Category Archives: Student Life

Midterms Survival Guide

Mar 4, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

With only a week and a half until Spring Break, many students have begun discussing what fun plans they have for their time off from classes. While dreaming of sunnier days is something everyone has been doing during these cold months, it’s important for students to stay focused and motivated during this time in the semester, because midterms are quickly approaching!

As a senior, I personally have very few midterms. I have found that most upper-level classes in the psychology department tend to favor tests every few weeks and term papers over cumulative midterm and final exams. Therefore, the busiest time of year for me is prior to finals, when I often have several 10, 12, or even 25-page papers due for my classes. However, as a freshman and sophomore, I had many midterm exams, because I was taking more 100- and 200-level courses in a variety of subject areas (such as math, government, and sociology). Having my fair share of midterms, I have figured out a few ways to make the week a bit easier and more successful:

1. Study as early as possible. Procrastination is something many college students struggle with, and learning how to discipline yourself to get things done will be extremely helpful throughout your college career- and your life! With tests that cover a large amount of material, studying a bit every day will be much more helpful and manageable than trying to pull an all-nighter and cram the evening before the test. Try to dedicate 30 minutes every day to studying for a tricky subject, so that by the time the test rolls around, you’ve already logged tons of time reviewing the material. Plus, if you find yourself with questions, you’ll have plenty of opportunities before the test to stop by your professor’s office hours!

2. Study different ways. It’s great to know which way helps you retain material the best, but sometimes it works even better to study in a variety of ways, so that you can pick up little pieces of information from each technique. Some of my favorite ways to study are:

-taking notes on the textbook readings

-making flash cards

-relating concepts to my own life

-reviewing my lecture notes

-reviewing my textbook notes

-creating my own study guide with charts, vocab words, etc

-“teaching” the material to a friend

-answering review questions in the book or online

-asking questions in class or in a professor’s office hours

3. Read your book and pay attention in class! The number one suggestion I could give to any student is to stay on top of the material from Day One. Skimming a textbook and doodling in class may seem appealing, but if you’re not learning the material then, when do you plan on learning it? Approach the textbook as a way to be introduced to the material and class as an opportunity to grasp the material fully. I always read ahead of time, write down questions I may have, and take notes in class to supplement the readings. Then, if any of my questions from the textbook are still unanswered, I ask the professor to clear up any confusion. The textbook is your answer key for the course, and the professor is your guide to mastering the material. Utilize them, and by the time midterms roll around, you will be way ahead of the game.

I wish that there was a secret trick to automatically acing your midterms, like wearing your pajamas inside out or drinking chocolate milk before the test. However, I have found that the only way to ensure a high grade on an exam is to put in the prep work ahead of time, to study a variety of ways, and to pay attention in class and keep up on the readings. It’s no secret that hard work pays off, so focus on your course work now and before you know it, Spring Break will be here!

By the way, if you have any secret tips, feel free to share them with me in the comment section!

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Can I Get Your Autograph? (HOMW 5)

Mar 2, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

Hello, everyone!

It was great to bounce back this week after spending all of last week sick. I was really grateful to be able to attend all of my classes, not to mention to be able to breathe through my nose and stay awake for longer than three hours at a time! Thus, my highlight this week is related to one of my favorite classes (which I have written about before), English 407: Advanced Poetry Workshop.

HOMW 5: CAN I GET YOUR AUTOGRAPH?

As I have previously mentioned, my Monday/Friday poetry workshop is a favorite of mine because of the small class size and our hilarious professor, Dr. Leising. A typical day in our class involves reviewing one another’s work, discussing a reading from the week, and brainstorming as a group for a future assignment. We often use a book titled The Poetry Gymnasium to help us find new ways to develop our writing skills and stretch our comfort zones as poets. The class is always a comfortable, welcoming environment, which is especially valuable when we spend so much time having our writing critiqued. Dr. Leising is great at keeping things productive and helping us improve as writers while still making sure we feel like we can have fun and express ourselves fully.

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Our text, The Poetry Gymnasium

Anyway, this past week, we were reading through The Poetry Gymnasium when we saw a familiar name referenced in the text: Gary Leising! The author mentioned reading one of Dr. Leising’s poems and how it could be interpreted many ways. I knew that our professor had written loads of poetry and had won awards for his work in the past (including Utica College’s Clark Award he was presented with at convocation this fall), but it was really cool to see him referenced in our book. Dr. Leising was very humble about the whole thing, but of course I had him autograph my book right below where his name was printed.

Some day, this signature could be worth millions. For now, maybe just half a million

Some day, this signature could be worth millions. For now, maybe just half a million.

I never imagined when I began attending Utica College that such a small college would offer classes taught by individuals that are so well-known and respected in their field. Four years later, I can say that I have learned from some truly special people who have shared their experiences and wisdom with me and really have helped me grow as a student and an individual. Dr. Leising’s shout out in our textbook is a more obvious example of just how awesome the UC faculty are, and it was definitely a memorable moment from my week!

When Chemicals React

Mar 1, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

Sometimes, you find yourself saving a degree-required course for your final semester of college. Sometimes, that course is a science with a lecture class as well as a lab, and you have to devote over six hours per week on that class alone. Sometimes, you may be reflecting upon your life choices and wonder why you put off your lab course until your senior spring semester. Sometimes, your two best friends register for that course too, so that your chances of survival increase. This is one such circumstance.

I have never been very interested in science, mainly because I find it hard to relate to the rest of my studies. I love that psychology is a science that is extremely applicable to my daily life- in fact, sometimes I over-analyze things and may relate my life too often to my studies! On the other hand, things like geology and chemistry never came as naturally to me as psych. I definitely procrastinated my required science course due to my disinterest in science, but this semester, I had to register for something in order to graduate in May.

The class I chose as my science with a lab is Chem 105: Everyday Chemistry. Turns out, this class is the best possible lab class for a student like me, because the entire class is focused on relating chemistry concepts to everyday topics. Our professors, Dr. Thomas and Dr. Barr, explain known, familiar concepts like tye dye in terms of atomic bonds and chemical compounds. It makes science much less intimidating and way easier to understand! Plus, the labs are activities like solving a fake crime, which can be pretty entertaining.

My chemistry course is not a class that comes easily to me, but having my friends in the class with me as well as professors that are dedicated to making science relatable and fun makes the class way better. Pretty soon, people will be calling this chick “Elaine Nye the Science Guy.”

Laura and I modeling some attractive goggles. Safety first, peeps.

Laura and I modeling some attractive goggles. Safety first, peeps.

Magic Always Comes With A Price (HOMW 3)

Feb 25, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

Hi everyone!

My highlight for the second week of February is a little delayed, but I am still going to fill you in on a moment I loved!

HIGHLIGHT OF MY WEEK (HOMW) #3: MAGIC ALWAYS COMES WITH A PRICE 

In case you forgot, Utica was hit with some major snow at the beginning of February. So, during those first few weeks, my friends and I spent quite a bit of time in the residence halls instead of hanging out outside or attending events in other buildings.

One weekend, we spent the entire weekend watching a TV series on Netflix. The show, called Once Upon a Time, is all about fairy tale characters living in a modern world. It is totally addicting, and we loved ordering pizza, piling up all of our fuzzy blankets, and binge watching episodes!

My friends and I are extremely involved on campus and usually try to attend every meeting, class, and event possible. But sometimes, that can come with a price: feeling stressed or burnt out at the end of the week. While it rocks to take advantage of all of the fun events on campus, sometimes it is nice to actually stand still. Taking a weekend to relax with friends and watch Netflix allowed me to rest, recharge, and avoid the snow for a little while.

I am so grateful to attend a small school, as it really helped me get to know my peers and make some true friendships.This weekend was exactly what I needed to feel ready to face the busy week ahead. These girls are there for me through it all, and we have weathered the storm together- literally! And that is better than any fairy tale.

 

Upcoming Events At UC

Feb 21, 2015 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

Let’s face it.

It’s too cold to go outside of campus for entertainment. So, why not experience some of the entertainment on campus?

Prior to attending Utica College, I had no idea how many events the college produces in a given month. Needless to say, there’s a lot of things to do on campus.

Here’s just a few upcoming events that might interest you:

Please join us for the Professor Harry F. and Mary Ruth Jackson Lunch Hour Series Wednesday February 25th at 12:30 pm in the Library Concourse for The Society of New Music- Tyler Ogilvie. Classical to contemporary with a multimedia twist.

 

Chamber Music and The Actor’s Nightmare

“Chamber Music,” by Arthur Kopit, is set in 1938 at a psychiatric hospital. The play follows the perplexing discussions at a meeting of eight famous women who have gathered together to conspire their defense tactics against a perceived threat. As the dark comedy unfolds, the women decide to take drastic action to save themselves.

In second play, “The Actor’s Nightmare” by Christopher Durang, an accountant named George Spelvin is mistaken for the understudy of the production’s lead actor while wandering onstage. Spelvin quickly learns that the lead has been in an auto accident and he is expected to replace him immediately even though he does not know any of the lines or what play it is. The comedy is inspired by dreams that actors frequently have where they forget their lines or cues

-via Utica College

If you’re taking an Introduction to Theater class, you’re likely required to watch the two, one-act plays which run through February 26-March 1st. Like all things, it would probably be best if you attend the events with friends.

 

 

Glitter, owls, and more glitter (HOMW 2)

Feb 11, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

Hi, everyone!

As I mentioned last week, I am making time each week of this semester to reflect and share a moment that was a highlight of that week. In my previous blog post, I told you all about the great time I had at Crystal Ball on Saturday. That was definitely a highlight, but the highlight of my week actually happened prior to Saturday night…

HIGHLIGHT OF MY WEEK (HOMW) #2: GLITTER, OWLS, AND MORE GLITTER

I had an RA Event last Thursday in North Hall. For those of you who may not know, I am a Resident Assistant here at UC, and part of my job includes planning fun events for my residents. Sometimes they are educational events, like when we visited the Clinton Cider Mill and learned how apple cider is made. Other times, they are social events, like last Thursday, which was a make-your-own Valentines event.

This was the flier advertised on the Utica College First Year Village Instagram account. FYI, you can follow the account to be in-the-know about upcoming RA events in North and South Hall! It's named uc_firstyearvillage

This was the flier advertised on the Utica College First Year Village Instagram account. FYI, you can follow the account to be in-the-know about upcoming RA events in North and South Hall! It’s named uc_firstyearvillage

I have had many RA events before, but had never had one that included my love for crafting. However, I talked to some of my residents earlier in the semester and discovered that many of them also loved arts and crafts and liked the idea of having a time we could all decorate Valentines together. I immediately began planning the event and was extremely excited to pick up glitter, construction paper, the CUTEST owl stickers of all time, and all sorts of other art goodies for my residents to use. By Thursday night, many of the students who lived on my floor as well as other floors were looking forward to the event as much as me, and met me downstairs right at 8 pm when it began. The basement lounge was soon filled with students drawing, glueing, and glittering to their hearts’ content.

This is just one of the many groups of students who were making Valentines at the event last week. We put newspaper on the floor to minimize the amount of glitter mess- it's a tricky hazard of crafting!

This is just one of the many groups of students who were making Valentines at the event last week. We put newspaper on the floor to minimize the amount of glitter mess- it’s a tricky hazard of crafting!

Over thirty students attended my event. It was scheduled to only go until 9 pm, but we ended up crafting past 10:30 in the evening! I had a great time watching other students make beautiful cards for their friends and family, and of course I enjoyed making some Valentines myself! I was so happy that the students who attended had as much fun as I did crafting. One of my residents told me it was the best event she had been to yet this year!

Here is a glimpse of the Valentines I crafted!

Here is a glimpse of the Valentines I crafted, featuring the cutest owl sticker of all time.

Sometimes in the business of college life (especially during your first year, which is a huge transitional phase of your life), you can lose sight of special little traditions from your home life. I really missed making Valentines for my friends when I began college, so I was happy that my event allowed students an opportunity to be festive, creative, and do something that may have reminded them of old traditions in their lives.

Events like these remind me of how great it is to go to a school that has such a tight-knit student body. I love celebrating holidays in fun ways with my UC family. Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Have a great week!

 

Imaging Place – Creating an Identity through Architecture

Feb 5, 2015 | Author: Joseph Fryc

This past weekend the gallery held the opening reception for their first exhibit of the semester “Imaging Place”.  This exhibit has a special place in my heart, since I not only oversaw the research conducted for the exhibit, but I am also one of the featured writers. It has become a recent tradition in the gallery, that every first exhibit each spring is a student researched exhibit. This may mean an individual student employee, or as was the case this year and last year, the entirety of the staff plays a role in researching the exhibit.

Offical e-vite for the exhibit. Created by: Carolynne Whitefeather

Offical e-vite for the exhibit. Created by: Carolynne Whitefeather

“Imaging Place” is an idea, concept and exhibit based in visual art. The exhibit addresses and asks about the relationship of architecture reflective of its makers mind and the relationship of places and how we see the Place and Space before us. The architecture of a place develops a character that distinguishes each place from another, in this way it becomes a form of human culture and expression. The best way I’ve found to explain it is to have someone picture the skyline in New York City, that skyline is iconic and instantly recognizable for most people. I then have them picture their hometown and their favorite hangout, for them the place that they choose is just as iconic and recognizable as the New York City Skyline. In this way, locations begin to take on a human-like quality, and you begin to create emotional connections to those places. The exhibit also expands beyond locations with architecture and discusses natural landscapes. These natural landscapes are often just as iconic and recognizable to those familiar with the area. Each of the pieces in the show depicts a location that potentially holds significance to someone, whether it is significant to a single person or an entire country, we can get a sense of how important having a place to identify with becomes to creating and shaping ones identity. In essence, where one is from becomes a piece of their identity.

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Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

The exhibit is truly diverse not only in the variety of artwork but also the unique perspectives brought to each piece by the student staff. While the pieces are united under a common theme, each piece has a distinct look and feel that is further conveyed through the accompanying writings by the student staff. Additionally, students have an opportunity to see the works interpreted and spoken about from the perspective of their fellow students. While we held the student staff to a high standard in their writing, each person brings their own flavor and background to their writing while maintaining the high quality standards expected in a gallery. Along that same vein, it gives students the opportunity to acknowledge and support the hard work of their peers.  The exhibit was produced, developed, and installed by the student staff under the direction of the gallery director, Carolynne Whitefeather, with the assistance of Utica College Alumni, Amanda Dummet, for editing. After the original pieces and concept were chosen, the student staff took the exhibit through the production process during a semester long research project as part of their employment at the gallery. From there, the staff installed and will now maintain the exhibit, while presenting the exhibit as docents.

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Along with the great content, we had a great reception to boot. The student staff was on hand to talk about their work, and we had a great turnout from the community and students alike. I’ll leave you with some photos of the reception. I strongly encourage everyone to stop by if they can.

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Exhibit Installation Manager, Amarildo Ceka, leads a group of international visitors around the exhibit. Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Exhibit Installation Manager, Amarildo Ceka, leads a group of international visitors around the exhibit. Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Group Photo after the tour. Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Group Photo after the tour. Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

Photo Credit: Joseph Fryc

I came out from behind the camera and ended up in a photo too. Photo Credit: Julia Mecalianos

I came out from behind the camera and ended up in a photo too. Photo Credit: Julia Mecalianos

Class is cancelled, now what? Five things to do during a Snow Day!

Feb 4, 2015 | Author: Karita Rawlins

The front of Boehlert Hall taken from the second floor on February 2, 2015

When I decided to apply to school in Central New York there was one thing everyone warned me about: snow. Everyone knows it snows and many people are prepared for the snow. So it’s no surprise that class is not often cancelled due to weather. However, when it does happen I find myself with an unusually large amount free time on my hands and I seem to never to know what to do. This time I figured it out….

 1. Catch up or get ahead for your next class

This is the perfect time to either: a. get started on your essay that isn’t due for another 2 weeks or b. catch up on the reading from yesterday’s class that you forgot to do. Seize this opportunity.

2. Work on your resume

As a college student, my goal in life is to be in the career of my dreams post-graduation. How can I achieve that with a resume that is sub-par? A snow day is the perfect time to crawl up with your laptop and revamp your resume just in time for Career Services’ next upcoming event. The next one being the Job & Internship Fair on March 4th.

3. Clean your room/apartment

According to the ancient art and science of Feng Shui, a clean home gives you a sense of calm and puts you back into control of your life. It restores order and balance so you are able to locate things easier and you no longer feel overwhelmed. The semester can get pretty hectic (even this early in) don’t let the clutter in your room make it any worse.

4. Binge watch your favorite TV show!

Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime…a college student’s best friend right? Almost all of us are guilty of it, spending countless hours waiting to see who “A” is or if Olivia and Fitz will ever be together, or asking why Freaks and Greeks was never picked up for a second season. Each time saying to ourselves, “Just one more episode…”. This. IS. Your. Day.

5. Relax

Stress and lack of sleep can have serious effects on your body and make it difficult to pay attention, concentration or solve problems. So, whether it be curling up with a good book and a hot cup of tea, swimming some laps in the pool or catching the Z’s, take this time to relax and enjoy your day off.

 

The Friday Afternoon Time Warp (Highlight of My Week: Week 1)

Feb 3, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

Hi everyone!

This semester, I have decided to reflect at the end of each week and share with you a moment that was a highlight of that week. Last semester was a whirlwind of meetings, classes, appointments, events, forums, office hours, and library sessions- by the end of the term, I was pretty burnt out, to say the least! One of the things I want to focus on this semester is having some down time and enjoying the moment more, rather than over-scheduling myself. I think that consciously spending time each week to reflect on the things that occurred will help with this mission. So, seeing as last week was the first full week of classes, here is my weekly highlight!

HIGHLIGHT OF MY WEEK (HOMW) 1: THE FRIDAY AFTERNOON TIME WARP

A little background: I am currently enrolled in a class titled ENG 407: Advanced Poetry Workshop. This class is a continuation of ENG 307: Beginning Creative Writing. I took 307 last semester on a whim because I heard that it was taught by a really funny professor, and I hadn’t taken a creative writing course since high school. The class ended up being my favorite class of the semester, and I was happy to enroll in 407 this semester to continue learning from Dr. Leising, who always challenges the class to write in different, unique, and fun ways.

407 is a bit different from 307, mainly because it focuses primarily on poetry writing, rather than a variety of types of writing (creative non-fiction, for example). Furthermore, my 407 class has only a handful of students in it (seven, to be exact), which allows us to spend some serious quality time reviewing and discussing one another’s work. This makes the workshop a very thought-provoking and fun class; I know that I am going to get to read some awesome poems when I go to class, have quality conversation with my fellow students about the creative process, and will get some sincere feedback on my writing that will help me improve. Plus, as a psychology major, I love that I am in a class with mainly English majors, because it allows me to view things from a different perspective and broaden my frame of thinking.

Anyway, onto the highlight of my week! On Friday, my class was so invested in our workshop that we ended up going over the class time by 15 minutes. Usually, students will be a bit fidgety towards the end of class, especially during a 75-minute time block. However, none of us even noticed the time; we were really enjoying our conversations with one another and had no idea that we were past the class period. It was as if we had entered a time warp- we hadn’t realized how fast the time had passed us!

This moment reminded me of why I love Utica College so much- the small class sizes allow me to really get to know my professors and fellow students. I am grateful to be able to take a course that is not only challenging me as a writer and a thinker, but also is truly something I look forward to attending twice a week.

Things To Do: Utica Edition Part 1

Jan 31, 2015 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

I work as an Ambassador (Tour Guide) in the Admissions Office and one of the questions I field most frequently is, “What is there to do in Utica?” My answer to that is simple, there are LOADS of things to do. Not only are there events on campus all of the time, the city itself hosts numerous fun and interesting attractions. And, the best part is, most of the activities are not too far from campus! Throughout the semester I plan on revisiting this topic and adding attractions as the season changes, and as I, myself, discover new things as well!

This posting is going to focus on things to do during the Winter season, and are all basically places you can go to get a reprieve from the cold…which is not to say you couldn’t go to these places in other seasons! Most of the attractions are year round! (I also included an estimate for cost because I know the college student “low-fund” struggle.)

Catch a Comets Game!

The Utica Comets are Utica’s professional hockey team. They play in the AHL league, and their games generate quite a bit of buzz. The city is proud of the team, and it’s a must-see for anyone near the city to go to a game! I’m not a hockey fan, but its hard to not get caught up in all of the commotion that comes with a big game. The games tend to sell out quickly, so be sure to check out their website to see when they are playing!

(The Utica Memorial Auditorium is a familiar venue to any Pioneer Hockey Fan, both Men's and Women's ice hockey play there!)

(The Utica Memorial Auditorium is a familiar venue to any Pioneer Hockey Fan, both Men’s and Women’s ice hockey play there!)

The Comets home arena is the Utica Memorial Auditorium, which is where the Utica College Pioneers have their own home hockey games! (For those unaware, its 610 Oriskany St) so this excursion will take you only 5 minutes from campus! This activity is the most expensive out of all of the ones listed, but it’s worth the money! Seeing a game is something everyone has to do at least once!

(The Utica Comets! Props to my friend Caroline for the Comets pictures! She's an avid hockey fan.)

(The Utica Comets! Props to my friend Caroline for the Comets pictures! She’s an avid hockey fan.)

Grab a Cup of Coffee at Utica Roasting

Utica Roasting is a locally owned business which, according to their website is, “committed to offering the highest quality coffee available from around the world—right here in downtown Utica.” They source their beans from around the world, and then roast them right  in their shop in Downtown Utica. They pride themselves on fair trade coffee, and buy local products for everything else. Even if coffee isn’t your thing they have a wide variety of teas, and juice products.

(On this day I went with a friend and she had a traditional coffee and bagel, while I tried a frozen green tea. It was delicious, and I highly recommend it.)

(On this day I went with a friend and she had a traditional coffee and bagel, while I tried a frozen green tea. It was delicious, and I highly recommend it.)

Located right on 92 Genesee Street, not too far from the Utica Memorial Auditorium, it is central and not even 10 minutes from campus. The cost is definitely affordable for a cup of coffee, and even leaves you room to buy a muffin or bagel to go with your drink!

(My friend Adelle enjoying her coffee outside.)

(My friend Adelle enjoying her coffee outside.)

Oogle at Art at Munson Williams

Located right up the street from Utica Roasting is one of my favorite places in Utica, The Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute. It’s a museum dedicated to enriching the community by having various styles of art represented. The museum makes use of the space by having numerous styles and mediums represented, from sculpture to photography to water color to many other types. They also have various exhibits which come in and only stay for a brief period of time, so you can keep coming back to see new things! They also have a film series which shows movies which may not make it to mainstream cinemas; it’s my favorite way to catch a lesser known film. They also show various short and foreign films. Check out their website for more events, exhibit schedules, and films which are currently being shown.

(One of the free exhibits at Munson. It's fun to try to guess what the artist was feeling while constructing a work of art.)

(One of the free exhibits at Munson. It’s fun to try to guess what the artist was feeling while constructing a work of art.)

Located at 310 Genesee Street, it is literally right in the middle of the city. Once again, it is not even 10 minutes from campus. The cost is FREE to enter the general museum, the film series is very reasonable for students, and the additional exhibits have a small cost. (Be sure to ask for the student rate!)

(On the Genesee Level, right across from the main entrance, is a rather large work of art by Jackson Polluck. It's a beautiful piece, and people can spend ages staring at it. The museum also holds another one of his pieces, which is quite impressive because I've seen his work also displayed at the MOMA and MET.)

(On the Genesee Level, right across from the main entrance, is a rather large work of art by Jackson Polluck. It’s a beautiful piece, and people can spend ages staring at it. The museum also holds another one of his pieces, which is quite impressive because I’ve seen his work also displayed at the MOMA and MET.)

I hope you give all these activities a try some time soon! Since they are all located quite close to one another, you could make a day out of it and do all of them at once! But, be sure to check out my future blog posts for more fun things to do around Utica!