Faculty Senate President's Column - August 2011
August brings with it the scorching heat of a western Kansas summer
and the time to get ready for the fall semester. While I have been continuing
to write a book and avoiding the summer heat, time has marched on and we have
almost bumped up against the beginning of the academic year. To separate
myself from controversy over the debt ceiling and the future of NASCAR driver
Carl Edwards (the two main distractions of my summer) I’ve turned to setting up
the committees that will serve FHSU’s Faculty Senate this year. The new school
year is here and it’s time to get to work!
I’m fortunate to have an all-star cast around me. Fortunately I will
have great mentorship as our last two Senate presidents, Dr. Jeff Burnett and
Dr. Rita Hauck, will continue to serve on Senate as chairs of our Academic
Affairs and Bylaws & Rules committees. My successor, Dr. Emily Breit, will
also serve in committee leadership to prepare for taking the gavel next year.
is important. I saw a great reminder of that leadership from our Center for
Teaching Excellence and Learning Technology and Virtual College a month ago. CTELT
and the Virtual College won an Award of Distinction for a video production at
the Videographer Awards. Virtual College strategic communication director Brad
Goebel, military specialist Debbie Staab and coordinator of instructional
design Andrew Tincknell produced the award winning spot for FHSU. The FHSU
team won the award in the "Educational Institution/Low Budget under
$1,000" category from 1,800 entries submitted from all around the United
States and other countries, with only 14 percent winning the Award of
Distinction for projects that exceed industry standards. In my virtual
teaching I’ve been fortunate to see Andy Tincknell’s excellence in the job and
the award is recognition of his tireless efforts to improve our virtual
teaching and tell the FHSU story.
next time I speak to you, syllabi will be ready and a new crop of excellent
students will be in our classes. The excitement of a new school year will
bring with it the challenges of leading Senate, and the thrill of new
opportunities. Let’s get it started!