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Already thinking about SI 2019?

All of the morning and afternoon workshops happen because someone had an idea, some knowledge to share, or an activity they enjoy. If this week has you thinking of an idea for a morning or afternoon workshop, the SIPC wants to hear from you! Continue reading →

Here’s a PEEK! at a Game We Play

On Thursday night at SI, you have a choice of two games. There’s a Euchre tournament, designed for people who already know how to play the game. You can sign up for that, with a partner, during the week. And then there’s PEEK! PEEK! is a game involving both dice and cards. It is wide open – all you must do is show up. It’s easy – you get lessons right there and can pick it up immediately. I for families – the game has […]

It’s Good News/Bad News Time!

The Good News is that it’s June 1, which means there’s only a little over a month before Summer Institute. The Bad News is that, at 11:59pm tonight, we must start charging a $75 registration fee per person. The Other Good News is that you still have time to register without that fee, by registering before midnight tonight. The Even Better News is that, if you’ve never come to Summer Institute, you can still register to attend without having to pay that registration fee for […]

Ready for SI??? So is your SIT Team

SIT Team??? Your SI Transportation Team! We are preparing for your week at Summer Institute! We are 4 drivers and two 6 passenger carts. We will be traversing the campus during peak activity times – before and between major activities such as workshops, meals, worship times and other highly attended activity times. The purpose of the SIT Team and our carts is to assist campers with mobility issues and help them get to activities on campus. Of course, if your mobility issue is that you […]

Job Applications are now open

Job Applications are now open! Please consider these great opportunities to serve our community and be part of making Summer Institute the fantastic experience you know it to be. Please submit your application by the end of Friday, 2018-03-09. SI Job Application If you would like to apply for multiple positions, please submit a separate application for each. Thank you very much for your participation, and for being part of the Summer Institute team! SIPC Thank you!

Applications for the 2018 Summer Institute Morning Seminars/Afternoon Workshops

Dear Members of our Summer Institute Family: It’s the nature of something like Summer Institute that, once one year’s gathering ends, we must immediately start planning for the next year’s gathering. The 2017 SI ended in July, and the Summer Institute Planning Council got right to work. We’ve met, and reviewed what went on in 2017, and read your comments about it (you’ll hear more about that later). Now it’s time to start on the 2018 SI. The first order of business is Morning Seminars […]

Congratulations Rabbi Horowitz

Congratulations to Rabbi David Horowitz, two-time Summer Institute theme speaker,who was honored last month in Akron. He was awarded the Tikkun Olam Award at the Campus Gala of the Schultz Campus for Jewish Life. The video made in his honor can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oca_nR7V2EA

New Year (almost), New Camperships

Hello SI’ers! As the weather has made a very sudden turn to winter, let’s all distract ourselves with thoughts of Summer! If you submitted a workshop or seminar proposal, you probably noticed that there were some new names for camperships. This year the Summer Institute Planning Council is trying something new. Instead of the traditional “half camperships” and “full camperships” that are given for work done at SI, we now have four tiers of camperships. First things first, though. What is a campership? A campership […]

Can You Hear Me?

Do you remember what the pitch man in the Verizon commercials used to say? “Can you hear me?” That’s also what I used to think, before I joined the SIPC. Can they hear me? I would wonder. Are they paying any attention to what I was thinking? Many of you are probably wondering that now. I can tell you, we do listen, we do pay attention, we do hear you. For example, we’ve been looking at the 2016 Summer Institute Survey results. We spent several […]

Relive the Magic

If you have not yet had a chance to fill out the 2016 SI feedback survey, we would greatly appreciate it if you would! Here is the link. The link is not specific to you; more than one person per household can use the same link. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/si2016eval Also, if you want to relive the magic, there is more than just the slideshow available. To see all of Brad Bolton’s photos from the week, go here: https://proftalon.smugmug.com/Summer-Institute/SI-2016/ Thank you all for a great week! In Community, […]

A Note to the SI Community from Matt Meyer

Dear Ohio Summer Institute, Thank you for the amazing worship services, community singing, conversations about whiteness in a time of Black Lives Matter, stories about your organizing, trivia, pub nights, dancing dessert delivery, letting me win at pool and score a point in Ultimate, strategizing about environmental justice movement-building, concerts, choir magic, remembering the farmworker’s clap when I forgot, pieing me in the face for a cause, happy hour, ice cream twice a day, silly games, and smiling children with painted faces. Yours, with Love, […]

Introduction to Restorative Justice

  Restorative Justice: many of you have heard of it, some have experienced it, and likely some have never heard of it. Restorative Justice is a model for handling breaches in community, times when covenant has been broken or is perceived to have been broken, conflict between parties, and rule infractions. It is an approach that seeks to engage those affected in conversation with each other with the assistance of trained facilitators, with the goal of restoring and maintaining community, and extending care and compassion […]

A Holiday Gift Idea from the SI Planning Committee

This holiday, would you like to give a gift that helps create memories for a lifetime? Still searching for the perfect gift for someone who loves SI as much as you do? How about giving a gift in their name to the scholarship fund? It’s really easy! Go here and make your donation: https://omdsi.org/scholarships/scholarships/ Send your name and the name of the person in whose honor you made the donation to me at ginaphillips224@att.net or via a Facebook private message. In return, I’ll send you […]

Welcome to the Summer Institute Blog

Summer Institute is going viral! Or, at least, the Summer Institute Planning Committee is starting a blog.  We hope to use the space to make periodic announcements, start conversations, and keep the community updated on, well, the community, as well as provide news, information, and conversation starters about SI. If you are already following us on Twitter or Facebook, you don’t need to do anything differently, new blog posts will show up there in the same way you’re used to seeing announcements. They’ll also be […]