CONVO: Alternative Perspectives on U.S./China Relations
Young Hall – Auditorium (Room 113), Danville KY
Dr. Eric Hyer’s lecture will lay out the usual theoretical models and assumptions that many scholars, politicians, and average citizens bring to bear in thinking about America’s relationship with China. These starting points, which are often not very carefully examined or tested, have real and lasting implications for scholarship and policymaking decisions. Dr. Hyer’s book, The Pragmatic Dragon: China’s Grand Strategy and Boundary Settlements, gives new alternative ways to understand Chinese political machinations, and he will discuss some of the cases from his book, as well as other examples of how we might better approach relations with our largest trading partner, and the largest country in the world.
CONVO: Generation X & Y: Facing Challenges in the Shadow of the Baby Boom
Young Hall – Auditorium (Room 113), Danville KY
Members of Generation X (born 1965-80) and Generation Y (born after 1980) face a different economic and financial landscape than did the baby boomers (born 1946-64). A college degree has become even more important for economic success, but the cost of college continues to escalate, leading to growing student-loan burdens. The job market facing young people with or without college degrees remains difficult. Looming baby-boomer retirements and escalating healthcare costs combine to make the long-run fiscal situation, that ultimately members of Generations X and Y will inherit, seem untenable. Join William Emmons, Senior Economic Advisor for the Center for Household Financial Stability at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis as he explores the following questions: Can the members of Generations X and Y overcome the economic and financial challenges they face? How will the retirement of the baby boomers affect the job market, housing markets, and the eventual retirement prospects of those in Gen X and Gen Y?
* CONVO: Russian State Symphony Orchestra
Norton Center for the Arts – Newlin Hall, Danville KY
Under the direction of Music Director Valeri Polyansky, the RSSO is most known for its strict discipline of the ensemble, the warmth of its timbre, and excellent balance between sections, as well as the subtlety of nuance evident in its performances. In their central Kentucky debut, the Orchestra will be joined by one of the most versatile musicians of our time: pianist Vladimir Feltsman, who has performed at Carnegie Hall and The White House and worked with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Moscow Philharmonic.
Since “convocation” derives from the Latin com (meaning together) and vocare (to call), a convocation may be any event in which members of a community are called together. The Convocation Committee, consisting of at least two students, two faculty, and two members of the administration, will coordinate the selection of convocations and will have final authority in all other matters having to do with convocations.Upcoming Convocations
All full-time students who attend Centre for the entire academic year are required to earn a total of 12 convocation credits. Students who fulfill the requirement have one hour of ‘A’ figured into their grade point average and noted on their transcript. Students who fail to accumulate 12 convocation credits will have one hour of ‘U’ figured into their GPA and noted on their transcript. Students who are not enrolled on a full-time basis for the full academic year still may complete the requirement by accumulating 12 credits. However, they will not receive a ‘U’ if they do not. (NOTE: Convocation credits are not credit hours and do not count toward the 111 credit hours necessary for graduation.)
Students may submit a written appeal to the Convocation Committee Chair requesting changes in their final convocation grade. The petition must explain all the circumstances of why the student did not fulfill the 12 credit requirement.
Exceptions to the requirements are granted only when health issues or special academic circumstances arise; otherwise, appeals are rarely approved.
There are over 50 convocations during the year, and students are required to follow the letter of the policy and be very careful about monitoring convocation credit.
Students who abuse the system by swiping a card for a person who is not present, swiping multiple cards, or by behaving in violation of stated policy will lose convocation credit. Such deceit is considered a violation of academic honesty and the people involved are subject to disciplinary action by the Associate Dean or the Student Judiciary.
As members of an audience, students are expected to be attentive and demonstrate mature, polite, and civil behavior. Computers and books should not be brought to convocations and cell phones should be turned off during the presentation. Students exhibiting inappropriate behavior will be told to leave by members of the audience, faculty, staff, or student convocation workers and will not receive convocation credit.
Convocation Credit System
To receive convocation credit, students must:
1) swipe his or her own Centre College ID card at a convocation station;
2) be seated before the program begins;
3) remain present throughout the full program;
4) swipe his or her own Centre College ID card before leaving the event.
Convo credit can only be given if ID cards are accurately swiped in and swiped out. Student ID cards may need to be replaced in the Student Life Office if the card does not register in the computer swipe system. It is the student’s responsibility to bring Centre ID cards to convocations and to make sure the card swipes accurately. This policy will be strictly enforced, and convocation credit will not be given to students who arrive late or who leave early or whose cards do not work in the convocation system.
Students participating onstage or working backstage at an event can receive convocation credit by signing a Convocation Credit Form for Student Participants and Workers, available in the Dean’s Office. The responsible faculty or staff member must submit the completed form to the Convocation Coordinator the day following the event. Most events given convocation status are worth one credit. Special events designated as campus-wide convocations are worth two credits. Any event worth more than one credit will be indicated as such in the Convocation Calendar. Normally, the Opening Day, Founders Day, and Honors convocations are worth 2 credits.
Convocation credit is entered and maintained by computer. Students may check their convocation credit status by going to the current students listing on the Centre home page and selecting Personal/Convocation Credit. The individual student is responsible for verifying the computer record’s accuracy and for notifying the Convocation Coordinator in the Dean’s Office within one week of the convocation in question. Students are urged to check their convocation credits frequently throughout the academic year. Students are encouraged to not wait until the end of the year to obtain the required 12 credits.
Convocation Credit Abroad
Students participating in Centre sponsored off-campus study programs receive convocation credit as follows:
• London/Strasbourg/Mexico Programs (fall term: 6 credits)
• Strasbourg/London Programs (spring term: 6 credits)
• Centre-Sponsored CentreTerm off-campus study programs (1 credit)
Students who participate in off-campus internships or non-Centre study abroad programs may petition the Convocation Committee for convocation credit. The Convocation Committee will consider such requests on a case-by-case basis.
Convocation Proposal Forms