Writing Learning Center available for drop-ins!

WritingLearningCenterWe’ve been getting a lot of questions about the Writing Learning Center so far this semester. Here is what we know right now:

As of Monday, September 21st at 7:00pm (today!), the Writing Learning Center will be open for drop-in hours. Tutors cannot be booked for appointments just yet, but we are expecting appointments to be back online starting as early as next week.

We’ll be updating the post as we get more information, so check back often.

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!

GREAT DAY WORKSHOP SERIES, SPRING 2015

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.

Center for Academic Excellence – Fall 2014 Updates

CAEBlogOn behalf of everyone working with the Center for Academic Excellence, welcome back to campus everyone! And for those of you who are new, we look forward to meeting and serving you over the course of the next several years!

The C.A.E. is slated to  resume services on September 8th. As in years past, we will be hosting the Writing Learning Center, AOP tutoring, International Student & Scholar Services tutoring, and other educational services.

In addition to these services, the C.A.E. will also be sponsoring an expanded number of workshops this year, including:

  • Library instruction for transfer students
  • Library instruction for international students
  • Time management
  • Resource evaluation
  • Annotated bibliographies…

…and many more. You’ll be hearing more about our workshop offerings, including dates and times, very shortly.

Also, save the date! The C.A.E. Open House will be returning to the main floor of the Milne Library on September 24th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm. We’ll be sharing information about various tutoring and learning centers, and recognizing all the hard work done by your peer tutors across campus.

Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks!

Come to the Center for Academic Excellence Open House

CAEOpenHouseAre you a student looking for writing help?  The Center for Academic Excellence (C.A.E.) houses tutors from the Writing Learning Center for six days per week.  Are you having problems finding scholarly articles for a tricky research subject?  The C.A.E. has a reference librarian on-call until closing every day of week.  Are you an adviser or mentor trying to help someone locate educational assistance outside of the classroom?  The C.A.E. acts as a clearinghouse for numerous campus support services and can point you in the right direction.

The C.A.E. already offers something for pretty much everyone here at SUNY Geneseo, but we are not finished expanding yet.  Growing and improving the university’s educational support services network is seen as vital part of SUNY Geneseo’s long-term plans and goals, and we are doing our best to make this plan a reality.  Starting this spring semester, the C.A.E. will be teaming up with departments all over campus to develop a series of workshops to help students with various challenges—from writing an annotated bibliography, to preparing and presenting at GREAT Day,  We are also beginning to develop some online instructional materials for students so we can continue to serve you from the comfort of your own home or dorm.

Are you interested in learning more about the C.A.E. and what it has to offer you?  Visit our webpage at go.geneseo.edu/cae, where you can view a full list of our services, our hours of operation, and comprehensive lists of all the other programs operating around campus.  You could also show up to our first annual C.A.E. Open House this Thursday, November 14th, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on the main floor of the Milne Library.  We have invited representatives from all the different campus learning centers to come answer questions and advertise their services.  There will be free food and drink for attendees, and who knows; you might just find a service or program that benefits you.

Here’s hoping we see you there!

Evenings at Milne Library Receive Consistent Research Support

Our new Academic Excellence Librarian, Daniel Ross

Our new Academic Excellence Librarian, Daniel RossWhile Milne Library welcomes Daniel Ross as our newest librarian, the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) gains essential research coverage in the evenings. The newly created position of Academic Excellence Librarian provides a true win-win situation – both the library and the CAE benefit from evening supervision, extended and dedicated research assistance, and fresh eyes to work on developing programs that bring together all support services offered by the CAE.

Daniel Ross is no stranger to working late night hours at Milne Library – first as a SUNY Geneseo history student (Class of 2009) and then as our most recent part-time Evening/Weekend Manager during Spring 2013. After graduating from Geneseo, Dan completed an MLIS (Master of Library & Information Science) at Drexel University and has now returned to the Rochester area to build his professional career.

As the support services in the CAE –

– continue to grow and strengthen, the development of an Academic Excellence Librarian position seemed the perfect fit to more cohesively tie the CAE together as one unit.  This can be done through evening oversight of the center, marketing and development of center-based workshops, and compilation of usage statistics (i.e., how, when and why students are using the center). To this end, Dan Ross brings fresh ideas, organizational skills, and a solid understanding of what it means to be a Geneseo student.

Dan began his position on September 12 and we are excited to (re) introduce him to the college community.

A New Home for the Center for Academic Excellence

Center for Academic Excellence in Milne Library

As students were off for the summer – enjoying warm temperatures, taking a well-deserved break from school and making money through summer jobs – projects and activities in Milne Library went into overdrive.

One of many moves within the library positively affected the Center for Academic Excellence (CAE).  Relocated to a larger space (what once was the Genesee Valley Study Room) and enhanced by additional services, the CAE is realizing its dream of becoming a one-stop academic stop for students.

Students should feel free to stop in if they need assistance in any of the following services:

Enhanced features of the CAE include a student concierge service that will serve as the welcoming point into the center, on-the-spot writing support (no longer on an appointment basis), an almost sound-proof testing center, and closer proximity for essential academic support units so that easier transition can take place between course content, research and writing.

Reference Librarians are currently providing research assistance in the CAE and all other services will begin in earnest, starting September 6.

For further information and hours of operation, see the newly created homepage for the Center for Academic Excellence.

The new CAE is located on the main floor of Milne Library.