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Emma Belson ’19

Emma Belson’ 19 is a “one-woman show.” Every few weeks, she decides what the next exhibit will be at the student-led Kinetic Gallery in the Union. The process of running a gallery is intensive, but Emma loves it.

“I want to bring my passion for the arts to all students, regardless of major,” she says.

Marissa Mulder '07

Marissa Mulder '07 has performed six shows in Manhattan since launching her career as a cabaret singer in 2010. Each has won critical acclaim from The New York Times, which dubbed her a "rising cabaret singer."

Karla Lora ’20

Karla Lora ’20 is the first person in her family to attend a higher-education institution. Her reflections are featured on the “First-generation voices” project of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Diane Willkens ’72

Willkens, founder and CEO of Development Finance International Inc., is an international business advisor who pairs clients with funding opportunities in emerging markets.

Melissa Graham ’13

Melissa Graham ’13 was a member of Geneseo’s women’s basketball team, becoming the program’s 12th player to score a thousand points while earning numerous academic honors. Today at age 25, she is making a mark at the Hilbert College athletics program.

Erik Mebust '17

Senior Erik Mebust is driven by curiosity and a desire to make tangible, positive impacts on other people’s lives. He achieves this through his altruistic, dedicated work on and off of the SUNY Geneseo campus - including an internship with the New York City Office of United States Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.

Elvio Fernandes ’95

Geneseo alumnus Elvio Fernandes ’95 performs with the American rock band Daughtry. He has been a keyboardist, guitarist and background vocalist with the rock band since 2012.

Nicole Heney '17

Nicole Heney, senior communication major from Port Chester, N.Y., was one of two students who received the Top Paper Award for her empirical research manuscript titled “Making Meaning of Distance: Contradictions in Long-Distance Romantic Relationships.”

Francesca DiGiorgio, Class of '17

Francesca DiGiorgio '17, a Community Advocates Ambassador in Community Engagement, has combined her love for music with her education from SUNY Geneseo to inspire the next generation of performers.

Justin Behrend, Associate Professor of History

Justin Behrend, associate professor of history at SUNY Geneseo, has been awarded the 2016 McLemore Prize, which honors “the most distinguished scholarly book on a topic in Mississippi history or biography published in 2015.”

Jessica Friedman, Class of '18

“I like archaeology, cultural anthropology and forensics. Learning about so many different things in class, you really expand your mind. You realize there is so much out there that you don’t know. It’s crazy how much there is to learn in the world, and it’s kind of sad when you think about it. You can’t know everything.”