The Geoscience student club, Hotspot, organizes campus events and geologically themed field trips to nearby sites, such as trips to Howe Caverns, Watkins Glen State Park, Letchworth State Park, Niagara Falls, Taughannock Falls State Park and the Museum of the Earth (Trumansburg, N.Y.). Other activities have included movie nights, dinners in faculty homes, and participation in campus-wide activities such as Day of Service.
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) at the Colleges initiated a Teaching Fellows program in the fall of 2007. The Teaching Fellows program is designed to create a learning environment different from one-on-one tutoring, to dispel the notion that learning is solely the responsibility of the individual. Under the direction of a Geoscience faculty member and CTL staff, the program hires and trains two to four upper-level students for each department to staff a resource room in the department during the evening hours. The Geoscience teaching fellows utilize our seminar room, Lansing 105. The idea is to create a culture and community of engaged, active learning. The interaction between Teaching Fellows, students, and faculty has helped create a supportive, inclusive educational environment here on campus.
The Geoscience Department invites speakers from regional colleges, universities, and research organizations to give presentations on campus to facilitate student interaction with professionals outside of the Colleges. Typically, we have 2-3 speakers each semester that span a variety of topics. Past speakers have included Amy Leventer of Colgate University who described marine paleoclimatic records from Antarctica, John Tarduno of the University of Rochester who spoke about hotspots and plate motion, Stephen Vermette of Buffalo State College who spoke on climate and field measurements in a cave in Pennsylvania, and Scott Steiger from SUNY Oswego who spoke about chasing tornadoes during the VORTEX2 field project.