APRIL 2016

by Dr. Steven Girardot, Associate Vice Provost 
Last fall, OUE engaged GT Strategic Consulting to begin the process of developing a division-wide strategic operations plan that connects our programs and services; units; and division with Georgia Tech's strategic plan ( LINK).
We kicked off our work with a fall off-site leadership meeting in October and held a follow-up meeting in March. At both meetings, directors, as well as assistant/associate directors from each unit, came together to discuss our collective mission, vision, goals and priorities. Juana Cunningham from Strategic Consulting has been leading the strategic planning process, and Carol Thurman (OUE) has been working closely with her to align our assessment and outcomes reporting with our strategic goals. At both meetings, we used StrengthsFinder to reflect on our strengths as individuals and as a team. Liz Kazungu, Learning Specialist in the Center for Academic Success, facilitated two workshops at the March meeting, incorporating "Strengths Based Leadership" into our work.  
The culmination of our planning process will be OUE's Strategic Operations Plan. As this process moves forward, we look forward to engaging all of our staff in OUE as well as other faculty, staff, and student stakeholders in the process.

InVenture Prize Winners: FireHUD 

FireHUD, a device that helps firefighters track their vital signs while fighting fires, won the 2016 InVenture Prize. The two-person team ( Zachary Braun, computer engineering, and Tyler Sisk, electrical engineering) behind FireHUD invented a real-time monitoring system and Heads Up Display that provides biometric and environmental data to firefighters and officials outside. The device aims to lower the level of uncertainty firefighters face in the line of duty.

The pair won $20,000, a free patent filing, and a spot in Flashpoint, a Georgia Tech accelerator that helps company founders think about their business model and formation.

The two will now represent Georgia Tech at the inaugural ACC InVenture Prize. This competition, which is modeled after our very own InVenture Prize, will involve student startups and inventions from each of the 15 universities in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The competition will take place at Georgia Tech April 5 and 6. More information about the ACC InVenture Prize can be found HERE.

C2D2 Highlights 

The Pre-Graduate and
Pre-Professional Advising team of C2D2 is sponsoring the first-ever Georgia Tech Graduate Programs Fair on April 5, 11AM-1PM, in the Student Center Ballroom. The fair will benefit students interested in pursuing a master's degree or a PhD here, or at other institutions. The fair is co-sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies.

The Employer Relations team hosts the first of several collaborative meetings over the next year with our corporate and executive partners, beginning with PriceWaterhouseCoopers. The purpose of these interactive luncheons is for the Center for Career Discovery and Development staff to learn more about each respective company, its culture, and its opportunities for student candidates. These events will also offer networking for C2D2 staff and company representatives to help us build upon the strong relationships we have already developed. Our first Employer Interactive Meeting will be April 15, 11:30AM-1PM.

The Student Advising team has begun the call for students who have been offered or accepted internships or co-ops for the first time in summer, 2016, to come in to review the process for registering and documenting the job. The push to get all student new-hires registered is called, 'Why Register My Internship?' Job registration will last until the summer semester begins.

The Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain Hosting, "Sustainability, Diversity, and Service" - a lunch conversation.

Faculty, staff, and students interested in developing an initiative connecting community service, sustainability, and diversity will explore possibilities over lunch. The event is April 8th from 11:30am-1:30pm in the Student Success Center, President's Suites C & D. You can RSVP by clicking HERE.

Sponsors for the event are CSLS, Innovation and Collaboration in Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Technology (ICLAST), and Institute Diversity. 

OUE Participating in Work Green Pilot Program 

Georgia Tech's Work Green program is a voluntary certification program designed for staff to take the lead on promoting sustainable best practices in the workplace. The certification process includes specific actions that address day-to-day sustainable behavior in the areas of energy, waste, procurement and engagement. By participating in the Work Green program, offices can reduce their environmental footprint, be responsible stewards of Tech's resources and 
positively contribute to Tech's leadership in sustainability.  

A pilot process of the Work Green program is currently underway and will last through June 2016. Due to previously established partnerships and diverse office types, the Office of Campus Sustainability is currently soliciting offices within the Office of Undergraduate Education and Facilities Management to volunteer to participate in the Work Green pilot program at this time. The goal is to launch Work Green to the entire campus community in Fall Semester 2016 after feedback from the pilot is assessed. The program will bring together "Green Champions" from participating offices, each with their own unique expertise in procurement, waste, energy, event planning, and day-to-day office management. A list of the current OUE Green Champions is available below. 
  • Monica Halka - HP
  • Keywanne Hawkins - CAS
  • Lacy Hodges - CAE
  • Chiragi Patel - C2D2
  • Cory Hopkins - VPUE
  • Jamie White - CSLS

Fulbright Awards Announced

The last of our Fulbright semi-finalists have received word about their applications and five Georgia Tech students received awards this year - up from three last year. Our students will represent GT and the nation as they pursue graduate study, conduct research, or teach English in Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and India (2).   

The Fulbright application is strenuous and requires diligent preparation from our students and our own Prestigious Fellowships Advisor,
Kathryn Meehan in C2D2. Congratulations to all!

Staff Council Town Hall 

If you were unable to attend our Staff Council's last town hall meeting on March 17th, you can click the image above to view the key points from the meeting.

GT Compliance Campaign

Please remember that the Annual Compliance Campaign is underway, and all online training courses have to be completed prior to April 8th. The certification is a requirement set forth by the University System of Georgia (USG), and it is required that all Georgia Tech faculty, staff, and student employees complete the training.

In order to access the certifications, please visit techworks.gatech.edu to access "My Compliance Campaigns."
Honors Program Student
Helps Bring TEDx to GT

Yamini Nambiar,
an Honors Program student and Triple Leader (peer mentor for first year students), is helping bring TEDx to Georgia Tech. TEDx is a program committed to starting a dialogue about ideas worth spreading. The event will feature short talks from prominent figures in the Atlanta area who will talk about ideas that are of great interest to Georgia Tech students. For more information about this event, visit GT News or TEDx GT.

Search Underway for new Learning Management System (LMS)  

For a number of years Georgia Tech has used "T-Square" as their primary LMS, but due to a lack of technical support and features the site has largely become outdated. GT faculty advocates will pilot LMS alternatives in Spring 2016 classes. The pilot currently consists of 28 faculty, 33 courses, and 2400+ students. Students will be available to take a survey regarding the importance of potential LMS features until April 15th. If you know any students who might be interested in participating, please share the survey link with them:  LMS Student Survey. You can find out more about the LMS search by visiting the project's website HERE.

Summer Session Registration

Registration for Georgia Tech's summer session ends May 20th. If you know students who might be interested in getting ahead or catching up this summer, share these links with them: Summer Session, Registrar's Calendar. 
OUE Well-Represented at "Celebrating Teaching Day" 

Every year CETL hosts a "Celebrating Teaching Day" event where faculty and graduate students share strategies they have piloted during the past year to enhance undergraduate student learning. Undergraduate students are also given the opportunity to recognize teachers who have inspired them with their passion, care, and effectiveness. Several of our OUE colleagues were honored as recipients of the "Thank a Teacher" award: Beatriz Hegidio (C2D2), Liz Kazungu (CAS), and Richard South (C2D2). Congratulations for all of your hard work over the past year!

Professional Development Grants 

Several of our OUE colleagues have received Professional Development Grants from the Office of The Provost over the past few months. Thank you for continuing to develop your role within OUE, and congratulations!

Debbie Pearson (OVPUE/Registrar)
International Conference on Creativity and Innovation (Italy)

Lacy Hodges (CAE)
First-Year Experience Conference

Nicole Leonard (HP)
Co-Active Coach Training

Lauren Evans (HP)
Council for Advancement & Support of Education Social Media & Comm. Conf.

Recha Reid (CAE)
Emory Event Planning Certificate Program
Shannon Dobranski (C2D2)
Appreciative Advising Institute

Kathryn Meehan (C2D2)
Appreciative Advising Institute

Susan Belmonte (C2D2)
Appreciative Advising Institute
Upcoming Events
APRIL 5 | GT Graduate Fair 

APRIL 5-6 | ACC InVenture Prize 

APRIL 8 | GT Compliance Campaign Training Due

APRIL 8 | CSLS: Sustainability, Diversity, and Service 
A lunch conversation RSVP Here

APRIL 15 | C2D2: Employer Interactive Meeting

APRIL 19 | CSLS: Think Before You Make 
Coffee & Conversation More Information Here

APRIL 22 - "Earth Day" | CSLS: Share Your Vision  
More Information Here

APRIL 25-26 | Final Instructional Class Days

APRIL 30 | Alumni Association: Pi Mile

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

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