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Rising Temps at the Bottom of…

Dana Veron checks equipment in a parka in AntarcticaResearch in Antarctica by climate scientist Dana Veron ’95 has implications for people around the globe. By Robyn Rime One of the hottest spots for studying climate change right now is also one of the coldest.  The vast ice sheet of Antarctica — the largest single mass of ice on the planet — is melting […]

The Heart and Soul of New Mac…

Nate Yohannes '07Nate Yohannes ’07 works to build ethics into pioneering technology. By Kris Dreessen Nate Yohannes ’07 is in the room and at the table where tomorrow’s technology is happening — ensuring that it will empower everyone, and not become an instrument the powerful use to exploit others or leave them behind. How he got there […]

VIDEO: Muons Over Letchworth

Geneseo faculty and students placed muon detectors at Letchworth State Park to show how – muons – a subatomic particle interacts with us, every second. Watch a video about the community engagement project:

A Leader in Autism Services

A child uses colorful coins.Former teacher Melissa Willa ’98 created a network of trained professionals who help educators, families and children. By Carol Marcy Melissa Willa ’98 didn’t expect to establish a large business one day. She intended to be an elementary school teacher. Yet, by 2005, Willa had co-founded Gateway Learning Group with her spouse, Colin Davitian, whose […]

No Gym? No Problem

Noelle Staso '21 lifts jugs of water in front of her Geneseo home.One of Geneseo’s standout swimmers shares how to get a great workout, even from your living room. By Brett Ford Noelle Staso ’21, a three-time qualifier for the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships and State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) record holder in three separate events, spent most of the pandemic […]

First Words: What I’ve Learne…

Awab Shawkat '21 has learned about being a good leader. He is sitting in the grass.  The evolution of Awab Shawkat ’21 into a campus leader taught him the importance of listening and responding — what he calls “response-ability.” By Kris Dreessen Awab Shakat ’21 grew up in upstate New York, but as a child he visited his parents’ hometown in Kerma, a village in northern Sudan. It is a […]

Two Wheel Wonderful

Shana Lydon '98 pedals in front of a colorful building.Freedom, play or a more practical commute — bicycling is experiencing a boom. By Mary-Margaret Dwyer ’20 Sometimes finding joy is as simple as riding a bike. A sense of independence can come from exploring on two wheels, or an endor-phin rush from cruising down a steep hill. That joy is exactly what Shana Lydon […]

Trending Now: It Takes One — …

 Inspiring stories of athletes who surrounded themselves with passion and the will to achieve their dreams. By Brett Ford Chris Popovici ’06 has dedicated his life and livelihood to mentoring and developing young people, using track and field as a catalyst for personal growth. A middle-distance standout during his four years in the Geneseo program, […]

Setting the Tone

Sakura Hamazaki '21 on the playing field with two other mentors.Swimmer Sakura Hamazaki ’21 saw the need for a volunteer network to help fellow student-athletes discover opportunities at Geneseo. So she created one. By Brett Ford On the field, on the court, in the pool, on horseback or on the track, Geneseo student-athletes juggle numerous team responsibilities with the rigors of challenging academics. Hours spent […]

Looking Ahead

Josh DeBell '21 with his tuba.Alumni and faculty are leaving legacies for future generations of students through charitable estate planning. By Carol Marcy Geneseo donors like Kate DeForest ’93 and Scott Ray, associate professor emeritus of theatre and dance, have designated Geneseo as a beneficiary in their estate planning so they can support future generations of college students. Their leadership […]

Stay Connected: Geneseo Onlin…

The Welles top of the building.LIFELONG LEARNING:Continue your pursuit of knowledge even after you leave campus. Geneseo offers alumni resources and opportunities for continued growth and development. Visit to learn more. Alumni Learning Consortium: Participate in live virtual events or watch previously recorded webinars to expand your personal and professional knowledge. Alumni receive exclusive, free access to a library […]

Try This at Home: Barbeque Re…

“Almost anybody who has a pantry or a spice cabinet already has the stuff to make barbeque. Most barbecue seasonings are salt, pepper, paprika and brown sugar. Then there are dried spices that many novice cooks have in a cabinet somewhere: garlic, onion, thyme, fennel. It’s all very convenient, easy-to-get stuff,” says chef Matt Abdoo […]


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