10/28/21 Academic Affairs Brief

Faculty & Academic Staff Weekly Updates

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

Provost's Forum - Nov. 3 (10 a.m. - noon)


The next Provost's Forum will focus on engaging faculty in the "what", "how", and "why" of our emerging Academic Vision that should be designed to achieve our future academic goals for Champlain College. As President Finney announced at the Oct. 13 Town Hall, we are constructing a building (there is a comprehensive campaign approved by the Board of Trustees). That’s just an empty box. We need to figure out what to put in it, and what resources we need in order to do that. Faculty participation in this process is essential. We also want to provide some clarity around a realistic timeline for doing this important work. - Monique

This Brief Includes:


  • COVID-19 Update

  • Record Great Videos with the Lightboard

  • Extraordinary Women's Tea

  • CLT Lunch: Build-Your-Own-Grilled Cheese

  • Fall Student Survey Results

COVID-19 UPDATE

Our COVID dashboard is updated each day we have testing results. The date at the top reflects the last day the data was refreshed.

WHAT'S NEW*S

RECORD GREAT VIDEOS WITH THE LIGHTBOARD

Are you looking for a way to record your next lesson? Do you want a stylish educational video to use? The CLT offers their new Lightboard Studio to Champlain College staff and faculty. Record up to a 20-minute video with CLT assistance using professional equipment or your own cell phone! Click here to sign up for an appointment, and click here for an example of what the Lightboard can do. If you have any questions or want more information, please contact studio assistant Maya Gastman or Caroline Toy.

EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN’S TEA

Students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend the Extraordinary Women’s Tea at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 10 via Google Meets at this link or for an in-person watch party in the Women’s and Gender Center at the same time.

The speakers for this event include:

  • Dr. Monique Taylor, Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Champlain College

  • Christine Hallquist, Executive Director of the Vermont Community Broadband Board

  • Jill Krowinski, Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives

CLT LUNCH: BUILD-YOUR-OWN-GRILLED CHEESE

Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 3 after the Provost Forum! Drop in to the CLT any time between 12:15 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to have some lunch and catch up with faculty and staff colleagues. The CLT team will provide the ingredients and tools, and you can design your own sandwich (or eat one of our creations if you're in a hurry). Gluten-free and vegan ingredients will be available in addition to traditional grilled cheese fixings.

RESULTS FROM FALL STUDENT SURVEYS ARE IN

For the past several years we have asked first-year students to complete a week-4 survey. The non-anonymous survey helps us triage emergent student issues and guide students toward resources and interventions. It also provides interesting data. For 2020 and 2021, we added pandemic-related questions. We learned, among other things, that more than half of 2021 first-year students attended their last year of high school mostly or entirely remotely, with 26% fully remote; 38% feel somewhat (27%) or very (11%) unprepared for college.


Given the unusual learning conditions engendered by the pandemic, in 2020 and 2021 we administered a week-5 survey to continuing students. This year second-year students completed a non-anonymous survey that allowed us to triage issues and guide students toward resources. Junior and senior students answered similar questions, and their survey was anonymous. You can learn more about how students are coping in this report.

REMINDERS - So Good, It's Worth Repeating!

DIVERSITY SPEAKER SERIES: PHILONISE FLOYD

The Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center is pleased to present Philonise Floyd (brother of George Floyd) who will address his unique perspective on "The Impact of George Floyd’s Death on Race Relations." The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. in person at the Flynn Center in Downtown Burlington. Following the talk will be a panel of community members including our own Provost Monique Taylor, Ph.D. for an evening of reflection. Click here for more details and ticket information.

THE LIBRARY’S 14TH ANNUAL CHILI COOK OFF - THIS FRIDAY!

Join the library on Friday, Oct. 29 from 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. for the 14th annual Chili Cook-Off! Sample delicious chili prepared by your colleagues and vote on your favorite. Be there by 3:15 p.m. to vote on the People's Choice award.


HOW YOU CAN USE THE GREEN REVOLVING FUND (GRF)

Faculty are invited to take advantage of the Green Revolving Fund (GRF) before the next proposal deadline of Monday, Nov. 1. The GRF is a fund that supports energy efficiency projects here on campus. Also, the fund has a portion available for projects proposed by Champlain College community members. The GRF aims to fund projects that:

  • Promote awareness and understanding of sustainability in education, campus culture and behavior

  • Directly or indirectly reduce Champlain's environmental impact

  • Encourage student participation, learning and leadership

  • Engage members of the Champlain community

  • Use funding cost-effectively

Learn more at www.champlain.edu/greenfund. Have an idea for a project? Email us the idea and we'll give you feedback on how best to proceed. Proposal Form found here: Student/Campus Community Member. Proposals for projects are due Nov. 1 and March 1.

EMILY COHEN - DEFINING YOUR DIFFERENTIATOR

AIGA VT, Solidarity of Unbridled Labour, and Champlain College have invited Emily Cohen to Burlington on Wednesday, Nov. 3 from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. The lecture, entitled, Defining Your Differentiator, is about uncovering and defining what makes you, you. Emily is a business consultant to creatives and author of Brutally Honest. She'll will begin the afternoon with a talk and Q/A session focused on why positioning is important and how you can evaluate and define ways to differentiate your services within a highly saturated market. It is free to all Champlain students, faculty, and staff. RSVP here. The talk will be held in the Alumni Auditorium following the Provost Forum.

TEACH IN 90 SECONDS

We invite you to check out TEACH, a snack-size profile of Champlain's Technology, Engagement And Creative Heroes who in 90 seconds share REALLY COOL tips and tools that make learning and teaching more technology rich, engaging, and creative. All faculty and staff are invited to TEACH in 90 seconds by contributing 90 seconds of content (text, video, slide decks, web links, etc) directly to Caroline Toy. Submitters will win a Perky Planet gift certificate! Beware that you may receive a special invitation to share your tips and tools if word gets out that you are a hero!

FALL ACADEMIC CALENDAR DATES


  • 10/25 - 11/5 - Registration for Spring

  • 11/12 - Last Day to Withdraw from a class

  • 11/24 - 11/26 - Thanksgiving Break

  • 12/13 - 12/17 - Finals Week

  • 12/20 - 1/16 - Winter Break

Employee COVID-19 Reporting Form

Employees should utilize this form to notify the College they have tested positive for COVID-19 or been identified as a close contact by a primary care provider or health entity such as the Vermont Health Department.