Kendall Center Newsletter

January 1, 2020

Faculty Achievements Publication 

Thanks to all of the faculty who submitted their accomplishments before the Dec. 6 deadline. This gives us a much needed head-start on preparing the Faculty Achievements Publication. There are still a lot of accomplishments that haven’t been submitted, please submit any publications, presentations, performances, exhibits, grants, or awards from 2018-2019 at gac.edu/rsc_entry. If you have problems with the form, feel free to contact Blake Couey (jcouey@gustavus.edu). We look forward to learning about all of the exciting work that you’ve been doing.

Faculty Writing Retreats at Gustavus and ASI 

The Kendall Center is hosting monthly Writing Retreats at Gustavus and at American Swedish Institute (ASI). January Writing Retreats will be held on Saturday, January 18 at ASI and at Gustavus (Konferensrum). Faculty can participate in a full day 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. devoted to writing. We’ll provide lunch and snacks. Please visit the Kendall Center website for upcoming dates and info. Please email Cathy Blaukat (cblaukat@gac.edu) to sign up.

Teachers Talking

Please join us on Monday, January 13 for Teachers Talking. Topic: J-Term Check In! Join your fellow J-Term instructors to discuss how J-Term is going! This Teachers Talking will focus on problem-solving challenges and celebrating successes in J-Term and connecting with others who are teaching J-Term now, have in the past, or might in the future. All are welcome! Program is 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, January 16 for a New Faculty Orientation Session. Topic: Religious diversity and the College's Lutheran affiliation. Learn how Gustavus’ Lutheran heritage and affiliation impacts who we are today, our mission, our commitment to religious diversity and inclusion, and our vision for the future. Free lunch at the Three Crowns Buffet, then meet in the Heritage Room, 12:30 to 1:20 p.m

2 Day Faculty Writing Retreat 

The Kendall Center is sponsoring a Writing Retreat for faculty on Wednesday, February 5 and Thursday, February 6 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 and space is limited and will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Please RSVP to Cathy Blaukat (cblaukat@gustavus.edu) by FRIDAY, January 24.

J-Term Reading Groups

Paradise Lost
Meeting times: 1/9, 1/16, 1/23, 1/30 (Thursdays) from 3:00-4:30 PM
Location: Konfersrum
Facilitator: Blake Couey, Religion
Book: Paradise Lost by John Milton

Culture and Agriculture 
Meeting times: 1/13, 1/20, 1/27 (Mondays), 2:30-4 PM.
Location: Interpretive Center
Facilitator: Anna Versluis
Books: No More Food Fights! Growing a Productive Farm and Food

Memory and the Learning Process
Meeting Times: 1/15, 1/22, 1/29 (Wednesdays), 1-2:15.
Location: Presidents Dining Room (PDR)
Facilitator: Jen Ackil, Psychology
Books: Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Henry L. Roediger III and Mark A. McDaniel; Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James M. Lang. 

From the Faculty Associate for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

In the space between the end of this semester and the beginning of January and Spring terms, it is valuable to think about our increasingly diverse student body and how we make course resources and experiences accessible to everyone. The following video by Sinead Burke, "Why Design Should Include Everyone," describes their experiences and ideas about Universal Design. While Burke focuses on physical features, Universal Design also applies to sensory and cognitive features. For example, the subtitles in the video reinforce Burke's verbal message to the benefit of individuals with impaired hearing and less familiarity with English. 

Student Name Pronunciation Workshop

Thursday, January 30 from 1 to 3 pm in Heritage Room. Facilitated by Carly Overfelt.
Research shows that using students' names promotes positive relationships and student success, but it can be intimidating when we encounter unfamiliar names--what if I mispronounce it and offend my student? By the end of this crash course in articulatory phonetics with Carly Overfelt, attendees will be able to hear an unfamiliar name and be able to 1) write a notation in real time of the individual sounds and 2) use the notation to pronounce the name, or in some cases, produce a close approximation in English phonology. Space is limited; please sign up here.

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

All faculty, please plan to attend the most tasty event of the year. What to do? Please make a dessert, pie, or cook up a pot of your favorite chili, enough to share. No time to cook? Come anyway, there is always plenty for all.The Cook-off will be held Friday, February 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Interpretive Center. As usual, Schell's Brewery has graciously agreed to provide the beer; non-alcoholic beverages will also be available. Please RSVP to Cathy Blaukat (cblaukat@gustavus.edu)

Advisor Development Workshops

The Kendall Center is partnering with the Academic Support Center and the Provost's Office to host three advisor development workshops in January 2020. All Gustavus faculty are welcome to attend one, two, or all three of the workshops. Light snacks, fruit, coffee, and tea will be provided. Please contact Tom McHugh in the Academic Support Center with any questions at tmchugh@gustavus.edu or 507 933 7156.

Workshop #1: What all advisors should know about pre-health advising
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 9 AM or 2:30 PM in the Saint Peter Room in the Jackson Campus Center
Register and find more information here.

Workshop #2: Advising for Competitive Majors
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 9 AM or 2:30 PM in the Saint Peter Room in the Jackson Campus Center
Register and find more information here.

Workshop #3: Advising Academically Grieving Students
Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at 9 AM or 2:30 PM in the Saint Peter Room in the Jackson Campus Center
Register and find more information here

Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Deadline 

The Research, Scholarship, and Creativity Grant deadline is Monday, February 17, 2020. The online application forms and guidelines are available at gustavus.edu/kendallcenter. Questions may be directed to Faculty Development Committee Chair Anna Hulseberg or any member of the FDC.

Presidential Faculty-Student Collaboration Grant deadline 

The Presidential Faculty-Student Collaboration Grant deadline is Monday, February 24, 2020. The online application forms and guidelines are available at gustavus.edu/kendallcenter. Questions may be directed to Faculty Development Committee Chair Anna Hulseberg or any member of the FDC.

Sabbatical Leave Deadline 

The deadline for sabbatical leave applications for the 2021-2022 academic year is Monday, March 9, 2020. Proposal forms and guidelines are available at gustavus.edu/kendallcenter. Questions may be directed to Faculty Development Committee Chair Anna Hulseberg or any member of the FDC.