12/16/21 Academic Affairs Brief

Faculty & Academic Staff Weekly Updates

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WISHING YOU A WONDERFUL WINTER BREAK

“To build community requires vigilant awareness of the work we must continually do to undermine all the socialization that leads us to behave in ways that perpetuate domination.” – in memory of bell hooks, author of Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope (2003)

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES

  • Final grades due in WebAdvisor - Dec. 19 by 11:59 p.m.

  • Spring 2022 classes begin Jan. 17

This Brief Includes:

  • COVID-19 Update

  • Final Grade Submission Reminder

  • Freeman Foundation Asia Internship Extended Deadline

  • Cyber Security Training

  • Change to Academic Calendar - Fall 2022

  • Classroom Technology Support

  • REMINDERS: So Good, It's Worth Repeating!

COVID-19 UPDATE

This message was sent to all students on Monday, notifying them of our plans for opening campus in the spring. Details include:

    • Boosters required for eligible students (including students studying abroad)

    • Pre-arrival testing required for residential students

    • Masking to continue in the spring semester

    • The Testing Center will continue to have Monday-Friday hours for students in the spring.

    • Reminder about our Community Health Pledge

The COVID dashboard is updated.

WHAT'S NEW*S

FINAL GRADE SUBMISSION REMINDER


All final grades are due in WebAdvisor on Sunday, Dec. 19 by 11:59 p.m. Submitting grades by the deadline allows for uninterrupted end-of-semester academic processing in the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar’s Office is grateful for all the work that is put into submitting final grades. Any questions, please reach out to registrar@champlain.edu.

CHANGE TO ACADEMIC SCHEDULE - FALL 2022

Beginning fall 2022, campus classes will return to a five-day per week schedule, including the resumption of classes on Wednesdays to accommodate an anticipated larger incoming first-year class in fall 2022. Resuming classes on Wednesdays provides classroom space for the course sections needed with the larger enrollment.

In addition, the five-day-per-week schedule provides more flexibility for students to incorporate more study time, breaks, and well-being opportunities throughout the entire week. Wellness and resiliency programming will continue through InSight and be enhanced through other campus well-being resources. Well-being will continue to be a priority for students and our entire community, with the goal of integrating positive education and well-being knowledge, strategies, and practices into everything we do.

FREEMAN FOUNDATION ASIA INTERNSHIP EXTENDED DEADLINE


Should you know of a student who might be interested in applying (or finishing their application if they've started it), for the Freeman Foundation Asia Internship program, the deadline has been extended to Tuesday, Dec. 21. Review of applications will take place over Winter Break with final decisions by the start of next semester. Here is the link to the application portal, and information about the program and the application process is attached. Note, there are some signature documents required for the application that needs to be done in person, but students can still submit all other materials by Dec. 21 through the portal and then take care of these in-person documents the week of Jan. 17, 2022. If students have any issues with the application via the portal, please have them contact Elin Melchior (emelchior@champlain.edu). Thank you for your support of this transformative program!

CYBER SECURITY TRAINING

As part of Champlain’s continuous efforts to strengthen information security, the Information Systems department is rolling out an installment of cyber security training. All current faculty and staff will be required to take this training, which consists of two short modules entitled “Malware and Ransomware” and “Introduction to Phishing Emails and Websites.”

You will soon receive a notification from the “Security Education Platform” that includes your personal training link. Each of these modules will take about 20 minutes to complete and will be due by Friday, Feb. 25, 2022. It is important that the institutional process around information security awareness training be consistent to create a comprehensive baseline across the entire community. We appreciate your commitment to the training as it is an important next step to further strengthen our information security at Champlain College.

CLASSROOM TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT

In response to faculty feedback, we are looking at ways to ensure that there is improved support for spring semester classroom technology needs. To kick off the start of the semester, Josh Blumberg, Director of Academic Technology, will offer a workshop, “Classroom Technology and Supporting Remote Attendees" @ 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 14, 2022 (stay tuned for a formal invite).

In addition:

  • Information Systems is auditing their inventory of monitors to determine how many additional monitors can be deployed in classrooms

  • Media Services will audit classrooms over the break to identify issues with microphones and webcams

If you are teaching in a room that doesn't have a document camera, there are extras available. We also have portable amplifiers available in the Provost Office or in the CLT. These devices help project your voice when you speak in front of the class while wearing a mask. Reach out to Josh Blumberg if you are interested in a document camera or portable amplifier.

Reminder: when you have any issues with the technology set-up in specific classrooms, please submit a Champ Support request.

REMINDERS - So Good, It's Worth Repeating!

SEEKING NOMINATIONS FOR CIC'S FACULTY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) is now accepting nominations for the following programs and workshops! Lodging, most meals, and workshop materials will be provided through various foundations. Interested faculty members must be nominated by the Provost as part of the application process. Please email Monique Taylor at mtaylor@champlain.edu by Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, to request to be nominated. Please indicate in the email which program you are interested in.

CCSJ SPRING 2022 FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

The Center for Community and Social Justice (CCSJ) is pleased to announce the Spring 2022 Fellowship program. The Center will support three fellows who partner with us this spring on projects of mutual interest. Full-time staff and faculty are encouraged to apply. Each CCSJ fellowship carries a $2500 stipend for the semester. The deadline for submitting your application is Friday, Jan 14, 2022.

SPRING 2022 ACADEMIC CALENDAR DATES

  • 12/20-1/16 - Winter Break

  • 01/17 - Spring 2022 classes start

  • 01/17-01/21 - Add/Drop Period

  • 03/06 - Midterm Grades Due

  • 03/14-03/18 - Spring Break

  • 03/28-04/8 - Registration for Summer

  • 04/08-Last Day to withdraw from a course or the College

  • 04/27 - Deadline for incomplete grade requests

  • 04/29 - Deadline for medical withdrawals

  • 05/02-06 - Finals Week

  • 05/14 - Commencement

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.