Scene Alumni Magazine

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Opportunities to Preserve History 

Jenna Huizinga '23 inside a house.Geneseo students help communities rediscover their past and celebrate their legacies. By Kris Dreessen Some of Rochester’s best-known buildings were designed by Thomas W. Boyde Jr., who made history himself as the city’s first African American architect. He helped plan Rundel Library beside the Genesee River, the ornate facades of Monroe Community Hospital, and dozens […]

Geneseo’s Main Street Family

Alumni business owners treasure the community they’ve created.  Photos and Story by Matt Burkhartt  On any given morning with a clear sky as you turn onto Main Street, the rising sun sweeps across the half mile of small-town America, bathing the shops, restaurants and offices in the golden light of a new day. The SUNY […]

Pay It Forward

An experimental brain implant gave Emily Borghard ’11 options in life. She uses them to help the homeless and others in challenging times. By Emily Borghard ’11 When I arrived as a freshman at Geneseo, my father said he expected to get a call within a couple of weeks to pick me up. Freshman year […]

Faculty Research: Global Policies, Local Impact 

Economics professor Pallavi Panda explores how trade and social policies affect women and children in Africa and Asia. By Robyn Rime The causal impact of global trade policies on local populations: As a field of study, it sounds wonky and impersonal. What possible effect could lifting export tariffs have on, say, the daily health of […]

New Family, in Challenging Times

When an international student got caught up in world politics, the Geneseo community stepped in to help. By Carol Marcy International student Radmila Esina ’23 has been in love with art since she was a high school student in Russia. She went on to study and receive degrees in applied art restoration and art history […]

Alumni Profile: Shaping a Life Together

Professional potters Mark Lukacs ’76 and Cathy Lukacs ’74 own Lukacs Pottery in Sodus Point, N.Y. They met in a ceramics class at SUNY Geneseo, and the rest is history. Video by Mat Johnson

A Second Chance and a Mission to Help Others

Steve Hilfiker '88 and Vannessa Blais.Steve Hilfiker ’88 was saved by a heart transplant. He’s now dedicated to raising awareness of his rare disease and the importance of organ donation. By Kris Dreessen Steve Hilfiker ’88 and his doctors were baffled as he went from healthy and active to struggling to climb stairs. He had cardiac sarcoidosis, a disease in […]

The Core Of Who I Am

Ben Ludlow ’23 springboards his self-motivation and passion for teamwork into swim accolades and academics.  By Kris Dreessen As a kid, Ben Ludlow ’23 returned empty bottles and soda cans and saved the nickels in a jar, using those nickels to open a savings account and CD. He was 8 years old and already saving […]

A Unique Fifth Year for Student-Athletes

COVID brought many changes to campus, including a special waiver that allowed four Geneseo women’s players one more season with their team. By Maura Clark ’24 Hannah Sullivan ’22, ’23 MSEd, lost an entire season with her team due to COVID-19 cancellations. She missed playing midfield and spending time with her teammates — who are […]

Big Change in a Little Space: Creating an On-Campus Food Fo…

SUNY Geneseo student ambassadors Lauren Goulet ’22 and Brendan Shortt ’23 are recipients of the John A. ’87 and MaryGrace ’84 Gleason Ambassadorship in Student Affairs. Their project focuses on creating an on-campus food forest at the on-campus eGarden, overseen by the Office of Sustainability. Video by Mat Johnson  

Get to Know the President: First-Year Reflections

President Denise A. Battles and Greta Recktenwald '23President Denise A. Battles gets a residence hall room tour and reminisces about being a new student with Greta Recktenwald ’26. Video by Mat Johnson

Stay Connected: Alumni Events and Online Communities

Stay connected with your fellow alumni and the College with our special events and ever-growing online community opportunities. Visit for the most up-to-date information on programming and check out our events calendar to view upcoming activities. Men’s Ice Hockey Alumni Weekend February 4, 2023 On Campus Come back to campus and reconnect with your […]

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