Norton Writer’s Prize Competition for Students

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Norton Writer’s Prize will be awarded annually for an outstanding essay written by an undergraduate. Literacy narratives, literary and other textual analyses, reports, profiles, evaluations, arguments, memoirs, proposals, mixed-genre pieces, and more: any excellent writing done for an undergraduate writing class will be considered.

The winner will receive a cash award of $1,500. Two runners-up will each receive a cash award of $1,000.

The deadline for submissions is June 15, 2017.

Competition for the Norton Writer’s Prize is open to undergraduates enrolled during the 2016-2017 academic year in an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university. Employees of Norton and their children are not eligible, nor are children of Norton authors. Please refer to the official contest rules at the bottom of this page for further eligibility requirements.

Each entry must be accompanied by a cover letter on departmental stationery from a nominating instructor.  Electronic submissions must include an attached scanned cover letter of departmental stationary. Each instructor may nominate only one student essay. The nominating instructor must provide a one-paragraph summary of the essay’s merits and should type out his or her name, address, phone number, email address, and title.  Please refer to the official contest rules at the bottom of this page for more details.

Submissions may be made electronically or by mail.  Each student may submit only one essay.

Printed & Mailed Student Essays: must be printed out single-sided and double-spaced with all pages numbered. Entries should be between 1,000 and 3,000 words in length. The student’s name should appear on a separate piece of paper and should not appear on any headers or footers. Students must provide a cover sheet with their name, permanent address (where they can be reached during summer months), permanent phone number and email address, projected year of graduation, and title of the paper. Please refer to the official contest rules at the bottom of this page for more details.

Entries must be postmarked no later than June 15, 2017, and sent to:

The Norton Writer’s Prize
Attn: Marilyn Moller
W. Norton & Company, Inc.
500 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10110

Multimedia, Electronic Submissions: must be between 1,000 and 3,000 words in length.  Students must provide their name, with permanent address (where they can be reached during summer months), phone number and email address, projected year of graduation, and title of the paper in a separate email accompanying the document.  Please refer to the official contest rules at the bottom of this page for more details.

Electronic entries must be sent no later than June 15, 2017, with the subject line: Writer’s Prize Nomination and emailed to: NortonWritersPrize@wwnorton.com

Winners will be notified by March 1, 2018.

Norton reserves the right to publish submitted essays, but all students will own the copyright to their work.

I write to imagine things differently—
and in imagining things differently
perhaps the world will change.
—Terry Tempest Williams

There is more info available at: http://books.wwnorton.com/books/norton-writers-prize/

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Plagiarism Workshops – April 24-28

The library is offering multiple sessions of a workshop on how to avoid committing plagiarism.  The workshop will be offered at 4 different days/times and will be held in room T104 (not in the library) on:

Monday April 24
1 – 2 pm

Tuesday April 25
12:30 – 1:30 pm

Wednesday April 26
5 – 6 pm

Thursday April 28
2 – 3 pm

The workshop will cover summarizing, paraphrasing, and MLA citation, though students are welcome to bring any questions they have about other citation styles.

Writing Club presents author Stephen Schottenfeld

Noted author Stephen Schottenfeld will present a reading on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. in the Roz Steiner Art Gallery at the Batavia Campus of Genesee Community College. Bluff City Pawn is Schottenfeld’s most recent work, published in 2014 by Bloomsbury USA. The story follows a Memphis, Tennessee pawnshop owner as he enlists his brother’s help in a scheme to acquire a valuable gun collection. Through the lives of three brothers, the book explores themes of class, family, race, ownership and loyalty during tough economic times where desperation and the drive to ahead dominant.

He also completed a story collection, Miss Ellen Jameson Is Not Deceased, and he is currently at work on his next novel. His stories have been published in various publications, including The Gettysburg Review, Virginia Quarterly Review and New England Review. His work has garnered a grant from the Michener/Copernicus Society of America, a Halls Fiction Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Shane Stevens Fellowship in the Novel from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and special mentions in both the Pushcart Prize and Best American Short Stories anthologies.

Schottenfeld holds a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and earned an M.F.A. at the University of Iowa, where he is also a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He currently is the James P. Wilmot assistant professor of English at the University of Rochester.

JoNelle Toriseva, Creative Writing Club co-advisor and director of English, Communications & Media Arts, invited Schottenfeld to campus to share his work and creative process with students and the local community.

For further information, Schottenfeld’s “Artie Gottlieb, Consulting Philosopher,” is available online at the Virginia Quarterly: http://www.vqronline.org/fiction/artie-gottlieb-consulting-philosopher

Additionally, Schottenfeld reads an excerpt from Bluff City Pawn at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference available at: http://www.nereview.com/2015/06/03/stephen-schottenfeld-reads-at-bread-loaf-approved/ and a 2015 interview on Fiction Writers Review is available here: http://fictionwritersreview.com/interview/an-interview-with-stephen-schottenfeld/

Transfer Scholarships Available

This is a reminder that the 2017 NYSTAA Scholarship is available on the NYSTAA website. Please visit: http://www.nystaa.org/transfer-scholarship/

The deadline is to apply is March 1, 2017. Please encourage eligible students to apply!

Here is the PDF version of the application:

http://www.nystaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/NYSTAA-Scholarship-Application.pdf

Please let either Melissa Moore or me know of any questions you have.

Thank you!
Scholarship Co-chairs:

Melissa Moore, Bryant and Stratton College: mmoore@bryantstratton.edu
Rebecca Mack, Monroe Community College: rmack@monroecc.edu

Writing Tutor in the Library – Spring 2017 Hours

CAP and the Library are pleased to announce the schedule of writing assistance and tutoring available for Spring 2017.

A writing tutor is available in the library:

  • Monday 8:30am – 3:30pm; 4-7:30pm
  • Tuesday 8:30am – 2:30pm; 4-7:30pm
  • Wednesday 8:30am – 3:30pm
  • Thursday 8:30am-2:30pm
  • Friday 8:30am – 3:30pm
  • and starting Feb. 5 — Sunday:  12:30 – 5:30pm

Service is on a drop-in basis; no appointments are required.  Information is also posted on the library’s website under Help & Tutorials.

Regular M-F daytime tutoring is available at the CAP Tutoring Center, D207 .

Spring Classes start January 17!

If you have not yet registered for Spring, NOW is the time to do so.

There are a number of borderline-enrolled classes that may be cancelled if YOU do not register soon! Don’t miss out on the classes you need to earn your degree.

If you’re not sure what to register for, use our “Find an Advisor” list to contact the advisor nearest you (Batavia, a campus center or Online). Our advisors will be more than glad to meet with you to discuss your options.

The college is closed Monday, January 2, for the New Year’s holiday, and on Monday, January 16 for Martin Luther King holiday.

Hope to see you soon!

Plagiarism Workshops

The library is offering 3 Plagiarism workshops for students in October (additional sessions will be offered in November):

Thurs. Oct. 13 @ 12:30 – 1:30
Weds. Oct. 26 @ 1 – 2 pm
Fri. Oct. 28 @ 1 – 2 pm

The workshop will cover topics such as summarizing, paraphrasing, common knowledge, time management, in-text citations, and signal phrases.  Two hands-on activities will help participants practice these skills. The workshop will generally cover MLA citation style, but students are free to ask have questions about APA or Chicago style.

All workshops cover the same material, so students should attend the workshop that’s most convenient for their schedule.

The library is offering 2 Citation Help sessions in October (additional sessions will be offered in November):

Tues. Oct. 11 @ 12:30 – 1:30
Mon. Oct. 24 @ 1 – 2 pm

Librarians will review MLA, APA, & Chicago styles and take questions. Librarians *will not* be providing general writing assistance at these sessions.

The full schedule of workshops and help sessions is available at: http://guides.genesee.edu/copyright/plagiarism/workshops

Seeking Nominees for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching

You may or may not know that SUNY has created an Excellence Award in Adjunct Teaching.  Last year Genesee honored Pam Lusk and Ed Grabowski.  We are now calling for nominations from the college and community for our 2017 honorees.  Faculty, staff and students may submit nominations for this award, but the nominee must meet the criteria outlined below.  We have developed an online survey to take nominations.  No more nominations will be accepted after 12:00 PM NOON on October 3rd, 2016.

To nominate someone go to: https://goo.gl/forms/8EEjMcCqSI9H1oxw1

We stress that the quality of the nomination profoundly influences the thinking of the selection committee.  Please reflect on the criteria below and directly address how your nominee meets these.

The Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence are System-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for superior professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of continuous academic excellence.  These programs underscore SUNY’s commitment to sustaining intellectual vibrancy, advancing the boundaries of knowledge, providing the highest quality of instruction, and serving the public good.  All nominations should include a statement outlining how the prospective nominee meets the following criteria.

The primary criterion is skill in teaching.

Teaching Techniques and Representative Materials – There must be positive evidence that the candidate performs superbly in educational environments.   The nominee must maintain instructional policies that adapt readily to student needs, interests and problems.  Mastery of teaching techniques must be demonstrated and substantiated.

Candidates’ evaluations of students’ work must be strongly supported by evidence. When available, student evaluations (in the form of student questionnaires administered and compiled by persons other than the nominee) may provide a clear idea of the nominee’s effectiveness in teaching.

Additional consideration, as appropriate, may be given to:

  • Outstanding support for the intellectual growth of individual students;
  • Demonstrated use of relevant contemporary data from their discipline(s) in their teaching. Evidence may be scholarly and/or widely recognized experience in the field;
  • Number of students per course; and
  • Different teaching techniques employed.

Eligibility Criteria Specific to the EIAT

  • Nominees must be Adjunct Faculty as generally defined by the specific SUNY institution. Individuals serving in full-time professional or academic positions at a SUNY institution are not eligible for this award;
  • Nominees must have taught, over the proceeding five years, a total of courses equivalent to one-half of a three-year full-time teaching load in the appropriate department (a minimum of 45 credit hours over five years);
  • Nominees may also serve in adjunct roles at other educational institutions; and
  • Nominees must be employed by the nominating campus at the time of the nomination.

There are also circumstances that preclude nomination regardless of the program.  The following are special conditions that limit eligibility and these restrictions apply to all programs:

  • Individuals holding Distinguished Faculty Rank:  Distinguished Librarian, Distinguished Professor, Distinguished Service Professor and Distinguished Teaching Professor – may not be nominated for an Excellence Award in any of the categories;
  • Recipients of an Excellence Award may not be nominated for another Excellence Award within a five-year interval;
  • Recipients of an Excellence Award may not be re-nominated for an award in the same category;
  • The chief campus officer for academic, student, or administrative affairs, or persons serving in these capacities, may not be nominated for an Excellence Award.  Other exclusions include the following as well as other comparable titles:  Direct reports to the President or Chancellor, Vice Chancellors and above, Vice Presidents and above, Vice Provosts and above, Senior Counsels and above, and the Deans of the College of Ceramics at Alfred University and the New York State Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, of Human Ecology, of Industrial and Labor Relations, and of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University; and
  • Posthumous nominations are ineligible.

No more nominations will be accepted after 12:00 PM NOON on Oct. 3rd, 2016.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact the committee chair, Derek Maxfield, at ddmaxfield@genesee.edu

To nominate someone go to: https://goo.gl/forms/8EEjMcCqSI9H1oxw1

 

Student Essay Content – Win $1,000!

You could win a $1,000 and a trip to Austin, Texas!

The annual Scott Wright Student Essay Contest honors Scott Wright, past editor of Community College Week.

Student authors are to describe a faculty member, staff member, or administrator who encouraged them to complete a course, finish a semester, or graduate from college, and how that encouragement helped them reach their goal. Learn more about criteria, terms, deadlines, and prizes here.

Basic criteria:

  • no more than 500 words
  • must be about someone at Genesee (yes, the college is a NISOD member) who helped you complete a course, semester or other educational goal
  • you must be enrolled during the Spring 2017 semester
  • must be submitted by February 3, 2017

Full criteria list is on the NISOD website.

New: Veterans Services at GCC

BATAVIA, NY (07/19/2016)(readMedia)– Being a veteran or military aligned student (Active Duty, Veteran, Guard, Reserve or family) presents a unique set of opportunities, benefits and challenges when it comes to earning an education. GCC’s Office of Veterans Services stveteranservicesrives to guide veterans and military affiliated students through this critical process of returning to school. There are three new members in GCC’s Veteran’s Office.
They are available this summer to help new or returning students understand and most effectively utilize benefits that they have honorably earned. They assist with financial aid, admissions, advisement and anything else required throughout their educational journey. The Veterans Office staff includes three veterans, Steven Fink, Steven Bunch, and Patrick Mandia, all military veterans themselves who have navigated the higher education process, earned degrees, and are excited to help their co-veteran colleagues.

“We are here to help the military aligned student in any way we can,” Fink said, who is a three time U.S. Army combat veteran. “We are here to serve as a main point of contact and a liaison between the military aligned student and the College.”

Steven Fink served eight years in the U.S. Army, primarily as an infantryman and a scout-sniper in the 1st Infantry Division, 172nd Infantry Brigade, and the 1st Cavalry Division. As a former active duty soldier, National Guard soldier and recent college graduate, Steven is intimate with what it takes to be successful both on and off the battle field. He earned a B.S. in Business Management and is working toward his M.B.A. from D’Youville College. Steven lives in Pembroke with his wife and two children. He is available this summer at the Batavia campus on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Steven Bunch served more than 28 years and is a veteran of naval expeditionary operations during the Cold War, Korean Defense Service, Gulf War I (Iraq), and Gulf War II (Afghanistan) with over 11 years of Foreign Service. He began as a cryptologic technician in the U.S. Navy and culminated in the U.S. Army while with the 10th Mountain Division and Army Material Command at Fort Drum, New York. Steve holds a B.A. in History, an M.A. in Humanities and a M.S. in Mental Health Counseling. He currently works at the GCC Medina and Albion Campus Centers in the morning and is available by appointment.

Patrick Mandia served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 12 years as a combat engineer with the 98th Division, based out of Rochester. While in the military, Patrick was a certified Army drill instructor and worked specifically with new soldiers who were completing basic training and/or the 12 Bravo – Engineer School. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Student Personnel Administration from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. Patrick also earned an A.A.S. in Business Administration from GCC. He is assigned as a veterans affairs outreach specialist at the Batavia campus and is available Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Services and resources available to military aligned students are vast. They include the dedicated Veteran’s Lounge open during normal campus hours (approximately 100 hours per week) which provides free coffee/tea, television, computer, scanner/printer and Wi-Fi use. In addition, GCC offers free tutoring, free campus parking, free online application, and free career and academic advising. Other advantages that veterans have available to them are earning credit toward a college degree for prior service, education or experience, financial aid assistance, and the option to register for classes one week early. The Batavia campus also has the NYS certified, on-campus Child Care Center for infants six weeks old to preschool age. Veterans may inquire about additional resources and accommodations such as student housing at College Village.

“It is our mission to educate these students on their benefits and the best way to utilize them to ensure success,” Fink noted. “We are here to advocate for, provide outreach to, and educate the veteran population on the many benefits of earning a degree in higher education. I believe it is our responsibility to create a veteran friendly culture throughout the College,” Fink added. “The College staff has been nothing but helpful so far, they have gotten behind many veteran friendly initiatives and are working closely with the Veteran’s Office to make our military students as successful as possible.”

For further information on Veterans Services at GCC, visit the recently-redesigned Veterans Services webpage at www.genesee.edu/home/adult-learners/veterans-services/. To schedule an appointment to meet with someone in the Veteran’s Office, email us at veterans@genesee.edu.

“We will be honored to serve you, and help you get started on your educational journey this fall,” Fink concluded. “Don’t hesitate to come in and chat.” The fall semester starts August 22, 2016 making this the perfect time to consider enrolling-whether it is just one class or a full semester.