No Gym? No Problem
Nov16

No Gym? No Problem

One of Geneseo’s standout swimmers shares how to get a great workout, even from your living room. By Brett Ford Noelle Staso ’21, a three-time qualifier for the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships and State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) record holder in three separate events, spent most of the pandemic quarantine at home, just like the rest of us. As an elite-level college athlete, Staso has...

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Two Wheel Wonderful
Nov16

Two Wheel Wonderful

Freedom, play or a more practical commute — bicycling is experiencing a boom. By Mary-Margaret Dwyer ’20 Sometimes finding joy is as simple as riding a bike. A sense of independence can come from exploring on two wheels, or an endor-phin rush from cruising down a steep hill. That joy is exactly what Shana Lydon ’98 needs. “Being able to get out on your bike, pedal and have that sense of freedom is what I like the most,” says...

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Trending Now: It Takes One — to Keep You Going
Nov16

Trending Now: It Takes One — to Keep You Going

 Inspiring stories of athletes who surrounded themselves with passion and the will to achieve their dreams. By Brett Ford Chris Popovici ’06 has dedicated his life and livelihood to mentoring and developing young people, using track and field as a catalyst for personal growth. A middle-distance standout during his four years in the Geneseo program, Popovici won the 500 meters at the 2004 SUNYAC Indoor Track and Field Championships and...

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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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VIDEO: Shana Lydon ’98 and the Bicycle Boom
Nov14

VIDEO: Shana Lydon ’98 and the Bicycle Boom

Sometimes finding joy can be as simple as riding a bicycle. Since March, amidst the novel coronavirus challenges, people seeking adventure, family activity outside or alternative transportation have created a boom for bicycle sales and riding. Shana Lydon ’98 is part owner the manager of Full Moon Vista, a full-circle bicycle shop in Rochester, N.Y., shares some insight and tips on finding the best bike for you.

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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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Trending Now: Lose (and Find) Yourself in Nature
Jul14

Trending Now: Lose (and Find) Yourself in Nature

The great outdoors is a prescription for reducing stress and feeling good. By Jim Memmott Put the books and your phone down. Go for a walk. Sit outdoors. Watch the sunset. Don’t talk. Take nature in. Geneseo Rx, a program launched last fall, has these and other prescriptions for students (and staff and alumni) who want to reduce the stresses they feel. “A 10-minute walk in the afternoon can really make a difference,” says Charles...

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Kindred Spirits
Jul13

Kindred Spirits

Geneseo community members share how their pets teach them about life, loss, relationships and unconditional love. By Kris Dreessen A paw on the hand, a face full of fur, a loving greeting when we arrive. From dogs and cats to horses and pot-bellied pigs, our pets change our lives — and us — in large and small ways. President Denise A. Battles, Michael Mills and Vejovis: Pet ambassadors and accepting loss We were just going to meet...

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The Small Steps of Lifelong Learning
Jul13

The Small Steps of Lifelong Learning

The journey toward fulfillment starts with wonder. by Dana Wavle ’85 Our lives are a sequence of small steps toward the attainment of our personal and professional goals. Since graduating from Geneseo in 1985, I have been a lifelong learner. My academic experiences at Geneseo — the classes, professors and ivy-covered buildings — instilled a love for learning that has remained with me to this day. I earned my master’s degree in...

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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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