ST. JOHN FISHER COLLEGE VOLUME 1 - ISSUE 2 - Oct. 2, 2002 CARDINALiCOURIER Inside this edition v Fisher quarterback Greg Roland breaks school passing record. Story on page 12 Jay takes you on h£s dream date on the Off the Wall page Story o n page 9 Current and future renovations for the- Fisher campus. Story on pages 6-7 INDEX VIEWPOINT. 2 NEWS...................3-4 Q& A .................... ,..5 REN OVATION S. .*6-7 OFF THE WALL.3-9 IN FOCUS 10 SPORTS 11-L2 Joshua Toaszskit There were smiles and handshakes after the “Shoui hfe the Money“ learning community’s “Women in Sports ” forum on Monday, September 23. F i r s t y e a r s u c c e s s MANAG-IHG EDITOR A L E X I S S P E C K 'When students first enter St. John Fisher as freshman a famil iar question floating through the halls is, “What learning communi ty are you in?” It's an icebreaker, a commonality and that is the pur pose. . Earlier this year, St. John Fisher was a semi-finalist in the “Institu tions of Excellence in the First Col lege \Year.” The Polity Center on the First Year o f College, started a national study that looked at vari ous first year programs. The organization asked for nomina tions early in 2002 and received 130 applicants. St. John Fisher wais placed as a semi-finalist in the four-year colleges Etnd universities with 2,000-5,000 students division, where only eleven programs were chosen. In 1996, the number of entering freshman was at a low, as well as student retention. Dr. David Arnold, former provost, used this time to create the First-Year Learning Communities Program. “I weis a teacher in the first-year of the learning- community” said Dr. Doug Howard, Associate Provost and Dean of first-year stu dents, “I did not want to see the progrsun go belly up, so I called each freshman that had not regis- terd. We filled the program-” After a very successful pilot pro gram, the learning communities became a requirement for all incoming freshman in 1997- “The learning communities help provide a social connection,”' said Howard, “Tine students have such a social energy and we try to capture that energy for learning.” Currently, there are 16 different learning communities offered to freshmen. “The communities are made up of 2-4 classes that have a central theoie. Included in the cluster of classes is a college writ ing course o r an equivalent ceurse that is designed to improve stu dents’ writing ability and critical thinking skills. Additionally, all first-year stu dents are required to meet oaice a week with their freshman seminar. In this session discussions aae held involving issues and concerns about the transition into college. The freshman seminar instructors also serve as. the academic advisors for the students’ first year. “We try to encourage intellectual development and teach students that knowledge is constructed,’ said Howard. A few of the communities offered this year are, ‘Show Me the Mon ey!’ Sports; Economics and Society; Politics and You; ’Ya Know What I’m Sayin?’ Expressing Ourselves; Understanding Others; ‘Lookin’ To Get Paid’ Work in America and Leadership From Within. “It is easy for you to get to know people in your learning communi ties, which makes you feel comfort able in class,” said Danielle Brown, freshman. According to Howard, through a survey given to all freshmen a t the completion of their learning com munities, between 80 to 90 percent of students feel that the communi ties have helped them make friends. Also, between 50 and 60 percent said that it helped them fit in on campus. As for a good experi ence, 70-80 percent of students said it -was. The results from this survey were compiled between 1998-2001. Continued on page 4 Faculty votes to allow schools EDITOR-IN-CHIEF KA R A R A C E Last Tuesday, the faculty assem bly voted to allow academic depart ments of St. John Fisher College to form schools. In a vote of 66 to 13, with one abstention, the “School of Busi ness,\ which will combine the man agement/marketing and account ing/finance departments, received the faculty’s approval to move for ward with their plans. “The vote allows for the forma tion of schools. It does not create them,” said Dr. Jason Berman, head of the Management Depart ment. The business departments are now looking to petition the Board of Trustees asking for permission to go ahead and form a school. “We hope to sometime during the fall announce the School of Business,” said Berman. By becoming a school as opposed to just a department, the faculty will have greater self-government over their curriculum. “You have a marvelous opportu nity to continually improve your own program and in so doing con tinually improve the college,” said Berman Berman said that the depart ments have been “actively thinking about [the proposal] for two to three years.” The idea wasn’t proposed, how ever, until last May when Berman approached the faculty counsel to discuss a proposal. After meeting with the counsel twice in May to discuss their prob lems, questions, and concerns with the proposal, they decided to call a special meeting of the faculty assembly in which to discuss this proposal. That meeting took place on Sopt. 10 while the decision was n’t made until two weeks later on Sept. 24. “I am very gratified that the vote went as it did,” said Berman. “It is my most profound hope that we will be able to look hack and say this was a day that wound up benefiting the entire Fisher community.” Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org D i v e r s i t y m e e t s i n t h e C i r c l e o f F r i e n d s STAFF WRITER ANYA ASPHALL Persevering through the terrible weather, attendees of the Circle of Friends event gathered for a night of reflection, to promote diversity and encourage togetherness now and in the future on Friday. The Circle of Friends event sponsored by the St. John Fisher College Alumni of Color Commit tee (AOC), the Offices of Multicul tural Affairs/Diversity Programs, Admissions, Alumni Affairs, Stu dent Life and the Higher Educa tion Opportunity Program brought together students, faculty and alumni; about 70 people were in attendance. The event included a song selec tion by the Gospel Choir, a special recognition by President Katherine Keough, a certificate presented to William Cruz from TCB Consult ing for being a presenter at the Communicating Across Cultures workshop and a raflle. A few alumni also lad. the opportunity to speak to the audience. There was also a presentation of student organizations and special programs available at the College. The Girl Scouts of America aad the mentoring gnoup CONNECT were among some o f the groups with tables at the- event. “This is thus fourth year of Circle of Friends and the numbers keep growing,” sstid Courtnee Biscardi, secretary of AOC, “It is wonderful to see students, faculty and alumni together in one place for a common cause.” “This is nice,” said Delores Banks, class, of 1973. “We weren’t always comfortable [on this cam pus] and they [the men] were not happy about, women attending.” Continued on page 3 Anya Asphall Fisher's Gospel Choir contributes to the Circle o f Friends reception on Friday, September 27 a t the Golisano Gateway.