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.

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