10th Anniversary CELT Conference
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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,”
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
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.