February 2016 OUE Newsletter
A word from the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education

Colleagues, I'd like to take a moment to welcome you to a new year and semester, as well as to our inaugural OUE newsletter. The goal of this monthly publication is to provide an open platform for our departments to share relevant events, celebrate success stories, and stay connected with one another. I want to encourage you to participate by sending in your events, story ideas, staff/faculty/student highlights, or anything you think would be beneficial. Details on how to submit events and stories can be found at the bottom of the newsletter.

Colin Potts 
Welcome to OUE
Please help us welcome several of our new colleagues that joined the Office of Undergraduate Education this fall.
Alan Botkin
Employer Relations Coordinator- C2D2
Alan earned his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Clemson University and a Master of Science in Education from Johns Hopkins University. His graduate program focused on educational leadership and organizational improvement through administration, research, data analysis, and technology. Alan is eager to apply his experience within our community, while working to assist students in reaching their employment goals.

Francisco Castelan
Pre-Health Advisor - C2D2

Francisco attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he received Bachelor degrees in both Psychology and Spanish. Mr. Castelan earned an MS degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He brings more than ten years of experience with health professions advising. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and pursuing his artistic endeavors with photography and acrylic painting.

Dr. Jennifer Hirsch
Director - CSLS

Dr. Hirsch is an applied cultural anthropologist specializing in community sustainability, cultural diversity, experiential education, and network building. She earned her PhD in cultural anthropology from Duke University and her bachelor's degree in American culture from Northwestern University. She studied abroad at Waseda University in Japan and spent three years working in Japan for the Japanese government and Baxter Healthcare.

Beatriz Hegidio
Learning Specialist/Academic Coach - CAS

Beatriz holds a Bachelor's in Business Administration in Marketing and a Master's of Science in Professional Counseling. She joined the Georgia Tech Center for Academic Success as the CAS Learning Specialist in February, 2013. Her areas of interest are motivation, self-efficacy, and peer support. Beatriz is a member of the American Counseling Association and is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Cory Hopkins
Communications Specialist - OVPUE

Cory earned a Bachelor's of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the University of West Georgia. Over the past several years Cory has honed his talent for graphics, video editing, print work, communicating, and marketing. He enjoys spending his free time with his family and he also loves to play music, soccer, video games, and binge-watching television shows. Cory likes meeting new people, so feel free to stop by and introduce yourself!

Jamie White-Jones
Administrative Professional Sr. - CSLS 

Jamie earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and Journalism and her Master of Arts degree in Humanities and Liberal Studies from Grambling State University. Jones has worked for Georgia Tech since February 2005 and has an extensive background in Facility Management and Operations and Maintenance. Jones recently joined the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain where she is a Senior Administrative Professional.

April Nolan
Admin Professional I - C2D2 

Attending University of West Georgia and then recently graduating from West Georgia Technical College with an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Early Childhood Education, April Nolan joined the Georgia Tech team in Fall 2015 as the Front Desk Administrative Professional Tech Temp for the Center for Career Discovery and Development (C2D2). Mrs. Nolan has extensive experience in lead positions and as an office manager.

Dr. Donald Pearl
Director - CAS

Dr. Pearl has 25 years of experience as a professor of physics and mathematics and as an academic administrator. He has worked at a number of colleges in his career and has worked with many student success programs. Most recently he was responsible for the Complete College Georgia initiatives of Georgia Perimeter College. Dr. Pearl received his Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Nebraska. Additionally, he has an M.S. in Mathematics from the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology. His interests include traveling to historical locations, reading fiction, and guitar music.
Carmen Williams
Letter of Evaluation Coordinator - C2D2

Carmen is a proud alumna of Saint Leo University having earned both a BA in Human Resources and an MBA. She also holds a Professional Certificate in Management Development from GT. She's currently completing doctoral studies in Leadership in Higher Education at Argosy University. Her ultimate passion is guiding students in finding their purpose. She enjoys cooking, gardening, scary movies, playing card games and watching football.

2016 Karlovitz Lecture Series
Presented by the GT Honors Program and the College of Sciences

"Please Pay Attention Now (It Could Change Your Brain):
The Neuroscience Behind How Mindfulness Can Help Us Change Bad Habits"
with Judson Brewer, MD, PhD
Director of Research, Center for Mindfulness
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Monday, March 7, 5:30pm
Kress Auditorium, Georgia Tech
In 2014, Time magazine declared a "mindful revolution" due to its growing popularity and the body of research suggesting that mindfulness may help to treat a number of health-related problems-from general stress to anxiety to addiction. However, little is known about the underlying psychological mechanisms and related brain processes. Dr. Brewer will present recent evidence that helps to unravel these mysteries, drawing from both clinical studies and more basic neuroimaging research involving novice and experienced meditators. He will discuss how these insights might apply to our own lives.
Free and open to the public - no tickets or reservations required.
NEWS: Around Campus
Academic Calendar Changes

Starting in Spring Semester 2016, changes to the academic calendar that were recommended by the Academic Calendar Task Force and approved by the Faculty Senate in Spring 2015 will be implemented fully. Briefly, the key changes that begin this semester are as follows:
  • The current WPFE/Dead Week policy has been eliminated; there is no longer "Dead Week." It has been replaced with "Final Instructional Class Days" and "Reading Periods."
  • April 25-26 (formerly Monday, Tuesday of Dead Week) are classified as "Final Instructional Class Days." Classes will meet as usual; assignments may be due (provided they are listed on the syllabus at the start of the semester); but no tests or quizzes may be administered. During "Reading Periods," classes do not meet. These are days for study, review, and preparation for final exams. (policy: http://www.catalog.gatech.edu/rules/12c.php).
  • April 26 is the last day of classes.
  • Final exams will begin Thursday, April 28 and concluded on Thursday, May 5. http://www.registrar.gatech.edu/students/exams.php
Read more here:

Official calendar here: http://www.registrar.gatech.edu/calendar/
FASET Leader Interviewers Needed 
FASET Leader interviews will take place from February 15th-17th from 6:00pm-10:00pm each evening and we need your help with individual interviews that take place each night. You will be paired with a current Cabinet member and facilitate a 20 minute interview per candidate followed by a 10 minute discussion/joint grading of each interview. We will provide you with dinner the evening you volunteer to thank you for your time. If you are interested in helping, please fill out the RSVP form below to better assist us in scheduling the interviewers time slots.  
If you know a student who would be a great FASET leader, then click the link below for the FASET Leader nomination form. Each student that you nominate will receive a personalized email from our staff inviting them to apply, using your name as a someone who nominated them.
Upcoming Events
InVenture Prize - Semi-Final Round
Tuesday, February 2nd
InVenture Prize Website

Ivan Allen Jr. Prize for Social Courage Symposium:
Civil Rights, Ethics, and Leadership
Thursday, February 18th
Prize Website

Karlovitz Lecture Series
Presented by the Honors Program & the College of Sciences
"Please Pay Attention Now (It Could Change Your Brain):
The Neuroscience Behind How Mindfulness Can Help Us Change Bad Habits"
Monday, March 7th, 5:30pm

InVenture Prize - Final Round
Wednesday, March 16th
Request Tickets

FASET 2016
Summer Semester New Students
Summer Transfers -Thursday, May 12th
First-Years - Wednesday, June 15th and Thursday, June 16th

Fall Semester New Students
First-Year Sessions
1. Thursday, July 7th and Friday, July 8th
2. Monday, July 18th and Tuesday, July 19th
3. Thursday, July 21st and Friday, July 22nd
4. Thursday, July 28th and Friday, July 29th
5. Monday, August 1st and Tuesday, August 2nd
6. Sunday, August 14th and Monday, August 15th
7. Tuesday, August 16th and Wednesday, August 17th

Transfer Sessions
1. Monday, July 25th and Tuesday, July 26th (Pilot two day Transfer FASET)
2. Thursday, August 18th

Exchange Session
Thursday, August 18th

FASET Website
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