Campus Memo Highlights on April 11th, 2012
Volume 59, Number 31 April 9, 2012
College of Liberal & Creative Arts named
Upon the conclusion of the University Planning Advisory Council (UPAC) process in April 2011, a new college was configured. Consisting of all departments and programs from the former colleges of Humanities and Creative Arts, as well as four departments from the former College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Liberal Studies Program, the college was originally designated as "Arts and Humanities,"* with the asterisk indicating that "once departmental placements are confirmed, faculty may wish to consider the college's name and suggest modifications." After a broad consultative process, faculty and staff recently elected to adopt the name College of Liberal & Creative Arts. This change has been approved by Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue V. Rosser and President Robert A. Corrigan, and is effective immediately. Websites, forms, and other documents will be updated in due course.
Paul Sherwin, dean of the college, stated that there was a clear consensus that the new name properly reflects the college's broad scope. Although the UPAC proposal had included a separate entity within Arts and Humanities, "School of Creative Arts," the College Council voted unanimously not to single out any sub-unit as part of the larger whole.
"The success of this collaborative decision-making process signals that Liberal & Creative Arts has begun the long-term effort of forging a distinctive identity and mission," Provost Rosser stated. "There are many synergies in the new college that I expect will lead to productive collaborations among academic programs and individual faculty members. We look forward to further college-initiated changes that will strengthen its operations and its ability better to serve our students."
Ribbon cutting to mark initial library opening
The campus community is invited to a special ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the initial opening of the J. Paul Leonard Library on Tuesday, April 10. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. at the Quad Entrance to the Library, rain or shine.
The J. Paul Leonard Library closed in 2008 for renovations to expand and seismically upgrade the building. Limited library services began operating in March 2012 and the Library will be fully operational in fall 2012.
Services now available in the Library include 12 group study rooms in the Study Commons area, which includes computers and quiet study space, the Book Pickup/Checkout Desk and some open stacks
Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts
The Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts in February honored Technical Services Specialist Marty Masters with a student category Specialty Audio Program award for his SFTS radio show "The 3-D Radio Activity." Masters will accept the award in Las Vegas on April 15.
Librarian Ned Fielden presented a conference paper titled "A Library Lens on the Seventeenth Century: Religious, Cultural and Intellectual Transitions" at the Religions, Science and Technology in Cultural Contexts conference at the NTNU (Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet) in Trondheim, Norway on March 1.
Professor of Marketing Bill Perttula presented a three-day seminar on Customer Relationship Management to students in the IAE Graduate School of Management at the Aix-Marseille University, March 8-10. (Aix-En-Provence, France)
CBS Detroit reported March 31 about Director of the Family Acceptance Project Caitlin Ryan's speech in Michigan about the health and treatment of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trangendered (LGBT) youth. "LGBT teens and adults are eight and a half times as likely to have tried to take their own lives, compared with their peers with families that were not at all rejecting," Ryan said. "By reducing those rejecting behaviors they can decrease their child's risk for suicide dramatically."
The Chinese Gardens, a short documentary about racism that was written, directed and produced by Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies Valerie Soe, was reviewed in the March 29 edition of AsianWeek. "We hear the standard history of the Chinese building railroads and settling in Chinatown, and doing well, but there also was a struggle. They had to resist a lot of blatant discrimination and violence," Soe said. "The phrases are amazing, they're almost exactly the same as what we hear today. `People are taking our jobs.' `They're here illegally.' `They don't contribute to society.' All this stuff that is said about Latinos was said back in the 1800s about the Chinese."
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