June 20, 2017

Dear NGS Faculty:
 
Summer is here on an off and on basis here at the Cape. When we talk about weather in New England we say, "wait a minute," meaning it could change from 70 degrees to a snow or more recently rain storms. Golf has been intermittent due to all the rain but I am loving my Monday and Thursday leagues after work. As with all of you who play golf, I have some terrific days on the course and others are not so great. I played Pickleball last weekend and hope to get back to tennis as well, but please know I also enjoy my down time at the beach with a few good books. I am keeping up my 52 books in 52 week challenge and alternate reading a fiction and non-fiction book each week. (You can follow me on goodreads.com where I track my books.) A few  non-fiction books I recently completed include (1) Thank You for Being Late by Thomas Friedman, (2) Learn Better: Mastering the Skills for Success in Life, Business, and School, or, How to Become an Expert in Just About Anything by Ulrich Boser and (3) The Excellent Online Instructor by Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt.
 
First, I would to introduce the newest member of our NGS team here in Falmouth. We are delighted to welcome Ms. Mary Holmes who started with us last week and will be responsible for BSc and MS academic matters (staffing schedules, student services for faculty and students, belts and other). She will also be working with the Registrar on academic letters, documenting academic issues and problems. Mary earned her Master in Education in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University and her undergraduate degree from Central Connecticut State University in Communication. She has a strong background in higher education, adult education, and youth programs. She will be working on a part time schedule and her tentative work days are now Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Mary's contact information:
mholmes@ngs.edu    NGS extension is 109

Thank you for helping us welcome Mary and also congratulate her on her recent marriage (and trip to Ireland too).
 
Please take note that Greg Giardi ( facultycontracts@ngs.edu ) is still the point person for all faculty contracts for all degree programs (BSc, MS, DBA).
 
Secondly, we would like to offer a very special congratulations to all our NGS graduates and a thank you to those who participated in Commencement this past Saturday, June 17th in Arlington, Virginia. Each year we are  pleased to host students, family, and friends as our NGS graduates receive their degrees. Our Bachelor of Science (BSc) and Master of Science degree students were well represented. Also, there was a special acknowledgment for Dr. Kim Brown-Jackson, our NGS Doctor of Business Administration graduate, who was the recipient of the NGS Student Benchmark Award. She had the honor of speaking on behalf of all our NGS students. She shared the journey of her degree where she enthusiastically dove into her academic work; she cited Ralph Waldo Emerson who said "Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm." And her final words were: "When I think of the graduating classes of NGS, I don't think of any one person, I think of a community of quality professionals, a family. As we walk off into the wider world today, let us not forget the responsibility that we carry both as members of this community, and as citizens of the world."
 
This congratulations note was taken right from the Commencement Program:
"Congratulations Dr. Brown-Jackson. On behalf of The National Graduate School, Academic Affairs, and Dr. Brown-Jackson's DBA Dissertation Chair, Dr. Darrell Burrell, we would like to sincerely congratulate this exemplary DBA graduate on receiving the NGS Student Benchmark Award. Her scholarly and timely research, as well as leadership during her coursework, was exceptional since the time she started her DBA Program. Dr. Brown-embodies what it means to be an NGS student- strong spirit and leadership, teamwork within the s cohort, a positive influence to those around her, and high academic accomplishment. She is joining a distinguished group of NGS graduates and we wish her the very best; we are proud to have her as one of our NGS DBA alumnus."
 
Thirdly, over the past two years I have reviewed many academic policies and faculty procedures in faculty letters. At this time I want to remind faculty to review information in past letters. The letters are always sent to you and posted on the NGS website . I have listed the content of some past faculty letters that you should read if you have not already done so:
 
Reminder about converting and sending recordings
  iThenticate resource available to all faculty and plagiarism policies

Course Handoff Forms
NGS Email accounts
Faculty Contracts
Grade Posting and Compensation Disbursement
Reminder about Gemba Academy
IT Update About Grades with New Portal
Best Practices With Your Online Teaching
Social Media
General Reminders

BSc and MS Degree requirements
Incomplete grading policies
Student grade appeal
BSc and MS participation requirements
 
DBA program requirements
Incomplete grading policies and grade appeal
DBA residency statement
DOC 902 training (recording posted in Faculty Resources)
 
Academic Affairs is in the process of finalizing an official grade change form for faculty to use when students have an Incomplete or when there are other issues that arise for grades to be submitted after the course end date. We will be in touch about the process and form. Also, I want to remind faculty that the Academic Calendar is static and faculty are not permitted to change course webinar dates and times.
 
Finally, take a few minutes to call or email me to share your teaching, reading, or golf stories. Academic Affairs is also available for any support you need with your teaching. I'm thinking about awarding prizes for the faculty member(s) who have the most completed End of Course Evaluations in the next few months!  Enjoy your summer and thank you for teaching with NGS and making a difference for our students.

 
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Eileen C. Sullivan, Ed.D.
Dean, Academic Affairs & Student Services
The National Graduate School of Quality Management
186 Jones Road  |  Falmouth, MA 02540
800.838.2580 ext. 121

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