Kendall Center Newsletter

August 27, 2014

Moodle Mania

Moodle Mania this Friday, August 29 from 1:30-4:30 in the OTC Classroom. New and returning faculty can come and bring their laptops or use our computers to get help with setting up their classes. No formal training, just helping folks with whatever they need help with.

First Friday Faculty Social

The Kendall Center invites all faculty to the First Friday Faculty Social on Friday, September 5th from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Interpretive Center. Get to know new faculty, reconnect with colleagues, and celebrate the start of the new year. Refreshments provided. Hosted by the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning and the Office of the Provost.

New Faculty Orientation Session 9/9

Join us on Tuesday, September 9 for New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic is Checking In. Checking-in sessions provide an open-ended opportunity for new faculty to get to know each other, share their experiences, and have their questions answered in a supportive environment. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Teachers Talking

Join us on Thursday, September 11, 2014 for Teachers Talking. The topic will be:"50 Shades of Grey in the ADA: Reasonable Accommodation and Mental Health" facilitated by Margo Druschel. Program at 11:30 am and again at 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, meet in the St Peter Room.

Fall Faculty Writing Retreats at GAC and ASI

The Kendall Center is hosting monthly Writing Retreats this fall semester both at Gustavus and at ASI. Faculty can sign up for a full day — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. - devoted to writing. We’ll provide breakfast and lunch. Please visit the Kendall Center website for dates and info. The first Writing Retreat will be Saturday, September 13 at Gustavus (Board Room) and also at ASI. Please reserve a space with Cathy Blaukat ( for one or all of the writing retreats.

Teachers Talking Technology

Join faculty on Tuesday, September 16 for Teachers Talking Technology. Topic will be "All Things Moodle". Program at 11:30 am and again at 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, meet in the Heritage Room.

New Faculty Orientation Session 9/18

Join us on Thursday, September 18 for New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic: Facilitating classroom discussion. A session on effective methods of engaging students in large and small group discussions. Presenter: Lori Carson-Kelly. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m

Faculty Shop Talk

Kathy Lund Dean (Board of Trustees Distinguished Chair in Leadership and Ethics in Economics and Management) will present at Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, September 19. Her talk entitled, “Workplace religious discrimination disputes & resolutions” will be presented at 4:30 p.m. in the Interpretive Center. Feel free to arrive any time after 4:15 p.m. The abstract for this and future talks may be viewed here.

Fall Faculty Writing Retreat at Mt Olivet

The Kendall Center is sponsoring a Fall Writing Retreat for faculty Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21 at Mount Olivet Conference and Retreat Center in Farmington, MN. The retreat will start at 9:30 a.m on Saturday, September 20 and end at 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 21. This is a great opportunity to focus on your writing. The retreat is open to all faculty and space is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Please RSVP to Cathy Blaukat ( by September 3.

Scholarship and Creativity Achievement Groups (formerly known as SWAGs)

Join colleagues in setting and achieving your research and creativity goals during the academic years. Groups of four to five faculty will meet twice a semester to discuss projects and challenges and set goals. Get support and perspective while learning about the scholarship and creativity of your colleagues. Cathy Blaukat ( by September 5th to express your interest in joining a group or to continue your group from last year.

Faculty Writing Days

New this fall, every week, the Kendall Center will host a writing day. Come when you can, leave when you must. 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Coffee and tea provided. The First Writing Day will be on Tuesday, September 9 in the Phi Beta Kappa Room, Vickner Hall. Visit the Kendall Center website for dates and locations.

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Updated Travel Guidelines & Forms

Faculty attending workshops are now eligible for up to $500 in funds.The faculty travel forms have been updated. Full-time tenured/tenure track and adjunct faculty can annually apply for up to $500 to attend a conference or WORKSHOP, an additional $700 is available, if presenting. For presentations, up to $500 can be rolled over from one year to the next. Modest additional funds are available for travel outside North America. Full-time visiting faculty in their second or subsequent year may receive $700 annually to present at professional conferences or workshops. Visit the Kendall Center website, under TRAVEL for all forms and info.

The Faculty Writing Place

Old Main 103 (Chaplain’s Resource Room) will be available to faculty seeking a refuge from the day-to-day distractions and interruptions of their office and department in order to work on their scholarship, research, and creativity. In order to reserve a space, email Kathy Chalhoub (chalhoub) with the date(s)/times you’d like to work in the room. Reserve one block of time or commit yourself to a couple of hours every week — whatever works for you. She’ll put you on the calendar and you’ll be good to go. Feel free to pick up a cup of coffee or tea in the Chaplain’s Office before settling down to work. This space is made available to the Kendall Center through the generosity and flexibility of the Chaplain’s Office.

Upcoming Events

Date Event
Sep 23 12:30 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. New Faculty Orientation Session Peter Room
Sep 27 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Teachers Talking Room
Oct 4 4:306 p.m. Mentoring Community Peter Room


Faculty Associates

Administrative Coordinator

Office Hours

Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.




The John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning is located in Anderson Hall 303