Rochester Stake Education Day 2013
Rochester, New York
Saturday, February 2, 2013 9:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
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Rochester Stake Center
1400 Westfall Road
Rochester, NY
About This Event
9:00AM - 5:00PM
Lunch will be provided.
Limited nursery available - pre-registration required.
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Registration Instructions:
*Education day will consist of seven, one-hour sessions.
*Please select one class for each of the six sessions.
*If you will be dropping off children at the nursery, please indicate the number of children and which session you will volunteer at the nursery.
If you are utilizing the nursery, please select the session you will volunteer in the nursery.

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Session 1: 9:00AM-10:00AM*

Session 2: 10:00AM-11:00AM

Session 3: 11:00AM-12:00PM

Session 4: 1:00PM-2:00PM

Session 5: 2:00PM-3:00PM

Session 6: 3:00PM-4:00PM

Session 7: 4:00PM-5:00PM
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Instructor Bios and Class Descriptions
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Happily Ever After - Creating a Fairy Garden | Sara Broadbent Snarr
Fairy gardens are a fun way to bring a little magic to your home for young or old! They can be outdoors or in, but the magic is in the details. Come join us for a chance to see different ideas and make a special little something to take the magic home!

Sara Snarr grew up in the Pittsford ward, and after 13 years on Long Island, she and her husband Jeff moved to Spencerport when Jeff took a job at the College at Brockport. Sara is just giddy about living in Spencerport. In a former life, she was a middle school math teacher. Now, she is an occasional tutor and substitute teacher, but most importantly, the mother of three creative and brilliant daughters, Hannah (12), Megan (10), and Allison (7). In her free time she loves to learn about just about anything, and to make fairy houses.

Literary Themes in the Book of Mormon | Dorothy Holmes
This class will examine some passages from ancient and modern scripture, looking at effective prose and poetic patterns, to increase our understanding and appreciation of them.

Dorothy Holmes has long been a teacher in the Church (Sunday School, Seminary, Institute, Gospel Doctrine, Teacher Training, Temple Preparation, etc). She taught adult ESOL for 15 years and has been a Literacy Volunteer more than 30 years.

New Family Search—Let's Get Started! | Jim Kitchen is the Church's website for storing and linking your family tree with all the other family trees in the world. Learn the basics for navigating the website, and some useful techniques for syncing your current PAF file with the website. Also included is an introduction to Family Tree.

Jim is an engineer at Xerox where he spends a lot of time programming computers and sifting through data. He is a member of the Rochester 1st Ward, where he plays the organ and serves in the Young Men’s organization. He and his wife Necia have five children.

A Fresh Supply—Water Storage and Purification | James and Becky Hurst
Water is one of life’s most basic necessities; it is a subject we should not take for granted. Without water or any other fluids, a person will die in about three days. Using improperly stored water can result in sickness. Jim and Becky have enjoyed camping with their five children over the years. They will teach us what they have learned about purifying and storing water for safe use.

The Best-Laid Plans: Parenting through Good Times and Bad | Lisa Packer
Even the best-laid plans sometimes do not meet the actual challenges thrown at your family. How do you adapt your standards and goals to the reality of an imperfect family? What happens when factors outside of your control make your vision for an ideal family impossible?

Lisa Marie Packer grew up in Huntsville, AL. She earned a BS in Marriage, Family, and Human Development from BYU with a concentration in Early Childhood Development. After serving a mission in the Sao Paulo South Brazil Mission, Lisa worked 5+ years at Hillside Family of Agencies teaching parenting classes in the community as well as working one-on-one with families in Rochester. Lisa has served in many callings, including Stake Young Women’s President, and is currently the Primary President in her ward. Lisa and her husband Chris, who have been married almost nine years, have been foster parents for the past three years, and just recently adopted their first foster child, Caleb, who is just turning three.

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Wiley Wires | Merea Bontrager
Merea Bontrager is back by popular demand for jewelry making! Come learn some wire techniques and make earrings or a bracelet to take home.

Merea Bontrager of the Brockport Ward has been making jewelry for many years. She is a self-proclaimed "bead-junkie" and joins us again to expand our jewelry making horizons.

Welfare, Poverty, and Human Rights | Melissa Sydor-Kauffman
This workshop will define how resources put in place to solve the problem of poverty fit into a human rights perspective, with a focus on economic human rights. Poverty will be defined and discussed through examples of Rochester area residents, which will help us better understand the statistics available to us. An explanation of the various programs of the “welfare system” will be used to help us make connections between the reality of people living in poverty and their intrinsic rights.

Melissa Sydor-Kauffman is a clinical social worker and has worked in psychiatry at Strong Hospital for the last 12 years. She currently works in the Outpatient Mental Health Clinic as a therapist. Melissa also teaches at the SUNY Brockport undergraduate Social Work Program as an adjunct professor where she primarily teach macro level practice, social and economic justice and provides supervision for both BSW and MSW student interns in various settings.

Melissa practices what she describes as "true social work" through her volunteer work and community organizing. At House of Mercy, Melissa has served on the board, provided direct services to guests and now serves as operations committee chair. Through affiliation with Social Welfare Actions Alliance both in Rochester and nationally, Melissa has worked with the Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign, Take Back the Land and the International Alliance of Inhabitants to promote and fight for basic economic human rights such as jobs that provide a living wage, housing rights, health care rights, and the right to education.

The Mighty Mouse: Using Online Sources for Genealogical Research | Paul & Debbie Burnham
Family History research in the 21st century is easier, more efficient, and more rewarding than in the past. With online websites, blogs, and other social media speeding up the whole process. technology has changed the way we do things, including Family History research. It’s a lot more fun, too. But the basic premise is the same…bring our families together.

Debbie and Paul are the former directors of the Family History Center, and are members of the Rochester1st Ward.

Citizen Preparedness: Are You Ready?
A member of the Homeland Security Management Institute (HSMI) of Monroe Community College will be teaching this 2 hour seminar. Extreme events - droughts, wildfires, tornadoes, floods, heat waves, fierce storms, and blizzards – any could happen here. Yet the majority of citizens are not prepared to respond to natural disasters, man-made threats, or pandemic events. The goal of this seminar is to teach citizens how to preserve life and minimize injuries sustained in a disaster. Citizens can protect themselves and their families by knowing what to do before, during and after a disaster event.

Not just sticks and stones: How relational aggression hurts kids and what to do about it. | Dr. Ganie DeHart
Relational aggression includes socially manipulative behaviors such as gossip, social exclusion, intentional ignoring, and overt threats to relationships ("If you don't do x, you can't come to my birthday party.") In this class, we'll look at some ways words can hurt kids and discuss what parents and teachers can do to discourage this form of aggression and to help kids cope with it when it does happen.

Ganie DeHart is Professor of Psychology and Psychology Department Chair at SUNY Geneseo, where she teaches developmental and cross-cultural psychology and does research on children's sibling and friend relationships. She has a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Minnesota, an M.S. in education from the Johns Hopkins University, and a B.S. in psychology from BYU. Her interest in sibling relationships goes back to growing up with five younger brothers and sisters who, according to her mother, were all "heathens."

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Mormons in the Borderlands | Gerald Argetsinger
Somewhere between True Blue Mormons and Ex-Mormons we find saints in the BORDERLANDS. Eric Samuelsen, Utah's favorite Mormon writer, has written a play which throws four of these active, but perhaps uncomfortable members, together in a used car lot. A brief reading from the play will outline some of their issues, which will then be discussed to illuminate this phenomenon and provide some avenues of help for those of us who might find ourselves in the Borderlands.

Gerald Argetsinger is an Associate Professor of Performing Arts at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a college of the Rochester Institute of Technology, where his recent American Sign Language production of Dustin Lance Black's marriage equality play "8", "Royal Hunt of the Sun", and "Equus" played to standing room only. His article, “Deaf Theater,” appeared in the Critical Survey of Drama. As a playwright, he has had twenty scripts published and/or produced, including Equality of Rights: the First Women’s Rights Convention presented at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Seneca Falls, NY, on the occasion of the Sesquicentennial of the 1848 Convention. His revision of the Virginia State Outdoor Drama, "Trail of the Lonesome Pine", is produced annually at the Tolliver Theater, Big Stone Gap, VA. Other publications include "The Unfortunate Courtship" of Brian Tanner and eight comedies by Ludvig Holberg, translated from the Danish. He was one of the original scholars included in the BYU Department of Religion web page "Mormon Scholars Testify." He is a nationally recognized director of outdoor drama, including the original production of "Utah!" in the Tuacahn Amphitheater, St. George, UT and The Hill Cumorah Pageant, Palmyra, NY.

Indexing Genealogical Records: Everyone’s Invited – Judy Bogardus
Family Search recently brokered an historic partnership with the National Archives of Italy, allowing them to index millions of vital statistics and make them available online. In addition, there are thousands more records from around the world waiting to be indexed by volunteers. Learn how you can be a valuable contributor to this great work. Laptop computers are recommended for this class.

Judy Bogardus is a family history consultant at the Kreag Road Family History Center. She has indexed over 30,000 names herself, and is keen on helping others learn the ropes. Judy is an avid researcher and has 70,000 names in her own pedigree and family group lines. She is a member of the Pittsford Ward

Love One Another: A Discussion on Same-Sex Attraction | Dr. Jeff Snarr
This session will address being Mormon and Gay. It will be a loving and frank discussion for families, friends, or leaders who have been affected or who would like to lend loving support to those who are.

Dr. Snarr has a B.S. in psychology and German from BYU and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Stony Brook University. He is an assistant professor of psychology at the College at Brockport and a licensed psychologist with a small private practice that serves adults, adolescents, children, and families. He completed his clinical psychology internship at the National Crime Victims Center in Charleston, SC. His research interests include parenting (specifically, why parents believe their children misbehave and how these beliefs influence parenting behaviors), the prediction and prevention of family violence, and peer-mediated group therapy.

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The Engineering of Sweet Art: constructing a multi-tiered, fondant-covered cake | Zion Yerman
From wedding cakes to birthday cakes, come learn and practice the techniques needed to make your own work of art and make any occasion memorable!

Zion Yerman worked as a professional artist for 11 years before discovering cakes as an art form. She worked as an apprentice at the International School of Baking in Bend, Oregon.

God and Science | John Howell
This lecture will explore some of the conflicts that have existed between science and religion over the last few centuries. Many of these conflicts result from adopting the scientific understanding of the day as religious tenets within a faith. As the scientific boundaries are pushed and the previous understanding is modified or replaced, the religious tenets are then brought into question, raising doubts as to the veracity of the religion. Further discussion will include some of the current arguments for and against a belief in God and religion. These arguments will be placed in the context of our current scientific understanding.

John Howell was born in Logan, Utah to John and Paula Howell. He is married to Heather Mitchell and is the father of five boys. He is currently serving as a member of the high council. His hobbies include languages, cultures and spending time with his family. He received his B.S. in Physics (1995) from Utah State University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics (2000) from Pennsylvania State University. He then took a postdoctoral research position at the Centre for Quantum Computation at the University of Oxford. Prof. Howell joined the University of Rochester in 2002 as Assistant Professor of Physics, and promoted to Associate Professor in 2007 and Professor in 2011. Howell received a Research Innovation Award from the Research Corporation in 2004, a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2005, and the Adolph Lomb Medal from the Optical Society of America in 2006 "For innovative contributions in quantum optics, particularly aspects of quantum cloning, violations of Bell's inequalities and maximal photonic entanglement." He was the Lady Davis Visiting Professor of Physics at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 2011.

Making Your Genealogical Data Compatible with New Family Search/Family Tree | Mike Baldwin
A step-by-step tutorial. Learn how to synchronize your data with New Family Search/Family Tree using Family Insight as a companion software. Link your personal records with other genealogies, making the information available to researchers worldwide.

Mike has been an avid genealogist for 17 years. His zeal for life---and for family history work---is contagious. He and his wife and daughter are members of the Geneseo Ward.

Yogurt: Do it Yourself | Amy Parnell
Yogurt is delicious and healthy. If you can make it from milk it is also very inexpensive. If you can make it from powdered milk, it becomes a great supplement to any food storage supply. As a mother of four, Amy has had the experience of making her dollar stretch. When you see how easy it is to make your own yogurt, you can enjoy yogurt for less, be healthier, and expand you food storage possibilities.

Men's Brains, Women's Brains: How Different Are We? | Dr. Jeff Snarr
A discussion focusing on the gendered differences in our brains and resulting communication and miscommunication. If you have ever had an argument with your spouse, this one is for you.

Dr. Snarr has a B.S. in psychology and German from BYU and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Stony Brook University. He is an assistant professor of psychology at the College at Brockport and a licensed psychologist with a small private practice which serves adults, adolescents, children, and families. He completed his clinical psychology internship at the National Crime Victims Center in Charleston, SC. His research interests include parenting (specifically, why parents believe their children misbehave and how these beliefs influence parenting behaviors), the prediction and prevention of family violence, and peer-mediated group therapy.

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Watercolors with Chantle Part II | Chantle Field
This year learn basic wash techniques, flower designs and embellishments. Come relax and enjoy the fun. You will have the opportunity to make a card to take with you, along with your samples!

Chantle Field has been painting for as long as she can remember. With training in the fine arts, watercolors are her specialty. Come learn watercolor techniques and make a little something to take home.

From Peas to Personalized Medicine: The Biotechnology Revolution | Dr. Michael Guy
This presentation will touch on some of the most important advances in biotechnology, including the discovery of genetics, DNA, and the sequencing of the human genome, and will finish with a discussion on the possibilities of personalized medicine and what ethical issues it may pose.

Dr. Michael Guy has a B.S. in Chemistry from Utah State University, and a PhD in Biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mayo Clinic and is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. His research since graduating from college has focused on understanding the basic mechanisms of cancer. He has worked using cultured human cells, as well as with model organisms, including yeast and fruit flies.

How to Write a Non-Boring Family History | Laurel MacLeod
Writing your family history is an important way to share the stories of your ancestors’ lives. Learn how to turn those pedigree charts and family group sheets into an interesting and personal account of your predecessors’ lives.

Laurel graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre. She has worked in radio for 30 years writing and producing commercials, and has held callings in Young Women, Primary, Relief Society, (has held the priesthood, but only at dances) and now works with the Hill Cumorah Pageant Public Relations Committee. Laurel’s best credential is that she has her parents’ DNA ... they both had wonderful senses of humor ... and her Dad was a true ham ... as she is. And her mom loved a good joke ... and could laugh and laugh and laugh!

Nature’s Perfect Recipe: Honey | Paul Degraff
Growing up, Paul watched his grandfather raise bees. He’s been successfully raising bees and honey for fifteen years. He also spent four years at Doan’s Honey Farm in Hamlin. Learn what it takes to enjoy nature’s perfect sweetener from your own efforts.

Strengthening Girls: Opening Space for Their Voice | Dr. Lue Turner
This workshop will address aspects of gender socialization and discuss the sociocultural influences which impact the development of girls and adolescent girls. Ideas will be discussed for how parents, teachers, leaders, and others can help to foster an environment which nurtures and strengthens girls.

Dr. Lue Turner has a M.S. in Marriage & Family Therapy (MFT) from Brigham Young University and a Ph.D. in MFT from Iowa State University. She is an Assistant Professor/Mentor at Empire State College, Rochester, NY in Human Services and Family Studies.

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HIV/AIDS: An LDS Perspective on a Global Epidemic | Brad Nilsson
Brad Nilsson conducted PhD studies in organic chemistry at the University of Wisconsin (2003) and subsequently completed postdoctoral research in synthetic organic chemistry at the University of California, Irvine. He joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Rochester in 2006. He studies self-assembly of proteins in relation to disease states, including Alzheimer's disease and HIV/AIDS. He currently serves in the bishopric of the Rochester 3rd Ward.

Italian Research? Mama Mia! | Nancy Rubé
Nancy started working on her husband’s Italian ancestry over ten years ago, and quickly became addicted to the work. She maintains that experience has been her teacher, and she truly has learned a lot. She has been a volunteer at the Family History Center for the past eight years.

Nancy spent four years in Bologna while her husband attended medical school there. They are currently residents of the town of Brighton.

What’s for Dinner When the Power is Out | Veronica Morphy
Veronica did a lot of camping with her family while growing up and still camps with her husband and two children. She has lived in many states and has lived though many disasters such as hurricanes, blizzards, earthquakes and tornadoes. She is prepared and will teach you different methods and techniques for cooking your meals without power. It’s easy, but you need to be prepared with equipment and some knowledge in order to be successful.

“Elder Law and Estate Planning” - Greg Piede
Gregory L. Piede practices in the areas of elder law, Medicaid, estate planning and probate.
Gregory is a former associate at a major global law firm, where his work focused on complex tax matters and estate planning for high net worth individuals. He earned a law degree from the University of Colorado School of Law and an advanced legal degree with honors from the Northwestern University School of Law. He is actively involved in the local elder law community, both through professional associations and various volunteer endeavors.
Gregory is a native of Fairport, NY, and graduated from Fairport High School. Education, career, and volunteer service has since moved him to Virginia, Venezuela, Colorado, Utah, Illinois, and California before settling again in Rochester.