Nov 28, 2022  
2007-08 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2007-08 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Overview of People, Services, Campus


Overview of People, Services, Campus
 

Entries appear in alphabetical order.

Academic Advisement
Administration
Arts Center and Otto Shults Community Center
Athletics and Recreation
Campus Safety
Career Services
Center for International Education
Center for Spirituality
Childcare
Computer and Network Access
Counseling Services
Cultural and Social Events
Electronic Communication Policy
Facilities
Faculty
Health Services
Language Houses
Lorette Wilmot Library and Media Center
NazCard
NazNet
Orientation Programs
Registrar
Services for Students with Disabilities
Student Organizations
Students
The Surrounding Area
Writing Center

 Academic Advisement

Incoming freshmen and transfer students are assigned an advisor who helps plan their educational program and guides them through the choice of major, if they don’t already have one. Most students declare their major by the end of sophomore year. After that, academic advising is provided by the student’s major department. Peer tutoring is available for students requesting assistance with individual courses.

Freshmen Academic Support Services works closely with freshmen, their advisors and other faculty to facilitate the adjustment to college academic life.

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Administration

The administration of Nazareth College is charged with the responsibility of developing an atmosphere in which learning can take place most effectively and dynamically. Nazareth administrators have supported new programs relevant to the times, have expanded the scope of student services and student financial aid, and have provided exciting new resources and facilities for academic and student life. These measures were accomplished while keeping tuition expenses lower than most private colleges in New York.

In addition to professional proficiency, administrators are involved in campus life and are committed to the college’s traditional concern for the support and development of each student.

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Arts Center and Otto Shults Community Center

The Arts Center includes the 1,153-seat Callahan Theater, the Gerald G. Wilmot Hall of Music, a rehearsal hall, a $1 million scene shop for theatrical use, and music practice rooms. A large visual arts facility resides within the Nazareth College Arts Center, including seminar, art history and studio spaces.

The Shults Center houses a gymnasium, fitness center, swimming pool, racquetball courts, student union, conference rooms, bookstore, and a snack bar that opens daily and in the evening when classes are in session.

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Athletics and Recreation

Nazareth’s 23 intercollegiate teams compete at the NCAA Division III level and are members of the Empire 8 Athletic Conference. Nazareth is a member of the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC), and the New York State Women’s Collegiate Athletic Association (NYSWCAA). The men’s lacrosse team has won three NCAA Division III titles. In 2004-2005, Nazareth won conference titles in women’s soccer, as well as men’s and women’s lacrosse, and both lacrosse teams competed in the NCAA Championships. The women’s swim team also sent two swimmers to the NCAA National Championships. The graduation rate of Nazareth College athletes is consistently in the upper 80th percentile.

Men’s Intercollegiate
Basketball
Cross-country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track and field (indoor and outdoor)
Volleyball

Women’s Intercollegiate
Basketball
Cross-country
Field hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track and field (indoor and outdoor)
Volleyball

Co-Ed Intercollegiate
Equestrian

Athletic facilities include the 2,200 seat Golden Flyers Stadium Complex, all-weather track and fitness center, oversized gym, racquetball courts, dance studio, swimming pool, playing fields, tennis courts, and cross-country course. For students who enjoy competition on different levels, there are many intramural teams, recreational facilities and a fitness center free and open to all students.

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Campus Safety

Nazareth College maintains a full-time, 24-hours-a-day Campus Safety Department. All uniformed officers are registered security guards in accordance with the New York State Security Guard Act and provide vehicle, bike, and foot patrols of all academic buildings, campus parking areas, and residence halls. All officers are trained in emergency response procedures, first aid, CPR/AED use, and crisis intervention. Emergency notifications and transports, vehicle lockouts and jump starts for stranded motorists, and a student campus escort service are all provided by Campus Safety personnel. The Campus Safety Office, located in the lower level of the Shults Center, also distributes all student photo ID cards and coordinates a campus-wide Lost and Found Program. A college ID, the NazCard, is needed for borrowing library materials, gaining access to the residence halls and certain computer facilities, and using other college services.

The Campus Safety Department is responsible for the enforcement of all campus parking rules and regulations. All students must register their vehicles with Campus Safety each year. Parking permits are $40 per year or $25 per semester and are available in the Campus Safety Office. This fee can be charged to the student’s account. A parking brochure is distributed to everyone who registers his/her vehicle. The brochure explains all campus parking rules and regulations. Nazareth College also provides each student and employee, upon request, with a unique key-chain style transmitter (Security Escort) that can alert Campus Safety personnel for immediate response to any request for emergency assistance.

The on-campus emergency phone extension is 3333; the off-campus phone number is (585) 389-2850. Blue light courtesy phones which connect directly with Campus Safety are also strategically located throughout campus.

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Career Services

The Office of Career Services, located in the Shults Center, assists students and alumni with making career decisions, navigating the job search process, and planning for graduate study. Career Services relies on their website to provide students with up-to-date information regarding all programs and services, and students are encouraged to visit www.naz.edu/dept/career_services and bookmark the site for future use. Individual appointments may be scheduled by calling 585-389-2878.

· Job Search - To assist with the job search Career Services posts job vacancy notices on its website and coordinates an active resume referral program in which students receive targeted job notices via e-mail. Businesses, school districts, health care and human services organizations also visit the college through Career Services to conduct individual interviews. A schedule of these visits is provided on the Career Services website. In addition, annual job fairs such as Teacher Recruitment Day and the Rochester Area Career Expo are planned to assist Nazareth graduates with finding employment. Career Services also offers workshops on job search strategies, resume writing and interviewing, and counselors meet with students individually by appointment for help with these issues.

· Career Decision Making - Services designed to assist with career decision making include individual career counseling, use of the DISCOVER computer guidance system, and other print and electronic resources.

· Graduate School - Career Services helps with the graduate school admission process by offering workshops, practice graduate school admission tests, and up to date databases of graduate school information.

· Credential Services - Students and alumni may also establish a file of letters of recommendation for use by prospective employers/graduate schools in the Career Services Office.

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Center for International Education

The Center for International Education at Nazareth College is the cornerstone of the College’s unwavering commitment to international education. The CIE is the flagship of global initiatives and activities at Nazareth College. In planning and implementing the College’s international mandate to carry out its global goals and responsibilities, the CIE defines, develops, and supports internationally focused interdisciplinary academic and development activities, study abroad programs, and cultural events. The CIE also serves as an informational clearinghouse and support center for prospective international students and scholars. It offers services for undergraduate and graduate students as well as visiting scholars from abroad. Additionally, the CIE provides a forum through which Nazareth College’s students, faculty, staff, and alumni pursue collaborative interests and projects with partner institutions around the world. Prospective students may call (585) 389-2371, e-mail global@naz.edu, or click on the website: www.naz.edu/dept/cie.

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Center for Spirituality


A community of reflection and action
Nazareth College has long recognized the importance of spiritual growth in the development of the whole person. The Nazareth community is committed to fostering an environment in which individuals are encouraged to explore their own spirituality, dialogue with others, and engage the world around them.

Center for Spirituality (CFS) staff and student leaders collaborate with members of the Nazareth community to provide ministry for individuals from a variety of faiths and beliefs. Weekly opportunities for worship and meditation include: Catholic Mass, Protestant Worship, Zen Meditation and student-led bible study groups (Nazareth Christian Fellowship). CFS groups also support students, faculty and staff who are Jewish (Hillel), Muslim (MSA), Orthodox Christian (OCF) as well as atheist, agnostic, and secular humanist (AASH). In addition, the Center for Spirituality staff assists students from any tradition in making local connections with places of worship.

The Center offers programs related to spirituality and religion such as retreats, lectures, music and dance ensembles, yoga, spiritual direction and small group discussions. CFS also offers a great variety of community service opportunities throughout the academic year, as well as alternative ‘Breaks for Service’ during school breaks.

Center for Spirituality Offices, Community Room, Linehan Chapel, and Meditation Room are located on the first floor of the Golisano Academic Center. A Universal Prayer Room is located in the Shults Center.

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Childcare

The Patricia Carter Child Care Center of Nazareth College provides care for children two years, ten months through five years of age. The Center is licensed by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services and is voluntarily accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

PCCCC operates 49 weeks per year. The program focuses on learning themes that are presented through art, literature, music, games, large- and fine-motor experiences, and field trips. Children are encouraged to develop independence, self-confidence, creativity, self-esteem, and socialization skills. Three teaching professionals create and guide the activities and are assisted by Nazareth student workers. Part and full time care is available.

For more information, please call (585) 389-2505.

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Computer and Network Access

Nazareth College is prepared to meet the instructional and administrative needs of the college community for a broad range of information technology applications by way of open access computer labs throughout the campus (including a lab open 24 hours) with a variety of software on both Macs and PCs, and full internet/e-mail access. Regularly scheduled introductory classes on the use of these facilities are available through the Information Technology Services department in Smyth Hall.

Computer labs focused around specific disciplines - graduate education, management, art graphics, physical therapy, and others - provide facilities and support for students in these disciplines. Many labs, and many additional classrooms, are equipped with workstations and specialized projectors for computer-based instructional needs. The campus is completely wired for full, high-speed network and internet access. Students coming to campus with their own computers, including commuting students with portables, should be able to get necessary connection information from Information Technology Services and connect those computers at designated locations. Portable computers with wireless access capability can also get full internet connection in the following locations: most of the Library, most of the main floor of the Shults Center, most of Golisano, and Colie’s Café.

Counseling Services

Confidential personal counseling is offered through Counseling Services to students enrolled in at least one course for credit. Individual, relationship, and group counseling are available as are workshops and other programs. The staff is comprised of credentialed professionals including an alcohol and other drug counselor. Appointments may be made by calling (585) 389-2887.

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Cultural and Social Events

Nazareth’s reputation in the arts and its excellent facilities provide students with opportunities to participate in an exceptional number of cultural experiences. The Nazareth College Arts Center’s Subscription Series presents professional theater, dance and music groups from around the world. Each full-time Nazareth student is entitled to one free ticket to all Arts Center sponsored events (some restrictions apply to Garth Fagan Dance performances). Part-time students are eligible for one ticket per semester.

The Theatre Arts Department stages at least two major productions each year. Student directed one-act plays are also produced each semester. Often the productions involve the whole campus with students and faculty from other disciplines helping the Theatre Arts Department.

Major music ensembles, the Orchestra, the Concert Choir and Concert Band, are open to all qualified students, faculty and staff on campus. These groups play an important part in the musical life of the college, presenting concerts and participating in major campus events. Membership is by audition each semester, and rehearsals are held twice a week. Smaller vocal and instrumental ensembles are open to students who qualify. Student and faculty recitals also are held regularly throughout the year. Admission to all of these events is free.

The Student Art Exhibition each April has been a tradition at Nazareth for the last three decades. This show highlights student work, and awards are given by a prominent artist or critic.

Social highlights of the year include a parents weekend, a fall formal, siblings weekend and Springfest. Regularly scheduled dances, musical groups, lectures and films provide a variety of entertainment for students. Events and activities in the Casa Italiana, Casa Hispana, La Maison Française and the German Cultural Center help explore and celebrate the cultures of other countries.

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Electronic Communication Policy

All faculty, staff and students are provided a Nazareth College email account (@naz.edu), which is one of the College’s official methods of communicating important and time-sensitive information. All are expected to check the mail sent to this account on a frequent and consistent basis, and to respond to official communications from the Nazareth College Community in a timely manner. All are responsible for monitoring this account and for the consequences of missing important and time-sensitive messages.

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Facilities

Nazareth’s 150-acre, wooded campus includes more than 20 buildings, from neo-Gothic- to contemporary in style. Most buildings are connected by a series of underground tunnels.

Instructional Facilities: Due to the recent expansion of the campus, students now have twice as many classrooms and computer labs in which to learn and study. Many campus locations are smartrooms, equipped with the latest in learning and teaching technologies. The Golisano Academic Center has 30 technology-enhanced classrooms and seminar rooms, as well as discipline-specific computer labs and offices. The Lorette Wilmot Library has a media center with a video editing lab and multimedia classrooms. There are eight computer labs on campus, including one that is open 24 hours. The Arts Center features a recently constructed $1 million scene shop for theatrical use and music practice rooms. Health and human services students gain practical experience at Nazareth’s on-campus clinics for speech and hearing, reading, physical therapy, and art therapy. A greenhouse provides flora and hands-on learning opportunities for interested students.

Residential Facilities: More than 1,200 full-time undergraduates live on campus in 13 residence halls, both single-sex and co-ed, with living options that include singles, doubles, suites, and apartments. Cafés and free laundry are some of the amenities enjoyed by the students. Nazareth offers special-interest housing such as La Maison Française (a residence hall for students of French), the First Year Experience, the Quiet Zone, a Community Service House, and the Choice Living Floor (students living on this floor agree to remain substance-free for their entire stay on campus.) All students may have cars on campus, and lighted parking lots are available near the residence halls. The goal of the staff is to make resident living a positive experience. Each floor is assigned a Resident Assistant (RA). RAs are returning students who have been trained to plan activities and programs, build residence hall community, help students deal with issues, and adhere to College guidelines. RAs also assist in the growth and development of well-rounded students.

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Faculty

There are 144 full-time and 197 part-time faculty members at Nazareth College. The faculty hold degrees from more than 100 colleges and universities. Ninety-one percent of the full-time faculty members have received the highest professional degree in their field. Nazareth College appoints faculty whose primary commitment to teaching excellence is complemented by recognition of the value of scholarship and of professional development in many forms. As classroom teachers, academic advisors, and persons involved in campus-wide educational experiences, faculty are interested in and concerned about each student as an individual. The undergraduate student/faculty ratio of 12:1 addresses this concern. Nazareth prides itself on the quality of its teachers and on the many ways in which faculty contribute to the life of the mind, both within the classroom and in the larger community. Forty-seven percent of the annual budget is spent on instructional support directly serving students and faculty in the learning process.

A commitment to teaching excellence has been a hallmark of Nazareth College through its entire history. Such excellence is evident both in how faculty approach their responsibilities in the classroom and in what students take away with them.

In Fall 2002, a Center for Teaching Excellence was created upon the recommendation of the Academic Vision Committee. The Center strengthens and builds upon previous successes while adding new resources and ideas. The Center aims to create a climate of open, on-going discussion about teaching and learning, and provides resources and consultation to foster the professional growth of faculty.

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Health Services

The Health Services staff provides primary health care for all registered undergraduates who have submitted the health history and immunization form and paid the health fee. Care is provided by a nurse practitioner and registered nurse in collaboration with a physician consultant who is on site for several hours a week. Women’s health services are available by appointment. Limited psychiatric appointments are available after referral from Counseling Services. Health Services is open from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday during the academic year. Summer hours vary. Students should contact their RA (if living in college residences) or Campus Safety for care options when Health Services is closed. Each student is responsible for fees incurred for medical care received in the community.

NY State Public Health Law 2165 requires all students taking 6 credit hours or more to show protection against measles, mumps and rubella through documentation of 2 doses of measles vaccine (the first on or after the first birthday) and one dose each of mumps and rubella. Laboratory proof of immunity from these diseases is also acceptable. Persons born prior to 1/1/57 are exempt from this requirement. If you have not presented this documentation to Health Services by the 5th day after the start of the semester, you will be withdrawn from classes. NY State Public Health Law also requires your written response to information regarding meningitis and its vaccine. A completed health form should accompany all documentation and is available on the health services web site.

Please call Health Services (585) 389-2500 with any questions. You may fax your documentation to us 24 hours a day to (585) 389-2503. Each student should be covered by health insurance. A sickness/accident policy is available for student purchase.

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Language Houses

Three foreign language houses, La Maison Française, Casa Hispana and Casa Italiana, as well as the German Cultural Center, provide opportunities for students to immerse themselves in the cultures of other countries. Faculty, students, and community supporters of the language houses often organize parties, dinners, film nights and poetry readings throughout the semester - all centering around the food, music, culture and language of the country the language house represents. La Maison Française is a residence hall for students of French; Casa Hispana, Casa Italiana, and the German Cultural Center provide classroom and/or faculty office space.

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Lorette Wilmot Library and Media Center

The staff of the Lorette Wilmot Library and Media Center assists and instructs students in the effective use of information systems and resources. The wireless facility, open 105 hours a week during the regular terms, provides a variety of individual and group accommodations for research and study.

Our print collection includes more than 250,000 volumes along with over 1,600 journal and magazine subscriptions. Additionally, over 15,000 full-text electronic journals are available through the library’s web site, along with bibliographic databases and selected reference works for each discipline and program. There are several special collections, including rare and valuable titles in the Rare Book Room, a room dedicated to works by and about Thomas Merton, and the materials in the Children’s Literature Room.

The Media Center on the lower level of the building includes CDs, DVDs, videocassettes, computer software and other media materials. The Media Center also provides audio-visual equipment, a full service production facility, video editing lab and multi-media classrooms. There are color and black & white self-help copiers available on both the main and lower levels.

WebPAC (our online catalog) enables students to identify materials of interest in our local collections, while ILLiad (an online interlibrary loan system) facilitates requesting articles and books from other libraries. The library also offers reference assistance as well as in-class, small group, and individual instruction in the use of information systems and resources.

Further information regarding the Lorette Wilmot Library and Media Center and its services may be obtained through their web site: www.naz.edu/dept/library

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NazCard

The NazCard is the official Nazareth College identification card for members of the Nazareth College community. The NazCard has the following uses on campus:

  • Dining Services
  • Debit Card
  • Access to Residence Halls
  • Access to Recreation Center
  • Access to Computer Labs
  • Discounts on tickets at the Arts Center
  • Library Card

The NazCard can be used as a debit card - NazBucks - at the Bookstore, library and at vending machines in Kearney Hall, O’Connor Hall, and the Shults Center.

A minimum deposit of $25 is required to open an account. Opening a NazBucks account or making a deposit to an existing account may be done by mail. Send a check or money order to: Nazareth College, Accounts Payable Office, 4245 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14618. To make a NazBucks deposit in person, bring deposits to the NazCard Office located in the Campus Safety Office in the Shults Center during extended business hours 8:30am to 10:30pm, Monday - Friday. Checks or money orders only, no cash please. Cash deposits are accepted at the Accounts Payable Office located in Smyth Hall, room 42, during regular business hours, 8:30am to 4:30pm, Monday - Friday. Once a NazBucks account has been opened, additional dollars can also be added at the Library.

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NazNet

NazNet is personalized web technology available for students, faculty, and staff. It is a student’s on-line link to secure information regarding his/her class schedule, grades, financial package, and more. The NazNet system provides a student with up-to-date information faster than traditional mailings.

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Orientation Programs

Orientation takes place over a four-day period in the fall prior to the start of classes, and introduces new students to both academic and campus life by providing opportunities to meet other students, faculty and staff. Students will explore the campus and larger community. For more information: www.naz.edu/events/newstudents/

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Registrar

The Office of the Registrar is located in room 1 on the lower level of Smyth Hall. This office maintains all official student records and verifies completed degree requirements.

Official transcripts are sent from institution to institution, upon written authorization from the student. Official transcripts cost $5.00. Student copies are $3.00 payable by check, cash or money order.

Currently enrolled Nazareth students, along with Nazareth alumni who graduated in May 2003 or later, have the option to order official transcripts online via our secure server using a credit card. Transcripts can still also be ordered via mail for alumni graduated before May 2003 or those wishing to pay by check; address requests to the Office of the Registar.

Generally, transcripts ordered online will be mailed the next business day; all other transcript orders will be sent within two business days. NOTE: during the first and last two weeks of a semester this process may take as long as two business weeks due to other customer service priorities in the Registrar’s Office.

Upon graduation, students receive a complimentary, final student copy of their permanent record.

Specific FERPA regulations are published each semester in the Graduate Studies class schedule brochure, and also in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of this catalog.

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Services for Students with Disabilities

Nazareth College is committed to providing support services and assistance for students with disabilities. The Office for Students with Disabilities provides support services, including reasonable accommodations, modifications and appropriate services to all students with documented disabilities. The staff of the Office for Students with Disabilities will provide advocacy and assistance to resolve any difficulties students with disabilities may encounter.

Nazareth also provides a limited level of academic tutorial services to students with learning disabilities, however, these tutorial services are not intended to be a comprehensive academic support system.

For additional information please consult the Nazareth College Handbook on Services for Students with Disabilities. Copies of this handbook may be obtained from the Office for Students with Disabilities. The handbook information is also available on the college’s web site of the Office for Students with Disabilities.

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Student Organizations

The primary organization for all student activities is the Undergraduate Association. An elected Student Senate composed of four officers and representatives from each class and from the commuter association, residence hall council and the diversity clubs, is responsible for allocating funds for student activities and meets regularly to consider issues of campus concern.

The Undergraduate Association works closely with the Office of Student Activities. A new initiative from UA and Student Activities is the Student Diversity Resource Center, located in the Shults Center. This office and all the departments within the division of Student Development have a special commitment to the students in providing quality programs, services and conditions, to ensure their individual well-being and continued academic progress.

Nazareth has a variety of organizations and clubs to meet almost any student’s needs. The International Club, Math Club, Rotaract, Commuter Association , and Ultimate Frisbee are just a few of the 51 clubs and organizations. INC. (Inter-Ethnic Nazareth Coalition) is one of the 11 diversity clubs hosting activities designed to promote multicultural awareness. There are two student publications, Sigillum the college yearbook, and The Gleaner the student newspaper published bimonthly, as well as WNAZ, a radio station. Honor societies and some clubs in academic departments are associated with national and international organizations and provide important contacts with other people in the field.

Committees within the Undergraduate Association coordinate the cultural and social calendar to provide an extracurricular program of speakers, dances, films, dinners, parties and theatrical productions. Students also play a vital role in the college’s operation by serving on various committees with faculty, staff and trustees.

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Students

For Fall 2006, Nazareth enrolled a total of 1988 full-time and 192 part-time undergraduate students, and 391 full-time and 640 part-time graduate students. 9.1 percent of Nazareth students are students of color. Each year Nazareth students win prestigious awards, including Fulbrights and Pickering fellowships, awarded to only 20 U.S. students each year.

Nazareth students are committed to service. More than 90 percent of students are involved in community service through classroom service learning, student organizations, athletics, and residence life. Nazareth has an on-campus Center for Service Learning which serves as a clearinghouse for faculty who want to incorporate service into the curriculum and for students who want to engage in service learning.

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The Surrounding Area

Pittsford, New York, a suburban village of Rochester, is one hour from Syracuse and Buffalo. Students can walk to Pittsford, on the Erie Canal, with shops, restaurants and stores such as Wegmans and Barnes & Noble. Seven miles away is downtown Rochester. The state’s third largest city, Rochester offers many venues for arts and culture. Among its attractions are the Dryden and Eastman theatres, Strasenburgh Planetarium, the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House, the Finger Lakes Performing Arts Center and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

Professional sports teams represent Rochester in baseball, hockey, soccer, and lacrosse. Numerous parks, including public beaches on Lake Ontario, dot the city and surrounding towns. Boating, hiking, and campgrounds are a half-hour away in the Finger Lakes and there are 25 ski areas within a 100-mile radius. Major airlines, Amtrak, and major bus lines serve the Rochester area.

Writing Center

The Charles Mills Writing Center offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to strengthen their written communication skills. Working individually with trained student tutors from across the disciplines, Writing Center staff help students at all stages of the writing process identify the next logical step in their individual writing process. Services are available Monday through Friday - and Saturday when possible - during day and evening hours in the Golisano Academic Center, Room 322. To schedule a 30 minute appointment or to obtain further information, students should visit www.naz.edu/dept/writingcenter or call (585) 389-2636. Services are free of charge.