“A” for Effort: An Activity Guide by Student Type
By Christine G. Adamo
Not happy with your GPA?
Well, no matter what letter grade you’re getting in English Lit or History, there are still ways to earn extra points for effort. And I’m here to tell you about ’em! In fact, go ahead and give yourself a big old “A” anytime you explore a topic that’s of interest to you.
One way to get started is by referencing this handy guide to A-grade, on-campus and off-campus extracurricular activities. It’s divided up by student type (It’s nothing official – I just made it up!) in an effort to help you zero in on meaningful outside pursuits.
Simply find your type and start raising your (effort-based) GPA today!
On-campus: Support fellow academics by attending senior capstone presentations on the topic of John Milton in GAC 375 on 4/21 and 4/23. Presentations begin at 2:35pm and 3:25pm on both dates and again at 4:15pm on 4/23. Contact info: Dr. Greg Foran via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Off-campus: Is “Pegasus Early Music – Monteverdi Vespers of 1610” heady enough for you? This classical concert and 3pm pre-talk is being held Sun., 4/19, at Hochstein Music Hall (50 N. Plymouth Ave.). This “monumental work” was written as an audition piece for the post of maestro di capella at San Marco in Venice. Tix from $10. (585) 703-3990.
On-campus: Show your support for LAMBDA by taking part in Pride Week’s Day of Silence on Fri., 4/17. How? Head to the Diversity Lounge from 8-10am and get a Day of Silence T-Shirt (while they last). Take part in a “Silent Lunch” from 12-1pm. Join the Echo Circle for a “Breaking the Silence” ceremony at 4pm. Call (585) 389-2008 for info.
Off-campus: If you’re an animal lover, you may enjoy the Earth Day celebration at Seneca Park Zoo. Its “Party for the Planet” event runs from 10am-4pm on Sat., 4/18. Features include hands-on touch tables and other animal experiences suited to kids of all ages. Cost ($12, $10 military) includes zoo admission. SenecaParkZoo.org.
On-campus: Do you know or want to learn American Sign Language? Brush up on your skills or develop some new ones by joining the ASL Club being launched in the Fall. A kick-off meeting will be held Mon., 4/20, at 6pm in Smyth Room 161. Contact Jamie DiSalvo (email@example.com) or Tom Coughlan (firstname.lastname@example.org) for info.
Off-campus: This on-campus activity is in support of Mary’s Place Outreach, an off-campus Rochester refugee outreach center. Run or walk in this 5K on Sat., 4/18, raising money and awareness for MPO. Start time: 10am. Registration: $10 ($15 day of). Visit MarysPlaceOutreach.org/mpo or email email@example.com for info.
The Adult Learner
On-campus: Celebrate your adult learner status with an 11pm-2am midnight bowl Sat., 4/18, thanks to the Naz Commuter Assoc. There are 55 total spots available for bowling, pizza, unlimited beverages and transportation to and from Clover Lanes. To purchase tickets, email NCA@mail.naz.edu.
Off-campus: Call nature to your doorstep with help from the “Creating a Bird Friendly Yard” seminar. Learn about local backyard birds like hummingbirds and chickadees. This Nature of Montezuma Lecture is being held Sat., 4/18, from 10-11:30am in the Audubon Center. Cost: $6/adult, $4/child. NY.Audubon.org/Montezuma.
On-campus: Show the student body what veterans are made of! Play Black Light Volleyball in the Shults Center Aux Gym on Sun., 4/19, from 6-9pm. The event is FREE and open to individuals or teams. Be one of the first 30 people there and get a glow in the dark intramural wristband. Wear all white and shine on! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Off-campus: WXXI offers a FREE screening of “Last Days in Vietnam” at The Little Theatre (240 East Ave.) on Tues., 4/21, at 7pm. The film explores a time in which the North Vietnamese Army closed in on the South Vietnamese (in Saigon) and American troops struggled with leaving their friends, co-workers and allies behind. TheLittle.org.
The Ally from Abroad
On-campus: Consider your overseas college experience complete! Attend the “Mr. and Miss Naz Pageant” being held in the campus gym on Wed., 4/22, at 9pm. Bring your camera or iPhone and take lots of pictures to share with friends and family back home. Have questions? Email CAB@mail.naz.edu.
Off-campus: Are you a fan of Django Reinhardt’s music from the late 1930s? He played in Paris and London! The Bop Shop (1460 Monroe Ave. between 12 Corners and Highland Ave.), is hosting an in-store concert with The D’Jangoners – a tribute group – from 1:30-3:30pm on Sun., 4/19. Tell Tom Kohn I sent you! (585) 271-3361.
On-campus: Springfest has an offering that ideal for you. See Comedian Nick Guerra in Colie’s Café on 4/23 at 9pm, but keep the heckling to a minimum! If you really want to antagonize people, bring your OWN drum to the Springfest After Party on 4/24, from 11pm-2am, featuring Scratch and Bang (a drummer/DJ duo). Complaints? Email CAB@mail.naz.edu.
Off-campus: If you get a kick out of seeing grown women duke it out in the rink, consider RocCity Roller Derby’s Spring Fling event on Sun., 4/19, from 2pm at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex (2700 Brighton-Henrietta TL Rd.). The B-Sides take on the Happy Valley Dolls of State College Area. Then? It’s Rottenchesters vs. Midtown Maulers. $5-12. (716) 341-3759.
The Arm-Chair Philosopher
On-campus: The Philosophy Club and CAB are screening “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” at 7pm on Sat., 4/18. This is part of a double feature which also includes a screening of “American Sniper” at 9pm. Prior to, engage in a friendly philosophical debate with friends over the dilemmas inherent in watching one, the other … or both!
Off-campus: Need some new material? Venture off campus and assess the merits of RIT student entries in the “Liminal Madness” art exhibit at Gallery R (100 College Ave.) near Village Gate in the Neighborhood of the Arts. Pieces incorporate a range of media, including found-object sculptures. Runs thru Sun., 4/19. (585) 256-3312.
On-campus: It’s not too late to join Nazareth’s Theatre and Dance Dept. and the Theatre League for their fourth and final show of the 2014-2015 production season. See “The Secret Garden” in the Callahan Theater at 8pm on Fri., 4/17, or Sat., 4/18. Remember, tickets are FREE for students. Just visit the box office! ArtsCenter.Naz.edu.
Off-campus: Isn’t calligraphy cool? I knew you’d think so! Rochester Brainery is hosting a “Calligraphy” class on Wed., 4/22, from 6:30-8:30pm. Your $5 registration fee is donated to Golisano Children’s Hospital and includes transportation. Get info and register by email: email@example.com.
On-campus: Give your hard body a break and try your hand at Skee Ball, the Rock Wall or a few Boardwalk Games. Enjoy these and other Springfest 2015 events on Fri., 4/24, from 4-8pm in the Pavilion. Live music will be on hand to help get (or keep) you pumped. Need stats? Email CAB@mail.naz.edu.
Off-campus: On Sun., 4/26, the Rochester Rhinos soccer club returns from a five-game road trip to host the N.Y. Red Bulls. Kick off time is 2:05pm for this Rhinos 2015 season home opener at Sahlen’s Stadium (460 Oak St.) in downtown Rochester. Tickets begin at $10. Learn more online at RhinosSoccer.com.
So, what do you think?
Does this list reek of stereotypes and worn-out suggestions? Maybe. Still, it offers each of us – especially those whose personality traits cross multiple categories – an opportunity to enrich our educations with a little R&R while earning that “A” for effort.
And I, for one, I’m all for it!