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Spring Convocation


Spring 2019 Convocation Schedule

To be Announced


Spring 2018 Convocation 


Dr. Cyndi Burnett

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 5

Dr. Cyndi Burnett is an Associate Professor at the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, a Master of Science in Creativity, and a Doctorate of Education in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, all of which she uses to help “ignite creativity around the world.” Her research interests include: the use of creative models and techniques with children, creative thinking in higher education, and current trends in creativity.

Her work includes projects such as: working with educators to bring creative thinking into the classroom, connecting communities of creative thinkers via social media, and designing and running a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Everyday Creativity. Dr. Burnett is devoted to creating engaging lessons in education. In addition to teaching creativity professionally, she serves on the Board of Trustees for Elmwood Franklin School in Buffalo, is a Learning Advisor for, and is a consulting editor for the Journal of Creative Behavior. 

Dr. Burnett was featured in an article in the New York Times titled, “Creativity Becomes an Academic Discipline.” She is the co-editor of the Big Questions in Creativity book series and co-author of the books Weaving Creativity into Every Strand of Your Curriculum and My Sandwich is a Spaceship: Creative Thinking for Parents and Young Children.



8-9 a.m. | Coffee Hours with President Vaidya [SH Ritsche Auditorium reception area]

9-10:15 a.m. | President's Address [SH Ritsche Auditorium]

10:15-11 a.m. | Break

11 a.m.-noon | Mindsets, Belonging, Student Resilience and Success: A Conceptual Clarification and Application [AMC Cascade]

We will provide definitions for the concepts of mindsets, belonging and belonging uncertainty within the context of student competence and achievement.  Scholarship on belonging, defined as the perceived quality of fit between oneself and a setting, will be discussed along with applications to academics.
Chris Jazwinski and Amanda R. Hemmesch

Noon-1:30 p.m. | Break

1:30-2:30 p.m. Mindsets, Belonging, Student Resilience and Success Workshop [AMC Cascade]

We will provide examples of paper and pencil measures that have been used to assess mindsets and belonging, and we will provide scenarios illustrating the process of causal attribution for positive and negative academic events and outcomes.
Chris Jazwinski and Amanda R. Hemmesch

Concurrent Sessions:

2:30-3:30 p.m. | D2L Brightspace Updates [AMC Cascade]

Please join the Academic Technologies Team to learn about past and upcoming changes to D2L Brightspace. In November, D2L received a maintenance update providing new features and fixes, and in December, changes were made to the domain name (URL). Looking forward, Minnesota State extended the current contract with D2L which includes moving to D2L’s cloud-hosted service in June of 2018. This change, which brings us up-to-date with D2L’s latest version, also provides exciting opportunities such as access to new features and tools.
Greg Jorgensen, Roseann Wolak, and Sara Grachek (Academic Technologies Team)

2:30-4 p.m. | Resources to Support Your Scholarly and Grant-Getting Endeavors [MC 206]

This session provides an overview of resources available to SCSU scholars.  Participants will: 1) be introduced to resources available through the University Library, 2) receive an intro to copyright and intellectual property, 3) learn about SCSU’s Repository, and 4) learn about the Early Career Grant opportunity that supports research and scholarly activity of probationary SCSU faculty and staff.  Participants are encouraged to bring a device to use during the session.
Jodi Kuznia and Latha Ramakrishnan



8-9 a.m. | Coffee Hour [AMC Voyageurs]

9-10:30 a.m. | Academic Affairs Assembly [AMC Voyageurs]

10:45-noon | Unleash Amazing: Branding Campaign Launch [AMC Cascade]

Lisa Foss and Adam Hammer

Noon-1 p.m. | Break

1-2:30 p.m. | College & School Meetings [Refer to communication from your Dean]

2:30-4:30 p.m. | Department Meetings [Refer to communication from your Chair]



9-10 a.m. | Creativity: What is it, and why is it important? [AMC Cascade]

This session will examine what we mean by the term creativity, and why we should be designing our classes to develop our students' core creative skills.
Dr. Cyndi Burnett and Kristian Twombly

10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Weaving Creativity into Every Class [AMC Cascade]

Creative thinking is a skill that everyone can develop, but how do we, as educators, help our students to develop this skill, and how do we fit this into an already packed curriculum? This highly interactive session will demonstrate how the Torrance Incubation Model can help us turn every class into a creative learning experience.
Dr. Cyndi Burnett and Kristian Twombly

1-2 p.m. | Results from ENGAGE Dimension of Our Husky Compact [AMC Cascade]

Engage as a Member of a Diverse and Multicultural World: The results are in! Learn about and discuss the assessment results from the last year’s Our Husky Compact Dimension of the Year. What changes, big or small, might you make in your classes and programs to help our students succeed along this dimension?
David Switzer

2-3 p.m. | Preparing for 2018-19 Dimension of the Year: ACT with Personal Integrity and Civic Responsibility [AMC Cascade]

Next year’s Dimension of the Year of Our Husky Compact is ACT with Personal Integrity and Civic Responsibility. Join us for an organizational meeting in which we will begin to plan development, programming, and assessment activities. Membership is open to all members of the campus community!
Kristian Twombly