Monthly publication - August 2000 Issue
Welcome to the August issue of the Learning Center Newsletter. We have some very exciting news to share with you this issue. Frank Christ, Visiting Scholar at the University of Arizona, has volunteered to write a regular column for the LCN. In his column Frank will focus on management strategies for learning support center administrators and staff. The column is called "Management Strategies and Tips", and you can read the first article right here in this month's issue. Frank has extensive experience in the learning support arena, and I'm sure his articles will be of great benefit to everyone. For more info about Frank, check out the "Person of the Month" column in the May issue of the LCN.
Also this month, we are premiering a new logo for the LCN. Let us know how you like it.
Management Strategies & Tips
By Frank L. Christ
Tip #1: Using ROI for professional conferences.
as most managers know, is an acronym for “Return on Investment.” And most
learning centers make a substantial investment in registration fees, travel, per
diem costs, and time when they send one or more of their staff to a professional
conference, symposium, or institute. Today, many administrators are asking how
justifiable are these expenditures unless they result in a visibly more
efficient and effective learning center? Since too often, there is little or no
feedback to an institution regarding new and useful ideas that conference
participants are exposed to, ROI can be achieved
if one or more of the following actions are implemented upon the return
of participants from professional meetings:
Maintain a file of all conferences that staff has attended along with their reports and include these reports in your annual report.
Tip #2: Maintain a Learning Center Scrapbook.
Using a 14 " x 21 inch scrapbook that you can purchase at most office supply stores, you can build an archival record, week-by-week and semester-by-semester, of any printed matter that mentions your center, its programs, its staff. Items include dated clippings of all printed news releases, brochures, flyers, campus catalogue pages, bookmarks -- any item that mentions your center. For you, your staff, campus colleagues and administrators, and visiting VIP's, this scrapbook can be proof of your visibility and value to the campus and academic community.
First Annual Learning Center Awards
Sponsored by the Winter Institutes for Learning Support Center Directors and Staff, awards will be made for the three best learning center web sites. Sites will be judged by a five person panel that includes a student, a faculty member, a learning center administrator, an ex-director of a learning center, and a non learning center web master. The judging criteria will be available on LSCHE, the Learning Support Centers in Higher Education web site. All USA College and University Learning Center web sites are eligible for the awards.
Learning Center Directors can submit their site for the award competition by emailing Frank L. Christ at firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate the site name, its URL, your name, position, institution, and return email address. Final date for submission of your web site is October 16, 2000. Site judging will occur between November 4 and December 16, 2000 with winners to be announced at the Winter Institute banquet on January 6, 2001 in Phoenix.
Winners will receive an award plaque, a prize donated by a publisher, and the right to place a specially designed award icon on their learning center home page. In addition, a letter will be sent to the award winner’s president or other designated senior administrator. Announcement of the award winning sites will also be sent to learning center and Internet related newsletters and journals.
Announcements, updates, and results of the web site contest will be posted to the LRNASST listserv and will be archived on the Learning Support Centers in Higher Education web site: http://www.pvc.maricopa.edu/~lsche/
Study Guides and Strategies
ISS-Learning Center, University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
This web site has two parts:
1) Study Guides and Strategies section prepared by the ISS. Includes sections on Preparing to learn, Participating in Classrooms, Studying, Reading Skills, Preparing for Tests, Taking Tests, Writing Skills, Writing Essays, and Math Testing.
2) An large assortments of links to related learning sites including sites on Learning Styles, learning and study skills, 200+ language dictionary, Foreign Languages for Travelers, Internet Translator, AllExperts (volunteer experts to answer your questions), Classrooms of the Future, and more.
One of the nice features about this site is that it is translated to twelve languages, including Arabic, French, Russian, and Chinese. The site was created by Joe Landsberger, supervisor of the ISS/Learning Center. To visit, click on this link:
Microsoft is giving away 50 copies a day of a limited-edition
version of Windows ME before it's available in stores. Windows ME
(Millennium Edition) is the successor to Windows 98.
To enter the sweepstakes, simply fill-in the entry form, and don't forget to UNCHECK the two checkboxes at the bottom of the entry form, unless of course you want to get email from Microsoft and others! You can enter once everyday until August 30, 2000.
Visit the following site to enter, and don't forget to let us know if you win :)
iMarup is an add-on to MS Explorere that allows you to highlight and underline text, hand draw, and add Sticky Notes on your web pages. All your customizations and notations are remembered the next time you open the same page. You can even E-mail or print the web page with your notes and markups. Email recipients will need to install a free plug-in to view the markings.
iMarkup requires Microsoft Internet Explorer 4 or higher, and runs on Windows 95/98 or NT/2000. You can try it free for 30 days.
Registration fee is $39.95. For more info or to download, visit this web
TRIO Annual Conference
The 19th Annual Conference of The Council for Opportunity in Education will be held in the Hilton Washington and Towers September 17-20. For more info visit the conference web site at:
NCLCA Fifteenth Annual Conference
The National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA), founded in 1985, is a
The Featured Speakers of this year's conference, "Guiding Success: Learning Center Strategies for a New Age", are Martha Casazza & Sharon Silverman.
For more information browse this web site:
NACADA National Conference
The theme of the 24th national conference of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) is "Advising in the 21st Century: radition, Innovation, and Vision". Keynote speakers are Dr. Susan Komives and Dr. Wes Habley. For detailed information visit the conference web site at:
National Conference on Retaining Students of Color: A
Higher Education Initiative
This conference will take place in the Hilton Charlotte University Place, Charlotte, North Carolina. For more information, contact Mike Thomas at 313-845-9690.
NWCA 5th National Conference
The National Writing Centers Association (NWCA) conference’s goal is to provide a setting where all those who work in writing centers can exchange ideas and information. For more information visit the conference web site at:
CRLA 33rd Annual Conference
The College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) conference, "Research, Practice, Reflection for a new generation" key note speaker is Gary Soto. Luncheon Speaker-Robert Sherfield.
There are several ways to include a file with
your email message:
Accessing the Device Manager
There are several ways to access Windows Device Manager:
C:\WINDOWS\CONTROL.EXE Sysdm.cpl, System,1
Click on Next then give the shortcut a
name such as "Device Manager" and click on
"Finish". Now all you have to do is double click on this
shortcut and you're there.
The following is a partial list of actual written excuses given to teachers in the
Albuquerque public school system by parents of students:
like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt. Dance like
nobody is watching."
"I will prepare and some day my chance will
"Through perseverance many people win
success out of what seemed destined to be certain failure."
"You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are
doomed if you don't try."
"The challenge of leadership is to be
strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be
thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant;
have humor, but without folly."
"The next best thing to knowing something is knowing where to
"Universities are full of knowledge; the freshmen bring a little in and the
seniors take none away, and knowledge accumulates."
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