Weekly Update – 10/9/2017

October 9, 2017

Hi everyone,

Can you believe it’s already the third week of the quarter? I hope you had another wonderful week of classes. Here is my Monday update to the Math, Science, and Business division for October 9th (Indigenous Peoples’ Day).

Faculty coordinators:

Important Information:

Winter scheduling: The Winter 2018 schedule is nearly finalized. Faculty coordinators will be reaching out this week and next week to staff classes. Thank you to those of who provided valuable feedback!                                                                                                               

District-wide A.S. degree: The Seattle Colleges are developing common A.S. degrees shared by all of the colleges, including the A.S. degree student learning outcomes (SLOs). A committee of faculty members from the Seattle Colleges have developed a draft of common SLOs and would appreciate your feedback. The proposed outcomes were based on the existing learning outcomes at each college, the district’s common A.A. Degree SLOs, and sources from ABET, AAS, AAAS, Vision and Change, and the AACU. Please look at the proposed AS Degree Learning Outcomes. Survey link.

If you haven’t already done so, please submit your course syllabi via the Academic Programs Canvas page.

Hybrid Training:
If you are interested in teaching hybrid classes, we will have Instructional Designers from the District run a training on Friday, Oct. 20th, 2:00-3:30pm in the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC-Library). For more information, please contact Laura Kingston.

District Professional Development Deadlines:

Faculty Feedback on Meta-majors: Please view the video by Tish Lopez summarizing faculty feedback on meta-major categories.

Events and Announcements:

Tutoring Services: As we move into the heart of fall quarter, please encourage your students to utilize the vast array of tutoring services offered by the Educational Support Services department. Please see the attached document for fall quarter hours and locations. If you would like a student tutor to present this information to your classes, please contact Marianna Asaturova. Consider visiting the centers to connect with students outside the classroom!

Hour of Code: The first meeting will be held on Weds, Oct. 11th, 1:30-2:30pm in LIB 217. Following meetings will take place every Weds, 1:00-2:00pm in LIB 215. Please contact Tyler Dillon (student organizer) or Ravi Gandham (faculty mentor) for more information.

Transfer Workshop: Tuesday, October 10, 1:30 – 2:30pm, RSB 66. Hosted by UW Admissions Counselor, Muhamed Manhsour. Come prepared to look at your personal accomplishments and life story, then integrate those into a powerful personal statement! (Thanks to Jake Ashcraft)

Foundation Scholarships: South Seattle College Foundation scholarships are due October 30th. Encourage your students to apply and support their application by offering to write a letter of recommendation!

Undocumented Students Support Committee: Please see attachment for resources on supporting undocumented students at South. If you would like to be involved in more campus-wide efforts, consider attending the group’s first meeting on Friday, Oct. 13th, 1:00-2:00pm in the President’s Boardroom. For more information, contact Vanessa Calonzo.

President’s Forums: Here are the days and times to meet with Interim President Pete Lortz.

Date Time Location
Wednesday, October 25 1:00-2:00 p.m. President’s Boardroom RSB 30
Wednesday, November 15 1:00-2:00 p.m. President’s Boardroom RSB 30
Wednesday, December 6 1:00-2:00 p.m. President’s Boardroom RSB 30

Johnny’s schedule:                                                                                              

I am on campus this week, with open office hours during the noon hour each day.

Final Thoughts:

My door is always open to support your teaching and professional goals here at South. If I haven’t gotten a chance to meet you yet in person, please stop by and say hello! Have a wonderful week!