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ACM Notes-Spring 2013

A newsletter for ACM faculty & administrators

ACM Voices

What Can We Learn Online?

Guest columnist: David Schodt, ACM Senior Program Officer for Faculty & Staff Development Programs

David Schodt

David Schodt

At the direction of its Board of Directors, ACM is developing a pilot online course. Could this initiative help point to ways that technology can be used to enhance face-to-face interactions between faculty and students?

Read David Schodt's column


Student Symposium participants

Maria Davis (left) and Kara Middleton (right) from Cornell College participated in the Student Symposium on Off-Campus Study.

Stories from near and far at the annual Student Symposium

For two days, 29 students from ACM colleges shared their stories of how off-campus study taught them lessons, enriched their academic lives, and shaped their future plans. Read about it and see videos of the students’ presentations

High tech and "high touch" meet online

Math professors Kristina Garrett (St. Olaf) and Chad Topaz (Macalester) have teamed up to develop a pilot online course that aims to address the needs of individual learners. Read about it

Addressing the "big picture" of college finances

The Institute on College Futures (ICF), a four-year project funded by a Mellon grant, will open with seminar on the economics, financial model, and governance of liberal arts colleges. Read about it

Students at Globe Theatre

ACM students at the Globe Theatre in London.

An inside view of ACM's program in London, plus a seat at the Globe

Five faculty will go on field trips, meet program staff, lead classes for students, and take in a Shakespeare play during the upcoming Faculty Site Visit in London. Read about it

Carleton student awarded $1,000 first prize for short story

Sarah Olson won for "Truth and Lies" and St. Olaf's Bryan Hulse received honorable mention for "Hob Carter" in the 41st annual Nick Adams Short Story Contest. Read about it, plus links to the two stories

First meeting set to explore collaboration with Big Ten universities

Mellon planning grant supports meetings to discuss ways ACM and CIC members might work together in areas such as languages and digital humanities. Read about it

Opportunities for Faculty

  • Design and lead a seminar for faculty – ACM's SAIL project, funded by a Mellon grant, is seeking pre-proposals for a multi-disciplinary seminar leading to curriculum development. Deadline: May 13.
  • Funding up to $750 is available to help ACM faculty or administrative leaders caucus at a professional conference, on a campus, or at the ACM office in Chicago. For more information or to apply, contact Betsy Hutula at ACM.

On the Off-Campus Study Programs

  • Marika Straw

    Marika Straw's photo in the Maharashtra Times in Pune, India.

    New elective courses and a four-week rural practicum experience give more options for students on the fall semester Costa Rica Program. Read about it
  • Joining a drumming group for the Ganapati Festival in Pune, India, was not only a challenging experience for Marika Straw (at right), it also made her a local celebrity. Read about it
  • Internships at the Uffizi Gallery and Medici Chapels took students from Lawrence and St. Olaf behind the scenes on the Florence Program. Read about it
  • Ripon field biologist Memuna Khan will take her enthusiastic, practical approach to research and working with students to Tanzania as Visiting Director this fall. Read about it

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Spring 2013 issue posted April 26, 2013

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