‘Together in 2011’ — Mark your calendar for events, activities

University leadership encourages faculty and staff to take part in a series of events planned for the week of January 18-21. Ranging from leadership and learning to retention and inclusive excellence — with mid-year convocation and years-of-service awards also part of the mix — it’s a week filled with activities. All can help make a difference in our work environment, and for the students we serve. Mark your calendars now. And you will receive more information in the coming days:

• UW-Green Bay Retention Symposium
Tuesday, Jan. 18
1 to 4 p.m., Phoenix B, University Union

Who stays, who leaves? 
It is clear that not all students who enroll at UW-Green Bay graduate from the University. Help find solutions to improve graduation success of our students. Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to attend a campus conversation aimed toward better understanding of student retention specific to our campus. The discussion will be led by Provost Julia Wallace and will include breakout sessions. Refreshments will be provided.

• Mid-Year Convocation
Wednesday, Jan. 19
10:30 a.m. program followed by buffet lunch, University Union

Recognition of retirees receiving emeritus status, honors for faculty and staff celebrating significant length-of-service anniversaries, and remarks by Chancellor Tom Harden highlight this gathering that kicks off the second semester at UW-Green Bay.  A lunch buffet follows the formal program, complimentary for faculty and staff members courtesy of private supporters of the University.

• Workshop: Making Excellence Inclusive
Wednesday, Jan. 19
1 to 3 p.m., Phoenix Room, University Union

This overview will assist the campus community in its understanding of the basic definitions of inclusive excellence. Why should we engage in this work? Why now? Visiting speaker Alma Clayton-Pedersen will lead the session, and facilitate discussion around incorporating inclusive excellence concepts in the classroom, and throughout the entire university. Dr. Clayton-Pedersen is a former vice president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and senior administrator with Vanderbilt University, and a respected consultant on issues of institutional change, particularly sustainability, diversity and excellence, and collaborative leadership. For more, go to www.uwgb.edu/inclusiveexcellence/

• 15th Annual Faculty Development Conference: Collaborative Learning
Thursday, Jan. 20
Registration 8 to 8:30 a.m., Conference 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., University Union

The keynote speaker is Elizabeth Barkley, a classical pianist with a Ph.D. from Berkeley who has been honored as a Carnegie Scholar and as California’s professor of the year, served as a fine arts and communications dean, and written several books on teaching and learning. With more than 25 years of experience as an innovative and reflective teacher, her areas of interest include engaging students through active and collaborative learning; transforming F2F and online curriculum to meet the needs of diverse learners (especially those from new and emerging generations); and connecting learning goals with outcomes and assessment. For more: www.uwgb.edu/outreach/facultydev/

• Annual Academic Staff Conference: The Leadership Question
Friday, Jan. 21
10 a.m. to  3 p.m., University Union

All UW-Green Bay staff and faculty members are invited to attend. Keynote speaker Bill Collar will give a humorous take on, “If it is to be, it’s up to me!” His presentation includes a historical and contemporary look at the characteristics of leaders and ways to strengthen leadership ability. The recipient of Wisconsin teacher of the year honors, Collar now shares his leadership message with audiences throughout the nation. Read more.

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