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Class of 2017: Meet Sam Cowles, Who Created a Student Mentoring Program

As a junior, Sam Cowles ’17 wanted to show off skills to potential employers. School of Business Lecturer and Internship Director Robert Boyd helped him fine tune his resume — 25 times.

Class of 2017: Meet Brianna Kelly, Connecting Through Singing

For vocal performance major Brianna “Bria” Kelly ’17, opera is more than singing. It is connecting with people so that they feel understood.

Class of 2017: Meet Brittani Samuel, Who is Driven By a World View

As a communication major and a theatre minor, Brittani Samuel ’17 has taken advantage of the numerous opportunities that she found at Geneseo.

Class of 2017: Meet Chloe Forsell, a French Enthusiast and Researcher

As an English and French double major, senior Chloe Forsell has made the most of her time at Geneseo.

Class of 2017: Meet Sarah Simon, An Artist Whose Own Tragedy Sparks Her Mission to Find Beauty

Sarah Simon '17 seeks to instill a love of arts and creativity in everyone around her. At Geneseo, she has drawn inspiration from the underlying physical and intellectual beauty on campus to help her gain a “clearer understanding of life.”

Matthew Abdoo ’02: A Four-Star Chef Whose Food Brings People Together

Growing up, nothing was better, says Matt Abdoo’ 00, than his grandma’s meatballs. They were cheesy, saucy, Italian perfection.

At 94, “she’s still with us,” and they still are the best, says the four-star chef.

Class of 2017: Meet Tanvir Hayat, Teaching English to Refugees and Exploring Peace after Conflict

For two years, Tanvir Hayat ’17, an international relations major on the war and peace studies track, has volunteered at the nonprofit organization Refugees Helping Refugees in Rochester (RHR) as an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) teacher.

Campus Life: The "Torta" Sandwich is a Tasty Masterpiece

It’s Thursday morning and the sun hasn’t entirely risen over campus, but Vanessa Lam-Tran knows what lunch will be — a “torta.”

Students in the World Kitchen line will ask to pile on the bacon, grilled chicken, steak and fresh vegetables onto a warm ciabatta-like bun, and drizzle it with what affectionately is known as “green sauce,” a pesto and jalapeno twist that adds the sandwich’’s zap.

Class of 2017: Meet Davitia James, Who Found Her Path in Science

Last December, geology major Davitia James ’17 set out with 14 other students to New Zealand for the research trip of a lifetime.
As an international student from Dominica, this trip, she says, was the farthest she has ever traveled.

Class of 2017: Meet Autumn Arnold, Part of a Geneseo Family Legacy

Autumn Arnold ’17 is a third generation member of her family to attend Geneseo, following in the footsteps of her grandfather, father, uncle, and brother. In Autumn’s family, the experiences here at Geneseo are a shared family tradition.

Mallika Shah ’17: Ambassador of Leadership Preserves Ancient Indian Theater

On stage, Mallika Shah ’17 stands in white, expressing anger and surprise with just her eyes, her hands and the way she stands.
She never says a word.
Off stage, she would spend six hours a day learning the ancient theater art “Kutiyattam,” to rely on gestures and emotion in the eyes, not speech.

Class of 2017: Meet Daniel Ruiz, Political and Community Bridge-Builder

As a senior political science major and a public administration minor, Daniel Ruiz has taken advantage of Geneseo’s numerous opportunities to attain more hands-on experience with his major.

Class of 2017: Meet Team Player Kara Houppert

Kara Houppert '17 is a childhood with special education major with ambitions to inspire students the way Geneseo has inspired her.

Alumni Spotlight: Aaron McAllister ’03, The Power of Voice on Stage

As a musical conductor, Aaron McAllister revels in the energy of creating and collaboration, and how it fills the auditorium when it comes to life.

Class of 2017: Meet Brandon Gaylord, Founder of a Leadership Program for High-Schoolers

Brandon Gaylord '17 organized two StandUp conferences for high-schoolers that promote leadership development, and job and career readiness.

Class of 2017: Meet Kelsey Costello, National Student EMS Provider of the Year

At Geneseo, Kelsey Costello ’17 has used her skills and time with this mission: to be a positive influence on the Geneseo community.
This spring, she was awarded the EMS Provider of the Year Award from the National Collegiate EMS Foundation.

Geneseo Tradition: Games of Ping Pong Unite Faculty and Students

Wander into the lobby of South Hall at 6pm and you might get served. This is the meeting of Geneseo’s elite table tennis team. Every weekday night, professors, students and even alumni transform the School of Business into tennis table central.

Student Spotlight: Young Author Olivia Vetrano '17

For 18-year-old Hayley, the wounds from her friend’s death were still fresh. At night, the grief flooded her dreams: “I floated high above the ground, so gravity couldn’t hold me down. One day I drifted up into the clouds and I discovered an abandoned kingdom. I was not welcome. I wandered away from the castle and the light it provided.”

Kelsey Costello Named EMS Provider of the Year

SUNY Geneseo senior Kelsey Costello, a psychology major from Northport, N.Y., recently received the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Provider of the Year Award from the National Collegiate EMS Foundation.

Senior Nick Duran Taking Full Advantage of his Geneseo Experience for a Career in Media

Senior Nick Duran embraces his multiple passions through leadership roles, on and off the SUNY Geneseo campus.

Geneseo Welcomes New Library Director

Ben Rawlins has been on the job as director of Milne Library for seven weeks but already, he’s noticed a marked difference between the private and public higher education sectors.

Multicultural Director Recognized With National Award for Giving Back

Fatima Rodriguez Johnson is the recipient of the 2017 INSIGHT Into Diversity Giving Back Award for administrators. It is the only national award that honors college and university administrators for going beyond their everyday leadership tasks and give back to their campuses and communities.

Alumna Comic Writer Earns International Fame

One of Geneseo’s first international students, Akiko Shimojima ’00, recently earned a bronze award at the 10th Japan International MANGA Awards for her work as co-author of the book, “Secrets of the Ninja.”

Mingxin Li '16

In Beijing, Mingxin Li ’16, dreamed of seeing the blue sky through a seemingly eternal layer of dark smog and smoke that billowed from countless factory smoke stacks. He found a new home, and his passion, at Geneseo.

Wendi Kinney, Associate Dean of Students for Fraternal Life and Off-Campus Services

Wendi Kinney has been with Geneseo 16 years and is nationally recognized expert in Greek organization advisement. She has been a leader in national Greek organizations and has received another award for her commitment and hard work.

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