Our spring Faculty Institute was a success. As usual, we began the day with coffee from 8:00-8:30 a.m. in the lobby of Talbot Hall. Dr. Stephen Hulbert spoke to the faculty about the mid-year budget cuts. Dr. Chad Turner invited the faculty to the breakout session about the Research Council. Dr. R. Allen Alexander presented the Wal-Mart Excellence in Academic Advising Award. Then the faculty was treated to an excellent presentation by Dr. Roger Casey (VP of Academic Affairs & Provost) of Rollins College. His presentation was on “Minding the Millenniums”. To view Dr. Casey’s presentation, click here.
Breakout Session Information
|Dr. Betty Kleen||Student Cheating||Both|
|Dr. Kleen’s discussion topics will include:
What are today’s most popular cheating methods used by students?
What types of activities do students perceive as cheating?
What do students perceive as appropriate sanctions for cheating?
|Dr. Ellen Barker||Writing Across the Curriculum||Both|
|Dr. Barker will conduct an open forum for faculty to express their concerns about student writing; their interest in having a writing-across-the curriculum program re-established at Nicholls to discuss methods of integrating writing into all disciplines; and to discuss what she did with WAC at her former institution, where faculty were paid a stipend for participating in a WAC program in their disciplines.|
|Ms. Angelle Cauillouet and
Ms. Brenda Haskins
|Keeping Textbooks Affordable –
It’s A Nicholls Thing
|The presentation will focus on the bookstore and faculty partnering that will aid in making wise, conscientious decisions in selecting textbooks and course work that is affordable to Nicholls State University students. This will include:
|Dr. Cynthia Vavasseur||Audacity for Beginners||Both|
|Audacity is free, open source, software for recording and editing sounds. Using Audacity, one can record (a) speeches, comments, and opinions, (b) sounds for PowerPoint presentations, (c) podcasts, and (d) much more. Dr. Vavasseur will be demonstrating how to download Audacity and how to create a project using the software. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops to the workshop in order to create a sample project.|
|Ms. Stacey Guidry||Disability Services: Who’s covered and what are reasonable accommodations?||Both|
|This breakout session will explore who is covered under law as a person with a disability and the registration process for Disability Services. The responsibilities of the instructor and student will be discussed along with what is considered a reasonable and unreasonable accommodation.|
|Dr. Chad Turner||Nicholls Research Council||1st session only|
|Research Council has $25,000 to award as “seed money” grants to jumpstart worthy research projects. Anyone who does research at Nicholls is eligible to apply. Come find about our (easy) application process and get a few pointers on how to make your project more likely to be funded.|
|Ms. Debi Benoit and Ms. Happy Ridenour||Research and Sponsored Programs 101||2nd session only|
|Debi and Happy will provide an overview of the information available on the ORSP website. Please join them for a “soup to nuts” abridgement which includes resources on proposal writing, budgets, sponsors, and routing.|