1. Brendan Cantwell a candidate for our EAD/HALE faculty position, will visit campus on February 28-March 1. Dr. Cantwell is currently a postdoctoral associate at the Institute for Higher Education at the University of Georgia. We encourage attend one or both of the following sessions and provide feedback to the Search Committee on your assessment of Dr. Cantwell.
Teaching Demonstraton:
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 11:00am-12:00pm
133F Erickson
Research Presentation: The Organization of Research Production
Tuesday, March 1, 2011; 2:00- 3:00pm
133F Erickson


2.The Bailey Scholars Program is offering the opportunity for graduate students (masters and PhD) in any discipline to apply to be a Graduate Fellow with the program to further their development in the scholarship of teaching and learning. Please see the information below and visit our website at http://bsp.msu.edu for further information on the program. The fellowships are offered yearly at $2,000 per year with the opportunity for renewal.

The fellowship exposes graduate students to a learning community focused on innovative teaching and learning practices. Graduate students spend a semester paired with a seasoned faculty member of the program in the classroom where they learn about the pedagogy of a learning-centered organization. The other semester is working with the Senior Director and other Graduate Fellows in your cohort on a scholarship of teaching and learning project. Students work closely with others to ensure they meet their personal goals for the experience, and they are expected to engage in the program community to ensure they fully immerse themselves in the experience. Although the program lies in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, familiarity with that subject matter is not necessary as the focus of the fellowship is on the process rather than content.
To apply, please send a resume/CV and cover letter that includes your interest in the Bailey Scholars Program's Graduate Fellowship Program and your philosophy on learning to Roseann Bills at marshro3@msu.edu. The learning philosophy is similar to a teaching philosophy, but should focus on how you believe learning is best enabled. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Dr. Pat Crawford at crawf203@msu.edu or 432-0732. Applications are due by Monday, April 4th at 12 pm. Please reserve Wednesday April 13th, 5:00-9:00pm for candidates who are selected for interviews.

From the Graduate school: http://cogs.msu.edu/index.php
3. The Graduate Employees Union and the Council of Graduate Students would like to invite you to a town-hall type meeting next Tuesday, March 1st at 6:30pm in room 206 of Old Horticulture to discuss upcoming changes to the student health insurance plans offered by the university. We will discuss the benefit levels, including premiums and co-pays, the effects of the university mandated health insurance policy and the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act, the ongoing contract negotiations for the assistant plan as well as some concerns we have had with the university's handling of the RFP process. We will also discuss the new dental plan being offered to students from Delta Dental and address any questions and concerns you may have.

4. The Graduate School is now accepting applications and nominations for the COGS Disciplinary Leadership Awards for Spring 2011. Award qualification guidelines and the application are attached and can also be found at www.grad.msu.edu.

The MSU Council of Graduate Students established an endowment in 2010 to recognize disciplinary leadership by graduate and grad-professional students. The Graduate School will provide additional funds from 2011-2015 to increase the number of awards as this initiative begins. Awards will be provided as an MSU fellowship and is to be used to further the leadership skill development of the recipient.

The application form must be filled out completely and submitted electronically along with the required letter of recommendation.

Applications are due electronically only by email to:
gradschool@grd.msu.edu
BY MARCH 1, 2011


5. CSTAT Workshops Register at CSTAT http://www.cstat.msu.edu/services/workshops/workshopevents.aspx
Introduction to Cell Phones and Telephone Surveys will be presented on Friday April 01, 2011 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM in 106 Farrall Agricultural Engineering Hall. Instructor:

Intermediate Topics in Cross-Sectional Regression will be presented on Friday April 22, 2011 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM in 106 Farrall Agricultural Engineering Hall. Instructor:

Introduction to Survival Analysis, Event History Modeling, and Duration Analysis will be presented on Friday April 29, 2011 from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM in 106 Farrall Agricultural Engineering Hall. Instructor:


6. The AD LIBITUM Chamber Ensemble is playing FREE!! at the College of Education on Tuesday at 5.30 pm

Faculty and students from the College of Music will be playing at the College of Education in the Kiva at 5.30 pm (see below). This is not a common occurrence, where the talented faculty and students of the College of Music at MSU come to present their work here at the College of Education, and it is with great joy that I write to you in an attempt to convince you to come after you finish your work for the day. This should be delightful, not only because this group's talent, but also because they will be playing music from a famous Hitchcock film, "Psycho," which will be projected behind them.
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