The Committee on Committees is accepting faculty nominations for the 2017-2018 Excellence in Service Award. The nomination and application process follows the timeline of the Teaching & Scholarship Committee’s faculty awards for teaching and scholarship. The Committee on Committees will accept nominations until noon on Friday, January 26, on the Committee on Committee’s Moodle site -> Service Award. Self-nominations and nominations from colleagues are welcome. Submission of supporting materials by nominees are due by noon on Friday, March 16. Visit the Academic Senate resources pages for information regarding the nomination process, award criteria, and supporting materials that will be needed by the Committee. Contact the CoC Chair, Tammy VanDeGrift (email@example.com), for more information.
As the fall 2017 semester wraps up and finals are almost here, the Career Center has one last workshop and new career development opportunities for students, according to Amy Cavanaugh. Please keep these in mind for your students:
- Tis the Season to Network: Learn How to Connect with Family, Friends and Alumni to Land a Job or Internship Over Break. This annual presentation is open to all class years and will share tips and advice on how to get the most from a trip home over winter break. December 5 at 4:15 p.m. in the Career Center.
- Senior Game Plan Meeting– This is a brand new appointment for seniors who want to check in about post grad plans. Schedule a 30 minute meeting to sketch out a game plan whether you’ve started thinking about what’s next or not. Schedule in Handshake or give the Career Center a call at x7201.
- Career CrossFit– Join us at the beginning of next semester for a 4 session mini series to jump start your job search. Only 20 spots are available and preference is given to seniors. RSVP required and spots available on a first come first served basis.
Christmas bells will indeed be ringing in the Mehling Ballroom during the annual Bells In The Ballroom” concert and celebration on Friday, December 8, at 7:30 p.m. All UP employees and their families are invited to come enjoy the festive sounds of the season with performances by the Chapel Handbell Choir, Chapel Choir (with University Orchestra members), and a debut performance of “The Bluff Boys” Barbershop Quartet. Christmas carols, cookies, cocoa, and prizes will also be a part of this very fun and relaxed concert in Mehling Hall Ballroom. Carol of the Bells? Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus? Yes, those and many more. Come and enjoy!
For more information contact Maureen Briare, Campus Ministry, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus Ministry will offer Masses on the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception on Thursday (Vigil), December 7, at 5 p.m., and on Friday, December 8, at 12:05 p.m., in the Chapel of Christ the Teacher. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the conception of Mary, who became the mother of Jesus Christ. It is one of the most important Marian feasts celebrated in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church and so all Catholics are encouraged to attend Mass as a part of the celebration.
For more information contact Campus Ministry at 7131 or email@example.com.
As another entry in the ongoing Teaching and Learning Collaborative blog series on student mental health, this week’s post offers an update on a recent brownbag discussion with faculty, academic staff, and Eliot Altschul from the Health and Counseling Center. We talked about some basic updates on mental health services at UP, and also discussed hypothetical but familiar student scenarios: an underperforming student who shows up for office hours with something else on his mind, and a persistent student who may be testing boundaries. Read on if you’d like to think through what you can do when confronted with student mental health concerns.
One unique spiritual opportunity available to members of the UP community is Visio Divina, offered during Advent and Lent here on campus. Visio Divina, or “sacred seeing,” is an ancient contemplative prayer form that invites participants to enter imaginatively into a brief Scripture passage as it’s slowly read aloud, and then to do the same with an image from that story. Words, colors, and textures take on fresh meaning when approached this way, and many people find the silence to be a novel and peaceful experience in these days that teem with so many activities. At UP, we use images taken from our Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible, itself a distinctive spiritual treasure open to the community. Visio Divina takes about 25 to 30 minutes, and members of all faith traditions are welcome to participate.