Video: The Simple Life, Unplugged
Mar06

Video: The Simple Life, Unplugged

At Geneseo, Nik Varrone is the support services manager for IT. At home, he and his wife, Anya, run a farm and plows the land using a method that was most popular in the 1700s. The Varrones use horse plowing and have created a lifestyle that fits their beliefs, goals and is more sustainable. “If you look at what we do from the outside, it looks simple,” says Nik Varrone, Geneseo’s support services manager in the IT...

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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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The Union at 50 Years: The Heart Of the Campus
Nov27

The Union at 50 Years: The Heart Of the Campus

MacVittie College Union has been a place to come together for 50 years. See photos of the Union over the years in our exclusive photo gallery. Celebrating 50 years this winter, the MacVittie College Union has been a gathering place since its grand opening in 1970. From morning coffee to lectures, LateKnight ice cream socials to impromp-tu dance performances, the union has always been Geneseo’s hub — a transformative space to chill,...

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The Birks Are Back
Nov27

The Birks Are Back

The ’70s flower children wore them first. Form and function once again take the forefront in campus fashion. While other students on cam-pus in the early 1980s sport-ed Birkenstock sandals, Denise Reed Lamoreaux ’84, P’11 never did — until her friends pooled their money and bought her a pair for her birthday. She didn’t think they looked great, but she eventually gave in. “They were my guilty pleasure,” says Lamoreaux, “because...

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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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Press Play: The Songs of Your Life
Mar14

Press Play: The Songs of Your Life

Cassette tapes are gone but sharing music lives on — with a digital touch. View our epic playlists created by WGSU DJs and students from 1960 to now. The iconic image of John Cusack in “Say Anything” holding a boombox over his head to the music of Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” to win back his girlfriend, is an enduring honor to the power of the “mix tape.”  In the 1980s and 1990s, people created mix tapes (with track titles written...

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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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Making Time to Make a Difference
Mar14

Making Time to Make a Difference

Read and watch multimedia about the Biloxi trip with Dan Martin ’16. Daniel Martin’ 16 is building his career and volunteer skills. What he’s learned helps us find our niche and carve time to make a difference. When Superstorm Sandy hit New York City and Long Island in 2012, Daniel Martin ’16 rushed to help clear debris and start the rebuilding effort. Several of his classmates and their families were impacted by the...

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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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The Importance of Play
Mar13

The Importance of Play

Play. It’s a simple word that we learn at an early age, and it embodies wide-ranging activities that help shape our essential nature through adulthood. Who hasn’t heard the shout of, “Will you play with me?” or “Let’s play hide-and-go-seek!” We engage in a multitude of sports — “Play ball!” The billion-dollar game industry capitalizes on our penchant for play, and we play in orchestras and playact on stage and screen. The list is...

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