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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Forrest Champions Conservation


Instructor Named Outstanding Educator of the Year

The Georgia Forestry Association named Valdosta State University Science Education Instructor Janet Forrest its 2011 Outstanding Educator of the Year for her work with Project Learning Tree (PLT) -- a global education program aimed at increasing students’ awareness and understanding of the environment.

Since 2003, Forrest has been working with the American Forest Foundation program to instruct a range of age groups, from elementary school children to senior citizens, about the importance of wildlife conservation. Helping even one person understand the importance of his or her actions on the planet “means it has been a good day” for the environmental enthusiast, who has worked at VSU for the past four years.

“I believe the best way to ensure our natural resources -- wildlife, forest, soils, water, and air -- for future generations is through proper conservation techniques, management practices and education,” said Forrest, who works alongside the Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), Langdale Forest Products Co. and the Georgia Forestry Commission to educate early education majors at VSU. “Working with others to teach them about the importance of our natural resources and how much we depend on them in our everyday lives can help them to understand why we must conserve water, harvest trees and even why the state allows hunting.” Read more >


Free Webinar: Student Incivility


Faculty and staff are invited to attend free webinar "Order in the Classroom: Examining Student Incivility" from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 28, in the Odum Library Auditorium.

Dr. Clint Kinkead, assistant professor of Communication and director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, will provide an overview of recent literature about civility in the classroom and strategies for creating successful learning environments. The seminar will also highlight tips about how to structure courses to appeal to students will be discussed. *Registration is not required.


Upcoming Campus Interviews


Candidates will Present to Campus in Coming Weeks

Two candidates will visit campus to interview for the position of graduate dean and assistant vice president for research. The presentation schedule is as follows:

Dr. Robin Miskimins will present at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, in the Student Union Theatre.

Dr. Alfred Fuciarelli will present at 1;15 p.m. on Thursday, May 5, in the Student Union Theatre.

Each candidate will be available from 11-11:50 a.m. on their respective interview dates for an open session to visit with graduate program coordinates, faculty and students.

Schedules >

College of Education

Dr. Robert Spina will visit campus on Thursday, April 28, to interview for the position of Dean of the College of Education. The public is invited to attend his campus presentation at 3:30 p.m. in Jeanette Lecture Hall (Room 1111). Those in attendance are invited to stay for an open meeting with faculty, staff and students, which will begin about 4 p.m. Schedule >


Professional Development

Business meeting

Software to Mimic Career Situations

Come to a brown bag demonstration of Quandary, a free software package for instructors, from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, April 29, in the HUB, Odum Library Room 2619.

Through this user-friendly software, instructors will learn how to develop scenario activities based on situations that students may encounter in their future careers. These scenarios also transform lectures and readings into interactive learning experiences.

REGISTER for this and other professional development workshops. If you experience any difficulties, call Employee Development (ext. 5105).


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