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Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians will give you an inside look into the lives of some of our most notable young Cornellians. Learn who they are and what role Cornell University played in their professional and personal lives.

Created and produced by Amanda Massa.
Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13.
Artwork by Chris Kelly.
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Meet Juliana Garcia '14

Meet Juliana Garcia '14

2020-01-2200:07:46

Meet our next host of Fresh from the Hill! Juliana Garcia is a 2014 graduate of the Industrial and Labor Relations. It's time to get acquainted as she'll be hosting the next five episodes of Fresh from the Hill! Hear about why she picked Cornell and how the transition to upstate NY from Dallas, TX was, what made her decide to remain in the area after graduation, and who you'll be hearing her interview in her series of episodes! Don't forget to like, subscribe, and rate Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians wherever you listen to podcasts.  Hosted, created, and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.
Check out this very special cross-over episode of Fresh from the Hill, originally featured on Lou Diamond's podcast Thrive LOUD! Kathryn Boor is the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). Since 2010 She has been responsible for developing and implementing the strategic direction of the college, with over 360 faculty, 3,700 undergraduate students and 1000 graduate students. Under her leadership, Cornell CALS is consistently recognized as one of the top global universities in agricultural – Plant and food sciences. She is highly decorated with awards and honors within her field however, it’s her warm smile and caring personality to help everyone around her — that shines brightest …  which is why she is featured on Thrive LOUD in this episode. Kathryn Boor connects with Lou Diamond '92 and shares her mission to rethink about the way we learn and find ways to save the planet.
Words for 2020

Words for 2020

2019-12-2500:09:25

Psst! We have a holiday treat for you! In this short bonus episode, we’ve got a great story and some sound advice for the new year. Thanks for listening and we’ll see you in 2020! Featuring: Lou Diamond '92 Aaron Kominos-Smith '04 Alex Zalben '99 Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.
How does your space feel? How could it work better for you? On this episode of Fresh from the Hill, hear how Eden Brachot ’15 used her Cornell degree to become a Design Strategist at HLW, an international design and architecture firm. Brachot helps companies create workspaces that evoke both feeling and functionality. Tune in for this lively discussion with host Lou Diamond ’92 and start looking at your space from a new lens. “What does cozy look like? You have an experience but, if you think about what you saw or what you heard or what people were doing around you that made you feel this way – that was what I was interested in.” Email Eden at evb7@cornell.edu, find her on Instagram @alwayseden or on LinkedIN. Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.
Kyle Scott ’11 is currently Head of Product & Production at Serhant Media Group, Ryan Serhant's media company. At the time of this interview Kyle was a producer/editor and content strategist with NBC News. Kyle stays connected to Cornell through the CALS Alumni Association and WVBR. Let Kyle captivate you in this interview with host Lou Diamond '92. He'll talk about launching the lifestyle video vertical "BETTER," how in media it's paramount to know and understand your audience, the place for targeted content in today's modern world, what he plans to do with his MBA, and much more.  “People right now are looking for inspirational content … [people] are looking for somewhere to go in order to feel good about themselves” Check out Kyle on Instagram @KyleScottOriginal and at his website, https://www.kylescott.com/. Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.
Hockey player. Full-time student at Cornell. Olympian. Dive into a discussion with gold medalist Brianne Jenner ’15 about managing the dual life of college student and accomplished athlete on this episode of Fresh From the Hill.  “Right away Cornell let’s you know that you don’t have everything figured out.” Hosted by Yasmin Alameddine '16. Additional audio assistance from Michael Bell and Samuel B. Lupowitz. Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.
Halloween is tomorrow and you know what that means?? Our special Cornell ghost stories episode is here! Listen in as we hear spooky Cornell stories from four Cornellians: Jacob Sackett '15, Marie Ceske '20, Subashiny Gengatharan '13, and Garrett Hastings '19.  For more information about the student group "Scare Me," please email their current president Eliza at ebf43@cornell.edu.  Created and produced by Amanda Massa, amanda.massa@cornell.edu. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.
Jeanne Hwang Lam ’04 wants to read your story. Her company, Wattpad, has created a network for users to read, write, and share stories within a platform of 80 million readers. Join host Yasmin Alameddine ’16 as she chats with Jeanne about her path at Cornell and how it led to Wattpad. “If you know there’s something else you want to do, just go do that. And it doesn’t have to be the right thing, it just has to be better than what you’re currently doing.” From Accenture to business school, Jeanne reminds us that not all routes in life are direct, but the Cornell community provides support with every turn. Don’t miss out on this inspiring interview! Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.
In this episode of Fresh from the Hill, you'll hear from Jordan Pares-Kane '18, a Resident Naturalist with the University of Georgia Costa Rica in the Monteverde region of Costa Rica. Hear about Jordan's focus of study and how it relates to her work in sustainability today, how she decided to take a gap year after college to focus on travel and changing the world (and her advice to others who want to do the same), and her interest in disaster relief and how she contributed towards relief efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Also learn about how her involvement with Engaged Cornell afforded her a lot of the opportunities she received at Cornell and beyond.  “For a lot of my studies we would focus a lot on the environmental aspects of sustainability, and although that’s important, I think it’s really important to focus on social sustainability, because often it’s not focused on … it’s just something that was really emphasized during my program and just being able to see firsthand some of the disparities that different communities were facing because of environmental issues just really kind of inspired me to learn more about it.” Hosted by Yasmin Alameddine '16, https://www.wittypod.com/. Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.
Michael Charles is an American Indian scientist from the Navajo Nation pursuing a PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State University with research interest in bringing ecosystems into the design and decision-making of technical systems while exploring how to use academic research to impact social, political, and ethical issues. Whether it’s through his indigenous background, sports, music, his studies, or his friends, Michael has embraced the power of community throughout his life. It's something that helped him transition from a graduating high school class of 18 to Cornell, and eventually to a PhD program at The Ohio State University. Listen in as Michael chats with his friend and classmate Yasmin Alameddine '16 about balancing extra curriculars with a challenging major, how one of the first languages he heard on campus was Diné (Navajo), and his involvement in AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) and NAICCO (Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio), which led to his participation in the UN Climate Talks.  "The first reason I ever even started getting into this work was sitting at my desk in Columbus, Ohio, my first year of my PhD and watching things unfold at Standing Rock . . . there were a lot of people able to be there and long term camp out and show their support for that indigenous community . . . it was really at an international scale of people who were coming and staying at that camp . . . I felt very, not necessarily trapped, but I just couldn’t figure out what my role was as an indigenous person in sustainability, very concerned about climate change and the impacts on our peoples . . . I think I was still trying to figure out what could be my role and how can I make change in this issue." Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.
Nina Coutinho is a Toronto native currently working as a Senior Product Manager at Shopify. Nina's path was anything but linear after graduating from Cornell in 2008 and she wants recent grads to know that they don't need to know exactly what they want to do right out of college. Hear Nina's fascinating conversation with host Yasmin Alameddine '16 as they talk about Nina's meandering path, how she was a "serial joiner" at Cornell, the number of careers she's had since graduation, how her first Cornell experience was getting ready for a wedding in the crypt of Sage Chapel, and much more.  “If you are a naturally curious person, you can find interesting things in so many different industries. I think you shouldn’t be afraid of that, because as long as you are paying your bills and you are learning something and you feel like you’re expanding your mind and you’re challenging yourself, I’d say don’t be afraid of taking a total risk on a totally new field.” - Nina Coutinho Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.
Meet Yasmin Alameddine '16

Meet Yasmin Alameddine '16

2019-08-2100:06:57

We're on to season two of Fresh from the Hill and that means new episodes, new stories, and of course new hosts! On this mini-episode you'll be introduced to new host Yasmin Alameddine, class of 2016. Hear about Yasmin's best classes and experiences at Cornell as well as her favorite campus spot and what she's up to today.  Stay tuned this season of Fresh from the Hill to hear more from Yasmin and the amazing Cornellians she'll interview and also check out her own podcast WITTY: Women in Tech Talk to Yaz.  Hosted, created, and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.
We're opening up season two of Fresh from the Hill with a very special bonus episode featuring Cornell Club NYC General Manager Craig Lasnier. Listen in as Craig sits down with host Lou Diamond '92 to discuss the Club's history, present, and future, what special offerings they afford Young Alumni and recent grads, how the Club has aided alumni in times of disaster and tragedy, what notable Cornell alumni come through the club, and how it's a very special place for Cornellians right in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. As Craig says, "There’s a Cornellian in every facet of life," and "we’re family and we want people to feel like family." Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly. 
 This week on Fresh from the Hill, you'll hear clips from the episodes listed below. If you haven't already listened to those episodes in their entirety, we recommend you go back and take a listen! It will be well worth your time.  Episode 13: Meet Aaron Kominos-Smith '04 Episode 14: Making Something Beautiful From a Pile of Dirt - Justin Kondrat '14 Episode 15: The Value of People - Julio Casado '08 Episode 16: The Business of Broadway - Dana Lerner '14 Episode 17: Empowering Podcast Creators - Nir Zicherman '08 Episode 18: The Lucky Break - Ritu Raman '12 Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians was created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.
This week on Fresh from the Hill, you'll hear clips from the episodes listed below. If you haven't already listened to those episodes in their entirety, we recommend you go back and take a listen! It will be well worth your time.  Episode 7: Meet Lou Diamond '92 Episode 8: Little Sister - Irene Li '12 Episode 9: I Just Need a Beer - Jack Mason '11 Episode 10: People are the X Factor - Kia Albertson Rogers '13 Episode 11: Pathways - Becky Katz '09 Episode 12: Connecting Artists to Fans... from WVBR to SiriusXM to Spotify - Jordan Gremli '08 Episode 19: Second Chances - Darnell Epps '19 Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians was created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.
For the next three weeks, we'll be bringing you the best moments from season one of Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians.  In this episode, you'll hear clips from the episodes listed below. If you haven't already listened to those episodes in their entirety, we recommend you go back and take a listen! It will be well worth your time.  Episode 1 (trailer): Introducing Fresh from the Hill - Alex Zalben '99 Episode 2: Find Your North Star - Svante Myrick '09 Episode 3: Take the Plunge - Stephen Hall '06 Episode 4: Who Made Your Beats for You - Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo '08, MA '15, PhD '19 Episode 5: Why are you Trying to Study the Magic that is Love - Dr. Marisa Cohen '06 Episode 6: It Doesn't Get Old - Meghan Dubyak '04 Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians was created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.
From the Brooklyn housing projects, to private Catholic School, to a near 17-year incarceration at Five Points Correctional Facility, to Cornell University, Darnell Epps '19 is not your typical Cornell Senior.  Hear Darnell's fascinating and inspirational story about taking the wrong path in life, lessons learned, and coming out the other side. “One thing that struck me deep was seeing the pain… When I walked in the courtroom and I would see a packed courtroom and I would see families on both sides, feeling pain. I would see the tears in my mother’s eyes, the embarrassment that I caused her, the shame that I brought. She was a New York City Police Officer, but yet had to explain to her colleagues that her two sons were incarcerated for murder. And she was at trial every day. She stuck by me. She came up on the visit practically every month to see Darrell and I. It was that. It was witnessing that. It was seeing that. That really brought me face-to-face with the need to ultimately become a responsible adult and to break out of this way of thinking that seemed to dominate my teenage years.”  Check out Darnell's Op Ed in the New York Times. Hosted by Lou Diamond '92. Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.    
Ritu Raman is an engineer, writer, and educator with a passion for introducing bio-hybrid materials into the toolbox of every inventor. She grew up in India, Kenya, and the United States and has learned to appreciate and thrive in diverse and dynamic environments. Her life experiences have shown her that technical innovation can drive positive social change, and this inspires her to help democratize and diversify STEM education around the world. Ritu is currently a L’Oréal USA postdoctoral fellow in the renowned Langer Lab at MIT and a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2018.  Listen in as Ritu chats with Aaron Kominos-Smith about how she navigated the US college process and learned "the Ivy League is a good thing," how she originally picked Cornell because of her aspirations to be an astronaut, how her successes in life not only resulted from her hard work but also some luck, and what she's currently working on at MIT. Check out WiSDM (Women in STEM Database at MIT), which Ritu mentions at the end of the episode at http://wisdm.mit.edu/.  “We all get value out of something when we see that it impacts other people” Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.  
Nir Zicherman '08 is the Co-Founder and CTO of Anchor, the easiest way ever to make a podcast, 100% for free. Previously, Nir ran server engineering at Aviary, where he built back-end systems to scale to tens of millions of monthly users until Aviary's acquisition by Adobe in 2014.  In this episode of Fresh from the Hill, hear about Nir's journey as a Government major at Cornell, to NYU Law, to passing the bar, to finding his first job in programming (yes, you read that right). Nir believes in teaching yourself the things that you're interested in, which is what led him to a career in programming. Learn how Nir met his co-founder and decided to start Anchor, a company that's revolutionizing the world of podcasting in all facets: hosting, recording, distributing, editing, and monetizing.  “With Anchor, we have discovered that there’s so much interesting content that can be created when you put the tools in the hands of people who have really interesting ideas, but historically haven’t been empowered to actually make those ideas come to life.” You don't have to be Joe Rogan to be successful in podcasting - visit  https://anchor.fm/ to get started today! Hosted by Aaron Kominos-Smith '04. Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.      
Dana M. Lerner '14 is a Tony-nominated theater producer and entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Red Pelican Creative, LLC a social media consulting and management agency providing strategic advice and management consulting on social media, brand enhancement and development primarily in the live entertainment space .   In this episode of Fresh from the Hill, Dana sits down with host Aaron Kominos-Smith '04 to chat about what life as a theater major at Cornell was like, how to get into the business side of theater, how Hamilton is changing the game in ticketing and subscription models, what it takes to be a Broadway producer, and how she got involved with the Tony-nominated show Indecent. Also hear about the numerous ways Dana stays involved with Cornell in her very limited free time! Learn more about Dana and Red Pelican Creative at  https://officialdml.com/ and https://redpelicancreative.com/.   Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.     
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