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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The Heart and Soul of New Machines
Nov16

The Heart and Soul of New Machines

Nate Yohannes ’07 works to build ethics into pioneering technology. By Kris Dreessen Nate Yohannes ’07 is in the room and at the table where tomorrow’s technology is happening — ensuring that it will empower everyone, and not become an instrument the powerful use to exploit others or leave them behind. How he got there is a classic American immigrant tale that Alexander Hamilton might relish. Yohannes’s father was an Eritrean...

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A Leader in Autism Services
Nov16

A Leader in Autism Services

Former teacher Melissa Willa ’98 created a network of trained professionals who help educators, families and children. By Carol Marcy Melissa Willa ’98 didn’t expect to establish a large business one day. She intended to be an elementary school teacher. Yet, by 2005, Willa had co-founded Gateway Learning Group with her spouse, Colin Davitian, whose background in finance and business development helped her create a company that...

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Geneseo Fulbrights Across the World

Students and alumni who have earned the prestigious fellowships are informal ambassadors who are transformed by the experience. By Kris Dreessen Watch a series of videos from Fulbrighters about their experience: go.geneseo.edu/fulbright Rachel Britton ’18 always appreciated nature, but it took an undergraduate study abroad program in Iceland to truly feel a part of it. Exploring ancient island rock formations and the literature they...

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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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