Monday Morning Update
October 10, 2011
Teaching Teachers: Faculty members have long approached teaching at the college level on a set path: earn an advanced degree in a subject area, gain in-depth knowledge and then teach. Increasingly, faculty members recognize that the ways they were taught are not always effective in reaching students today. Now, through what's known as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL), they are turning their scholarly focus to their own classrooms to see how they can improve student learning. At Stonehill, professors are doing this through the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). For more on how the CTL is helping our faculty members to re-imagine their courses and improve student learning, visit here.
Still Loving Stonehill: When the College faced negative publicity earlier this year, Liz Downey '09 responded by creating a web site called We Love Stonehill, which invited alumni and friends to share their pride. Seven months later, the independent site is thriving as alumni submit testimonials about their warm memories of their time at the Hill. To catch up with the buzz, visit here.
Relationships: Settling for less and pretending it is better is what sociologist Patricia Leavy calls Low-Fat Love, which is also the name of her debut novel. A women's studies and pop culture expert, Leavy uses the "chic-lit" style novel to explore why so many women learn to live with "diet relationships." Writer Lauren Daley '05 recently interviewed Leavy about her novel and the issues of female identity-building, low self-esteem and self-acceptance. To read the interview, visit here.
Musical Storms: Boston-based artist Nathalie Miebach uses weather data to create sculptures and music and her work is now on display in the Cushing-Martin Gallery. A winner of a TED global fellowship, Miebach is hailed as a world-changer and trailblazer of unusual accomplishment. She explores the intersection of art and science and the visual articulation of scientific observations. Her exhibit Musical Storms runs until October 31st and showcases work surrounding New England storms and shipwrecks, specifically The Andrea Gail. For more, visit here.
Fashionista: A marketing major interested in retail management and buying, Jacqueline Dunn '12, interned at the popular women's magazine Marie Claire this summer. Now, back at the College, she is a style guru for www.Collegefashionista.com. For more, visit here.
Furniture Fair: When first-year students arrived in August, the humidity turned their residences into saunas. Thanks to the Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) club, however, there was relief in the form of bargain priced fans at SIFE's inaugural furniture sale. They also sold televisions, refrigerators, DVD players, lamps and bookcases that they had collected from graduating seniors in May. The students raised $720, which they gave to My Brother's Keeper. A global organization, SIFE encourages students to be problem solvers who use business concepts to help philanthropic groups.
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