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CELT Fall Faculty Book Group

Mondays, 2:00 to 3:00pm in R006
4 meetings: September 25, October 16, October 30, November 13
Led by: Sarah Lovern

Join colleagues for discussion of the book “The College Fear Factor: How Students and Professors Misunderstand One Another” by Rebecca D. Cox. Register by September 13 to get the book free.

About the book: Rebecca D. Cox draws on five years of interviews and observations at community colleges. She shows how students and their instructors misunderstand and ultimately fail one another, despite good intentions. Most memorably, she describes how easily students can feel defeated―by their real-world responsibilities and by the demands of college―and come to conclude that they just don’t belong there after all.

“The College Fear Factor” reveals how the traditional college culture can actually pose obstacles to students’ success, and suggests strategies for effectively explaining academic expectations.

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Faith, Learning and Vocation Book Group - Restoring the Soul of the University: Unifying Christian Higher Education in a Fragmented Age

Wednesdays 12:00-1:00 in R006
3 meetings: September 20, October 18, November 15

Faculty and staff are invited to join Bernard Bull as he leads this book discussion.

About the book: Has the American university gained the whole world but lost its soul? In terms of money, prestige, power, and freedom, American universities appear to have gained the academic world. But at what cost? We live in the age of the fragmented multiversity that has no unifying soul or mission. The multiversity in a post-Christian culture is characterized instead by curricular division, the professionalization of the disciplines, the expansion of administration, the loss of community, and the idolization of athletics. The situation is not hopeless. According to the authors of this book, Perry L. Glanzer, Nathan F. Alleman, and Todd C. Ream, Christian universities can recover their soul―but to do so will require reimagining excellence in a time of exile, placing the liberating arts before the liberal arts, and focusing on the worship, love, and knowledge of God as central to the university. Restoring the Soul of the University is a pioneering work that charts the history of the university and casts an inspiring vision for the future of higher education.

Register by Wednesday September 13 to receive the book for free.

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Servant Leader Roundtable

Thursday, August 10, 7:30-8:30am in the Lakeshore Room

The August meeting’s topic is: Character

“Thoughts become actions, actions become habits, habits become our character, and our character becomes our destiny.” ~ James Hunter

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Teaching via Video Conference

Wednesday, August 23, 12:00-1:00pm in LU006 (Media Viewing Room)
Susan Gallanis and Justin Frisque

Learn how to use Concordia University’s video conference equipment to connect and teach your course to other Concordia locations as well as best practices for teaching via video conference.

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Motivate, Engage, and Inspire: Tips for Teaching Modern Learners, a Magna Live Webinar

Thursday, August 31, 1:00-2:00pm in the Lakeshore Room

Presenter: Christy Price, EdD

This webinar provides you with a comprehensive look at the modern learner. Find out what makes Millennials tick, what’s different in how they learn (and why it’s different), and the research data that will help you understand what it all means.

Dr. Price will help you identify the teaching methods that work best for modern learners, including several strategies to better engage and motivate your Millennial students. She’ll focus on what she calls the five new R’s: Research, rationale, relaxed, rapport, and research-based methods. She’ll delve in-depth into each “R” and why each one is critical to helping your modern students succeed.

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Ancillary Research Agreements

Wednesday, September 13, 10:00-11:00am in the Lake Shore Room

Presented by Attorney Tom Hall

This program is brought to you by the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP).

This workshop will examine the different types of ancillary research agreements (confidentiality disclosure agreements, research agreements, material transfer agreements, etc.), when and why they are necessary, problematic clauses, and negotiation tips and tricks.

Learning Objectives: Participants will learn when an ancillary agreement may be necessary; become familiar with the differ types of ancillary agreements; learn problematic terms in ancillary research agreements; learn negotiation tips for ancillary agreements.

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Servant Leader Roundtable

Thursday, September 14, 7:30-8:30am in the Lakeshore Room

The September meeting’s topic is: Influence vs. Coercion

“If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.” ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Faculty Advising Part 1: The Nuts and Bolts of Advising

Thursday, September 14, 12:00-1:00pm in the Lakeshore Room
This is a Lunch n' Learn* led by Andy Miller, Director of Academic Advising & Retention

Are you a faculty advisor for Trad UG students? Do we all know what that entails? Join the Academic Advising Office for a Lunch and Learn* where we'll discuss the role of a faculty advisor and share some helpful tricks of the trade.

*All faculty are welcome to attend, but lunch is provided for faculty advisors only.

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Who is Luther?

Monday, September 18, 12:00-1:00 pm in the Lakeshore Room
This is a Lunch n' Learn led by Jason lane

Martin Luther, the most significant figure of the Protestant Reformation, and arguably the most influential figure in Western Church since St. Augustine, remains for so many an enigmatic figure. For some, he is too Catholic. For others, too Protestant. He is too political or not political enough, too conservative or too liberal, too jovial or too depressed. So who is Luther? This Lunch n’ Learn is designed particularly for faculty who want better to understand the life and thought of Martin Luther and, further, to understand from studying Luther why it matters that we are a Lutheran University.

Free lunch for Faculty who register in advance (up to 20).

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Aligning Student and Faculty Perceptions of Rigor, a Magna Live Webinar

Wednesday, September 27, 1:00- 2:00pm in the Lakeshore Room

Presenter: Lolita Paff, PhD

There is value in exploring student and faculty perceptions about rigor and learning. Teachers can’t dispel student misperceptions if they don’t know about them. The strategies in this seminar help teachers expand students’ concept and definition of learning, get students thinking about how they learn, and promote self-directed learning.

Topics Covered: Defining rigor- student and faculty perspectives, exploring the implications misaligned definitions- learning & instruction, identifying strategies to minimize the gap and promote learning

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(Almost) Everything You Need to Know about Undergraduate Research at Concordia University

Thursday September 28, 12:00-1:00pm in the Lakeview Conference Room

Presented by Julie Dresen and Daniel McCollum, both from the Office of Sponsored Programs

Participants will learn: What undergraduate research is and what it is not; undergraduate research best practices; current faculty mentor/student projects; and benefits of undergraduate research for faculty and for their students.
Participants will also receive a brief introduction to the Council for Undergraduate Research website and Concordia’s Undergraduate Research website.

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Concordia Faculty Seminar: Utilizing Alternative Planes of Motion for Hamstring Stretching: Can it Reduce Pain, Improve Range of Motion, Increase Muscle Strength, and Facilitate Early Return to Performance in Recreational Athletes with Acute Exercise-Induced Muscular Damage?

Thursday, October 5, 12:15-1:00pm in the Lakeshore Room

With Dr. Darrin Smith and introduced by Dr. Leah Dvorak

Stretching treatments associated with muscle injury that re-creates pain or mechanism of injury is contraindicated. To date, no studies have explored the efficacy of treating a damaged muscle group utilizing flexibility protocols that are based on selectively single or combined planes of motion. The purpose of this randomized controlled trial was to determine if daily stretching, utilizing alternative planes of motion for exercised-induced hamstring muscle damage (EIMD), would result in pain reduction, improved range of motion, increased muscle strength, and facilitation of early return to performance over 96 hours.

Concordia Faculty Seminars are informal interactive presentations and conversations on faculty projects including grants, research, and service designed to promote scholarship, spark new ideas, provide opportunities for meaningful discussion, and increase collaboration.

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Choosing the Right Sample Size for my Study

Thursday October 12, 11:00am-12:00pm in R006

Presented by Angela Walmsley

The most common question I get at Concordia is “how big does my sample need to be?” Unfortunately this isn’t as easy of an answer as we would like; and various factors contribute to the appropriate sample size.

Participants will learn about the various components that go into choosing the correct sample size for a study (including a short description on terms such as margin of error, confidence level, power and Type I and II errors). In addition, I will show a few websites that can be used and the common program, GPower, that many researchers use to aid in sample size guidance.

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Servant Leader Roundtable

Thursday, October 12, 7:30-8:30am in the Lakeshore Room

The October meeting’s topic is: More than Good Intentions: the Intention- Doing Gap

“The older I get, the less attention I pay to what people say and the more attention I pay to what people do. People talk a lot alike-but it’s often only lip service. It’s only in their actions that the differences show up. Intentions –Actions = Squat. Intentions + Actions = Will.” ~ James Hunter

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Concordia Faculty Seminar: Design, Implementation, and Analysis of an Interactive Educational Hypertension Curriculum

Monday, October 16, 12:15-1:00pm in the Lake Shore Room

Presented by Dr. Diane Ames, DNP, FNP-BC and introduced by Dan McCollum, Office of Sponsored Programs

This presentation will discuss how a team of multidisciplinary learners and faculty created four hypertension conversation maps with facilitator guides for an underserved population. Additional discussion topics will include securing external funding and developing a partnership between academia and a health care system. Tips and lessons learned from this interdisciplinary project will be explored.

Concordia Faculty Seminars are informal interactive presentations and conversations on faculty projects including grants, research, and service designed to promote scholarship, spark new ideas, provide opportunities for meaningful discussion, and increase collaboration.

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Faculty Advising Part 2: The Deep Conversations

Wednesday, November 8, 12:00-1:00pm in the Lakeshore Room
This is a Lunch n' Learn* led by Andy Miller, Director of Academic Advising & Retention

The Advising relationship can be among the most robust employee-student relationships on campus. As an advisor you have a special opportunity to connect with students beyond the classroom, oftentimes in deep and meaningful ways. Sometimes even the most extroverted students can be a bit reticent. Join the Advising Staff for Part 2 of our Fall Advising Lunch n’ Learn* sessions and learn some practical ways to ask the right questions, to get students to open up, and to use conversation to bolster student autonomy, motivation, and self-efficacy.

*All faculty are welcome to attend, but lunch is provided for faculty advisors only.

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Servant Leader Roundtable

Thursday, November 9, 7:30-8:30am in Lakeshore Room

The November meeting’s topic is: Putting Others First

“When a leader keeps personal ego in check – and builds the confidence and self-esteem of others – it is possible for the team to work together.” ~ Ken Jennings and John Stahl-Wert

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Concordia Faculty Seminar: How to Detect a $79 Million Lunar Explosion from Earth

Thursday, November 9, 12:15 – 1:00pm in Lakeshore Room

With Dr. Paul Strycker and introduced by Dan McCollum, Office of Sponsored Programs

In 2009, NASA conducted the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS) mission, in which a rocket booster traveling at 5,600 mph was steered into the Moon. Despite expectations that the impact’s plume of lunar dust would be easily visible from Earth, no one watching from Earth—including thirteen major research telescopes—detected anything in their images. This talk will describe how data with a missing impact plume led to a new video-analysis technique, the discovery of the plume, and a continuing research project to determine the properties of this man-made lunar explosion.

Concordia Faculty Seminars are informal interactive presentations and conversations on faculty projects including grants, research, and service designed to promote scholarship, spark new ideas, provide opportunities for meaningful discussion, and increase collaboration.

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Servant Leader Roundtable

Thursday, December 14, 7:30-8:30am in Lakeshore Room

The December meeting’s topic is: The Gift of Feedback

“Feedback is a gift. If somebody gives you a gift, what do you say to them? ‘Thank you.’ Then you say.. Are there any special instructions to help me use it? Who else do I need to ask about it?” ~Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges

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