ENCompass Weekly - 1/29/2007
Livingston CARES crew returns to Biloxi over winter break; volunteers still needed for next trip in March during spring break
Livingston CARES helped rebuild this home in Biloxi.
The Livingston CARE team works on a house in Gulport.
Livingston CARES—a Hurricane Katrina collaborative relief effort with which the College is involved—returned to Harrison County, Miss., during winter break to continue helping those whose lives were impacted by the storm. In addition, volunteers are still needed for the upcoming trip to the Biloxi area during the College’s spring break, March 9-17, reports Tom Matthews, director of leadership education, development and training for the College and chair of Livingston CARES.
Spring break trip: To date, 31 volunteers have reserved seats and paid deposits for the trip, but 25 seats are still available to anyone 18 or older from the College or community. HOPE Unites will provide the arrangements for a per person all-inclusive cost of $550. Livingston CARES hopes to find generous donors to bring the cost down by paying for the bus and/or other expenses. Students are responsible for fund raising and publicity for this trip. Kay Fly and Connie Hurlburt will serve as trip advisors. To participate in the trip, contact Fly at (585) 245-5893 or email@example.com.
Winter break news: From Jan. 6-13, about 20 people went to Harrison County, including seven volunteers who were making their second trip. The group helped restore a few homes in Biloxi, visited families whose houses CARES worked on in 2006 and met with Harrison County officials. In addition, the group met with representatives from agencies Livingston CARES expects to help during upcoming trips. A total of four trips are planned for 2007. The volunteers who returned were Matthews and his wife, Betsy Matthews; Rona Byers, Betsy Matthews’ sister; Lyle Lehman, a retired Geneseo faculty member; and four students: Marie Ostrander, Trevor Ramsey, Jill DelTosta and Breana Sullivan.
For more about Livingston CARES, go to: http://communitycare.geneseo.edu/.
Black inventions exhibit makes stop here this Thursday
“Black Inventions USA: The Real McCoy” will be on display from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. this Thursday, Feb. 1, in the Kinetic Gallery, located on the second floor in the MacVittie College Union. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibit is a multimedia presentation that serves as a tribute to black inventors and scientists who are America’s unsung heroes, reports Fatima Rodriguez Johnson, coordinator of multicultural programs and services for the College. Many of the things people use daily—the golf tee, automatic traffic light, cellular phone, mailbox, pencil sharpener—were created by black inventors. In addition, black inventors created the Super Soaker water gun and the world’s fastest computer peaking at 3.1 billion calculations per second. More than 150 authentic artifacts are represented in the collection, including patent designs, personal letters, rare photographs and brief biographies of black American inventors.
Geneseo students to discuss “Northern Ireland and the Troubles” during film series in February
Six SUNY Geneseo students have organized a series of presentations on “Northern Ireland and the Troubles.” The students spent the fall 2006 semester participating in a directed reading group on the Troubles, which explored firsthand accounts of the civil rights movement in Northern Ireland, and will outline the long history of religious tension in Northern Ireland. On January 30, 1972, one of the most notorious episodes in the turbulent history of Northern Ireland occurred in the city of Londonderry. In the midst of a march to protest the British government’s suspension of due process rights for suspected Irish Republican Army supporters, British soldiers fired on protestors and killed 13 civilians. Although controversy surrounds the events of “Bloody Sunday,” it is universally recognized as a key date in the history of Northern Ireland. The student presentations coincide with the 35th anniversary of Bloody Sunday and are part of Geneseo’s Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration. “These presentations are important because they cover a topic that has significant relevance to the modern world,” says Joe Cope, assistant professor of history and supervisor of the directed reading course.
Geneseo students Rob Adamo, Lauren Chechanover, Lisa Hofstetter, Pat O’Neill, Claire Ruswick and Lauren White will present a 90-minute introduction to the history of the Troubles and Northern Ireland Feb. 2. During the following three weeks, the students will present films and lead discussions on topics relating to Northern Ireland and the Troubles. The students’ presentation and the film screenings will all be held at 3:15 p.m. on Fridays in February in 201 Newton Hall. The series is free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail Cope at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://mlk.geneseo.edu/filmseries.htm. To read the complete press release, go to: http://www.geneseo.edu/news/nrap.php?pg=NorthernIreland.html
David E. Kendall, personal attorney for the Clintons, to deliver Phi Beta Kappa lecture Feb. 5
David E. Kendall, who has served as personal attorney for Bill and Hillary Clinton since 1993, will deliver the College’s annual Phi Beta Kappa lecture at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5, in 203 Newton Hall. The talk, titled “The Great War Today,” is free and open to the public. Kendall will talk about World War I, as refracted through its literature and history—the changing and evolving attempts to assess its facts and causes. He will explore the relationship, if any, between the war's literature and history and will talk about the ramifications and influences of the Great War. Kendall, a partner in the Washington, D.C., law firm Williams & Connolly LLP since 1981, began representing President Bill Clinton and former first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton in November 1993, in what was ostensibly a small savings and loan matter involving Whitewater Development Company, Inc. He went on to represent the Clintons in a variety of matters, including the 1998-99 impeachment proceedings. Kendall continues to represent Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton, now a U.S. Senator representing New York state, in civil litigation. For more information on Kendall, go to: http://www.geneseo.edu/news/nrap.php?pg=PBKLecture5th.html
Geneseo offers lectures, trips to historical sites in honor of Susan B. Anthony’s legacy
Geneseo continues to mark the 100-year anniversary of Susan B. Anthony’s death with its yearlong commemoration, “Susan B. Anthony: Women’s Rights, Women’s Power.” This semester, students will have opportunities to celebrate the life and achievements of Anthony through trips to sites significant to the women’s rights movement throughout the local area. In addition, the College will host a one-woman production about Anthony’s close friend and colleague, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and lectures throughout the semester. To read the complete press release, go to: http://www.geneseo.edu/news/nrap.php?pg=SusanB.Anthony.html
Nominations sought for student employee award
The Student Employment Service office is participating in a regional effort, sponsored by the Northeast Association of Student Employment Administrators, to identify and reward outstanding student workers. Employers may nominate any undergraduate student who has been on campus payroll (federal work study, temporary service, Campus Auxiliary Service) for at least six months. The nominees should be students who are especially reliable, perform high quality work and show creativity and independence in dealing with work situations. A committee of readers will choose one winner, but all nominees will be recognized. Anyone interested in nominating a student, may download the nomination form at http://ses.geneseo.edu/seoty2007.doc. All nominations must be returned to the Student Employment Service office by Feb. 15. The winner will be announced during National Student Employment Week, April 9-13.
Submissions sought for Geneseo’s first annual G.R.E.A.T. Day
The College is seeking submissions from students for its first annual G.R.E.A.T. Day—Geneseo Recognizing Excellence, Achievement & Talent—set for April 17. The daylong event is a collegewide celebration of student creativity, research and scholarship, reports Anne E. Baldwin, director of sponsored research for the College. Classes will be suspended so students can present and the College community can attend the presentations, which will be offered between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Students may make submissions using a variety of formats, including poster presentations; artwork exhibits; paper presentations; readings of creative works; Power Point presentations; and performances of instrumental, vocal, dance or theatrical works. A faculty member must sponsor all submissions. The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, March 9. Details, submission guidelines and links to the online submission forms can be found on the G.R.E.A.T. Day Web site: http://great.geneseo.edu.
Nominations sought for campus faculty awards
Nominations for several faculty awards are now being accepted. Each of these awards provides an opportunity to recognize and reward a deserving faculty member for outstanding accomplishments and service to the Geneseo community, according to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Kate Conway-Turner. The annual honors are the President’s Award for Excellence in Academic Advisement, President’s Award for Excellence in Research and Creativity, Dr. Carol C. Harter Faculty Mentoring Award, the Joseph M. O’Brien Award for Excellence in Part-Time Teaching, the James and Julia Lockhart Supported Professorship and the Geneseo Alumni Association Supported Professorship. Conway-Turner encourages the College community to take the time to nominate a deserving colleague for these awards. The award criteria and lists of previous awardees are available from Linda Shepard at email@example.com. Nominations should consist of a narrative of no more than two pages, double-spaced, describing the nominee’s fulfillment of the criteria. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 14, 2007. Nominations should be submitted to either the Campus Awards Selection Committee, c/o Provost’s Office, Erwin 205 by 5 p.m. Feb. 14, or electronically to Shepard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valentine’s Day Delight offered by Undergraduate Alumni Association
College community members can order heart-shaped cheesecakes and other delights and have them delivered to anyone anywhere on campus on Valentine’s Day. The SUNY Geneseo Undergraduate Alumni Association has organized this event to help support student scholarships. The cheesecakes are $12 and are baked in Rochester’s famous Cheesy Eddie’s, owned and operated by Geneseo alumni John and Colleen (Schiffhauer) Baker ’83. The gift package includes chocolate hearts, assorted valentine candy and gourmet hot chocolate. Orders and payment must be made by Feb. 5; contact the Alumni Relations Office in the Collins Alumni Center, McClellan House, SUNY Geneseo, One College Circle, Geneseo, NY 14454, or call the office at (585) 245-5506.
Lederer Gallery exhibit explores worldliness and spirituality
The Bertha V.B. Lederer Gallery in Brodie Hall presents “Pins and Needles: Maggie Rzoycki Hiltner and Melissa Haviland” through Feb. 19. The exhibit explores traditional and non-traditional applications of fiber art and address concepts of worldliness and spirituality. The gallery is open noon-4 p.m. Sundays-Wednesdays and 5-8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, e-mail email@example.com.
Lockhart Gallery displays alumna’s work
The Lockhart Gallery, located in the McClellan House at 26 Main St. in Geneseo, presents “Alumni Scene: Enid Crow (Lori Barrett ’89).” The gallery is open noon-4 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and noon-8 p.m. Thursdays. The exhibit runs through Feb. 16. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asian/Asian American Studies and Programming and philosophy department offer new series called “Sacred Words, Sacred Spaces”; Syracuse University professor to talk this Thursday about Hinduism
The Asian/Asian American Studies and Programming and the philosophy department will offer a series called “Sacred Words, Sacred Spaces,” this spring. The first presentation of the semester will he held at 12:45 p.m. this Thursday, Feb. 1, in 213 Milne Library. Anne Grodzins Gold, a professor at Syracuse University, will deliver a talk titled “Hinduism: Gender and Religion in a North Indian Village.” The series will include guest speakers, field trips and dining out that will focus on Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Taoism. All lectures are free and open to the public. Students and faculty members who would like to help with carpooling, please contact Randy Barbara Kaplan, associate professor in the College’s School of the Arts and coordinator of the Asian/Asian American Studies and Programming, at email@example.com.
Student Organization Expo this Thursday
More than 80 student organizations will participate in the annual Student Organization Expo from noon-2 p.m. this Thursday in the MacVittie College Union Ballroom. Members of the College community are encouraged to stop by for a fun Caribbean beach party, reports Suzanne Sharp, coordinator of student organizations and campus activities. The expo will include entertainment by Alfred St. John’s Trinidad & Tobago Steel Drum Band, free non-alcoholic cocktails served by Geneseo Late Knight, free birthday cake for the college union’s birthday, free leis, limbo and hula hoop contests, best Caribbean dressed award, and give-a-ways (including a Jet Blue gift card and tickets to shows at Geneseo). This event is sponsored by College Union and Activities, a department in the Division of Student and Campus Life; Campus Auxiliary Services; and Geneseo Late Knight.
Wind Quintet to perform this Sunday
The Geneseo Wind Quintet will perform at 3 p.m. this Sunday, Feb. 4, in the Central Presbyterian Church, 31 Center St. in Geneseo. The concert is free and open to the public.
Save the Date!
The Alan Lutkus International Film Series returns in the spring 2007 semester with a presentation of “The Magdalene Sisters” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in 204 Newton Hall. The film is about the story of the strength of three Dublin women in 1964 who were placed in the Magdalene Sisters Asylum for committing moral transgressions considered dangerous to themselves and society. Based on survivor accounts of the dehumanizing abuse to which young women were subjected in Magdalene institutions until 1996. Discussant: Robert Dogget (English). The 2002 film was made in the U.K. and Ireland and runs 119 minutes. The series is sponsored by the Office of the Provost; the departments of communicative disorders and sciences, English and history; and the IFS Committee.
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