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.

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!

Publishing student work openly: the GREAT Day Proceedings

GREATDayEvery year, GREAT Day (Geneseo Recognizing Excellence, Achievement & Talent Day) marks a college-wide symposium celebrating the creative and scholarly endeavors of our students.

For the past several years, SUNY Geneseo has published the conference proceedings of the GREAT Day presentations held every April.  The proceedings are designed to be a student-led publication, compiled and edited by a series of student editors and originally advised by Dr. E. Richie VanVliet of the Languages & Literatures department.  In 2011 the publication found a home in Milne Library when Dr. Van Vliet retired. Since the 2011 Proceedings, Milne Library has worked with two wonderful student editors, Stephanie Iasiello and Amy Bishop, to compile and edit the student work from GREAT Day presentations and poster sessions.  In the spring of every year, the Library publishes the edited proceedings of the previous year’s event.

Beginning in 2009, the Proceedings were published in print through the Amazon CreateSpace platform, and in 2011, the Proceedings were also made open access and freely available electronically through Milne’s journal publishing platform, Open Journal Systems (OJS).  http://ojs.geneseo.edu

Student submissions for the 2013 Proceedings are in the process of being reviewed  for publication — you still have time to contribute your paper!  Submitting is easy, and instructions are found on our website. Please contact the GREAT Day Proceedings journal managers (Daniel Ross, Academic Excellence Librarian [email protected] or Allison Brown, Editor & Production Manager [email protected]) for more information.

What’s Your Story?

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How would you tell this tale?                                                                                 Reemsten, K. (Artist). (2011). Pink Study [Painting], Retrieved February 5, 2013, from:http://www.kellyreemtsen.com/index2.php#/gallery1/2/
How would you tell this tale?

Join us for a series of 8 workshops to hone your storytelling skills. Everyone has a story to tell, but storytellers have a way that brings people together and helps us learn more about who we are. Good storytelling can also be a way to persuade your audience to listen to your point of view; think about a job interview, a courtroom, or classroom and you will understand what we mean!

The Geneseo Storytelling Institute will provide instruction and practice on the art of storytelling through eight hands-on workshops. Attendees will have the opportunity to showcase their craft by performing in storytelling events for the Geneseo and Rochester communities and potentially at GREAT Day.

“Our stories give shape to our inchoate, disparate, fleeting impressions of everyday life. They bring together the past and the future into the present to provide us with structures for working towards our goals…. We are primed to use stories.” (Perry, 2012).

If you’re not convinced yet of the importance of this skill, check out this recent article, “The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains” and see if you still feel the same after!

The Institute is open to all Geneseo students, and will be led by Dr. Sharon Peck (School of Education), Mark Sullivan (Milne Library) and Michelle Costello (Milne Library).

The first workshop will be held on February 14th from 2:30-4:00 pm, in Milne 208. For more information and to RSVP please email Michelle Costello – [email protected] by February 8th.

Thanks, Michelle

Perry, P. (2013). How to stay sane. New York: Picador.
Reemsten, K. (Artist). (2011). Pink Study [Painting], Retrieved February 5, 2013, from:http://www.kellyreemtsen.com/index2.php#/gallery1/2/

What is Digital Scholarship?

Map of the Internet 1/16/2005, from www.opte.org

Digital Scholarship is (among other things) scholarly activities such as writing, research, and communications that take advantage of technologies in the digital world. While digital scholarship might be found everywhere from Twitter to Tumblr to WordPress, it frequently centers around the development of scholarly works, and the software platforms which support them. For example, the TAPAS Project is creating a place where scholars can create and edit texts encoded in TEI XML, and publish them in the same space. Editing Modernism in Canada has a similar purpose, but devoted to modern Canadian authors. In the physical and applied sciences, arXiv.org is an indispensable resource for discovering and reading the works of other scholars. The social web has tailored some of its resources to scholarly communications as well, creating a plethora of platforms that fuse bibliographic reference management with social networking — such as Mendeley, Zotero, Connotea, and Papers.

Here at SUNY Geneseo, the faculty and librarians at Milne are working on a number of digital scholarship projects. For example, Digital Thoreau is a digital scholarship project which is creating a web-based scholarly edition of Walden where users can create and view scholarly commentary inline with the text. SUNY Geneseo Journal Publishing is our peer-reviewed open access journal publishing service which uses the Public Knowledge Project‘s Open Journal Systems. You can read the contents of GREAT Day there, and Educational Change, which is a peer-reviewed journal published by the New York State Foundations of Education Association.

If you’d like to learn more about what we’re doing, or if you have a project to propose, please get  in touch with Joe Easterly, Milne’s Electronic Resources & Digital Scholarship Librarian at [email protected]

Submit your GREAT Day work for publication!

Students, if you are participating in GREAT Day this year you should consider submitting your presentation for publication in the 2012 GREAT Day Proceedings!  Begin by reading the submission guidelines, where you will be asked first to register for an account at OJS (Open Journal Systems), the online system we are using to publish the Proceedings.  You’ll want  to discuss this opportunity with your GREAT Day presentation adviser, and make sure you have his or her support in submitting your paper for publication.

The 2012 Proceedings will be published in the rigorous style of an academic journal. Every paper submitted will be reviewed by a faculty panel, and only the best will be chosen to represent Geneseo. This means it will be even more impressive when you list this publication on your resume! You will be contacted with the outcome of the review process by the end of summer.

If you have problems submitting your paper, please contact librarians Sue Ann Brainard ([email protected]) or Joe Easterly ([email protected]) for help.

Need help with your GREAT Day project?

Librarians are always available to help with your research and technology needs.

Working with a group? We can accommodate. Sciences? Got it. Business Stats? Yep. Need help with web sites, podcasting, powerpoint or excel? For sure! Music Media? You know it! And that’s only a taste of the subject coverage available.

Want to contact a librarian right away? Simply fill out a Consultation Request form telling us a bit about your project or research needs, and a librarian will contact you to set up an appointment.

If you still have questions, don’t forget that the reference desk is always a great place to start.

GREAT Day InDesign Poster Creation Workshops


Are you creating a poster to show off your work for this year’s GREAT Day? Have the content but unsure of how to begin formatting it so that it looks good?

Adobe’s InDesign is a desktop publishing program that gives you the tools to be used for design and layout purposes. InDesign is a “GREAT” choice for making any document that needs some creative layout, from posters to newspapers. It offers all kinds of features to modify your text and images, which can work together in interesting ways to create a unique and professional design.

Laura Cook, Assistant Director and Manager for CIT Instructional Technologies, will provide two open training sessions on InDesign poster creation:

Open sessions will be held on:
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM in Milne 104 LL
Tuesday, April 06, 2010 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM in Milne 104 LL

Students do not need to sign up ahead of time.

Images courtesy of:Lee Bennett and pennydogaccessories via Creative Commons on Flickr.