CAE Events and Workshops

The Center for Academic Excellence offers a number of workshops each semester on topics ranging from coping with grammar to handling test anxiety, and everything in between.

Fall 2017

Check back for a listing of events this fall!

Incorporating Source Material into Your Paper

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Basil 200

Let's play BINGO! College research papers require students to incorporate source material as evidence. One way to do that is to quote. This workshop will provide you with clear tips for smoothly blending and integrating quotes by playing a round of BINGO. But to play, you must bring a paper you're working on this semester. A draft or a completed essay will do. Prizes will be awarded.

Presented by the Writing Center

Anxiety Management

Thursday, October 5, 2017
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Nursing 102

This workshop will focus on how students can identify anxiety-provoking thoughts and make changes to more helpful thoughts. They will also learn skills for managing panic attacks.

Presented by the Health and Wellness Center

Generating Ideas and Thesis Statements Workshop

Monday, October 9, 2017
5 - 5:45 p.m.
Basil 200

Do you ever find yourself staring at the computer screen, thinking about all the research you've done and all the notes you took, but not having the first idea about how to start the paper? Many writers, even professionals, face writer's block at one time or another. In this workshop we'll discuss easy ways to generate and organize ideas. We will also review the components of an effective thesis statement, and you'll create at least one of your own. Participants should feel free to bring papers which they are currently drafting.

Presented by the Writing Center

Effective Resume Writing

Monday, October 9, 2017
5 - 6 p.m. 
Basil 210

Have a resume that needs to be revised or updated? Improve the effectiveness and readability of your resume with some tips on how to organize content and utilize space as well as ways to approach describing your experiences. Bring the most recent copy of your resume with you to the workshop. Please RSVP for the workshop by emailing the Career Center at career@sjfc.edu or sign up in FisherConnects.

Presented by the Career Center

Test Taking and Test Anxiety

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Basil 200

The word "test" can produce anxiety in even the most well prepared students. This workshop will offer some specific strategies for test taking as well as ways to reduce anxiety and negative thoughts and achieve success.

Presented by the Writing Center

Internships Workshop

Thursday, October 12, 2017
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Library 101

An internship can help define your career path, develop highly sought after professional skills and build your network for future opportunities. Develop your internship search strategy and learn about resources for identifying opportunities. Please RSVP for the workshop by emailing the Career Center at career@sjfc.edu or sign up in FisherConnects.

Presented by the Career Center

APA for Graduate Students: Common Questions

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Basil 200

This workshop will cover the nuts and bolts of APA papers —details that demand more time to complete correctly than you might expect. Bring a paper that you are working on to review the proper format for headings, in-text source citations, references, and tables. (Undergraduate students are also welcome.)

Presented by the Writing Center

Graduate School Information Session

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
5 - 6 p.m.
Library 101

Learn more about the factors associated with making a decision about graduate school.

Presented by the Career Center

Graduate School Fair

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cleary Family Auditorium

Over 60 graduate schools will be represented at this fair to discuss their programs and answer any questions. Anyone interested in graduate school is encouraged to attend. No sign-ups necessary.

2017 Graduate School Fair Attendees [pdf]

Incorporating Sources the MLA Way

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Basil 200

This workshop will cover techniques for introducing and blending source material into your MLA-style papers. It will also address strategies for the prevention of inadvertent plagiarism.

Presented by the Writing Center

Choosing a Major

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Library 101

Learn ways to approach making a decision that include how to research and explore major options, and the campus resources that are available for obtaining more information on majors of interest.

Please RSVP for the workshop by emailing the Career Center at career@sjfc.edu or sign up in FisherConnects.

Presented by the Career Center

Job Search Strategies

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
5 - 6 p.m.
Library 101

An effective job search is well defined and utilizes a number of resources and techniques. Learn how to build a strategy that will assist you in meeting your job target. Open to all majors and class years. Please RSVP for the workshop by emailing the Career Center at career@sjfc.edu or sign up in FisherConnects.

Presented by the Career Center

Revision and Editing

Wednesday, October 25, 2017
5 - 5:45 p.m.
Basil 200

Few writers get it right the first time. Writing is thinking, and that means that as we write, our ideas develop and sometimes change entirely. Revision means adding, removing, and rearranging paragraphs and ideas, whereas editing involves relatively minor changes. In this workshop we will discuss and practice strategies for both.

Presented by the Writing Center

Radical Acceptance

Thursday, October 26, 2017
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Nursing 102

If "information overload," a life-changing event, or your current circumstances have you feeling stressed, then come to this workshop. We will focus on developing skills to cope with events in our lives that we cannot immediately change and which cause us significant distress. Participants will learn "radical acceptance" to help them reduce the pain and suffering related to these stressors.

Presented by the Health and Wellness Center

Summarizing and Annotating Scholarship

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
5 - 5:45 p.m.
Basil 200

This workshop will guide you through summarizing, annotating, and comprehending scholarly sources so that you can successfully incorporate them into your papers. RW 199 students are especially encouraged to attend this workshop.

Presented by the Writing Center

Choosing Scholarly Sources

Thursday, November 2, 2017
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Library 100

All information is not created equal. During the publishing cycle, scholarly information goes through intense scrutiny. Understanding the ins and outs of scholarly publishing allows the researcher to select appropriate material that is peer reviewed, or refereed. In this workshop, you'll learn what constitutes scholarliness and how to find scholarly sources.

Presented by Lavery Library

Nursing Fair

Thursday, November 2, 2017
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Golisano Gateway Midlevel

Recruiters from area health care organizations will be on campus to discuss job and internship opportunities they have to offer.

Cite This!

Tuesday, November 2, 2017
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Library 100

This workshop is based on the principles of plagiarism in relation to academic honesty and intellectual property. Who owns it, and can I use it? Students will come to understand these principles by participating in a fun activity, creating a piece of intellectual property, and ultimately creating a citation for it!

Presented by the Writing Center

Self-Soothing Workshop

Thursday, November 9, 2017
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Nursing 102

This workshop will focus on teaching self-soothing skills that can provide comfort and relief from stress or pain without making the situation worse. Self-soothing skills give students healthy choices when facing difficult emotions and help improve one's sense of autonomy.

Presented by the Health and Wellness Center

Effective Resume Writing

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. 
Library 101

Have a resume that needs to be revised or updated? Improve the effectiveness and readability of your resume with some tips on how to organize content and utilize space as well as ways to approach describing your experiences. Bring the most recent copy of your resume with you to the workshop. Please RSVP for the workshop by emailing the Career Center at career@sjfc.edu or sign up in FisherConnects.

Presented by the Career Center

Writing a Literature Review: Graduate Student Workshop

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
5 - 5:45 p.m.
Basil 200

Whether they are part of a research paper or a dissertation, literature reviews help to explain and synthesize important texts for the writing project, allow the writer to get a broader picture of the sources, and provide readers with a context for the research. From getting oriented to completing this portion of the research project, this workshop will walk you through the process of writing a literature review while highlighting key features along the way. (Undergraduate students are also welcome.)

Presented by the Writing Center

Trash or Treasure? Evaluating Websites

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Library 100

If you use the Internet, you can always use help deciding if a site is quality or not. After all, anyone can put anything on the Internet, so it's reader beware! Come and hear about a 5-item checklist that can help you separate the good from the bad and the ugly.

Presented by Lavery Library

Coping with Grammar

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Basil 200

Confused by commas? Wracking your brains over run-ons? Fatigued by fragments? This workshop is designed to take the mystery out of some of the most common sentence-level errors that writers make. Participants in this workshop are encouraged to bring examples of their own work; however, sample sentences will be provided.

Presented by the Writing Center

Relaxation Methods Workshop

Thursday, November 30, 2017
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Nursing 102

This workshop will provide students with basic understanding of the benefits of a relaxation practice as part of their regular routine, and offer instruction on several relaxation skills they can begin to practice.

Presented by the Health and Wellness Center

Study Skills for the Final Stretch

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Basil 200

Overwhelmed by the end of the semester rush to the finish line? This workshop will help you plan your work and work your plan. Participants will learn ways to make the most of time available, develop strategies to calm and focus the mind, and increase memory by taking notes while studying.

Presented by the Writing Center

Self-care for Finals Week

Thursday, December 7, 2017
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. 
Nursing 102

This workshop will focus on tips for structuring time for self-care and relaxation as finals week approaches. Strategies discussed will include sleep hygiene, dietary tips, activity recommendations, and study tips to get you through the final stretch of the semester.

Presented by the Health and Wellness Center