Kendall Center Newsletter

May 1, 2017

Reading in Common Book Giveaway

The first year reading in common book has been announced: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. To enable all faculty members to participate in the campus conversation, the Kendall Center is happy to announce that we will be offering a free book for any faculty member who would like one. Please email your request to the Kendall Center's administrative assistant, Cathy Blaukat ( and a copy will be placed in campus mail for you.

Teachers Talking

This fall's Reading in Common selection is Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Written by 20-year-old Shelley in 1817 (exactly 200 years ago), the novel attests to the timeless significance of the question framing this year’s Nobel Conference: How far do we go when it comes to reproductive technology? Join us for lunch on Thursday, May 4 at 11:30 or 12:30 in the Heritage Room to discuss the book and brainstorm ways of incorporating Frankenstein into your fall FTS and other courses. As always, free lunch in the Three Crowns buffet.

New Faculty Orientation Session

Join us on Thursday, May 11 for a New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic: Year in review and wrapping up the year. The final session of the year where outstanding questions are answered and faculty feedback about the orientation program is gathered. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m

Final Friday Faculty Social

All faculty are invited to the Final Friday Faculty Social on Friday, May 12 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Interpretive Center. Refreshments provided. Hosted by the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning and the Office of the Provost.


Join the Kendall Center for Gradingfest in the Board Room from 9 am to 5 pm on Monday, April 22 and Tuesday, April 23. Fuel up on coffee and treats before heading back to your office to work or stay and enjoy the camaraderie of working alongside others.

2 Day Faculty Writing Retreat - June 19 and 20

The Kendall Center is sponsoring a Writing Retreat for faculty on Monday, June 19 and Tuesday, June 20 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. Please RSVP to Cathy Blaukat ( by THURSDAY, May 25.

Kendall Center Writing Space

The Kendall Center Conference Room (Anderson 303) is available for faculty writing. The space is quiet, stocked with tea and coffee, and can be accessed with your faculty ID. A few Kendall Center research and teaching groups are meeting there, so check the calendar before coming over (

Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Database

The Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Database is up and ready for submissions. Please submit all faculty and student scholarship and creativity to the database: The database will feed Marketing and Communication, the Kendall Center Faculty Achievement Book, and departmental and individual webpages. For faculty, submission to the RSC Database is required prior to travel funding approval.

Shop Talk Openings Available for Next Year

The Kendall Center is starting to put together the Shop Talk schedule for next year 2017-18 and a waiting list for 2018-19. If you would like to present a Shop Talk next year, please contact Cathy Blaukat ( at the John S. Kendall Center for Engaged Learning so that she may add your name to the list of future presenters. Remember, any type of research, scholarship, or creativity is appropriate for presentation at a Shop Talk as long as the majority of what is presented represents the presenter’s own work. See the Shop Talk FAQ for more information.