Kendall Center Newsletter

November 1, 2017

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

November Faculty Writing Retreats will be held on Saturday, November 11 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. The KCEL will reimburse no more than $10 per person per writing retreat at ASI. Please reserve a space with Cathy Blaukat (cblauka@gustavus.edu) for one or all of the writing retreats.

Teachers Talking

Please join us on Thursday, November 2 for Teachers Talking. Topic: The new Research, Scholarship, & Creativity Database. The database allows faculty to submit their accomplishments (and those of their students) to the Kendall Center’s biannual faculty achievements publication, “Inside Gustavus” and other marketing publications, and individual and departmental webpages, all by filling out a single online form. Blake Couey (Religion), Eric Dugdale (Classics), and Tom Huber (Physcis) will provide an overview of the database, and participants will have the opportunity to make a submission with step-by-step guidance. Come with your laptops and your questions! 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

Michele Koomen (Professor, Education) and Lisa Dembouski (Assistant Professor, Education) will present at Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, November 3. Their talk entitled, "Voices of students with dis/abilities in science education: Preparing teachers to meet varying learner needs" 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 at http://gustavus.edu/events/shoptalks/.

Teachers Talking 

Join us for Teachers Talking on Thursday, November 9, Topic: Teaching an On-Campus J-Term. Teaching an on-campus J-term for the first time? Or for the 10th? Or somewhere in between? Come talk with experienced J-term instructors John Cha (Religion), Sarah Wolter (Communication Studies), and Marian Broida (Religion) about how to design, structure, and implement J-term courses that take advantage of J-term’s distinctive opportunities (and don’t fall prey to its distinctive pitfalls). Program at 11:30 am and again at 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room.

New Faculty Orientation Session

Join us on Thursday, November 16 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. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Faculty Shop Talk

Paschal Kyoore (MLLC) will present at Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, November 17. His talk entitled "Immigration in Europe: Past and Future" 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 at http://gustavus.edu/events/shoptalk.

Teachers Talking

Please join us on Tuesday, November 28 for a Teachers Talking. Hannah Godbout PsyD LP, Staff Psychologist at the Gustavus Counseling Center, will be holding a discussion related to addressing student mental health needs. As students prepare for finals, it makes some sense for us to do some preparation for the mood symptoms that could be triggered by the stress of this time of the year. Are there ways to work more effectively with students who are anxious? perfectionist? struggling to get to class? Perhaps. Bring your hypothetical or lived experiences and let's take time to discuss them and look for ways to balance the increasingly complex needs of our students with the rigor that is expected of them at our institution. Program at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room.

International Faculty Development Seminar Grant

The International Faculty Development Seminar Grant is intended to support and encourage faculty in international research and pedagogy. The Kendal Center will offer one grant of up to $4,000 to support faculty participation in a January or Summer Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) International Faculty Development Seminar. Deadline to apply is Friday, November 3 at 5 pm. For more information and to apply, please visit the Kendall Center website https://gustavus.edu/kendallcenter/cieeGrant.php.

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 (https://gustavus.edu/kendallcenter/roomschedule.php).

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 http://www.gac.edu/rsc_entry. The database will feed Marketing and Communication, the Kendall Center Faculty Achievement Book, and departmental and individual webpages.