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February 4, 2008

In this week's issue:

Geneseo Honors Adjunct Faculty Members

Mary Gillin, visiting lecturer of English; Jonathan Kruger, adjunct lecturer in the School of the Arts; Timothy Tomczak, adjunct lecturer of psychology and Kathleen Wall, adjunct lecturer in the School of Business will be recognized during the “Honoring Geneseo’s Teachers and Sharing Their Ideas” ceremony from 1:30 – 2:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6 in front of 208 Milne Library. The event is coordinated by the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC).

All three faculty members have earned numerous distinctions over their careers. Gillin has been teaching at Geneseo since 1992. “What stands out for me, both in a gratifying way and in a daunting way, is when students tell me they remember me,” she said. Kruger, who joined Geneseo in August of 1989 and currently has a publication pending for the International Trumpet Guild Journal. Tomczak, who began teaching at Geneseo in 1987, has won two Chancellor’s Awards at Genesee Community College. Wall, who joined Geneseo in 2005, has been featured in numerous articles and has given many speeches over different topics during her time at Geneseo.

“Adjunct faculty members at Geneseo play a very significant role in the delivery of quality instruction,” said Cristina Geiger, TLC interim director. “Those featured in this exhibit are selected to represent the variety of in-class and out-of-class experiences that Geneseo teachers provide, as well as variety in rank, experience and the ways they connect with students. It is a very difficult process since we have so many great professors at Geneseo.”


The 11th Annual Xerox Conference
Takes Place Feb. 9

The Xerox Center for Multicultural Teacher Education will hold the 11th annual Xerox Conference from 1-4:15 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 9 in Newton 202. “Critical Realities in Urban Contexts” will feature Dr. William Cala, Dr. Santiago Solis, and Dr. Tyson Lewis as guest speakers.
Cala, an educational activist and former superintendent of Fairport Central School District, most recently served as interim superintendent of the Rochester City School District during 2007. He is a vocal critic of the Federal No Child Left Behind Act and high-stakes testing who has championed the challenges faced by English Language Learners and disadvantaged students.
Solis currently serves as senior director of the Center for Student Diversity at Towson University in Baltimore. He completed his dissertation at Teachers College at Columbia University, where he developed an analytical framework to address the preparation of teachers as educators who must be instructed to think critically about racism, classism and sexism.
Lewis, professor of education at Montclair State University in New Jersey, has completed extensive research in the areas of school violence and racism. He earned his doctoral degree at the University of California.
The Xerox Center for Multicultural Teacher Education promotes the academic success of students from all ethnic and cultural communities, especially those who have been historically less well-served by schools.
The conference is free and open to the public. The first 100 people to sign up will receive a free laser-pointer pen. Register online.

Career Services Announces Events

On Tuesday, Feb. 5 from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. in 105 Milne Library, Career Services will host a workshop entitled “How to Work a Job Fair.” The workshop will address the skills and behaviors necessary to develop a strong strategy for job fair success, including what to bring and how to approach and talk with potential employers. Students are asked to pre-register here (click on spring 2008 Workshop schedule).

On Thursday, Feb. 7 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the College Union Lobby, Career Services will host “Resume Rush.” Resumes will be reviewed and critiqued in just 10-15 minutes. This valuable opportunity is offered to all Geneseo students free of charge; no pre-registration is required.


Students Take Center Stage

“Concentric Stories”, a dramatic presentation by students who worked with John O’Neal last semester in a two-week residency, is scheduled for 4 p.m. Friday, Feb 8 in Sturges Auditorium. During the presentation, students will tell some of their own stories covering the topic of civil rights and present stories from local civil rights activists.

O’Neal, a performer and cultural ethnographer, presented his one man show, “Don’t Start Me Talking or I’ll Tell All I Know; Stories from the Life and Writings of Junebug Jabbo Jones” last semester. In addition, he led lectures, discussions and workshops focusing on the Civil Rights movement, current student perceptions of race in America and his own unique way of storytelling and performance.

This event is part of Geneseo’s 2008 commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.


Students to Express Themselves

“Expressions Empowered,” a creative forum emphasizing student expression through artistic means, is scheduled for 10 p.m., Friday, Feb. 8, in the Knight Spot. Students can share their creativity through traditional poetry readings, slam poetry, monologues, spoken+ word, interpretive dance, song and artwork.

“The intent of the program is to be a truly experiential event, where students can immerse themselves in the expression of their peers in an open and safe environment,” said Benjamin Delozier, supervising Late Knight coordinator. “The event is designed to reflect the diversity of backgrounds, experience and perspective in the fabric that makes up the Geneseo community.”

Students interested in performing should contact Geneseo Late Knight at glk@geneseo.edu or sign up in the GLK office in 326 MacVittie College Union.

Sign Up for NY-Alert
All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to enroll in NY-Alert to receive vital communication in the event of an emergency. Returning students who have previously registered for NY-Alert will be asked to confirm their emergency contact information through KnightWeb. New students and those who previously opted-out of NY-Alert will have an opportunity to register through a future KnightWeb survey. Faculty and staff can register for NY-Alert through the SUNY Portal. Select Geneseo as your campus and log in with your Geneseo username (for the ‘User ID’) and password. Click on the ‘log in’ button and complete the information requested. Then click the ‘submit’ button at the bottom.

Enhancements to NY-Alert are ongoing. In the future, faculty and staff will have the ability to review their current information and make updates. Within the coming weeks, Geneseo will become a private group on NY-Alert, giving the College more control over the warnings issued on the system.

Geneseo’s goal is to quickly notify 100 percent of the community in the event of an emergency. Registering for NY-Alert brings Geneseo closer to this goal.


Campus Auxiliary Services Gets Greener

Reflecting Geneseo’s ongoing commitment to reach environmental and sustainability goals, Campus Auxiliary Services (CAS) will discontinue its use of disposable Styrofoam products in favor of paper or compostable products. In addition, CAS will switch from using disposable plastic containers to compostable Greenware and Natures Plastic products whenever possible.

Last semester, over 320 cases of Styrofoam and disposable plastic products were purchased from vendors and used in the dining centers. From this point forward, no Styrofoam or disposable plastic containers will be purchased, preventing over 20 cases of non-biodegradable products from being sent to the landfill each week.

For more information on CAS’s sustainability decisions, click here.


Save the Date

There will be an analysis and discussion of the live statewide primary results with Jeffrey Koch, professor and chair of political science and international relations, on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 8:30 p.m. in 203 Newton Hall
A representative from Student Conservation Corps will be at Geneseo at 5 p.m.
on Wednesday, Feb. 6 in 213 Milne Library and from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb.7 in the MacVittie College Union lobby. Student Conservations Corps offers 3-12 month expense-paid opportunities in all 50 states to protect and restore national parks, forests and other public lands while allowing students to work with resource management professionals on conservation issues.
Departure for a trip to the National Women’s Hall of Fame and Women’s Rights National Historical Park is scheduled for 11:30 a.m.,
Saturday, Feb. 9.,outside of the MacVittie College Union. Admission is $1.50 per person. Students may sign up at the SA ticket office, located on the first floor of the MacVittie College Union.



Geneseo Professor Featured in Upcoming National Geographic Documentary

A National Geographic documentary featuring Distinguished Service Professor Dick Young’s long-term research of the Grand Canyon geology will air at 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11 on channel 73 in Geneseo. Young, who teaches in the department of Geographical Sciences, participated in the making of the documentary last June. The show will air as part of National Geographic’s “Naked Science” series.

Young’s participation was funded by the Provost's office. To view the complete television broadcast schedule, click here.

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