Do you or someone you know love LEGO®? Then this event is for you!

Join SUNY Geneseo students and members of the Rochester Lego Users Group in exploring and creating with Lego® bricks!

WHEN:
Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 11:00am – 1:00pm (registration from 10:30-11:00)

WHERE:
SUNY Geneseo, Milne Library, TERC area  CLICK FOR MAP

Members of the Rochester Lego Users Group will introduce basic concepts in Lego® design and showcase some of their creations.  Attendees will get a chance to build their own creations, and explore physical and digital Lego® design. SUNY Geneseo students will be lending a hand to help younger enthusiasts in designing and creating their projects, however, parents must stay with children during the event.

This is the latest in several planned joint SUNY Geneseo and Community events involving LEGO® designed to bridge the gaps of fun and learning with students and families!

This event is FREE and open to anyone interested in Lego® creation and NO experience required!

For more information or to RSVP (not required!), please email Michelle Costello (costello@geneseo.edu)!

 

Take the Kindness Pledge Today

In celebration of National Random Acts of Kindness Week, please join us in taking a Kindness Pledge.

“I resolve to speak, think and act kindly towards others and to avoid speaking, thinking and acting unkindly. I pledge to participate in the movement to spread kindness to my campus community and beyond.”

Are you up for the challenge?

 

Alan Witt, Milne’s New Business Librarian

Milne Library is delighted to welcome our new Business Librarian, Alan Witt, who comes to us from Rivier University, New Hampshire. Alan has B.A.s in Archeology & Medieval Studies from Wesleyan University in Connecticut, & an M.A. in History (Medieval Studies) & a Master’s in Library & Information Studies from the University of Rhode Island.

As you might expect from his educational background, Alan has a wide & eclectic group of interests & activities, including playing board games & gaming in general; acapella music ranging from medieval madrigals to modern pop, aikido (a martial art), baking breads & cookies, & reading, particularly fantasy & sci-fi (e.g., George RR Martin & Jim Butcher). And like many of Milne’s librarians, he is owned by a cat, Alaric.

Since arriving here in Geneseo in November Alan has been working with the faculty of the School of Business to expand the library’s business-related research classes & is looking forward to working with students on their business assignments. You can find Alan on the main floor of Milne Library in the Instruction Librarian “fishbowl,” or reach him at [email protected]. Welcome, Alan…we’re really glad you’re here!

You matter. You belong here.

minervayoubelongThe faculty and staff at Milne Library recognize embracing the College’s ideals of diversity, inclusion, and equity requires us to be engaged with everyone we serve, to hold space for their intellectual development, and to foster their growth as people. Milne Library must remain safe and accessible for all members of the community to pursue their education.

To that end, the library will not accommodate behavior which compromises SUNY Geneseo’s Student Code of Conduct, in particular:

Physical or verbal abuse resulting in intimidation, harassment, or coercion of another person or group of persons…or any other conduct which directly threatens or endangers the health and safety of any person.

While no event reported in the library precipitated this post, we wish to reiterate our commitment to passionate, curious, critical thinkers. You matter. You will always belong here.

Additional Resources

Silent Witness Reporting Form

Solidarity in Words, Solidarity in Action – Library and Information Technology Association.

Statement on Libraries, the Association, Diversity, and Inclusion – American Library Association. See also ALA’s Library Bill of Rights.

University Police: 585-245-5222 or 585-245-5651.

To request a photo please contact Keith Walters at x5870, walters@geneseo.edu

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.”

 

Mirrorless

 

Group Support/Group Discussions

KelseyMattDiscussionsAll groups will meet in Bailey on
Wednesday January 27, 2016
All College Hour – 2:30pm-3:45pm
Students:                   Bailey 102
Student athletes:   Bailey 103
Faculty:                       Bailey 104

Staff:                             Bailey 101

Grief and Campus Counseling Services

Grief is a complicated emotion that affects us in many different ways.** It can be messy, confusing, prolonged, consuming and can sneak up on us at odd times. Grief can make us think differently about the world around us, about our safety and our loved ones. It can be all of these things, or none of them. It can change with time.

As we near the end of a very difficult week, Lauderdale Center for Student Health and Counseling would like to offer a list of resources for you to refer to now, or in the future. We would also like to encourage you to look after one another, pay attention to the signs and signals associated with prolonged grief, and to seek support whenever you are are in need.

Lifeline (general support or support for suicidal thoughts): 1-800-310-1160

Mobile Crisis of Livingston County (24/7 crisis support and evaluation) 585-255-0288
Pathways (general support from a student peer advocate): 585-237-8860 or online chat
Off campus therapists
: http://www.geneseo.edu/health/off-campus_referral
Domestic Violence 24-hour Hotline: (888) 252-9360, http://www.chancesandchanges.org/
Wyoming County Crisis/Information and Referral Hotline: (800) 786-3300
Upcoming Group Support/Group Discussion for students:
Wednesday January 27, 2016
All College Hour – 2:30pm-3:45pm
Bailey 102

Upcoming Group Support/Group Discussion for student athletes:
Wednesday January 27, 2016
All College Hour – 2:30pm-3:45pm
Bailey 103

Additional counselors available for walk in appointments:

March 7th – 11th from 9am-5pm (week before Spring break)
May 2nd – 13th from 9am-5pm (week before and during final exams)
May 14th (graduation day)

​Faculty and Staff Resources:​
Counseling Services is available for consultations on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 8:00am-5:00pm and Tuesday from 8:00am-7:00pm in Lauderdale.
NYS Employee Assistance Program (during the day): (585) 245-5740
NYS Employee Assistance Program (after hours): 1-800-822-0244
Off campus therapist referrals: 1-800-THERAPIST (1-800-843-7274)
Upcoming Group Support/Group Discussion for faculty:
Wednesday January 27, 2016
All College Hour – 2:30pm-3:45pm

Bailey 104

Upcoming Group Support/Group Discussion for staff:

Wednesday January 27, 2016
All College Hour – 2:30pm-3:45pm
Bailey 101

All:
If you are in need of support that is not provided on this list, please contact Counseling Services at 585-245-5716.

As this semester continues we hope that you will pay attention to your own internal cues for stress, anxiety, depression and grief and, instead of struggling alone, will look to us for support and guidance.  We also hope that you will look out for one another, share your concern, and alert someone who can help.

You are never alone.

[**The text of this post comes from an email from Erin Halligan-Avery in Lauderdale Center for Student Health and Counseling.]

Remembrance Schedule

KelseyMattView1KelseyMattOneKnightPlease refer to the College Page for the most recent information regarding the deaths of our students. The Remembrance Schedule is found here.

Presenting … Allison Brown, Milne’s Digital Publishing Services Manager

BrownAIt’s official — Allison Brown is Milne library’s new Digital Publishing Services Manager.  Allison was the successful candidate in last summer’s nationwide search to fill the newly-created position, bringing with her a proven track record of working with authors, navigating the publishing landscape, and producing a variety of publications.

Before you scratch your head too vigorously, wondering “But hasn’t Allison been here, doing that, long before this past summer?” — yes, she had been functioning as the digital publishing coordinator here in a temporary capacity for several years, and was instrumental in helping Milne build its publishing services from the ground up. The early projects, going back to 2012, include the Genesee Valley Historical Reprints Series (33 titles); Stuart Symington’s memoir, Tagging Along; and the first Proceedings of GREAT Day.

OpenSUNYTextbooksSince then, Allison has continued to produce more from Milne’s “press,” working closely with student groups, faculty, and emeriti at Geneseo and throughout SUNY. Among the current and ongoing projects she’s involved in is Open SUNY Textbooks,  for which she is project manager — working closely with authors and coordinating peer review, editing, and GDProceedingspublishing. She also continues to assist with production of the Proceedings of GREAT Day as well as advise for and coordinate publication of Gandy Dancer, the Geneseo-based, SUNY-wide student literary magazine edited by SUNY Geneseo students. With Gandy Dancer, Allison works closely with English professor Rachel Hall’s Editing & Production Workshop classes, both in and out of the classroom.

As Digital Publishing Services Manager, Allison manages to offer both publication assistance (production, project management, software training, etc.) to authors and experiential learning to the interns with whom she regularly works. She expects both areas to grow as more authors explore alternative publishing options, including open access (OA) publications and digital projects, and more students seek help with producing and managing their publications.

Allison earned a B.A. in English from Houghton College and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston. Prior to coming to Milne Library, she worked at Boston College’s library as a circulation desk assistant. Allison is an avid consumer of audio books since, she says, she seems to spend a lot of time in her car (much of it driving between her home in Rochester and work in Geneseo), and listening is a good way to use that time.

You can find Allison in her office (Milne 108) on the Library’s lower level, or contact her at [email protected] or 585-245-6020.

Soul of a Citizen

Loeb.DecDon’t miss this upcoming All-College Hour speaker event!

SOUL OF A CITIZEN: HOW YOU CAN MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD AND YOUR ACTIONS COUNT

PAUL ROGAT LOEB is the author of Soul of a Citizen: Living With Conviction in Challenging Times (St Martin’s Press 1999 and 2010, now with 145,000 copies in print), The Impossible Will Take a Little While: A Citizen’s Guide to Hope in a Time of Fear (Basic Books, 2004, and named the #3 political book of that year by the History Channel and the American Book Association), Generation at the Crossroads: Apathy and Action on the American Campus (Rutgers University Press, 1994), Nuclear Culture, and Hope in Hard Times. Both The Impossible and Soul won the Nautilus Award for best social change books of their respective publication years. (Full description here)

Sponsored by Student and Campus Life and Residence Life, the All-College Hour Speaker Series aims to provide integrative opportunities for the campus community to come together to engage in learning that promotes cognitive, emotional, and civic development. The topics of the series are intended to challenge thinking, spur self-reflection, encourage civil discourse, and promote social responsibility.

For more details and a look at this semester’s further line up, check out their page.