Faculty and Staff:
The mix of warm sunny days followed by flower-crushing snow and hail storms gives one pause to T.S. Eliot claim in 1922: “April is the cruelest month.” Regardless of the weather in April, keep a positive attitude and enjoy the wonderful things your colleagues and students are doing this month. The art, music, and theater departments are sponsoring the senior show, music recitals, choir and band performances, and “No Holds Bard,” a theatrical foray into all things Shakespeare. For more information, visit: http://www.csc.edu/calendars/happenings.csc.
- MAP Priorities and Projects on Chadron State 2020
- Visit the VPAA Update archive versions on the VPAA website: http://csc.edu/vpaa/snaresreleases/index.csc.
Faculty searches in progress: 3 Business; 1 Science; 1 Art; 1 ESP/HPER; 2 Graduate (Counseling & Education).
Aaron Field accepted the ESP/Rangeland position.
Academic staff searches in progress: Liberal Arts Office Assistant II.
The Human Side of CSC: Monthly Series
College Relations is publishing a monthly series of news articles highlighting various departments on campus in an effort to assist students, faculty, and staff in gaining an increased awareness and understanding of each other’s roles and responsibilities. Beginning in January 2016, news articles have been published about Counseling, Psychology and Social Work (CPSW), Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER), and Applied Sciences. English and Humanities
will be published in April and Education will be profiled in May. Additionally, professional departments will be featured throughout the summer months.
17-18 March 2016 Board of Trustees Meeting
Highlights of the March Board meeting have been assembled by Alex Helmbrecht, Director of College Relations: http://www.csc.edu/modules/news/public_news/view/11238. The Board meeting materials are available at the Nebraska State College System site: http://www.nscs.edu/.
Math and Science Building
As provided in President Rhine’s 25 March 2016 correspondence to campus, approval of a bill seeking $21.2 million to fund the Math and Science renovation did not bear fruit in the 2016 Legislative session. For President Rhine, NSCS Chancellor Carpenter, and the Board of Trustees the Math and Science project remains a top priority and the need is beyond doubt. A sentiment expressed by Leo Tolstoy has relevance for this occasion: “The two most powerful warriors are patience and time.” For those in higher education two constant companions on our journey to achieve success are patience and time.
However the 2016 Legislative session did approve funding to complete phase one for athletic facilities. While a significantly smaller dollar amount, it illustrates the facility needs of CSC are not forgotten. The 31 March 2016 Eagle newspaper article provides some further details.
Frontier Rural or Frontier and Remote (FAR)
As shown on various maps, CSC is the only four-year Nebraska institution that serves Frontier Rural or FAR communities. Based upon the 2010 census, Chadron is more than 60 minutes from an urban area of 10,000 or more people (FAR level three). This is the case for 4.3 million individuals in the USA or 1.4% of the USA population. Your work on a daily basis makes a difference for those who live in the last frontier.
“Frontier areas are the most remote and geographically isolated areas in the United States. These areas are usually sparsely populated and face extreme distances and travel time to services of any kind,” according to the National Center for Frontier Communities (http://frontierus.org/defining-frontier/). This site includes
- Frontier Communities timeline: http://frontierus.org/frontier-timeline/
- Frontier Maps of counties, demographics, and land classification: http://frontierus.org/maps/
“Recent research indicates that the demographic and economic penalties associated with small size and remoteness may be increasing” according to the USDA Economic Research Service. FAR maps are available at the following site: http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/frontier-and-remote-area-codes/documentation.aspx
Romance and Marriage Plots
The final Graves lecture for 2015-2016 will be presented on Tuesday, April 5 (7 pm, LLC 111). Janice Haynes will examine the roles of family members through the lens of romance and marriage plots centered on single mothers.
Academic Study Table
In fall 2015, Assistant Professor Kurt Kinbacher launched an “office hour” experiment in the Library Learning Commons. It’s a promising foray into an area of pedagogy that has received little scholarly attention – how to engage students during one’s office hours? For more information about Kinbacher’s approach, please read his post on the TLC Blog: http://academic.csc.edu/tlc/blog/?p=1409, and consider registering for his April 14th seminar on the topic: http://csc.edu/tlc/workshops/.
Blogging for Academics
The last of the TLC workshops this year is designed to expose participants to WordPress, the most widely adopted open-source application on the WWW. Workshop participants will examine and discuss the proliferation of academic blogging and learn to apply the strategies and techniques for maintaining a proper blog. There are still a few seats available. Register at: http://csc.edu/tlc/workshops/ or contact Elizabeth Ledbetter (firstname.lastname@example.org).