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Academic Excellence Days
Start Date: 4/23/2013Start Time: 8:00 AM
End Date: 4/24/2013End Time: 3:30 PM
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Event Description:
Showcasing the talents of faculty and students, California University’s Faculty Professional Development Committee will present the seventh annual Academic Excellence Days on April 23-24. A variety of activities designed to stimulate academic excellence will take place each day from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Natali Student Center. All members of the university community are invited to attend this event.

This year’s Academic Excellence theme is “Taking the Lead Together.” The Academic Excellence Learning Communities Award program was initiated and supported through the FPD Committee who awards competitive grants to faculty and staff who want to plan a learning community to foster academic excellence, intellectual rigor and civil discourse. Proposed learning communities must be multidisciplinary and include students, staff, and faculty. During this year’s Academic Excellence Days, Dr. Marta McClintock-Comeaux, the 2012 AED award winner, will report on her project activities during the past year. In addition, CAL U faculty members who have received FPDC grants will discuss their grant-funded projects and how they have contributed to their professional development.

The FPDC Teaching and Learning Subcommittee has invited Dr. Ian Crawford, Chair of the Arts and Humanities Division of the Council for Undergraduate Research, to provide two presentations on Tuesday, April 23, in Natali 206. At 11:00 am, Dr. Crawford will present a lecture entitled “Undergraduate Research, Scholarship, and Creativity: Going Beyond the Sciences” where he will share information on the benefits of undergraduate research for faculty as well as students, discuss the value to institutions of developing programs in undergraduate research, and identify key features of successful programs. At 2:00 pm, Dr. Crawford will facilitate a workshop on “Incorporating Undergraduate Research into Your Syllabus”, which is designed to help faculty build undergraduate research opportunities into their existing courses and implement these opportunities throughout the curriculum.

In addition, other faculty and student presentations will take place during the two-day event. Attendees will learn about encryption codes and how to “crack” them, discover how iPads can be used in the classroom, and explore the use of mock trials to teach legal concepts. In addition, attendees to the Madagascar Field School 2012 Photography Exhibition will be able to visit this country through the photographs that were taken during last year’s study abroad program.

Cal U students will also present posters in the Performance Center from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. both days. The Student Scholarship, Research and Creativity Day Poster Session will be held on Tuesday, April 23, and the Service and Service-Learning Poster Session will be held on Wednesday, April 24.

Artworks executed in the painting studios of the fine arts and design department's classes will be displayed in the Airport Lounge both days. In addition, three Cal U student acappella singing groups--Cal Singers, Acappella Stella, and Vulcanize-- will perform a Pop Acappella repertoire including music of Beyoncé, The Beatles, Usher, Kristinia DeBarge, Heart, Beach Boys, and others on Wednesday, April 24, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Airport Lounge.

A continental breakfast and lunch buffet will be served both days at the Natali Performance Center from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. respectively.

A complete schedule of events will be available at the Faculty Center’s website. For additional information, you may contact the FPDC office at 724-938-4505 or e-mail
Location Information:
Main Campus  (View Map)
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

Main Campus - Natali Student Center  (View Map)
805 Third Street
California, PA
Contact Information:
Name: Patricia McClain
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