Kendall Center Newsletter

February 1, 2019

Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Deadline

The Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Grant deadline is Monday, Feb. 18. The online application forms and guidelines are available at gustavus.edu/kendallcenter. Questions may be directed to FDC-chairs Amanda Nienow or any member of the FDC.

Presidential Faculty-Student Collaboration Grant deadline

The Presidential Faculty-Student Collaboration Grant deadline is Monday, Feb. 25. The online application forms and guidelines are available at gustavus.edu/kendallcenter. Questions may be directed to FDC chair Amanda Nienow or any member of the FDC.

Sabbatical Leave Deadline

The Sabbatical Leave deadline is Monday, March 17. Proposal forms and guidelines are available at gustavus.edu/kendallcenter. Questions may be directed to FDC chair Amanda Nienow or any member of the FDC.

Mini Grants

Just a reminder that there are still funds available in this year’s KCEL budget for mini-grants, but this money MUST be used on activities, events, etc. that take place BEFORE the end of the fiscal year (May 31, 2019). Check out the Kendall Center Grants page or flyer.

Teachers Talking

Please join us on Wednesday, February 13 for Teachers Talking. Topic: Using Universal Design to Create Accessible Classrooms. Consider how many access letters you’ve received from students in the past. Chances are, you’ve seen a handful or more. These letters address barriers that students may face when accessing course material. The concept of universal design encourages instructors to consider potential student barriers during the planning stages of their courses in an effort to promote inclusive education. Oftentimes, instructors find that universally-designed classes enhance learning opportunities for all learners, not just students with disabilities. Staff from Accessibility Resources will be joined by faculty from multiple disciplines to discuss ways to incorporate universal design in your planning, as well as to consider ways you’re already creating inclusive environments. Program is at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room.

New Faculty Orientation Session

Join us on Thursday, February 14 for a New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic: Checking In and Setting Intentions. Share your reflections or questions over lunch about your experiences in the fall semester and/or during January. What was more difficult or odd than anticipated, or what was gratifying? What strategies or intentions do you have for the spring semester? Free catered lunch in the Board Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m.

The Chili Cook-Off and Dessert Pie-Off and Beer Tasting Event!

Dep Pitton was the Chili winner. Her Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili receipe is HERE.

New Faculty Orientation Session

Join us on Thursday, February 21 for a New Faculty Orientation Session ( Tenure Track Faculty and 2nd year Tenure Track). Topic: Review processes at Gustavus. This discussion provides an overview of the first, third year and tenure review procedures at Gustavus, and confidentially addresses any questions you have about them. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m

Faculty Shop Talk

Margaret Bloch Qazi (Associate Professor in Biology) will present at Faculty Shop Talk on Friday, February 22. Her talk "Song of the Old Mother - Multigenerational maternal age effects on offspring fitness" 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.

February Faculty Writing Retreats at Gustavus and ASI

The Kendall Center is hosting monthly Writing Retreats at Gustavus and at ASI. February Writing Retreats will be held on Saturday, February 23 at ASI and on Sunday, February 24 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 (cblauka@gustavus.edu) for one or all of the writing retreats.

Teachers Talking

Please join us on Wednesday, February 27 for Teachers Talking. Topic: Frequently Asked Questions on Supporting Multilingual Learners. How can I encourage my international student to speak up in class? How should I respond to multilingual student writing? Are international and multilingual students allowed more time on exams? Join Carly Overfelt and others for a conversation about these and other questions faculty and staff may have about multilingual students.
Program is at 11:30 am and 12:30 pm. Free lunch at Three Crowns buffet, then meet in the St Peter Room.