Monthly Archives: February 2016

Is Your FYS Instructor Award Material?


If you are enjoying, or enjoyed, your FYS instructor, you have until March 4 to nominate them for a teaching award.  The Rennie W. Brantz Award for Outstanding Teaching in the First Year Seminar honors a FYS instructor who demonstrates exemplary teaching and has made an impact on student lives in the First Year Seminar classroom.

Examples of Outstanding Teaching in FYS may include:

-Enthusiasm in the classroom.
-Evidence of innovation in pedagogy
-Creation of a safe and open space in the classroom where students are free to take intellectual risks and form meaningful relationships.
-Demonstrated competence and expertise in the subject matter of the course.
-Connection of learning in the classroom to the life of the broader community.

Eligible candidates: any faculty member who taught FYS (UCO 1200, HON 1515, or WRC 1103). In order to nominate an instructor, please send the nominee’s name, e-mail address, and a brief statement of the reasons for your nomination by March 4, 2016 to Kristin Hyle, chair of the University College Awards Committee.


Take Your MAP-WORKS Survey


It’s time for freshmen and new transfer students to complete the required survey online on the MAP-Works website, and then view their individualized Student Outcome Reports. On Feb. 4, first-years students (whether you entered in fall ’15 or in spring ’16) will receive an email with the link to the online survey.  The subject line will read: Mapworks Spring Survey Requirement.

Why do you have to take this 10-minute survey about your courses, roommate situation, and overall experience at Appalachian? Because the University tries to help new students succeed and this survey tool is a way we check in with you. We want you to succeed here and have a good experience.

Once you take the survey it gives you a risk indicator based on your study habits and other answers you gave.  You could get a green, which indicates that you’re on target for success, a yellow to indicate that you’ve at a slight risk of poor academic performance, or a red for being at risk of poor academic performance. Once you see where you stand, and if you are at risk, the system offers you ways to get help.  It’s all about checking in and turning things around before it’s too late.

Students who complete the survey have said (in conversation, focus groups, and scholarship applications) that they found their MAP-Works survey-taking experience helpful because:
– It was a wakeup call;
– It helped me change some of my study habits; and
– It offered helpful advice to turn a bad college experience into a good one.

You can take the survey between Feb 4 and Feb 24.

Your Mood, Your Body


Here at Appalachian, we know you are capable of great academic work.  But we also know that in order to reach your academic potential you’ve got to attend to your health and overall well-being.  That’s why the Counseling Center has created a series of events for you this semester.  You can come by and test your mood (Wed, Feb 10), consider improving your body image (Wed, Feb 24), consider how to take care of and talk about your mental health (Wed, Mar 23), and explore how to relate to others well (Wed, Apr 6) and take advantage of the rejuvenating powers of being outdoors (Thur, Apr 14).

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