September 29, 2011

CHPA Department Head Meeting

September 29, 2011

Present: Victor Matthews, Pam Sailors, George Connor, Ardeshir Dalal, Kathleen Kennedy, Jack Llewellyn, Bill Wedenoja, Troy Wisdom

Dates to Remember:

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 16 -- October 17): Calendar of events

Oct 4--28 -- Husmann-Jaeger exhibit is on display at the Student Exhibition Center, 838 E. Walnut, featuring exhibits on pioneers of Missouri viticulture. The opening reception, with remarks by Brooks Blevins (HST) is on Oct 7 at 6:00-10:00 pm and is free to the public.

October 4 -- LGBT Brown Bag presentation, "Transgender 101," in PSU 317 at noon.

October 5 -- CASL Faculty Research Forum features three presentations by CASL Research Stipend recipients, including Dr. Liz Sobel (ANT), who will speak on "Archaeology of Slavery and Freedom in Ash Grove, Greene County, MO," from noon to 1:00 pm in PSU 314. She will repeat this presentation for the MAS monthly meeting at 7:00 pm at the Center for Archaeological Research.

October 6 -- United Way Kickoff Breakfast, PSU West Ballroom, 7:00 – 8:30.

October 6 -- CHPA Research Forum features David Romano (PLS), who will speak on "Female Peshmerga: Freedom Fighters or Token Symbols," at 11:45-12:45 in STRO 450.

October 6 -- Dr. Howard Campbell, Professor of Anthropology at University of Texas-El Paso, will speak on “Drug-related Violence and the Future of Mexico," at 6:30 pm in PSU 313. This event is co-sponsored by the Latin American, Caribbean and Hispanic Studies (LACHS) Program and the Department of Political Science. Click here for information on his book.

October 6 -- Public Affairs Convocation Series: Dr. Douglas Rushkoff (New York University) will speak on the "Impact of Technology and Digital Media on Society" in PSU Theater at 7:00 pm.

Items for Discussion:

There was a general discussion of Clif Smart’s presentation and ideas to energize and expand our recruitment, retention, and enrollment. Among items discussed were building the relationship with OTC to provide a smoother pathway for transfer students, improving retention through good advisement and increased access to our courses, and examining the possibility of creative scheduling of courses in 8-week blocks, blended formats, and executive formats on weekends.

Setting enrollment targets: The Heads will be asked to compete an excel file setting projected enrollment targets for day, evening, on-line, and other modalities.

Mike Stout, Dean’s Fellow for Student Engagement: Heads are asked to invite him to speak to faculty and the possibility was raised to create a student research forum in the spring semester that he could help to organize.