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ACM Notes - Spring 2016

A newsletter for ACM faculty & administrators

Colorado College students at the Film Festival


Festival showcases film studies

The lights were often low, but enthusiasm was always high, as 100 students and faculty gathered at Lawrence University on April 1-3. Nearly 70 student-created films were screened and awards were presented for excellence in filmmaking, screenwriting, and scholarly research.





Student's passion for photography pays off

Coe College student Madeline Huff won 1st Place in the annual ACM Photo Contest for "The Blessing" (at left), her picture of a statue in a historic church in Florence.


See the other prize-winners and read about the students who took the photos.




ACM offers small, participatory online course this summer

Calculus: A Modeling Approach is designed for students who want to apply calculus to solving "real world" problems in economics, environmental science, and other disciplines.




Nelson Ogbuagu


View of Florence


Story by Nelson Ogbuagu selected as year's best

Grinnell College senior won the Nick Adams Short Story Contest for his thought-provoking coming of age tale, "Playing It Safe."



Trip to Florence shows ACM program in action

Site visit for faculty from six colleges includes classes, field trips, guest lectures, and a (purely academic) wine tasting. Read daily blog posts during the visit!



Opportunities for Faculty

SAIL call for pre-proposals

Design a study away experience for faculty and get funding for it from the ACM! Propose a topic and location in the US for the summer 2017 SAIL seminar.

Deadline: May 13.

Teach in Jordan, Tanzania, or India!

Apply now for visiting faculty positions on ACM programs in fall 2017.

Save money on hotels

ACM has arranged discounted rates at selected hotels in Chicago, and nationally and internationally through Club Quarters and HotelStorm. See the ACM travel resources webpage.

Funding for ACM groups to meet

Up to $750 is available to help ACM faculty or administrators caucus at a professional conference, on a campus, or at the ACM office in Chicago. For information, contact Betsy Hutula at ACM.


ACM Voices

Ed Finn

Putting Technology in Service to Pedagogy


Guest columnist: Ed Finn, ACM Liaison for Technology in Teaching and Learning

No amount of technology can make up for a lack of planning and clear pedagogy. From innovative learning spaces to projects in digital humanities to a new consortial project using an adaptive learning platform, ACM colleges are exploring and creating new ways of teaching and learning that put technology in service to pedagogy.



Off-Campus Study Updates

ACM students in Costa Rica


Weihong Du


ACM staff and students interviewed on TV

Costa Rica program's cultural experience and long-time connections in the country are featured on Materia Gris.



Music, media, and dating on the syllabus

Knox College professor Weihong Du will teach a course on pop culture this fall as director of the Shanghai program.



Jurgen Ureña

A new lens to view Costa Rica

Course  taught by filmmaker Jurgen Ureña will focus on local and regional cinema.


Ujjwala Barve

India program director named

Journalism professor Ujjwala Barve brings international experience and familiarity with ACM.



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Spring 2016 issue posted April 12, 2016

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