Volume 2, Issue 7 - November 20, 2017

Thanksgiving Greetings
We extend our thankfulness to all of you for your dedication and commitment to the College, especially in the way you are making a difference in the lives of our students and creating a synergistic engagement with our community. We wish you and your families a happy and safe Thanksgiving and a joyful holiday season.

Faculty Accomplishments

Dr. Patrizia Stahle, Associate Professor of History, attended the 50th Annual Conference of the Italian American Studies Association (IASA) November 2 to November 4, 2017, Washington D.C. The conference’s theme was “Faith, (Ir)reveence, and the Italian Diaspora: Fifty Years of Italian American Studies.” Dr. Stahle participated in two panels; presented a paper titled “Pope Leo XIII, Bishop Scalabrini and Italian Americans” and presented also in another panel ”Reflections on Calabria Symposium and Diaspora Studies” concerning a symposium she attended at the University of Calabria, Italy, June 2017.

Dr. Jessica Graves, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Education & Teacher Preparation, was selected to serve as a Site Visitor for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC). In this important role, Dr. Graves will read and review multiple documents and pieces of artifacts that are part of the accreditation review process, and ultimately make approval recommendations to the full Commission.

Dr. Carla Bluhm, Associate Professor of Psychology, and Cody M. Cocchi, Associate Director of Service-Learning, presented at UGA’s Innovation in Teaching Conference in late October. The topic of the presentation was innovative community partnership practices in service-learning. Carla and Cody discussed 1) utilizing a ‘place as partner’ model for an online human development course and 2) an ‘embedded partner’ service-learning practice which involves the community partner representative in an academic classroom lecture in order to deepen partner reflection and meaningful connection-making when students are on-site completing service-learning projects. Emily Boyle, Lecturer of English, also presented a poster describing the final research paper she assigns in ENGL 1102. Entitled "Connecting Authors, Themes, and Disciplines," the poster covered the three topics students can explore in this paper: argue that life imitates art (or vice versa) by connecting artwork to a world event; research how one writer influenced another or a movement, even if they did not live in the same time period; or connect a work of literature to another discipline, such as literature and mathematics or literature and science. Student-generated topics were included in this presentation.

Terry Craig, Instructor of Art and local artist, has an art exhibition coming up to benefit Hospice of the Golden Isles. The exhibit, entitled "Bridges" will be held at A Movable Feast Restaurant beginning November 28, 2017, until January 17, 2018. An opening reception for the artist and the public will be held on November 30, 2017, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in which people will have a chance to talk to Mr. Craig and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and wine provided by Tanya Sergey, owner-chef, of A Movable Feast. The restaurant is located at 1178 Chapel Crossing Road in Brunswick across from the entrance to FLETC. 289-9464.

Dr. Jim Fullerton, Associate Professor of Management and Leadership Development, and past president of the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, recently served as one of the judges for the 2017 National Outdoor Book Awards. The National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA) is the outdoor world's largest and most prestigious book award program that is sponsored by the National Outdoor Book Awards Foundation, Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education, and Idaho State University.

Several faculty were honored at the 2017 Service-Learning Faculty Appreciation Reception on November 13. The following faculty were recognized for their contributions to service-learning teaching:

  • Diamond Award: 20+ Service-Learning Sections Taught
    • David Stasek, Ph.D.
  • Platinum Award: 10+ Service-Learning Sections Taught
    • Jim Fullerton, Ph.D., Craig Gentzle, DBA, and Tate Holbrook, Ph.D.
  • Gold Award: 5+ Service-Learning Sections Taught
    • Carla Bluhm, Ph.D., Dawana Gibbs, MSN, Jessica Melilli-Hand, Ph.D., Courtènay Miller, Ph.D., Rebecca Sharpe, M.Ed., Andrea Wallace, Ph.D., and Lydia Watkins, DNP
  • Silver Award: 3+ Service-Learning Sections Taught
    • Ashley Barnes, MSN, Nicole Masano, MSN, and Beverly Rowe, MSN
  • Bronze Award: 1+ Service-Learning Sections Taught
    • Brandy Chambers, MSN, Lauren Boardman, DNP, Laura Grantham, MSN, Louise Kane, Ph.D., Nevada LeCounte, MSN, Ginger Matti, MSN, Lee McKinley, MBA, Tara Mosher, MSN, Holly Nance, Ph.D., Teresa B. Peeples, M.S., Maryanne Sandberg, Ed.D., Gerard White, Ph.D., and Christopher Wilhelm, Ph.D.

Additional faculty members were honored at the Reception for completing the Service-Learning Scholar’s Workshop series which included an intensive training and introduction to service-learning teaching. The fall 2017 Service-Learning Scholar’s cohort includes: Lauren Bibin, MSN; Emily Boyle, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Brabson, Ph.D.; Jeffrey Butcher, Ph.D.; Catherine Culver, Ph.D.; John DeMello, Ed.D.; Caroline Geiken, Ed.D.; Neda Moinolmolki, Ph.D.; Candice Overholser, MSN; Aurora Ramos Nunez, Ph.D.; and Amy Sneed, Ph.D.

Faculty & Student Research

Four Psychology faculty (Dr. Kimberly Mannahan, Dr. Charlsie Myers, Dr. Neda Moinolmolki, and Dr. Brian Pope) accompanied eleven CCGA students to the annual meeting of the Society for Southeastern Social Psychologists in Atlantic Beach, Florida, on November 3 and 4. Drs Mannahan, Myers, and Pope, along with their students, presented six research posters.

  1. Mental Disorder Stigma: The Effects of Symptom Display
    • Melissa Simmons, Paige McCall, & Kimberly Kinsey Mannahan
  2. Perceptions of Miscarriage Among College Students
    • Kimberly Kinsey Mannahan
  3. Sociodemographic Factors Related to Overt and Covert Sexism
    • Brandi N. Clark, Charlsie A. Myers, & Teresa H. Deaton
  4. Loneliness, Negative Emotions, and Drug Use Motives Among College Students
    • Charlsie Myers, Alex Courson, Christi Grooms-Sadley, & Victoria Jacobs
  5. The Effects of Yoga Practice and Personality on Anger Responses
    • Paige McCall, Charlsie A. Myers, & Elizabeth Bullard
  6. Authoritarianism Predicted by Moral Foundations and Personality
    • Robert McCall, Kaleigh Pfaff, Maegan Mack, & J. Brian Pope

Governor’s Teaching Fellows
Summer Symposium Application Deadline is January 12!

The annual USG Governor’s Teaching Fellows program is recruiting applicants for their summer symposium and academic year symposia programs (program flyer). CCGA has had three faculty participate in recent years: Colleen Knight and Patrizia Stahle participated in the summer symposium and Lee McKinley participated in the Academic Year Symposia. To help spread the word about the program, these fellows were asked about their experiences (see below).

Q: What were the overall themes of the program during your summer/year?

  • Colleen: They sent out a survey to determine what everyone wanted to learn. Themes included active learning, scholarship of teaching, and classroom technologies.
  • Patrizia: The main themes were the flipped classroom, creating significant learning experiences, student engagement, course design, educational technology; law and ethics on campus, managing conflict in the work environment.
  • Lee: The overarching theme for the Academic Year Symposium that I got the privilege to participate in was "assessment". Not only did we examine various methods to assess our students in and out of classroom, but also looked at assessment for academic programs and faculty evaluation.

Q: What did you learn from this program that had the biggest impact on you?

  • Colleen: Active learning/flipped classroom has changed how I teach. I always wanted to do active learning but feared the loss of classroom time would mean I lose content. After seeing their data and talking with others (in the same field or different) I realized that active learning/flipped classroom techniques force students to do the preparation they should have done in a traditional classroom setting. This sets us up to be able to do so much more interesting work in the classroom.
  • Patrizia: The program was inspiring and uplifting and made me rethink of my own teaching and include some new techniques in my classes
  • Lee: Most would interpret assessment as an examination, paper or electronic, that may contain multiple choice, true-false, and discussion questions. I discovered that there are so many different ways to measure achievement and comprehension. I was particularly intrigued by "authentic assessments". That session alone prompted me to change up how I was evaluating my students!

Q: What was the structure of the summer program?

  • Colleen: The summer session is 2 weeks. You are expected to return home during the weekend in between. If you decide to stay in Athens, it is at your own expense. The week’s activities are intense but amazing. The second week is spent watching other fellows present “15 minutes from their classroom” as developed the week prior.
  • Patrizia: We were in class every morning 8:30am to 12:00 noon, had one hour lunch, then were in class in the afternoon from 1:00pm to 5:00pm or 6:00pm and then we had dinner all together in a different place every evening. I did not go home for the weekend because I live almost in Florida and it was too far to drive, but many colleagues went back home during the weekend. The first week we had guest speakers who had presentations while we played the role of students in class. The second week each one of us did presentations and taught classes (as if we were teaching our students) and all colleagues played the role of students. The point was to apply what we were learning during the program. The program was very intense, we had several books to read and had to prepare our own lesson demos.

Q: What was the structure of the academic year program?

  • Lee: The Academic Year Symposium met 6 times during the academic year - once a month, three times in fall semester (September - November), three times in spring semester (February - April). Each session would start at noon on a Wednesday and wrap up at noon on Friday. While I was hesitant at first to consider the Academic Year program due to missing classes, it really was manageable, thanks to use of a learning management system (i.e. at that time, Blackboard Vista!) But the biggest surprise and benefit was the ability for me to start putting to practice a few of the wonderful ideas I learned at each session! Throughout the academic year, I was able to transform my courses a few pieces at a time and the ability to evaluate the impact of each of these changes as they were implemented! And I was able to share these changes with the program fellows at each session throughout the program.

Q: Would you recommend this program to fellow faculty?

  • Colleen: I highly recommend this program. You meet great people in and out of the system (private schools are part of the fellowship).
  • Patrizia: I would certainly recommend the program. It was a great learning experience for me. It is the ultimate faculty development program in the temple of educations in the classic city. The program was started by former Governor Zell Miller whom I have always admired greatly.
  • Lee: I encourage all to apply! This program is an excellent way to immerse yourself into the opportunity to transform you as a faculty member.

Upcoming Events & Reminders

Fall 2017 Commencement
December 15
2:00 pm
Jekyll Convention Center, Jekyll Island

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