Kendall Center Newsletter

April 1, 2018

Camp Kendall

Camp Kendall summer workshops are scheduled for the week of June 4th. Workshop sessions include: Building Resilience as a Community, Vocational Reflection: Gustavus and You, Using Case Studies and Partner Perspectives to Launch or Improve CBL, FTS Faculty Renewal Workshop: Writing to Learn and Writing to Communicate, Mental Health and Resilience: Walking the Line Between Supporting and Accommodating and Providing Space to Develop Resilience, and Assessing Intercultural Learning in Gustavus Faculty-Led Study Away Programs. Workshop participants will receive a $150 stipend and meals provided. Limited space available. Please refer to the attachment for more information about sessions, dates/times, etc. Deadline to apply is April 20.

Reading in Common Book Giveaway

The first year reading in common book has been announced: The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy Food, People, and Communities by Will Allen. 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. Fall 2018 FTS faculty will receive a copy of the book from the FTS program. Please email your request to the Kendall Center's administrative assistant, Cathy Blaukat (cblaukat@gac.edu) and a copy will be placed in campus mail for you.

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

April Faculty Writing Retreats will be held on Saturday, April 14 at American Swedish Institute and on Sunday, April 15 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.

New Faculty Mentor-Mentee Social

All new faculty and mentors please join us on Wednesday, April 11 for a wine and cheese social from 4:30 pm to 6 pm in the St Peter Room. This is a social for new faculty and their mentors. New faculty and their mentors from the past two years are also invited.

Teachers Talking - April 12

Join us on Thursday, April 12 for Teachers Talking. Topic: Reading in Common. The 2018 Reading in Common selection is The Good Food Revolution: Growing Healthy People, Food, and Communities. The book chronicles efforts by Will Allen to develop a sustainable urban food system in Milwaukee. It explores a variety of topics related to this fall’s Nobel Conference and themes discussed in many FTS sections including food security and access, agricultural techniques, health and nutrition, race, class, and business/entrepreneurship. Join us for lunch and conversation about integrating the book into FTS and other fall courses. Program at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room.

Faculty Shop Talk

Scott Bur (Professor, Chemistry) will present at Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, April 13. His talk "Setting students up for research success" 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 - April 24

Join us on Tuesday, April 24 for Teachers Talking. Topic: Nobel Conference 2018: Preparing the Soil for Your Fall Classes.
Does the topic of this fall's Nobel Conference seem far removed from your own discipline? Struggling to imagine how you might interest your students in the topic? Join your colleagues, as we identify the ways in which the topic of soil is relevant across the disciplines. (Shakespeare, it turns out, is full of dirt.) We'll share resources and brainstorm ways to incorporate the topic. The session will also include a brief overview of the main conference events. 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, April 26 for a New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic: The Power of the Liberal Arts. This discussion will broadly cover: the role of the liberal arts in our students’ educational experience; how faculty can enhance our students’ understanding of what the liberal arts means, and; how students can leverage their degree from a liberal arts college. We also can discuss how teaching or scholarship could be re-conceptualized when you are working in a liberal arts context, and how the liberal arts can cultivate aspects of our broader lives. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the St. Peter Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

Faculty Shop Talk

Laura Boehm Vock (Assistant Professor in Math, Comp Sci, and Statistics) will present at Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, April 27. Her talk "What can baseball tell us about diabetes? Nothing, but both need statistics!" 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.

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).