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Archive for May, 2009

June 09 Drop-In Computer Workshops

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Junes’s drop-in computer workshops feature instruction in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access). All sessions are free of charge and no registration is required. Please click on the link below for dates and times.

Download Drop In Workshops June Flier (pdf_small17x17 725KB PDF)

Time and Place: Art of Detroit Cass Corridor, runs through June 26 at Elaine Jacob Gallery

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Wayne State University is pleased to present the exhibition Time and Place: Art of Detroit’s Cass Corridor from the Wayne State University Collection at its Elaine L. Jacob Gallery from April 24th through June 26th, 2009.

This exhibition features works recently gifted by generous donors to the Wayne State University Collection, and honors the substantial gifts by noted Detroit collector and philanthropist James Pearson Duffy. As part of the exhibit’s opening reception there will be a special presentation announcing the naming of the James Pearson Duffy Department of Art and Art History.

With over sixty works, most of which were created between 1960 and 1980, this exhibition illustrates the energetic and bold work done by a group of young artists, many of whom studies art at Wayne State University, and who were living and working in the Cultural Center area of Detroit. It features over 25 pieces from the WSU libraries’ Alternative Press Collection.The Alternative Press Collection was purchased by the libraries in 2004 and features published and unpublished art and poetry, produced by the Alternative Press in Detroit in the early 1970s.

It was a time of struggle and radical change in societal thinking and behavior, and one of an increased decline in the prosperity and viability of Detroit. The outlook, and limited financial resources, of the artists of the Cass Corridor often led to their employment of used and discarded materials, automatic and irreverent techniques, rough and tumble forms and tense abstractions. Yet there is a sense of grit and survival that characterizes many of these works — the same “bad ass” attitude on which Detroit, its residents, and its artists, pride themselves to this very day.

Artists represented in Time and Place include: Keith Aoki, Victor Belisle, Jim Chatelain, Charles Cobb, James Crawford, Stanley Dolega, John Egner, George Ettl, Steve Foust, Brenda Goodman, Doug James, Bradley Jones, Aris Koutroulis, Michael Luchs, Ann Mikolowski, Nancy Mitchnick, Greg Murphy, Gordon
Newton, Ellen Phelan, John Piet, Nancy Pletos, Paul Schwarz, Robert Sestok and Carol Steen.

The exhibition’s opening reception is on Friday, April 24, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. It is free and open to the public. The Elaine L. Jacob Gallery is located at 480 W. Hancock, between Cass and Second, in Detroit, on the campus of Wayne State University. Metered street parking is available, and is free after 6:00 PM.

Free Access to Swine Flu Information

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

The best defense against the current outbreak of H1N1 (Swine) Influenza may be to stay informed. The WSU Library System directs your attention to the following free clinical primer on H1N1 Influenza:

Due to the recent global outbreak of Swine Influenza, EBSCO Publishing and the DynaMed Editors have generously made DynaMed’s information about Swine Influenza free to health care providers and institutions. The DynaMed topic on Swine Influenza consolidates information from multiple sources for health care providers to stay current with recommendations for monitoring, diagnosing, and treating patients with flu-like illnesses during this outbreak. DynaMed Editors will continue to monitor information and update this topic as needed throughout this global crisis. Please click on the following link for information regarding Swine Influenza: dynamed/ swineflu/

May 09 Drop-In Computer Workshops

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

May’s drop-in computer workshops feature instruction in Blackboard and E-Portfolio. All sessions are free of charge and no registration is required. Please click on the link below for dates and times.

Download Drop In Workshops May Flier (pdf_small17x17 924KB PDF)

Office for Teaching & Learning annual Xtreme Week!

Monday, May 4th, 2009

The Office for Teaching and Learning is pleased to announce its annual Xtreme! Week, a partial week of workshops scheduled after Winter classes. Once finals are over, spend some time learning about new tools for teaching online, facilitating a learner-centered classroom, and the new features available in the upcoming Blackboard upgrade! Each day has a theme and the series starts with an exciting kick-off event:

Wednesday, May 6 – HigherEd 2.0

  • Blogging, Video, Podcasting: Student-Generated Content and Video Solutions
    with special guest speakers, Ed Berger from the University of Virginia and Chuck Krousgrill from Purdue University
    9:00 – 12:00 AND 1:00 – 2:30 (Q&A session with presenters after lunch), Kresge Aud. – P/K Library
    Berger and Krousgill will highlight their project HigherEd 2.0 and discuss the use of blogging and student generated (SGC) in teaching. They use blogging to promote student community development and SGC for conveying course concepts. In addition to demonstrating free tools to get you started, their examples of SGC will stimulate your ideas for your own courses.

Thursday, May 7 – Learner Centered Teaching

  • Classroom Assessment Techniques, 9:00 – 10:30, 144 P/K Library
  • Building Rapport with Today’s Students, 10:45 – 12:15, 144 P/K Library
  • How Does Neurobiology Apply to Teaching, 1:00 – 3:00, 144 P/K Library
    Special presentation by faculty member, Dr. Donald DeGracia, Physiology
    Dr. DeGracia will discuss exciting research in the fields of Cognitive Neuroscience and Evolutionary Pscyhology, which provide insight into the nature and function of human learning. He will also develop some practical understandings on how these findings may apply in the classroom to enhance not only student learning, but instructor performance.

Friday, May 8 – Blackboard Boot Camp!

  • Blackboard Basics, 9:00 – 11:00, UGL – Lab A
  • Advanced Blackboard 3: Creating Online Assessments, 11:15 – 12:45, UGL – Lab A
  • Blackboard 9.0: What’s New, What’s Different, 1:30 – 3:30, UGL – Lab A
    Learn about the new features available in the latest upgrade of Blackboard, including the new interface, journals and blogs
    Please note: we are also offering this workshop on 4/30 and 5/1

The full schedule is available online. Register for any of these sessions on Pipeline and look for our summer newsletter and schedule of events soon!

We look forward to seeing you at Xtreme Week!