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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.

Communicator Award of Excellence winner 2020.

Created and produced by Amanda Massa.
Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13.
Artwork by Chris Kelly.
52 Episodes
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Hilary Lashley Renison '05, MEng '07, MBA '09 knows resiliency. Though she was one of three African American women in engineering during undergrad, she stayed at Cornell for almost a decade pursuing a bachelor’s, masters in engineering, and an MBA. Yep, that makes her a triple red! Now at the top of her game at General Electric and founder of her own company Tinker and Fiddle—promoting STEM education for K-12 students—prepare to be inspired.  As we all grapple with the new normal of 2020, Renison says, “Don’t be afraid of change, lean into it.” Hosted by Madeline Dubelier '20. Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly. *The views expressed by Fresh from the Hill hosts and guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Cornell University
Civil engineers help society. How can one ensure their infrastructure is safe and benefiting everyone in the community? This is Erica Fischer '07's mission. Hear about her journey from an undergraduate at Cornell to her current role as a Civil & Construction Engineering Assistant Professor at Oregon State University. Oh, and she’s part of the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute and Virtual Earthquake Reconnaissance Team. What’s that? Tune in for more! “How can you really help real people? Just everyday people in their lives and make an impact?” Hosted by Catherine Gurecky '20. Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly. *The views expressed by Fresh from the Hill hosts and guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Cornell University.
The world is better when women succeed. Joanna Dai’s eight year finance career in New York and London instilled a sense of effortless style with cool attitude, but lacked the comfort and ease from her Californian upbringing. Yet, when it came to workwear shopping, she felt increasingly discouraged by a market where fabrics restricted movement, designs lacked function and versatility, and quality mismatched value. She had the vision of a brand where none of these factors were compromised – a brand of tailored performance wear where comfort empowers confidence. Listen in to the second episode of our Wall of Wonder series as Abigail Macaluso '20 chats with Joanna about her journey - from being one of five women in an incredibly difficult major at Cornell, to landing a job at Bear Stearns right before the Great Recession, to eventually finding her footing in the fashion world by creating a brand committed to sustainability, empowering women, and promoting comfort and style.   “I really believe that brands have that power, they have the platform. And through their platform and voice they can really impact change.” Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly. *The views expressed by Fresh from the Hill hosts and guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Cornell University.
Wall of Wonder is a book written and published by three remarkable class of 2020 Engineering grads: Madeline Dubelier, Catherine Gurecky, and Abigail Macaluso.  Listen in as Fresh from the Hill producer Amanda Massa sits down with Madeline, Catherine, and Abigail to discuss how the book came about, what it was like to write and publish a book while still in school AND during a global pandemic, lessons learned, and what our Fresh from the Hill audience can expect for upcoming episodes of the podcast.  Learn more about Wall of Wonder at http://swe.cornell.edu/wallofwonder.html, available now at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.  “I think we’re all people who just have never related to this very stereotypical engineer image ... I find myself going out of my way to defy that image as much as I can.” – Madeline Dubelier "It’s really important to get young minds engaged and excited about technologies that they could perhaps go on to have careers in.” – Catherine Gurecky “This project has just become a great resource to young women and girls, that they can see themselves in these women, and these are women that are making history today and they can as well.” – Abigail Macaluso Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly. *The views expressed by Fresh from the Hill hosts and guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Cornell University.
Academy Award winning filmmaker Ryan Silbert '02 is a writer, author, producer, and founder of Origin Story Entertainment, a multi-platform entertainment company with a global focus on storytelling. Silbert is also the co-creator of the New York Times bestseller Stan Lee’s Alliances: A Trick of Light, an original, first-of-its kind audio storytelling event produced by Amazon’s Audible Studios and starring GROWN ISH’s Yara Shahidi.  In this episode of Fresh from the Hill, we hear Ryan's story - the thrill he felt when he received that acceptance letter to Cornell and how he utilized storytelling in his first career in marketing. The role mentors and mentorship played in his life and how his love of comic books eventually led his partnership with Stan Lee. His take on movies, the Sci-Fi & Fantasy genres, and so much more. Keep an eye out for A Trick of Light, which debuted as an audiobook original and will be published as a full-length novel in hardcover by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on September 17th. “Storytelling is so important because it creates sense out of the chaos.” Hosted by BJ Siasoco '07. Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly. The mentoring website mentioned by BJ during the episode is CUeLINKS. You can join today at cuelinks.cornell.edu. *The views expressed by Fresh from the Hill hosts and guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Cornell University.
Imagine turning a hobby into a successful business and your full-time job. Sounds amazing, right? Get inspired as we talk to Katie Bartels ’06, jewelry designer and owner of her eponymous brand Katie Bartels. Starting through Etsy, her colorful pieces gained traction and have led her to opportunities like curating the Edward Metzger Gem Collection at Cornell’s very own Johnson Museum. Tune in and let’s talk diamonds! “There have definitely been a lot of low moments, which make the high moments wonderful, and as I’ve grown, I’ve tried to always stay humble and grateful for everything.”  Hosted by BJ Siasoco '07. Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly. This episode was recorded 3/12/20. *The views expressed by Fresh from the Hill hosts and guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Cornell University.
Diversity. Inclusion. Sustainability. What do they really mean and how do they intersect? Listen in as we chat with Kamillah Knight ’13, MPA ’15 about her goal to change the way people look at and interact with the environment. As a leader at Unilever, Kamillah advocates for corporate responsibility and credits her time at Cornell for turning a passion into a career. And did we mention she’s currently pursuing her third degree from Cornell? Let’s Go Red! “I fell in love with, honestly, the diversity of all the students, because I truly do believe that you should learn not only in the classroom, but outside of the classroom. And I remember telling my mom right then this is the school I’m going to go to.” Hosted by BJ Siasoco '07. Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly. *The views expressed by Fresh from the Hill hosts and guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Cornell University.
Admit it. We are consumers and We. Love. Stuff. But what happens when we’re done with it? Arthur Huang ’02 founded his company Miniwiz to turn your trash and recyclables into resources for the future. Listen to his chat with host BJ Siasoco ’07 as he reflects on his time at  Cornell, his advice for fellow architects, and his partnership with Jackie Chan. Yes, that Jackie Chan. "We need to change the dialogue from the very top." Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly. *The views expressed by Fresh from the Hill hosts and guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Cornell University.
Pulitzer Prize winner? Check. Reporter for the LA Times? Check. Cornellian? Check! Tune in as we chat with Molly O’Toole ’09 about her award-winning work on the “Out Crowd” podcast--investigating the Trump administration’s policy on asylum officers and asylum seekers. Joined by host BJ Siasoco ’07, we dig into her career, her thoughts on media in society, and of course, her love for Cornell. “I feel like I tricked someone somewhere where I get this job that’s sort of just endlessly fun and I’m never bored.” Episode photo of Molly by Foreign Policy Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly. *The views expressed by Fresh from the Hill hosts and guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Cornell University.
Meet BJ Siasoco '07

Meet BJ Siasoco '07

2020-05-1324:02

This is not your typical "meet the host" episode. What was supposed to be a 5-10 minute mini episode turned into a 25 minute epic (edited down from over 40 minutes) with a fake out ending and a fun conversation between two old friends about podcast surprises, people who inspire us, outlooks on life, and more. Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly. *The views expressed by Fresh from the Hill hosts and guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Cornell University.
We're so excited to bring you brand new episodes of Fresh from the Hill starting May 13! In the meantime, catch up on past episodes and stay up-to-date on all of Cornell Alumni Affairs digital offerings at our Connect Online website. Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly. *The views expressed by Fresh from the Hill hosts and guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Cornell University.
Tune in to a fascinating discussion with Ben Ortiz, Assistant Curator for the Cornell Hip Hop collection. Why are musical archives important? How does Cornell’s collection partner with the likes of HBO, Neflix, and the New York Times? Learn more as host Juliana Garcia ’14 dissects Ben’s work in and outside of the office. “Being a lifelong hip hop nerd is not something I would ever thought would ever result in a career.” Learn more about the Cornell Hip Hop Collection at preservinghiphop.org. To contact Ben, email him at ben.ortiz@cornell.edu. Episode recorded at the Language Resource Center on Cornell's Ithaca Campus in September of 2019. Comedy drum hit by Dan Collins. Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly. *The views expressed by Fresh from the Hill hosts and guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Cornell University.
During this time of crisis and uncertainty, we lean on our local communities for support. Fresh from the Hill host Juliana Garcia ’14 is doing her part as an active member of Mutual Aid Tompkins - a grassroots organization responding to community needs amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Tune in as she talks to our producer, Amanda Massa about how to organize, identify existing resources, and gain support. Interested in getting involved in your local community? Visit COVID-19 Mutual Aid USA. Stay home and stay safe, everyone! “I feel like this is one of those points where if I looked back 10 years from now I would be really upset with myself if I didn’t do anything.” Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly. *The views expressed by Fresh from the Hill hosts and guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Cornell University.
Tune in as we talk to Alina Kim SHA ’03, owner and operator of Ithaca’s premier karaoke bar. Alina chats with host Juliana Garcia ’14 about her entrepreneurial spirit and the science behind karaoke and how it brings people together. “On certain nights when karaoke is really lively ... it’s like this positive energy that you can almost soak in.” Episode recorded at the Language Resource Center on Cornell's Ithaca Campus. Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly. *The views expressed by Fresh from the Hill hosts and guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Cornell University. This episode was recorded in October, 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hockey is Topher Scott’s life. When an injury in high school forced him to look outside the Big 10, he found himself at Cornell, a serendipitous twist of fate. Topher's Cornell experience has since shaped his life in almost every facet, from meeting his wife on campus, to assistant coaching the Cornell men's hockey team for five years, to remaining in upstate NY to raise his young family and pursue numerous hockey-related endeavors. Listen in as Topher chats with Juliana Garcia about playing on a championship Cornell Hockey team, what he loves about coaching, why he's an advocate for fighting in hockey, and much more. “It was an amazing experience for sure. Playing in front of a sold out crowd pretty much every night and hockey is such a big deal, not just at Cornell but the whole Ithaca area … I still kind of get goosebumps even thinking about it.” Check out Topher's podcast and hockey development website at https://thehockeythinktank.com/. Episode recorded at the Language Resource Center on Cornell's Ithaca Campus. Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly.  *The views expressed by Fresh from the Hill hosts and guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Cornell University.
After completing a landscape architecture degree at Cornell in 2001, Chris Merkley quickly discovered he actually wanted to pursue a career in music. Chris has performed over a thousand shows from the streets of Paris to venues through out Europe and across the United States. He has released nine albums with a variety of groups which include the song writing duo Merkley & Morgan, his high octane Bluegrass and Country Blues globetrotting band The Crooners, and the swampy blues rock trio of Digger Jones.   Listen in as Chris chats with Juliana Garcia '14 about a new music venue he's building on Main Street in Cortland, made possible by a $10M grant from NYS for downtown revitalization. You'll hear about how his Cornell degree and connections are helping him in this new venture and how bringing people together through music is one of the driving forces in his life. “More and more I realize just how important it is to bring people together.” Learn more about Chris's music career, his record company Old Boy Records, and The After School Special (a school bus he's transforming into an eco-minded tour bus and recording studio) on his website https://chrismerkley.com/.  Episode recorded at the Language Resource Center on Cornell's Ithaca Campus. Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly. *The views expressed by Fresh from the Hill hosts and guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Cornell University.
Andrea Savage '94 is a comedic actress, writer, director and producer. Andrea created the hit television show, I'm Sorry, which is currently in production on season 3.  As an actress on television, Andrea has starred as President Laura Montez on HBO’s Veep, Helen Basch on Showtime’s Episodes, Vivian Stoll on CW’s iZombie, and as Rhonda on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm. Andrea has also been featured in The League, Modern Family, House of Lies, and The Kroll Show. On the film side, Andrea has starred in Stepbrothers, The House, Sleeping with Other People, Dinner for Schmucks, Life Happens, You're Not You and Summer ’03. As a creator/writer/producer, Andrea has developed pilots for ABC, NBC, FOX, Comedy Central, etc. Savage hails from stand-up and the legendary Groundlings Theater. Tune in to this incredibly fun and energetic episode of Fresh from the Hill where host Juliana Garcia '14 chats with Andrea about show business, motherhood, and her own podcast called Andrea Savage: A Grown-Up Woman #buttholes.  “I don’t know if [comedy] is any more difficult than anything else that you would do in the industry if it’s something that naturally comes to you. I would say one difficulty is often, you don’t get to shepherd a joke from beginning to end and that can be frustrating. Right now on my show I do get to, but often if you’re writing comedy, you don’t get to be there on set when it’s performed, you don’t get to direct it, and then you don’t get to edit it. Or, someone else wrote a joke that you wish it was a little different. And jokes really have beginning, middle, and ends in terms of their process, in terms of the writing, the performance, and then the edit. And when there’s too many people involved in that one joke’s journey, a lot can get lost in the translation.” *If you're sensitive to strong language, please note that there is swearing in this episode.  Created and produced by Amanda Massa. Music by Kia Albertson-Rogers '13, koa3@cornell.edu. Artwork by Chris Kelly. *The views expressed by Fresh from the Hill hosts and guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Cornell University.
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. *The views expressed by Fresh from the Hill hosts and guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Cornell University.
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. *The views expressed by Fresh from the Hill hosts and guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Cornell University.
Words for 2020

Words for 2020

2019-12-2509:25

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. *The views expressed by Fresh from the Hill hosts and guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Cornell University.
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