Dan Gunderson, Stetson’s Artist in Residence, decided to travel to Africa when he retired after 43 years as an art professor.

The trip from Sept. 30 to Oct. 23 took him to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, and to Kenya, Victoria Falls in Livingstone, Zambia, Cape Town and then five days in London.

In Africa, he recorded videos and photographed just about every animal that he saw in the game reserves: lions, giraffe, elephants and warthogs.

With the help of a digital arts student, he has created a 20-minute film that he will show Thursday, Nov. 21, from 5-6 p.m. in the Hand Art Center during African Safari. He also will show a slide show and talk about the living conditions, drought, staggering unemployment, corruption and other issues faced by the people of Africa.

Cultural Credit will be available.

In our efforts to improve the network and wireless performance, the Stetson Information Technology department will be performing network upgrades on Thursday evening, Nov 21, 10:30-11 p.m.

During this time, you may experience intermittent wireless and phone unavailability for all academic and administrative buildings on campus, except Lynn Business Center. We will make every effort to minimize the impact and expect no more than a few minutes of downtime.

During this and all other phases, no residential halls will be impacted by this work.

This project will entail multiple phases with additional network maintenance periods scheduled.

  • Dec 16, from 9:30-10:30 p.m. — Internet, wireless and phones in academic and admin buildings on campus will be intermittently unavailable.
  • Dec 19, from 9-11 p.m. — Internet, wireless and phones in academic and admin buildings on campus will be intermittently unavailable. This will be the conclusion of the project, which will improve the responsiveness and speed of our entire network.

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

Dear Faculty and Staff,

If you have not yet completed the Stetson University Internal Communications Survey, please check your email for a survey link and take a few minutes to share your feedback.

Qualtrics shows 131 responses are in progress and we are hoping to hear from everyone. All Faculty and Staff who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of FOUR $20 gift cards from Amazon!

Several employees have contacted the University Marketing Office with concerns about the survey being spam. It is not spam and is being sent by the University Marketing Office. All responses will be confidential.

Questions? Email Cory Lancaster at clancaster@stetson.edu.

 

Beginning Dec. 1, 2019, community members will need a working Stetson ID to enter the Hollis Center for any reason (i.e. working out, meeting, practice, class, etc.).

Having ID Issues?  It might be time for an upgrade or replacement.

  1.  Have an old ID cards that does not swipe?  Visit the OneCard Office with your outdated ID card and receive a replacement ID free of charge.
  2. Have a lost, torn or damaged ID cards that does not swipe?  Visit the OneCard Office to purchase a replacement ID card for $20.

OneCard Office:
Welcome Center, 2nd Floor
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Forgot Your ID?  Mistakes happen.

Community members will be granted access to the Hollis Center one time per semester without an ID by providing their ID number.  All subsequent occurrences, individuals will be asked to retrieve their ID prior to entry.

We greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation as our staff enforces these risk management policies.

Join the Center for Community Engagement in our yearly tradition of providing Stetson Shares Thanksgiving Bags to the community, so that all can enjoy a nice Thanksgiving meal! Feel free to put together a bag yourself or join together as a department/office to create a bag! The bags will be given to The Spring Hill Resource Center for distribution.

Each meal should be assembled in a cloth grocery bag and include the following:

  • $15 Publix gift card to buy a frozen turkey
  • 2 types of canned vegetables
  • 2 packs of instant mashed potatoes
  • cranberry sauce
  • stove top stuffing
  • gravy
  • biscuits or corn bread
  • pie crust and filling
  • beverages

All Stetson Shares Bags should be dropped off to the CCE (CUB 267) no later than end of day on Thursday, Nov. 21. Please contact Emily Perry at the Center for Community Engagement with any questions.

If you anticipate any barriers to your access, participation, transportation to, or inclusion in this opportunity, please contact the Center for Community Engagement.

Hello,

The Stetson Information Technology department is implementing Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for users with access to the University’s online systems. This additional security feature requires you to complete an extra step (typically on your mobile phone) after you enter your User ID and Password to login while you are off campus.

There are two multi-factor authenticators to keep your accounts safe:
Stetson Authenticator – for all Stetson services, such as myStetson, Banner and Blackboard
Microsoft Authenticator – for all Microsoft services, such as Email, SharePoint, OneDrive, etc.

MFA will be launched to three separate groups of users starting on the following dates:
• Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, for all non-faculty employees
• Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, for all faculty
• Monday, March 9, 2020, for all students

When you login on or after the go-live date for your group, you will receive a prompt to download the Stetson Authenticator Mobile App and the Microsoft Authenticator Mobile App (available on Apple App Store and Google Play) on your iOS or Android phone; set up your MFA preferences; and follow the instructions to complete the login.

You also have the option to enroll to use MFA before the respective go-live dates. Please see the link https://my.stetson.edu/apps/mfainfo/ for details.

There are three main options for MFA:
A.  Receive a notification on your mobile device via the Authenticator app.
B.  Read a one-time-use token from the Authenticator app and enter it on the screen provided.
C.  Receive a one-time-use token via text message on your registered phone and enter it on the screen provided.

In the event you are unable to use your registered mobile device, you can receive a one-time-use token via a non-Stetson email that you will indicate during sign up or you can receive a phone call on your registered phone number.

You will also have the option to trust your frequently used browsers so that you will not be prompted to use MFA for 30 days while using those browsers. In addition, the Stetson Authenticator mobile app has biometric authentication capabilities. You can use your phone’s TouchID or FaceID (fingerprint and face recognition capabilities) if applicable while responding to the notifications you will receive (Option A above).

IT will continue to send updates as the launch dates approach.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact I.T. at support@stetson.edu.

-Office of Information Technology

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m., in the LBC Rinker Auditorium (LBC 108), Stetson Votes will be hosting a Vice Presidential Debate Watch Party! Attendees will watch the debate and engage in dialogue. Free pizza and Cultural Credit will be provided.

If you have any questions, or if you anticipate any barriers to your access, participation, transportation to, or inclusion in this event, please contact Eli Maulfair, Director of Stetson Votes, at emaulfair@stetson.edu.

 

Stetson Dining meal plans are inactive as of Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 2 p.m. and resume at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1. Residential students with meal plans will be provided lunch in the Lynn Dining Commons during the time the meal plans are inactive. For any accommodation requests, please feel free to email us at temills@stetson.edu.

The Thanksgiving dining hours for all units are as follows:

The Lynn Dining Commons:

Wednesday, Nov. 27: Brunch 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 28 – Saturday, Nov. 30: 11 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 1: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

Einstein Bros Bagels:
Tuesday, Nov. 26: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 27-Saturday, Nov. 30: Closed

Sunday, Dec. 1: 5 p.m.-11 p.m.

Johnny Rockets:

Tuesday, Nov. 26: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

CLOSED FOR THE REST OF THE SEMESTER FOR BYOB TRANSITION

Coffee Shop:

Tuesday, Nov. 26: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 27-Saturday, Nov. 30: Closed

Sunday, Dec. 1: 5 p.m.-2 a.m.

Academic Calendar
Nov. 27-29: Thanksgiving Holiday, no classes

Cultural Credit events:
Students can find Cultural Credit events on the Stetson University calendar.

Monday, Nov. 18
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.: *30th Undergraduate Juried Student Art Exhibition*
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.: *John B. Well Workshop – Holiday Financial Control*
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.: *Hot Wings and Hot Topics*

Tuesday, Nov. 19
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.:  *Agatized Coral and Other Silicified Fossils*
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.: *30th Undergraduate Juried Student Art Exhibition*
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.: *DeLand CommUnity Presentation*
7:30 p.m.: *Guitar on the Rocks*

Wednesday, Nov. 20
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.:  *Agatized Coral and Other Silicified Fossils*
3 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.: *Innovation Lab Workshop*
4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.: *Housewarming: Stetson Aquatic Center*
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.: *Am I Still Black If?*|
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.: *Movie Night: Worldands Greatest Dad*
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.: *Roland George Public Trustees Meeting*
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.: *South Africa Faculty-Led Study Abroad Information Session*
7 p.m – 8 p.m..: *Currents: A Sonic Performance*
7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.: *Democratic Debate Watch Party*
7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.: *JAMnesty*

Thursday, Nov. 21
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.:  *Agatized Coral and Other Silicified Fossils*
11 a.m. – 6 p.m.: *30th Undergraduate Juried Student Art Exhibition*
1 p.m – 3 p.m..: *Healthy Hatters’ Fall Festival*
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.: *PBK Event with Dr. Jay Mechling*
5 p.m. – 6 p.m.: *African Safari Video by Dan Gunderson*
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.: *Discussion Panel: Graduate School*
6 p.m – 10 p.m..: *Dodge for Dogz*
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: *Game Night with PACT*
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: *SPREES Info Session on Maymester*
6 p.m. – 7 p.m.: *YAF Political Compass Night*
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.: *Screening of Documentary “Blossom”*
8 p.m. – 10 p.m.: *The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufmann*
9:30 p.m. – 10:30:  *Uncouth Hour*

Friday, Nov. 22
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.:  *Agatized Coral and Other Silicified Fossils*
8 p.m. – 10 p.m.: *The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufmann*

Saturday, Nov. 23
12 p.m. – 4 p.m.: *30th Undergraduate Juried Student Art Exhibition*
7:30 p.m.: *Southern Winds | Douglas Phillips, conductor*
8 p.m. – 10 p.m.: *The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufmann*

Sunday, Nov. 24
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.: *The Laramie Project by Moises Kaufmann*
4 p.m.: *University Symphonic Band | Douglas Phillips, conductor*

Other Events (Not Cultural Credit):

Tuesday, Nov. 19
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Donut You Love Being a Sophomore?

Friday, Nov. 22
12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.: Burgers and Dogs

 

Dan Gunderson, Stetson Artist in Residence, decided to travel to Africa when he retired after 43 years as an art professor.

The trip from Sept. 30 to Oct. 23 took him to the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, and to Kenya, Victoria Falls in Livingstone, Zambia, Cape Town and then five days in London.

In Africa, he recorded videos and photographed just about every animal that he saw in the game reserves: lions, giraffe, elephants and warthogs.

With the help of a digital arts student, he has created a 20-minute film that he will show Thursday, Nov. 21, from 5-6 p.m. in the Hand Art Center during African Safari. He also will show a slide show and talk about the living conditions, drought, staggering unemployment, corruption and other issues faced by the people of Africa.

Cultural Credit will be available.

Dear Faculty and Staff,

If you have not yet completed the Stetson University Internal Communications Survey, please check your email for a survey link and take a few minutes to share your feedback.

Qualtrics shows 132 responses are in progress and we are hoping to hear from everyone. All Faculty and Staff who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of FOUR $20 gift cards from Amazon!

Several employees have contacted the University Marketing Office with concerns about the survey being spam. It is not spam and is being sent by the University Marketing Office. All responses will be confidential.

Questions? Email Cory Lancaster at clancaster@stetson.edu.

 

Through the Years is a week-long event to celebrate the undergraduate students on Stetson’s DeLand campus. Each day celebrates a specific class year with a different activity and with free food for the first 250 students! The event will be held on Nov. 18-21 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. each day.

  • Monday, Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Rocking Through the First Year!
    • Join us at the Rocks to chalk the Rocks and to enjoy Sweet Spot ice cream!
  • Tuesday, Nov. 19, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Donut You Love Being a Sophomore?
    • Meet us on the Green for yoga led by Lua Hancock and free Mr. Bill’s donuts!
  • Wednesday, Nov. 20, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Junior Jam Sesh
    • Come hang with us in Palm Court to play games, listen to music and enjoy free Buttercup Bakery!
  • Thursday, Nov. 21, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Chilling Through Senior Year
    • It’s time to tie-dye at Hulley Tower! The first 100 seniors will get an exclusive senior shirt to tie-dye, and the first 250 seniors get Jeremiah’s Italian Ice! Seniors can bring their own items to tie-dye.
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Dear Faculty and Staff,

If you have not yet completed the Stetson University Internal Communications Survey, please check your email for the survey link and take a few minutes to share your feedback.

Qualtrics shows 132 responses are in progress and we are hoping to hear from everyone. All Faculty and Staff who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of FOUR $20 gift cards from Amazon!

Several employees have contacted the University Marketing Office with concerns about the survey being spam. It is not spam and is being sent by the University Marketing Office. All responses will be confidential.

Questions? Email Cory Lancaster at clancaster@stetson.edu.

 

Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 20, for a celebration of the Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center (SSAC), home of Stetson Rowing and the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience. Also located at the SSAC is the new Bartram Gardens & Trail, commemorating naturalist William Bartram with interpretive panels throughout a botanical garden, highlighting native Florida plants and animals.

This event will include a sunset water invocation by artist and naturalist Johnny Dame, Bartram-themed story-telling, and an evening reception and Soundscapes concert by Stetson students and faculty. It is open to the public and cultural credit will be available.

Bartram Gardens & Trail
4:30 p.m.
Explore

5 p.m.
Welcome
Water Invocation with Johnny Dame
Bartram Stories

Lakeview Room
6 p.m.
Reception

7 p.m.
Concert: Currents
An immersive, creative sound
experience featuring central Florida soundscapes and more

The Sandra Stetson Aquatic Center is located at 2636 Alhambra Ave. in DeLand.

Join Laura Loveland, Peace Corps recruiter, for an information session to learn more about the life-changing experience in the Peace Corps.  Laura will share stories of her time serving in the Peace Corps and offer information on how you can apply to serve.

The Information session is Nov. 15 at 12:15 p.m. in the CUB Lee’s Garage.

For more information, contact Laura Loveland at lloveland@peacecorps.gov.

International Education Week (IEW) at Stetson University is Nov. 11 – 15!!  WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning is excited to share a variety of fun events throughout the week that highlight our global campus community.  Most events offer cultural credit!

Each day, in front of the CUB, the WORLD Ambassadors are tabling with various international games, snacks, prizes and more!  Stop by for a quick Language Speed Dating to see how quickly you can learn phrases in another language.  We will also showcase our exciting Faculty Led Study Abroad Program offerings for this upcoming spring break and summer!

Don’t forget to stop by The Commons during breakfast and lunch this Friday for our International Kitchen Takeover!  Several of Stetson’s international students shared recipes from their home country and the history behind the dish for the Stetson Community.  Enjoy a Tortilla Espanola (Potato Omelet) for a Spanish breakfast.  Come back later and enjoy pierogis with a sauce to die for and stuffed cabbage for a taste of Poland for lunch.   Recipe cards are available in the Commons for those wanting to try cooking them at home.

Below is the remaining schedule of other events also taking place during IEW 2019.  We hope to see you there!

Nov. 15, 12 p.m., LBC 122 – Scotland Summer Faculty Led Program Information Session

Nov. 15, 12:15 p.m., CUB Garage – Peace Corps Information Session

Don’t forget, we are still accepting applications for ALL our Spring Break and Summer Faculty Led Programs.  Apply now at world.stetson.edu.

The goal of Leadership West Volusia is to develop future leaders who will become actively engaged in the community. The program will provide opportunities for potential leaders to meet with today’s leaders to gain a better understanding of issues and challenges facing our community. It will also provide educational opportunities to strengthen the leadership and communication skills of participants. Leadership West Volusia is not an action or advocate group; rather, it is a program designed to help the community meet the challenges of the future by ensuring well-trained and knowledgeable citizen leaders.

Visit the LWV website at www.stetson.edu/leadership-west-volusia for program information, dates and pricing. Help us spread the word to anyone who you believe would be a good candidate by using #LWV2020 in your social media posts. Stetson employees who are interested in the program should contact their supervisor.  Contact the Office of Continuing Education & Outreach at ceo@stetson.edu or 386-822-7500 if you have any questions.

Stetson University has been invited to submit student poster applications for the first ever Florida Posters on the Capitol in Tallahassee Feb. 9-10.  The event is sponsored by the Florida Undergraduate Research Association, which also sponsors the annual Florida Undergraduate Research Conference (FURC):  “The inaugural Undergraduate Research Posters at the Capitol will be held at the Florida State Capitol Complex in downtown Tallahassee. At this event, up to four undergraduate researchers from each university and college across the state will present their research in a poster format; they will also have the opportunity to interact with legislative members from their representative districts. Our main mission in hosting this event is to encourage the visibility and viability of undergraduate research, while also providing high-achieving students a space to engage directly in the political process.”

If you believe you have a student who would be interested and able to submit a poster of high quality for this marquee event, please contact Dr. Kimberly Reiter (kreiter@stetson.edu) immediately, as there is a confirmation process for each school to complete before posters are accepted.  We need to establish interest before beginning the process.

Dear Stetson Community,

As previously announced, Stetson’s Information Technology department is implementing Microsoft OneDrive, which will replace our current “G: drive” for personal storage.

Access to your G: drive will be discontinued on Dec. 7, 2019.

Files in your G: drive will not automatically transfer to OneDrive, so we need you to move the files you would like to keep to your OneDrive as soon as you can.

If you or your department would like training, please send us an email to support@stetson.edu.

Additional training materials for your reference can be found at these locations:

I.T. appreciates your patience and cooperation throughout this project and sincerely hopes you enjoy the new features and functionality of OneDrive.

Please let us know if you have any questions by contacting the helpdesk at support@stetson.edu or 386-822-7217.

 

 

The holiday season is here and the bad guys have plenty of surprises up their sleeves. The United States government recently released a statement warning citizens to be on the lookout for different types of holiday scams.

The alert warns of phishing emails and the dangers associated with online shopping. Phishing emails could come disguised as shopping deals, holiday ecards, or donation campaigns for fake charities or causes.

Scammers are also known to make fake websites that look like the real thing. By clicking on a link in an email, you could be directed to a look-alike-site, and if you log in to what you think is your account, the bad guys would then have your credentials.

Remember the following to protect yourself during the holiday season, and all year long:

  • Never click on links in an email that you weren’t expecting.
  • When you receive an email asking you to log in to an account or online service that you use, log in to your account through your browser – not through links in the email. This way, you can ensure you’re logging into the real website and not a phony look-alike.
  • Before donating to any charity or cause, do your research to ensure the campaign is valid.

Remember, Think Before You Click.

Questions or comments, contact I.T. at support@stetson.edu.

 

The Staff Advisory Council invites you to join us for “This Thing Called Mindfulness,” the next in our staff development series, “Inside the Hat.”

As we approach the end of the semester and the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it’s a good time to take a little time to focus on yourself and your well-being.

Join Erika Lohmus, counselor with the Stetson Counseling Services, and Lindsey Carelli, associate director for Interfaith Initiatives with the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, to explore what mindfulness is and the benefits it can bring to our lives. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a few mindfulness activities during the session. Join us!

Monday, Nov. 18
2 – 3 p.m.
Lee’s Garage, Carlton Union Building

On Friday, Nov. 15 at 11 a.m. in the Commons, come discuss the past week in current events over lunch! Cultural Credit will be available. If you have any questions, please contact Eli Maulfair, director of Stetson Votes, at emaulfair@stetson.edu.

The U.S. Census Bureau will be hosting a table in front of the CUB (Carlton Union Building) to speak to all interested students, faculty and staff about part-time positions. The Bureau is hiring for Census takers and other roles — paying $14.50-$19.50 per hour, depending on location and responsibilities.

Stop by the table this Friday, Nov. 15 anytime 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to learn more about these opportunities.

If you have any questions, contact Career & Professional Development at 386-822-7315 or career@stetson.edu.

On Thursday, Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC) in conjunction with the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life will present a Mid-Autumn Festival on the Green at 5 p.m.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is an annual harvest festival celebrated in many Asian countries including China, Vietnam, Korea and Japan, said Tam Pham, APAC president. “Families gather, the kids play games, and there is a lot of special food and treats.”

In many Asian celebrations, people send flying lanterns aloft. “It’s sent to the heavens in hopes of a good harvest,” Tam said. We won’t be doing that at Stetson, but electrical lights will symbolize the hope expressed in the cultural event and the goodness coming to the darkness.

Food will be provided, as well as a short presentation to inform participants about the history and meaning of the festival. Chaplains and others from the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life will be on hand to bless the event.

There will be lots of fun activities, Tam added, including traditional games. And there will be Moon Cakes, a sweet filled pastry served at special events in countries like China and Vietnam.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is Thursday, Nov. 14, beginning at 5 p.m. on the Stetson Green.

Come meet the Stetson Public Safety staff as they table in front of the CUB on Thursday, Nov. 14, from 11 a.m. to noon.

During the One Hour with Public Safety, the staff will be available to talk to students, faculty and staff who have questions or concerns. Students also can register their bikes for free. This service allows Public Safety to store students’ contact information along with the make, model, color and serial number of their bike in case it is lost or stolen.

Stop by our table Thursday in the courtyard outside of the CUB. For more information, please call Public Safety at 386-822-7300.

Financial Literacy Week continues today, Nov. 13, with two events!

Thank a Donor Day, which is hosted by Donor Relations and Green, White and YOU, is an opportunity for students to write thank you notes to scholarship donors.  Thank you cards are provided, along with music, food, a free T-shirt and chances to win prizes! This event will be from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. on the Stetson Green.

Afterward, join the Office of Student Financial Planning and earn Cultural Credit by attending Financial Aid Tips and FAFSA. Learn how to apply for financial aid and, after the presentation, have the opportunity  to complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA with a financial aid counselor. This event will be from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in LBC 317.

For more information, please visit www.stetson.edu/financial-literacy.

 

This is a reminder that there will an informational session for those interested in learning more about Stetson’s upcoming volunteering experience through Global Brigades. We will be holding an informational session on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in Sage Hall Room 242. We’ll be discussing the organization’s goals, schedules and new plans for the brigade! Feel free to invite anyone who might be interested in participating (graduate students, staff and faculty members can participate as well!).

Global Brigades is the largest student-led global health movement around the world. It is a nonprofit organization that partners with communities in Central America to strive and meet their health and economic goals while promoting sustainability. Student volunteers participate in brigades that usually last around seven days. During that time, you get to actively learn about the organization’s holistic model while empowering community members and meeting fellow student volunteers.

For more information, contact Vincenzo Cornacchione at vcornacc@stetson.edu or check out Global Brigades’ website: https://www.globalbrigades.org/.

Dr. Candace Cunningham, Brown Fellow in Public History, is offering a new course in Spring 2020, 4927 HIST 390, History Practicum: Creating a History Museum Exhibit, open to ALL undergraduate majors!

Creating a quality museum exhibit can be an intimidating but hugely rewarding experience. Students in this class will work together to research, plan, create and evaluate a successful museum exhibit on a local history topic. Students will learn how to: develop a “big idea” (the key research question an exhibit addresses), use collaboration throughout the creation process, appeal to a broad audience with various learning methods, and use experimentation and innovation to create a compelling narrative.

Please join us on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6 p.m. in the Rinker Auditorium (LBC 108), for this Cultural Credit event! Jamaican filmmaker and community leader, Esther Figueroa, will present her new film, Fly Me to the Moon, which has won a Merit Award from the 2019 Awareness Film Festival.  The film tells stories about the mining of bauxite in Jamaica, the prime ingredient of aluminum, used in many consumer products and for NASA rockets.  In tracing the social and environmental roots of our prime metal of modernity, she challenges us to think about the international connections of American life from our aluminum cans to our plans for space travel.

This event is sponsored by the Africana Studies, American Studies, and Gender Studies programs, the Communication & Media Studies, Creative Arts, Environmental Science and Studies, History, Political Science and Sociology departments, and the office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

For any questions about this event, contact Paul Croce at pcroce@stetson.edu.

It might be hard to find a concept more universally recognized by spiritual traditions than song. Music is almost inherently spiritually transcendent — whether heard or sung, a musical note has an almost magical quality that resonates in the heart.  

The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, in conjunction with the School of Music, will celebrate that on Wednesday evening during Big Words: SING. The first such event was last year, and it was so successful a reprise was a must. As in the first event, the music will come to us thanks to the Stetson Community Choir, led by Drs. Timothy and Sandra Peter.  

Each Big Words event presents an interfaith perspective on a concept or value important to different religious and spiritual traditions. Many, if not all religions, use music in one way or another to communicate spiritual values and create a sense of community. Everyone is welcome and all are invited to lift their voices in song, regardless of their ability to sing.  

Big Words: SING will be at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the Stetson Room. Dinner will be served — a taste of the Mediterranean — and Cultural Credit is available for this event.