Help available for GREAT Day Projects

390x240xGREATday-blog1.jpg.pagespeed.ic.f9hBSGLeelParticipating in GREAT Day is a significant honor, but it can also be an intimidating experience.  A lot of work goes into papers, posters, and presentations, and students want their work to stand out in a good way.  But what is one supposed to do if he or she doesn’t know how to design a good poster or write a proper abstract?

The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) has the answer!

For the second time, the CAE is working with staff and faculty across campus to bring you a series of workshops designed for first-timers and GREAT Day veterans alike.  We already have five workshops scheduled and ready to go.

So if you really want your GREAT Day project to stand out for all the right reasons, take a look at what we’re offering!


Abstract Writing
Wednesday March 11th, 4:00-5:00pm, Milne 213

Unsure of how to write a proper abstract for your GREAT Day project?  This 60 minute workshop will help you through the process.  After some brief instruction, you will have the opportunity to write your GREAT Day abstract with guided help from some of SUNY Geneseo’s best writing tutors.  Taught by Gillian Paku and Writing Learning Center tutors.

Design Principles
Monday March 23rd, 5:00-6:00pm, CU 319

Graphic design is hard.  This workshop keys in on three fundamental elements of design (spacing, color, and text) to help you draft a memorable and effective GREAT Day poster.  Taught by Kristen Fuest.

Creating a Poster Using InDesign
Wednesday March 25th, 5:00-6:00pm, Milne 104

InDesign is a versatile design program you can find on pretty much every public computer on campus.  However, many SUNY Geneseo students are unfamiliar with it.  Come learn the ropes in this one-hour workshop and turn that amazing GREAT Day poster idea into a reality.  Taught by Steve Dresbach.

Creating a Poster Using PowerPoint
Thursday March 26th, 5:00-6:00pm, Milne 104

It’s not just for presentations!  When it comes to creating GREAT Day posters, PowerPoint is a friendly and familiar alternative for students who don’t necessarily want to learn a brand new program.  Taught by Steve Dresbach.

Creating a PowerPoint Presentation
Tuesday April 7th, 5:00-6:00pm, Milne 104

Just about all of us have used PowerPoint before, but despite your relative familiarity with the program, there’s probably a lot of really neat features you never knew about.  Learn how to make your GREAT Day presentation stand out with this sixty minute workshop.  Taught by Steve Dresbach.

Workshop: Organize Your Web Research With Diigo

Get digitally organized!

Get digitally organized!

No longer do you need to print web pages to highlight and take personalizes notes! Diigo is a powerful research and collaboration tool that can help you save, organize, and share what you discover on the web. Students will learn how to save, annotate, tag and share their favorite sites while creating their own personal archive. Students are required to bring laptops to this workshop.

Tuesday, March 3rd
2:30 – 3:30 pm
MacVittie College Union Hunt Room

Instructor: Tracy Paradis – Library Faculty

Workshop: Infographics 101


Monday, March 2nd
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Milne 104

Infographics are a great way to quickly and easily present complex information. In this session, you’ll get a brief introduction to infographics, learn a few design best practices, and discover some of the free software available for creating your own infographics.

Instructor: Justina Elmore – Reference Librarian, Milne Library

Workshop: Creating e-Portfolios for the Job Market

GOLD.ePortfolioAn e-portfolio is a means of showcasing your accomplishments in digital format. It demonstrates your skills and competencies and is a reflection of who you are. Come and learn how to create your own free e-portfolio and add various forms of digital content, such as documents, videos, presentations and photos.

Thursday, February 26th
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Milne 104

Instructor: Steve Dresbach – Technology Instructor, Milne Library

Workshop: Time Management for Busy Geeks

GOLD.TimeMgmtTuesday, February 24
1:30 – 2:30 pm
Milne 104

Time management is an important skill for getting your work done, finding a satisfactory work / life balance, and keeping your sanity. CIT’s Laurie Fox will present strategies of time management and how best to apply them to our ever-changing, technology-laden lives.

Instructor: Laurie Fox – Assistant Director & Manager for Support Services, Computing and Information Technology

Workshop: Leveraging Social Media to Make and Impact

GOLD.SMImpactWednesday, February 25th
2:30 – 3:30 pm
Milne 104

Become familiar with some of the social media technologies needed to represent yourself as a professional, your organization, or your cause. These include social networks, social bookmarking, and other relevant web 2.0 applications. The focus of this workshop is to establish best practices, begin developing your message, and to take a closer look at the techniques and tactics used for getting noticed.


Instructor: Justina Elmore – Reference Librarian, Milne Library

Valentines Day Storytime

heartsMilne Library is hosting a:

Valentine’s Day Story Time Celebration
for children and their caregivers!

When:           Friday, February 13th
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Where:         Teacher Education Resource Center
located on the lower-level of Milne Library

Join us for refreshments, songs, games, and crafts!

This event is sponsored by the Young Children’s Council and students from the School of Education. Any age is welcome, although these stories are geared toward the under-10 age group (appropriate for preschoolers).

For more information or to RSVP (walk-ins are welcome!) send an email to Olivia Hrycko – [email protected], Meaghan Trevett [email protected],  or Michelle Costello – [email protected]

Campus address:

1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY  14454

Parking is available on Main Street, if you park right by Ward Place and walk down the hill, you will arrive right at Milne Library!

Be sure to mark future storytime dates on your calendar! Look for events on March 6th & April 17th of 2015.

Workshop: Critical Inquiry in Research*

Photo Credit: Flickr User C_Knaus

Photo Credit: Flickr User C_Knaus

Great leaders gather information and critically analyze the facts before making good decisions. Attendees at this workshop will discover helpful tips and strategies that are used in any kind of database to help improve their searches, save time and determine the best quality resources for their research. Students are required to bring a lap top to this workshop.
Instructor: Michelle Costello – Education & Instruction Design Librarian, Milne Library

Thursday, February 12, 2:30 – 3:30 pm
MacVittie College Union Room 322/323

*Required Workshop

Teams ready? FILM!!

2015.RegistrationRegistration in now open for the 2015 Geneseo Insomnia Film Festival. On Friday, March 27th, SUNY Geneseo students will compete to create the best 3 minute video, within a 24 hour window.  That’s right! You’ll write, shoot, edit, and post in a single day.

All videos will be shown and awards presented on the evening of GREAT Day (April 21st). Insomniacs are encouraged to invite friends and family over the age of 18.

Remember, you must be registered no later than March 18th to participate. Get more info and check out last year’s winning videos on the Geneseo Insomnia Film Fest website. Oh, and follow their Facebook page for updates!

Milne’s HUGE collection of DVDs now easier to browse and find

SpinnersForget Redbox and Netflix. Milne Library has an AMAZING selection of entertaining DVDs – more than 1,500 feature films and television series — chosen with you, the college student, in mind . What’s more, you don’t have to spend a cent and you’ll get four weeks to watch them. They’re a cinch to browse, too, now that they’re arranged alphabetically by title on new spinning display units on Milne’s Lower Level. No more call numbers to write down or try to remember, no more craning your next and straining your eyes to find that call number stuck on the narrow spine of the DVD case – just simple, straightforward, and more enjoyable DVD pickin’!


If you’re one of those who prefer to browse for movies and such in GLOCAT Classic first, the handy “DVDs & Videos” tab allows you to see not only what Milne has but what’s not currently checked out. Here a title search, or a keyword search on a particular actor, director, topic, etc., will bring up just DVDs and videos that match what you’re looking for. To find just the most recent releases, search by date range (e.g., “2014-2014”) and a list of that year’s releases will come up, arranged alphabetically by title.


Users should know that, in addition to the feature films and television series they’ll find on the spinning units, Milne owns many other titles in DVD format (think PBS documentaries). These are still arranged by call number and housed on shelves opposite the “spinners.”

Liz Argentieri, Special Collections