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February 2011 Archives

Volunteers are needed for the CLA Open House

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The CLA Open House is Saturday, March 26.

The Open House is CLA's biggest recruitment event of the year. We invite admitted students and their families to join us in celebrating their admission as we continue to highlight the incredible opportunities awaiting them in CLA. The goal is to encourage students to confirm their enrollment with us for fall of 2011.

We need your help! This is an important CLA-wide recruitment event and you--CLA staff and faculty--play a vital role in the event's success!

Poster applications are now being accepted for the 4th Annual Academic Technology Showcase, featuring CLA innovations in the area of educational and research technologies. We would like to hear from everyone who has notable projects that leverage technology for teaching and learning, creative expression, or research and exploration. What went well? What recommendations do you have for others interested in doing similar projects? What can the University community learn from your efforts? If you have a project, initiative, course, study, or service that you would like to share, simply complete the poster application form by Thursday, March 10.

And join us at the Academic Technology Showcase

Wednesday, April 6
1:00-3:30 PM
Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union

Learn About CLA Freshman Research and Creative Awards

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by Jennifer Windsor, associate dean for undergraduate programs

Research opportunities are key experiences for undergraduate students; however, most programs focus on sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Through the Freshman Research and Creative Awards program, CLA has taken the lead in engaging outstanding first-year students with faculty scholars. Now in its third year, the program individually matches exceptional students based on their interests and abilities with CLA faculty members who involve students in their ongoing scholarly work.

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Accolades February 10, 2011

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Congratulations to CLA's Institute for Advanced Study Faculty Fellows for 2011-12: Cawo Abdi (Sociology), Joe Allen (Asian Languages and Literatures), Tracey Deutsch (History), Karen Ho (Anthropology), Amy Kaminsky (Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies), Brenda Kayzar (Geography), and Rachel Schurman (Sociology/Global Studies).

Assistant Professor Alexander Fiterstein (Music, clarinet) was recently named in The League of American Orchestra's Symphony magazine's 2011 annual listing of emerging artists. Symphony magazine's annual listing of emerging soloists and conductors is inspired by the breadth and sheer volume of young classical talent. The New York Times has praised Fiterstein's playing for possessing a "beautiful liquid clarity." Read more

Professor Mary Schuster (Writing Studies) with Professor Amy Propen of York College (Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication Ph.D. alumna) have been awarded the Hayes Award for Excellence in Writing Research for 2010 for their article "Understanding genre through the lens of advocacy: the rhetorical work of the victim impact statement," published in Written Communication, 27(1). The award will be presented at the Writing Research Across Borders conference on February 17 in Fairfax, Virginia.

Cut the Cord


Save money and untether yourself from older technologies.

The following are changes I have made in the last year to save money and reduce my reliance on less flexible services. I bring these up as ideas for you to consider now, but also to provide a description of the what the future likely holds for all of us.