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Rochester classroom: Venues ranging from the traditional (as above) to wherever students hang--from Commons, dorms, and library stacks to chapel, theater, and weight room.
Intellectual growth--as well as psychological, spiritual, and social growth, all of them hallmarks of a college education--is fed from all quarters of the campus. Work in the classroom is reinforced by internships in administrative offices, research in the library, and, by no means least, lively conversations over pizza in the Pit.
That's the idea behind a residential college campus--behind this college campus in particular, as you'll see on the following photos.
Internship: Miina Siekkenan '97 (right) at Wilson Commencement Park, a transitional housing program for single-parent low-income families. The job helped her decide on a career in social work, she says. "I saw how effective people can be when they help other people." Advisee/advisor: Chemical engineering major
Shannon Phillips '00 talks with Professor Harvey
Palmer. His most memorable bit of advice? "Don't
stress out too much," she says. "He told us to
make sure we're having fun."
Sisterhood: Gamma Phi Beta sisters celebrate victory in a Greek Week tug-of-war. Skye Morey '99 (right) thinks that Greek life "teaches you a lot about yourself socially--what kinds of qualities you look for in close friends."
Paperwork: Observing a Campus Times tradition--time out to watch The Simpsons. "I learn a lot by working with other people as colleagues," says managing editor Jason Hammersla '99. "The rest of my academic life requires individual achievement, but at the CT there's an emphasis on teamwork." Pride of D'Lions: Krista Hanypsiak '00 and Chris Cuccia '99, who was "Big Brother" to Haynpsiak for her freshman year. The experience benefited him as well, he believes: "I used to be not at all outgoing--and this really helped me learn how to relax."
Class assignment: Build a car that both climbs hills and floats on water (specifically, the Genesee). Project leader Scott Bartholomew '97 says the group learned "a handful of practical skills--welding and all kinds of stuff--that you just can't get in a regular classroom."
Pick-up chess match: Tim Beach '97, Zach Loavenbruck '99, Ivan Troy '97, and Jacob Pyne '99. The game teaches you to think strategically, says Troy. "It can be a nice escape, too, because you can't think about anything else if you want to win." Stacking and sorting: Not only does his part-time job in the Office of University Public Relations help pay for his studies, it also teaches him the value of "good communications skills, teamwork, responsibility, punctuality," says Manny Ramirez '00. "All those skills you take with you, with every position you hold."
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