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July 18 - July 29, 2022

Get out of the house this summer and experience your future career at Roberts Wesleyan College.

Spend up to two weeks as a Roberts’s student when you participate in one of our overnight Academic Summer Camps. Camps run Monday-Friday the weeks of July 18 and July 25, 2022, with an optional weekend stay. Cost of camp includes meals, overnight stay, camp experiences, labs and more.

Open to high school students entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year in the fall of 2022. Registration for each camp is limited to the first 24* students to sign up and submit their registration fees.

*Registration for photography & film is limited to 12 students.

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11 camps to choose from

Week 1: July 18-22, 2022 | Click the icon for more information about each camp

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Forensic Science


Photography & Film

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Social Work

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Music Therapy



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*Registration for the Nursing & Pre-Med Camps require an additional $10 Simulation Fee.

Forensic Science

Do you love solving mysteries?

Come spend a week immersed in crime scene investigation. From collecting evidence to analyzing the evidence in a lab, you will process a simulated crime scene and work with a group to solve the crime. This camp will provide you with hands-on experience in the field of forensic science

  • Discover how a professional collects evidence and processes a crime scene.
  • Gain experience collecting evidence from a simulated crime scene.
  • Perform laboratory experiments to analyze the evidence with current instrumentation.

Meet Your Professors

Jason Murphy
Jason Murphy
Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice

Jason Murphy is currently employed by the Irondequoit Police Department (IPD) as a Sergeant of the road patrol. Jason assists in supervising the 3rd platoon, as well as the Technical Services Unit. He has been employed with the IPD for 10 years and has served as a Field Training Officer, Evidence Technician, Crisis Intervention Team Member, and Member of the Honor Guard. Prior to his time with IPD, Jason served as a Police Officer for the New York State Park Police.

Richard Hagen
Richard Hagen
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

Richard Hagen earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Auburn University. With research specialization in biochemistry, he has a solid foundation in DNA extraction, genetic modification, enzymatic studies, and experience with various laboratory techniques and instrumentation utilized by forensic science technicians. As a passionate biochemist, Richard hopes to pass on the same enthusiasm he has for the subject to his students.

Photography & Film

Do you like taking pictures and making movies?

Spend a week as a photographer and filmmaker. Learn the essentials of visual storytelling using professional-level DSLR cameras, video production, and audio equipment. Explore the importance of composition, lighting, depth of field, color, and more that can make even your smartphone images and videos more cinematic.

  • Explore one photo theme each day including portraiture, architecture, journalism, event photography, and even black-and-white "camera-less" images.
  • Write, produce, film, and edit a short narrative film in small production groups.
  • Learn the rules and when to break them as you capture the world around you during walking field trips.

Meet Your Professor

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Romy Hosford
Associate Professor of Art

Romy Hosford is a multimedia artist, visual storyteller and Associate Professor of Visual Arts at Roberts Wesleyan College. She holds an MFA degree in Visual Studies from Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY. She has over 20 years of experience in both commercial and fine-art photography and film/video production. As an educator Professor Hosford challenges her students to question and challenge the cultural misconceptions about the arts and the media/electronic arts.


Are you interested in becoming a nurse?

Spend a week in the life of a registered nurse. With the help of the latest cutting-edge technology and expert clinicians at Roberts Wesleyan College, you will learn to work as a vital member of the healthcare team.

  • Practice basic assessment and nursing skills in our state of the art practice and simulation labs.
  • Participate in simulations with high fidelity manikins that have a heart rate, blood pressure, breathe, and talk.
  • Explore the vast career opportunities in the field of nursing and what it takes to be a nurse today.

Meet Your Professors

Bob Dorman
Bob Dorman, DNP, RN-BC
Associate Professor/Associate Director, Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Bob has been a nurse for 28 years and teaches pediatric nursing, nursing leadership, and also works in the simulation lab and skills lab.  His area of expertise is in pediatric critical care and flight nursing.  He has a wide variety of nursing experiences to share with prospective nursing students, and is known among his students as caring and invested in their learning.  He is looking forward to working with up-and-coming students!

Sharon Kurtz
Sharon Kurtz, BS, RN
Instructor of Nursing

Sharon has been a nurse for 12 years and works in the skills lab, simulation, and clinical settings. Her area of expertise is in labor and delivery and she loves to help our “Lucy” manikin give birth! She enjoys teaching students how to care for patients in the lab and in simulation so they are ready to face real-world patients in clinical settings. She is excited to demonstrate to you how Roberts Wesleyan College prepares our nursing students to be excellent future nurses!


Are you interested in the medical field? 

Spend a week learning about medical professions and explore possible pathways to medical school and other health professions. You will learn more about the field of medicine and participate in hands-on medical simulations.

  • Participate in medical simulations in our state-of-the-art simulation center and analyze medical case studies to diagnose mock patients.
  • Perform a series of animal dissections including the heart and lungs, kidney and brain.
  • Conduct a genetics experiment using molecular techniques to determine your genotype for a particular taste gene.
  • Learn how to suture (i.e. stitches).

Meet Your Professors

Rachel Graham
Rachel Graham
Instructor of Biology; Biology Lab Coordinator

Rachel graduated from Houghton College with a degree in biology and from Simmons College with a Master's in Education. She taught middle school science in PA, MA, SC, and NY before coming to Roberts 13 years ago. Rachel is the instructor for general biology labs, anatomy and physiology lab and microbiology labs and the lab coordinator for the biology department.

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Cindy Davis
Cindy Davis earned her Ph.D. in Biology from Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, with a research focus in molecular genetics. She gets a kick out of helping students find the career path that is right for them and has had the privilege of working with many wonderful students interested in a career in medicine over the past 27 years of teaching. Currently, she uses genetic and cell biological techniques to study meiosis in yeast.

Social Work

Do you enjoy working with people to solve problems and promote positive change?

Spend a week learning about the diverse settings where social work professionals are employed and how they support individuals, families, organizations, and communities in meeting their goals.

Roberts Wesleyan College Social Work faculty will provide, through engaging discussion and activities, an overview of what social workers do and how they advocate for change.

  • Learn about the almost unlimited settings in which social work professionals help people and advocate for change including schools, healthcare facilities, community agencies, mental health clinics, and policy/lawmaking arenas.
  • Learn about the diverse populations social workers serve and the bio/psycho/social/spiritual/cultural perspective.
  • Take a guided field trip around Rochester that illuminates some of our community’s biggest challenges – and strengths!
  • Learn about the Social Work Code of Ethics and how these principles guide our efforts in social and environmental justice.
  • Engage with peers in hands-on intervention activities used by social workers when working with clients, and learn about how we evaluate the effectiveness of our work.

Meet Your Professors

Rebecca Draper
Clinical Training Director; Assistant Professor of Social Work

Dr. Rebecca Draper is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Roberts Wesleyan College, as well as an adjunct clinical psychologist at the RWC Counseling Center. She teaches undergraduate courses in both macro and micro-level social work, as well as graduate courses in child/adolescent development and group counseling for the Education and Psychology Departments. Along with maintaining a small caseload at the Counseling Center, Dr. Draper has been instrumental in developing a training program to provide clinical practicum and internship opportunities for MSW and PsyD students, a passion which developed out of her own experiences as a practicum student in the center. In addition to these responsibilities, Dr. Draper has conducted research on the impact of Online Sexual Exploitation of Children in the Philippines. She has enjoyed the opportunity to travel internationally while using her psychological training (in both clinical and research skills) in order to better understand the needs of the survivors, their families, and the community.

Dieuveut Gaity, PhD, MSW
Assistant Professor of Social Work
A former consultant at the United Nations/UNDP and the International Organization for Migration (IOM). He oversaw and coordinated multiple psychosocial and community development projects, ranging from restorative justice and rehabilitation, community/youth engagement to community mental health and psychosocial support programs. He was an active member of the Global Interest Group in Buffalo, NY, from 2014 to 2018. His research interests are macro social work practice and social innovation, community and organization intervention, children and youth development, homelessness, and street children in poverty-related contexts.

Leia Jones
Assistant Professor of Social Work

Brenda McQuillan
Associate Professor; MSW Program Director
Dr. McQuillan has over 20 years of experience as a social worker across multiple settings including a school district, foster care agency, child and adolescent psychiatry outpatient clinic, juvenile detention center, and mental health clinic. Currently, in addition to teaching full time at Roberts, she also works part time as a therapist for the Justice for Children Advocacy Center, where she provides mental health treatment for children who have experienced significant trauma, most often sexual abuse. Dr. McQuillan’s area of expertise is clinical work with children, adolescents, and families. She completed a year-long interdisciplinary fellowship sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau focused on Leadership in Adolescent Health and is trained in evidence-based interventions for youth including TF-CBT and PCIT. Dr. McQuillan enjoys bringing curricula to life for students through real-life experiences in the field. Dr. McQuillan’s research interest is youth trauma, specifically experiences with cyberbullying, abuse, and the impact on the parent-child relationship.

Hiie Silmere
Professor of Social Work

Dr. Silmere is the key research professor at the Roberts MSW Program. She strives to help students develop an appreciation for and ability to use research to improve their social work practice. She has also mentored students in research projects and presented with them at national conferences. Dr. Silmere’s key research interests include international social work, environmental justice, and positive youth development. She has taken social work students to cross-cultural trips to Estonia and also participated in cross-cultural trips to Jamaica and South Korea. Dr. Silmere has presented at numerous conferences and co-published several scholarly articles.

Lori Sousa-Meixell, PhD, LCSW
Associate Professor, BSW Program Director

Leanne Walters, PhD, LMSW
Assistant Professor, MSW Program
Dr. Walters’ professional experience has included both research and clinical roles, primarily with the University of Rochester - Golisano Children’s Hospital and School of Nursing. She comes to Roberts with several years of teaching experience, and is excited to share her experiences in both research and pediatric/medical social work with students.

Music Therapy

Are you interested in using music to help people heal?

Spend a week exploring the amazing world of music therapy. Music Therapists use their specialized knowledge of music and psychology to help people along the path of healing and growth.

  • Learn how music therapists use improvisation, songwriting, performing, and music listening to help clients achieve individualized goals.
  • Learn how to lead an improvised group music experience.
  • Gain a better understanding about music therapy as a career path.
  • Explore the therapeutic uses of music across a variety of settings.

Meet Your Professors

Megan Resig
Megan Resig, MS, MT-BC
Director of Music Therapy

Megan Resig came to Roberts in 2004 to pursue a degree in Piano Performance. After graduation, she went on to get her master’s degree in Music Therapy from Nazareth College of Rochester and spent the following two years working as a music therapist at Hochstein School of Music and Dance, serving children and adults with developmental needs. In 2011, Megan took a position in Portland, Oregon with the Children’s Cancer Association where she provided music therapy services to patients in the pediatric oncology and burn units of several local hospitals in the area. She also served as a full-time music therapy faculty member at Marylhurst University. After moving back to Rochester, she partnered with two local music therapists to open Spectrum Creative Arts, a community arts center dedicated to providing music, art, dance, and theatre programming to individuals of all ages and abilities in the Rochester area.

Week 2: July 25-29, 2022 | Click the icon for more information about each camp

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Criminal Investigation

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Music Performance


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Teacher Education

Criminal Investigation

Do you want to understand the inner workings of a criminal investigation?

The Criminal Investigations Camp examines multiple aspects of how law enforcement teams conduct a criminal investigation.  You will be part of a group that works a week-long crime scenario that needs to be solved.

  • Meet with K9, SWAT, and Criminal Intelligence Specialists
  • Discover how professional units approach criminal investigation.
  • Gain experience solving crimes through mock crime scenes and tactical simulators.

Meet Your Professors

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Glenn Grana
As a former law enforcement professional, Glenn Grana knows what it takes to get the job done. He's worked in every area of law enforcement, including crime analysis. Glenn will bring his over 20 years of experience to CSI Camp and lead students through crime scene investigations and crime analysis. Glenn is a published author and recognized authority on crime and intelligence analysis.
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Jason Murphy
Jason Murphy is currently employed by the Irondequoit Police Department (IPD) as a Sergeant of the road patrol. Jason assists in supervising the 3rd platoon, as well as the Technical Services Unit. He has been employed with the IPD for 10 years and has served as a Field Training Officer, Evidence Technician, Crisis Intervention Team Member, and Member of the Honor Guard. Prior to his time with IPD, Jason served as a Police Officer for the New York State Park Police.


Would you like to understand people better? Would you like to learn more about the science of Psychology?

Spend a week learning about psychology and the breadth of vocational paths that it offers. Expect to learn a lot more about yourself and the people around you as you participate in a variety of activities.

  • Develop an understanding of behavioral and emotional disorders.
  • Learn about experiments that shocked the world!
  • Spend some guided time online exploring the breadth of careers available to someone who studies psychology.
  • Develop some techniques for becoming a natural helper.
  • Discover how play can be used to help people in counseling.
  • Experience the use of psychological measures to answer and decipher some of life’s most asked questions about human behavior.

Meet Your Professors

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Jennifer Aube
Professor of Psychology
Jennifer Aube earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at McGill University and has years of experience as a psychologist working with adults who are experiencing a variety of challenges. Her areas of expertise include the assessment and treatment of depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. She is currently the Director of the Psy.D. Program in Clinical/School Psychology at Roberts Wesleyan College.

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Beth Claes
Associate Professor of Psychology
Beth Claes earned her PsyD in School Psychology at Alfred University and has several years of experience doing clinical work with children, adolescents, and young adults in private practice. She has used play therapy to treat individuals with anxiety, depression, and other emotional/behavioral disorders. She is passionate about the importance of play, and currently teaches the graduate level play therapy course at Roberts Wesleyan College.

Alysa MacMillen
Alysa MacMillen
Clinical Director, Westside Psychological Services
Alysa MacMillen earned her PsyD in School/Clinical Psychology at Roberts and currently runs Westside Psychological Services community clinic, while also teaching as an adjunct professor of psychology at the college. She specializes in the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in children and adolescents due to the occurrence of physical, emotional, and/or sexual abuse, domestic violence, community violence, and traumatic grief.
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Cheryl Repass
Professor of Psychology
Cheryl Repass earned her PsyD in School Psychology at Alfred University and has years of experience doing clinical work in the schools with child and adolescent populations. Her area of practice expertise is in the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with specific learning, social/emotional, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities. She also continues to provide consultation to families and school systems in navigating the mental health needs of youth throughout the local community.

Pre-Physical Therapy

Are you interested in helping people get back to physical health?

Spend a week learning about the profession of physical therapy. Physical Therapists make peoples’ dreams of getting back to full health, after injury or surgery, come true.

  • Learn more about the training and practice of physical therapy from former Roberts students.
  • Discover the wide range of career opportunities in PT.
  • Practice flexibility tests used by Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers.
  • Engage in fun activities that highlight physical limitations that your future patients may experience.
  • Use state-of-the-are equipment to measure your cardiorespiratory capacity
  • Learn how you can become trained and certified to take your place as an integral player on a healthcare or sports medicine team.

Meet Your Professor

Peter LaCelle
Professor of Biology

Dr. LaCelle earned his Ph.D. in Physiology and Cell Biology from Albany Medical College in Albany, NY, with research focused on the decline of host-defense after injury. He has been teaching anatomy and physiology to many bright students interested in health professions, including nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant, and medicine, for the past 15 years. As part of the team developing the new Exercise Science major here at Roberts, he has become passionate about preparing students for careers in physical therapy and all aspects of sports medicine. His current research focuses on various exercise science and cell and molecular biology problems, including the influence of diet on human performance, and the regulation of cell growth and differentiation in the epidermis of the skin.

Teacher Education

Do you love working with children?

Spend a week learning about teaching children. You'll walk the path of a teacher, planning fun lessons and activities, and then implementing those activities with children.

  • Learn about the different content areas you could teach.
  • Observe different teachers in action.
  • Learn how to plan lessons and activities that are engaging for children.
  • Plan and implement lessons and activities with children.

Meet Your Professor

Kristin Driskill
Kristen Driskill earned her EdD in Curriculum and Instruction/Educational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. She earned her Master’s in Literacy and Bachelors in Childhood/Special Education from SUNY Geneseo. She spent 17 years as a classroom teacher and instructional/literacy specialist before coming to Roberts to teach future teachers. Kristen fully enjoys teaching students of all ages and is still quite active in many local schools.

Music Performance

Are you interested in classical music performance?

Spend a week practicing and performing as you hone and develop your musicianship skills. Collaborate with other musicians and develop solo repertoire with skilled coaching.

  • Grow as a musician on your instrument of choice.
  • Receive invaluable coaching from members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Gain performance experience in the beautiful Shewan Recital Hall.
  • Learn tips and tricks from local Professional Musicians about how to improve your performance skills.

Meet Your Professors

Adam Potter
Adam Potter
Director of Choral Activities

Dr. Adam Potter is a former high school choral music educator. Following his public school teaching career, he earned his Ph.D. in choral conducting and music education from the Florida State University College of Music, where he studied choral music with Judy Bowers, Kevin Fenton, and André Thomas and music psychology and research methods with William Fredrickson, John Geringer, and Clifford Madsen. A passionate teacher of pre-service music educators, his former students are employed in public schools, private schools, churches, and community choruses throughout the country. He continues to work with learners of all ages through an active schedule of guest conducting, ensemble adjudicating, and conference presenting in the United States and abroad. At Roberts, he conducts the Chorale, Women’s Choir, and Men’s Chorus and teaches coursework in choral conducting and vocal music education methods.
Paul Shewan
Paul Shewan
Interim Chair, Instrumental Studies, Trumpet, Conducting

Paul Shewan, Interim Chair and Professor of Instrumental Studies, teaches conducting and trumpet, and directs the wind ensemble, orchestra, and brass ensembles. Dr. Shewan earned his Bachelor of Science degree (Music Education) from Roberts Wesleyan College, and his Masters (Trumpet Performance and Literature) and Doctorate (Conducting) from the Eastman School of Music.


One Week: $450/week | Two Weeks: $425/week*
Cost for camp includes:

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Academic Sessions with Roberts Faculty

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Sleep in Bed

Overnight Accommodations

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Campus Experiences

*Campers attending for two weeks who wish to stay the weekend may do so for an additional $300.

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Questions? Please email Emily Hagen at hagen_emily@roberts.edu.

As a Christian school, these camps will seek to incorporate the values and commitments of the Christian faith.

The Camp will have a permit to operate in New York State from the Monroe County Department of Public Health.

Health & Safety Measures

Roberts Wesleyan College is committed to keeping everyone on our campus and in our community safe and healthy. Camps will be planned for physical distancing and masks will be required inside at all times if it is the current protocol put in place by the college. Roberts Wesleyan College will follow any COVID safety protocols required by the New York State Department of Health. By registering for the camp, students are agreeing to follow all safety guidelines.

Refund Policy

If Roberts Wesleyan College cancels the camps a full refund will be issued. 

If a participant cancels, refunds will be given if withdrawal from the program is made at least four weeks prior to the start date (by June 20, 2022). Requests for refunds will not be honored if withdrawal is made within four weeks of the start date, unless a written request citing extenuating circumstances is submitted and approved. A $25 processing fee will be retained for withdrawal refunds.