A Publication for the faculty, staff, administrators and friends of California State University, Chico
October 7, 2004 Volume 35/Number 2

Inside Stories

Tom Brown

Tom Brown

10th Anniversary CELT Conference

Noted Guests Featured

The 10th annual Conference on Excellence in Learning and Teaching will be held on campus Thursday, Oct. 21, and Friday, Oct. 22. The conference is open to all regional educators and CSU, Chico faculty, administrators, and staff.

In addition to two outside guests, Tom Brown, a consultant on advising to universities and communities, and Laurie Roth, assistant vice chancellor for Academic Programs, CSU Chancellor’s Office, the conference will offer more than two dozen workshops.

On the first day of the two-day conference, Brown will present “Pathways to Persistence,” and on Oct. 22, he will present “Moving In, Moving Through, Moving Out: Advice That Matters.” Brown was the dean of Advising Services and Special Programs at St. Mary’s College for 27 years. In addition to heading the nationally recognized program, he developed new student orientation programs, founded St. Mary’s international program, and developed a program to provide access and support to first-generation students.

Brown has been working with Marilyn Winzenz, associate provost of Academic Affairs and an organizer of the conference, since last spring, to familiarize himself with the campus. “Tom Brown has been studying our campus and community in order to personalize his two days of work with us in October—what devotion. He is held in high regard for his motivational messages and follow-up with campuses. We are fortunate to have him as a key speaker,” said Winzenz.

Assistant Vice Chancellor Roth will speak at the awards luncheon on Friday. She will welcome attendees on behalf of the Chancellor’s Office and assist with the presentation of awards. While she is on campus, she will be consulting with groups on various projects and campus issues: academic advising, assessment of student learning outcomes, information literacy, and online learning and the use of technology, among others.

There are a variety of workshops being offered, ranging from “Educating for Democracy” to “Early Field Experience in Mathematics” to “Recharging Faculty Batteries.” Other topics include the use of technology to help students on academic probation and to help teachers remember student names; diversity of thought around issues of gender and sexuality in the curriculum; and service learning in higher education.

On Friday, a complimentary buffet lunch for participants will be held in honor of CSU, Chico’s Outstanding Teacher, Sara Trechter, and the Outstanding Academic Advisor, Richard Narad. The lunch begins at 11:30 AM in the BMU Auditorium; the awards presentations and mini-lectures will start promptly at 12:30 PM.

The deadline for registration for the conference is Oct. 8. For registration and a complete schedule and list of workshops, check the CELT Web page at www.csuchico.edu/celt/, or contact the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at x6101.



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