First Words: Freedom of Inquiry 
Feb25

First Words: Freedom of Inquiry 

As a student, David Levy ’94 was inspired by class discourse about life’s infinite questions. As a philosophy professor, he now inspires those same discussions.  By Kris Dreessen David Levy ’94 enrolled at Geneseo with a much different career plan than his current position as associate professor and chair of philosophy. “I grew up watching all those 1980s-era, Perry Mason-type movies and reading Agatha Christie novels,” he says. “I...

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Moving the College Forward With Donor Gifts
Feb25

Moving the College Forward With Donor Gifts

Flexible giving supports students like Carley Salerno ’23. By Carol Marcy Kathy Acierno Baron ’83 was the first in her family to graduate college and is still a passionate supporter of SUNY Geneseo. Although she has created two endowed scholarships, the Excellence in Residence Life Leadership Annual Scholarship and The Acierno Family Scholarship, Baron also makes donations to Geneseo that provide flexibility. Those gifts are for use...

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“SUNY G Believe”
Feb25

“SUNY G Believe”

The rallying cry for student-athletes created by cross-country Coach Mike Woods caught on with every team.  By Riley Damerell   “SUNY G Believe” has been the rallying cry for the most successful athletic programs at SUNY Geneseo for nearly 30 years, but what does it mean, and where does it come from?  Mike Woods ’69, ’82 MA, beloved cross-country and track and field coach for 23 years (1978-2015), was known for his success with...

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50 Years of Creating Opportunities — A Campus Tour
Oct29

50 Years of Creating Opportunities — A Campus Tour

From labs to landmarks, donors leave their marks on student experiences.  By Carol Marcy Fifty years ago, Geneseo’s then-president Robert W. MacVittie made the visionary decision to create the Geneseo Foundation, in recognition that private support would be needed in the years ahead to supplement declining state support for the College.   In the early years, contributions to the foundation from alumni and community members allowed the...

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Photo Essay: A Year of Creativity and Community
Jul06

Photo Essay: A Year of Creativity and Community

In March 2020, everyday life was put on hold, worldwide. Our Geneseo community, which thrives when we are together, was forced apart. In the months following, shrouded in uncertainty and without a blueprint to navigate, Geneseo leaned on the foundation of liberal arts thinking — creativity, problem-solving and innovation — to bring life back to campus in the midst of the pandemic. View our exclusive Scene photo essay (linked and...

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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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Empowering Others to Use Their Voices
Jul06

Empowering Others to Use Their Voices

As an English tutor for Spanish speakers, Karen Caswell ’21 knows the importance of expressing yourself and finding your place. She found hers, building community. By Kris Dreessen Karen Caswell ’21 wanted to become a baking and pastry student at a culinary school. She had taken cake decorating classes in high school and loved surprising people with customized cakes and cupcakes for their birthdays and seeing the joy that food brought...

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Giving Back Means Helping Others Pay It Forward
Jul06

Giving Back Means Helping Others Pay It Forward

Ellen Leverich ’90 returned to her alma mater to increase individual and private support for Geneseo. See how philanthropy impacts Geneseo in this graphic.  By Carol Marcy As an alum leading philanthropic efforts for the College, Ellen Leverich ’90, vice president for college advancement and executive director of the Geneseo Foundation, knows what makes Geneseo — Geneseo.  “Geneseo is a place that nurtures community and connections...

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Philanthropic Impact: By the Numbers 2020-2021
Jul06

Philanthropic Impact: By the Numbers 2020-2021

Read about our philanthropic strategy and mission in a Q and A with Ellen Leverich ’90, the College’s vice president for advancement.  REVISED infographic_8.5x17_outlines

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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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