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News for AS&E Faculty and Staff, November 2018


In this issue of FYI: AS&E priorities; education abroad scholarships; WinterShare student pantry

November 15, 2018
Issue #40

Activist and basketball icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar participated in a roundtable discussion with students in Douglass Commons before engaging in a Q&A session with Dean Donald Hall in front of a full house in the Palestra on the issues dividing America, including racism, economic inequality, and social injustice. Abdul-Jabbar is the first guest in the new series, Difficult Conversations as a Catalyst for Change, presented by Donald Hall. (Photo by J. Adam Fenster)

News and Announcements

Reminder—Help set AS&E priorities: AS&E is developing a set of top priorities that will serve as an articulation of AS&E’s aspirations and allow us to communicate our vision for the future with our new president when she or he arrives next summer. Dean Donald Hall and the AS&E deans invite you to share your ideas by Monday, November 26. Visit (NetID login required) to share your feedback.

Scholarships support education abroad: Rochester students have a variety of education abroad opportunities including semester and summer study abroad as well as short-term study, internship, and research, but affordability is a concern for many students. While financial aid applies to Rochester semester programs, it does not apply to non-Rochester programs and to summer and other short-term programs. Receiving scholarships can enable students to go abroad who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it. The Center for Education Abroad’s scholarships website has information and links to scholarships and scholarship search engines. Education Abroad staff ask you to encourage students to apply for scholarships. They can learn more at a scholarships information session at 4 p.m. Friday, November 16, in Dewey Hall 2-110D.

Secure backup service available your University-owned computer: Code42 (formally Crashplan)​ is a software solution for Windows, Mac, and Linux that automatically and securely backs up computer data to the cloud. The service is available to all AS&E faculty and staff. Code42 ensures data remains safe, versioned, and geographically redundant. External hard drives, which are often used for backups, have high failure rates and do not protect against floods, fires, or theft. AS&E IT Support staff will be reaching out to faculty and staff to activate the service on their University-owned systems. If you have further questions about Code42​, contact your IT Support consultant, submit a service request through, or email

ACE Awards honor AS&E staff who exemplify the University’s vision and values: See the AS&E staff members who were honored last month for exemplifying the University’s vision and values. Nominate other staff members here.

Change to AS&E Research Team: In November, Janice Van Opdorp will replace Antonia Heininger on the AS&E Research Team as a senior research development administrator. She will transition from her current role as director of graduate studies and support the research mission by identifying funding opportunities and preparing successful proposals. The position will support faculty as well as add a new focus on helping graduate students and postdocs identify and apply for fellowship opportunities.

WinterShare Student Pantry seeks donations: The WinterShare Student Pantry is designed to meet the immediate needs of Rochester students by providing a variety of nonperishable food items, basic necessities, and winter apparel. Most needed food and clothing items include cereal, pasta, oatmeal, tomato sauce, tuna, nuts, shelf-stable milk, canned fruits and veggies, winter coats, boots, and gloves. Items can be dropped off at one of the designated locations, or offices can schedule a pickup. To learn more, schedule a pickup, or find a drop-off location, visit the WinterShare site.

Opportunities for Instructors

Grants for resource-intensive, high-impact courses: Are you planning to develop a new course or a new approach to an existing course for the 2018–19 academic year? Are you hoping to include resource-intensive, high-impact practices in that course—such as experiential, project-based or community-engaged learning, or course-based undergraduate research? Consider applying for the Teaching Innovation Grant, which covers the costs of developing, piloting, and assessing new courses and new approaches to existing courses that enroll AS&E undergraduates. Deadline for applications is February 1, 2019. Learn more here.

Meliora Humanities Seminars: The College Dean’s Office is now accepting proposals for new Meliora Humanities Seminars for the 2019–20 academic year. Course development grants are available for those wishing to create a new course for the program. Proposals are due no later than January 11, 2019. For questions, contact Sarah Van Munster in the College Dean’s Office.

Large courses discussion group: Instructors of large courses (75+ students) are invited to join a teaching discussion group to share ideas and experiences. Participants will determine the focus of the group; past topics ranged from grading and communication logistics to classroom techniques and engagement. The group will be organized and supported by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning. If interested, contact Rachel Remmel.

Active learning teaching group: Anyone teaching a 2019 spring semester course is invited to join a teaching group to explore small, easy-to-implement, evidence-based classroom activities and strategies that can be dropped into ongoing courses. The group will meet six times to read James Lang’s Small Teaching (provided), and each participant will try out one of the teaching strategies once and report back to the group on how it worked out. If interested, contact Rachel Remmel.


Spring Syllabus Boot Camp
Tuesday, January 8, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This one-day boot camp is aimed at instructors who are teaching in spring 2019 and would like to get support in pulling together their teaching material. Tangible outcomes of the day include a teaching syllabus for the semester, complete with course objectives, classroom exercises, and both formative and summative course assessments. Contact Jenny Hadingham if you’re interested in attending.

AS&E Staff Reading Club
Tuesday, January 8, Noon to 1 p.m.
Humanities Center, Conference Room D

Join colleagues in discussing the Arbinger Institute’s book, Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box. To RSVP for the event, complete your registration on the Doodle poll.

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