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Members of the First Wave Hip-Hop Theatre Ensemble will perform Oct. 25 at the grand opening celebration of the 2010 Provost's Teaching and Learning Summit.

University of Wisconsin Oshkosh faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in the 2010 Provost’s Teaching and Learning Summit from Oct. 25 to 29.

This year’s summit, themed “Faculty and Staff Roles in Student Success,” will include invigorating dialogue about issues and initiatives shaping the future of UW Oshkosh. As an example, general education curriculum at UW Oshkosh will receive close examination in two sessions. Those conversations are expected to serve as a catalyst for future discussions and decisions about the nature of changes needed in the University’s general education program.

The schedule of summit events is as follows:

  • Monday, Oct. 25 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. — Grand Opening Celebration: Reception and Spoken Word Student Performance (reception at 4:30 p.m. in Reeve Union Ballroom; performance at 5:30 p.m. in Reeve Union Theatre): After an hors d’oeuvres reception in the ballroom, the First Wave Hip-Hop Theater Ensemble will present an original, spectacular performance. Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to invite their students.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — General Education and Student Success: Dialogue and Luncheon (Reeve Union Room 306): Designed as a catalyst for post-summit progress, this session, facilitated by Elaine M. Klein and Nancy Westphal-Johnson of UW-Madison, invites faculty and staff to learn from each other through open dialogue and discussion about how they promote student success in general education courses.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Success for Students of Color in Gateway Courses: Dialogue and Luncheon (Reeve Union Room 306): Students of color share their experiences in the gateway courses, leading faculty and staff participants in conversation about key issues. The session will be facilitated by Jordan Landry of the UW Oshkosh College of Letters and Science Dean’s Office and will include student speakers.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 27 from 3 to 5 p.m. — Students Speak, We Listen: Key Teaching and Learning Initiatives and Student Success (Reeve Union Room 307): In this provocative forum, student speakers describe their experiences with key teaching and learning initiatives. Faculty and staff leaders from those initiatives respond.
  • Thursday, Oct. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Some Incredible and Credible Ideas about Learning: Dialogue and Luncheon (Pollock Alumni House): Facilitated by Bill Cerbin of UW-La Crosse, this research-based session challenges widespread myths and offers well-founded ideas about how faculty and staff can improve students’ academic success.
  • Thursday, Oct. 28 and Friday, Oct. 29 — Curricular Change at UW Oshkosh: Dinner and Roundtable Discussion (dinner on Thursday, Oct. 28 from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Pollock Alumni House; roundtable on Friday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Pollock Alumni House): Designed as a catalyst for future action, this intense dialogue invites participants to focus on curricular changes that could enable faculty and staff to further serve student success at UW Oshkosh. The dinner and roundtable discussion will be facilitated by Robert Zemsky of the Learning Alliance for Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
  • Friday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to noon — Researching Student Success: Showcase of Scholarship on Teaching and Learning (Reeve Union Concourse): During this poster display, UW Oshkosh SOTL Scholars, UW Oshkosh Teaching Fellows and UW Oshkosh Scholarly Teaching Excellence through Peer Support Pilot Program participants will be available for conversation.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to register for summit events at no later than Tuesday, Oct. 19, to ensure reservation of their seat and for catering purposes.

For questions about the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning or the Provost’s Teaching and Learning Summit, please contact

Heidi Reinke, Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning, submitted this announcement. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to contribute calendar items, campus announcements and other good news to UW Oshkosh Today.