It’s new faculty orientation here at the University. This is the busiest time of year for those of us who work in faculty development. It’s the storm before the calm. Once classes begin, faculty and students will be busy, but we’ll get a chance to catch our breath.

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I’ve been working over the past few months to get a new podcast launched here at work, and I think we’ve finally gotten to the point of promoting it. Here’s our formal announcement, more comments follow. The Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) at Xavier University of Louisiana is pleased to announce the official […]

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Last Friday I noticed a new sculpture in the quad. Then I saw another, not too far away. What’s going on here? Could it be a part of Prospect.1? On November 1, 2008, Prospect.1 New Orleans [P.1], the largest biennial of international contemporary art ever organized in the United States, will open to the public […]

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The biggest single thing my department does every year is New Faculty Orientation, which is today. This year we’ve got the biggest crop of new faculty ever, bigger even than last year. Xy says we’re very smart to have this event. Despite all the professional development days, her school offers no special support for new […]

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Last week I moderated a blogger panel. I was disappointed with the low attendance, but at certain times of the semester it’s hard to get faculty to turn out. However, I was very pleased with the actual content — the bloggers were articulate and thoughtful and passionate. It was a great discussion. A big thank […]

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We’ve just had E.M.A.N.S. boxes installed all across the campus, including here in our office. The acronym stands for “Emergency Mass Alert Notification System,” and it’s designed to let people note about emergency situations, like if there was madman roaming around with a gun. It’s a fairly discrete system, designed to avoid mass panics. It’s […]

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If you’ve got the skillz, the University is hiring a web developer. I will offer friendly harassment to anyone who takes this job. The Office of Technology Administration at Xavier University of Louisiana is seeking a Web Developer who will be responsible for implementing and maintaining Web and Internet/Intranet applications for the University. The web […]

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