Dear Friend of the College,
There’s a chill in the air, and the leaves are beginning to show us their fall colors. So, too, there is much happening on campus and in the College. Welcome to the October 2011 e-newsletter for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Inside A&S.
Ignite Change. Go Nova. By now, you've seen this tagline printed on banners, T-shirts, and water bottles all around campus. It’s on the Web and in advertisements. But what does it mean? And what does it mean to you?
For me, and as the University's brand guidelines indicate, the tagline serves to strengthen the University's Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition, the cornerstone of our academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately, and succeed while serving others. In this context, we prepare Villanova students to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.
On the Ignite Change, Go Nova Web site, you can learn more about the University's brand initiative and see stories of Villanovans -- students, alumni, faculty, and staff -- who ignite change both in their lives and in the lives of others. On this site, you too can submit stories -- your own or those of others -- of Villanovans whose accomplishments find their root in the education and experiences they've had at Villanova. I encourage you to add your Villanova Story and how you are igniting change.
In other news, VITAL – the Villanova Institute for Teaching and Learning – is continuing to offer brown-bag lunch discussions during the Fall 2011 semester to encourage faculty development across the University. One very concrete and important way we as educators can "ignite change" is in the classroom, helping our students on their academic journey at Villanova.
On Wednesday, Oct. 19, in Connelly's Rosemont Room, or on Thursday, Oct. 20, in Connelly's Bryn Mawr Room, the topic for discussion will be, "GUEST SPEAKERS: AN EFFECTIVE TEACHING RESOURCE?"
As VITAL points out, it is sometimes a challenge to integrate the information provided by guest speakers into a course as a whole. Guest presenters may need diplomatic coaching ahead of time about students’ level of background knowledge and about making the presentation engaging and relevant. In addition, our students may need faculty assistance in interacting with guest presenters and in applying the information offered to course concepts.
I hope you can make the time to attend this special brown bag to share your ideas and experiences using guest speakers in the classroom.
October includes mid-term exams and fall break, and many of our students will be going on service trips and academic travel. I wish you all a great month.