The Electronic Palladian
News and Opportunities for ACS Faculty and Staff
From the Associated Colleges of the South
CONTENTS for April 17, 2002
1. Reflections on Teaching and Learning - Rhodes College
"If the teacher is indeed wise he does not bid you enter the house of his wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind." (Khalil Gibran, The Prophet)
The ongoing challenge to create a classroom space that accommodates such thinking reminds me of my first undergraduate teaching experience. It was a summer course for the Consortium of the Niagara Frontier, a group of private colleges in upstate New York that participated in a state-funded program through which prison inmates could earn college degrees. One night a week for three hours during the months of June and July, I met with fifteen male students, most of whom were considerably older and serving life sentences without possibility for parole. Under the watchful eyes of several guards, we discussed readings in World Religions. In spite of the environment, the teaching experience was almost idyllic. The students always came to class fully prepared, and many read unassigned, supplemental texts. They were soft-spoken and articulate; they listened carefully to one another and to the texts. Their motivation to learn was not tied to future employment or financial gain. As a result, the classroom space acquired new meaning for me. In their weekly quest to define the classroom as a controlled space that privileged their minds, they gifted me with a new perspective on the purpose of education. Bernadette McNary-Zak, Rhodes College.
We invite you to share your "reflection" or a website that enhances your teaching. Please send the submission of 250 words or less to McNary_Zak@rhodes.edu. Include full contact nformation.
Three Southwestern University students enrolled in Suzanne Buchele's capstone software engineering course are creating a "course delivery system" for ACS. When complete, this software will be used to create and deliver consortium inter-institutional collaborative courses (ICC's), such as the spring Archaeology Practicum, now being offered for the 4th time. Students Leigh Lambert, Rob Reid and Angela Roles have been working to create specifications, design and code the application. Students in Buchele's course bid on projects proposed by Southwestern faculty, then work with their client during the semester. ACS is considering the creation of a summer program for students that would operate on similar principles: teams of upper-level computer science students would take on projects proposed by consortium faculty and staff.
3. FOURTH IT STAFF SYMPOSIUM PLANNED
ACS is planning its fourth meeting for consortium IT staff, to focus on training issues, customer service, and/or IT leadership. We welcome all staff in IT-related areas to send us your preferences for dates and topics by completing our online survey, linked to http://www.colleges.org/~support/. If you would be willing to help coordinate or present at the meeting, please contact Jim Busby, firstname.lastname@example.org or Sharon McEuen, email@example.com.
ACS received 16 entries from seven institutions for its 1st Annual Music
Composition Competition. The winning composition will be debuted at the
ACS Music faculty workshop (July 24-28) at its opening new music concert
on July 27. Judges are Evan Chambers (Associate Professor of Composition
and Director of Electronic Music Studios at the University of Michigan);
The digital archive project for languages sponsored by Alianco and Global Partners now has a name: REALIA (Rich Electronic Archive for Language Instruction Anywhere). Design for this searchable digitized media database began in February, and the prototype will feature credited and annotated images from daily life. The first phase of the project will focus on materials for Spanish and Russian. Interested contributors are welcome to contact Jeff Barnett (Spanish, BarnettJ@wlu.edu) or Arlene Forman (Russian, Arlene.Forman@oberlin.edu) about the submission process. For more information, see: http://www.colleges.org/~alianco/Alianco_media.html.
6. ENVIRONMENTAL COURSES - SUSTAINABILITY AND SPIRITUALITY
"Southwest Pilgrimage: Arizona and New Mexico," May 23-June 2. Please contact Jay McDaniel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"Restoring the Scottish Highlands," also May 23-June 2. Please contact Laura Hobgood-Oster at email@example.com.
"Core Course on Spirituality and Sustainability: Consumer society vs. Christian, Native American, and Buddhist traditions," Heifer Ranch, 6/2-6/6/02. For more info, please contact Jay McDaniel at firstname.lastname@example.org or Laura Hobgood-Oster at email@example.com.
"Living in the Yucatan," 5/28-6/21. Please see http://www.colleges.org/~enviro/programs/yucatan.html for more information..
"Sustainable Development in Costa Rica," 6/1-7/15. For more information, please see http://www.colleges.org/~enviro/programs/costarica.html.
"Water Purification in the Dominican Republic" 6/3-7/12/02.
For more information, please contact Pedro Bernal at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8. ACS RECEIVES GRANT FOR ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION OF SUNOIKISIS
ACS has received a grant of $380,000 from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
for assessment and evaluation of Sunoikisis, our consortial program in
Classics and Archaeology. Over a three-year period Susan H. Frost (Vice-President
for Strategic Development, Emory University) and Deborah Olsen (Director
of Institutional Research, Virginia Tech) will administer a series of
program evaluations, gather and analyze institutional, student and faculty
data, and write a report regarding the effectiveness of Sunoikisis in
the context of ACS classics programs. This assessment will consider both
the liberal arts and "online learning" aspects of Sunoikisis
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