Kendall Center Newsletter

November 1, 2016

Upcoming Webinars

The CICE and the Provost’s Office would like to invite all faculty members, administrators, and staff to join us for one or more of three webinars that address intercultural pedagogies and strategies for the integration of international students on campus. The webinars are all scheduled at noon for one hour. Attendees should feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch or stop at the Marketplace on the way. The webinars begin at 12:00 sharp!  Click here for more information.

Teachers Talking

Join us on Thursday, November 3 for Teachers Talking. Topic: Purposeful Advising. Are you a good advisor who sometimes wishes you could move beyond help students choose courses? Are you looking for some new strategies to engage students with the “big questions”? The Purposeful Advising project, funded by the Council of Independent Colleges and NetVUE, has some tools for you. At this Teachers Talking, we’ll model some small shifts in advising focus and give you some tools that you can implement right away. We’ll also offer a preview of our Spring semester workshop series, if you want to learn more. Program at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room.

Faculty Workshop - "Get a Life Ph.D"

Join us on Friday, November 4 for a workshop for "Get a Life Ph.D" Workshop. Is it possible to both have a life and be a productive academic? Yes! Drawing from her own experience as well as research on creativity and productivity, Professor Golash-Boza will discuss how to balance research, teaching, and service as well as how to balance work and family obligations. Finally, she will explain several ways academics can become more creative writers. Dr. Golash-Boza is an Assoc. Prof. of Sociology at the U. of California Merced. Workshop is 2 pm to 4:30 pm in the Heritage Room.

Faculty Shop Talk

Annika Ericksen (Assistant Professor, Sociology and Anthropology) will present at Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, November 11. Her talk entitled "Narrative of an Unfolding Disaster: Creative Writing to Garner Empathy for Distant “Others” Affected by Climate Change" 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.

Faculty Writing Retreats at Gustavus and ASI

The Kendall Center is hosting monthly Writing Retreats at Gustavus and at ASI. November Writing Retreats will be held on Saturday, November 12 at ASI and 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 see 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.

Teachers Talking

Join us on Tuesday, November 15 for a Teachers Talking on Incorporating Nobel 2017 "Reproductive Technologies" into Spring Classes.  Who should be allowed to have babies and when? What kinds of babies should be born and why? Who gets to decide? What is the state of reproductive technology today, how is it changing, and how do new innovations, such as human genome-editing, complicate these questions further? These are the questions animating Nobel Conference 2017 Reproductive Technologies: How Far Do We Go? Come have lunch with members of the Nobel Planning Committee to discuss the speakers/topics and get a jump start on incorporating possible curriculum units in spring or fall classes. Program at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room.

New Faculty Orientation Session

Join us on Thursday, November 17 for a New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic: On-campus Grant Opportunities. Learn about internal grant opportunities: scope of each grant, timing, budgets, and how to apply. Presenters: Suzanne Wilson, Sociology and Anthropology and Lauren Hecht, Psychological Sciences. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Teachers Talking Writing

Join us on Wednesday, November 30 for Teachers Talking Writing. Topic: Mentoring multilingual students for success. Meet Multilingual Learner tutor René Wegner (Academic Support Center). Learn from him and other faculty about “Best Practices” to use to support our growing multilingual student population. Program at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room.

J-Term Reading Group - The Slow Professor

Please join the Kendall Center and your colleagues for a January Reading Group of Berg & Seeber's (2016) The Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy. Just ~90 skinny pages that we'll discuss in three separate sessions, this text invites those of us in academia to more deeply explore what we do (and how we do it). Sign up with Cathy Blaukat ( to get your free copy of the book and to join the conversation! For other articles or reviews about the book, try this one by NPR and this one from Inside Higher Ed. Looking forward to having you join us!

When: Thursdays, January 5, 19, and 26 from 1:00-2:00-ish p.m.
Where: Phi Beta Kappa Room, Confer/Vickner
What: Snacks and collegial conversation of a great and provocative book about work in The Academy
Facilitator: Lisa Dembouski (Education Dept.)