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Academic Affairs Newsletter, Week of January 8

Welcome to Week Two 

1. URGENT PLEA: Do Not Touch Accessible Furniture 

Please do not move in any way furniture labelled as "Accessibility Furniture" in your classrooms.  We have been receiving many complaints of tables and chairs being moved.  Students with disabilities are not supposed to move the furniture to where it needs to be--we, as a university, are responsible for placing it--and students may file a complaint against the University.  Please help us be compliant; the furniture looks tempting to use in the front of the classroom or for other purposes, but please do not.  Many thanks. 

2. Week of Inclusive Excellence: January 16-19 

Next week will be just great!  So many interesting sessions.  Breakfast in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Tuesday morning.  A talk on freedom of speech on Thursday.   A complete day of STEM workshops on Friday (thank you faculty from Science and Education!)  And many more great discussions for you and your classes.  Please see the below attachments for more information.  See you at the sessions. 

3. Making Textbooks More Affordable: 

Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) and You
Friday, Jan. 19, noon - 2 pm
Biella Room

Includes lunch.  Faculty attendees will receive $100

Two faculty participants in the AL$ program--Patrick Fleming, Chemistry, and Maria Ortuoste, Political Science--share their experiences in providing students with effective learning resources at low or no cost to students.  Also presented will be preliminary data from a 2016-2017 survey of students about their experiences with AL$ options provided by all faculty participating in the AB 798 grant in 2016-2017.  Questions and discussion follow. 

4. Faculty Development Workshops and Online Campus Workshops:

Dossier Pizza Party, 3-5th year
Thursday, January 11, 11:30-1:30 pm
SF 329

It’s Dossier Pizza Party Time for 3rd, 4th, and 5th year retention. Put those final touches on your retention dossiers before the deadline on Tuesday, January 16th. Share your pride in your accomplishments in teaching and your achievements in professional and creative activities and the process of presenting them in your dossier with your peers. We will answer your questions, provide supplies, and computers for you to use and share advice on digital dossiers in Blackboard. We’ll also have model dossiers, and Jessica will be available for one-on-one consultations. Drop in for a slice and advice! Please RSVP so that we know how much pizza to order.

Presenter: Jessica Weiss, Faculty Development

Setting Up Your Grade Center
Thursday, January 11th, 2:00- 3:30 pm
Webinar: https://tinyurl.com/oc011118

You will be led through the essentials of the Grade Center in Blackboard and through how to set a up  “straight points” grading schema. The straight points schema is one in which points are simply tallied up to a final total, which determines the student’s final grade.

Presenter: Meg Taggart

Dossier Pizza Party, 3-5th year
Friday, January 12, 11:30-1:30 pm
SF 314

It’s Dossier Pizza Party Time for 3rd, 4th, and 5th year retention. Put those final touches on your retention dossiers before the deadline on Tuesday, January 16th. Share your pride in your accomplishments in teaching and your achievements in professional and creative activities and the process of presenting them in your dossier with your peers. We will answer your questions, provide supplies, and computers for you to use and share advice on digital dossiers in Blackboard. We’ll also have model dossiers, and Jessica will be available for one-on-one consultations. Drop in for a slice and advice! Please RSVP so that we know how much pizza to order. 

Presenter: Jessica Weiss, Faculty Development

HIPs Certificate: Diversity
Wednesday, January 17th, 9:00-3:00 pm
UU 311

This presentation will provide a framework for understanding how class and socioeconomic status impact student success, retention, and perseverance, and develop approaches to better serve our Pioneer students.

RSVP: https://tinyurl.com/yas7udno

Presenter: Sheila Burks, Alameda County Food Bank

Faculty Research Lounge
Wednesday, January 17th, 2:00-4:00 pm
SF 314

The Research Lounge is an informal gathering of faculty interested in sharing research findings in a casual, convivial setting. Speakers are self-selected. In January, Semih Yilmaz from HR&T will present on “The Role of ‘What-if’ for Sustainable Consumer Behavior and Beyond.” Those new to the group are welcome to jump right in and request a presentation date and time. We usually meet two Wednesday afternoons per quarter. 

Presenter: Semih Yilmaz, Hospitality, Recreation, and Tourism

5. Remember:

Wed. only evening classes in Winter will not meet this Wed. (Jan. 17). Monday only classes will meet on that night.

6.  From ORSP:

On Tuesday January 16, 11:30-1:00, ORSP will host a faculty networking activity called Research Speed Dating.”  During this fast-paced event, you will have an opportunity to network and learn about your colleagues’ research.  Similar to speed dating, you will share a 3-minute “elevator speech” with one another as you rotate around the room. The event will end with a networking luncheon.  All that you need to participate is a short elevator speech about your research activity and your curiosity about what your colleagues are doing.   This event will be located in SF 329.  Lunch will be provided; please RSVP to Anne Wing anne.wing@csueastbay.edu

7. Deadline for Students to Add Classes and File for June Graduation in January 16

Please remind your students. 

Have a great week. 

 
  
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