Academics | Events
- New Faculty Coffee Chats
- Brown Bag Lunch
- Faculty Scholarship Series
- Ceresco Research Workshop
- The Golden Hour
New Faculty Coffee Chats
In addition to the formal New Faculty Orientation held prior to the start of classes in August, the “Coffee Chats” provide new faculty members with a variety of information and support throughout their first year at Ripon College. To prevent the “information overload” new faculty sometimes experience at the beginning of the school year, the Coffee Chats are scheduled to provide new faculty members with the information they need when they need it; for example, the College Registrar offers a tutorial on final examination and final grade policies in November, rather than in August! Additionally, the Coffee Chats allow the newest members of the Ripon College community to meet and interact with the staff, administration, and board of trustees.
Unless otherwise noted, all Coffee Chats will be held on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge, East Hall. Light refreshments will be provided.
August 29 Student Services (Cindy Viertel, Dan Krhin) Members of the Student Support Services and Counseling staffs will be on hand to discuss how their programs can assist you in your work with students.
September 5 Technology, Information, Mentors: Support for Your Work (Ron Haefner, Andy Prellwitz, Tom Truesdell) Representatives from Information-Technology Services, Lane Library, and the Collaborative Learning Center will detail the resources they can provide to support both your research and your teaching.
October 3 The ‘Business’ of the College Robert Kirkland, Chair of the Ripon College Board of Trustees, and Zach Messitte, President of the College, will overview the college’s long-term financial plan and explain the mechanics of endowments, annual funds, capital campaigns, and other elements of the business of the institution.
November 7 The End of the Semester (Michele Wittler) The Registrar and Associate Dean of Faculty will review key policies that govern the final weeks of the semester and final exams.
December 5 The First-Year Studies Program and Departmental Assessment (Russ Blake and Soren Hauge) The Assessment Coordinator for the First-Year Studies Program will explain how the program helps new students adjust to college, understand the liberal arts and prepare for advanced work, and discuss ways in which you can get involved in the program. The College’s Assessment Coordinator will introduce you to the college’s departmental assessment program.
February 6 Funding Your Development (Jody Roy and Terri Fredenberg-Holzman) The Faculty Development Coordinator will discuss establishing long-term research agendas and in-house funding. The Director of Government/Foundation Relations will discuss processes and support for faculty seeking external funding.
March 6 The Promotion and Tenure Process (Robin Woods) Members of the Promotion and Tenure Committee will share their insights on preparing for promotion and tenure, creating files, and balancing faculty development among teaching, scholarly/artistic pursuits, and service.
April 10 Working with the Media/End-of-Year Traditions (Jody Roy and Melissa Anderson) Members of the Office of Marketing and Communication will offer tips for serving as a media source in your area of expertise and will provide an overview of the many wonderful traditions that are hallmarks of the months of April and May on campus.
Brown Bag Lunch Series
Established in 1994, the Brown Bag Lunch Series (BBL) provides Ripon faculty with the opportunity to share their scholarly and artistic pursuits and pedagogical initiatives with faculty colleagues from all academic disciplines. Many members of the college staff, administration and student body also regularly attend BBLs.
BBLs are held weekly during the academic year, except during the weeks of midterms, registration and final exams. Unless otherwise posted, BBL presentations begin at 12:15 p.m. in the Heritage Room of Pickard Commons, unless otherwise specified.
2013 Schedule of Presenters
September 5 Admission: Profile of Entering Class Jenn Machacek
September 12 “Randomization: Not Your Father’s (or Mother’s) Statistics” Karl Beres, MaCS
September 19 “Computerized Lighting and Visualization Software in Benstead Theatre” John Dalziel, Theatre
September 26 “The Center for Social Responsibility and the 4 ‘S’s’ of our Work: Social Justice, Service, Servant Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship” Center for Social Responsibility Mary Avery, Lindsay Blumer, David William Scott
October 3 Jamaica Maymester: Partnering with The Blue Mountain Project Joe Hatcher and Lisa Ellis
October 10 Summer in the Archives: Chicago Modernism at the Newberry Mary Unger
November 14 “The New Face(s) of Ripon Athletics” Recently hired full-time head coaches will talk about their responsibilities and how they work with students athletes. Eric Cruise, Baseball, Ryan Kane, Men’s Basketball, Katie Astrauskas, Volleyball, Marty Wahle, Men’s and Women’s Swimming, Sam Schroeder, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Jen Mueller, Softball, and Lauren Johnson, Women’s basketball.
November 21 “What college faculty should know about the common core literacy standards?” Jeanne Williams, Education
December 5 OPEN
January 30 Library Update Andy Prellwitz
February 6 OPEN
February 13 The Center for Social Responsibility presents the Faculty ELP Summer Grant Presentations Join Bob Wallace, Barbara Sisson, Josh Filler, Travis Nygard, Barb McGowan, Becky Matzke and Jackie Clark to learn about their summer research experience. Lindsay Blumer
February 20 Patrick Willoughby
February 27 Ann Pleiss Morris
March 6 Chester Ismay
April 10 Emily Stovel
April 17 Bob Wallace and McKenzie Lamb
April 24 Marc Eaton
To learn more about the BBL program or to schedule a BBL presentation, contact Russ Blake, faculty development coordinator, at BlakeR@ripon.edu
2013-2014 Faculty Scholarship Series Schedule
The Faculty Scholarship Series celebrates the work faculty achieve during sabbatical leaves and/or with support from the Trustee Grant program. The Faculty Scholarship Series provides faculty with an opportunity to share their research with colleagues and celebrates substantial faculty achievements. Additionally, the Faculty Scholarship Series provides junior faculty members with valuable insights into the scope and variation of successful sabbaticals and grant-funded projects as they prepare to craft their own proposals.
Tuesday, September 17, Golden Hour Rafael Salas East Hall, Little Theatre Sabbatical Leave presentation. “Landscape, Abstract and Figurative Traditions: New Investigations”
Tuesday, September 24, Golden Hour Kurt Dietrich Rodman 156 “Wisconsin Riffs: Jazz Stories from the Heartland”
Tuesday, October 1, 4:15 pm Diane Mockridge East Hall, Little Theatre “The Cluttered Kitchen: Gendered Representations of Sanctity in Italian Renaissance Frescoes”
Wednesday, October 9, 4:15 pm Bob Amsden East Hall Little Theatre “Ibsen & His Plays” An introduction to the playwright and his “duo-decalogue” of plays accompanied by brief reader’s theatre style presentations of dialogues/monologues from three scripts
Friday, November 1, 2:30 pm Mark Kainz Bear Auditorium “We gotta get out of this place – or- How viruses move between cells”
Thursday, February 13, 4:15 Jackie Clark East Hall Little Theatre
Wednesday, April 2, 4:15 Paul Jeffries East Hall Little Theatre
Tuesday, April 15, Golden Hour Tim Reed Location: TBA
Ceresco Research Workshop
The Ceresco Research Workshop in the Humanities and Human Sciences is a faculty forum for sharing and discussing written work-in-progress — typically pre-circulated but unpublished research articles, book chapters, and other essays of about 15 to 50 double-spaced manuscript pages — in a roundtable session lasting 1 1/2 hours. It is open to all faculty members who are willing to read the paper ahead of time and participate in the conversation. The purpose is to help Ripon’s outstanding teacher-scholars bring research projects to completion and to provide a seminar-like setting for the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas.
All workshops will be held in Bartlett Hall, Room 205.
September 17, 4:30 p.m. Mary Unger (English) “Surviving The Street: African-American Women’s Writing after the Harlem Renaissance”
October 15, 4:30 p.m. Molly Margaretten (Anthropology) “Introduction” to Street Life under a Roof: Youth Homelessness in South Africa (book manuscript)
November 19, 4:30 p.m. Henrik Schatzinger (Politics & Government) “Lobbying and its Effects on Federal Procurement: Specific Targets, Tangible Results.”
The Golden Hour
In an effort to bring the entire campus community together on a regular basis, Ripon College has reserved one class period each week (Tuesdays 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.) to serve as the Golden Hour. This Golden Hour is reserved for all-campus events such as the Opening Convocation, invited speakers and first-year presentations which might attract a broad range of attendance. No other classes or meetings may be scheduled during this time. The idea is to have an hour free from all regularly scheduled events so the college community can gather as a whole to share each event. The larger community also is invited to attend these events. The following list will be updated as events are scheduled.
To schedule an event, contact Russ Blake at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013-2014 Calendar of Events
Golden Hour Events—Fall 2013
Sep 3: No Golden Hour
Sep 10: Community Engagement Fair 2.0: Introduction to the Center for Social Responsibility (Lindsay Blumer) Faculty Meeting
Sep 17: No Golden Hour
Sep 24: No Golden Hour
Oct 1: Making Assessment Work for You (Soren Hauge)
Oct 8: Faculty Meeting
Oct 15: Major Fest (Tom Vaubel)
Oct 22: BREAK
Oct 29: Ripon College Reading Experience (Kristine Kovack-Lesh & Melissa Bemus)
Nov 5: Center for Social Responsibility Summer Grant Presentations (Lindsay Blumer)
Nov 12: Rally Around the World (Kyonna Withers) Faculty Meeting
Nov 19: Off Campus Study Program (Michele Wittler) Todd Wehr, 104
Nov 26: Wellness Program (Chris Ogle) Student Recitals (Sarah Kraaz)
Dec 3: The Wabash National Study and Ripon College Todd Wehr, 104
Dec 10: No Golden Hour