3 Minutes Could Save A Life ~ Guest post by SMAC

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“3 minutes could save a life”

As you walk into Milne this week, you will find a small display with a tinfoil person and a sign that says, “3 minutes could save a life.”

I know everyone is busy and headed in various directions, but take a minute to figure out why that figure is there. What do those notes say? To the average reader, they are positive notes about why people around campus are proud to be who they are, but to me, they are hope.

They are hope that a positive message will reach someone in need and that this sign will encourage someone who is struggling to take a preliminary assessment regarding his or her risk for an eating disorder.

NEDAI’ll get right to the point: eating disorders suck. They come in all forms and they do not discriminate. They are an all-consuming loud voice that takes over, forcing you to forget all else, and they are the thing that takes your loved one away for a short time, or forever. The National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA) is fighting back against the ED, using the slogan “3 minutes can save a life,” because it is important for those suffering to receive treatment as soon as possible. The slogan is a part of this years’ National Eating Disorder Awareness Week, which is February 21st-February 27th and aims to support all people impacted by eating disorders. The voice that promotes our negative body image and feeds the eating disorder will only get louder in secrecy- this display and other events during the National Eating Disorder Awareness week intend to promote self-love and encourage those who need help to reach out and get it.

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Jane Skinner.

Personally, my inspiration comes from my younger sister, who has been battling an eating disorder – and kicking butt- for about six years. She has fought endlessly and been through many periods of great recovery, but for now, it seems like a never-ending struggle for her and for those who love her. It is important to me to reach people like my sister with this campaign, to let them know that even when we don’t know what to say, we do love them and wish to support them.

The display in Milne is to raise awareness on our campus and to promote the Proud2BMe campaign, which encourages positive body image and asks people to consider why they are proud to be who they are. Our hope is to bring a more permanent awareness to campus through a newly formed student group, also named Proud 2B Me. Sisters Making A Change (SMAC) has kindly supported my efforts, funded by IRC and SA, because SMAC is an amazing group of women who know that this issue is incredibly important to me and to this campus. I hope that everyone who looks at the display will take a moment to think about its purpose. The display is partially intended as a “coming soon,” for the awareness week, but also for the SMAC, IRC, and SA sponsored event, Mirrorless Monday.

MirrorI also hope to reach people who love someone that is struggling and do not know what to do. I am not a therapist or a doctor, I cannot “cure” eating disorders, but I can advocate for those who are lost in the voice of their eating disorders, so that is what I will do. This display in Milne Library, Mirrorless Monday, and the forming Proud2BMe club will focus on speaking out against eating disorders, Proudsupporting positive body image, and discussing current legislative and media events on the topic.

On February 22nd, students should look for covered mirrors in all academic buildings and the dining hall bathrooms. Everyone is encouraged to write positive messages on the paper, which will include an explanation for what and why this is occurring, along with a note for an interest meeting to learn more about the National Eating Disorder Association and its’ Proud2BMe campaign.

~ Jane Skinner, SMAC

And while you’re in Milne, be sure to check out the coming exhibit about body image, art, fashion, yoga, and health: “Embrace Every Angle.”

 

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Advanced Database Searching: Improve Your Search Results [RUBY]

GOLD.AdvDatabseLeaders, scholars, and professionals all have one thing in common: they have complex information needs. This workshop will teach participants to leverage the power of online search tools by applying filters, citation tracking, and other techniques rarely used by casual researchers. You’ll be expert researchers after this workshop!
Instructors: Bonnie Swoger – Library Faculty, Milne Library; Sue Ann Brainard – Library Faculty, Milne Library

Wednesday, February 24, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | Milne 104
[Register for Ruby Certificate Credit]

Still More Plagiarism Workshops!

PlagiarismpicFeb22and25Students plagiarize for many reasons, including procrastination, panic, and lack of understanding about how to paraphrase, quote, and cite properly. In this workshop taught by librarians, students will discuss plagiarism scenarios, understand the importance of using original ideas and language, and learn how to incorporate paraphrases and quotes into their writing.
Instructor: Librarian Milne Library

Monday, February 22, 7:00 – 7:50 pm | Milne 104

OR

Thursday, February 25, 4:00 – 4:50 pm | Milne 104
[Register for Ruby Certificate Credit]

Time Management for Busy Geeks [RUBY]

TimeMgmtTime 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

Thursday, February 18, 2:30 – 3:30 pm | Milne 104

[Register for Ruby Certificate Credit]

Latest Plagiarism Workshops…

PlagiarismpicFeb15and17Students plagiarize for many reasons, including procrastination, panic, and lack of understanding about how to paraphrase, quote, and cite properly. In this workshop taught by librarians, students will discuss plagiarism scenarios, understand the importance of using original ideas and language, and learn how to incorporate paraphrases and quotes into their writing.
Instructor: Librarians Milne Library

Monday, February 15, 5:00 – 5:50 pm | Milne 104

OR

Wednesday, February 17, 2:30 – 3:20 pm | Milne 104

3D printing now available at the CIT HelpDesk in Milne Library

Stop by Milne Library and look behind the glass of the CIT HelpDesk. There you will find two 3D printers hard at work
creating three-dimensional objects of all sorts. 3D printing is a process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file using a wide range of material like plastic, metal, and ceramics. A 3D printer lays down layer upon layer of material until the object is created.

You can design your own 3D objects using software on the Geneseo lab computers or find ready-to-print STL files on 3D community websites like thingiverse.com and youmagine.com. Many community members on these sites share their designs under a Creative Commons license, so you can use, alter, and print the designs.

The printing cost is based on the weight of the 3D object after it is printed. The cost is 4 cents per gram with a 50-cent service charge and there is a rainbow of colors to choose from.

Geneseo is running a new three-credit experimental course this semester entitled Intro to 3D Modeling and Printing.

PrinterCloseUpTo learn more about CIT’s 3D printing service, including how to submit an object for printing and to learn about the CIT Experimental Lab visit wiki.geneseo.edu/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=105971950 .

Wanna Teach Online @Geneseo?

SummerOnlineAre you interested in teaching online this summer? Want to know what Geneseo’s online education program is all about? Attend our informational panel discussions with Geneseo faculty who have recently taught online.

Tuesday, February 9th
11:30am – 1:00pm
Milne 105

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)

However, we encourage EVERYONE and anyone who has taught online to come and talk about your experiences. Please RSVP**.

**Note: rsvp’s are requested for attendance purposes only so we can ensure enough space and food for everyone. If you find that you are able to attend, but have not rsvp’d, you are more than welcome to do so.

Get Yer Board Books Here!

BoardBooksIf you’re looking for the board books to use for lesson planning, be aware that they’ve got a new home in the Teacher’s Education Resource Center. Just take a look at the bright, colorful new shelving unit that just made its way into the center of the collection and have a browse…

Do you like it? Maybe you have some suggestions? Let us know!

Get Reviewing!

SUNY Geneseo is can’t-turn-the-pages-fast-enough-excited to launch NaRMo: National Book Review Month – one day into February and already many have heeded the call to @getreviewing!
NaRMoLytton Smith, a faculty member in the English Department here at SUNY Geneseo, has participated in National Novel Writing Months and National Poetry Writing Months, and is thrilled to see the products of such intensive generative cycles.

But where, he asks, is the space to review all this great contemporary writing?

We’re constantly hearing, for example, about the “death” of poetry, or of experimental writing, or the short-story, or books themselves. As Chrissy Montelli, writing on the Gandy Dancer blog (the SUNY system’s literary magazine) put it: “if you have to keep declaring, over and over, that poetry is dead, it can’t actually be dead.” The reason for repeated attempts to cremate the literary arts often boils down to lack of awareness: the writers of such articles haven’t found the scintillating contemporary writing that would convince them to put down pen, shrug off  misanthropy, and settle down to read some amazing writing, about which they could then write.

That amazing writing is out there, and NaRMo will provide readers with ways to find it, and reviewers with an excuse to shout it from the virtual rooftops.

NaRMo is a grass-roots organization, based at SUNY Geneseo, and dedicated to increasing the number of book reviews of writers from all styles and backgrounds during the month of February. A collaboration between SUNY Geneseo’s English Department and Milne Library, NaRMo intends to link readers through book reviews and to help initiate conversation about books from an assortment of genres including children’s books, drama, non-fiction, fiction and poetry. This is the first year NaRMo is up and running, and we encourage everyone to get reading and get reviewing! Whether it’s through the official NaRMo site, via a literary journal, or on an online store: post a review of a recent book you want the world to know about.

Please join in, whether on the NaRMo websiteTwitterFacebook, or in whatever part of the internet or the physical world makes sense to you: reviews on online retailers, notecards in people’s mailboxes, letters to friends.

 

 

Plagiarism Workshops

PlagiarismpicFeb10 and11Students plagiarize for many reasons, including procrastination, panic, and lack of understanding about how to paraphrase, quote, and cite properly. In this workshop taught by librarians, students will discuss plagiarism scenarios, understand the importance of using original ideas and language, and learn how to incorporate paraphrases and quotes into their writing.
Instructor: Librarians Milne Library

Wednesday, February 10, 3:30 – 4:30 pm in Milne 104

OR

Thursday, February 11, 6:00 – 7:00 pm in Milne 104

[Register for Ruby Certificate Credit]