Friday @ the Center
March 20, 2009
2009 Day of Common Learning: Transformational Leadership
The 2009 SPU Day of Common Learning will held Wednesday, October 14, with the theme of “Transformational Leadership.” The plenary address will be given by Ronald C. White, whose recent well written and readable A. Lincoln: A Biography, has been receiving excellent reviews. We will also use the day to celebrate and honor the legacy of Abraham Lincoln in honor of the Lincoln Bicentennial celebration of 2009. Please begin to consider,
- How might you incorporate themes related to transformational leadership in your fall classes?
- What kind of presentation, workshop, or seminar might you individually, with some colleagues, or with some students offer as part of the afternoon activities for the DCL?
- Could you have one of your spring classes put together a presentation?
- Are there transformational leaders in your discipline who would be worth highlighting?
- What kind of cross-disciplinary presentations might be provoking? (For example, last year we had a physicist and literary critic compare and contrast their approaches to beauty.)
Please send a one-paragraph proposal for a break-out session indicating the topic, type of participants (exact names not needed yet), and general content to Anna Miller. I will review all proposals at the beginning of September, as well as issue a second invitation for proposals. Solid proposals that are submitted earlier will be given first priority in the selection process.
Sabbatical Rest: Center Slowdown
At the end of the day today, I am commencing a much needed sabbatical to spend time with my son, dig my fingers into the dirt of my garden, and think and write about Emily Dickinson. During this period, several of the activities of the Center will be on hiatus, including the publication of Friday @ the Center, which will return on Friday, Sept. 4. On any matters regarding Center or Lilly SERVE related issues, please contact Anna Miller, who will either answer your questions or steer you to the appropriate resource person. Activities such as faculty mentoring, the Weter Lecture, FRG/SFG activities, ITS faculty workshops, the Best Teaching Idea of the Year Award, and updates to the Center website will continue. Questions about grant opportunities, academic grant writing, and internal coordination of grant applications should be directed to Laura Lundahl, who will be reporting to VPAA Les Steele during my absence.