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School of Humanities and Social Sciences News

Date: Nov 2016

The authors of The Undergraduate Experience: Focusing Institutions on What Matters Most (2016) set out to discover what practices, perspectives, and values have the most impact on undergraduate education.  Unlike many recent books on higher education, this book takes a positive, proactive approach to the student experience, focusing on what institutions can do right, rather than what they have been doing wrong. 

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As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, I'd like to express my sincere gratitude to everyone who has helped me to feel at home here at Stevenson University over the past three months. I can honestly say that everyone I have had the pleasure of interacting with has been helpful, even in the face of some odd requests!  The team of HaSS Department Chairs and Program Directors, the Academic Affairs leadership, and my fellow Deans have been particularly lovely, gracious, and patient.  Thank you all.

Stevenson University's production of The Glass Menagerie ended a successful run this weekend.  The actors effectively walked the line between revealing the characters' flaws and creating sympathy for them, and the acting, directing, and design were seamlessly integrated to evoke a sense of nostalgia and memory for the audience.  As the story unfolded, the audience was transported to St. Louis in 1939 and experienced the despair and longing of characters who are dissatisfied with their own lives but ill-equipped for anything else.  

The show was directed by Ryan Clark (Program Director, Theatre & Media Performance) and starred Chris Roberts (Theatre & Media Performance faculty), Adam Vaughn (senior, FMI major), Jack Rizzo (sophomore, Digital Marketing major), and Victoria Taylour Caldwell (freshman, Theatre & Media Performance major) with design by Chris Crostic (Theatre & Media Performance faculty) and Lori Rubeling (VCD faculty, School of Design). 

Is the 3-credit course model still relevant in higher education today?  A recent article in The Chronicle of Higher Education suggests that students might be as productive--if not more so--in different environments.  Author Rebecca Pope-Ruark persuasively demonstrates how practices common in the software-development world, such as hackathons, innovation time off, and sprint prize competitions can create effective learning opportunities within universities.  As educators, we continually struggle to develop inclusive and innovative curricula but sometimes find ourselves limited by a credit-based system.  As Pope-Ruark's article suggests, perhaps it is time to look beyond our traditional models and learn from our colleagues in other fields.

Students in Dr. Amanda Licastro's ENG281 Topics: Cyborg Apocalypse (English) welcomed Professor Ryan Clark (Theatre & Media Performance) for a workshop on "how to read a play."

Students participated in acting games and improv exercises with Professor Clark in preparation for reading Jennifer Haley's play The Nether.  Stevenson will host the regional premiere of this provocative play, directed by Linda Chambers, in the Spring.

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