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Provost Communiqué for October 23, 2014


In This Issue:


CHPA Research Forum

“It’s Not You, It’s Me:”—The Fed’s Problem with Commitment

Date: Wednesday, November 5
Time: 3:30 p.m.
Location: Strong Hall 250
Presenter: Dr. C. Patrick Scott, Assistant Professor, Economics Department
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Dr. Scott will discuss how the Federal Reserve responds to changes in the economy when its target inflation rate changes over time. He will also talk about how to statistically estimate unobserved variables for which data is not available.

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Monday Morning Mentor

What Happens to Learning When Students Multitask?

A new program begins Monday, October 27

This Magna 20-Minute Mentor program is presented by Dr. Maryellen Weimer, Professor Emerita of Teaching and Learning at Penn State Berks. She is a recipient of Penn State’s Milton S. Eisenhower award for distinguished teaching, author of several best-selling books on teaching and learning, editor of Magna’s The Teaching Professor newsletter, and also writes the weekly Teaching Professor blog.


Fast Video the iMovie Way

Date: Tuesday, October 28
Time: 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Technology Training Center, Meyer Library 205
Presenter: Lanette Cadle
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How much can you say in a minute? Not a lot. How much can you show in a minute of video? Quite a bit, especially when using iMovie.

Participants will create a one-minute “What Does a ____Major Look Like?” video using photo files they bring and short video clips done in the workshop.

The workshop will be from 2:00–3:00 p.m. and there will be an optional one hour work period after the workshop.

Please register through My Learning Connection.


Office of Assessment

Balancing the Equation: A Professor’s Formula for Incorporating the Public Affairs Pillars into the Physics Classroom

Searching for innovative ways to incorporate the public affairs mission into your classroom? Think your topic makes it impossible? This summer, Dr. Shyang Huang embedded all three pillars into his introductory Physics courses and he’s sharing his method in the latest Assessment in Action blog post.

Inside You’ll Find:

  • ​A detailed breakdown of his one-of-a-kind process for incorporating public affairs into any course
  • Highlights of Dr. Huang’s teaching philosophy
  • ​Implications of public affairs on students’ future selves

Be sure to check out the full story on Dr. Huang’s strategies today!



Computer Services Presents

Blackboard Training Spotlight: Jumpstart Online

Want to learn about the basics of Blackboard but can’t make it to an in-person class? Not a problem! Computer Services offers an online Blackboard Jumpstart course that you can take anywhere at any time. This asynchronous course is comprised of a series of videos to help you find your way around Blackboard followed by a few short quizzes to reinforce what you are learning. If you’re interested, all you need to do is fill out a brief form on the Blackboard Training Opportunities page. From there, click the link on the top of the page to show the form. Taking this course will earn you a Blackboard White Belt, just as attending an in-person course would. Happy learning!​

See the Blackboard Blog to learn more about the great features in Blackboard. Don’t forget about all the opportunities for Blackboard training from Computer Services at the Help Desk website, and learn how you can become a Blackboard Black Belt while you’re there! Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter too!



Fall Noncredit Programs

How to Live on a Budget

Dates: Wednesdays, November 5 and 12
Times: 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Location: Meyer Alumni Center 4th Floor
Cost: $49
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The specific goal of this course is to help ANYONE at ANY financial threshold achieve IMPROVED financial well-being. It is a known fact people spend more time on planning their vacations these days than their personal finances. The better you plan your finances, the better and longer vacations you can have.

  • Day 1—Getting started on a budget; How to budget
  • Day 2—Credit Cards and what to do with new found money; Resetting a budget due to a new job, raise, etc.

Visit the how to live on a budget website for registration and more detailed course information.


Introduction to Photography

Dates: Tuesdays and Thursdays, October 28 and 30; November 4 and 6
Times: 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Location: Meyer Alumni Center 2nd Floor
Cost: $49
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This course will help the student learn the functions of their cameras (film or digital) and how to make better use of composition, lenses, lighting, software, flash units, and other equipment including tips and techniques for capturing photographs that stand out from the everyday snapshot image. In addition, this course is recommended to hobbyists, budding journalists that need to shoot their own stories, artists, and anyone else looking at improving their photographic imagery.

  • Day 1 – Fundamentals of Photography
  • Day 2 – Fundamentals of Photography Continued
  • Day 3 – Studio Visit and Studio Techniques
  • Day 4 – Critique of Photographs

Visit the introduction to photography website for registration and more detailed course information.


Grant Writing from Good to Great

Date: Friday, October 24
Location: Alumni 2nd Floor Board Room
Time: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Cost: $125
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This course will allow seasoned grant writers and newcomers the chance to understand and practice the essentials of writing grant proposals in an interactive and creative workshop! This course will help you with researching, learning how to locate funding sources, and provide grant writing tips and tutorials that have taken years of our expertise to cultivate. In addition, you will learn how to pursue grant funds. This is a course not to be missed.

Visit the Grant writing website for registration and more detailed course information.


Advanced Grant Writing

Date: Friday, November 14
Location: Alumni 2nd Floor Board Room
Time: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Cost: $125
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The advanced grant writing workshop is perfectly suited for those that have a basic understanding of the grant writing process and format. The workshop will cover establishing a grant strategy for an organization or project, cover in depth various federal grant writing concepts and strategies, and discuss advanced program development and evaluation techniques. Participants are encouraged to bring a copy of a proposal constructed to obtain feedback from the speaker as well as others in the course.

Visit the advanced grant writing website for registration and more detailed course information.


Calling All Faculty

The Call for CASL Research Stipend Applications for 2014–2015
is Now Open

Application deadline has been extended to Friday, October 31 at 5:00 p.m.

The Citizenship and Service-Learning office invites proposals for research stipends that will be of direct service to the community, including community-based research involving students. The stipend is a vehicle to accomplish the goals of a metropolitan university. For questions, please contact Kathy Nordyke at 836-5774.

Download CASL Research Stipend Guidelines and Proposal Form


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