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WRI Construction Update: Week of March 31, 2014

27 Mar

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With warmer temperatures in the forecast, construction crews are looking forward to making progress with:

  • pouring foundations
  • continued demolition of the entrance
  • building pad preparation
  • underground utility relocation

Check out the web cam for a live, bird’s eye view of construction any time: forcollegeandcommunity.org/cam.shtml.

WRI Construction Update: Week of March 24, 2014

20 Mar

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  • Site work continues with the removal of the existing topsoil and sidewalks. 
  • Demolition of the former main entrance is beginning.
  • The new water line is being disinfected and pressure tested.
  • Excavation for the new building foundations will begin next week.

WRI Construction Update: Week of March 10, 2014

6 Mar
  • 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.

White House Science Fair Plus More Support for Math & Science Teachers

8 Feb

President Obama | From AP | Photo By Charles Dharapak

Since beginning his term, U.S. President Barack Obama has championed support for math and science educators, as well as the students who will one day apply what they’ve learned to create future positive change. At yesterday’s second annual White House Science Fair, the president reiterated “the importance he places on innovation, science, and education — which will be reflected in his budget to be unveiled next week,” reports AFP.com. In addition, the president announced the following:

Let’s train more teachers. Let’s get more kids studying these subjects. Let’s make sure these fields get the respect and attention that they deserve.

But it’s not just a government effort. I’m happy to say that the private sector has answered that call as well. They understand how important it is to their future. So today, led by the Carnegie Corporation, a group of businesses and foundations is announcing a $22 million fund to help train 100,000 new science and math teachers. A coalition of more than 100 CEOs is expanding innovative math and science programs to 130 sites across the country. And other companies are partnering—everybody from Will.i.am to Dean Kamen—to make sure we celebrate young scientists and inventors and engineers, not just at the White House, but in every city and every town all across America.

And many of these leaders are here today, and I want to thank them for doing their part. We’re going to do everything we can to partner to help you succeed in your projects. And I’m proud to announce that the budget I unveil next week will include programs to help prepare new math and science teachers, and to meet an ambitious goal, which is 1 million more American graduates in science, technology, engineering, and math over the next 10 years. That is a goal we can achieve.

Video of the president at the White House Science Fair is available here.

Nazareth College is also doing its part to help achieve this ambitious goal. The College offers teachers-to-be creative and innovative educational degrees in its School of Education, such as the Tech2Teach program, a collaborative agreement between Nazareth and the Rochester Institute of Technology. The program offers RIT undergraduates interested in teaching the chance to earn a Master of Science in Education and teacher certification.

Meanwhile, Nazareth’s College of Arts and Sciences provides a liberal arts and sciences foundation that promotes flexible, integrated, and critical thinking skills across the disciplines.

And seven months from now, Nazareth College students will begin studying and learning in the LEED-certified, state-of-the-art Integrated Center for Math and Science. These graduates will go on to be the future educators, healers, researchers, artists, businesspeople, successful professionals and engaged citizens for this region and beyond.

Alumni Profile: From Nazareth environmental science major to Seneca Park Zoo program development manager

1 Feb

Emily Coon-Frisch by Kate Melton for the D&C

Emily Coon-Frisch ’05, an environmental science major from Nazareth College, is currently the program development manager at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, New York. She was recently featured in the Democrat and Chronicle’s “On The Ladder” section, which profiles young professionals in the area. The article’s author, Jinelle Shengulette, explains that:

Her job has her teaching preschool classes, introducing animals to the children, a story time, songs, crafts and more. She is also coordinating the ZooCamp programs for ages 3 to 12, during summer and school breaks. When not managing those programs, Coon-Frisch is training staff and writing curricula. She also spends a lot of time working with local teachers to work on the zoo’s new exhibit, “A Step into Africa.”

Coon-Frisch advocates for interaction as a key component of education. “When I am writing lesson plans for a new class or camp,” she explains, “I try to create activities where the children can see these animals up close, maybe even touch them, because I believe these memorable interactions will help them to understand and retain the information I am teaching.”

To read more about Nazareth alum Coon-Frisch, including a Q-and-A, visit the Democrat and Chronicle online. And for more information about Nazareth College’s new Integrated Center for Math and Science–including how it will help educate the scientists, researchers, teachers, and educators of the future–visit the College’s campaign website.

Construction Update for the Week of 12/26/11

23 Dec

Here is the latest update on the construction of the Integrated Center for Math and Science:

  • The brickwork is nearly complete on the south end of the building.
  • The slate roof is being installed on the west elevation.
  • Window installation begins on Tuesday.
  • Painting will begin on the ground floor on Tuesday as well.
  • Painting on the first floor will start in about three weeks.
  • Interior partitions and drywall are ongoing on the upper floors.
  • Mechanical and electrical system installation is in progress throughout the building.

Please note: There will be a campus-wide electrical shutdown on the morning of Friday, December 30.

Construction Update for the Week of 12/12/11

9 Dec

Here is the latest construction update on the Integrated Center for Math and Science:

  • The west retaining wall will be poured the week of December 12.
  • Brickwork continues at the south end of the building and will be complete around the first of the New Year.
  • Roofing is ongoing at the west side of the building.
  • Temporary heat is on in the building, so interior construction is moving forward. Drywall is being taped and finished on the ground floor.  Walls will be primed and have the first coat of paint by the end of December.
  • Drywall is being installed on the first floor.

Please note: There will be a brief electrical shut down on Friday, December 30 at 7 am.  Power will be out for approximately three hours. Construction updates will continue to be posted to this blog.

Nazareth’s Chair of Nursing Receives Founders Service Award

21 Nov

Nazareth College’s School of Health and Human Services Nursing Department Chair Jeanine Seguin Santelli is the recipient of the 2011 Founders Service Award from the International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG). The Founders Service Award honors an ISONG member who has made outstanding and significant contributions to genetics/genomics nursing through service to the ISONG. Santelli received many nominations for this well-deserved award, as she has been a pioneer in facilitating the development and evolution of the credentialing of genetics nurses.

Since 2005, Santelli has acted as executive director of the Genetic Nursing Credentialing Commission (GNCC) as a volunteer, leading the credentialing process of nurses in genetics. Santelli began working with GNCC before completing her dissertation, focusing on developing a valid and reliable comprehensive multiple choice exam to assess nurses seeking the certification credential in genetics. A long time member of ISONG, Santelli has also served as a liaison between ISONG and GNCC, attending the annual conference, board meetings, conference calls, and providing written reports of GNCC activities.

At Nazareth, nursing faculty such as Santelli help 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. The curriculum is rich with humanities, biological, and social sciences as well as the teaching of a transcultural nursing framework. By preparing students for diverse practice experiences, Nazareth’s nursing program helps students transform patient outcomes.

Construction Update for the Week of 11/21/11

18 Nov

Here is the latest construction update on the Integrated Center for Math and Science:

  • The slate roofing is nearly complete on the east side of the building and will continue around to the north side.
  • Brickwork will be complete on the east, north, and west elevations of the building by December 1.
  • Brickwork on the south elevation has just begun.
  • Window installation will start the week of November 28.
  • Nearly all of the interior partitions are framed through the third floor.
  • On the ground floor, installation of drywall is underway.
  • Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems are continuing throughout the building.

Construction updates will continue to be posted on this blog.

From Slate: How to Fix Math Education in High Schools and Colleges

11 Nov

For Slate, Torie Bosch reports:

One of the primary problems with math education today, according to Arthur T. Benjamin, is that the sequence of courses leads students in the wrong direction. “For the last 200 years, the mathematics that we’ve learned starts with arithmetic and algebra, and everything we do after that is taking us toward one subject, calculus. I think that is the wrong mathematical goal for 90 percent of our students,” he says. “We’re now living in an age of information and data, and the mathematics that will be most relevant to our daily lives is probability and statistics.” Only some professions require calculus. Everyone reads—and many misunderstand—media reports about health, science, and the environment that contain statistics. Better literacy in probability and stats would benefit everyone.

Nazareth’s mathematics program de-emphasizes rote learning and instead encourages the integration of numerical, graphical, and symbolic approaches to problem solving.  Mathematics is more than a collection of recipes for solving equations; in fact, there often may be multiple correct answers to complex problems. The key is to teach Nazareth students critical thinking, which they will then use and apply in their future careers, whether as mathematicians, math educators, or any other profession involving the mastery of math skills.

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of a Nazareth education, many non-math majors take mathematics courses during their time at the College. The new Integrated Center for Math and Science will further enhance Nazareth’s ability to provide a challenging math education for math majors and non-majors alike. And for all students, the math department offers the Elliot Mathematics Center, a space dedicated to free peer-tutoring service for students having difficulty with mathematical skills.

For more information about–and current news from–Nazareth’s department of mathematics, visit naz.edu/math/student-news-events