Kendall Center Newsletter

September 1, 2015

2 Day Fall Faculty Writing Retreat

The Kendall Center is sponsoring a Fall Writing Retreat for faculty on Saturday, October 3 and Sunday, October 4 at Mount Olivet Conference and Retreat Center in Farmington, MN. The retreat will start at 9:30 a.m on Saturday and end at 4 p.m. on Sunday. 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 FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18.

Scholarship and Creativity Achievement Groups

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.  Fill out the form at by September 15th to express your interest in joining a group.

Faculty Writing Retreats at GAC and ASI

September Faculty Writing Retreats will be held on Saturday, September 19 at ASI and also at Gustavus (Board Room). 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 upcoming dates and info. Please reserve a space with Cathy Blaukat ( for one or all of the writing retreats.

New Faculty Orientation Session
Join us on Thursday, September 10 for New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic: Checking-in. This is an open‐ended opportunity for new faculty to get to know each other better, share their experiences in the first weeks, and have questions answered in a supportive environment. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the President's Dining Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

First Friday Faculty Social

The Kendall Center invites all faculty to the First Friday Faculty Social on Friday, September 11 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.

Teachers Talking

Join us on Thursday, September 17 for Teachers Talking. Topic: Teaching With Nobel Conference 2015. A discussion about ways to incorporate this year’s Nobel conference theme of addiction into your classes. This year’s topic is particularly suited to our being a college campus. Presenter: Peg O’Connor. Program at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room.

Faculty Shop Talk

Darío Sánchez-González (Assistant Professor, MLLC) will present a Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, September. His talk entitled, “They Went By Locking Doors Behind Them and Throwing the Keys Away”: Nation and Sexuality in Eduardo Blanco Amor’s A esmorga (1959) 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 on the Kendall Center website, under Shop Talks.

New Faculty Orientation Session (non tenure-track only)

Join us on Thursday, September 24 for New Faculty Orientation Session (non tenure-track only). Topic: Making the Most of Term Appointments – CVs and cover letters. You just started, but may be in the process of applying for a tenure track job. How do you position yourself as a top candidate? What do (Gustavus) Departments look for when hiring? Free lunch, meet in the Phi Beta Kappa Room in Confer Vickner Building, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Teach me Moodle, quick!
Sept. 21 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Come learn the basics to using Moodle - learn how to navigate, use the news tool, upload materials, link to sites, plus learn how to effectively set up your course.

Upcoming Events

Date Event
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