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Instructor Newsletter Archive

The weekly instructor newsletter aims to keep instructors up to date by including resource spotlights, opportunities for instructors and students, and teaching tips. This page includes a link to all previous newsletters along with the topics included in each newsletter. 

Link to Newsletter Topics Included in Newsletter
September 22, 2021
  • Lesson Plan Spotlight: Debriefing the UofSC and You Retention Survey
    • 1-1 Meetings
    • Crossing the Line
    • All By Myself Video
  • Anti-Hazing Resources
  • Additional Guidance for Supporting Students Who Miss Class Due to COVID-19
  • Student Advisory Council Take-Aways
  • Information for Students
    • SEC Nation Live on the Horseshoe
    • Off-Campus Housing Fair
    • Events Around Town (Irmo Okra Strut and Meeting Street Artisan Market)
    • Student Activities
September 15, 2021
  • Upcoming Events:
    • Brown Bag on Wednesday, September 15, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
  • U.S. News & World Report Ranking!
  • Faculty Meeting Recap
    • EAB Navigate Student App and "UofSC and You Retention Survey"
    • Progress Reports
  • Lesson Plan Spotlight: My 30 Values
  • Spaces Available to Participate in Intensive Course on Anti-Racist Teaching
  • From the Peer Leader Area:
    • Thank a Peer Leader/Instructor Day
    • Nominate Students to Become Peer Leaders
  • Information for Students
    • UofSC vs. UGA Football Game Watch Party
    • Festivals in Columbia (Greek Festival and Jubilee: Festival of Black History & Culture)
    • Top Five Things You Didn't Know About Thomas Cooper Library
    • Study Away Opportunities (Education Abroad Fair, National Student Exchange, Semester at a Glance)
    • Student Activities
September 8, 2021
  • Upcoming Events:
    • Faculty Meeting on Friday, September 10 from 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
    • Brown Bag on Wednesday, September 15 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
  • Contact Tracing and the Classroom
  • University 101 Instructor Recruitment
  • Lesson Plan Spotlight: Academic Integrity and Carolinian Creed
  • Nominate your Peer Leader for the University 101 Peer Leader Spotlight
  • Reminder - Opportunity to Participate in Intensive Course on Anti-Racist Teaching
  • Information for Students:
    • Fall Alternative Breaks
    • Explore Columbia
    • Leadership/Job Opportunities (Carolina Judicial Council, Spurs Up for St. Jude, and Close Family Emerging Leaders Program)
    • Student Activities
September 1, 2021
  • Encourage Navigate Student App Downloads
  • Tailgate like a Carolinian Presentation
  • Lesson Plan Spotlight: Time Management Lesson Plan and Photo Scavenger Hunt
  • Center for Teaching Excellence Workshops
  • Reminder: Supporting Sophomores 
  • Information for Students:
    • Career Center Appointments
    • September Gamecock Entertainment Calendar
    • Involvement on Campus
    • Leadership/Job Opportunities (The Daily Gamecock and The Residence Hall Association EcoReps)
    • Student Activities
August 25, 2021
  • Guidance for Students if they Miss Class Due to COVID-19
  • Referring Students to Resources on Campus
  • First-Year Reading Experience Event
  • RSVP for the True Colors Lessons from the Road Workshop
  • Remind Your Students to Purchase Transitions 
  • Campus Resource Guide Spotlight - Dining Services
  • Lesson Plan Spotlight: 37 Check-In Ideas to Start Class
  • Limited Supply of Student Success Center Planners
  • From the Peer Leader Area: 1) Alcohol Training PowerPoint and Facilitation Notes and 2) Peer Leader Newsletter Archive
  • Information for Students:
    • Important Academic Dates
    • Student Organization Fair
    • Mask Design Contest
    • Leadership Opportunities (University Ambassadors and Freshman Council)
    • Student Activities
August 18, 2021
  • Classroom/Technology Assistance
  • Supplies for Class
  • First Day Photos
  • Beyond the Classroom Funds
  • University 101 Semester Kickoff Recording
  • Campus Partner Presentation Alternative Lesson Plans
  • Lesson Plan Spotlight: Understanding Faculty
  • From the Peer Leader Area: Take-Aways from Fall Peer Leader Training
  • Information for Students:
    • UofSC Welcome Events
    • Student Organization Fair
    • Apps to Download
    • Fall 2021 COVID-19 Testing
    • Student Activities
August 11, 2021
  • Reminder - University 101 Semester Kickoff Webinar
  • Faculty Guidelines for Fall 2021
  • Title IX Training Recording
  • Updated Attendance Language for Syllabi
  • Disregard Soliciations from Outside Groups or Publishers
  • Lesson Plan Spotlight: First Day of Class
  • Student Success Center Planners
  • Save the Date: 2021 New Studetnt Convocation Ceremony
August 4, 2021
  • Reminder - Title IX Training
  • Reminder - Deadline to Submit Syllabi
  • University 101 Semester Kickoff Webinar
  • View your Student Roster on Self Service Carolina and Blackboard
  • New Offering of First Day of Class Lessons from the Road Workshop
  • Lesson Plan Spotlight: Building Community
  • In Case You Missed It: 1) Recordings of Summer Workshops and 2) Newsletter Archive
  • Recap of Summer Workshop (Hey Best Friend! Effective Strategies for Team-Teaching U101)
July 28, 2021
  • Reminder - Syllabus Deadline (August 4)
  • Access to Summer Workshop Series Recordings
  • Lesson Plan Spotlight: Student Organization Fair Lesson Plan
  • Recap of Summer Workshops (Integrating Sustainability into your Classroom and Living Out the Carolinian Creed in University 101)
July 21, 2021
  • Seeking Participation in Experience by Design: UofSC’s new Quality Enhancement Plan 
  • Resource Spotlight: TikTok Inspired Assignments and Activities 
  • University Ambassador Nominations 
  • Recap of Summer Workshops (Making Meaning of Campus Partner Presentations & Intervening Early and Often: A Guide to Supporting your Students) 
  • Reminder- Syllabus Deadline (August 4) 
July 14, 2021 
  • UNIV 101 End-of-Course Evaluations Timeline 
  • Holiday and Religious Observances Calendar 
  • Lesson Plan Spotlight: Antiracism 
  • Recap of Summer Workshops (Discussing Antiracism in University 101 & Syllabus Building Workshop) 
July 7, 2021
  • Campus Partner Presentation Sign-Up Today
  • Resource Spotlight: Antiracism Resources
  • Safe Zone Ally Workshop on July 14
  • Recap of Summer Workshops (Mental Health Promotion Strategies for the U101 Classroom & Integrating Gamification into University 101)
  • Reminder- UofSC Bucket List Copies 
June 30, 2021
  • ScheduleCenter Webinar
  • UofSC Bucket List- form to request copies
  • Lesson Plan Spotlight: Off-Campus Living
  • Recap of Summer Workshops (Advancing Student Engagement and Reflection in UNIV 101 through Experience by Design & Teaching Civility in your Classroom) 
June 23, 2021
  • Lesson Plan Spotlight: Campus Safety
  • Colleague Cluster Sign-Up Deadline Tomorrow
  • Recap of Summer Workshops (Meta-What??? Strategies for Integrating Brain Science Concepts into Teaching and Learning & Academic Integrity & COVID: Helping Students Distance Themselves from Cheating Behaviors)
  • Campus Partner Presentations  
June 16, 2021
  • Summer Diversity Matters Series
  • Interview Spotlight: Former Peer Leader Jory Fleming Discusses His New Book, How to Be Human: An Autistic Man’s Guide to Life
  • Preparation for Upcoming Summer Workshop, Advancing Student Engagement and Reflection in UNIV 101 through Experience by Design
  • Recap of Summer Workshops (Dealing with the Unexpected: Classroom Disruptions)
June 9, 2021
  • New options for sharing preferred names and personal pronouns 
  • Become a Safe Zone Ally
  • Effectively Using Blackboard
  • Reminder - Campus Tour for U101 Instructors
  • Article Spotlight: Taking Risks and Following Dreams 
June 2, 2021
  • Campus tour for U101 instructors 
  • Call for YouTube Videos 
  • Integrating the First-Year Read into your Course  
  • Supplemental Reading Deadline
  • Campus Partner Presentations Summer Showcase Recap
  • Sign up for Instructor Consultations 

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