Science Saturday at the Gillespie Museum: Pollination Workshop

The Gillespie Museum’s February Science Saturday takes advantage of “A Better Nectar,” a multi-sensory installation exploring how bumblebees learn and remember floral symbols, currently installed at the Gillespie and at the Hand Art Center.  The workshop is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

In addition to browsing the art and science of pollination in the museum, young scientists will have an opportunity to observe, to draw and to monitor native pollinators through hands-on activities on the grounds and in the Rinker Environmental Learning Center.  The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the museum at 386.822.7330 or e-mail gillespiemuseum@stetson.edu. The Gillespie Museum is located at 234 E. Michigan Ave., DeLand.

A Very Good Nectar in the Lobby of Sage Science Center

On Friday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. – noon, drop by the Lobby of Sage Science Center for Trilogy coffee and an opportunity to talk with the creators of  the installation entitled Pollination Guild, in the Sage Science Center Lobby. Inspired by “a better nectar,” which is currently at both the Gillespie Museum and Hand Art Center, this project relied on the time and talents of students, staff, faculty and community members.  Brown Visiting Teacher/Scholar Madison Creech facilitated two workshops which led to the development of the visual components.  Seven textile artists worked together to design and screen print fabric panels. Each motif is an abstracted and enlarged buzz pollination grain.  Eight Stetson students –representing Stetson Beekeeping, Hatter Harvest, Sustainable Stetson, the Stetson Environmental Club, and the Volusia Sandhill Teaching Landscape, assembled two oversized partridge pea flowers (Chaemacrista fasciculata) from recycled cloth, wire, paraffin, wax and bees wax foraged from Stetson’s beehives.  There is a sound component, “Winter Foraging,” composed by L.A.-based artist Robert Huehn.  A sweet way to end your week.  For more information, contact the  Gillespie Museum, 386.822.7330, gillespiemuseum@stetson.edu.

Planned Network Maintenance

In our efforts to improve the reliability and performance of the wireless network in academic buildings, Stetson I.T. will be performing changes to the wireless network on Feb. 8 starting at 9 p.m. until 10 p.m.

WiFi in all academic buildings will be intermittently unavailable during this time. WiFi in the dorms will continue to operate during this time.             

If you have any questions about this upgrade, please contact I.T. at support@stetson.edu or 386-822-7217.

Aetna Resources for Living

EAP (Employee Assistance Program) is a powerful tool available to employees. Reaching out for help with issues you’re facing can save time and stress.

EAP is there for you to assist with small issues, big problems and everything in between. Check out this list of reasons why people often contact them.

1. Managing stress
2. Parenting
3. Relationships
4. Improving your finances
5. Working through conflicts
6. Dealing with illness
7. Communicating with others
8. Growing your confidence
9. Managing Anger
10. Being assertive
11. Recognizing drug and alcohol issues
12. Coping with substance abuse
13. Balancing life and work
14. Feeling overwhelmed
15. Grieving a loss
16. Caring for elderly family members
17. Meeting your goals
18. Improving your happiness
19. Coping with depression
20. Getting the life you want

EAP is free, confidential and available 24/7/365.
1-800-272-7252 / www.resourcesforliving.com
Username: STET / Password: STET

Juniors: $1,000 to pursue your dreams and passions this summer

Any current junior returning to Stetson next year is eligible to apply for The Mike Raymond Beyond the Classroom Grant, which provides $1,000 to fund a summer passion project.

The grant is awarded annually to students who have achieved junior standing and actively pursue their passions for learning outside of the domain of assignments, credits and compulsory education.

Grant money is to be used this summer to actively pursue a passion or a dream. Whatever you do is up to you; the project does not have to be connected to any particular field of study.

Ideally, the recipient will be working on an independent project: creative writing, journalism, film, acting, political activism, scientific research or a business plan. Possible uses for the grant money may include travel for research; books; equipment; or just supplemental income to cover fundamental living expenses in order to take financial pressure off of the grant winner during the pursuit of independent learning and exploration.

Why this grant exists

Michael W. Raymond, Ph.D., a professor of English at Stetson University until his death in 2007, believed that higher education was an opportunity for students to discover their passions.

His message to undergraduates at Stetson University was clear: The university exists as a sanctuary and a crucible, a place to learn to love the process of learning, and to catch fire with an intellectual passion that will sustain you for the rest of your life.

He was speaking from his own experience as an undergraduate at Stetson University, and this grant in his honor is designed to help current and future undergraduates to pursue their own dreams and passions.

Dr. Raymond railed against students using four years at a college or university as vocational training. The idea that college represented a transactional experience in which one “put in” four years of time and a pile of cash, and expected a degree in return, which represented little more than a ticket to the rat race, was anathema to him.

This grant is named and funded in his honor, and to continue his work of pushing students to learn outside of the classroom.

How to apply

To apply, fill out this form no later than midnight on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Tagged with: , ,

Spotlight today Feb. 7 – Michael Eskenazi presents

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, The Spotlight Series resumes with Dr. Michael Eskenazi, Assistant Professor of Psychology, discussing his topic, What does Covfefe mean? Factors that Influence Lexical Acquisition in Skilled Adult Readers

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 7
Time:  1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – (lunch available at 1 p.m.) – NOTE TIME
Location: Lynn Business Center Boardroom – LBC 213

All are welcome!

Go here for the Spotlight schedule

What does Covfefe mean?  Factors that Influence Lexical Acquisition in Skilled Adult Readers

Although it surprises many people, the vast majority of the words you know were acquired not through instruction or memorization, but incidentally from reading.  Without any intention, readers create lexical representations for new words that they encounter while reading.  These lexical representations include the word’s spelling, pronunciation and meaning.  In three experiments, I explored factors that influence lexical acquisition including spelling skill and context quality.

Michael Eskenazi, Assistant Professor of Psychology, recently completed his doctoral degree in Experimental Psychology from Kent State University. He is a cognitive psychologist who studies the cognitive processes that underlie word identification during reading and individual differences between low skill and high skill readers. He is also interested in reading and literacy in special populations including blind and deaf readers.

Michael teaches cognitive psychology and memory at Stetson. His students have the chance to learn directly about research by participating in and designing experiments in class. He enjoys mentoring students in his eye-tracking and reading lab.

Spotlight Series

The Spotlight Series at Stetson University is a showcase of faculty research, creative inquiry and other scholarly engagement to the campus community.  Presenters are primarily recipients of grant awards through the Stetson Summer Grant Program.

Go here for the Spotlight schedule.

Cultural Credit Events, Feb. 7-12

Students join Stetson University’s intellectual and creative life outside the classroom by participating in at least three approved Cultural Credit events for each semester of enrollment at the university. Here is a link that makes it easy for you to find the calendar of Cultural Credit events: http://stetson.edu/cc.

Wednesday, Feb. 7
11 a.m.-4 p.m.: (Un)canonical Bluemnera better nectar and Faculty Focus: Matt Roberts
11 a.m.: It Can Be a Slippery Slope
12 p.m.: Global Citizenship Fair
Weekly Political Wrap-Up* from 12 pm to 1 pm in the Commons
7:30 p.m.: Discover Campeche

Thursday, Feb. 8
11 a.m.- 4 p.m.:  (Un)canonical Bluemnera better nectar and Faculty Focus: Matt Roberts
5:30 p.m.: Not for Profit Panel * event begins at 5:30 pm
6 p.m.: Stetson Local Pitch Competition in LBC room 108
6:30 p.m.: Black History and the Role of Stetson University, 1960’s-Present
7:00 p.m.: Sex @ Stetson
9:30 p.m.: Uncouth Hour

Friday, Feb. 9
11 a.m.- 4 p.m.: a better nectar, Faculty Focus: Matt Roberts and (Un)canonical Bluemner
2:30 p.m.: Bonner All-Call: Nutrition Socialization – What is it?

Saturday, Feb. 10
12 p.m.- 4 p.m.: (Un)canonical Bluemner,  a better nectar and Faculty Focus: Matt Roberts

 

Study Abroad Info Session – Hanyang University in Seoul, South Korea

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, Stetson will be hosting visitors from Hanyang University, one of our exchange partners in Seoul, South Korea.

Hanyang offers both semester and summer study abroad options. As with all of Stetson’s study abroad exchange programs, the tuition cost to attend Hanyang for the semester is exactly the same as it is to attend Stetson, plus you can keep your financial aid!  As a bonus, Hanyang University also offers FREE housing to Stetson students who spend a semester studying abroad with them.

To learn more, please attend our info session on the Hanyang program:

  • Date: Wednesday, Feb. 7
  • Time: 3 p.m.
  • Location: WORLD (635 N. Bert Fish Dr.)

Please email studyabroad@stetson.edu if you have any questions.

Safe Zone Training

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites you for Safe Zone training on Thursday, Feb. 8, between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the Cross Cultural Center. Safe Zone is designed to improve visibility and support for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Intersex and Asexual students and employees of Stetson University. The training focuses on the way to best assist and serve LGBTQIA students.

 

Study Abroad 101 Info Session

Interested in studying abroad? Come to Stetson World: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning located at 635 N. Bert Fish Dr., which is across from Rinker Field, for our Study Abroad 101 info session on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 4:15 p.m. to learn more about how to apply, course and country options, financial aid and more!

Can’t make it to this one? Look out for our next info session on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

Summer Scotland Study Abroad Info Session

Please join us for an info session about the Summer Scotland program!

  • Date: Thursday, Feb. 8
  • Time: 5:30 p.m.
  • Location: LBC 123

On this program, students can earn credit in either one or two of the following courses:

  • MGMT 305 – Principles of Management
  • MKTG 420 – Global Marketing: Business Without Borders
  • INTL 201 – International Business and Culture

Students on this program also participate in a consulting project with a local Scottish business – a great resume builder!

There are also several excursions and cultural activities built into the itinerary, such as Loch Ness, the Isle of Skye, Tomatin Whiskey Distillery, the Cairngorms National Park, and a Burns Dinner and Ceilidh.

Applications for this program can be found on the WORLD website.  There are also scholarships (due Feb. 15) available.

Please email studyabroad@stetson.edu if you have any questions about this program.

We hope you can join us on Thursday for this info session!

Spring Business Pitch Competition on Thursday!

Are you interested in representing Stetson at national entrepreneurship competitions? The Stetson University Entrepreneurship Program is hosting the Spring Business Pitch Competition on Feb. 8, from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Rinker Auditorium, LBC room 108. Come out to compete, or come to support the competitors! Cultural Credit is available, and there are cash prizes!

>>Competitor Sign-up Link

Tagged with: ,

‘THOR: RAGNAROK’ – Women’s Basketball Movie Night – Wednesday, Feb. 7

Join Stetson Athletics and SGA for a screening of “Thor: Ragnarok” this Wednesday immediately after the Women’s basketball game vs Jacksonville at 7 p.m. Free popcorn and drinks will be given out at the movie! A game ticket or Stetson ID required for entry. Let’s go Hats!

Winter Blood Drive

We will be having our annual Winter Blood Drive on Wednesday, Feb. 7, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 8, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  The bloodmobile will be located in front of the Carlton Union Building.

Special incentives for donating blood this month include a free Oneblood Long Sleeve Shirt and free pizza from Papa Johns. Please remember to bring identification.

All blood donated through Oneblood remains in our area and is used at local hospitals.  Your friends, neighbors and family depend upon our donations for blood and blood products.  Please donate and encourage your friends, colleagues and students to donate also.

We would like to thank the Stetson community for our last blood drive on Nov. 7-8, 2017.  The drive pulled in a grand total of 114 units, which saved a total of 342 lives.  Thank you so much for your support!  We hope to see you on Feb. 7 and 8.

 

Study Abroad Scholarships Due Feb. 15

If you plan to study abroad during Summer 2018 or Fall semester 2018, you are eligible for a scholarship through WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning!  Scholarship applications are due by Feb. 15.  Please email world@stetson.edu if you have any questions.

MBA Information Session Feb. 7

Come join us Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. in the Rinker Welcome Center, Presentation Room, for an MBA information session. The MBA application fee ($50) will be waived for all attendees.

Prospective MBA Candidates will learn more about the Master of Business Administration program from the Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for Business Programs. Alumni and current students may be available for networking purposes and to share their personal experiences. Come learn how Stetson aligns with your professional goals.

Click the link below (or copy and paste) to register for the event –

https://admissions.stetson.edu/register/?id=f01baf8f-f729-4793-86f5-7d2eed24307f

If you have any questions, please contact Brandon Speith at bspeith@stetson.edu or 386-822-7104.

Innovation Lab Events this week!

The Innovation Lab in the duPont-Ball Library is hosting more training events this week. Please see below or click this link to sign up.

Sewing: Learn how to use our sewing machine as well as which stitching patterns work best for different projects. When: Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, from 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 5 seats left!

3D Printing: When: Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, from 8 p.m. – 9 p.m. 5 seat left.

We hope you will join us!

Spotlight series resumes with Michael Eskenazi on Wednesday, Feb. 7

On Wednesday, Feb. 7, The Spotlight Series resumes with Dr. Michael Eskenazi, Assistant Professor of Psychology, discussing his topic, What does Covfefe mean? Factors that Influence Lexical Acquisition in Skilled Adult Readers

Date: Wednesday, Feb. 7
Time:  1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – (lunch available at 1 p.m.)
Location: Lynn Business Center Boardroom – LBC 213

All are welcome!

Go here for the Spotlight schedule

What does Covfefe mean?  Factors that Influence Lexical Acquisition in Skilled Adult Readers

Although it surprises many people, the vast majority of the words you know were acquired not through instruction or memorization, but incidentally from reading.  Without any intention, readers create lexical representations for new words that they encounter while reading.  These lexical representations include the word’s spelling, pronunciation and meaning.  In three experiments, I explored factors that influence lexical acquisition including spelling skill and context quality.

Michael Eskenazi, Assistant Professor of Psychology, recently completed his doctoral degree in Experimental Psychology from Kent State University. He is a cognitive psychologist who studies the cognitive processes that underlie word identification during reading and individual differences between low skill and high skill readers. He is also interested in reading and literacy in special populations including blind and deaf readers.

Michael teaches cognitive psychology and memory at Stetson. His students have the chance to learn directly about research by participating in and designing experiments in class. He enjoys mentoring students in his eye-tracking and reading lab.

Spotlight Series

The Spotlight Series at Stetson University is a showcase of faculty research, creative inquiry and other scholarly engagement to the campus community.  Presenters are primarily recipients of grant awards through the Stetson Summer Grant Program.

Go here for the Spotlight schedule.

Getting the Word Out: Advertising & Posting in the Residential Facilities

Residential Living & Learning would like to continue its commitment to supporting events and activities across the campus. One way we do this is by providing areas in our residential halls as a palette for advertising to the residential population. As you are planning, if you wish to utilize our office for distribution of marketing materials, please follow the below instructions. Please keep in mind the organizational Advertising Policy.

We prefer that advertisements are approved by Hub in the CUB prior to being brought to Residential Living & Learning.

Approved flyers must be dropped off in the RLL Main Office at University Hall at least 14 days prior to the event you wish to advertise.

o   Note: If flyers are not turned in on time to our department, we make no guarantees that advertisements will be placed up in the halls. Distribution for RLL happens generally once a week during our Wednesday evening staff meetings.

Flyer Expectations

  • General event details (event title, date, time, location of event) and Event contact for questions. Flyers that are dropped off to our office without this will not be distributed for posting.
  • Paper clip flyers and label by area where they will be posted.
  • Provide flyers for only the communities in which you want to advertise to. For example, a senior class focused event does not necessarily need to be distributed to the First Year Area.
  • Advertisements must be posted by RLL staff unless given preapproval.

Only the following number of flyers will be posted in each building:

  • WEST AREA (Includes Emily, Chaudoin and University Halls): 18
  • CENTRAL AREA (Includes Houses A- F, 1 – 7 and Conrad Hall): 16
  • APARTMENTS AREA (Includes UVAs, Stetson Palms, Stetson Oaks, Stetson Cove, Plymouth, Hatter Hall and Catalyst Houses): 15
  • FIRST YEAR AREA (Includes Carson, Hollis, Gordis, Smith and Nemec Halls):  26

Note: We will also post one flyer in our office.

GRAND TOTAL – 76

If you have any questions, please email reslife@stetson.edu or call 386.822.7201.
Thank you for your cooperation.  We look forward to helping you publicize your events!

For additional information for advertising on campus, please visit: http://www.stetson.edu/administration/vibrancy/resources/advertising-on-campus.php

 

Tagged with: , ,

Meet Michael Waltz for Congress, with Cultural Credit and Pizza

Stetson Students! Interested in earning Cultural Credit? Stetson Votes is hosting a Meet & Greet with Candidate Michael Waltz for Congress on Friday, Feb. 2, from 12-1 p.m. in Sage Hall 222. Pizza will also be provided.

Waltz is a former Green Beret commander who has held senior policy roles in the White House and the Pentagon. He’s also a best-selling author and FOX News contributor.

Questions? Email Kevin Winchell at kwinchel@stetson.edu.

Infosession: Cuba Summer Study Abroad

Join Professor Lou Paris for a 30-minute information session Thursday evening. Paris will share course and travel details for the May 19-24 experience. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit a forbidden country. Final Bonus: the course counts as a JSEM.

Information session
Feb. 1, 2018
5:15 – 5:45 p.m.
LBC 123

Religion and The Civil Rights Movement Travel Course

Travel through Memphis, Nashville, Birmingham, Montgomery, Selma and Atlanta this summer while learning about the role that religion played in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Full scholarships are available. For more information, visit http://www.stetson.edu/other/marchman/summer-civil-rights-travel-course.php.

Call for Proposals: Annual Colloquium on Teaching and Learning

imageAll Learners Welcome: Making Excellence Inclusive

SAVE THE DATE:  Friday, April 6, 2018

Calling all Learners: The Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence invites proposals for panel discussions, interactive workshops and sharing sessions that describe promising practices aligned with the colloquium theme, “All Learners Welcome: Making Excellence Inclusive.”

[Click here to submit your proposal]

This year’s theme celebrates pedagogical strategies that support all learners. Excellence can be inclusive. However, this requires the academy to do the hard work of turning a critical eye on our own practices to recognize the assumptions we make and begin to decode our disciplinary strategies for the increasingly diverse talented class of learners (and educators) arriving at college each year.

2018 Colloquium Deadlines:

Submission Deadline: Feb. 20, 2018
Notification of Acceptance: March 10, 2018
Online registration opens: Feb. 12 – March 31, 2018
All participants must register. Onsite registration available.

[Click here to submit your proposal]

 

2018 Annual Ann Morris Essay and Creative Writing Contest

Stetson University’s Gender Studies Program proudly announces the 2018 Annual Ann Morris Essay and Creative Writing Contest, with up to $500 in prizes to be awarded for fiction, poetry, drama, essays, research and creative non-fiction.  The deadline for submission is 12 noon on Thursday, Feb. 22.   Please submit entries to Dr. Diane Everett, 221 Davis Hall.  Winners will be announced at the Annual Gender Studies Banquet on Monday, April 2.  The contest rules are as follows:

  • Entries must in some way address the issues of gender, race, ethnicity, social class, and/or sexuality;
  • Entrants must be currently registered undergraduate or graduate students;
  • All entries must be typed, titled and sealed in an envelope, with the contest name indicated on the front of the envelope;
  • Each entry should include one detached page with the author’s or authors’ name(s), campus post office box number(s) (if applicable), telephone number, email address, Stetson University identification number and title of the entry;
  • The first page of each entry should include the entry’s title and the entrant’s Stetson University identification number, but no other identifying information should appear on the entry;
  • An author must submit three complete copies of each entry;
  • An entry may be solely or jointly authored;
  • An author may submit up to three entries (jointly-authored entries count as one); and
  • A solid draft of a work nearing completion, such as a senior thesis or a senior project paper, may be considered.

For more information, contact Dr. Diane Everett at ddeveret@stetson.edu.

Tagged with:

Jim Wallis to deliver Christian Theology Lecture

Jim Wallis, a New York Times bestselling author, public theologian, speaker, and international commentator on ethics and public life, will deliver the 2018 Christian Theology Lecture at Stetson.  The lecture, entitled “America’s Original Sin,” will deal with the topic of racism and white privilege.  The lecture will be Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 7 p.m. in Lee Chapel in Elizabeth Hall.  Cultural credit is available.  Jim Wallis recently served on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and was former vice chair of and currently serves on the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum.  His columns appear in major newspapers, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and Boston Globe. He frequently appears on radio and television as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC and Fox — on shows, such as Meet the Press and Hardball — and on National Public Radio. He has taught at Harvard University, Georgetown University and a variety of other academic institutions.

Ad Astra Upgrade Scheduled for Jan. 31

Ad Astra will be performing a system upgrade to fix bugs and refresh areas of the system.  Ad Astra forms and calendars will be down from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31.  No reservations or updates can be made between these times.  All system activities will return to normal by 10 p.m.  Please report any issues to registrar@stetson.edu.

Cultural Credit Opportunity: Foreman Biodiversity Live Webcast

Join the Department of Environmental Science and Studies for an exciting Cultural Credit opportunity this Thursday (Feb. 1) at 12 p.m. We are watching a live webcast from the Stetson College of Law of a lecture by Vivek Menon, executive director and CEO of the Wildlife Trust of India, in the Rinker Environmental Learning Center (RELC) off Michigan Avenue. Mr. Menon spent three decades working on endangered Indian fauna and has worked as a scientist, an undercover operative and wildlife crime-buster, and an international negotiator and adviser to the Indian government

Final Days for Touchstone 2018 Submissions

This is the final week to submit to Touchstone for the 2018 edition. We want to publish you! Send us your best short stories, poetry, dramas, photography, fine or digital art, or anything else you can create. Please follow all submission guidelines (which can be found here: bit.ly/2BeMCyv) and send all submissions to touchstonesubmissions@gmail.com. Final deadline is this Friday, Feb. 2, at 11:59 p.m. We look forward to seeing your work!

Tagged with: ,

Study Abroad 101

Interested in studying abroad? Come to Stetson World: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning located at 635 N. Bert Fish Drive, which is across from Rinker Field, for our Study Abroad 101 info session on Wednesday, Jan. 31, at 4:15 p.m. to learn more about how to apply, course and country options, financial aid and more!

Can’t make it to this one? Look out for our next info session on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 4:15 p.m. at the same location.

 

Meet Michael Waltz for Congress, with Cultural Credit and Pizza

Stetson Students! Interested in earning Cultural Credit? Stetson Votes is hosting a Meet & Greet with Candidate Michael Waltz for Congress on Friday, Feb. 2, from 12-1 p.m. in Sage Hall 222. Pizza will also be provided.

Waltz is a former Green Beret commander who has held senior policy roles in the White House and the Pentagon. He’s also a best-selling author and FOX News contributor.

Questions? Email Caitlyn Carey via ccarey@stetson.edu.

Top