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
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.)
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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions about grade submission in general, please contact the Student Records Training Team at 612-625-2803 or email@example.com.
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)