- Construction fencing has been installed.
- The main entrance is out of service, and construction entrances at the east and north sides of the building are now being used.
- Everyone is urged to use the sidewalks across the road from the construction site and avoid walking in the road.
- Starting Monday, tree removal will begin and continue through the week.
- Work on the new water line for the building will start with installation of a new hydrant near Clock Tower Commons.
Beginning to clear the way for construction of the new Wellness and Rehabilitation Center
The groundbreaking celebration is slated for April 28, and over the next few weeks we will begin to see the first steps toward that milestone.
Demolition of the greenhouse at Carroll Hall will begin next week. (This is also an asbestos abatement project.) Additionally, please be prepared for limitations in parking access near Carroll Hall.
A preview of what is in store for early March:
- Week of March 3: Beginning to mobilize for work as construction fencing goes up at the site.
- Week of March 10: Tree removal and the start of underground utility relocation.
Please check back for more weekly updates and a link to the construction site web cam as work gets underway.
Nazareth College is proud to announce that Marie Bell, assistant professor in the nursing department, was selected as this year’s recipient of the IBERO-American Action League’s Volunteer of the Year Award. Bell is active in IBERO, serving the first and third Wednesday of the month at Centro de Oro, a day center for Hispanic older adults. She provides assessment services such as blood pressure readings, medication reconciliation, and follow up care.
The IBERO Volunteer of the Year Award is presented every year, recognizing an individual who has collaborated with IBERO, supporting the agency’s mission. Bell attended a recognition ceremony at IBERO’s 44th Annual Luncheon held on October 24, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel of Rochester. The event included distinguished guests, as well as more than 500 participants, and honored four members of the community.
IBERO-American Action League, Inc., has provided services to the community since 1968. The agency has established different programs that offer to assist the Latino population within the community. At Nazareth, the nursing program’s goal is to prepare professional nurse generalists who not only possess an in-depth knowledge of nursing, but also provide culturally congruent nursing care to individuals, families, groups, and communities in and across all environments.
Although students, faculty, and staff have enjoyed studying and working in Peckham Hall for a few weeks, today is the official ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating Nazareth’s newest academic building on campus. As reported by the Democrat and Chronicle:
Nazareth College’s new Integrated Center for Math and Science building, which has its ceremonial ribbon-cutting Thursday, is a sign of where this college is heading.
The $30 million facility — called Peckham Hall — features 20 labs along with six classrooms that provide needed space not only for math and science students but also for the growing number of students majoring in health and human service programs, which often require courses with lab work.
It’s the largest new academic building constructed on Nazareth’s 150-acre campus since the college opened in 1924. The new four-story facility is near the Golisano Academic Center and has a Gothic design to fit in with existing structures but has large windows to give it a modern look.
Join us today at 4 p.m. for the ribbon-cutting and celebration reception!
There is a full agenda of exciting speakers, tours, and experiential opportunities planned. We hope you will be part of this special celebration.
Peckham Hall Grand Opening Agenda
4 p.m. ~ Ribbon Cutting Ceremony (east side of Peckham Hall) with speaker Lt. Governor Robert Duffy
4:45 p.m. ~ Wine and Appetizer Reception (explore the building, take a faculty/student led tour, join our faculty and students for experiential opportunities in the new labs and classrooms)
RSVP today to attend: Contact Stacey Stehle at 585-389-2409 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to celebrating with you!
Nazareth College and RIT have been awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to support Tech2Teach, a joint program between RIT and Nazareth to support RIT students considering careers as middle school and high school math, science, and technology teachers. As reported by the Rochester Business Journal:
“The Learning Assistant program is the gateway through which RIT students can enter Tech2Teach and should increase the number of students who pursue secondary education careers,” Franklin said. “As a result, public schools will ultimately be able to recruit from a pool of new teachers who have a deep knowledge of a STEM discipline as well as educational theory and practice.”
Franklin is working with Craig Hill, interim dean of the Nazareth school of education, and Patricia Huntington, director of academic support services in the school of education at Nazareth, to develop the two-phase program, most of which will reside at RIT.
“Nazareth College is committed to addressing the decline in the number of college graduates in the U.S. who pursue K-12 teaching careers in science, technology and mathematics,” Hill said. “Nazareth values this creative partnership with RIT that encourages undergraduate students to pursue the further study of education while showcasing a spirit of collaboration among higher educators in our region.”
To learn more about Tech2Teach, please click here.
Astronomer George V. Coyne, S.J., will begin the 2012-2013 Shannon Lecture Series with “The Dance of the Fertile Universe: Chance and Destiny Embrace” on Thursday, September 13 at 7 p.m. in the Otto A. Shults Community Center Forum.
Coyne will present a second lecture, “Scientific Evolution: A Challenge to American Society,” on Friday, September 14 at 1:30 p.m. in the Linehan Chapel of the Golisano Academic Center. Both the Academic Center and the Shults Community Center are on the Nazareth College campus, located at 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618. Both lectures are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Christine M. Bochen at 585-389-2728 or email@example.com.
This year’s program, Integrating Faith and Science: Dilemmas, Debates, and Decisions, celebrates the opening of the Integrated Center for Math and Science in Peckham Hall, where Nazareth students and faculty plumb the secrets of the natural world, and, in a special way, honors the memory of our beloved William H. Shannon, who died on April 29, 2012. Fr. Shannon was instrumental in promoting conversation on science and morality at the college and in the community. Our distinguished speakers—all well versed in both science and religion, particularly the Catholic tradition—will help us continue the conversation.
Respecting “the richness of both religious faith and scientific research,” astronomer George V. Coyne, S.J., is a participant in and promoter of the dialogue between science and religion. An outspoken critic of creationism and intelligent design, he explores the implications that scientific evolution has for religion.
To learn more about Coyne, Shannon, and the lecture series in general, please click here.
Please join us on Thursday, September 27, 2012, as we gather to celebrate the grand opening of Peckham Hall, home of the Integrated Center for Math and Science.
4 p.m. Ribbon Cutting
Welcome, special remarks, and ribbon cutting.
4:45 p.m. Celebration Reception
Wine and appetizer reception with the opportunity to explore the new building on your own or with a guided faculty-student led tour. Experience the state-of-the-art labs and classrooms and learn about the new programs and student opportunities that will happen in the building.
RSVP requested by Wednesday, September 19 to Stacey Stehle at 585-389-2409 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Currently in pre-production, Prove Your World is about active learning and rock-solid science. It’s about teaching 8- to 13-year-olds to think like scientists, to ask questions and to explore ideas.
A team of academics and educational consultants has built the program from the ground up with a robust foundation. Now, they are working with WXXI, the PBS affiliate in Rochester, N.Y., to find a home for the series on public television. An accompanying website will continue the learning online, connecting kids, teachers, and parents with experts and giving kids a science social network.
“Most shows already have a production company and bring in consultants,” says Brian Koberlein, senior lecturer in the department of physics at Rochester Institute of Technology. “We started with the core of educational and scientific knowledge—the experts—and are building a production company around it. When we get to the point of producing a series, we’re going to have a radically different program because we started with a core who knows about education.”
“Our goal is not to make scientists for the world,” says Gail Grigg, professor of inclusive child education at Nazareth College. “Our goal is to increase science literacy—having enough knowledge about the world around us to make critical decisions in day-to-day living—because everyone is a consumer of science.”
The Prove Your World team includes professors from RIT and Nazareth College and like-minded colleagues: Koberlein; Grigg; Grant Guthiel, professor of developmental psychology at Nazareth; Susan Sherwood, educational consultant; and Kevin Schoonover, creative director and RIT alumnus (’86, graphic design). The team taps RIT’s strength in science and technology and Nazareth’s long tradition in education. The series is targeted at middle-school-age children—a demographic with a teetering interest in science, mathematics, engineering and technology, or the STEM disciplines.
Science programming for middle-school children is noticeably absent on TV. “There is literally nothing there,” Grigg notes.
“Current kids’ science television focuses on either pre-school/early elementary or high school,” Guthiel adds. “Eight- to 13-year-olds tend to gravitate toward shows targeted for older audiences that often miss the specific interests, perspectives and developmental needs of later elementary and middle schoolers.”
Inquiry-driven learning differentiates Prove Your World from other programs and allows children’s questions to guide instruction. The scripts and website content follow the inquiry model and the National Science Education Standards developed and published by the National Research Council in cooperation with the National Academy of Sciences. “It’s a question-driven and kid-driven process that we’re deeply committed to,” Guthiel says.
The team is raising $250,000 to cover the pilot and the cost of four custom-made puppets. RIT and Nazareth have signed formal agreements with Prove Your World, opening up opportunities for funding and faculty and student participation in the production of both the TV series and the website. Prove Your World will soon be able to accept direct donations. Funding for the project also can be directed through RIT and Nazareth. Powerhouse 27, a local production company, will shoot the pilot to match the professional quality seen on PBS. Corporate sponsorship from Ward’s Natural Science, a leading supplier of science education materials, will outfit the set with equipment. Action on the show will center around a science supply shop. The store, called “Prove Your World,” is owned by science-enthusiasts “Emmy” (a fox puppet) and “Brian,” played by Koberlein, a computational astrophysicist in real life. Each 30-minute episode will begin with a child entering the store and asking a question pertaining to biology, earth science or the physical sciences. Real scientists and a cast of puppets will seek answers with the child.
“Everyone on the show has skills and knowledge that complement the others, and everyone works as an equal within the group to investigate questions through guided inquiry,” Sherwood says.
The team adapted topics for a first season of 12 to 13 episodes from conversations with sample groups of children. The pilot will focus on one of the most commonly asked questions: How do planes fly? The script explores mechanized flight through questions and experiments to reach an understanding of the basic principles of the Bernoulli effect and Newton’s Third Law. The Prove Your World team presented an abbreviated version of the pilot to a middle-school audience at The Harley School in Brighton, N.Y., in April using puppets from Schoonover’s collection.
“Puppets are a good vehicle,” Koberlein says. “Puppets can talk fast, can say things above their age level. Puppets get a pass—they can be edgy, snarky, and they can reference pop culture.”
Adds Guthiel: “You can use puppets for older kids and investigate real issues and have them be real kids and it works.
“The puppets are going to have real personalities,” he continues. “We’re hoping that a lot of the kids who watch the show are going to recognize part of themselves in the puppet characters and that’s going to keep them watching.”
In addition to Emmy, the shop owner/mother figure, the cast of puppets includes Popper, the experimentalist, the kid who takes things apart without knowing how to reassemble it; Bop, the analytical book learner; and Hopper, the artistic observer.
The puppets were named in homage to Thomas Bopp, amateur astronomer and co-discoverer of the Comet Hale-Bopp in 1995; Grace Hopper, computer scientist; and Karl Popper, philosopher of science. Creative director and puppeteer Schoonover designed the characters in Prove Your World to be as distinctive as their individual personalities. He’s eager to work with artists at Puppet Heap, a design and fabrication studio in Hoboken, N.J., to transform his sketches into three-dimensional Muppet-quality characters. Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Sesame Workshop and the Walt Disney Co. have used Puppet Heap creations.
“I’m curious to see how the characters will evolve once we have them made,” Schoonover says.
For more information about Prove Your World, go to proveyourworld.org, or contact Brian Koberlein at email@example.com or Grant Guthiel at firstname.lastname@example.org.