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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A Lasting Legacy
Jul14

A Lasting Legacy

Participants and volunteers of the 5K fundraising run in honor of Mark “Marco” Callanan ’10 show their spirit at the annual event, which raises money for a memorial scholarship in his name at Geneseo. Friends and family of alumni who have died have united to create endowed scholarships in their memory. /Photo provided by Kristi Altieri Friends and family unite to honor their loved ones by creating endowed scholarships for students. By...

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Apart but Together
Jul14

Apart but Together

Members of the Geneseo family have built community and supported others in creative ways during the pandemic. By Kris Dreessen When the novel coronavirus became a worldwide crisis, Noah Chichester ’18 was working in A Coruña, Spain, helping adult learners improve their English. Confined to a high-rise apartment for months, he left only to buy groceries or take out the trash. He embraced and built community despite the circumstances....

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Fostering a Love of Learning
Jul13

Fostering a Love of Learning

A lifetime of inquiry builds our knowledge and inspires us to serve others. By President Denise A. Battles I am writing this message in early June, as the nation and world continue to face the COVID-19 pandemic and are engaged in a crucial conversation about systemic racism and the need for change. By the time of your reading, the particulars of that environment may have again altered, but there’s little doubt that these public health...

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Video: Noah Chichester ’18 Quarantine Concerts
Jul13

Video: Noah Chichester ’18 Quarantine Concerts

Noah Chichester ’18 was living and working in A Coruña, Spain when the coronavirus forced everyone into quarantine. Noah began putting on impromptu concerts from the window of his high-rise apartment to lift the spirits of his neighbors. Here are a couple snippets of those...

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Breaking Higher Ed’s Gender Barriers
Jul13

Breaking Higher Ed’s Gender Barriers

How Geneseo and two professors are shaping the future of women and underrepresented groups in academia, especially in STEM fields. By Lonny Lippsett Though women in academia have made strides in recent decades, they remain stubbornly underrepresented in higher professorial ranks, especially in STEM fields. Two initiatives at Geneseo have been launched to help surmount entrenched barriers for women faculty. Wendy Pogozelski,...

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Video: A Home Away From Home
Mar06

Video: A Home Away From Home

If it’s Tuesday or Thursday, Terry Price ’58 is probably at the Home Away From Respite program, which provides companionship and programming for seniors with memory-related illnesses and free time for their caregivers. Students like Raina Schoen Thomas ’20, he says, have become friends and help him with his memories....

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A Gift to Support Generations of Student Engagement
Mar05

A Gift to Support Generations of Student Engagement

Frank Csapo came to America to pursue his own dreams. He has since helped more than 160 students pursue theirs, too. By Carol Marcy When Frank Csapo was 20 years old, he arrived in Montreal, Canada, from Europe wearing a label on his lapel with his sponsor’s address because he didn’t know English. He had left his homeland in Hungary to flee post-revolution and political turmoil. By 1962, he settled in Avon, N.Y., where he built a life...

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Home Away from Home
Mar05

Home Away from Home

Raina Schoen Thomas ’20 builds connections and friendships by volunteering in a respite program for senior citizens and caregivers. By Kris Dreessen If it’s a Tuesday or Thursday, Terry Price ’58 is probably on the Geneseo campus, spending several hours with student volunteers visiting, taste testing cooking projects, creating art and enjoying their company. Price and his wife, Dianne Price ’60, are part of the Home Away from...

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Video: A Voice for LGBTQ History
Mar05

Video: A Voice for LGBTQ History

Michael Venturiello ’13, founder of Christopher Street Tours in New York City, speaks about his path at Geneseo and his path to start his own walking tour that highlights LGBTQ history:  

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