Monday, January 24

4:00 - 5:00 PM - Pre-Tenure Paid Leave Report Presentation "Touring Utopia" presented by Adam Kaul
Wilson Center

4:30 PM - Women in Leadership Symposium
Reception and dinner (dinner by invite only) - College Center Loft
7:00 - 8:00 PM - Workshops, Olin Center

Tuesday, January 25

11:30 - 11:50 AM - Tuesday Reflection - Email Kramer, Classics
Ascension Chapel, Founders Hall, 2nd floor

4:30 PM - Women in Leadership Symposium roundtable with community leaders
Olin Cente Auditorium
7:00 - 8:00 PM Workshops
Olin Center

Wednesday, January 26

9:30 - 10:30 AM - Coffee and Conversation
CEC Conference Room, Sorensen Hall, 1st floor

12:00 - 1:00 PM - Bible Study Group
led by Pastor Priggie, for faculty, staff and administrators
Bring your lunch, and a Bible
Chicago Room, College Center

7:00 PM - Hispanic Film Festival: Sin Nombre
Rated R,. In Spanish with English subtitles, free of charge
102 Hanson Hall of Science

7:30 PM - Community Lecture Series - Umme Al-wazedi presents "Islamic Ethics, the Position of Women in the Qu'ran, in the Contemporary Society in Bangladesh, and in the Diaspora"
Old Main 122

Thursday, January 27

10:30 - 11:20 AM - Convocation: "East is East and West is West: Will the Twain Never Meet?" by Richard Halloran
Centennial Hall

7:00 PM - French Film Festival: Welcome
Not rated. In French with English subtitles, free of charge
304 Hanson Hall of Science

7:30 PM - Metamorphoses - a contemporary retelling of Ovid's classical tale.
General admission: $11 for adults; $9 for seniors (60+), students (full-time, any school), children, faculty/staff; $7 for students required to attend for class (faculty member must supply class roster in advance)
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

8:00 PM - Faculty Recital - Randall Hall, saxophone
Wallenberg Hall, Denkmann Building

Friday, January 28

4:00 PM - Friday Conversations: "Writing a Successful Grant Proposal"
3:30 PM - Refreshments
Wilson Center

Saturday, January 29

7:30 PM - Metamorphoses - a contemporary retelling of Ovid's classical tale.
General admission: $11 for adults; $9 for seniors (60+), students (full-time, any school), children, faculty/staff; $7 for students required to attend for class (faculty member must supply class roster in advance)
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

Sunday, January 30

1:30 PM - Metamorphoses - a contemporary retelling of Ovid's classical tale.
General admission: $11 for adults; $9 for seniors (60+), students (full-time, any school), children, faculty/staff; $7 for students required to attend for class (faculty member must supply class roster in advance)
Potter Theatre, Bergendoff Hall

Volume 8, Issue 19 - January 24, 2011

Faculty News

An article Deb Bracke (Education) co-authored with Dr. Peter Hlebowitsh (University of Iowa) was recently published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Reading, Writing, and Literacy. The title of their article was, "The Process of Reading Instruction Under No Child Left Behind Influences." Rather than examining the 'product' effects of NCLB, they examined the 'process' effects of NCLB; that is the reported manner in which teachers had actually changed the ways they teach. Their analysis of the data demonstrated a dramatic swing toward more low-level teaching strategies, test preparation, and a narrowly conceived reading experience. Reading teachers reported that they had become more reliant on drill and isolated skill development and had reduced the range and content of literature available to their students. They also indicated that the overall scope of their instructional freedom was constrained by the standards and sanctions associated with NCLB. Their conclusion was that the gravitational pull of NCLB has likely put the elementary classroom teacher in the spot of thinking exclusively about raising test scores, which inevitably leads to a focus on test preparation and measured skill development - not more enlightened teaching.

 

Jennifer Burnham (Geography) attended the Association of American Geographers West Lakes Regional Meeting (October 22-23, 2010) at Western Illinois University. She accompanied two geography majors who presented research posters on their senior research projects.

Ryan Biesterfeld: "The Spatial Distribution of Methyl Mercury in High Arctic Avian Species"

Ryan Johnson: "The Effects of Upper Mississippi River Dams on Riverbed Sediment Size"

 

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2010-11 Presidential Research Fellowship Award: