TAD Administrative News on December 7, 2010

Dear Theatre Arts and Dance Faculty and Staff,

I hope this note finds you well. Please take a moment to read this email. Contact me with your questions or concerns.

Topics covered below:


  • TAD Administrative News survey

  • New Rarig classroom audio system

  • Facilities Management announcements

  • Meet your colleague: Lisa Channer

  • Supervisors! Time card due date change

  • Ceramics Collective Holiday Sale!

  • Spring 2011 Teaching Seminar

  • Winter closure

  • Mark your calendar

TAD Administrative News survey
To make this biweekly e-newsletter as helpful as it can be, please take a moment to complete this short survey:
https://spreadsheets.google.com/a/umn.edu/viewform?formkey=dG1MbzRTSTduSWRNUTN0a1VRV2dMemc6MQ. Thank you in advance for your time.

New Rarig classroom audio system
Using her expertise, our illustrious sound and media supervisor Montana Johnson purchased a new piece of equipment to be used by instructors in Rarig Center for classroom audio needs. It is the VocoPro Champion-RV: http://www.vocopro.com/products/product_info.php?ID=650. It lives currently in Jessica's office, 580D Rarig Center, so please stop by and test it out. We are finalizing the details of check out and use, which will be communicated by the start of Spring semester.

Facilities Management announcements
In an effort to foster effective collaboration with Facilities Management, building supervisor Christine Swartwout requests that when we are done using a classroom space in Rarig Center, we move rehearsal furniture and chairs to the side of the room or push chairs under tables as appropriate, we do not block doors with furniture, and we always turn off lights. This applies specifically to Rooms 10, 20, 45, 64, 210, and 506. Additionally, Facilities Management reminds us that signs may not be affixed to doors using tape. Instead use appropriate call boards and bulletin boards in the Rarig Center. Remember the posting policy is included in the department space and security policy, available online: http://www.theatre.umn.edu/PDFfiles/TADSpaceSecurityPolicy.pdf

Meet your colleague: Lisa Channer
Lisa.jpgLisa Channer is an Assistant Professor in the BA program. She teaches Directing, Text and Performance, Improvisation, Creating the Performance and directs shows in the department season. Since she landed in the department in 2007 she has directed only shows that start with "B" for the department including Brecht's Brain, Bright Room Called Day and Big Love. This year she is varying her alphabetic activities and directing The Winter's Tale. We all hope it goes well

Lisa has a theatre company, Theatre Novi Most which explores intersections of Russian and American theatre styles by making new works for the stage. She just directed The Oldest Story in the World for Novi Most at the Southern Theatre. She is grateful to have scored a Fulbright Scholar Award to live in Russia this spring, where she will teach directing, do research for a new project about the marriage of Isadora Duncan and Sergei Essenin, eat beets, see art and drink vodka. More: http://www.theatrenovimost.org/. When she can find time or procrastinate other more sensible activities, Lisa likes to write things. Poems mostly.

Supervisors! Time card due date change
Supervisors who sign time cards: to accommodate the payroll processing schedule change due to the winter closure, for the pay period December 20, 2010 - January 2, 2011, time cards are due Friday December 17 at 12 noon. Please let your employees know.

Ceramics Collective Holiday Sale!
Wednesday and Thursday December 8 and 9, 10 AM to 7 PM, Regis Art Center East Building Lobby
Support the arts, get good Karma. Plates, mugs, bowls, vases, jars, platters, sculpture, salsa dishes, candy dishes, catchalls, tea pots, candle holders, saucers, jewelry, pet dishes, cream and sugar sets, paperweights. Get something for mom, dad, sister, brother, boss, all your coworkers, your favorite barista, your significant other, your other other, aunts and uncles, maybe even grandma and all of your teachers. See flyer attached.

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Spring 2011 Teaching Seminar
For faculty and instructional staff, "Making a Difference: Designing Courses to Improve Student Learning and Teacher Satisfaction." The Center for Teaching and Learning offers semester-long teaching seminars for faculty and instructors. These seminars are small-group, facilitated discussions that explore a particular aspect of teaching in depth. Each group will meet with a professional facilitator for four work-oriented course design sessions supplemented by two short, personalized consultations. Seminar participants will receive a complimentary copy of the book Significant Learning. Applications will be accepted until Jan. 21. For more information, email Teaching and Learning or call 612-625-3041. Apply online: http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/faculty/seminars/application/index.html

Winter closure
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities (TC) campus will be closed between Dec. 24, 2010 and Jan. 2, 2011. More information online: http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/faculty-staff/closure/index.htm

Mark your calendar

Department events in December: http://theatre.umn.edu/events/?view_month=12_2010

Friday December 10
Probationary faculty annual review files due to the Chair

Wednesday December 15
Last day of Fall Semester instruction

Thursday December 16
TAD All Faculty and Staff Meeting, 10:00 - 11:30, Rarig Studio A

Tuesday January 4
Deadline for Fall 2010 grades to be entered

Tuesday January 18
First day of spring instruction

The University of Minnesota is closed from Friday December 24, 2010 through Sunday January 2, 2011, reopening Monday January 3, 2011. More info: http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/economyandu/qanda/closure/index.html

Reference past TAD Administrative News email messages online: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/crar0009/tadadministration/

TAD Administrative News on November 23, 2010

Dear Theatre Arts and Dance Faculty and Staff,

I hope this note finds you well. Please take a moment to read this email. Contact me with your questions or concerns.

Topics covered below:


  • Welcome Arfasse!

  • TAD Transitionary Producer's Advisory Group

  • Rarig space scheduling procedures are changing

  • Thanksgiving hours

  • Meet your colleague Bill Healey

  • All TAD Faculty and Staff Meeting Minutes

  • Winter closure

  • Mark your calendar

Welcome Arfasse!
I am happy to announce the Dance Program has officially hired Arfasse Gemeda as the Dance Program Office Specialist. Arfasse has been working in the dance program temporarily since last spring but now she is official. Among many other talents, Arfasse brings University experience and community organizing expertise to the position and in a few short months has already proven to be an invaluable asset to our Department. Welcome Arfasse!

TAD Transitionary Producer's Advisory Group
Dear Faculty, PAs, Staff and Students of the DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE ARTS AND DANCE:
It is with great pleasure that I announce TAD Leadership's approval of the Transitionary Producer's Advisory Group. Below, you can read the proposal as presented and approved.
This email is a call for nominations for candidates to fill the following positions on the Group:

  1. Three (3) faculty/PA members from the theatre arts discipline. These individuals need not specifically represent a degree program affiliation (i.e.: there in not a quota from BFA, BA, MA/PhD. Or MFA Design.
  2. Two (2) faculty/PA members from the dance discipline.
  3. Five (5) student representatives. These students will each be programmatic representatives: one representative from each of the BFA Theatre, BA Theatre, MFA Theatre, MA/PhD and Dance programs.
  4. Additional members of the advisory group are the Producing Director and, in an ex officio capacity, the department chair.

Faculty members may be nominated by other faculty members or may self-identify their desire to serve on the advisory group. Students may be nominated by faculty members, other students or self-nominate to serve on the advisory group. PLEASE SEND YOUR NOMINATIONS TO ME AT tcproehl@umn.edu. The deadline for all nominations is DECEMBER 1, 2010 (NO EXCEPTIONS!) The slate of potential group members will be reviewed by the TAD Leadership Group on December 17, 2010. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE READ THE PROPOSAL HERE: https://docs.google.com/a/umn.edu/document/d/1EIZKG0Z5ghpBfK1Bh3mdfLaJO3OMEUrcV5Ang0hHLHM/edit?hl=en&authkey=CP6N3dID. Thank you for your interest and support of this plan. Let the nominating begin!!!! Best, Tom

Rarig space scheduling procedures are changing
Please be aware the procedures for scheduling space in Rarig Center are changing starting in Spring Semester. Ginni Arons, theatre course scheduler extraordinaire, will be taking over all Rarig Center scheduling, continuing her role as course scheduler and incorporating other room scheduling using the R25 Web Viewer system. This system will remain, though processes are certain to change - for example, the process by which you communicate last-minute space needs, or changes to existing space requests, etc. These details are still being finalized and will be communicated with you before the transition is final in January. Watch for more information!

Thanksgiving hours
Thursday November 25 and Friday November 26 are University holidays. Building hours are as follows:
Rarig Center: CLOSED Thursday November 25 through Sunday November 28, re-open Monday November 29 at 7 AM
Barker Center: CLOSED Thursday November 25 through Saturday November 27, re-open Sunday November 28 12 PM - 7 PM
Note: those who have card access may enter the buildings during closed hours as usual.

Meet your colleague Bill Healey
Wm. P. Healey (Lighting Supervisor): Bill is a recent addition to the Design/ Tech
program at the University of Minnesota. He has worked widely throughout the
Twin Cities as a lighting designer, production manager, production electrician,
and equity stage manager for the past 23 years, and is a proud member of IATSE,
Local 13. So, what has Bill learned about life in the world of Hire...I mean, Higher Education? Well, the first thing he has learned is that pedagogy has nothing to do with feet! He has also learned that this new position of Lighting Supervisor is more technological archaeology than Tier 1 research and education, but that's why he is here. He loves the challenge. Married, white male. Was once in his 30's. Addicted to the creative process. Fiercely enjoys family time, fur kids, moped-ing, travel, and Irish Whiskey. Looking for open and honest dialogue regarding TA&D vision / direction. healey.jpeg

All TAD Faculty and Staff Meeting Minutes
Friday November 19, 2010, 8:15 - 9:15 AM, Room 1-105 Hanson Hall
Present: Arons, Bergeron, Berstein, Channer, Crary, Dilliard, Flink, Gemeda, Germain, Grotting, Gwinup, Harris, Healey, Jenneman, Johnson, Kinney, Kobialka, Larasati, LeFebvre, Pearson, Pettigrew, Proehl, Roach, Seifert, Smith, Sommers, Taylor, Thompson, Willer

  1. Ivonne Barriga Dissertation Project. Michal Kobialka presents. This is a vote for graduate faculty. Ivonne is a global studies fellowship recipient, working in Peru. The topic is Performing Indigeneity. See the abstract sent over email earlier this week. Kobialka states the work is very innovative. Margaret Werry is the dissertation advisor. Moved by Kobialka. The motion passes.
  2. Course proposal on behalf of Sonja Kuftinec. Presented by Martin Gwinup. TH 5183 Critical Literacy, Storytelling, and Creative Drama. This is a course taught in the summer. It has been offered in previous years as a topics course. The students work with K-12 students in workshops. The course is cross-listed with Cultural Studies Comparative Literature (CSCL) and is an elective. Bill Healey has personal experience with the course and states it is very effective and amazing. Kobialka suggests the course be consistently funded. Pearson moves, Kobialka seconds. Motion passes.
  3. Constitution. Jessica Crary explains a proposal to remove the word "continuous" from the definition of Faculty Council P&A members that appears in the department constitution. This change makes it "legal" for P&A employees with an appointment 75% or above to vote, which has already been the practice. This change formalizes the practice. Moved by Gwinup. Second by Kobialka. Motion passes.
  4. Drew Gordon and Alice Flink Memorial Scholarship for Dance. Michelle Kinney announces a new scholarship in honor of former Dance Musician in Residence Drew Gordon who passed away in 2006 and Alice Flink, Carl Flink's mother, who passed away this summer.
  5. Dean Jim Parente. Last year the Dean did not visit departments. This year he wants to share what is changing and also to hear from people first hand. The Legislature has changed and will make things more difficult to secure resources for the University. The University hopes to ask for the same base of $642 million instead of the $591 figure per Pawlenty's "un-allotment" (which was later over turned by the courts.) The University is operating on a $591 base for FY10 so $642 would be very positive. This approach is idealistic. There is some desire to reduce the University's base, to address the state's $6 billion deficit. The Dean believes there will be a decline in state support to the University, the question is how much, and what impact will it have on undergraduate student tuition (and graduate students).

In general the University is more reliant on tuition dollars than state support, which is a reminder about the obligation to students. The University has a new President, Eric Kaler. The Dean is impressed with his command of the major issues facing higher education today. Issues he talked about include e-learning, research compliance and cost, and graduate education. Also he was impressed with the CLA 2015 report and looks forward to work collaboratively with the College. The Dean talks about the new President's disappointing response to the question about his interest in the arts. The Dean says we have an opportunity to educate the new President about the arts. He hopes to appeal to his engineering background. The President wants to visit each department. The Dean wonders about how the arts exist at coordinate campuses. The President is not indifferent to anything; he is interested and educable. David Bernstein points out that the community partnerships with TAD are not revenue-generating.

The CLA 2015 Report. Undergraduate education, clustered administrative support of units, community engagement. The department is working on the community partnership. The report is in an open comment period. Ideally there will be a timeline presented at the beginning of the year. The college has 31 departments offering 74 majors, 74 minors and 145 tracks. In some cases there are 15 tracks within an individual major. There are some that have no enrollment, yet courses are offered to support the programs. There will be less money, so there may be creative revenue generation. The College is supported in the most part by tuition. If the College is serving fewer students, it generates less revenue. ⅔ of departments are serving fewer students. The budget was reduced and was to be enrollment-neutral but this did not occur.

On the topic of graduate education transition, yesterday central released a dollar figure for FY12 a transition year. Block grants, new graduate student fellowships. The Dean will be looking at this as quickly as possible to distribute the funding to departments. Allocations will be communicated soon after Thanksgiving. Central allocated fellowships plus tuition. The approach is to allocate the total amount for units to do with what they may. This will provide flexibility to move dollars from one student to another. Central did not allocate dollars for doctoral dissertation fellowship. They've retained dollars to make it competitive. They have no staff to run the process. Dove fellowships will be run by the Office of Equity and Diversity. The Dean is unsure of the parameters of the doctoral dissertation fellowships. He imagines it will be more intensely competitive. Michal Kobialka asks if the College will decide the value of the fellowship. The Dean wants the amount to be $22,000, consistent with past practice, though the units can decide. Commitments may only be made for one year because there is only information available for FY12. There are no commitments for multiple-year fellowships. The Dean suggests possibly holding some funding aside for the future. He does not anticipate the support of this nature will change, but what may change . . .

The Dean opens the floor to questions.

Marcus Dilliard states the MFA could be a revenue-generating program. He asks about the limits of the matriculation goal. The Dean talks about the charges the College has to pay per graduate student, $4,000 per student to Central. A group is exploring the idea of revenue-generating Professional programs. Each Professional Masters Program would have a number where revenue is generated. There is a group now working on a business model to serve as a template. The courses in the professional masters should be the same courses that are already offered. Essentially there are more students in the classroom. The Dean wants to be sure if the matriculation goal is unlocked that true revenue will be generated. The real problem is the "tax" that is paid per graduate student.

Michal Kobialka asked his students to read the 2015 Report. He asks the Dean how are excellence, signature and distinct defined? The Dean assures the group that quantitative data is not the only indicator. He is interested in innovative programs. For example the BFA Acting program draws students from across the country. NRC Rankings. The PhD program . . . Michal Kobialka will present information later.

Carl Flink asks about facilities. The Dean is interested in hearing more. The environment is bad. The Dean is interested in an Arts Center. He knows the facilities are poor. The Regents will be discussing Northrop at the December meeting. Carl expresses the importance of locating this node of collaborative space on the West Bank. The Northrop project must contain an educational component; the region does not need another performance venue only. The Rarig Center is historic. Joanie Smith says that her dance composition students are using the Northrop. Also she suggests the space could be appropriate for a new MFA in Dance. Carl Flink returns to the I-3 "collaboratory" which the Northrop will not provide. It is important for the West Bank.

Next meeting: Thursday December 16, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, Studio A, Rarig Center
Respectfully submitted by Jessica Crary on November 23, 2010.

Winter Closure
Have you heard? The University of Minnesota is closed from Friday December 24, 2010 through Sunday January 2, 2011, reopening Monday January 3, 2011. Here is helpful information for faculty and staff: http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/faculty-staff/closure/UR_ARTICLE_272234.html

Mark your calendar
Wednesday November 24
Student Technology Fee Grant Proposals notification due to Chair
http://infotechfees.cla.umn.edu/faculty/smallgrantproposal.php

Thursday November 25 and Friday November 26
University is closed

Friday December 3
Student Technology Fee Grant Proposals due to CLA
Spring 2011 registration begins for non-degree seeking students

Friday December 10
Probationary faculty annual review files due to the Chair

Wednesday December 15
Last day of Fall Semester instruction

Thursday December 16
TAD All Faculty and Staff Meeting, 10:00 - 11:30, Rarig Studio A

Tuesday January 4
Deadline for Fall 2010 grades to be entered

The University of Minnesota is closed from Friday December 24, 2010 through Sunday January 2, 2011, reopening Monday January 3, 2011. More info: http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/economyandu/qanda/closure/index.html

Reference past TAD Administrative News email messages online: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/crar0009/tadadministration/

TAD Administrative News on November 9, 2010

Dear Theatre Arts and Dance Faculty and Staff,

I hope this note finds you well. Please take a moment to read this email. Contact me with your questions or concerns.

Topics covered below:
Chair ballots due Friday November 12
2015 Report
Community Fund Drive Thank You
Student Technology Fee Grant Proposals - due to the Chair by November 24
Meet your colleague (new feature!)
Winter Closure
Calendars!
Mark your calendar

Chair ballots due Friday November 12
For full time employees, ballots for the election of Chair are due Jessica Crary in 580 Rarig Center by Friday November 12 at 4 PM. Results will be forwarded to the Dean by Friday November 19.

2015 Report
The College of Liberal Arts 2015 Report is now available online at http://blog.lib.umn.edu/cla/cla2015/. Town hall meetings are scheduled:
Thursday, November 11, 2:00-3:00 p.m., In-Flux Room at the Regis Center for Art
Friday, November 12, 12:00-1:00 p.m., 402 Walter Library

Community Fund Drive
The 2010 Community Fund Drive has ended. Thanks to all of you who participated. You make a difference. In 2009 our department's participation rate was 9.09%. By the second week of this year's campaign we were up to 11.9% participation and by the end of the campaign, we had reached 16.28% participation. Again, thanks to you for your support. Ginni

Student Technology Fee Grant Proposals - due to the Chair by November 24
Student Technology Fee Grant Proposals are due to CLA by December 3 but must be approved and prioritized by the Chair. Please submit your proposal to the Chair (via Jessica) by Wednesday November 24. More info: http://infotechfees.cla.umn.edu/

Meet your colleague! (NEW FEATURE!)
Maggie Bergeron is an adjunct instructor in the Dance Program, teaching Intro to Dance, Composition 1 and 2 and also Modern 1 and 2 in the past. Maggie also had the joy of coordinating the North Central Regional American College Dance Festival at the U of MN in 2009. Maggie's life outside of the department includes directing the Dance Program at the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, a charter school dedicated to authentic, pre-professional training in the arts for grades 9-12, dancing with Shapiro and Smith Dance and going to grad school to get her high school teaching license. Maggie is also a choreographer, and intends to make more work with her body after she is done making a lot of work with her brain in grad school.

Winter Closure
Remember the University is closed from December 24 to January 2, reopening January 3. More info: http://www1.umn.edu/tchome-stage/faculty-staff/closure/index.htm

Calendars!
If you love calendars like I do, check out the University Senate website which shows academic calendars through 2014-15: http://www1.umn.edu/usenate/calendars/calendarpage.html

Mark your calendar

TAD Events in November: http://theatre.umn.edu/events/?view_month=11_2010

Wednesday November 10
BFA Acting program meeting, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, Guthrie

Thursday November 11
MA/PhD program meeting, 12:15 - 1:15 PM

Friday November 12
Chair ballots DUE
TAD Leadership Group Meeting, 10:00 - 11:30 AM, 580C Rarig

Wednesday November 17
Applause Deadline. Questions? Contact Tom Prohel at tcproehl@umn.edu.

Friday November 19
All-Faculty and Staff meeting with Dean Parente, 8:15 - 9:15 AM, Room 1-105 Hanson Hall

The University of Minnesota is closed from Friday December 24, 2010 through Sunday January 2, 2011, reopening Monday January 3, 2011. More info: http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/economyandu/qanda/closure/index.html

Reference past TAD Administrative News email messages online: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/crar0009/tadadministration/

TAD Administrative News on October 26, 2010

Dear Theatre Arts and Dance Faculty and Staff,

I hope this note finds you well. Please take a moment to read this email. Contact me with your questions or concerns.

Topics covered below:


  • BFA Acting and Voice/Vocal Coach positions posted

  • Electronic Ticket Accounts

  • Harris Potter Week!

  • Community Fund Drive

  • Applause deadline is November 17

  • Friendly reminder: leave spaces as you found them (or better!)

  • Call for Student Technology Fee Grant Proposals, Due December 3

  • Open enrollment and Health and Benefits Fair

  • Academic Calendar now in Google

  • Mark your calendar

BFA Acting and Voice/Vocal Coach positions posted

The Department of Theatre Arts and Dance is searching for 2 full-time instructors in the BFA Actor Training program, one in ACTING, the other in VOICE/VOCAL COACHING.

Please forward these short ads to your networks as you see fit:

The University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts and Dance BFA Actor Training Program and Guthrie Theater seek a full time ACTING INSTRUCTOR to begin work in Fall semester 2011. The ideal candidate has a bachelors degree; 5 years teaching experience; 5 years professional theatre acting/directing experience including American Realism and Shakespeare; evidence of ability and desire to work collaboratively; demonstrated willingness to adapt to creative scheduling. Compensation is commensurate with experience in the $40,000s. Application deadline: November 30, 2010. For more information and to apply visit http://employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=90062.

The University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts and Dance BFA Actor Training Program and Guthrie Theater seek a full time VOICE AND SPEECH INSTRUCTOR/VOCAL COACH to begin work in Fall semester 2011. The ideal candidate has a bachelors degree; 5 years teaching experience; 5 years professional theatre coaching experience, including coaching Shakespeare and dialects; evidence of ability and desire to work collaboratively; demonstrated willingness to adapt to creative scheduling. Compensation is commensurate with experience in the $40,000s. Application deadline: November 30, 2010. For more information and to apply visit http://employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=90063.

Electronic Ticket Accounts
Thank you to Jennie Germain for reminding department faculty and staff about the electronic ticket account. Remember all faculty and staff are eligible to receive an electronic ticket account set up in their name for the 2010-11 Subscriber Series Season. This account has 4 tickets that may be used throughout this season. The only restriction is that only one of these tickets may be used for Continuously Rich, the annual dance concert happening this year at the Southern Theater. Reservation details are being finalized and will be communicated soon.

How to Order Tickets:
When making a reservation, let the ticket office know that you have an electronic account.


  • By Phone: Call the University of Minnesota Arts Ticket Office (UMATO) at (612) 624-2345 to reserve seats over the phone.

  • In person: Visit the UMATO in Northrop Auditorium from 10am - 5pm. Monday - Friday.

  • In person: Visit the Rarig Center Ticket Office from 11am - 1pm, Monday - Friday (UNDISCOVERED COUNTRY, THE WINTER'S TALE and OIL! And THE JUNGLE - The Rarig ticket office is open one week prior to and during the run of each production).

Please contact Jennie Germain if you have any issues getting tickets or if you have any other questions. 612-625-5380 or germa052@umn.edu

Harris Potter Week!
A Week of Halloween Festivities brought to you by the Peers! Featuring Funky Themed Costume Days and a Friday Shindig! Join the Peers and students in a week-long Halloween celebration, this year so cleverly named "Harris Potter Week!" after our illustrious peers, Adam Harris and John Potter.

  • MONDAY, October 25th: Favorite Color (Head-to-Toe) Wear your favorite colored clothes and accessories.
  • TUESDAY, October 26th: Twins with a Friend Find a friend, Pair Up, and Dress as Twins.
  • WEDNESDAY, October 27th: Favorite Faculty/Staff Break out Bow Ties, Keys, Dragon Shirts, whatever works to Dress like your favorite faculty or staff member/
  • THURSDAY, October 28th: Harris Potter (Winning Prize) Open for interpretation. You can dress like John or Adam or Harry or All Three! $10 Chipotle Gift Card up for Grabs!
  • FRIDAY, October 29th: Your Best of the Best...Ever!
  • Wear your Best Costume on Friday! Come prepared to Dazzle, Frighten, Shock, and Amaze! This will be a contest judged by Adam & John with guest judge Thomas Proehl. Faculty and staff are encouraged to hand out treats!

Community Fund Drive
This is the final week of the 2010 Community Fund Drive. Make your donation today! Find more online at http://www1.umn.edu/cfd/.

Applause deadline is November 17
The deadline for our 2010-11 Issues of Applause is fast approaching. The first deadline for all copy if November 17, 2010! As we are planning to use this issue in conjunction with fund raising efforts (telemarketing begins in earnest in November, and the end of the year is upon us), I would appreciate if you could make this a priority. If you have been contacted and not yet responded to or confirmed an interview appointment, please do so now. If you have been asked to provide an update on your program, please plan to have the copy ready by November 15, 2010. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Jennie Germain (germa052@umn.edu) or David Bernstein (berns009@umn.edu) or me (tcproehl@umn.edu). Thanks for your assistance and cooperation. Best regards, Tom Proehl, Producing Director

Friendly reminder: leave spaces as you found them (or better!)
A friendly request and reminder from your resident Rarig and Barker Center building managers: please leave spaces as you found them (or in better shape if you're feeling sassy!) If we each do our small part in keeping the buildings tidy it means a better experience for everyone - students, faculty and staff. Thank you for your consideration.

Call for Student Technology Fee Grant Proposals, Due December 3
Technology Grants - Deadline: Friday, December 3, 2010
IMPORTANT CHANGES


  • Beginning last fall, technology grants offered by the CLA Student Technology Fee Committee are only be available one time during the year rather than each semester.

  • The small grant program is being combined with the Tools for Discovery and Instructional Equipment grant program this year, thus requests under $5,000 will be reviewed by the full committee and prioritized among larger requests.

  • Submitted proposals should include a signature and/or letter of support from the department chair or director.

  • Department chairs and directors will be asked to prioritize multiple requests from their units.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS
The Student Technology Fee Committee is now accepting proposals from CLA faculty, staff, and departments seeking funds for technology equipment and technology-rich projects that enhance the learning experience for our undergraduate and graduate students. Attached is a list of guidelines and suggested technical support consultation contacts.

For a description of the grants, please refer to the Student Technology Fee web site at http://infotechfees.cla.umn.edu. Applications for all the grants are available on the web site under the section titled Faculty & Staff.

All proposals should be submitted via the Student Technology Fee web site at http://infotechfees.cla.umn.edu by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, December 3, 2010.

Any questions regarding this call for proposals should be directed to Sarah Knoblauch, Project Manager (CLA-OIT), at 624-7874 or sjk@umn.edu.

Open enrollment and Health and Benefits Fair
For benefits-eligible employees (75%-100% appointment), open enrollment runs the month of November. Please consider attending the 2010 Employee Health and Benefits Fair on Tuesday November 2, 10:00 - 4:30, Coffman Memorial Union Great Hall. Find more on open enrollment at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/benefits/openenroll/. Jessica keeps hard copies of current Provider Directories in her office for your perusal.

Academic Calendar now in Google
Yes, your wildest dreams have come true! The University of Minnesota academic calendar is now available in your Google Calendar. Visit http://onestop.umn.edu/calendars/index.html and select Add to UofM Google Calendar, or just click!

Mark your calendar

Click for TAD Events in October and November!

Wednesday October 27
- BFA Actor Training Program meeting, 11:30 - 1 PM

Friday October 29
- All Faculty and Staff Meeting, 8:15 - 9:15 AM, Hanson Hall, Room 1-105 (all full time employees, part time employees welcome)

Thursday November 4
- BA and Design Tech program meeting, 12:20 - 1:20

Friday November 5
- DEADLINE for teaching evaluations of probationary faculty members

The University of Minnesota is closed from Friday December 24, 2010 through Sunday January 2, 2011, reopening Monday January 3, 2011.

Reference past TAD Administrative News email messages online: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/crar0009/tadadministration/

TAD Administrative News on October 12, 2010

Dear Theatre Arts and Dance Faculty and Staff,

I hope this note finds you well. Please take a moment to read this email. Contact me with your questions or concerns.

Topics covered below:


  • Equipment update

  • Welcome Jeff Sherman . . . again!

  • Community Fund Drive

  • Sign up for direct deposit

  • Google Migration: Just Get it Over With

  • UPlan Health Screening

  • 2010 Pulse Survey

  • Mark your calendar


Equipment update
Thank you to those who submitted an equipment request. I received requests totaling $45,000, while the department has $12,000 available to distribute. Here are the items and individuals that received approval:

  • Conference table for 550B (Ginni Arons)

  • Marketing office priorities - banners or camera (Jennie Germain)

  • Match of new computer for sound studio (Martin Gwinup)

  • New speaker for Barker Center (Michelle Kinney)

  • BA classroom equipment (Luverne Seifert, Katie Willer, Kym Longhi)

  • Mats (Katie Willer, Deb Pearson)

But wait, there is more! Carl has also approved $2,000 to be used toward a Rarig classroom sound solution. This request was put forward by several instructors. To thoroughly assess instructor needs, I've scheduled a meeting with department audio/media supervisor Montana Johnson. If you are interested in supporting the effort to get sound systems in Rarig classrooms please attend this meeting with Montana:

Rarig Classroom Sound Meeting
Thursday October 21
12:20 - 1 PM, Room 550B Rarig Center

Welcome Jeff Sherman . . again!
I am very happy to announce that Jeff Sherman has accepted the position of Barker Center Technician. He has been filling in on a part-time, temporary basis in the dance program since February, but now he is official. Thank you to the search committee for their hard work. Welcome again Jeff!

Community Fund Drive
Two Dollars, Three Dollars. Can you spare $2 per pay period? Or $3? Contributing just a small amount to the Community Fund Drive each pay period helps in so many ways: $2 per pay period underwrites scholarship seats for 20 students to attend a school matinee performance. $3 per pay period provides seeds for one growing bed throughout the summer. $2 per pay period provides three meals, snacks, and an overnight stay at Camp Heartland for a young person affected by HIV/AIDS. $3 per pay period provides one violin lesson or workshop to an elementary student in an inner-city school. $3 pr pay period purchases a backpack and basic school supplies for two homeless children living at a shelter. Please give what you can to the Community Fund Drive. A couple of dollars can make a difference. Thank you. Ginni

Sign up for direct deposit (repeat)

If you are not using direct deposit at the University I very strongly encourage you to sign up today. It is easy! Visit http://hrss.umn.edu/, click "direct deposit", and log in with your University user ID and password. Add, remove and change direct deposit information with the click of a few buttons. Due to the University closure December 24, 2010 through January 2, 2011, for pay day December 29, employees who are paid by paper check will not receive payment until January 3. Those who use direct deposit will be paid as usual. Another reason to sign up today! [Supervisors please forward this information to your student employees!]

Google Migration: Just Get it Over With
Still need to migrate to Google? The blackout is over and change is inevitable! Migration & Orientation sessions are listed online at http://z.umn.edu/clagoogle/. Call the CLA -OIT Service Desk to register, 612-624-4357.

UPlan Health Screening
UPlan members are eligible to participate in a free health screening which include fasting cholesterol and blood glucose testing, body mass index and body composition testing and blood pressure check. The next opportunity is Wednesday, October 13 from 8-11 a.m. at Boynton Health Service.

2010 Pulse Survey
Results of the 2010 Pulse Survey are now available online at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/er/pulse/index.html. The data are very interesting, I promise!

Mark your calendar

Click for TAD Events in October!

Wednesday October 13, 2010
- Dance core faculty meeting, 12:20 - 1:50 PM, 301 Barker Center

Friday October 15, 2010
- promotion dossiers due to CLA

Friday October 22, 2010
- TAD leadership meeting 10 AM - 11:30 AM, 580C Rarig (program heads and directors)
- Undiscovered Country opens!

Friday October 29, 2010
- All Faculty and Staff Meeting, 8:15 - 9:15 AM, Hanson Hall, Room 1-105 (all full time employees, part time employees welcome)

The University of Minnesota is closed from Friday December 24, 2010 through Sunday January 2, 2011, reopening Monday January 3, 2011.

Reference past TAD Administrative News email messages online: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/crar0009/tadadministration/

TAD Administrative News on September 28, 2010

Dear Theatre Arts and Dance Faculty and Staff,

I hope this note finds you well on this, the last week of September. The 10-day forecast remains sunny with highs in the 50s and 60s so please find some time to take a walk around the west bank arts quarter.

Please take a moment to read this email. As always, please contact me with your questions or concerns.

Topics covered below:

  • College of Liberal Arts Assembly Today
  • Rarig Card Reader Update
  • Rarig Map
  • Schedule your one-on-one with Carl
  • TAD Meeting Minutes 09-24-2010
  • Migrate to Google
  • Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
  • Fall 2010 Grades
  • TAD Administrative News blog (repeat)
  • Mark your calendar
College of Liberal Arts Assembly Today

The first meeting of the CLA Assembly is on Tuesday, September 28, 2010, at 3:30 pm in the Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey Center (WB). At the meeting, the dean will present the annual "State of the College" address and outline plans for the coming year. New faculty will also be introduced. There will be a reception following the meeting. All faculty and staff are cordially invited to share in the food and refreshments, meet the new faculty, and celebrate the start of the 2010/11 academic year.

Rarig Card Reader Update
This morning Ginni tested the card entry system for Rarig (arrived before 7:00am) and it works. If you have an up to date UCard, you can use that to open the exterior doors to Rarig and return your outer door key to me for recycling. The code on the key you need to return is xxx209.6 Thank you, Ginni, (612) 625-5029. (Note the external doors will be re-keyed by Monday October 4.)

Rarig Map
For your reference, see attached for a "map" of Rarig Center offices and phone numbers. Rarig Map.pdf

Schedule your one-on-one with Carl (repeat)

This semester Carl would like to meet with each full time faculty and staff member individually for 30 minutes, to touch base, check in, and hear from you. He holds office hours daily Monday through Friday between 11 AM and 1 PM. Let me know a time in this 11 AM to 1 PM window that you are available and I'll schedule your one-on-one. (Other times may be arranged per your request.)

TAD Meeting Minutes 09-24-2010
All TAD Faculty and Staff Meeting
Friday September 24, 2010
8:15 - 9:15 AM, Room 1-105 Hanson Hall

Present: Arons, Bartl, Bergeron, Bernstein, Chatterjea, Crary, Dilliard, Flink, Gemeda, Germain, Grotting, Gwinup, Harris, Holshue, Jenneman, Kobialka, Larasati, Lewis, Martinez, Pearson, Pettigrew, Potter, Proehl, Roach, Seifert, Sherman, Silva dos Santos, Smith, Sullivan, Swartwout, Taylor, Willer

1. Announcements. Flink is working with Crary and Emmel to identify resources to support staff in the prop and costume shops. Gwinup announces meetings have occurred and plans are in progress. Joe Sullivan, department Development Officer, introduces himself and requests people to bring fundraising ideas to the Chair. Lisa Channer's show opens tonight. Lewis announces there is pre- and post-show discussion next Thursday. Crary announces the department has a membership to Campus Club this year.

2. University Closure and Furlough. The University is closed December 24 through January 2. Full time employees will have access to Rarig and Barker Centers as they otherwise normally would. Students will not have access. Flink reminds the group to please take the closure seriously, to take "time off". Sherman states the buildings will be brought to 55 degrees.

3. BA Theatre Curricular Announcements. Seifert explains TH 3331 Physical Approaches needs to be a repeatable course. Motion to Approve by Chatterjea. Second by Kobialka. Motion passes. Gwinup updates the group on the curriculum committee for the BA Theatre program comprised of Gwinup, Kuftinec, Seifert and Willer. Goals for the year include looking closely at the TH 4177/4178 sequence. The concept is to provide more course options with fewer seats to facilitate the effective teaching of writing-intensive courses. Instructors outside of the MA/PhD program could also teach in the sequence. The hope is to implement in 2012-13. This group will also be involved in the CLA curriculum project (a.k.a. course audit). The group hopes to develop a student handbook, and to also analyze the curriculum over all - timing, space, curricular needs, resources. Flink emphasizes the pathways of communication regarding the BA theatre program should flow through Willer. Pearson requests the BA group remember the BFA Acting program as they plan. Chatterjea and Bartl state there are programmatic handbooks online for these programs (dance and BFA Acting).

4. Senior Seminar. Carra Martinez presents on Senior Seminar. Kuftinec's concerns focus on students who need more support to be successful. The goal is to foster creativity along with accountability. Martinez is managing the process check points using email and Moodle. Every student attended the meeting and submitted proposals. Over fall semester, once advisors are assigned, the student should meet twice with the advisor. In December there will be a showcase. In spring, two more meetings with advisors and a showcase. Martinez's role is to take pressure off advisors. She will instigate meetings. Students will bring "documents of process" as explained by Sommers. Advisor meeting is on Monday. Martinez explains the list of advisors is comprised of full time people to relieve pressure on part-time employees. An explanation of faculty advisor responsibilities will be distributed. Faculty advisors are encouraged to interact with Martinez. Taylor asks what is the advisor's role is in the written paper. (Crary failed to capture the response.) Gwinup explains mid-term grades will be given. Grotting requests assistance with grading details. Bergeron requests to be copied on communication.

5. Community Fund Drive. Arons announces the fund drive takes place during the month of October. She relayed a story about a theatre major who has benefited from the United Negro College Fund who will be the first in her family to graduate this year. Arons requests support and shared passion. More information will be circulated via email.

6. Leadership Transition. Flink is in the third and final year of his current term as chair. He describes the process moving forward, starting by reading from the department constitution. The faculty council tenure-track, tenured or 75% continuous P&A appointment. Bernstein points out there are no continuous appointments. The department submits 3 names in rank order to the Dean, from which the Dean appoints a chair. Chair must be a 100% tenured faculty member. The leadership group determined the follow process: all tenured faculty will appear on the ballot. Ballots will be distributed at the October 29th all faculty and staff meeting. Crary will check with each eligible faculty member to see who is willing and/or interested in speaking at the October meeting. Flink will excuse himself from some conversations. Flink is willing to carry out a second term. Flink reminds the group it is healthy for leadership to change and be distributed. Also the staff are requested to provide an advisory opinion.

Next meeting: Friday September October 29, 2010, 8:15 - 9:15 AM, Room 1-105 Hanson Hall.
Respectfully submitted by Jessica Crary on September 28, 2010.

Migrate to Google
The Google Migration black-out is over! If you've not yet migrated please sign up for a migration session today! https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/cla-google/

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program
The deadline for UROP Applications/Proposals is Monday, October 4, 2010 for research/creative activity in late Fall 2010/Spring 2011. Please let your students know.

Fall 2010 Grades
The University will be closed from December 24, 2010 - January 2, 2011. In order to comply with the grading policy, the fall semester grades due date for the Twin Cities campus will change to January 4, 2011. This is, in effect, an extension of the grade submission period; however, I am writing to ask for your help to ensure grades are turned in as soon as possible after the end of final exams on December 22, 2010.

Because of the change to the grading due date, collegiate staff and others have less time prior to the start of spring semester to complete critical processes that can have an impact on students' academic and financial aid status. Late grades can result in some of the following consequences for students:

* probation or suspension by their college
* face probation or suspension of financial aid
* loss of scholarships
* delay in graduation
* termination of Veteran's Administration benefits
* risk loss of honors status
* loss of athletic eligibility
* have their admission to a graduate program postponed

The online grading application will be available during the entirety of the closure. Should you encounter issues as you enter grades, please email them to srhelp@umn.edu. If you have questions about grade submission in general, please contact the Student Records Training Team at 612-625-2803 or srhelp@umn.edu.

More information about the closure will be forthcoming. Academic Support Resources is coordinating its communications efforts with University Relations, the Office of Information Technology, the Office of Human Resources, and others to provide accurate and timely updates in the coming weeks and months.

Please share this message with others who may benefit from this information, including departmental staff who may be responsible for grade entry. Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

TAD Administrative News blog (repeat)
Reference past TAD Administrative News email messages online: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/crar0009/tadadministration/

Mark your calendar

TAD Events in October

Friday October 1, 2010
- tenure/track faculty leave applications due to CLA

Monday October 4, 2010
- UROP deadline

Thursday October 7, 2010
- BA and Design Program Meeting 12:20 PM

Wednesday October 13, 2010
- BFA Acting program meeting, 11:30, Guthrie

Friday October 15, 2010
- promotion dossiers due to CLA

Friday October 22, 2010
- TAD leadership meeting 10 AM - 11:30 AM, 580C Rarig (program heads and directors)
- Undiscovered Country opens!

Friday October 29, 2010
- All Faculty and Staff Meeting, 8:15 - 9:15 AM, Hanson Hall, Room 1-105 (all full time employees, part time employees welcome)

TAD Administrative News on September 14, 2010

Dear Theatre Arts and Dance Faculty and Staff,

Welcome to the second week of fall semester 2010. I hope you are enjoying yourself, and that this note finds you well. Please take a moment to read this email. As always, please contact me with your questions or concerns.

Topics covered below:

  • Calendars!
  • Schedule your one-on-one with Carl
  • Technology updates
  • Sign up for direct deposit
  • University closure December 24, 2010 - January 2, 2011
  • TAD Administrative News blog
  • Mark your calendar

Calendars!
The Theatre Arts and Dance department administrative deadlines and meetings calendar is now online. The College of Liberal Arts has also launched a comprehensive administrative online calendar. You can also subscribe to the CLA calendar so it may appear in your own Google Calendar. Please remember CLA deadlines are often be preceded by necessary department approvals so be sure you allow lead time for your CLA requests and processes. More information about CLA administration is on the CLA Intranet.

Schedule your one-on-one with Carl (repeat)

This semester Carl would like to meet with each full time faculty and staff member individually for 30 minutes, to touch base, check in, and hear from you. He holds office hours daily Monday through Friday between 11 AM and 1 PM. Let me know a time in this 11 AM to 1 PM window that you are available and I'll schedule your one-on-one. (Other times may be arranged per your request.)

Technology updates

  • TAD e-mail lists.Thank you to Communications Coordinator Jennie Germain for emailing a reminder about how the department email lists operate. Remember to address your email message to reach your preferred community of people: TADSTUDENTS@lists.umn.edu = All current Theatre Arts & Dance majors, minors, and graduate students; tadfacstaff@cla.umn.edu = All current Theatre Arts & Dance faculty and staff; UMTAD-LIST@lists.umn.edu = All alumni, community members, and interested students. This list may also include some current students, faculty and staff. Please contact Jennie with any questions or concerns about departmental email lists.
  • Holly is out September 20 through October 8. Our CLA OIT technician Holly Leighton is traveling to France next week and will be gone September 20 through October 8. Remember when you have a computer problem your first step is to call the CLA OIT help desk at 4-HELP (or 612-624-4357). This is the protocol whether or not Holly is in France. Safe journey Holly!
  • How to forward your U e-mail. E-mail is the official means of communication from the University to students, and so too should it be for employees. We are expected to access our University e-mail on a regular basis - every weekday preferred. Make this process easier by forwarding your U of MN email messages to your person email account. See the attachment for instructions. how to forward U e-mail to personal e-mail.pdf
  • Google update. CLA-OIT will be following central OIT's lead with a migration blackout from August 26 through September 24. Migration to Google is not advised during this time period. Read more.

Sign up for direct deposit
If you are not using direct deposit at the University I very strongly encourage you to sign up today. It is easy! Visit http://hrss.umn.edu/, click "direct deposit", and log in with your University user ID and password. Add, remove and change direct deposit information with the click of a few buttons. Due to the University closure December 24, 2010 through January 2, 2011, for pay day December 29, employees who are paid by paper check will not receive payment until January 3. Those who use direct deposit will be paid as usual. Another reason to sign up today! [Supervisors please forward this information to your student employees!]

University closure December 24, 2010 - January 2, 2011 (repeat)
Please mark your calendar as the University is closed Friday December 24, 2010 through Sunday January 2, 2011, re-opening Monday January 3, 2011. This means there will be no standard support services available to students, faculty or staff during this time. Employees (faculty and staff) are strongly discouraged from being on campus during the closure. More information on the closure is available online at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/economyandu/qanda/closure/index.html. Contact me (Jessica) with questions or concerns.

TAD Administrative News blog

Reference past TAD Administrative News email messages online: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/crar0009/tadadministration/

Mark your calendar

Friday September 17
- TAD leadership meeting 10 AM - 11:30 AM, 580C Rarig (program heads and directors)>
- equipment requests due to Jessica

Monday September 20
- Grant in aid deadline

Friday September 24
- All Faculty and Staff Meeting, 8:15 - 9:15 AM, Hanson Hall, Room 1-105 (all full time
- employees, part time employees welcome)
- tenure/track faculty leave applications due to Jessica

welcome back and important information - August 31, 2010

Dear Theatre Arts and Dance Faculty and Staff,

Happy summer greetings to you at the start of a new school year. Please take a moment to read this email as it contains information you are responsible for knowing. (Too pushy?)

As always, please contact me with your questions or concerns.

Topics covered below:

  • 2010 Theatre Arts and Dance Meetings and Administrative Deadlines Calendar
  • Schedule your one-on-one with Carl
  • TAD equipment requests due September 17
  • Computer support changes
  • Google migration
  • Welcome Instructional Technology fellow Jeremy Wagner
  • University closure December 24, 2010 - January 2, 2011
  • SEED Award
  • TAD welcome back meeting minutes and survey
2010-11 Theatre Arts & Dance Meetings and Administrative Deadlines Calendar

The departmental administrative meetings and deadlines calendar now appears online at http://www.theatre.umn.edu/calendar.php. Bookmark this page for future reference. Please mark your calendar with the all-department meetings listed below (locations TBD). Remember full-time faculty and staff members should plan to attend; affiliate faculty are certainly welcome and invited though meetings are not mandatory.

  • Friday September 24, 8:15 - 9:15 AM
  • Friday October 29, 8:15 - 9:15 AM
  • Friday November 19, 8:15 - 9:15 AM
  • Thursday December 16, 10 - 11:30 AM
  • Friday January 28, 8:15 - 9:15 AM
  • Friday February 25, 8:15 - 9:15 AM
  • Friday March 25, 8:15 - 9:15 AM
  • Friday April 22, 8:15 - 9:15 AM
  • Friday May 6, 8:15 - 9:15 AM

Also the TAD Ice Cream Social is Tuesday September 7th at 4 PM in the pit. Please attend and meet and mingle with students and colleagues to celebrate the start of a new year.

Schedule your one-on-one with Carl
This semester Carl would like to meet with each full time faculty and staff member individually for 30 minutes, to touch base, check in, and hear from you. He holds office hours daily Monday through Friday between 11 AM and 1 PM. Let me know a time that you are available and I'll schedule your one-on-one.

TAD equipment requests due September 17
(I sent this information in an email to you on August 10.) The department has an annual equipment budget and we have some dollars remaining from the 2009-10 fiscal year. If you have an equipment need please send me a request including the following information:
- item(s)
- total cost
- a website linking to the item(s) if possible
- how the equipment item will positively impact the students, faculty and staff of the department
Some examples include: a new white board in a classroom, a fancy video editing computer program, exercise balls, rehearsal furniture. Please keep your proposal brief - no more than a paragraph. Email your request to me by Friday September 17. Carl will make his decision soon thereafter, which I hope to communicate to you by October 1. Let me know if you have questions. Thank you. Jessica

Computer support changes
The College of Liberal Arts Office of Information Technology (CLA OIT) has changed the way it provides service and support to faculty and staff members in the department. If you need computer assistance related to your University work, your first step is to contact the CLA OIT Helpline service desk at 612-624-4357 (612-624-HELP) or email help@cla.umn.edu. In the past the first step was to contact TAD's designated technician Holly Leighton; now we instead start with the service desk. On average the service desk is able to solve about half of the problems that people call about. The other half are assigned either to an on-call technician or to Holly. Please see the attached memo for more information about this change (find a hard copy in your mail box by the end of the week.) CLA OIT service memo.pdf

Google migration
(I sent this information in an email to you on August 27.) Likely you recently received an email about Google migration. If you have not migrated, or have not used Google before, I know this is a huge change that can at times feel overwhelming. Please be assured there are tons of resources, some even at your fingertips, to assist you through this transition.

Lance Brockman has been through the migration process and says if he can do it, anyone can. Good luck with your migration!

Welcome Instructional Technology fellow Jeremy Wagner
(See attached letter). I am writing to introduce myself as the CLA Instructional Technology Fellow for the West Bank Arts Quarter. My name is Jeremy Wagner and I am a PhD candidate in music studying composition. As part of CLA's Technology-Enhanced Learning Support Team (TEL Support) I am dedicated to the enhancement of teaching and learning through the effective, efficient use of instructional technology. The entire TEL team is available to assist you with most technology issues pertaining to online and classroom instruction. Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or need assistance with course websites (Moodle & WebVista), uThink blogs, Audio/Video content, Google Apps, and/or other instructional technologies. I am also available for in-person consultations and presentations on our classroom technology offerings. Beginning this year, you can get in touch with the TEL Support team through a single point of contact. You may now direct all of your Instructional Technology requests to the CLA-OIT help desk: Email: help@cla.umn.edu; Phone: 4-HELP (from campus phones); 612-624-4357 (everywhere else). From there your request will be routed to the appropriate party in order that we may assist you in the most timely manner possible. You may also contact me directly at wagne342@umn.edu, although response times will vary with my availability. My best wishes to you as we start the new year. I look forward to working with you. Sincerely, Jeremy Wagner
IT Fellow Intro Letter.pdf

University closure December 24, 2010 - January 2, 2011
Please mark your calendar as the University is closed Friday December 24, 2010 through Sunday January 2, 2011, re-opening Monday January 3, 2011. This means there will be no standard support services available to students, faculty or staff during this time. Employees (faculty and staff) are strongly discouraged from being on campus during the closure. More information on the closure is available online at http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/economyandu/qanda/closure/index.html. Contact me (Jessica) with questions or concerns.

SEED Award

You may have seen the announcement by the Office of Equity and Diversity about the 2010 Scholarly Excellence in Equity and Diversity (SEED) awards for undergraduate and graduate students: http://www.academic.umn.edu/equity/SEEDAwards2010.html. These awards are a very visible and meaningful way to recognize outstanding students in the college. We encourage you to provide information about the awards to students and faculty in your units and to encourage individuals to consider supporting students' applications. To receive a SEED award, undergraduate students must be full-time juniors or seniors and have two recommendation letters from faculty, instructors, and/or administrators. Graduate student award recipients are chosen from current doctoral students who have been awarded doctoral fellowships for the 2010-2011 academic year and who apply for a SEED award. The application forms include more specific information about student eligibility for the awards. Thank you for your support of students, Jennifer Windsor, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs and Jo-Ida Hansen,
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, College of Liberal Arts

TAD welcome back meeting minutes and survey

Here are notes from Monday's all faculty and staff welcome back meeting. If you were able to attend please take a moment to complete this brief survey: https://spreadsheets.google.com/a/umn.edu/viewform?formkey=dGs4c2EtMnZnLS0tYy10TUlYdU1PRXc6MQ

All TAD Faculty and Staff Meeting
Monday August 30, 2010
9 AM - 1 PM, 101 Walter Library

Present: Agustin, Aldis, Arons, Bartl, Bernstein, Brockman, Cardamone, Channer, Chatterjea, Crary, Dilliard, Emmel, Flink, Gemeda, Germain, Grotting, Gwinup, Harris, Healey, Holshue, Jenneman, Johnson, Kinney, Kobialka, Kuftinec, Larasati, LeFebvre, Lewis, Nash, Pearson, Pettigrew, Pierce Sands, Proehl, Potter, Roach, Seifert, Smith, Sommers, Swartwout, Taylor, Willer

1. Welcome from the Chair. Introductions. Goal: for meeting attendees to give feedback on that which is presented. Budget update: the department is asked to reduce 2.9%, .4% less than median for CLA. CLA administration reduced 5.6%. TAD requested $75,000 for production and a new professor line. The department received a $25,000 increase in the production budget, though did not receive the professor line. CLA has encouraged TAD to collaborate with other departments on this position. Showboat has not done as well as planned. The department did receive $100,000 for equipment, which may be matched but a forthcoming program. Arons announces 550B will become a classroom, and 75 will be the affiliate faculty office. Flink reminds the group to submit equipment requests to Crary by Friday September 17. Emmel reports the department did me the goal in FY10 for office supplies, but is reduced an additional 20% for FY11.

2. Presentation from the Chair. Flink wishes to use technology and multimedia to create a fluid vision that is appropriate for a website. Initial ideas: Think. Make. Understand. Engage. University of Minnesota Theatre Arts and Dance: building a learning community without walls. Preparing thinking artists and creative thinkers. Flink expresses his position against the trend of the liberal arts education focusing primarily on careerism. Goals function to transform, build and stabilize; Flink's goals:

  • Re-imagining Community Arts Partnerships initiative: Flying Foot Forum, Woyzeck, UDT a the Southern Theater
  • Develop an integrated production season
  • Establish a fluid vision as an umbrella, guiding all of our departmental activities
  • Eliminate structural barriers to a double B.A. major in dance and theatre arts
  • Pursue another tenured position
  • Develop strategic plan to establish TAD as a recognized leader in design technology
  • Clarify departmental leadership
  • Subject notion of corporate University
  • Expand and illuminate department's activities embracing difference
  • Sufficient funding for production needs
  • Protect core curriculum of all TAD programs
  • Protect TAD faculty and staff positions
  • Protect faculty research as critical to both faculty development and quality of eduction delivered
  • Graduate program in Dance

3. 2015 Committee. Flink's goals align with those presented by the committee.

4. Q&A. Taylor. There is no space for a potential partnership in October. Also Penumbra. Kuftinec tells about LAG and FERPE, groups developed in response to 2015 Committee. The group met with CLA Dean, suggesting the approach be changed from reactive to proactive. Brockman requests prioritization of goals, to best represent the department. Gwinup asks about Bellamy and Brockman positions. Taylor is to replace Bellamy; Brockman is a question. Gwinup's point is the department is down tenured/track lines from past years. Bernstein re-articulates not only is the liberal arts education inherently valuable but also research is as well. Brockman suggests his line be included in the budget request process. Sommers asks about the notion of the "integrated production season." Flink wishes to see aggressive information sharing to identify potential points of collaboration. Taylor wonders about this information-sharing mechanism; also makes a point that a double major in Theatre and Dance may have to involve "musical". Gwinup discusses the importance of the audience. Gemeda wonders the role of V Callboard for this integration. Swartwout explains V Callboard. There is an orientation session at 9 AM on Thursday; also there is a notification system.

5. Small group discussion and report back. Group 1 reported by Pearson. What is the purpose of the production program? What is our responsibility to training audiences? Can careerism be included within the notion of Liberal Arts education? Could we have a cross-curricular discussion? Group 5 reported by Johnson. What do the values mean? How are they political? Are these values at the department, college or university? What does it mean to be a theatre arts and dance scholar? How can we make space for experiencing difference? What is the "why" of outreach? How do we use the language of theatre to discuss a liberal arts education? "Question, struggle animate, creative tension." Group 2 reported by Sommers. This group discussed the 2015 document and language. What do the values really mean? What happens when language is reduced? What does it mean "excellence"? How does this department define "excellence", or a process to gain understanding "excellence"? Group 4 reported by Dilliard. In addition to MFA in Dance, an MFA in Directing is important to the department. The BA double major idea needs more information. What are CLA's matriculation goals? How do we address the challenges posed by the facilities? Dilliard explains his ideas for renovating the Rarig Center and thinks we should start talking now about a new Proscenium. Group 3 reported by Lewis. We wish we had a space to show off, and also how to measure success? Training the technician and thinker can exist in harmony. "Shape shift." Make the world instead of take it. Kuftinec asks for more information about the MFA Directing interest. Dilliard states designers require relationships with contemporaries to be successful, citing Yale. Taylor states there is no good MFA in Directing, an opportunity for the department. Bartl expresses interest in training the Artistic Director. Gwinup supports Dilliard's remarks about the need for peer development for MFA design students. Brockman remarks there were many Directors that came from the program.

6. Writing Enriched Curriculum. Stephanie Lein-Walseth. Writing Enriched Curriculum project is University-wide, allowing different disciplines to define the standards of "good" writing. The purpose is to define what it is and then assess. Lein-Walseth circulates a document about theatre writing. This year Lein-Walseth wishes to meet with individuals and programs to discuss how to incorporate the WEC language into curriculum, i.e., syllabus, in-class exercises, assignment sheets. She is also working on creating an assignment bank, a student frequently asked questions list. The circulated document is ready to be shared in a public way. Kuftinec requests examples. Michal wonders the desired outcome and time line, and also requests an electronic version. Lein-Walseth describes this may be a part of Senior Seminar. Another objective is mapping curriculum and identifying gaps. Taylor explains the department can capstone the project as it wishes, like a hand book for example. Kobialka wishes to see the initiative proceed past the life of the funding. Lewis suggests short workshops this year. Kuftinec requests examples of submitted assignments that do and do not meet writing expectations. Also Kuftinec wishes to see a portfolio in Senior Seminar. Pearson suggests an online resource for students.

7. Close. Flink thanks the staff for arranging the meeting and welcomes feedback on the meeting. Bernstein announces there is $1,000 available tied to the CAPA award for professional development.

Next meeting: Friday September 24, 2010, 8:15 - 9:15 AM, location TBA
Respectfully submitted by Jessica Crary on August 31, 2010.