Kendall Center Newsletter

September 1, 2017


It's the last week before classes begin so it must be time to "finish" up our syllabi! Join the Kendall Center for Syllabuspalooza in the Konfersrum from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday, August 25 and in Anderson Hall, Kendall Center Room 303 and 304 on Monday, August 28. Fuel up on coffee and treats before heading back you your office to work or stay enjoy the camaraderie of working alongside others putting the last (or first) touches on their syllabi for Fall 2017.

New Tenure Track Faculty Welcome Lunch and Meeting

This special afternoon session for new Tenure Track Faculty held on Monday, August 28 is designed for several reasons: first, this time will provide an opportunity for new tenure track faculty to begin to get to know other new faculty. Second, there are some specific details, such as how to use professional conference travel funds, to know. To finish the day, several second and third-year faculty members will join us for a conversation. These are tenure-track faculty who have successfully navigated their first year or two, and can be terrific resources for you. We will begin the afternoon with lunch in the President's Dining Room at noon, meeting following thru 2:30 pm.

Sabbatical Re-entry Lunch

The Kendall Center welcomes faculty back to campus with a Sabbatical Re-entry Lunch on Monday, August 28 in the President's Dining Room (PDR) at 11:30 a.m.

New Faculty Orientation Day

New Faculty Orientation Day will be held in the Heritage Room on Tuesday, August 29 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. This day will allow new faculty to meet other faculty new to Gustavus, to be introduced to important offices they'll need to know (the Registrar, for example), and have more general conversations about their work here with returning faculty. Although the week before classes begin can be incredibly busy and even stressful, this orientation is designed to help new faculty feel more comfortable and knowledgeable about Gustavus, so we expect and look forward to their participation.

Faculty Development Day

The Kendall Center invites all faculty to attend Faculty Development Day on Wednesday, August 30 in the Heritage Room beginning at 8:30 a.m. and continuing through lunch. Faculty Development Day is a half-day event that showcases good teaching practices, new developments in technology, pedagogical work being done on the campus, and other resources of interest to faculty. The schedule for this year's Faculty Development Day (including session descriptions) is attached. Recognizing that the end of summer sometimes involves substantial vegetable garden bounty, we invite attendees to bring their excess tomatoes, zucchini, squash, and other veggies to share with attendees. 

New Faculty - How to Fill Out an On-Campus IEX Course Proposal Form Session

New faculty are invited to attend the "How to Fill Out an On-Campus IEX Course Proposal Form" on Friday, September 1, 2017, from 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. in the 49er room of the Jackson Campus Center. Mary McHugh and Julie Bartley will address common questions and concerns about writing a course proposal. IEX New and Repeat course proposals are due on September 15, 2017.

Faculty Writing Retreats at GAC and American Swedish Institute (ASI)

September Faculty Writing Retreats will be held on Saturday, September 16 at American Swedish Institute 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 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.

First Friday Faculty Social

The Kendall Center invites all faculty to the First Friday Faculty Social on Friday, September 8 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

Join us on Thursday, September 14 for a New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic is Checking In. An open‐ended opportunity for new faculty to get to know each other, share their experiences in the first week, and have questions answered in a supportive environment. What are your intentions for the semester and how might your goals be reached? Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m

Teachers Talking

Join us on Tuesday, September 19 for Teachers Talking. Topic:Enhanced Advising Using Starfish. This fall marks our first semester piloting a web-based advising and retention software called Starfish. Starfish equips faculty members to raise alerts, give kudos, and refer students to helpful campus resources. We’ll begin with a brief Starfish demo, then start the discussion. What are your biggest advising challenges? How do you keep notes of your advising meetings? Finally, how can using Starfish help us become better advisors? Whether you’re already an ‘early adopter’ of Starfish or are looking to get started, please join Marni Dunning, Associate Director for Instructional Services, GTS and Tom McHugh, Director, Center for Academic Resources & Enhancement (CARE) for the discussion. Program at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room. 

Teachers Talking Writing

Join colleagues on Tuesday, September 26 for Teachers Talking Writing. Topic: The Writing Center as FTS Resource. This session will feature WC Tutors. Program at 11:30 am and again at 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room. Co-sponsored and co-facilitated by Becky Fremo, Writing Across the Curriculum Director, Eric Vrooman, Writing Center Director, and The Kendall Center.

New Faculty Orientation Session

Join us on Thursday, September 28 for a New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic: Grading: rubrics and policies. How might we grade assignments strategically? We can save time while giving students valuable feedback. We will also discuss the nuts and bolts of grading policies in general. A variety of assignment types are discussed. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the President's Dining Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m..

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.