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Stetson Alum to be honored by the Council of Undergraduate Research 

UWM Researcher Sarah Caudill to Be Honored at CUR’s 2017 Posters on the Hill

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U Wisconsin-Milwaukee researcher Sarah Caudill © 

Sarah Caudill, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Physics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, will receive the Honorary CUR Fellows Award at an April 26 reception during the Council on Undergraduate Research’s 2017 Posters on the Hill event on Capitol Hill. Caudill, a 2006 Posters on the Hill participant, contributed to the discovery of gravitational waves through the Caltech-MIT Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).

Posters on the Hill, CUR’s signature student advocacy event, is held in partnership with the American Chemical Society. Accompanied by their faculty mentors, 60 exceptional undergraduates will share their research on April 25–26 with Members of Congress, congressional staff, and federal government officials, as well as highlight the value of federal investment in undergraduate research.

Said Caudill, “Looking back now, having the ability to participate in undergraduate research at Stetson University and Caltech was the most important factor in determining my future career. It opened up a world of experiences and connections that made the transition into a full-time scientist possible for a small-town girl. I never dreamed that I would be part of the team that confirmed the detection of the first gravitational waves last year. We have now opened the window of astronomical observation into the dark side of the universe to directly see things that we couldn’t before. The detections not only allowed us to see the collisions of black holes for the first time but also provided measurements of the most massive stellar-mass black holes and some of the best tests of Einstein’s General Relativity theory to date.”

Questions about the 2017 Posters on the Hill event may be directed to Lindsey Thomas.

This article is reprinted from the Council on Undergraduate Research

Dr. Glenn Hutchinson visits Stetson University to discuss immigration service project at FIU

As part of his work with the Stetson Writing Center, Dr. Hutchinson presented a talk on his work with Florida International University students “Writing and Immigrant Rights: Letters to a Detention Center”.

“I quickly realized that my students had already experienced such hardships when deportation affected their own families,” he said. “One student shared how he and his brother had to live without their mother. He continues to attend college and he wants to change the laws to make it possible for his mother to return to the United States.”

Read more about his visit at the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

Website Helps International Students Find Jobs

Lou Paris stood before 24 students in his International Business class at Stetson University, sprinkling real-life experiences with textbook theories.

Stetson Visiting Lecturer Lou Paris talks to students in his class in the Stetson School of Business Administration.

“It’s hard these days to distinguish between business and international business,” he said, drawing on his many years of living abroad, first as a child in his native Venezuela and later in Canada, the United States and Europe.

But while large businesses and corporations are becoming more inclusionary, he pointed out that distinct cultural differences still exist between countries that are reflected in the dress, food, music, attitudes and lifestyles of the people.

“Every country is ethnocentric to some degree. You hold your culture to be superior, no matter how large or small the country is,” he told a class that included students from China, Sweden and Germany, although most were Americans. “I challenge you to go outside your comfort zone.”

Paris, now a U.S. citizen, has practiced what he preaches as an entrepreneur and visiting lecturer in Stetson’s School of Business Administration, where he graduated in 2001 and received an M.B.A. in 2007.

In recent years, he developed a website, called Konkeros.com, that places international students in jobs with U.S. companies (Stetson University was the first implementer of this technology). He also heads an International Students Club at Stetson that usually meets once or twice a month to discuss all aspects of living and working in America. Business leaders often are invited to speak to the group.

Now, Stetson has developed a plan to build on his efforts and provide more help for international students to start careers in a competitive global market.

Rosalie Richards, Ph.D., associate provost for Faculty Development at Stetson.

“Lou identified a demand by our international students and unselfishly volunteered his time and talent to this important work,” said Rosalie Richards, Ph.D., associate provost for Faculty Development. “As a result, he has inspired the University to formalize his efforts. We have developed a comprehensive plan to boost international student engagement, talent development, and career success and thus, provide an excellent return on investment for these students and their families.”

When Stetson’s plan is fully funded, she said, it will provide a full-time advocate who will continue to develop relationships with potential employers.

“The program will include internship support and the continued use of Konkeros.com will be a strong component. We also anticipate sharing what we learn because at Stetson, what’s good for international students is good for all students,” Richards added.

STUDENTS FROM 55 COUNTRIES
Last year, 185 undergraduate students at Stetson came from outside the United States, making up 6 percent of the student body. They were from 55 countries, according to Stetson’s Office of Institutional Research.

Paris said many of them major in International Business.

“They all know I was an international student,” he said. “Their questions can range from, ‘What do I do with a speeding ticket to I need a job to stay in the U.S.?’ ”

And that one question led to the idea of developing the website listing “tens of thousands” of employers, so foreign students could connect with companies that hire graduates with diverse cultural backgrounds.

“I asked the students what they needed to (find) a job. Their most common wish was to know what companies were hiring international students. So I didn’t waste time. I built a database,” he said. “I created something that no one else does by ranking companies by the best to least likely to hire students in the fields they majored in.”

Traditional job fairs were intimidating for some students, he said. One Venezuelan student broke down crying in Paris’ office, after she was unable to make even the most basic connection.

“I was very upset. She was so bright, but got no chance. I thought there was a need to help navigate the madness,” Paris said. “That was the catalyst for the site.”

SAVING STUDENTS TIME
Lucas Diniz, 24, graduated from Stetson last May with a degree in finance. Thanks to the Konkeros website and Paris, he quickly found a job at Product Quest Manufacturing in Daytona Beach. He’s a market research analyst working mainly on over-the-counter generic brands for stores like CVS.

“It saved time by narrowing down the companies that actually hire international students. When you just look for a job on your own, there can be a lot of wasted energy, where you go out on interviews only to hear they don’t hire international students,” Diniz said. “Lou (Paris) and Konkeros helped me select jobs where there was the most probability of getting hired.”

Paris said international students often feel like underdogs with no family or friends in the area to lean on for support. But on the flip side, that often builds character.

“They are tested more at a younger age in the ways of the world. They are more mature. They want to stay for the opportunities, or because their country is in shambles like in Venezuela, or they simply like the American way of life,” said Paris, whose father had owned a construction company in Venezuela when he was growing up.

Paris said he expects other colleges throughout the state and country in the near future to offer Konkeros as word spreads of its success.

“My goal is to get this in the hands of all international students in the United States. That would be incredible,” he said. “It’s the foundation for colleges to build upon. It can help them with admissions, attracting more international students by showing them that they can achieve their goals, and stay and work in the U.S.”

March 30, 2017 in Stetson Today

Independent Lab Finds Safe Drinking Water at Stetson

Nicole Porther, Ph.D., visiting assistant professor of public health, worked with students in her Foundation of Environmental Health Sciences class to investigate drinking water at Stetson.

Update: The Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience will host a “flash forum” on the results of water quality testing at Stetson University on Wednesday, March 29, at the Rinker Environmental Learning Center from 6:30-8 p.m.

At the request of Stetson University, the city of DeLand and an independent certified laboratory tested the water in four buildings on campus and found the water is safe for drinking, and meets all state and federal requirements.

The city of DeLand collected water samples this month from Davis Hall, Flagler Hall, Sage Science Center and University Hall, including from water fountains and bathroom sinks, and sent the samples to the independent Pace Analytical Services’ laboratory. Those tests showed the samples meet all standards for safe drinking water, said Keith Riger, director of DeLand’s Public Services. [Read Article at Stetson Today]

 

10th Annual Florida Statewide Symposium: Best Practices in Undergraduate Research

You are invited to participate in the 10th Annual Florida Statewide Symposium: Best Practices in Undergraduate Research at the University of Central Florida.  Last year faculty, administrators, and academic staff members from 24 institutions across Florida participated in this event.

When: October 27-28, 2017
What10th Annual Florida Statewide Symposium: Best Practices in Undergraduate Research

Keynote: Dr. Bethany M. Usher, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, George Mason University.  The title of her keynote presentation is “Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research through the QEP.”

The deadline for presentation abstract submission and registration is September 8, 2017 (opens in mid-June).  Please visit www.researchsymposium.ucf.edu for symposium details including the tentative schedule and previous event programs.

For details contact Kimberly R. Schneider at OUR@ucf.edu or 407-823-3125

Last chance to register for the 2017 Colloquium!

Join us on April 7th for the 3rd Annual Colloquium on Teaching & Learning Innovation!  Where else can you explore project-based learning, contemplative practices and engage with potential community partners?

Registration Deadline: March 31
Onsite registration available.

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KEYNOTE

Project-based learning is an effective strategy for engaging students in authentic learning experiences that can develop a wide range of transferable skills and abilities.  Using Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s curriculum as a case study, I will describe how project-based learning can be used in and out of the major and across all four years of an undergraduate curriculum.   We will explore examples of projects on campus, in the local community, and around the globe.  I will present results from a study looking at the long-term impacts of project work on alumni, and will share some lessons learned from four decades of project-based education at WPI. 

Dr. Richard F. Vaz serves as the inaugural Director of Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) Center for Project-Based Learning. The Center provides support to colleges and universities looking to implement or enhance project-based learning. In his prior role as dean of interdisciplinary and global studies, he had oversight of WPI’s interdisciplinary degree requirement, the Interactive Qualifying Project.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS

  • The Courage to Teach: Using a Faculty Learning Community to  Reframe the Role of the Professor
  • Inspire Change – Intervene!
  • Program Design for Outside Classroom Experiences
  • Diversifying Student Leadership
  • Project based learning using Raspberry Pi
  • Simulations, Technology and Flipped Classes: How Best to Engage?
  • Minding the Gap: Engaging Conversations and Difficult Dialogues
  • Transgressive Transformations : Explorations of Activist Education
  • How to Be a Productive Writer During the Semester
  • Integrating the best of both worlds: Problem based learning in a learner centered course
  • Global Collaboratory
  • How Much is Grade Inflation and How Much is More Effective Education?
  • Being present: contemplative practices to increase student learning and to keep you sane

WORLD Class Lunch & Learn Recap: March 2017

Faculty Insight: Faculty participants each discussed their preliminary ideas for potential study abroad programs. Dr. Phillip Lucas kicked off the discussion by describing his experience designing his upcoming faculty-led study abroad program in Camino de Santiago, Spain. He provided his background in religious studies and pilgrimages and explained the process of being nominated for a WORLD Class Travel Award to participate in a CIEE International Faculty Development Seminar on the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage.  This experience laid the ground work for preparing him to work with CIEE and WORLD to develop a Faculty-Led Study Abroad program for students.  Lucas explained that by working with CIEE and WORLD on the logistics of the program, he was free to concentrate on the integrity of the academic program. He also described his experience recruiting students for the program and strongly recommended that new faculty work with an international provider to develop their programs.

 How to Develop New Programs:  Brent Spencer, international learning program coordinator at WORLD, led a discussion on the Nuts and Bolts of developing a new faculty-led study abroad program.  Most participants at the lunch & learn were new to study abroad program development.  A robust discussion with questions and answers followed including conversation on how to find good providers for program logistics, different models for structuring faculty-led study abroad, timeline and steps for developing a new program, risk management, how to find financing to keep programs affordable for students, student scholarship resources, and resources WORLD provides for faculty and students throughout the process.

Participants were encouraged to make an appointment to meet with Brent Spencer to discuss their specific ideas for programs for next year.

Register now for the 2017 Colloquium for Teaching and Learning Innovation

Innovative Approaches to
Tackling Complex Challenges

April 7-8, 2017

The 3rd annual Colloquium on Teaching & Learning Innovation  addresses or responds to innovative approaches to tackling complex challenges. Join colleagues from across the nation for a celebration of learning excellence.

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

Submit your proposal by March 20th, 2017
Call for Proposals

Share teaching and learning innovations, gains you have made in any area of learning, present new ideas, and more.

As part of the Colloquium, the  Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence is thrilled to host a two-day project-based learning track as part of the Colloquium on Teaching and Learning Innovation. The workshop will be delivered by Dr. Rick Vaz and colleagues from the Center for Project-Based Learning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).

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Colloquium Themes

  1. Integrative Learning and Signature Work
  2. Persistence, Retention, and Grit
  3. Teaching and Learning Innovations
  4. The Teacher-Scholar
  5. The Brown Innovation Symposium

Call for Proposals: 2017 Colloquium on Teaching and Learning Innovation

imageThere’s something for everyone at the annual Colloquium on Teaching and Learning Innovation, hosted by Stetson University. The 2017 Colloquium offers two tracks for participants to engage:

  • April 7: presenters or participant
  • April 7-8: two-day embedded Project-Based Learning track

Join colleagues from across the nation for a celebration of learning excellence. Share teaching and learning innovations, gains you have made in any area of learning, present new ideas, and more.

Innovative Approaches to Tackling Complex Challenges

April 7-8, 2017
Stetson University, Deland, FL
Rinker Auditorium – Lynn Business Center (LBC)
(corner of N. Woodland Blvd and Michigan Ave [MapIt])

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Universities and colleges are rich in human and intellectual capital. Yet, all too often, these resources stay bound in the academy and are not accessible to our communities. How do we create learning environments in which students, staff, faculty, and others collaborate to tackle complex societal challenges?

 

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Project-based learning is an effective strategy for engaging students in authentic learning experiences that can develop a wide range of transferable skills and abilities.  Using Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s curriculum as a case study, I will describe how project-based learning can be used in and out of the major and across all four years of an undergraduate curriculum.   We will explore examples of projects on campus, in the local community, and around the globe.  I will present results from a study looking at the long-term impacts of project work on alumni, and will share some lessons learned from four decades of project-based education at WPI. 

Dr. Richard F. Vaz serves as the inaugural Director of Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s (WPI) Center for Project-Based Learning. The Center provides support to colleges and universities looking to implement or enhance project-based learning. In his prior role as dean of interdisciplinary and global studies, he had oversight of WPI’s interdisciplinary degree requirement, the Interactive Qualifying Project.

Dr. Vaz received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from WPI, and has been a member of the WPI Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty since 1984. He has also held systems and design engineering positions with Raytheon, GenRad, and the MITRE Corporation.

Presentation Track: Call for Proposals

The Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence invites proposals to the Colloquium that offer or address innovative approaches to tackling complex challenges. Presentations will take place on April 7, 2017.
Proposal submission deadline: March 20, 2017
Submission details 

Project-Based Learning Track: Call for Applications

The  Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence is thrilled to host a two-day project-based learning track as part of the Colloquium on Teaching and Learning Innovation. The institute will be delivered by Dr. Rick Vaz and colleagues from the Center for Project-Based Learning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Widely recognized as a high-impact educational practice, project-based learning (PBL) is increasingly being used to enhance student learning and skill development.  Participants will explore ways to use PBL engage students with real-world, complex challenges.
Apply 

Registration

All participants must register.
Online registration opens: March 7, 2017
Deadline for online registration: March 31, 2017
Onsite registration available
 

Travel and Accommodations

Stetson University’s DeLand campus is located approximately half-way between Daytona Beach and Orlando, just off of I-4 in the Sunshine State of Florida.
Details

Information

Questions? Contact browncenter@stetson.edu or (386) 822-7931.

Past Events

2017 Colloquium
2016 Colloquium
2015 Colloquium

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