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February 2020 Tuesday Tips

4 February 2020:

It’s 2020 and our incoming freshman class likely grew up very differently than us. Often referred to as Gen Z or iGen, students born around 2001 are the most ethnically diverse generation in American history. Below are some of the realities of our 3,400 incoming students this academic year.

  • The primary use of a phone has always been to take pictures.
  • Most of them will rent, not buy, their course textbooks.
  • Airline passengers have always had to take off their shoes to pass through security.
  • They have grown up with “search algorithms” that know what they want before they do.
  • They are on track to graduate college in 2023, the same year as Sasha Obama.
  • They were born the same year that the Apple iPod was released.

Our students may be expecting a college experience that is different than ours (bring on the advising chatbots, 3D campus tours, and virtual reality in the classroom).

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11 February 2020:

If you’re looking for a 30-minute lunchtime group exercise class but don’t want to buy a gym membership, the Department of Kinesiology has you covered. They are offering FREE group exercise classes for faculty, staff, and students every Friday in Yolo Hall, Room 213 (see times below). Physical activity in a social setting can elevate mood, improve memory, and increase work productivity. The classes, led by certified group exercise instructor Suzanne White, started as part of the Paradise U Community Project(opens in new window) as a way for Camp Fire survivors to use physical activity to manage anxiety and improve health on their healing journey. The program has now expanded to include all campus employees and students. No obligations and no need to sign-up…just bring a water bottle and stop by as your schedule allows to one or more of the following positive exercise classes:

  • 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Learn to STEP (cardio fitness)
  • 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Intermediate STEP (complex and vigorous cardio)
  • 12 p.m. - 12:30 p.m. Cross Training (muscular fitness)
  • 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Advanced STEP (complex and vigorous cardio)

If you have questions, contact Kinesiology Professor Cathrine Himberg(opens in new window).

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18 February 2020:

The CSU symposium below is worth attending if you’re interested in gaining new student success strategies related to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. There are many great presentations on the schedule including a couple from Chico State faculty. The $50 Registration includes continental breakfast and lunch on both Friday and Saturday. If you’re only interested in the virtual sessions, registration is free.

Check it out!


Registration(opens in new window) for the 22nd Annual CSU Symposium on Teaching and Learning(opens in new window), at California State University Fullerton, on March 13th - 14th, 2020, is open!

This year’s theme is “IDEAS: Inclusion, Diversity, Accessibility, and Student Success.” Hosted by CSU Fullerton’s Faculty Development Center in collaboration with the CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning, this year’s symposium provides an opportunity to explore IDEAS imperative to education in a state as diverse as California. All those committed to student success in higher education are welcome to attend.

The keynote speaker for the symposium on March 13th is Deborah Santiago, COO of Excelencia in Education, who will address ways for minority-enrolling institutions to become institutions that truly serve minoritized students.

There will be two pre-symposium workshops(opens in new window) from 9:00 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Friday, March 13th. There is no additional fee to attend a workshop, but space is limited:

  • An Introduction to Inquiry-Based Learning
  • Supporting Disciplinary Learning through Deeper Reading and Metacognitive Conversation

New this year is a series of five virtual sessions(opens in new window), from 8:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. on Friday, March 13th. These sessions feature presentations on immersive and virtual reality, teaching and learning for social justice, and a sneak peek at an online teaching essentials course. 

  • Attend these FREE sessions from the office, from home, or while at the symposium.
  • Those not attending the symposium in Fullerton should register, and select “virtual only.”

The symposium features presentations by California State University and California Community College faculty related to empowering first-generation students; supporting students in first-year writing, math, and quantitative reasoning; equity, inclusion, accessibility and strength-based pedagogies; assessment for improvement; technology, innovation, and online and blended learning; and the incorporation of mindfulness and wellness.

For the schedule, list of presenters, travel information, and more, visit the symposium website(opens in new window), or contact The Faculty Development Center(opens in new window) at Fullerton.

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25 February 2020:

The Office of Faculty Development offers a broad range of professional development opportunities to faculty based on input from the FDEV Advisory Board(opens in new window). We are inviting input from you on how we can best serve your needs as a faculty member. Please take this brief survey(opens in new window) by this Sunday, 3/1 to inform FDEV of new training programs you may be interested in as well as the format and timing that works best for you.

Additionally, this survey invites you to express your interest in leading an FDEV program. FDEV Leads are compensated with either a course release, taxable income, or professional development funds. Payment depends on the duration of the training and the preparation required.

The FDEV advisory board will review the survey results and may invite interested faculty to a meeting to discuss possible new FDEV programs.

Thank you for your input!

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