It has been a few weeks since we have had a post on this site. Recent events and changes at the university have kept us all busy, but it is time now to communicate more about some projects we have begun this year.
Internationalization of the Campus and Curriculum
The Center for Language and Culture was a project begun this year in the Graduate School as our primary effort to impact internationalization of the campus and curriculum. This idea was conceived through some conversations between members of Provost’s Council and the Internationalization Team over the past several years and a perceived need to add or improve existing services for several campus stakeholders: domestic students interested in education abroad and foreign language study, international students interested in English assistance and co-curricular opportunities to learn about our region, and faculty members interested in developing new education abroad experiences for students.
This fall the Center for Language and Culture has begun taking some giant steps towards accomplishing these goals through the hard work of graduate assistant Christophe Cheroret. Christophe is an energetic young man with a passion for international education. He has worked hard over the last two months to build important connections with academic departments and student support units. The Center currently offers the following services:
- weekly conversation tables in foreign languages and in English for ESL students
- individual tutoring in foreign languages
- development and promotion of several short-term education abroad opportunities for the campus (Morocco, Spain, France, Ukraine, and Chile).
- promotion of university academic programs with international themes (certificates, minors, and majors)
- co-curricular opportunities for international students to experience the culture of our region
The Center has an active Facebook page and Twitter account…reaching out to many students in new ways. A great deal of progress has been made on this initiative this fall. Christophe has been active in giving many presentations to IDS 101 course sections this fall.
Another project we are working on in the Graduate School is the inaugural Graduate Research Day at the Capitol on February 12, 2014. All the graduate deans of the Regents institutions are collaborating on this initiative. It is an opportunity for each institution to send 5 of the best master’s level posters to be displayed on the 2nd floor rotunda of the Capitol. We will soon be communicating with graduate faculty about this opportunity and begin a competition to judge the best 5 posters we will send from FHSU. Assistant Dean Dr. Jerry Spotswood will lead this initiative and we will be using our new competition software package – CompetitionSpace. Look for more about this in your email soon.
The guidelines for preparation of theses and field studies have been updated and uploaded to the Graduate School web site. Please be sure your advisees who are completing theses or field studies understand the need for IRB or IACUC documentation if they are working with research subjects that fall under the administration of one of these two committees.
We’ve begun to post the minutes to the Graduate Council meetings held this fall to this site. They are visible in the Categories section or by scrolling through Recent Posts.
Please remember these upcoming deadlines:
Deadline to turn in comprehensive exam results to the Graduate School. All ballots should have an evaluation of the candidate’s performance on Graduate School Learner Outcome #1 indicated.
Deadline to turn in thesis/field study/catalog to Graduate School
Thank you for your continued support of graduate education at FHSU!