Being an Informed Voter

In order to be an informed voter, one must be able to sift through bias and punditry, until the truth of the important issues becomes clear. Once you are able to do this, it becomes easier to vote for the candidate you truly believe is the best person for the job.

Here are a few places to go to get information about each of the candidates running for President this November without the political spin: The League of Women Voters

“The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.”

Here is where you can find some general information about the upcoming election, for all levels of government, as well as some information about how to be an informed voter! There is even a two-part voter’s guide pamphlet with helpful information that can be accessed here:

Voters Guide Part I ~ Facts for Voters

Voters Guide Part II ~ Candidate Information

And, if you’re specifically interested in information related to voting as a student in New York State, look no further than Rock the Vote NY! This site is filled with information on how to vote in New York, as well as information about the candidates for districts in New York State.

It can be hard in this political climate to discuss the election without an argument breaking out, but in the end what matters is that you vote, and do so with the knowledge that you are choosing the candidate you feel is best suited to be the next President of the United States.

Remember to vote, November 8th!


Anna Elsloo, Technical Services Assistant

A Greener State of Mind


Many people never see me tucked away in my plant-filled office in the Library, but I get out and about on campus as a long-standing member of the Recycling & Sustainability Committee (RSC). We have led campus cleanups on Earth Day, planted trees for each value of the Fisher Creed, built bird houses for the golf course, and hosted the annual Sustainability Fair and recycling drives. Here are a few other things that my sustainability-minded friends on the committee and I have done:

  • To keep used books out of landfills, the Library has two carousels full of books (and the occasional video) just inside the vestibule. This give-a-book/take-a-book is completely free; just keep it in mind the next time you’re looking to clean up your bookshelves.
  • In the past, hundreds of pounds of wasted food were being thrown out in Ward/Haffey. Volunteers collected the food to clearly show how much food was being wasted. We also encouraged students and faculty to stop using cafeteria trays; they are one more item to be wasrsc-posthed (which wastes water and energy), and make it easier to pile up more food than one person can eat.
  • The Library staff were part of a pilot project to give up individual trash cans under our desks for more centralized bins, saving on plastic liners and saving the housekeepers’ time.
  • Working with the Facilities Department, we created the signs you see at every trash/recycling center, to answer: “Can this be recycled, or is it trash?”
  • When the Library installed a Keurig coffee maker for patron-use, at our request, Library Director Melissa Jadlos agreed to pay to recycle the used pods.
  • The Sustainability Minor Program directed by Mike Boller, another long-time RSC member, encourages students to learn more about how sustainability can be practiced, within many academic fields, and by schools and businesses worldwide.
  • Recycling was made easier by embracing the new Monroe County Recycling Center’s Single-Stream initiative and the additional recycling of plastics labels 3-7.

Information about upcoming green activities on campus and around Monroe County are noted on our Facebook Page. Information about how you can make a difference to your world can be found on our website, Fisher Goes Green. There are many ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle the things we buy!

Everyday you are expanding your brains, either in class or at Lavery Library; don’t forget to also develop a greener mind. Because Sustainability is so closely related to the long-term health and well-being of humanity, this year we are combining our Sustainability Fair with the Healthy Living Fair. This event, which will include electronics recycling, will be held on Thursday, October 6, 11AM – 2PM, on LeChase Commons in front of Lavery Library. Please join your fellow students, professors, and staff to learn more about going green.


Lynn Seavy, Lavery Library Office Manager

“What you do today can improve all your tomorrows”  ~Ralph Marston

A little Fisher History . . .

Did you know that St. John Fisher College was once an all-male schoclassroom_60sol?

Would you believe that the Fisher men had to wear a suit and tie to classes and to all campus events, including in the dining hall?

The proof is in the St. John Fisher College Archive, where the campus history is preserved.

In the Freshmen Seminar course, first-year students get a taste of what it’s like to be akearney-lighting-stromn archivist. They get to explore artifacts from the closed collection people rarely get the opportunity to see.  To really know the history of the campus, you need to be a good researcher and critical thinker.students_60s

In the late sixties, St. John Fisher College was a very different place than it is today.  Students wanted change, and they worked to get it.

students-_60sCome back to Letters from Lavery on October 17, 2016 to learn more about these influential students.


Keep Fisher History Alive!


Nancy Greco, Archives Librarian

Fisher through the years . . .

alumni-weekndWelcome, Fisher Family! It’s Alumni Weekend, and it wouldn’t be complete without a trip down memory lane. Stop in to Lavery Library and take a stroll through your class yearbook. On display all weekend, main level of library.









Also on display in the corridor outside the library, a pictorial history of the Library.lavery-history1




Thanks for the memories!


Jenny Bigenwald, Serials Assistant & Christina Hillman, Assessment & Online Program Librarian

What do you know about St. John Fisher, the man for whom the College is named?

What began as a severed head turned into a compelling history lesson on Thomas More, John Fisher, and the tumultuous times of Tudor England.

In March 2016, Irish actor Bosco Hogan, who is best known for his portrayal of John Fisher on the Showtime series, “The Tudors,” spent a week at St. John Fisher College.  Hogan, invited to Rochester by Dr. Tim Madigan, performed his one-man show, “I am Ireland: An Entertainment of W.B. Yeats” and shared his experiences playing Bishop Fisher.

At the conclusion of his visit, Bosco Hogan presented Professor Madigan with a unique gift – the authentic prop head used to film the beheading scene.  The head is now an artifact in the permanent collection of the St. John Fisher College Archives.

alas-poor-fisher-i-knew-him-wellThe head, with all its lovely gore, became an inspiration for a display.

In 1534, both Sir Thomas More & Bishop John Fisher refused to sign the oath in the Act of Succession.

They were convicted of treason and imprisoned in the Tower of London.  In June and July of 1535, they tim-and-stmwere both executed by beheading.  Four hundred years after their deaths, they were canonized by Pope Pius XI, May 19, 1935.

Stop in this semester to Lavery Library’s main level and check out thead-and-boscohe display including the prop from the show, “The Tudors.” See all the events on campus celebrating the 500th anniversary of Sir Thomas More’s Utopia, September 30th to October 27th.


Be sure to keep your head and have a great day!


Jenny Bigenwald, Serials Assistant

Nancy Greco, Archives Librarian

Puppets and Puzzles and Games . . . Oh My!

curriculum_center_fall16 002First-time visitors to Lavery Library’s Curriculum Center, located on the Lower Level, often have that Alice-Down-the-Rabbit-Hole feeling for an instant. It can be a bit surprising to suddenly find yourself surrounded by life-like puppets, games, puzzles, and children’s books.  If you become a user of the Curriculum Center though, you will understand that its uniqueness is its value.  Those of us who work in the library notice that students from across campus find the Lower Level a comfy place to study.

While the most frequent users of the Curriculum Center are the students and faculty in the School of Education, the entire college community enjoys borrowing from the Curriculum Center.  Children’s books never fail when preparing a lesson, planning a family trip, reading aloud to children, or tackling a serious topic with a little one. The Young Adult books world is currently on fire, so much so that adults are often caught reading them! Browse the shelves for your favorite flavor…real-life issues, mystery, or fantasy at its best.

curriculum center postIf science and math are on your mind, take a look at Reptile Bingo, friendly bear counters, tangrams, or Qwirkle. Ever used a Vernier Lab Pro to collect data about velocity while riding a roller coaster? There’s even a kit of materials for teaching about digestive systems — appropriately titled Poop.

The Accucut die cutter can be fun for creating displays for a classroom or for making a welcome-home banner for your best friend.  This handy device can cut paper, thin fabric, and sticky-back foam.  Once found only in K-12 teachers’ lounges, access to this device has inspired folks across campus to find dozens of uses for it.

The puppets find their way into everyone’s hearts. Would you like to cuddle a chameleon or have hugs from a cuttlefish? In fact, during exam week, puppets were caught riding up and down the library elevator! These little critters can work magic in the classroom as many a K-12 teacher will tell you.

Sure, teaching and learning are serious matters. Still, if teaching and learning are the meat and veggies of life, then the Curriculum Center resources are the spice and sugar. Next time you are in the mood for a treat, pop down the Lavery rabbit hole to the Lower Level and see for yourself.

May you forever find fun in learning,


Kathi Sigler, Education Librarian

Welcome (back) to Lavery Library and Fisher!

On behalf of everyone at Lavery Library, I  want to say hello! If you’re returning or just starting your journey, be assured we welcome you as part of the Fisher Family.

This year we are launching our very own blog (Letters from Lavery) as a way of communicating library news, behind-the-scenes stories, and sometimes just a funny anecdote. We want to let you know we are more ms and cardnalthan just a book warehouse, and our hope is that through these letters you will learn more about what we are doing behind-the-scenes  to help you be successful here at Fisher. Whether it’s finding articles for your research paper due tomorrow, tracking down a resource through Interlibrary Loan, sharing the forgotten past of St. John Fisher College with our newest Fisher Family members, or just  providing a quiet place to study and grab 20160122_090130_resizeda cup of coffee between classes, we strive anticipate your needs and help you to succeed.

Keep up with Letters from Lavery; new letters will posted bi-weekly throughout the semester. Afraid you might miss one? Subscribe to Letters from Lavery so you don’t miss out!

For up-to-the-minute news from Lavery, follow us on social media.  Any schedule changes and quick announcements will be posted there.

Best of luck this year,


Melissa Jadlos, Library Director