Events & Programs: Fall 2015 to Spring 2016

Locus of Authority Book Discussions

August 26 - September 25, 2015, Milne 208

  • Wednesday, August 26, 10AM: Staffing decisions - How Do We Define Faculty?  What is the role of those not on the tenure track, student-life professionals, and co-curricular staff? (with James McLean and Carol Long)
  • Friday, September 25,1PM-2PM: Academic Freedom - History of the University System, Role of Academic Freedom in Broad Strokes Over Time (with Ken Kallio and Kristin Cangialosi)
  • Modes of Instruction - Curriculum Oversight; Faculty Responsibilities for Maintaining Academic Standards; Online Teaching and Learning (with Dave Parfitt and Doug Baldwin)

Give Kids the World Informational Meetings

  • September 15, 2015, 12:00-1:00 PM, Milne 213
  • September 18, 2015, 12:00-1:00 PM, Milne 213
  • September 25, 2015, 5:15-6:15 PM, Milne 213
  • November 13, 2015, 12:00-1:00 PM, Milne 208

Informational meetings for Give Kids the World. Give Kids The World is the Village where children with life-threatening illnesses stay when they have a wish to visit Florida. It's entirely run by volunteers.

Red Hook Brooklyn Project informational meetings

  • September 21, 2015, 12:00-1:00 PM, Milne 208
  • October 8, 2015, 12:00-1:00 PM, Milne 208
  • October 9, 2015, 2:30-3:30 PM, Milne 214

Join Maddy Smith, project coordinator of the Geneseo Landing in Red Hook, the college's newest off-campus program. Maddy is based in Brooklyn and manages our recently acquired classroom/office space for future off-campus coursework, alumni engagement, and extracurricular opportunities for students. Our presence in Brooklyn is a prime opportunity for alumni engagement, summer and intersession courses, and other activities.

Give Kids the World Fundraising Concert

  • October 17, 2015, 6:00-7:30 PM, The Knight Spot:  Bob Jackson's concert will be a fun-filled evening of family entertainment, and help raise money for the students to volunteer at Give Kids The World.

2015 Survey of faculty attitudes on technology

  • November 12, 2015, 2:00-3:00 PM, Milne 208: Inside Higher Ed’s fourth annual survey of college and university faculty members and campus leaders aims to understand how these groups perceive and pursue online learning and other issues related to technology-enabled education. Join Inside Higher Ed editor Scott Jaschik and reporter Carl Straumsheim for a lively discussion on the findings of the survey in a free webinar.

Penn Summit

  • December 7, 2015, 4:00-5:30 PM, Erwin 206: How People of Color Experience Racism on Campus: Center researchers will present data from campus racial climate studies we have conducted with students, faculty, and staff members of color at predominantly white institutions across the nation. Specific examples of people’s routine encounters with racial microaggressions and overt forms of racism on a wide range of campuses will be furnished. We will also help Penn Summit participants understand the persistence, pervasiveness, and undercurrents of racial problems that students of color are presently protesting.

  • December 9, 2015, 4:00-5:30 PM, Erwin 206: Race-Conscious Institutional Leadership: This module will focus on what campus leaders must do to more effectively respond to racism on campus. Emphasis will be placed on listening to and feeling what people of color say about their racialized experiences; reflecting on one’s own racial identity and prior racial socialization; and understanding what race-conscious institutional leadership entails. Leaders holding themselves and colleagues with whom they work more accountable for actualizing institutional missions and fostering inclusive campus environments will also be emphasized.

  • December 14, 2015, 4:00-5:30 PM, Erwin 206: Race-Consciousness in Classrooms and Curricula: Topics in this module will include: creating inclusive classroom environments for students from all racial and ethnic groups; productively raising race questions and seemingly difficult topics in class discussions; making good educational use of racial tensions that arise between students in classroom conversations and in group work; and thoughtfully integrating racial topics and scholars of color into curricula across academic fields. Attention will also be paid to being more self-reflective and race-conscious in one’s approaches to teaching and learning.

  • December 16, 2015, 4:00-5:30 PM, Erwin 23: Strategically Improving Campus Racial Climates: In this module, strategies will be presented for assessing and proactively addressing racial climate problems before they erupt in protest, or lead to marginalization and high attrition rates among students and employees of color. Presenters will engage participants in a strategic planning exercise focused on three levels: individual self, organizational unit (e.g., office, department/division, academic school), and the larger college/university campus. This planning exercise will help participants identify immediate and longer-term strategic actions for their specific contexts.

Online Teaching Lunch

  • February 9, 2016, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, Milne 105

Interested in teaching online this summer? Want to know what Geneseo's online education program is all about? Then attend our informational panel discussions with Geneseo faculty who have recently taught online.

This panel discussion may be of interest to those faculty members submitting the 2016 Online Instruction Curriculum Development Application sent by Dean Savi Iyer.

SUNY Geneseo began offering summer online courses in a limited way in 2008, and the program has grown steadily over years. In this panel discussion, Geneseo faculty members will share their experiences with what worked (as well as what didn't work). This would be a good session to attend for those faculty members considering offering a new online course in Summer 2016.
Faculty members scheduled to participate in the discussion include:
Kurt Cylke (Sociology)
Jennifer Katz (Psychology)
Cynthia Klima (Languages and Literatures) 

Milne/TLC Book Discussion Before Author Sonja Livingston

  • March 1, 2016, 4:00-5:30 PM, Milne 208

Milne Library and the Teaching and Learning Center are hosting author Sonja Livingston on campus this semester.  In preparation for her arrival, we will also hold a book discussion ahead of her visit.

Sonja Livingston’s Queen of the Fall was selected by Rochester Reads as the title for 2016’s “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book.”  On Monday, March 7, the author will give a reading at 6:00pm in the College Union Ballroom followed by a Q&A and book signing.  Livingston will also visit various classes throughout the day. 

Queen of the Fall explores the various icons one girl considered on her path to becoming a woman, including Susan B. Anthony, 1980’s Madonna, the Virgin Mary, the maiden on the Land O’ Lakes butter box, and many more.  Sonja Livingston is from the Rochester area, and has an academic background in anthropology and counseling.  She’s currently an assistant professor in the MFA in creative writing program at the University of Memphis, and divides her time between Rochester and Memphis.

Using Gaming to improve your teaching

  • March 23, 2016, 2:30-4:00 PM, Milne 105

Did you ever wonder how people can learn detailed, long, intricate tasks to complete a video game, yet have trouble mastering skills in the classroom?  Then come to this presentation on Wednesday, March 23 from 2:30-4:00pm in Milne 105 on how we can use gaming principles to improve our teaching.  Sponsored by Milne Library and the Teaching and Learning Center

Teaching through games is more than just playing games in the classroom. The School Library System of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership provides an internationally recognized model for the use of tabletop games as a direct instructional resource. The collection of curriculum aligned games built up over the past nine years is the largest such collection in the country.

Christopher Harris, SLS Director and primary author of the Teaching Through Games series (Rosen Classroom, 2015), and Brian Mayer, Gaming Specialist with the SLS and the award-winning designer of Freedom: The Underground Railroad (Academy Games, 2014) will talk both theory and application of play-based instruction for all levels. Go hands on with exemplar board and card games from a wide variety of content areas and gain tips for the use of games in your instruction.