Join a Renga!
Renga Learning Communities Rengas are a great way to connect with colleagues while exploring a question or topic that has the potential to improve our campus, benefit our community, and advance all of our professional skills and accomplishments. Of course, they are also a great way to have fun and get to know people!
Connecting with the Big Read
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts, designed to restore reading to the center of American culture, and is sponsored by Daniel A. Reed Library, the Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System (CCLS), Erie-2-Chautauqua-Cattaragus Board of Cooperative Educational Services (Erie-2 BOCES), and the Chautauqua Arts Council. This renga learning community will explore ways in which the faculty can lend their expertise to the Big Read, or, involve their students in projects and programming that will take place in a variety of venues throughout the county, including: schools, public libraries, assisted living facilities, local businesses, and non-profits. Participating in the Renga will assist with the process of identifying potential interdisciplinary collaborations and community partnerships, and will create a space for dialogue concerning this community-wide program. This year's book selection is Call of the Wild, and the Big Read events will take place in February 2013.
This group will explore educational philosophies that develop the entire individual through attention to moral, spiritual, emotional, physical, and intellectual needs. We will examine approaches that appreciate life-long learning, value creation, and humanistic educational principles.
To participate in this community, contact: Daniela.Peterka-Benton@fredonia.edu
Launched in Fall 2010, this forum explores cross-cultural exchanges with our campus members from diverse backgrounds. We strive to promote dialogue around the unique requirements (i.e., needs, interests, and perspectives) posed by students, faculty, and staff of diverse cultural, religious, and sexual orientations. Ideas from the first year include establishing community outreach efforts, mentorships, and fostering cross-cultural contact. Most importantly, we want to expand the existing resources to retain students and faculty from diverse backgrounds, who often face unique challenges as a part of our national community.