Kendall Center Newsletter

December 1, 2016

Faculty Shop Talk

Lauren Hecht (Assistant Professor, Psychological Science) will present at Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, December 2. Her talk entitled "Exploring Peppermint Oil's Influence on Attention" 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.

Teachers Talking

Join us on Thursday, December 8 for a Teachers Talking. The topic will be Teaching J-Term. Program at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the St. Peter Room.


Join the Kendall Center for Gradingfest in the Board Room from 9 am to 5 pm on Friday, December 16, Monday, December 19 and Tuesday, December 20. Fuel up on coffee and treats before heading back to your office to work or stay and enjoy the camaraderie of working alongside others.

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.) 

2 Day Faculty Writing Retreat - February 1 and 2

The Kendall Center is sponsoring a Writing Retreat for faculty on Wednesday, February 1 and Thursday, February 2 at Mount Olivet Conference and Retreat Center in Farmington, MN. 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, January 20.

Kendall Center J-Term Reading Group "Beyond The University"

Please join the Kendall Center and your colleagues for a January Reading Group of Michael Roth's recent book, "Beyond the University: Why Liberal Education Matters" (Yale University Press, 2014), a look at different strands of liberal education in the U.S. over the years as well as the higher education landscape today. The book will serve as food for thought for discussion of what our own visions of a liberal arts education are and what we would like our students to gain from their four years here. Sign up with Cathy Blaukat ( to get your free copy of the book and join the conversation! Snacks will be provided. Facilitator: Eric Dugdale (Dean of General Education and Hanson-Peterson Professor of Liberal Studies).

When: Fridays, January 6, 13, 20 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. Where: Phi Beta Kappa Room, Confer/Vickner. Snacks are provided.