Block Break Workshop for Students-Get Your “Stuff” Done!

Stublock-break-workshopdents – block one may (or may not) have been your best attempt at organization.

Was it a rough transition back to academic life?

Do you want to create a new (or slightly altered) plan for being organized so you can get all of your “stuff” done next block?

Do you think that time management is an area where you want to focus on improvement?  Block break is a great time to rest and regroup to approach the next class in an organized manner.

Join Brooke Paulsen from the CTL at this workshop with the goal of sharing some organization and time management tips to help you adjust your approach to getting all of your “stuff” done – whether it be related to class, work, student organizations, etc.   Bring your planner, phone, tablet, laptop (or whatever you use to stay organized!) with you to get a head start on your organization for block two and beyond!

Join us on Friday September 30, 12:30-1:30pm in the Berlin Room of Thomas Commons.


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Rise Up Welcome

Welcome back to school everyone! My name is Anna Slife and I am the new Rise Up Program Assistant. Rise Up is a program designed for first generation students (students whose parents, grandparents, etc. did not attend college) which holds workshops throughout the year. These workshops will cover a lot of different topics including, but not limited to, transitioning to college, career exploration, preparing to be a good job candidate, and life after Cornell. Our program currently has around 100 members–the most we’ve ever had!–and we are so excited to continue to help first generation students makes the most of their time here at Cornell College.

Come visit me any time in my office at Cole Library on the second floor, room 214. I can’t wait to meet you all and have an amazing year!

Our first workshop will be the Transition to College Panel on Tuesday, September 13 from 7-8:30 PM in Shaw Lounge. This is our kickoff event of the year for incoming students.  Come to meet other first-generation students in your class, and hear about surviving the first year at Cornell from some veterans!  The panelists will talk about their challenges and triumphs in adjusting to Cornell and to Iowa.  Come to our first opportunity to learn, connect, and have fun!

For more upcoming workshops, check out the Rise Up website.

Welcome (and Welcome Back!)

Whether you spent time with us doing summer research and you’re back for more fun or you’re just coming in the door of the Cole Library Center for Teaching and Learning for the first time, we’re happy you’re here!  We are excited to hear what you’re curious about, what goals you hope to achieve as a critical thinker, what you love about learning, and how you’d like to improve. We’d like to know what you’re reading or ciphering or exploring.  We want to get to know you.  Which do you prefer: Star Trek or Star Wars?  Coffee or tea? Cubs of Giants?  In the CTL, we are always looking forward to generating ideas and working on projects with you!

Don’t forget–the Writing Studio and Quantitative Reasoning Studio have moved to 3rd floor.  The office of Laura Farmer, Writing Studio Director and Director of Fellowships and Scholarships, is now Library 315, and, right next door in 317, you’ll find our new Writing and Teaching Specialist, Jennifer Haigh.  On first floor, Brooke Bergantzel, Instructional Technology Librarian and Academic Technology Studio Supervisor, is in Library 122, with the Academic Technology Studio next door in 125.  Jen Rouse, Interim CTL Director and Consulting Librarian for Humanities, Performing Arts, and Education, has moved to Library 304, and Interim Library Director and Consulting Librarian for Visual Arts Greg Cotton will be in Library 303.  Our new Rise Up Program Assistant Anna Slife joins us on 2nd floor in Library 214.   If you are not sure where to look or who to ask for, find a friendly face and we’ll point you in the right direction.

Fulbright Information Session

Laura Farmer, Writing Studio Director and Director of Fellowships and Scholarships, will host an information session focused on applying for Fulbright Scholar Program Grants on September 8, 2016 @ NOON in Hedges Conference. Seniors, stop by to learn about the application process!

Purpose: Fulbright is the largest U.S. international exchange program, offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. The competition is open to U.S. citizens who will have a bachelor’s degree by the beginning date of the grant. All grants include round-trip transportation to the host country, a monetary living stipend, and limited health benefits.

Eligible majors: All majors

Who can apply: Seniors/Graduates

Campus Deadline: September 25, 2016

Faculty advisor: Robert Givens, History