In this Issue
- The Dean's Corner
- Faculty Highlights
- STEM Club
- Supplemental Instruction
- Upcoming STEM CTL Events
The Dean's Corner
I hope that this academic year has gotten off to a productive start for you. We have lots of exciting events for the month of October. On Wednesday, October 2nd, Dr. Khalilah Watson will host her second Writing Across the Curriculum Brown Bag at 2 pm in room 3307. I will host our first inaugural Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) Brown Bag on Tuesday, October 8th at 2:30 pm in room 3307. If you do not have a copy of the text for the CATs Brown Bag, please ask another faculty as this was the same text used for the Faculty Development Seminar (FDS) series.
I will be reaching out to our STEM faculty to help the college select STEM scholars for a district-wide initiative. We need to have students selected before November 1, 2013. Stay tuned for an announcement.
Many thanks to all of you who signed up to teach Learning Community Courses for the Spring 2014 semester. Many of you also responded to my call for the college-wide Learning Community Project for next semester. We will have an organizational meeting for this project on October 31st at 2:30 pm in room 3319.
The STEM CTL sponsors an After School Academy at George H. Corliss High School and our own OHC Middle College. We are also part of a STEM Career and College Readiness (STEM CCR) program sponsored by the Illinois Community College Board (ICCB). This is a math intervention program which seeks to offer math support for students during their 4th year of high school. As you know, the 4th year of math is not a CPS requirement. We believe that students score poorly in math on the ACT Compass for this reason. Thus we hope to reduce the number of students requiring remediation in math through this intervention. The After School Program and the Math Intervention Programs began the week of September 30, 2013.
Please be mindful of all of the webinars, trainings and workshops offered by our technology staff. These schedules are detailed in this newsletter and will be sent with our regular updates. Also support your fellow faculty members who have graciously agreed to provide workshops for you. If you have a presentation that you wish to share, please contact us. Finally if you wish to attend a conference in your discipline for which you do not have enough professional development funds to attend, please see me to review the application process for STEM CTL support.
Andragogy - Teaching to Multiple Generations
On September 12, 2013, Professor Shadi Assaf (Chemistry) led a presentation and discussion on Andragogy. Faculty gathered to learn about the principles and practices of Andragogy to teach to our adult students more effectively. Participants discussed the diverse learning styles of each generation and how to best understand and address the needs of the population. The discussion was lively and insightful. Thank you to the following participants
USTEP Summer 2013 - Professor Cornelia Forrester
Olive-Harvey student, Curry Williams, represented I-LSAMP at the Sixth Under-graduate Research Symposium in Tarlac City, Phillipines in May 2013. He was one of the peer mentor employed this summer 2013. He was one of six past summer researcher who gave an invaluable contribution to this summer’s experience. He transferred to Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) on a full scholarship to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Computer Science. Anyone who has spoken with Curry will have heard him share his dream is to move on to earning his Ph.D and become a professor in his field. During his time at OHC he became the President of the STEM Club, a member of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), a member of Phi Theta Kappa and the Bloomsbury Honor Society.
Back row, going left to right; Kevin Richards, Bailey Anderson, Ronald Anderson, Olutuye Adeleke, Front Row: Imani Hicks (Peer Mentor:student from CSU, transferred from OHC), Michael Nero, Jose Mendez, Ryan Gray, Dorothy Oseji, Olawale Oligbile ( missing from photo)
URBAN Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics Talent Expansion Program (USTEP) Chicago State University (CSU) and two City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), Kennedy-King and Olive-Harvey, have formed a partnership to increase the number of students persisting in STEM majors. The vision of USTEP is to significantly increase the number of first and second year CSU and CCC students who enter, pursue and graduate from science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs. In order to achieve this vision, these schools are implementing a student-centered academic support and research program. The goal of this program is to enhance undergraduate education and training at the intersection of the biological and physical sciences and mathematics, to prepare students to graduate, and to pursue graduate study or careers in traditional and emerging fields that integrate the sciences. USTEP aims to broaden undergraduate research capacity and experiences by utilizing CSU's local prairie garden for environmental and ecological field research and data collection. Student support will be provided through workshops, group study, seminars, and interactive instruction.
- Professor Cornelia Forrester
Professor Shadi Assaf, appointed Visiting Research Assistant Professor by UIC's chemistry department, is currently working with Dr. Vladimir Gevorgyan, an nationally recognized expert in the field of organic chemistry. Based on Professor Assaf's recommendations, two Olive-Harvey College students, Janae Eaton and Ishmael Ochir were accepted to conduct research in Dr. Gevorgyan's lab WITH PAY!
Professor Assaf (OHC) and Dr. Gevorgyan (UIC) are also collaborating on a program between UIC's chemistry department and Olive-Harvey's physical science department to establish a program that would would involve training undergraduate minority students in chemical research. "We are hoping that we can get some grant funds from the NSF to make this program successful and continuous for years (new students every year). Again, this is all done to make Olive-Harvey College a place full of great opportunities and success for students."
- Professor Shadi Assaf.
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See the Schedule of Sessions below.
Check out all our upcoming events in the Fall 2013 Events Calendar. Register for one today! Click on the links below for full descriptions and register for workshops.
October Events Include:
- Presentation: What does God have to do with it? Addressing Religion and Faith in the classroom - Dr. Khaldoun Sweis (Tuesday October 1 @ 2:25-3:25pm, Room 3307)
- Brown Bag: Writing Across the Curriculum - Dr. Khalilah Watson (Wednesday October 2 @ 2:00-3:00pm, Room 3319)
- Brown Bag: Classroom Assessment Techniques - Dr. Vera Fullard (Tuesday October 8 @ 2:30-3:30pm, Room 3319)
- Webinar: Transforming the Challenging Student into a Master (Friday October 11 @ 12:00-1:00pm, Rm 3319)
- Harold Washington College Presents: 2nd Annual Blackboard Innovation Conference (Friday October 18 @ 8:00-3:00pm at Harold Washington College)
- Plus More...