie and Food Night

Film critic and food aficionado Erich Van Dussen ’89 offers recommendations for some delicious watch parties. by Robyn Rime When it comes to food porn, “Big Night” is the gold standard. “It checks every box,” says Erich Van Dussen ’89, director of communications at Hillside, a multistate nonprofit based in Rochester, and — more to the point — longtime movie reviewer for Messenger Post and other upstate New York media outlets. “It’s a...

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How to Story and Video: Enjoy A Strategic Game from Yesteryear
Oct29

How to Story and Video: Enjoy A Strategic Game from Yesteryear

 Croquet was all the rage in the mid-1800s and has deep history in Geneseo. Here’s how to bring it into 2021. By Brett Ford The game of croquet has been interwoven in the fabric of Geneseo, even before the institution was founded in 1871. The American Croquet Company called the village home in the 1860s and 1870s, as the sport peaked in popularity. Employees produced and distributed croquet sets in a factory — right next to the...

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How to: Your Food Scraps, Renewed!
Jul06

How to: Your Food Scraps, Renewed!

Geneseo’s sustainability experts share simple steps to compost at home. By Mat Johnson “Some things just take time — like good wine and compost,” says Dan DeZarn, Geneseo’s director of sustainability. Technically, composting is “the decomposition of organic waste,” says DeZarn, himself a backyard composter. In any active compost pile, oxygen-seeking bacteria are busy breaking down organic material. The result is a soil-like material...

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How to: Steeped in Tradition
Feb24

How to: Steeped in Tradition

Tea sommelier Sara Silbiger Shacket ’98 shares the joy and how to make perfect cold brew.  By Mat Johnson “I started drinking tea really young,” says Sara Silbiger-Shacket ’98. Some of Shacket’s earliest memories are of visiting her Eastern European grandparents, drinking tea around the table as a family. Her grandmother would drink tea with a sugar cube in her cheek to sweeten it, while Shacket would steal and eat the other cubes...

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Try This at Home: Barbeque Recipes from Master Chef Matt Abdoo ’02
Nov16

Try This at Home: Barbeque Recipes from Master Chef Matt Abdoo ’02

“Almost anybody who has a pantry or a spice cabinet already has the stuff to make barbeque. Most barbecue seasonings are salt, pepper, paprika and brown sugar. Then there are dried spices that many novice cooks have in a cabinet somewhere: garlic, onion, thyme, fennel. It’s all very convenient, easy-to-get stuff,” says chef Matt Abdoo ’02, owner of Pig Beach Barbeque in Brooklyn. He shares three of his own...

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Make Belly-Warming Barbeque at Home
Nov13

Make Belly-Warming Barbeque at Home

Award-winning chef Matt Abdoo ’02 shares how to create your own masterpieces in the kitchen. (Get Matt’s barbeque recipes that are easily made in the oven at home. https://scene.geneseo.edu/2020/11/try-this-at-home-barbeque-recipes-from-master-chef-matt-abdoo-02/) By Robyn Rime I’ve loved cooking since I was a little boy,” says Matt Abdoo ’02, chef and owner of New York City’s Pig Beach BBQ. “I’m half Lebanese, half...

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Video: A Little Zen — A Tutorial on Mindfulness
Apr14

Video: A Little Zen — A Tutorial on Mindfulness

Scientific American has published several articles examining neuroscience and clinical research that shows mindfulness and meditation practice actually change practitioners’ brains — how they respond to stimuli and stress, how they adapt and how they focus. There is also evidence that meditation alleviates pain, anxiety and depression. “There is a natural slowing down when you are not trying to do 20 things at once,” says Beth...

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Your Guide to a Little Zen — Anywhere
Mar05

Your Guide to a Little Zen — Anywhere

Pausing a few minutes inspires mindfulness and boosts your everyday well-being. By Kris Dreessen Deadlines. Errands. There are a million tasks to do each day. But by taking a few minutes to sit, breathe and immerse ourselves in the present, we can boost our focus, reset our distracted minds and bring some much-welcome calm. “There is a natural slowing down when you are not trying to do 20 things at once,” says Beth Cholette,...

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Preparing Yourself for a Challenge
Mar05

Preparing Yourself for a Challenge

Ice Knights Captain Conlan Keenan ’20 on how to get your mind in the game. By Brett Ford Conlan Keenan ’20, a three-year captain of the Geneseo men’s ice hockey team, has played in over 100 games in his college career, leading the Knights to back-to-back State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championships and NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the NCAA Frozen Four in 2019. A leader on and off...

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Pro Tips for Better Athletic Photos
Nov27

Pro Tips for Better Athletic Photos

Geneseo’s award-winning photographer Keith Walters ’11 has learned a few key things over the past eight years that he’s photographed hundreds of athletic events and players. See his photo gallery of favorite shots that illustrate his best tips for getting better photos, whether of your kids or friends on the field — and off. And, read his full story. Photo by Keith Walters ’11

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