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Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians

49 EpisodesProduced by Cornell Alumni AssociationWebsite

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. … read more

49 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

Introducing: Wall of Wonder

August 5th, 2020


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 …

Live in Your Imagination - Ryan Silbert '02

July 22nd, 2020


Academy Award winning filmmaker Ryan Silbert '02 is a writer, author, producer, and founder of Origin Story Entertainment, a multi-platform …

Organized Like a Rainbow - Katie Bartels '06

July 8th, 2020


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, …

Change Superhero - Kamillah Knight '13, MPA '15

June 24th, 2020


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 …

The Value of Trash - Arthur Huang '02

June 10th, 2020


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 …

The Future is the Past - Molly O'Toole '09

May 27th, 2020


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 …

Meet BJ Siasoco '07

May 13th, 2020


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 …

Season Three is Coming...

April 29th, 2020


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 …

Digging Through Hip Hop: Artifacts and the Art of Facts – Ben Ortiz

April 15th, 2020


Tune in to a fascinating discussion with Ben Ortiz, Assistant Curator for the Cornell Hip Hop collection. Why are musical archives important? How …

Community Organizing in Crisis - Juliana Garcia '14

April 1st, 2020


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 …

Karaoke, it's Cheaper Than Therapy - Alina Kim '03

March 18th, 2020


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 …

All Hockey, All the Time - Topher Scott '08

March 4th, 2020


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 …

The Orchard - Chris Merkley '01

February 19th, 2020


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 …

Successful Failure - Andrea Savage '94

February 5th, 2020


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 …

Meet Juliana Garcia '14

January 22nd, 2020


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 …

Rethinking the Way We Learn - Dean Kathryn Boor '80

January 8th, 2020


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 …

Words for 2020

December 25th, 2019


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 …

Anatomy of Design - Eden Brachot '15

December 11th, 2019


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 …

The Power of the Niche - Kyle Scott '11

November 27th, 2019


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 …

Chasing Excellence - Brianne Jenner '15

November 13th, 2019


Hockey player. Full-time student at Cornell. Olympian. Dive into a discussion with gold medalist Brianne Jenner ’15 about managing the dual life of …

Halloween special - Tales of the Supernatural Beyond the Hill

October 30th, 2019


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 …

You Do You - Jeanne Hwang Lam '04

October 16th, 2019


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 …

The Sustainable Life - Jordan Pares-Kane '18

October 2nd, 2019


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 …

The Power of Community - Michael Charles '16

September 18th, 2019


Michael Charles is an American Indian scientist from the Navajo Nation pursuing a PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The Ohio State …

The Beauty is in the Meandering - Nina Coutinho '08

September 4th, 2019


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 …

Meet Yasmin Alameddine '16

August 21st, 2019


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 …

A place Cornellians call home: Live from the Cornell Club NYC, featuring GM Craig Lasnier

August 7th, 2019


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 …

Season one bonus #3: greatest hits from the Aaron Kominos-Smith '04 series

July 24th, 2019


 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 …

Season one bonus #2: greatest hits from the Lou Diamond '92 series

July 17th, 2019


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 …

Season one bonus #1: greatest hits from the Alex Zalben '99 series

July 10th, 2019


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 …

Second Chances - Darnell Epps '19

June 26th, 2019


From the Brooklyn housing projects, to private Catholic School, to a near 17-year incarceration at Five Points Correctional Facility, to Cornell …

The Lucky Break - Ritu Raman '12

June 12th, 2019


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 …

Empowering Podcast Creators - Nir Zicherman '08

May 29th, 2019


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 …

The Business of Broadway - Dana Lerner '14

May 15th, 2019


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 …

The Value of People - Julio Casado '08

May 1st, 2019


Julio Casado '08 studied Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, received a Master’s degree in Management from the Harvard University …

Making Something Beautiful From a Pile of Dirt - Justin Kondrat '14

April 17th, 2019


Justin Kondrat '14 is an inspiring alumnus who defeated all odds to go to his dream school, Cornell University. In this episode, host Aaron …

Meet Aaron Kominos-Smith '04

April 3rd, 2019


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 …

Connecting Artists to Fans... from WVBR to SiriusXM to Spotify - Jordan Gremli '08

March 20th, 2019


Jordan Gremli graduated from Cornell University in 2008 with a Bachelor's Degree in Atmospheric Science, but spent most of his time as an …

Pathways - Becky Katz '09

March 6th, 2019


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 …

People are the X Factor - Kia Albertson-Rogers '13 (Kia Orion)

February 20th, 2019


Kia Albertson-Rogers '13 (Kia Orion) is a Philadelphia based singer-songwriter performing soulful, electronic, and R&B music. Graduating from …

I Just Need a Beer - Jack Mason '11

February 6th, 2019


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 …

Little Sister - Irene Li '12

January 23rd, 2019


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 …

Meet Lou Diamond '92

January 9th, 2019


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 …

It Doesn't Get Old - Meghan Dubyak '04

December 26th, 2018


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 …

Why Are You Trying to Study the Magic That is Love? - Marisa Cohen '06

December 12th, 2018


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 …

Who Made Your Beats For You? - Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo '08, MA '15 (AKA Sammus)

November 28th, 2018


Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo '08, MA '15 aka Sammus is an Ithaca-raised, Philadelphia-based rap artist, producer, and PhD student in the Department of …

Take the Plunge - Stephen Hall '06

November 14th, 2018


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, …

Find Your North Star - Svante Myrick '09

October 31st, 2018


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 …

Introducing Fresh from the Hill: Inside Stories of Noteworthy Cornellians

October 17th, 2018


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 …

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