Finding ‘Place’ in Unexpected Places
Dec11

Finding ‘Place’ in Unexpected Places

Helping residents in Puerto Rico Reminds Us What Home and Belonging Really Are. Danny stood on the curb waiting for us every day in front of his hurricane-ravaged house in Puerto Rico as we arrived to help him rebuild.  His residence outside of Carolina City was among thousands all but destroyed by Hurricane Maria in the fall of 2017, and Geneseo alumnus Dan Martin ’16 and I led a group of seven Geneseo students last May.  The...

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The First Human Cyborg
Aug15

The First Human Cyborg

Emily Borghard ’11 was one of the first people to receive a brain stimulator implant. For Borghard, a life without seizures has opened up a new world.  As part of her daily commuting routine, Emily Borghard ’11 stands outside the 168th Street subway station in New York City with a stash of new socks in her messenger bag. She offers a pair to a man sitting on the entryway steps, as commuters rush past him. She will be here again on the...

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The Junior Ice Knights
Apr04

The Junior Ice Knights

Geneseo hockey players team up with a youth club on and off the ice. Hockey practice might not be the place where you’d think to find examples of what makes Geneseo a great community. But, when the team comes off the ice after practice, there’s a special interaction that occurs — one that’s been forged for more than 15 years. As the team exits, they cross paths with a scurry of pint-sized hockey players, the Junior Ice Knights, whose...

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Good Food, Good Company and a Mission to Serve
Apr04

Good Food, Good Company and a Mission to Serve

The Philanthropic Chefs have created meals to foster community for three decades. For more than 30 years in Geneseo, friends, fun and food — glorious food — have come together in fellowship to help others. In 1986, the Marco Polo Dinner was established and became an annual event to assist homeless youth and later branched out to other fundraising meals. The group of College faculty and staff members, village residents, and sometimes...

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Community Gold
Apr01

Community Gold

Tom Matthews has helped mentor student leaders for more than 50 years. Tom Matthews gazes through the window of his second-floor office in the MacVittie College Union, taking in the majestic Genesee Valley. It’s a view he has enjoyed thousands of times during his 51 years at the College. Many alumni remember Matthews as the ultimate mentor who could identify their hidden leadership talents and gently provide guidance on how to empower...

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