Welcome Back Week 2018

Here is a schedule of events to provide information and welcome back faculty for the upcoming academic year.

Welcome Back Week Schedule

    9:00 - 9:10 am Light Refreshments
    9:15 - 9:25 am Welcome and Review of SRC Changes
    • Jeanine Ward-Roof, Vice President for Student Affairs
    9:30 - 9:45 am Innovation and Partnerships
    • David Eisler, President
    9:50 - 10:10 am WALK TO SWAN BUILDING
    10:15 - 10:35 am Update on HLC
    • Kristi Haik, Co-Chair HLC Steering Committee
    • Jeff Ek, Co-Chair HLC Steering Committee
    10:40 - 11:00 am Strategic Plan
    • Spence Tower, Professor and 2019-2024 Strategic Plan Co-Chair
    11:30 am - 1:00 pm FFA Fall Luncheon 
    1:00 - 1:20 pm Academic Literacy Center Tour
    • Paul Blake, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
    1:25 - 1:45 pm Quality Initiative
    •Jennifer Hegenauer, Executive Director of Research, Planning, and Assessment & Project Manager for the HLC Quality Initiatives
    2:00 - 3:50 pm Training 1: Beginning MyDegree Training
    • Amy Buse, Professor

    This session is an overview of the various tools within MyDegree: 1) the degree audit, tracks students’ progress; 2) the “What-If” feature, used to help students explore other degree options; 3) Notes; 4) the GPA calculator; and 5) the NEW planner, helps students plan their course sequence and the University plan course need. This is an overview of each tool and not a deep dive.
    4:00 - 5:00 pm Training 2: New MyDegree Planner Tool
    • Amy Buse, Professor

    In August, MyDegree launched a new planner tool. The tool has many additional features including a specific grade required on a course, the location and modality of where/how a student would like to take a course, making certain requirements critical, place holder requirements, and the ability to give students a choice between multiple courses, just to name a few.
    8:00 am - 4:00 pm Academic Senate Retreat 
    For more information, contact Melinda Isler, Secretary, Academic Senate (x3731, [email protected])
    9:00  - 10:00 am Disability and Accessibility
    • Marie Yowtz, Associate Professor

    FAQs about disability and accessibility will be discussed. Bring your questions and get the scoop!
    10:00 - 11:30 am Community: Engagement - Impact - Service - Learning
    • Tony Baker, Professor
    • Kristin Conley, Assistant Professor
    • Sarah Hinkley, Professor
    • Christian Peterson, Instructor

    Academic Affairs is reorganizing its civic engagement initiatives under the developing Office of Community Engagement. Academic Service Learning, the Political Engagement Project, and the Economic Inequality Initiative will continue its previous work with a renewed emphasis on coordinated local community impact. Stop by to learn about the planned activities and opportunities of each of these initiatives and how you can get involved.

    We are also introducing the Mecosta County Literacy – Learning Community
    FLITE 114
    1:00 - 4:30 pm Advising Mini-Conference
    (See specific times below for each session)

    The College of Arts and Sciences, in partnership with FCTL, is hosting an advisor training mini-conference. All new advisors looking for training prior to the start of fall advising are welcome to attend, as are experienced advisors who want to brush up. Come for any 25-minute session, or stay for the entire afternoon. Refreshments will be served and great advising resource books will be given away.

    Contact [email protected] or [email protected] for further information.
    1:00 - 1:25 pm Why and How We Do It: Resources and Information for Advisors
    1:30 - 1:55 pm Students in Distress: Recognizing and Referring
    • Lindsay Barber, Director of Birkam Health and Personal Counseling Center
    2:00 - 2:25 pm FERPA for Advisors
    • Kristen Salomonson, Dean of Enrollment Services and Director of Admissions and Records
    2:30 - 2:55 pm Advising TIP Students
    3:00 - 3:25 pm Policies and Forms (Academic Probation, Medical Withdrawals, etc.)
    3:30 - 3:55 pm MyDegree for Advisors
    • Sharmere Miller, MyDegree Programmer and Trainer
    4:00 - 4:30 pm Advising Hacks Panel: Experienced Advisors Share Their Best Tips
    • Jennifer Johnson, Professor
    • Christopher Redker, Associate Professor
    • Dave Schrock, Professional Programs Advisor
    • Christine Vonder Haar, Professor
    • Jenice Winowiecki, Professional Programs Advisor
    8:00 am - 2:00 pm Open for College, School, and Departmental Meetings
    SCI 126
    2:00 - 5:00 pm Student Research Fellowship (SRF) Symposium

    Please join us to hear our students share the results of their 10-week summer research projects! From 2-4 PM, students will give 7-minute presentations, followed by a poster session and reception (4-5 PM) with light refreshments to allow students and guests to further discuss their projects. Contact Wendy Stapp (x2547 or [email protected]), Office of Research & Sponsored Programs, for more information.
    5:00 - 6:30 pm FSUS Instructor Welcome Back Reception

    RSVPs should be made to [email protected] by Friday, August 24th. Contact Shelly VandePanne, Director of Student Academic Affairs, for questions.
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm Safe Zone Workshop
    • Brooke Moore, Faculty Coordinator of Special Projects
    • Eric Warner, Assistant Professor

    The Safe Zone Workshop is a university-wide training program that helps create and support an inclusive campus and a network of visible allies to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) community. Members of the FSU community who complete the workshop will be invited to be Safe Zone members by displaying a Safe Zone sticker in a visible location in, for example, their offices or residence halls. This identifies them as a friend, supporter, and safe place for LGTBQ persons seeking information, a listening ear, or other assistance.

    We hope you will join us. Please register by August 20th by emailing [email protected] or calling 231.591.3826. Participation in this workshop is limited to the first 30 faculty, staff, and students.
    9:00 - 9:50 am Collaborative Innovations
    • Developmental Curriculum: Kristin Conley
    • English, Literature, and World Languages: Roxanne Cullen, Deirdre Fagan, Heather Pavletic, and Melissa Smith
    • Math: Erin Militzer, Victor Piercey, Anil Venkatesh, Kirk Weller, and Lauren Cavner Williams
    • Nursing: Rhonda Bishop
    • Social Work: Mischelle Stone

    In this highly interactive session, faculty from five different departments will share details of their work on interdisciplinary, innovative instructional projects to inspire expansion of this type of work across the campus community.
    10:00 - 11:30 am Grants @ FSU
    • Kristi Haik, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences
    • Tom Dowling, Director, Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

    In this interactive session, you will learn how the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) can help you write and submit grants to external funding agencies, how to develop a grant budget (including direct and indirect costs), and what to do after you get the award (post-award responsibilities)!
    1:00 - 1:55 pm Shoah Training: Intro to the Shoah Archives
    • Barry Mehler, Professor

    The Shoah Visual History Archive contains over 54,000 eye witness accounts of major acts of genocide in the twentieth century, with over 115,000 hours of compelling testimony from victims and rescuers. The Archive also contains a robust set of tools, assessment instruments, and ready to use modules. A built-in video-editor is also included to help students create their own presentations. In this presentation, Dr. Mehler will explore the workings of the Archive and present some examples of how it has been used in courses from Math to Nursing and Sociology.
    2:00 - 2:55 pm Shoah Training: Intro to Iwitness
    • Barry Mehler, Professor
    • Ghada Mahdi, Instructor

    The Iwitness program contains 1,500 interviews along with structured modules that can be easily adopted for classroom use. The Iwitness program allows student to edit interviews and create their own digital presentations for class.
    3:00 - 4:00 pm Shoah Training: Panel Discussion

    The panel will consist of colleagues who are currently using the Shoah Archives for their classes. Come hear how they have used the archives with great success.
    11:00 am - 12:00 pm Training 1: Beginning MyDegree Training
    • Sharmere Miller, My Degree Specialist

    This session is an overview of the various tools within MyDegree: 1) the degree audit, tracks students’ progress; 2) the “What-If” feature, used to help students explore other degree options; 3) Notes;  4) the GPA calculator; and 5) the NEW planner, helps student’s plan their course sequence and the University plan course need. This is an overview of each tool and not a deep dive.

Printable Schedule

Session Resources

Monday Sessions

Strategic Plan - Spence Tower
Strategic Planning Process Update, August 17, 2018
Strategic Planning 2019-2024 Powerpoint August 2018 
Academic Literacies Center
ALC Brochure

Tuesday Sessions

Community Engagement - Impact - Service - Learning
Community Engagement 2018-2019 Powerpoint
Mecosta County Reads Powerpoint

Thursday Sessions

Grants - Kristi Haik and Tom Dowling
Grants WBW 2018 PowerPoint