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 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.
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
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/