Have a great summer! Best of luck to graduates, and we look forward to returning students’ arrival next fall! Continue reading…
Did you know that some of your favorite librarians and professors were suspected of grand larceny this summer? It’s true! An exclusive art auction of valued Works Progress Administration (WPA) paintings took place in mid-July, four of the coveted objects went “missing,” and further hijinks ensued across campus. Welcome to the Rochester Young Scholars’ Academy of Geneseo (RYSAG)!
Now in its seventh year, SUNY Geneseo invited over 60 Rochester City School District (RCSD) students, from middle and high school levels, to become “college kids,” if only for two warm summertime weeks. Milne Library (along with Fraser Study Center) served as Command Central where many classes and crime scenes occurred. As in past summers, Milne Library offered up space, technology, camp infrastructure, teaching staff and the most suspicious of characters. Two such individuals — among a few others outside of the library — were brought to “trial” on the final day of the academic camp, where they faced their peers and listened to the charges brought against them. The culminating “grand jury hearing” was the highlight of two intense weeks of study and play. RCSD students investigated crime scenes surrounding various art thefts through such coursework and activities as forensic mapping, tagging and bagging of crime scene artifacts; lab work that analyzed chromatography, hair samples, and fingerprints; information gathering through biographical background research of suspects and witnesses and through critical analysis of suspect interviews; and persuasive communication delivery through public speaking, complemented by visual imagery created through technology training.
This was the second time that the RYSAG camp based its theme on Crime Scene Investigation (CSI); the first time was the inaugural camp experience in 2007. Other themes and challenges RCSD students have been faced with include progress vs. preservation through the results of a campus-based archaeological dig; cost vs. environmental sustainability as drafts of an eco-athletic stadium were proposed; and proactive conflict management as a formidable population was due to engulf the Geneseo’s village community.
Milne Library’s hours have shifted into Summer Session I. We’re now closed on the weekends, and stay later on Mondays.
Want to spend a few weeks this summer walking in Thoreau’s footsteps, studying and discussing great ideas like he did? Want to get those HUMN credits under your belt before the fall semester starts? Then apply for Humanities 221 at Walden Pond, a 4-week course taking place in Concord, MA (minutes from Boston) June 19 – July 16, 2011. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, March 23.
To learn a little more about this unique course offering, stop by Milne Library and check out the display in the lobby. Just look for the poster of Mr. Thoreau. Or contact the course instructors, Profs. Ed Gillin and Mary Gillin, who will be happy to answer any questions you may have. But hurry! There’ll be plenty of time to smell the roses in Concord, for as Thoreau himself wrote, “Nature will bear the closest inspection.”