The Big Idea: Tackling Waste and Transparency Worldwide
Jul06

The Big Idea: Tackling Waste and Transparency Worldwide

View our interactive map to learn how alumni and the College are addressing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals Peter Johnson ’02 is addressing the global problem of food waste and creating greater transparency and fairness in supply chains, worldwide.  By Kris Dreessen From harvest to dinner table, 30 percent of all food produced globally goes to waste, the United Nations estimates, which impacts the environment, workers and food...

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Mission Driven: The Necessary Push
Jul06

Mission Driven: The Necessary Push

Matt Cook ’17 knows the value of an encouraging nudge to dream bigger. Now he provides that support for other young adults. By Kris Dreessen Matt Cook ’21 has had people push him to do and be better throughout his life. In high school, teachers saw what the distracted, loud teen could do and motivated him to focus. The nudges took him to Geneseo, where professors again challenged him to meet his goals, then think bigger for his...

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Ideas So Good They Stuck
Jul06

Ideas So Good They Stuck

Some of Geneseo’s innovative ideas came from students who saw a need and led the way. By Kris Dreessen As a first-year student, Allison Hoppe ’13 joined the Geneseo Environmental Organization. She found friends who shared an interest and then a calling: to build a community for like-minded students to learn about sustainability and adopt a more conscious lifestyle. Dreaming, planning and effort by Hoppe and others opened Eco House in...

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Epiphany: Caretakers for Future Generations
Jul06

Epiphany: Caretakers for Future Generations

Protecting wildlands and volunteering on behalf of Geneseo highlights the true value of strengthening what each of us holds most dear.  By Jessica L. Blair ’00 I live on the ancestral lands of the Lakota people, near Bdote, where the Mississippi River converges with the Minnesota River, in the city of Minneapolis. Before being forced to cede their home to European settlers in treaty after treaty, Indigenous people stewarded the lands...

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Driving Change for Good
Feb24

Driving Change for Good

Spring 2021 Issue Global marketing expert Kwame Taylor-Hayford ’04 helps clients build their brands, champion activism, and shift perspectives on social injustice.  By Kris Dreessen For more than a decade, Kwame Taylor-Hayford ’04 has helped global companies like Apple and Uniqlo develop their brands and positions in the marketplace — helping them develop their visual and communication strategies and what they want to be known for. ...

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Rising Temps at the Bottom of the World
Feb24

Rising Temps at the Bottom of the World

Research in Antarctica by climate scientist Dana Veron ’95 has implications for people around the globe. By Robyn Rime One of the hottest spots for studying climate change right now is also one of the coldest.  The vast ice sheet of Antarctica — the largest single mass of ice on the planet — is melting at a rate most scientists find alarming. That matters, in part because it signals a warming climate, but also because it...

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Geneseo Is a Peace Corps Powerhouse
Feb24

Geneseo Is a Peace Corps Powerhouse

The College is ranked No. 8 nationally for the number of alumni who volunteer in communities across the world. By Kris Dreessen In Kuli Kunda, The Gambia, families tend to their gardens with hand tools, and donkeys pull the plows. Everyone in the village knows each other.  Peace Corps volunteer Declan Dwyer-McNulty ’17 served as an agriculture volunteer there, assisting with gardening techniques, tree-planting workshops and other...

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The Negative Effects of Stereotyping
Feb23

The Negative Effects of Stereotyping

  Subtle or direct, what society assumes about us changes our actions (for the worse).  By Kris Dreessen Suppose an aspiring female chemist enters a high school competition, and before her presentation, she notes that most of the other participants are male. She remembers hearing at some point that “girls” aren’t supposed to be good at science. She knows she’s created an outstanding project, but these thoughts needle their way in and...

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VIDEO EXTRA: Knight Light On: Rahama Wright ’02
Feb23

VIDEO EXTRA: Knight Light On: Rahama Wright ’02

Rahama Wright ’02 is one of 310 Geneseo alumni who have served in the Peace Corps since its inception in 1961. She volunteered in a small town in Mali right after graduation and has since created the successful Shea Yeleen, a natural skincare, social impact company that works with women’s cooperatives in West Africa. Hear more about her work and her philosophy:

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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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