Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians

Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians

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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.


Change Superhero - Kamillah Knight ‘13, MPA ‘15
Jun 24 • 25 min
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,…
The Value of Trash - Arthur Huang ‘02
Jun 10 • 40 min
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…
The Future is the Past - Molly O’Toole ‘09
May 27 • 49 min
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…
Meet BJ Siasoco ‘07
May 13 • 24 min
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…
Season Three is Coming…
Apr 29 • 2 min
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…
Digging Through Hip Hop: Artifacts and the Art of Facts – Ben Ortiz
Apr 15 • 39 min
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…
Community Organizing in Crisis - Juliana Garcia ‘14
Apr 1 • 15 min
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…
Karaoke, it’s Cheaper Than Therapy - Alina Kim ‘03
Mar 18 • 18 min
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…
All Hockey, All the Time - Topher Scott ‘08
Mar 4 • 32 min
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…
The Orchard - Chris Merkley ‘01
Feb 19 • 27 min
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…
Successful Failure - Andrea Savage ‘94
Feb 5 • 31 min
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…
Meet Juliana Garcia ‘14
Jan 22 • 7 min
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…
Rethinking the Way We Learn - Dean Kathryn Boor ‘80
Jan 8 • 29 min
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…
Words for 2020
Dec 25, 2019 • 9 min
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…
Anatomy of Design - Eden Brachot ‘15
Dec 11, 2019 • 29 min
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…
The Power of the Niche - Kyle Scott ‘11
Nov 27, 2019 • 19 min
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…
Chasing Excellence - Brianne Jenner ‘15
Nov 13, 2019 • 20 min
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…
Halloween special - Tales of the Supernatural Beyond the Hill
Oct 30, 2019 • 25 min
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…
You Do You - Jeanne Hwang Lam ‘04
Oct 16, 2019 • 33 min
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…
The Sustainable Life - Jordan Pares-Kane ‘18
Oct 2, 2019 • 17 min
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…
The Power of Community - Michael Charles ‘16
Sep 18, 2019 • 24 min
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…
The Beauty is in the Meandering - Nina Coutinho ‘08
Sep 4, 2019 • 24 min
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…
Meet Yasmin Alameddine ‘16
Aug 21, 2019 • 6 min
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…
A place Cornellians call home: Live from the Cornell Club NYC, featuring GM Craig Lasnier
Aug 7, 2019 • 15 min
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…
Season one bonus #3: greatest hits from the Aaron Kominos-Smith ‘04 series
Jul 24, 2019 • 22 min
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…
Season one bonus #2: greatest hits from the Lou Diamond ‘92 series
Jul 17, 2019 • 25 min
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…
Season one bonus #1: greatest hits from the Alex Zalben ‘99 series
Jul 10, 2019 • 15 min
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…
Second Chances - Darnell Epps ‘19
Jun 26, 2019 • 42 min
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…
The Lucky Break - Ritu Raman ‘12
Jun 12, 2019 • 27 min
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…
Empowering Podcast Creators - Nir Zicherman ‘08
May 29, 2019 • 31 min
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…
The Business of Broadway - Dana Lerner ‘14
May 15, 2019 • 32 min
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…
The Value of People - Julio Casado ‘08
May 1, 2019 • 41 min
Julio Casado ‘08 studied Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, received a Master’s degree in Management from the Harvard University Extension School, and is a 2018 Fellow of the New Leaders Council. He was born in Dominican Republic, grew…
Making Something Beautiful From a Pile of Dirt - Justin Kondrat ‘14
Apr 17, 2019 • 31 min
Justin Kondrat ‘14 is an inspiring alumnus who defeated all odds to go to his dream school, Cornell University. In this episode, host Aaron Kominos-Smith talks with Justin about his intense passion for horticulture and how Cornell helped him achieve his…
Meet Aaron Kominos-Smith ‘04
Apr 3, 2019 • 9 min
Meet our third and final host for season one of Fresh from the Hill! Learn about Aaron’s background at Cornell, how his time in the Whistling Shrimp Improv group inspired him to leave his job as an architect and pursue a job in standup comedy, and what’s…
Connecting Artists to Fans… from WVBR to SiriusXM to Spotify - Jordan Gremli ‘08
Mar 20, 2019 • 35 min
Jordan Gremli graduated from Cornell University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Atmospheric Science, but spent most of his time as an undergraduate at WVBR-FM, the school’s independent, student-run commercial radio station. He is currently Head of…
Pathways - Becky Katz ‘09
Mar 6, 2019 • 25 min
Becky Katz ‘09 is currently a Robert Bosch Fellow, a prestige program that accepts 15 professionals and provides professional development in Germany. Before her move to Germany, she was the City of Atlanta’s first Chief Bicycle Officer. In this role she…
People are the X Factor - Kia Albertson-Rogers ‘13 (Kia Orion)
Feb 20, 2019 • 37 min
Kia Albertson-Rogers ‘13 (Kia Orion) is a Philadelphia based singer-songwriter performing soulful, electronic, and R&B music. Graduating from Cornell in 2014, Kia spent a brief period in the music industry before getting involved with non-profit work.…
I Just Need a Beer - Jack Mason ‘11
Feb 6, 2019 • 29 min
Jack Mason, Master Sommelier at the Pappas Bros. Steakhouse Houston Downtown and Galleria locations, achieved MS status at the very young age of 27 and is one of the youngest to do so. He is one of only 9 esteemed Master Sommeliers currently in the state…
Little Sister - Irene Li ‘12
Jan 23, 2019 • 32 min
Irene Li ‘12 operates Mei Mei Street Kitchen & Mei Mei Restaurant in Boston, where her work centers around ethical sourcing and fair employment practices. Irene’s background of living on an organic farm, organizing for economic and social justice, and…
Meet Lou Diamond ‘92
Jan 9, 2019 • 10 min
Get get to know the host for our second series of “Fresh from the Hill,” Lou Diamond ‘92. Learn what Lou’s favorite classes were at Cornell and how they connect to what he does today, hear about how Lou helps people Thrive in their everyday lives, and get…
It Doesn’t Get Old - Meghan Dubyak ‘04
Dec 26, 2018 • 25 min
On this episode of Fresh from the Hill, you’ll hear from Meghan Dubyak ‘04, current chief spokesperson and Associate Vice President for Communications and Creative Services at Georgetown University and former Press Secretary to Vice President Joe Biden…
Why Are You Trying to Study the Magic That is Love? - Marisa Cohen ‘06
Dec 12, 2018 • 33 min
In this episode of Fresh from the Hill, Alex Zalben ‘99 talks to relationship expert Dr. Marisa Cohen about love, relationships, and her two primary lines of research: perceptions of first date success and consensual non-monogamy. Tune in to learn about…
Who Made Your Beats For You? - Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo ‘08, MA ‘15 (AKA Sammus)
Nov 28, 2018 • 36 min
Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo ‘08, MA ‘15 aka Sammus is an Ithaca-raised, Philadelphia-based rap artist, producer, and PhD student in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at Cornell University. Through her music she has spent the past several years…
Take the Plunge - Stephen Hall ‘06
Nov 14, 2018 • 33 min
In our third episode of Fresh from the Hill, we hear from Stephen Hall, co-founder of Tinker Coffee Co., a specialty coffee roaster in Indianapolis, Indiana. Steve will talk about his time at Cornell in the Hotel School, starting out in the wine industry…
Find Your North Star - Svante Myrick ‘09
Oct 31, 2018 • 45 min
At age 24 Svante Myrick won a mayoral race to become the youngest mayor in Ithaca’s history and the first mayor of African American heritage. In this exclusive interview, host Alex Zalben ‘99 and Svante will chat about Svante’s childhood, the first time…
Introducing Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians
Oct 17, 2018 • 10 min
Check out the very first episode of Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians. In this episode you’ll hear from one of the hosts of the podcast, Alex Zalben class of 1999. You’ll learn a little about Alex’s background, how the podcast…