Apr 17, 2024  
2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Overview of People, Services, Campus


Entries appear in alphabetical order.

Academic Advisement
Administration
Arts Center and Otto Shults Community Center
Athletics and Recreation
Campus Ministry
Campus Safety
Career Services
Childcare
Counseling Services
Course Selection/Orientation Programs
Cultural and Social Events
Facilities
Faculty
Health Services
Language Houses
Lorette Wilmot Library and Media Center
Services for Students with Disabilities
Student Organizations
Students
The Surrounding Area 

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.

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 22 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 2003 - 2004, Nazareth won conference titles in women’s volleyball, men’s golf and men’s lacrosse, and co-championships in men’s and women’s soccer. 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
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 Ministry

Nazareth College has long recognized the importance of spiritual growth in the development of the whole person. The mission of Campus Ministry is to foster such by:
· promoting and encouraging the spiritual growth of all members of the College through opportunities for reflection, prayer, worship, and study
· nurturing a sense of community that respects and honors diversity
· working for social justice and encouraging generous service to those in need
· being present and available to listen, console, and challenge with love

Spirituality Programs: The Campus Ministry staff works closely with students, faculty and staff to provide ministry for individuals from a wide range of faiths and traditions. The student leadership of Campus Ministry allows for a large number of students to be involved in programs and leadership positions. Weekly opportunities for worship and meditation include: Catholic Mass, Protestant Worship and Zen Meditation. In addition, the Campus Ministry staff assists students from any tradition to make local connections with places of worship. Staff and student leaders plan many spiritual and religious programs, such as retreats, a men’s group, music groups, a sacred dance group and many other programs that encourage spiritual growth.

Community Service Programs: Campus Ministry offers a great variety of community service opportunities throughout the academic year, as well as alternative ‘breaks for service’ when school is not in session. Two of the most popular programs - Partners for Learning and Partners for Serving - engage Nazareth students as mentors and tutors in Rochester City Schools and community service agencies. Students who serve in these programs are compensated through federal work study and college employment.

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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 social 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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Childcare

The Patricia Carter Child Care Center of Nazareth College provides full and part-time care for children ages two years and ten months through five years old. The Center is licensed by the New York State Department of Children and Family Services and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). 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 creativity, self-esteem, self-confidence, independence and socialization skills.

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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 credentialled professionals including a substance abuse counselor.

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Course Selection/Orientation Programs

The summer prior to starting at Nazareth, incoming Freshmen receive materials and instructions for selecting courses from the Office of Academic Advisement. Students mail their completed course preference cards back to Nazareth before attending a summer academic orientation session. During the summer orientation, students meet with faculty advisors and receive a confirmed schedule for the fall. Transfer students also meet with faculty advisors during the summer academic orientation session to plan and select courses for their fall schedule.

A second orientation takes place in the fall and introduces new students to both academic and campus life by providing opportunities to meet other students, and explore the campus and larger community.

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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. Special student discounts are available for the Nazareth Arts Center Series. Each full-time Nazareth student is allotted one free ticket to all Arts Center-sponsored events during the year.

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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Facilities

Nazareth’s 150-acre, wooded campus includes more than 20 buildings, from Gothic-style to contemporary. 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. Dozens of locations on campus are called SMARTROOMS, equipped with the latest in learning and teaching technologies. The Golisano Academic Center has 30 technology-enhanced classrooms and seminar rooms, and 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 has a $1 million scene shop for theatrical use and music practice rooms. Students gain practical experience through Nazareth’s on-campus clinics for speech and hearing, reading, and physical 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 additional amenities all students enjoy. Nazareth also 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 professional staff, under the supervision of the Director of Residential Life, 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 141 full-time and 78 part-time faculty members at Nazareth College. The faculty hold degrees from more than 100 colleges and universities. Ninety-four percent of the full-time faculty members have received a doctoral degree (Ph.D., Ed.D., J.D.) or the highest professional degree in their field. Nazareth College appoints faculty whose primary commitement 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 the student as a whole individual. The undergraduate student/faculty ratio of 12/1 fosters this concern. Nazareth prides itself on the quality of its teaching and on the many ways in which faculty contribute to the life of the mind both within the college classroom and in the larger community. Forty-eight percent of the expense budget is spent on instructional support directly serving students and faculty in the learing process.

Since a commitment to teaching excellence is a hallmark of Nazareth College spanning its entire history, such excellence is evident both in how faculty approach their responsibilities anin the classroom and in what students take away with them. In Fall 2002, the Center for Teaching Excellence was created upon the recommendation of the Academic Vision Committee.

The Center works with the framework of existing initiatives to strengthen and build upon previous successes while adding new resources and ideas to them. The Center aims to foster a climate to open, regular discussion about teaching and learning. It provides the resources and consultation that fosters the professional growth of faculty as teachers, and it aims to create public forums and celebrations of teaching and scholarly excellence.

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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 immunication 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 apppintments 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.

Each student should be covered by health insurance. A sickness/accident policy is available for student purchase.

Please call (585) 389-2500 for additional information.

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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. 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 welcomes the opportunity to assist and instruct students in the effective use of the variety of information systems and resources that have been provided to them. The facility is open over 105 hours per week for research and study during regular terms.

The library print collection includes more than 250,000 volumes along with over 1,600 journal and magazine subscriptions. Additionally, over 15,000 journals and magazines are available electronically in full text through the library’s web site, along with bibliographic databases and selected reference works for each discipline and program.

The Media Center on the lower floor of the building provides CDs, DVDs, videocassettes, computer software, and other media materials. The Center also includes a video editing lab, group study rooms, and multi-media classrooms.

An online catalog enables students to identify materials of interest in the local collections. An onliune interlibrary loan system facilitates requesting articles and books from other libraries. The libary offers experienced reference assistance as well as in-class, small group, and individual instruction in the use of information systems and resources.

There are several special collections, including the rare and valuable titles in the Rare Book Room, a room dedicated to works by and about Thomas Merton, and the materials in the Childrne’s Literature Room. Further informatrion regarding the library and its servcies may be obtained through the library’s web site: ww.naz.edu/dept/library.

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Services for Students with Disabilities

Nazareth College is committed to providing support services and assistance for students with disabilities. An academic counselor for students with disabilities provides support services, including reasonable accommodations, modifications and appropriate services to all students with documented disabilities. The academic counselor will advocate for and assist 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 further information please refer to the college’s web site of the Academic Advisement Center.

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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 43 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

The Fall 2004 entering class was the largest and most diverse in Nazareth’s history. More than 1,800 applications were received and 450 freshmen enrolled, for a total of 1,825 full-time and 210 part-time undergraduate students, and 431 full-time and 674 part-time graduate students. 8.4 percent of Nazareth students are students of color.

In the last decade, 24 students have won Fulbright Grants, placing Nazareth among the ranks of the country’s most prestigious colleges and universities. Nazareth students have also won Pickering fellowships, awarded to only 20 U.S. students each year.

Nazareth students are committed to service. Ninety-one percent (91%) of students are involved in community service through classroom service learning, student organizations, athletics, campus ministry 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 all the necessities of life, including stores such as Wegmans and Barnes & Noble. Seven miles away is downtown Rochester. The state’s third largest city, Rochester offers students 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 camping 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.

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