Dear Friend of the College,
The trees on campus, once lush with leaves, all of a sudden appear bare as we gear up for winter and the homestretch of the fall 2011 semester. During this term, I have learned so very much about the College and all of you who contribute to the fulfillment of its mission.
I welcome you to the November 2011 e-newsletter for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Inside A&S. Here, you'll read about upcoming events -- lectures, films, science colloquia, and more -- all designed to enhance our students' learning experiences both in and out of the classroom.
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.
On Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Connelly's Rosemont Room, or Wednesday, Nov. 16, in Connelly's Rosemont Room, VITAL will sponsor "CATS CUES: LOOKING AT TEACHER BEHAVIORS THAT AFFECT CATS RATINGS."
As VITAL says, if you have wondered which factors influence student ratings of teaching on Villanova's CATS form, you’ll find this discussion helpful. We’ll look at research on which other CATS items appear to have the greatest impact on the two overall evaluation items, “Quality of Instruction” and “Overall Value.” We’ll then explore strategies for improving students’ ratings of specific CATS items and of clusters of related CATS items.
In addition, the College is pleased to recognize and celebrate the lives and accomplishments of a few of its most distinguished alumni at an awards ceremony to be held later this month.
The Alumni Medallion is being awarded to Nora Pillard Reynolds, ’02, BA Communication and Spanish, BA Honors, and Brian Katulis,’94, BA History; the Young Alumni Medallion is being awarded to Randy Foye, ’06, BA Geography; and the Graduate Alumni Medallion is being awarded to Mark J. Servodidio, '87, BA, Psychology; '89, MA, Human Resource Development.
You can read more about the awardees here.
I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving and eagerly look forward to our return to campus.