ENCompass - 11/5/2007
Front and Center Debuts Online
The Office of Communications and Publications has launched a new online feature titled “Front and Center” accessible through the revolving button on the Geneseo homepage.
“Front and Center” is designed as an online source for Geneseo related perspectives in a variety of formats, including editorials, speeches, interviews and more. “Prior to the creation of this feature, these materials didn’t really have a ‘home’ on our website” said Susie Hume, web content editor. “This new section on the front page will be updated regularly and is a first step in keeping the Geneseo site fresh and giving it a more competitive edge.”
“Front and Center” is the first in a series of changes taking place as part of an ongoing discussion of overall web design across the college. Other projects in the works include a redesign of the Geneseo homepage, a new editorial standards guide to be applied to both new and existing web content, and the use of analytics to monitor visitor activity on the website.
Members of the Geneseo community are encouraged to send any materials that might be relevant to the “Front and Center” section to Hume at firstname.lastname@example.org. All editorials, speeches or other material related to Geneseo will be considered. Multimedia materials, such as videos or audio of speeches, interviews and more are particularly welcome.
FED Challenge Team Earns Regional Victory
Geneseo’s FED Challenge Team took first place at the Buffalo Region Competition on Oct. 26. The team now advances to the New York City round, which is being held on Friday, Nov. 16.
The College FED Challenge is intended to help students become more knowledgeable about the Federal Reserve’s role in implementing monetary policy. A team’s involvement in the competition involves a 20-minute presentation on current economic conditions and a 15-minute question and answer session led by a panel of judges.
“This competition is a big deal; it is extremely difficult to win,” said Leonie Stone, assistant professor in the School of Business. “This is the fifth year that Geneseo has competed in the FED Challenge. We have won the Buffalo round in each of the three years that it has existed and we have always placed in the top four in the district. Two years ago, we won the district and were second in the nation.”
Expert to Speak on the Iroquois and Democracy on
Don Grinde, chair and professor of American studies at the Center for the Americas at SUNY Buffalo, will speak on “The Iroquois and the Development of Democracy in America” at 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9 in Sturges Auditorium. A reception will follow the lecture.
The lecture is sponsored by the American Studies Program; the Anthropology, English, Humanities and Political Science departments; and the Office of the Provost.
Grinde, a Yamasee Indian from Georgia, has been teaching and writing Native American history for more than 30 years. Although his assertions have been hotly contested by historians with an Eurocentric worldview, the realization of Native American influence on the concept of democracy itself is spreading. Grinde was recently awarded a $3.5 million National Science Foundation grant to study Native American human ecology in western New York. He is recruiting graduate students under the grant for next fall; the doctoral fellowships are $29,000 a year with free tuition and $5,000 per year for research travel. For details, visit http://cas.buffalo.edu/depts/americanstudies/dgrinde.shtml
French Club Focuses on Fairytales
Muriel Najean de Bevère, professor of French at Collège Saint Philippe de Meudon in France, will speak on French folklore and fairy tales from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at the Fireside Lounge in the MacVittie College Union. The event, titled “French Fairytales and Folklore: A Look Into the Unique Regional Stories of France,” is part of a series of events organized this week by Le Cercle Francais, the Geneseo French Club, in conjunction with National French Week.
“The presentation will provide a general overview of fairytales’ place in French culture, as well as provide trivia tidbits relating French fairytales to the modern day,” said Sarah Dziekonski, a sophomore French major from Avon, N.Y. and co-president of Le Cercle Francais. “The fairytale presentation is a unique way to get a glimpse into another culture’s fairytales and tall tales and to see the differences between French and American stories.”
This event is free and open to the public. For more information on this event and others occurring this week, contact Dziekonski at email@example.com.
Pacific Overtures Showing on Campus this Weekend
“Pacific Overtures,” a musical about the “opening” of Japan to trade by the United States in the nineteenth century, is showing on campus at 8 p.m. Nov. 7-10 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at Alice Austin Theatre in Brodie Hall.
“This musical is about what happens when one culture imposes itself on another,” said Randy Kaplan, associate professor of theater studies and director of “Pacific Overtures.” “I think it emphasizes a very timely issue that should be considered by Americans; the potential adverse affects of our actions, on others as well as ourselves. This is truly a musical that makes you think and examine issues from different angles.”
Tickets are $5 for students, $6 for faculty, staff and seniors, and $7 for the general public. They can be purchased at bbo.geneseo.edu, the Student Union Box Office until the dates of performance at (585) 245-5873 and the Brodie Box Office during the dates of performance at (585) 245-5833.
Gala for Change Focuses on AIDS in Africa
“A Gala for Change”, a fundraiser for Partners in Health and Faith’s House of Hope hosted by Men of Action and Change and Face Aids, takes place from 6-9 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Interfaith Center, located at 11 Franklin Street in Geneseo. The event, consisting of an art auction of professional and semi-professional work, a traditional Kenyan dinner and live music, is aimed at raising money for those affected by AIDS in Africa. “This fundraiser will help Geneseo students get involved more in world events,” said Charlie Elliot-Bearce, a senior business administration major from Saratoga Springs, N.Y. and “A Gala for Change” committee member. “When you realize how the rest of the world lives on a day-to-day basis and what they go through, it makes it hard to sweat the small stuff. ”For more information, visit www.geneseo.edu/~mac. Ticket prices are $10 for students and $20 for the general public. As a courtesy, please reserve tickets in advance by contacting Elliot-Bearce at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Geneseo String Band to Give Unique Performance
“Square Dance with the Geneseo String Band” will take place at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 in the MacVittie College Union Ballroom. “We’ve been doing campus square dances for more than 20 years,” said James Kimball, a lecturer in the School of the Arts and director of the Geneseo String Band. “It’s a kind of dancing that fits much of the music that we play. It’s also just fun to do, doesn’t require any special expertise and is a great excuse to get out and do something active and sociable.”
All members of the Geneseo community are encouraged to participate. Student admission is $1 and general admission is $3.
Dining Services Customer Satisfaction Survey Now Available
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to rate campus dining at Geneseo by participating in the National Association of College and University Food Services customer satisfaction survey. The survey is available at http://nacufscustomersurvey.com until Thursday, Nov. 8. The link to the survey as well as a unique PIN number was sent to all Geneseo email accounts on Nov. 1.
The findings from this annual survey, which Campus Auxiliary Services has participated in the past four years, are used as the basis for change in different dining locations on campus. Past changes based on the results of the survey have included:
•Changing Fast Eddies into Millenium Market to offer a wider variety of products
•Increasing the amount and variety of fresh fruit in all of the dining centers and installing a fruit and yogurt bar at GUS
•Increasing the amount of display cooking and foods cooked to order
•Switching to reusable china and silverware at Mary Jemison
•Offering a better chicken product at the grills in Red Jacket and Letchworth Dining Centers
As an added incentive to participate in the survey, students who evaluate at last three dining locations will be entered into a raffle to win an iPod shuffle or a $50 gift card to Best Buy, Target or Mobil.
Save the Dates
Nov. 7—Still Searching for the Meaning of Life?
In conjunction with the “Heavens Above” exhibit, Milne Library will present “The Meaning of Life” at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 in 213 Milne. Dr. Raymond Belliotti will analyze three answers to the meaning of life: the otherworldliness of the Religious Solution, the pessimism of Cosmic Meaninglessness and the fragile optimism of The Creation of Contingent Meaning.
Nov. 8—The Career Services Office will be hosting “Resume Rush” at 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 in the College Union Lobby and Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the Integrated Science Center. Students graduating in December, preparing for graduate school or beginning a job search are encouraged to attend the sessions. For more information, visit http://careers.geneseo.edu.
Nov. 8—The Environmental Health and Safety Department will conduct van safety training for faculty and staff wishing to drive 12-passenger vans. The training consists of classroom and hands-on training from 8-11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8 in the EHS training room in 121 Holcomb Building. For information on specific requirements and to sign up for the program, contact Dawn Rowe at email@example.com or (585) 245-5663.
Nov. 10—The Limelight & Accents Performing Arts Series presents the Bellydance Superstars at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10 in Wadsworth Auditorium. The group will perform a cross-section of tribal, Egyptian and cabaret styles of dance. Tickets are $5 for students, $7 for 12 and under, $12 for faculty, staff and alumni and $15 for the general public. To purchase tickets, call the Student Association Ticket Office at (585) 245-5873 or (800) 525-2070. For more information, visit http://milescopeland.net.
Nov. 12—The New Energy Jazz Orchestra, a group of Rochester’s elite jazz performers featuring Geneseo faculty members Jonathan Kruger and David Gibson, will perform at 8 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12 in Wadsworth Auditorium. Tickets, available at the door, are priced at $3 for students and $5 for the general public.
-The articles in this week’s edition of ENCompass Weekly were written by Joe Mignano, a senior communication major working this semester in the Office of Communications and Publications.
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