B Y: G L EN D A HE N S L E Y M AR CH 1 8 , 20 1 3 Special Report The EYE on FYE Contest is open until March 22, 2013--- Encourage your students to get those entries in! We have more entries this year than ever and a wonderful variety of expressions of creativity. It is exciting to see the EYE on FYE Celebration come into its own as a university tradition! For more information, please visit here. EYE on FYE 3rd Annual Celebration Monday Evening, April 15th 2013 Please also mark your calendars to join us in the UC Multipurpose Room when we announce the winning contest entries, the 2012-13 FYE Advocate awards, winners of the Bucket List, and more!!!! The winning entry may just be from a student in your class and how special it will be for them if you are there – and who knows, maybe you will also be nominated as the FYE Advocate for 2012-13! During the event we will recognize these categories of excellence: Student finalists and winners for the EYE on FYE contest **Creative entries this year have expanded greatly and include over 40 videos, a multitude of creative writing and poetry entries, original songs, lots of visual artworks, and photography! FYE Advocate Awards: 2 winners (1 faculty and 1 staff) will be selected from student nominations. Time & Agenda: 4-6: Entries will be on display and open for view prior to event 5-6 – reception to honor faculty and staff nominees and student finalists 6-7 - Awards Ceremony 7-7:30 – reception continues for students Perspectives Multitasking and the Brain “….Einstein was brilliant precisely because he indulged in lateral thinking (as opposed to sharply focused thinking) by associating Newton’s ideas about gravity with particle physics. In much the same way, Anderson hopes that the iGeneration, through the neuroplasticity of their brains that will enable them to cope efficiently with large amounts of information, will be able to synthesize this great amount of data and possibly come up with some innovative discovers of their own.” (from Tomorrow’s Professor, post 1234 – linked below). And so, the debate continues, how does the multitasking of multiple streams on media and distraction affect our Generation X, Y, and Z students’ ability to express themselves effectively, to problem-solve, and to creatively imagine the world of their future. To read more from the article quoted above, please visit this page on the “Tomorrow’s Professor” post. It is an intriguing and well-balanced conversation – no answers – but it certainly will prompt more contemplation as we consider our work. http://cgi.stanford.edu/~dept-ctl/cgi-bin/tomprof/postings.php [to search the post enter the number of the posting (1234) in the box and press enter] The CORE March 20 Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination Reception: 3:30-5:30pm ----Illusions in the UC “Women Art Revolution” a New Lens Film Series --- 7-9pm BAC 130 Front Line A Civil Discussion about Open Government Wednesday, March 20, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. --- Blue Ridge Conference Room B. The Civil Discussion Series looks to encourage people from a broad spectrum of viewpoints to learn more about important events in our society. Please encourage your students and others to attend this second in the series. How would you feel if you are not able to know where and on what are your tax money spent? The 1st Amendment, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the states’ sunshine laws provide the legal basis for citizens and the media to access and review public records. However, there are times when these requests are refused by government agencies. Should the public be able to view all government documents? What should happen when citizens or the media are denied access? Does this pose a problem for our democratic system or is it sometimes necessary? The Communication Department in cooperation with the Citizenship and Civility Committee will host this one- hour civil discussion on open government. Joining us will be Angie Newsome, director and editor of Carolina Public Press, Dr. Todd Collins from the Political Science and Public Affairs department and Public Policy Institute director, Dr. Janet Ford, professor from Business Administration and Law and Sport Management Department, and Mary Ann Lochner, General Council at WCU. Contact Katerina Spasovska ([email protected]) for more information. CEO Reminders CALENDARS Student Life Calendar: For a complete listing of what's going on for students from intramurals, to concerts and lectures, to organizations, arts and culture, and so much more.... Events Calendar: Information on arts and culture at WCU - plays, concerts, art exhibits, films, and more... Service Learning: Current Events ACE: Arts and Cultural Events Calendar IT Training & Workshops: Calendar - For upcoming training and events, including Black Board, eBriefcase, and more and make sure to note Blackboard day on September 6th Potty Times: PEAKS communication with FY students. For more information, contact Laura Ansley. EVENTS “Daisy Bates: the First Lady of Little Rock” with filmmaker Sharon La Cruise March 19th, 2013 at 7:30pm in the UC Theatre – FREE Q&A with Sharon La Cruise after the screening Link to film and trailer: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/daisy-bates/film.html Link to event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/115742371933872/ Presented by: [email protected] in conjunction with South Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences* Join us April 4, 2013 in the Grand Room for these events Sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Affairs TRANSaction Day is the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network's (GLSEN) annual national day to encourage dialogue about gender identities, and to advocate for inclusive, safe schools for all students. The Day will include a panel, educational sessions, a town hall/dinner, and an expo of local organizations and information. LGBTQIA + Town Hall Join us for a gathering of local LGBTQIA + Affirming Organizations for a conversation about programs, services, and opportunities available and the needs of LGBTQIA + Western North Carolinians. Dinner will be provided from 5-6:45 pm For more information, contact Sarah Carter at [email protected] or extension 2617. OPPORTUNITIES Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 9a-12noon, Grand Room This fair is primarily geared to education majors, currently student teaching/doing internships. Communication sciences and disorders, counseling and psychology Masters level students are also recruited at this event. Registered schools: http://wcu.experience.com/stu/cf_registered_employers?fhnd=5997 Education Recruitment Fair th The 34 Annual International Festival Wednesday April 10 th Time: 10:00AM-3:00PM Throughout its 34 years, the Annual International Festival, or I-Fest, has provided the WCU community with a unique opportunity, namely, a chance to engage and explore world cultures and fascinating traditions through a wide range of mediums, including Food, Music, Dance and Artistry. If you or your department is interested in hosting a table to highlight certain programs or activities in your department, please contact Christopher Pedo at [email protected] or by phone at 828-227-2557. Monday, April 15th The awards ceremony will take place 6-7:30 pm. Guests may also walk through the entry exhibit between 4-6 pm for a sneak preview of all the wonderful creative works! EYE ON FYE Celebration Resource File Blackboard --- reference and participate in the Transition Pathways Course site.... Education Briefcase – resources and information for students and for faculty………. First-Year Seminar: Liberal Studies – resource guide for faculty teaching the first-year seminar … Transition Pathways: An instructor resource - resource guide for FYE transition course instructors … CFC on the Web --- help with teaching, technology, and more--- helping you do what you do better! FYE on the Web --- many resources and network links to help you along the way ….. QEP on the Web --- discover the possibilities - find the resources you need - find your path..... OrgSync -- https://orgsync.com/login/western-carolina-university --- the place for student clubs and organizations and other co-curricular opportunities .. FYE Message Board – A weekly e-journal for and by FY students. Engage students in the conversation of learning and experience – with each other! Submissions Invited Submissions invited for and about teaching in first-year courses: research; classroom observations; creative writing; poetry; short stories; biographical or autobiographical. TRANSITION PATHWAYS: The Blackboard Commons: If you teach an FYE Transition course, you will see it on your Blackboard menu under organizations – Contribute content and share your expertise! LC2 Group (Learning Community on Learning Communities) We invite you to join our group if you are interested to explore learning communities and how they can impact student learning in your classroom! You may learn more @ Learning Communities at WCU The Education Briefcase (eB) is now open to ALL undergraduate students! For information please contact Nory Prochaska, Chair of the eBriefcase Implementation Team. For general information about eB, visit the website. The next regular publication date is April 8, 2013 --- please let me know if you want to share updates about programs, events, or other opportunities for teaching and learning in FYE! Glenda Hensley, FYE Director [email protected] EYE on FYE Contest open until March 22, 2013!!! Last year’s Winning Artwork from Scott Hall!