A busy campus

The end of the semester brings a lot of activity with special events across campus. To see the full calendar of events, click here.  To read all the latest ASU news, which includes more information about events, as well as features on students and faculty, click here.

Coming Soon — Banner 9!

The campus is upgrading from Banner 8 to Banner 9. This new release delivers a number of important enhancements, including a modern user interface, enhanced navigation and process management tools, and new functionality across the student, HR, and finance functions. It will also give the flexibility to run Banner on any browser and on tablets.

We know that you may have concerns about what will change with this upgrade and we have been working closely with our partner, Ellucian, to understand and anticipate those changes. The move to Banner 9 will be made in phases. Work is already underway, with a target for completion of early July 2018. Computing Services will be reaching out to offices and departments as soon as we are ready for testing. We are upgrading the administrative modules first, so there will be little to no impact on our students. The second phase will be upgrading the self-service applications, which will be later this year.

This quick video offers a view of the new interface. Welcome to Banner 9

Intros to the individual modules are linked below. You will use your ASU e-mail address to sign up and the video will begin automatically once you click the “Register” button.

Computing Services will keep the campus informed of progress, and will share additional information about training and resources in the near future. If you have questions or feedback about this initiative, please contact Traci Bishop, ext. 7741. For general questions, you may always contact Computing Services at ext. 7741 or via e-mail.

Submitted by Traci Bishop

Admissions Office Update

Many exciting changes and activities  have been taking place in Admissions recently. In an effort to better align recruitment for undergraduate, graduate, and distance programs and to provide savings through the vacant admissions director position, we have restructured the department. The Office of Graduate Studies is now housed in the Admissions Office in Richardson Hall. Co-directing Admissions are Dr. Penny Sanders, assistant vice president of Graduate Studies, and Karla Hardesty, Executive Director for Enrollment Management. Carissa Watts is serving as assistant director for Admissions Operations, and Samantha Sargent, the most senior on-campus counselor, is now assistant director for Admissions Recruitment.

The Admissions crew has started pre-registration for fall semester for undergraduates. We are proactively reaching out to students who need placement testing, admissions application, and financial aid help, etc., so they are ready to register when we visit or contact them. We are visiting all San Luis Valley and surrounding county high schools and holding evening registration events in New Mexico and on the Front Range in April and May.

Our Transfer Student Coordinator, Dave Wreford, is busy visiting nearly every community college in Colorado, and we visit all SLV high schools at least monthly with various activities and events.

Our team of student ambassadors, in addition to hosting campus visits daily M-F at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., have been assigned several projects, including updating the campus tour, creating a self-guided tour, and phone campaigning to prospective students. They contributed to the fun and success of Discover Day on February 17, which had record-breaking attendance. ASU bussed students to campus from Albuquerque, Denver, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo.

We are working closely with Chris Lopez and the Public Relations and Marketing team to improve our branding and outreach with prospective students. We are also increasing our supply of promotional items and publications, so please let us know if you need something.

As we register for fall semester, please let us know if you are interested in obtaining a list of prospective students who have expressed interest in your academic program. Some faculty are calling students on these lists to share more information about their program.

Admissions email
Admissions phone: 719-587-8146

Submitted by Karla Hardesty

Professional development opportunities from Center for Teaching, Innovation & Research

Redesigning Majors: Disciplinary Knowledge, Civic Learning, and Public Responsibility
An AAC&U webinar relevant to Pathways work
Tuesday, April 3
11 a.m. – McD 387

RSVP for a box lunch.

This webinar, designed for faculty and departmental chairs and funded by the Endeavor Foundation, will focus on how departments can structure the design, expectations, and experiences for all their majors to expand students’ civic capacities while also deepening students’ learning in the discipline. Led by practitioners who have already implemented such departmental designs, participants can learn how departments adapted their curricula by developing civic-centered learning goals, mapping out levels of learning over time, and creating opportunities for applying disciplinary knowledge to address large public challenges.

SoTL Accountability group meeting
Tuesday, April 3
12:15 p.m. – McD 387

This is a group that meets regularly to discuss Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Everyone is welcome, whether you have a project or would just like to learn more. Please RSVP for lunch.

Undergraduate Research: In the classroom and beyond
By Dr. Kristy Duran and Dr. Adam Kleinschmit
Friday, April 6
Noon-1 p.m. – MCD 387

This is a #PathwaysProject session. Undergraduate research, which is recognized as a high impact educational practice by the AAC&U, focuses on involving students in authentic scholarship. This professional development session will introduce the different forms of undergraduate research and scholarship. We will also highlight how research and teaching are not mutually exclusive and that an undergraduate research program can thrive at a teaching-intensive institution. This session is appropriate for faculty and staff who are new to implementing undergraduate research or are looking for new approaches to involve students in scholarship both inside and outside of the classroom.

RSVP for lunch.

See the Faculty and Professional Development Calendar  for the most up-to-date schedule. Consider adding it to your google calendar. Follow us on twitter: @AdamsStateCTIR

Submitted by Dr. Leslie Alvarez