Chris Curran (biological sciences) is a certified outings leader for the Sierra Club Miami Group. She enjoys day hikes and backpack trips, from Anderson Township to Alaska, and will share her photos and videos of flowers, glaciers, moose and grizzly bears from recent outings and personal trips. You’ll also learn how “mother-daughter backpack bonding time” can bring a family closer together even after your children have reached adulthood. November 13, noon-12:50 p.m., SL 304. Dessert and refreshments are provided. RSVP to Allen Ellis at X-5527 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Cosponsored by Steely Library and the vice president for academic affairs.
November 8, 2013
Only one Campus Digest left in 2013
The December 13 issue of Campus Digest (deadline December 6) is the final Campus Digest of the year. There won’t be any special editions of Campus Digest, so if you need to get the word out about something, you have only one more chance this year.
Faculty Lunch Seminar: “Enjoying Nature from the Mild to the Wild”
NKU Chase to host the Supreme Court of Kentucky Nov. 14
The NKU Chase College of Law and the Center for Excellence in Advocacy are honored to host the Supreme Court of Kentucky November 14. The court will hear oral arguments at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the SU ballroom. The oral argument sessions are open to the public. RSVP at https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form?EQBCT=522e62f2381742158e13b3323a7a99b6. Space is limited. For more details, visit http://chaselaw.nku.edu/centers/advocacy/kysupctfall2013.html.
International Education Week
Lots of events to tempt everyone
International Education Week is coming. It will be held November 11-15, and the week is full of events celebrating international education and the importance of a globally focused education.
Highlights include several follow-up presentations to the Book Connection, including a presentation titled “Where Are We Giving?” in which students will be able to vote at the end on which nonprofit will receive volunteer hours.
This year the keynote address will be given by Kate Hanisian, cofounder of Design Impact. She will be discussing the transformative effects of an international education, social entrepreneurship around the world, and how design can be used to create social change.
There are multiple international films and international cuisines to sample, and be sure to stop by the always popular Japanese Culture Fest, this year with live sword action. The week is a combination of lectures, faculty workshops, films, food and fun. The days, times and locations for all events can be found at http://iec.nku.edu/studyabroad/internationaled.html. Faculty are more than welcome to bring their classes to any of these events. The extended NKU community is invited as well. Contact Beth Lorenz at email@example.com with any questions.
Faculty workshop: “Teaching International Students”
The Office of International Students and Scholars invites all NKU faculty members to its faculty workshop, “Teaching International Students.” This workshop will feature a panel of students and professors who often work with international students. The best practices for teaching international students will be discussed. Faculty who have had international students in their courses or who work with international students are invited to this open dialog. The workshop is scheduled for November 13, 2-3:15 p.m. in SU 106. We encourage all faculty to attend to learn and share their experiences.
Is a Fulbright in your future?
Are you interested in pursuing a Fulbright opportunity but have questions about the process and would like information about this program? Do you realize there are many opportunities available through Fulbright for faculty – including a traditional Fulbright, which is a semester or full year – but Fulbrights also are available through the Fulbright specialist program for 2-6 weeks. A reception providing an overview of Fulbright opportunities for interested faculty and professional staff is scheduled for November 15, 2-3:15 p.m. in SU 106. This event is part of NKU International Education Week activities, and everyone is welcome.
Anthropology news and events
Fire making and spear throwing
Todd Young, naturalist at Big Bone Lick State Park, will have demonstrations on prehistoric Native American fire making and spear throwing November 19. Meet at 3:05 p.m. in LA 201, and then everyone will walk to the outdoor location.
Prehistoric Skills Day: Dec. 7 (11 a.m.-2 p.m.)
This is the yearend finale of our prehistoric skills day program, and it will surely test the skill of our park naturalist. You will be taken along the step-by-step process of gathering the materials needed to create a friction fire in cold-weather conditions. So if you have an interest in learning about primitive survival techniques, prehistoric skills or prehistoric technology, you won’t want to miss this final free opportunity of the year.
Location: Big Bone Lick State Historic Site Visitor Center ***Weather permitting***
Demonstration: Cold-weather fire starting
Activity: Help the park naturalist gather the necessary materials to make a friction fire. Along the way you will learn what wood or plant works best, how to make cordage for a bow drill and how to find dry kindling.
More awards and recognition for NKU anthropology
Britteny M. Howell
Congratulations to NKU anthropology part-time professor Britteny M. Howell. Howell, who is also a Ph.D. candidate in medical anthropology at the University of Kentucky, was awarded a $29,000 National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant from the Arctic Social Sciences Program for her upcoming research in Anchorage, Alaska. She was also awarded the Leslie White Award ($500) from the Central States Anthropological Society for this work. Here’s a little information about her project:
The goal of this research is to examine the sociocultural factors that shape diet and physical activity practices as they influence nutritional status outcomes among Alaska Native elders (adults aged 65+ years) living in Anchorage. This study will (1) identify and evaluate the influence of sociocultural factors on dietary and physical activity patterns among urban Alaska Native elders, and (2) identify relationships among the sociocultural environment, diet, physical activity and nutritional status outcomes (BMI) in this population. This nine-month-long mixed-methods study employs participant observation, semi-structured interviews, food frequency, physical activity questionnaires and anthropometric techniques. Anthropometric measurements will be used to determine BMI and the prevalence of underweight, normal weight, overweight and obesity and will be tested with multiple regression techniques to determine the nature of the relationship between sociocultural factors and nutritional status outcomes in this population.
Processing acorns for food: November 16 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Location: Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
This class is the last one of our yearly series of classes that brings the knowledge and technologies of prehistoric American Indians and applies it to the modern age. Acorns are an abundant food supply during times when there is little else available. The acorns are easy to gather, and the best part is they don’t fight back; unless one drops on your head while you are gathering them. As a survival food they are great; however, they must be processed correctly or this food supply can make you very ill due to the tannic acid present in the acorns. Learn what acorns to look for, where to look for them and how to process them during this informative hands-on class. Registration required. Cost: $20 per person.
“My Life and Research Among the Navajo”
NKU annual Native American Lecture Series presents NKU anthropology professor Charlotte C. Schaengold, Ph.D., November 21 at 4:30 p.m. in MP 304. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public as part of the celebration of Native American Heritage Month in Kentucky. Sponsored by the NKU Native American studies program, the NKU Department of Sociology/Anthropology/Philosophy, and the NKU First Nations student organization.
Making cordage from plants: Jan. 25 (10 a.m.-3 p.m.)
Location: Big Bone Lick State Historic Site
Native Americans were experts in surviving out in the wilderness. The paleo-tech series of programs is designed to bring prehistoric knowledge and technologies back to life in case you are ever faced with a modern-day survival situation. This year we kick off our season by showing people how to make cordage and rope from plant fibers. Cordage has been one of the most useful tools throughout history, yet few people, even though cordage is used all the time, know how to make it. This class will take you step by step through the process of collecting the proper material, how to process it, and how to actually make it into usable cordage and rope. Registration required. Cost: $20 per person.
Democracy Square LIVE events
Where are we dying?
November 11, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., SU 108
What should be done to protect low-income workers in the world’s garment factories? Learn about the ongoing fight for worker rights and safety and find out what NKU freshmen think. Where Am I Dying? will be hosted by the Book Connection (Rich Shivener) and biological sciences (Dr. Chris Curran).
Why men and women join the military: A historical and present-day perspective
November 13, noon-1:30 p.m., SU 107A
All veterans and students are invited to join us for a luncheon where a student, faculty, staff panel discussion will examine reasons why some men and women join the military and share their personal experiences. Register at https://democracysquarelive.eventbrite.com.
Healthcare: Is it a fundamental right?
November 20, 3-4:30 p.m., SU 106
We are currently seeking students, faculty and staff interested in hosting a Democracy Square LIVE during the spring 2014 semester. If you are interested in hosting a dialog, contact Taylor Vick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sue Ott Rowlands named VP for academic affairs and provost
Sue Ott Rowlands
Sue Ott Rowlands has been named vice president for academic affairs and provost effective January 6.
Rowlands has served as dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University since 2007. Leading one of Virginia Tech’s largest and most complex academic colleges, she manages and mentors more than 900 faculty and staff who serve more than 3,800 undergraduate and 1,600 graduate students. Rowlands oversees a $40 million annual budget that includes more than a dozen academic programs and 18 research centers.
“I am excited to welcome Sue to the NKU community,” said President Geoff Mearns. “Her collaborative and engaging leadership style, her commitment to student success and her experience consistent with our anticipated strategic plan – particularly her work in fostering and supporting trans-disciplinary activities – make her an ideal choice. In addition, the search committee and I were impressed with the breadth and depth of her academic experience at several prominent universities.”
Rowlands brings a diverse background in higher education that she said will serve her well at NKU. “My experience spans several types of institutions,” she said. “My career includes two of the nation’s largest and most respected research institutions, but also a metropolitan public university, a private urban institution and a small liberal arts college. Each of these experiences has helped develop a unique perspective on our role as educators. I believe we are bound by a common responsibility to serve our students and provide them with the best possible preparation for their roles as global citizens and lifelong learners.”
As vice president and provost, Rowlands will oversee NKU’s academic programs and support services. The deans of the university’s six colleges – Arts and Sciences, Haile/U.S. Bank College of Business, Education and Human Services, Informatics, Health Professions, and Chase College of Law – will report to her. She will also oversee the W. Frank Steely Library as well as the offices of enrollment management; information technology; research, graduate studies and regional stewardship; university programs; the honors program; the International Education Center; academic planning and assessment; and administration. The NKU Division of Academic Affairs includes a staff of more than 500 people and an annual budget of more than $120 million.
Rowlands replaces Dr. Gail Wells, who earlier this year announced plans to return to the faculty at the end of the calendar year. Wells has served more than 30 years at NKU and nearly a decade in the provost position.
Prior to her service at Virginia Tech, Rowlands spent five years at the University of Toledo, first as professor and chair of the Department of Theatre and Film and then two years as interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. At Toledo, she helped strengthen the college’s advising programs in an effort to enhance recruitment and retention for what was then the largest college at Toledo, with 19 departments serving 3,000 undergraduate and 600 graduate students.
She served as chair of The Ohio State University’s acting/director program from 1997 until 2002, overseeing curriculum, recruitment and assessment for the program that enrolled more than 300 undergraduate students and 20 Master of Fine Arts students. Prior to her time at OSU, she was head of the acting program and assistant professor in the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University in St. Louis. She also has extensive international teaching experience, with visiting faculty appointments in Sri Lanka, Hungary and New Zealand.
Rowlands earned a Master of Fine Arts in acting and directing from the University of Oklahoma and a Bachelor of Science in education from Oklahoma Christian College.
She is the proud mother of two daughters and three grandchildren.
Phi Sigma Pi sponsoring basket raffle, Homeless Not Hopeless events next week
The NKU chapter of the Phi Sigma Pi National Co-ed Honor Fraternity will hold a basket raffle November 12, 6-8:30 p.m. in SU 108. The event will feature a silent-auction raffle of holiday-themed baskets. Tickets to enter in the raffle for the baskets of your choice are $4 for 10 tickets. Donations are also accepted and welcome.
Cash or checks made payable to Phi Sigma Pi Epsilon Rho will be accepted. For more information about the basket raffle, contact Kelsey Taylor at email@example.com.
The chapter has also partnered with the National Society of Collegiate Scholars to present the third annual Homeless Not Hopeless event November 13 at 6:30 p.m. in digitorium. The event will feature a panel discussion including the director of Covington’s Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky, Rachel Winter, and individuals who have experienced homelessness.
The cost to attend the Homeless Not Hopeless panel is $5 per person or a donation, with proceeds supporting the shelter. Donation items needed include men’s white crew socks, men’s underwear, hooded sweatshirts, men’s winter gloves, razors, sugar, creamer, coffee, toothbrushes, laundry detergent and cereal.
The Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky (http://www.emergencyshelternky.org) provides shelter to adults who are homeless. It also provides the basic life necessities (shelter, safety, food, clothing, showers and laundry) so that guests will be able to move forward in life. Along with the basics, the shelter provides hospitality and compassion by welcoming all regardless of mental, physical or spiritual condition. It is northern Kentucky’s only handicap-accessible shelter and is the only shelter that will take in people referred by the police or emergency room in the middle of the night.
Cash or checks made payable to Emergency Shelter of Northern Kentucky or Phi Sigma Pi Epsilon Rho will be accepted. Donations are also accepted and welcome.
For more information, contact Holly Ritchie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity is a coeducational fraternity open to undergraduate students attending four-year colleges and universities throughout the United States. Its purpose is to bring together some of the brightest and most motivated students on campus and work together in a spirit of excellence to encourage three ideals: the acquisition and dissemination of information and knowledge through scholarship; the application of professional skills and the fostering of leadership qualities by promoting and advancing the welfare of humanity; and the fostering of nondiscriminatory, fraternal fellowship within its ranks.
Find out how copyright affects teaching in today’s digital environment at “Copyright for Online Instruction” in SL 300. There are two November dates and times for your convenience: November 6 at noon and November 14 at 3 p.m. Topics include using copyrighted materials with online teaching, assessing the risks, requesting copyright permissions, protecting your own copyrights, etc. RSVP not required but preferred; email John at email@example.com.
Grand opening of new Patent and Trademark Resource Center Dec. 5
Attend Steely Library’s grand opening of the new Patent and Trademark Resource Center. Steely Library’s IPAC (Intellectual Property Awareness Center) and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office present an all-day free workshop introducing basic information about researching and protecting your intellectual property. Save the date: December 5, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. For more information, email John Schlipp at firstname.lastname@example.org or call X-5723.
The next Campus Digest issue is December 13 (deadline December 6). It is the last issue for 2013.
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