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Academic Affairs Newsletter, Week of February 5

Important Dates:

  • February 5 (today): Textbook Orders Due
  • February 12: Spring Quarter Enrollment Starts
  • February 16: EIRA/ECL proposals due to
  • March 20: Winter Grades Due
  • March 26: First Day of Spring Quarter
  • May 1: Summer and Fall Textbook Orders Due
  • May 7: Summer and Fall Enrollment Starts
  • May 12: Honors Convocation
  • June 8: College of Science Commencement, 5 p.m.
  • June 9: CLASS Commencement, 10 a.m.; Concord Campus, 6 p.m.
  • June 10: CBE and CEAS Commencement, 10 a.m.
  • June 12: Spring Grades Due
  • June 18: Summer Session starts
  • August 5: Last day of Summer Classes (final exams Aug.6-12)
  • August 15: Back to the Bay
  • August 16: President's Convocation
  • August 20: Fall Semester Begins

1. From the Department of Social Work: 

A ceremony in honor of Isabel Yanez, who taught in both Social Work and Sociology, will be held on today, Monday, February 5th, from 4:30-6 pm in Room 1203, Arts & Education Building, on the Hayward campus. The university invites alumni, community members, students, staff, and faculty to attend.

2. From the Center for Community Engagement:

The Bonner Foundation is hosting a one-hour introduction to starting a Social Action Course with Scott Myers-Lipton, Professor of Sociology at SJSU.  This webinar is for any student, staff, or faculty member who wants to teach students to "do social action" not just learn the theory and practice. His approach can be used across disciplines, having been taught in environmental studies, business, and sociology.

The webinar is scheduled for Friday, February 16 at 12:00 pm PST.  
Please email if you are interested in joining the webinar to receive instructions and the meeting handouts.

You can visit the Bonner Wiki here to see more resources on social action courses.  Also, please feel free to email Scott directly ( if you have any questions about the process and support he can provide for starting a social action course.

3. From ORSP (note correction of date):

ORSP will kick off a new Research Speaker Series on Wednesday, February 14th from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm  in the Oakland/Concord Room (New UU).  This will be a monthly event featuring two faculty researchers at CSUEB. 

Feb. 14 will feature Professors Derek Kimball Jackson (Physics) and Lettie Ramirez (Teacher Education) .  Lunch will be provided at 11:30 am and the program will begin at noon.  Please RSVP to Anne Wing so that we can get an accurate count for lunch. 

4. From the CO:

Click here to join us for a live webcast--
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Presented by Cherie Ichinose

Transitioning to Co-Requisite Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning
How CSU Fullerton Is Stretching Traditional College Algebra 

In this webcast, Dr. Cherie Ichinose, Associate Professor of Mathematics at California State University, Fullerton, will share plans for transforming traditional a College Algebra course into a two-semester Stretch Algebra course sequence. Topics will include incorporating support for prerequisite knowledge and skills in the college-level course, building instructional approaches into the design, and developing teaching and learning materials. There will also be audience discussion of ways to structure academic support for courses in the precalculus sequence.  

CSU Math & QR “How to” Center

5. From the Center for Student Research:

Please help your students participate!

CSU Student Research Competition at Sac State May 4-5, 2018!

To be considered for the CSU Student Research Competition, the DEADLINE TO SUBMIT HAS BEEN EXTENDED to Monday February 19, 2018. 

Interested student-researchers must submit a 5-page (double-spaced) research summary to the Center for Student Research. Faculty mentors are encouraged to assist with the research summary writing experience. All CSUEB students are invited to apply (not just CSR Scholars). Ten CSUEB student research projects will be selected by the CSUEB Committee on Research to represent our campus at the CSU Student Research Competition (verbal presentations). Students can win cash prizes for placing first in their division. Last year, our student team was very successful, and we would like to represent CSUEB, proudly, once again! Student travel and accommodations will be covered by the Center for Student Research (up to 2 students per research project). If you have a student-researcher whom you feel might benefit from this experience, please encourage them to submit their research summary via email to: by February 19, 2018!

SAVE THE DATE: CSUEB Student Research Symposium to be held April 25, 2018 at CSUEB!

The CSUEB Student Research Symposium is an annual event held during the Week of Scholarship that highlights the research and creative scholarship of our undergraduate and graduate students. Last year we had over 225 student presenters and attendees, and students proudly shared their research or creative activity projects with the CSUEB community. Student projects are diverse and represent all CSUEB Colleges and many Departments! Faculty, staff, and administrators: We hope that you are able to attend the Symposium this year. Light food and refreshments will be served. 

6. From the Online Campus:

Faculty Panel: Tips for Revising Your Online Courses for Semester
When: February 8, 2018
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

With semester conversion less than a year away, have you converted your quarter course yet? Join a panel of recent QM certified course instructors who have converted their courses to a semester format. Faculty will share their experiences on using basic design principles to develop or enhance their courses in preparation for semester conversion. Panelists: Alton Jelks (Public Admin), Cesar Morales (Business-Marketing),Amy Furniss (Physics), Li-Ling Chen (Education). Participants will be eligible to receive digital badging for this workshop.

Please RSVP for these events here.

7. From Faculty Development

RSVP for workshops at Bay Sync….

Responding to Learner Resistance
Wednesday, February 7, 2017, 12-1:15 pm
SF 466

If you’ve ever enthusiastically introduced a new activity that fell flat or wondered why your efforts meet student apathy or even antipathy, this workshop is for you. We’ll look at recent research on learner resistance and models to help students overcome it.

Presenter: Jessica Weiss, Faculty Development

Designing Collaborative, Interactive & Experiential Learning
Friday February, 9th, 10:00-11:00 am
SF 466

Millennial students are a diverse, tech-savvy group that expect (perhaps even demand) to be engaged in the learning process. Their preference for collaborative, interactive, and experiential learning often clashes with traditional lecture-based teaching strategies. As digital natives with instantaneous access to virtually any information they seek, millennial students find little value in passive approaches to knowledge acquisition.. In this presentation, we will overview challenges associated with teaching millennials and explore strategies for transforming traditional lectures to meet the needs and preferences of millennial students. Further, we will examine opportunities for using technology to engage students as collaborators in the teaching and learning dynamic. Recorded webinar viewing.

Facilitator: Jessica Weiss, Office of Faculty Development

Engaging Students in Scientific Discussions
Monday, February 12th, 4:00-5:30 pm
SF 328

It is a challenge in science courses to engage students in discussion. They may do the reading but find it complex expect the instructor to have the right answer and wait to hear it rather than risk being wrong. Join faculty from the sciences to discuss strategies for student engagement in discussions of scientific material.

Conveners: Michele Korb, Teacher Education, Ryan Smith, Physics, Jim Murray, Biology 

Difficult Conversations: Inclusion and Diversity in Class Discussion, Part II
Tuesday, February 13, 1-2:30 pm
SF 328

 In this workshop we will view short video clips from the University of Victoria Critical Incidents series on difficult conversations during class discussion. We will brainstorm responses and strategies and think about their applications in interactions we and our students have had or may have in the future. It is hoped interested faculty will attend all Difficult Conversation sessions but the material in each stands alone. CI: II, 2, III, 4, 5, V, 1, 7, 8.

Facilitator: Jessica Weiss, Faculty Development

Writing Across Borders: Strategies for Improving Writing of  International and Multilingual Students
Thursday February 15th, 2:00-3:30 pm
SF 328

What successes and challenges have you had in helping international students develop as academic writers? Please join colleagues for a discussion of these successes and challenges.  To guide our discussion, we will watch Writing Across Borders, a documentary that explores the role of culture in writing, the construction of writing assignments, and considerations for evaluating the writing of international students.

Presenters: Sarah Nielsen, English Department, Sara Schupack, Student Center for Academic Achievement

Friday, February 16,   9:00 am -1:30 pm
Biella Room

Writing-intensive courses emphasize writing at all levels of instruction and across the curriculum, including end-of-term projects. Students are encouraged to produce and revise various forms of writing for different audiences in different disciplines. This workshop will discuss the use of frequent low-stakes writing assignments, peer review of student writing, and Writing-Intensive strategies that will help you achieve your course learning outcomes.

Presenters: Sarah Nielsen and  Margaret Rustick, English Department; Sara Schupack, SCAA

Have a great week.

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