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September 2016 Professional Development

– Online (via WebEx)

WebEx Personal Room: Wednesday, September 7, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Your WebEx Personal Room is a valuable tool for engaging with online students. In this workshop we will cover how to open and run your personal room both as a one-on-one meeting option as well as an open office for online classes. We will also be highlighting some new and unique features of the room that are different from the standard training sessions.

Moodle Basics:  Thursday, September 8, 9:00 – 10:30 am
In this workshop we will cover the breadth of available options within the LMS and success the basic tools needed for implementing a Moodle course.

VIC & Video Content:  Monday, September 12, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
This hour-long workshop will introduce you to integrating video content into your Moodle courses using Northwestern’s VIC (Video Integrated Content). This video library holds all of your videos in one easy-to-use place. We will then cover how to share videos between users, as well as integrating them in to your courses. If you want to enrich your classes with exciting and engaging videos, this workshop is for you!

Moodle to the Max:  Tuesday, September 13, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
This workshop will demonstrate how to create quizzes using the new features within Moodle 2.5. Want to take your online class to the next level? Join us as we provide tips and tricks that will enhance your Moodle experience. Go beyond the basics of what you know about Moodle. From reporting to media enhancements to specific tools to manage your class efficiently, this course is all about the options that will make you a better online instructor.

Microsoft Excel I:  Thursday, September 15, 10:00 – 11:30 am
This workshop is an introduction to Excel components. Learn about creating and navigating worksheets, entering text, dates and numbers, selecting cells, entering formulas, and much more.

Moodle to the Max:  Wednesday, September 21, 9:30 – 10:30 am
This workshop will demonstrate how to create quizzes using the new features within Moodle 2.5. Want to take your online class to the next level? Join us as we provide tips and tricks that will enhance your Moodle experience. Go beyond the basics of what you know about Moodle. From reporting to media enhancements to specific tools to manage your class efficiently, this course is all about the options that will make you a better online instructor.

WebEx Basics & Scheduling:  Wednesday, September 21, 2:00 – 3:30 pm
We have combined the basics of WebEx with the scheduling of WebEx sessions into one training. Learn the basics of participating in a WebEx session and what it takes to host training of your own. We will then go over how to schedule a training sessions and accessing the reports generated by WebEx.

All available courses offered via WebEx are listed at nsula.webex.com. Click on the ‘Upcoming’ tab to view courses, then click ‘Register’ next to the one you would like to attend. After completing registration, you will receive an email confirmation from WebEx.

Northwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, and veteran or retirement status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies (i.e., Title IX):

· Employees/Potential Employees – Veronica M. Biscoe, EEO Officer (318-357-6359)

· Students – Frances Conine, Dean of Students (318-357-5286)

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns, contact the Disability Support and Tutoring Director, Catherine Faucheaux, at 318-357-4460.

Additionally, Northwestern complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act. Information about NSU’s campus security and crime statistics can be found at http://universitypolice.nsula.edu/annual-security-report/.

Full disclosure statement: http://universityplanning.nsula.edu/notice-of-non-discrimination/

NSU Cenla Campus Nurse pinning ceremony.

Congratulations to our NSU Nurses!!! Pictured here, the Class of 2016 Nightingale Pledge & Lighting of the Lamps.

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From left to right is Carolyn Hartt- Director of Cenla Nursing program, Stephen Peters- Cenla Nursing program faculty, Dr. Dana Clawson- Dean of College of Nursing & Allied Health

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Ranassa Lewis, BSN Candidate and Student Speaker

AUGUST PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHEDULE

– Online (via WebEx)

WebEx Personal Room: Thursday, August 4, 10 – 11 am
Your WebEx Personal Room is a valuable tool for engaging with online students. In this workshop we will cover how to open and run your personal room both as a one-on-one meeting option as well as an open office for online classes. We will also be highlighting some new and unique features of the room that are different from the standard training sessions.

Moodle Basics/Refresher: Wednesday, August 10, 10 am – 12 pm
This workshop will cover the breadth of available options within the LMS and discuss the basic tools needed for implementing a Moodle course. The workshop will provide tips and advice for those who have never taught before and will strengthen the knowledge of those who have worked with the system before.

WebEx Basics & Scheduling: Tuesday, August 16, 10 – 11:30 am
This hour-long workshop will introduce you to integrating video content into your Moodle courses using Northwestern’s VIC (Video Integrated Content). This video library holds all of your videos in one easy-to-use place. We will then cover how to share videos between users, as well as integrating them in to your courses. If you want to enrich your classes with exciting and engaging videos, this workshop is for you!

Managing Your Moodle Gradebook: Thursday, August 25, 9 – 10:30 am
This workshop will cover the tools and techniques to maintain your Gradebook in Moodle 2.5 effectively.

Creating Quizzes in Moodle: Tuesday, August 30, 9:00 – 11:00 am
This workshop will demonstrate how to create quizzes using the features within Moodle 2.5.

All available courses offered via WebEx are listed at nsula.webex.com. Click on the ‘Upcoming’ tab to view courses, then click ‘Register’ next to the one you would like to attend. After completing registration, you will receive an email confirmation from WebEx.

Northwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, and veteran or retirement status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies (i.e., Title IX):

· Employees/Potential Employees – Veronica M. Biscoe, EEO Officer (318-357-6359)

· Students – Frances Conine, Dean of Students (318-357-5286)

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns, contact the Disability Support and Tutoring Director, Catherine Faucheaux, at 318-357-4460.

Additionally, Northwestern complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act. Information about NSU’s campus security and crime statistics can be found at http://universitypolice.nsula.edu/annual-security-report/.

Full disclosure statement: http://universityplanning.nsula.edu/notice-of-non-discrimination/

JUNE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHEDULE

– Online (via WebEx)

VIC & Video Content: Tuesday, June 14, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
This hour-long workshop will introduce you to integrating video content into your Moodle courses using Northwestern’s VIC (Video Integrated Content). This video library holds all of your videos in one easy-to-use place. We will then cover how to share videos between users, as well as integrating them in to your courses. If you want to enrich your classes with exciting and engaging videos, this workshop is for you!

WebEx Basics & Scheduling: Thursday, June 16, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
We have combined the basics of WebEx with the scheduling of WebEx sessions into one training. Learn the basics of participating in a WebEx session and what it takes to host training of your own. We will then go over how to schedule a training sessions and accessing the reports generated by WebEx.

Moodle to the Max: Wednesday, June 22, 10:00-11:30 am
This workshop will demonstrate how to create quizzes using the new features within Moodle 2.5. Want to take your online class to the next level? Join us as we provide tips and tricks that will enhance your Moodle experience. Go beyond the basics of what you know about Moodle. From reporting to media enhancements to specific tools to manage your class efficiently, this course is all about the options that will make you a better online instructor.

WebEx Personal Room: Wednesday, June 22, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Your WebEx Personal Room is a valuable tool for engaging with online students. In this workshop we will cover how to open and run your personal room both as a one-on-one meeting option as well as an open office for online classes. We will also be highlighting some new and unique features of the room that are different from the standard training sessions.

All available courses offered via WebEx are listed at nsula.webex.com. Click on the ‘Upcoming’ tab to view courses, then click ‘Register’ next to the one you would like to attend. After completing registration, you will receive an email confirmation from WebEx.

Northwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, and veteran or retirement status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies (i.e., Title IX):

· Employees/Potential Employees – Veronica M. Biscoe, EEO Officer (318-357-6359)

· Students – Frances Conine, Dean of Students (318-357-5286)

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns, contact the Disability Support and Tutoring Director, Catherine Faucheaux, at 318-357-4460.

Additionally, Northwestern complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act. Information about NSU’s campus security and crime statistics can be found at http://universitypolice.nsula.edu/annual-security-report/.

Full disclosure statement: http://universityplanning.nsula.edu/notice-of-non-discrimination/

MARCH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SCHEDULE

– Online (via WebEx)

WebEx Basics & Scheduling: Thursday, March 17, 2 – 3:30 pm
We have combined the basics of WebEx with the scheduling of WebEx sessions into one training. Learn the basics of participating in a WebEx session and what it takes to host training of your own. We will then go over how to schedule a training sessions and accessing the reports generated by WebEx.

Pixlr: Monday, March 14, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Tired of text-overload inside your Moodle Course? Attend this class and learn how to create banners and graphics for your online course using Pixlr.com, a simple and effective way to be your own graphic designer! We will cover how to create a main course banner and labels, and incorporating them into your courses.

All available courses offered via WebEx are listed at nsula.webex.com. Click on the ‘Upcoming’ tab to view courses, then click ‘Register’ next to the one you would like to attend. After completing registration, you will receive an email confirmation from WebEx.

Northwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, and veteran or retirement status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies (i.e., Title IX):

· Employees/Potential Employees – Veronica M. Biscoe, EEO Officer (318-357-6359)

· Students – Frances Conine, Dean of Students (318-357-5286)

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns, contact the Disability Support and Tutoring Director, Catherine Faucheaux, at 318-357-4460.

Additionally, Northwestern complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act. Information about NSU’s campus security and crime statistics can be found at http://universitypolice.nsula.edu/annual-security-report/.

Full disclosure statement: http://universityplanning.nsula.edu/notice-of-non-discrimination/

February Professional Development Schedule

– Online (via WebEx)

WebEx Basics, Scheduling, & Quizlet: Wednesday, February 3, 9:00 – 10:30 am
We have combined these three topics into one WebEx for a brief summary of each to maximize our time. Learn the basic structure of WebEx and its scheduling systems along with the use of Quizlet as a study resource within your courses.

All available courses offered via WebEx are listed at nsula.webex.com. Click on the ‘Upcoming’ tab to view courses, then click ‘Register’ next to the one you would like to attend. After completing registration, you will receive an email confirmation from WebEx.

Northwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, age, pregnancy or parenting status, and veteran or retirement status in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies (i.e., Title IX):

· Employees/Potential Employees – Veronica M. Biscoe, EEO Officer (318-357-6359)

· Students – Frances Conine, Dean of Students (318-357-5286)

For Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concerns, contact the Disability Support and Tutoring Director, Catherine Faucheaux, at 318-357-4460.

Additionally, Northwestern complies with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act. Information about NSU’s campus security and crime statistics can be found at http://universitypolice.nsula.edu/annual-security-report/.

Full disclosure statement: http://universityplanning.nsula.edu/notice-of-non-discrimination/

NSU PRE-MEDICAL SOCIETY COMPLETES MEDICAL MISSION IN BELIZE

Team PhotoLed by Dr. Curt Phifer, their faculty advisor and volunteer educational missionary to Belize, 19 members of the NSU chapter of Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED), the national pre-medical honor society, spent May 8-17 serving in the southern part of Belize. This was the second mission trip that AED has made to Belize, partnering with a dentist and dental hygienists from the School of dentistry at the University of Mississippi.

The team, made up of pre-MD, pre-dent, nursing, and other medical profession students, applied fluoride varnishes to teeth, gave dental hygiene lessons, and shared songs and a brief Bible lesson to almost 3000 Mayan children in southern Belize, the poorest part of the country. Following the work part of the trip, the group spent a couple of days touring a Mayan temple site and at San Pedro where they relaxed and enjoyed the beach and snorkeling with sharks, sting rays, and other sea life on Belize’s barrier, coral reef.

A few quotes from students on the team illustrate the educational and personal impact of the trip.

“Traveling to Belize for my first step on foreign soil really opened my eyes to different lifestyles that people lead. Seeing children barefoot in a classroom really showed me that their culture is vastly different from the American culture that requires children not only to wear shoes to school, but sometimes a specific shoe style.” Mary Peltier, Louisiana Scholars’ College

“The medical mission trip to Belize will be one that I will always remember. I enjoyed seeing those kids truly grateful for the little things that many of us take for granted every day.” Nia Walker, Department of Biological and Physical Sciences.

The AED group wishes to express it appreciation to the NSU Student Government Association for funding grants that helped on airfares and fluoride treatments.

NSU student awarded scholarship from Crest Industries, LLC.

Erica Greer, student in NSU’s Nursing program, was recently awarded a $500 scholarship by Crest Industries, LLC. Crest Industries awards this scholarship on an annual basis and Erica is one of the top four students who received this award based on academic achievement, leadership, and extra-curricular activities/work experience. Erica will be starting her Nursing Clinical rotation in the fall 2016 at NSU’s Cenla Campus. She has made the Dean’s list since starting NSU in the fall 2013 and is expected to graduate in the summer of 2018. Pictured from left to right: Erica Greer and Kenneth Robison, CEO of Crest Industries, LLC.

CAPA STUDENTS PERFORM IN CUBA

CAPA students, Blayne Fugere, Ronald Rodriguez, and Leanny Munoz, performed on May 30, 2016 at the Festival de las Artes in Havana, Cuba. NSU is the first American university to perform at the festival in its 40 year history.

NSU SUMMER PROGRAM IN ANGERS, FRANCE

On June 2, 2016 NSU launched its first Summer program in Angers, France. Students will spend the entire month of June in Angers studying French in an immersion environment. This program will available every year from now on. NSU is working on creating more opportunities like this for NSU students