Liberal Education & America's Promise
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Liberal Education & America's Promise

Keeping Connected through LEAP

Keeping Connected through LEAP  is a celebration of the varied pillars of Liberal Education and America’s Promise at UW-Whitewater.  Through challenging times, UW-Whitewater has continued to enhance the quality and value of the student Warhawk experience. We hope you join us as we continue to explore current issues relating to High-Impact Practices, Principles of Excellence, Essential Learning Outcomes and Inclusive Excellence 


Spring 2021

Keeping Connected through LEAP:  Propelling through 2021

Date/Time

Event

Mon., April 12

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Webex Link

 

Moving from an either/or to a both/and:  Relating the Liberal Arts and the Professions

Presenters:  Alexis Piper, David Reinhart, Jessica Lauer, Jes Cisneros, Kelly Delaney-Klinger, Emily Matteson, Aaron Ojeda, Carson Richardson

This panel will explore the AAC&U's recent assertion that students and instructors don't need to choose between liberal arts and preparing students for the professional world.  Rather, we will discuss how liberal arts classrooms support the skills employers are looking for in an increasingly complex world.  While the instructors on the panel will share how they bridge the gap between a liberal arts education and professional success, our student panelists will contribute their most memorable experiences bridging the liberal arts and the professions.  Also, we will all discuss how to improve alignments between the skills employers are seeking and the skills cultivated in the liberal arts classroom. 

Tues., April 13

1:00 - 2:00 PM

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Resiliency - Bounce Back Stronger

Presenters:  Vicki Schreiber, Carrie Gallagher 

Resiliency is all about bouncing back, and this session will teach just that.  No matter what life throws at us, we can always learn tips and techniques that we can use daily to help us bounce back and become more resilient despite what we have gone through.  You will leave feeling empowered that you have the knowledge of what steps you need to take to become more resilient.  

Wed., April 14

2:00 - 3:00 PM

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How can we LEAP back into High Impact Practices? 

Presenters:  Justin Wesolek, Davin Stavroplos, Ethan Hoeppner, Lexington Gracia, Anna Cernohous

This panel will focus on the future of HIP's at UW-Whitewater.  COVID-19 has taken many great opportunities from students, and building a better future with them will be essential.  We will explore what opportunities students hope to see in the near future, their assessment of some of the remote opportunities we've had, and what they want to see expanded upon in the near future.

Thur., April 15

2:00 - 3:00 PM

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LEAPing into a post-COVID UW-Whitewater

Presenters:   David McNeilly, Kelly Hatch, Jay Craggs, Ben Larson, Susan Johnson

This panel will be made up of two students and three faculty or staff. We will discuss topics relating to our return to in-person classes, and how we will move forward with COVID restrictions being lifted.  Some discussion topics will be how students can readjust their study/work habits, how faculty and staff will transition their teaching, as well as other areas of importance.

UW-Whitewater is a proud supporter of the LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) initiative and the value of a well-rounded liberal education. Across the university, we believe all students deserve the opportunity to gain valuable experiences and skills that are transferable throughout their lives and career paths. We listen to employers and community leaders to learn what they want, and we use this to enhance the quality and value of learning for all students. Wisconsin is the original LEAP state, and campuses all across the UW System have partnered with the LEAP initiative from the  Association of American Colleges & Universities to improve student success and make excellence inclusive for all students ( http://www.aacu.org/leap). 

A special thank you to the 2020-21 LEAP Council for their guidance and organization of Keeping Connected through LEAP: Diane Bahmann, Jes Cisneros, Jay Craggs, Nicholas French, Kelly Hatch, Zachary Klotz, Elena Levy-Navarro, Alexis Piper, Kristin Plessel, Kristen Prock, David Reinhart, Vicki Schreiber, Terry Tumbarello, Artanya Wesley.

Fall 2020

Nov 30 - Dec 4, 2020

 

Date/Time

Event

Mon., November 30

If you were unable to join the  live presentation, here is the 

Webex Recording  

 

LEAPing Towards Student Success: A Connected System Approach

Presenter:  Dr. Heidi Leming, TBR – The College System of Tennessee

This session will provide an overview of the work being coordinated by the TBR System Office to support student completion and success across Tennessee's community and technical colleges. With support from the Gates Foundation, the System is in its fifth and final year of strategically providing campus level support to increase student completion through several interventions including high impact practices, co-requisite remediation, guided pathways, and a focus on academic mindset.

Tues., December 1

If you were unable to join the  live presentation, here is the

Webex Recording

Maintaining High Impact Practices in Unchartered Territory: A discussion with Community Engaged Faculty and their CBL Partners and Students

Presenters:  Kelly Hatch, Jodie Parys, Sara Nichols, Ola Bamgbose, Jennifer Betters-Bubon, Kate Ksobiech, Ted Bradford, Taneah Braxton, Quintin Caithamer, Benjamin Ciembronowicz, Jermaine Copeland, Sydney Hazan, Brooke Helsel, Autumn Kielsmeier, Macey Scanlon, Kyle Schierts, Rachel Stone, Jake West, Bill Westley, Rob Williams-Harris, Alexis Zello

This panel presentation will focus on strategies used by experienced practitioners of Community-Based Learning to pivot their CBL partnerships to an online or virtual format during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The presenters will share the ways in which they transitioned existing CBL partnerships to fit their Hyflex, Remote and/or Online courses for the 2020-2021 academic year. They will share tools, resources, and platforms that helped make this transition successful, as well as feedback from community partners and students.

Wed., December 2

If you were unable to join the live presentation, here is the

Webex Recording 

Building Relationships for Students for Success using Best Practices

Presenters:  John Ejnik, Kim Naber, Chris Veldkamp, Robert Rider, Madisyn Ingalls, Jack Pettey, Julien Trujillo

The session will be about building a relationship with students in classes by creating a solid foundation with classroom best practices.  Utilizing Canvas, clear syllabi, timely grading and feedback, to keep track of students that are struggling, etc.  The session will have a panel of three instructors with four students that will discuss what works for students in the classroom and makes students successful.

Wed., December 2

If you were unable to join the live presentation, here is the

Webex Recording 
 

Civil Discourse:  A Key Element in Relationships and Influence

Presenters:   Jay Craggs, Jan Bilgen, Tom Kind

Civility is central to how you are perceived by others, and influences both personal and professional outcomes.  In times of stress it is even more important to interact with others in a civil manner.  Learn about this important topic and improve your relationships with others through interesting  discussion, timely examples, and role-play opportunities. 

Thurs., December 3

If you were unable to join the live presentation, here is the

Webex Recording 

Adding an International Perspective to Your Course

Presenters: Rossitza Ivanova, Andrea Schwartz, Jodi Simek

Even during a pandemic, international perspectives remain important. The purpose in this interactive discussion is for participants to share strategies that they have used to infuse international perspectives in their courses, to obtain new ideas from one another, and to network with each other. 

Thurs., December 3

If you were unable to join the live presentation, here is the

Webex Recording

Reshaping and Fulfilling America's Promise Virtually

Presenters: Justin Wesolek, Elizabeth Gartland, Eric Loepp   

The COVID 19 pandemic has fundamentally shifted the way we deliver education to students.  Because we do not get that face to face interaction that we normally would, we are redefining what success looks like.  This panel will focus on exactly that; how we successfully reshape and fulfill our LEAP principles in this new and uncharted virtual environment.  By featuring instructors and students, a multitude of benchmarks and goals for success will be presented and discussed in this hour long panel.  

Fri., December 4

If you were unable to join the live presentation, here is the

Webex Recording

Liberating/Liberal Education Today

Presenters: David Reinhart, Jenna Cushing-Leubner, Kenny Yarbrough, Isabella Carime Virrueta, Brandon Pope

Who must, what must, Liberal Education liberate? How does Liberal Education liberate? The UWW LEAP workshop annually reflects upon the meaning of America's Promise and the Wisconsin Idea to arrive on a trajectory moving toward inclusive excellence.  This panel will discuss the priorities and values that facilitate liberations so crucial to Liberal Education in pursuit of inclusive excellence.  

UW-Whitewater is a proud supporter of the LEAP (Liberal Education and America’s Promise) initiative and the value of a well-rounded liberal education. Across the university, we believe all students deserve the opportunity to gain valuable experiences and skills that are transferable throughout their lives and career paths. We listen to employers and community leaders to learn what they want, and we use this to enhance the quality and value of learning for all students. Wisconsin is the original LEAP state, and campuses all across the UW System have partnered with the LEAP initiative from the  Association of American Colleges & Universities to improve student success and make excellence inclusive for all students ( http://www.aacu.org/leap). 

A special thank you to the 2020-21 LEAP Council for their guidance and organization of Keeping Connected through LEAP: Diane Bahmann, Jessica Bonjour, Jes Cisneros, Jay Craggs, Nicholas French, Kelly Hatch, Zachary Klotz, Elena Levy-Navarro, Alexis Piper, Kristin Plessel, Kristen Prock, David Reinhart, Vicki Schreiber, Terry Tumbarello, Artanya Wesley.