Volume 5, Issue 2 - July 13, 2020

Modified Fall Calendar

The College of Coastal Georgia intends to offer face-to-face classes in the fall semester; however, it was decided that after Thanksgiving, all courses and final exams will be delivered in a quality online format to prioritize the health of the campus community. These academic calendar modifications are intended to avoid potential campus outbreaks upon faculty, staff, and student return after Thanksgiving holiday travel.

During the week following Thanksgiving, faculty will be available to students by holding online review sessions, continuing to keep office hours, and helping students prepare for final exams. Scheduled final exams will be given online during the Final Exam week — the final exam schedule will be posted shortly, so please check back!

The College will remain open after Thanksgiving Break. It will continue providing regular campus operations and student life services — such as housing, dining, library, and ATTIC — until the end of the Fall Semester.

Adjusted Fall 2020 Calendar
Activity Original New
First Day of Fall Semester August 17 August 17
Thanksgiving Break November 23-27 November 25-27
Last Day of Instruction/Classes on Campus December 7 November 24
Review/Study for Final Exams December 1-4 November 30-December 4
Final Exams December 7-11 December 7-11 (online only)
Last Day of Fall Semester December 11 December 11

You can access the 2020-21 Academic Calendar to view important events/activities and dates for the upcoming academic year. A link to the updated academic calendar will be posted shortly, so please check back!

Faculty Scholarship & Service
Dr. Neda Moinolmolki, Assistant Professor of Psychology, had an article entitled, "The Role of Familial and Ecological Factors in Fostering Resiliency Within Refugee Populations," published in the most recent issue of the National Council on Family Relations Summer Report.

Congratulations to Dr. Candice Overholser, RN-BSN Program Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Nursing, for being selected to receive the 2020 Southern Research Society/NLN Doctoral Research Grant Award for her outstanding research proposal, "Seamless Academic Progression for Associate Degree Nursing Students."

Dr. Carla Bluhm, Associate Professor of Psychology, was invited to join a panel on “Engaging #EveryStudent with Via TRM: Freshmen, Men, STEM, Athletes, Academic Areas, etc.” for the Via TRM BOLD Seminar to be held July 15, 12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT.

Dr. Jim Fullerton, Associate Professor of Management and Leadership Development, participated in a recent webinar/online conversation that was coordinated by Academic Experiences Abroad. The topic was "Internationalizing Curriculum with Virtual Learning," and the focus was on how to promote international education without actually going there. Since USG Goes Global Study Abroad programs were cancelled for summer 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is concern that could happen again in 2021. So, USG Goes Global is exploring ways to continue to promote a global classroom through virtual guest lectures, virtual museum tours, etc. in countries that were to be visited. Dr. Fullerton was one of several USG representatives who is scheduled to teach abroad (Waterford, Ireland) in summer 2021 and was asked to participate in this online webinar/conversation.

Dr. Tyra Warner, Assistant Professor and Department Chair, Hospitality, Tourism, & Culinary Arts, was a guest on Eric Rozenberg's "Business of Meetings" podcast. Dr. Warner discussed the pandemic legal environment for the events industry:https://eventbusinessformula.com/ep17

USG Mandates Face-Coverings to Fight COVID-19
In a statement on July 6, 2020, the University System of Georgia (USG) said: "Effective July 15, 2020, the College will require all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to wear an appropriate face covering while inside campus facilities/buildings where six feet social distancing may not always be possible. Face covering use will be in addition to and is not a substitute for social distancing. Face coverings are not required when alone in an enclosed office or study room, in one’s residence hall room or suite, or in outdoor settings on campus where social distancing requirements are met."

"As you may remember, the College is providing at least one cloth face covering to every employee and student," noted President Michelle Johnston in a recent campus-wide email. "We are in the process of working with an external partner to provide additional face coverings; so, please keep an eye on your email for those details. Anyone not using a face covering when required will be asked to wear one or must leave the area. Repeated refusal to comply with the requirement may result in discipline through the applicable conduct code for faculty, staff, or students. Reasonable accommodations may be made for those who are unable to wear a face-covering for documented health reasons."

Assessment Training Modules

Coastal Georgia has an ongoing review process based on learning outcomes for all baccalaureate and career associate degree programs, as well as select associate degree for transfer programs. Outcomes specific to educational programs are identified through both internal and external institutional effectiveness processes. Planning, assessment, and improvement are a shared responsibility, and the process involves every unit and subunit reporting annually on goals, assessing those goals, and making improvements based on findings.

To offer faculty and staff an opportunity for some quick training and tips on assessment design, implementation and using assessment results, Dr. Yi Hua, Assessment Specialist, created two training modules that appear on the Intranet; she plans to add a few others to support our assessment efforts in a hybrid learning environment.

Once you access the Portal, click the "Intranet" button on the horizontal navigational bar. Once opened, select "Departments" and scroll down the vertical navigational bar, and then click "Institutional Effectiveness." From there, simply scroll down to "Training Modules." If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Hua at yhua@ccga.edu.

Upcoming Events
  • July 25 - Summer Grades (due by noon)
  • August 10-14 - Fall Launch (virtual)
  • August 17 - Fall classes begin
  • August 26 - Attendance Verification (due by noon)

Call for Contributions
If you would like to contribute an article, news item, or event notice for our newsletter, please contact Dr. Jim Lynch at jlynch@ccga.edu - Next issue: August 17.

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