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Danville, KY 40422-1394
[CONVO] — Two Education Paradigms: What Defines & How to Create a World Class Education
Norton Center for the Arts – Weisiger Theatre, Danville KY
Our schools are being pushed to produce homogenous, complaint, and employee-minded test-takers as a result of the seductive power of the traditional education paradigm. In this presentation, Dr. Yong Zhao challenges the traditional paradigm, debunks the myth of international tests such as PISA and TIMSS, and proposes a new paradigm of education. In this presentation, Yong Zhao will discuss the triad model of education to prepare global, creative, and entrepreneurial talents that include: personalized curriculum/educational experience, product-oriented learning, and the globe as the campus. Dr. Zhao’s presentation is based on the massive amount of evidence from a variety of sources he gathered for his new book World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students (Corwin, 2012) and his Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization (ASCD, 2009).
[CONVO]* — Pablo Ziegler Quartet & Stefon Harris: Tango Meets Jazz
Norton Center for the Arts – Newlin Hall, Danville KY
With Tango Meets Jazz, Latin Grammy® award-winning pianist and composer Pablo Ziegler artfully blends classic tango with elements of jazz, adding a new voice to the rich tango lexicon. His tango-jazz quartet invites today’s most exciting jazz luminaries to tackle classic tango repertoire and original Ziegler compositions with bold, spontaneous jazz-tinged interpretations. After collaborating with tango grand-maestro Astor Piazzolla as the pianist in Piazzolla’s quintet for over a decade, Ziegler has led his own groups for over 20 years, refining and reimagining the bounds of the New Tango tradition. This season Ziegler will team with 36-year-old, three-time Grammy® nominee, acclaimed vibraphonist, and composer Stefon Harris. Harris’ passionate artistry, energetic stage presence, and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him to the forefront of the current jazz scene. Widely recognized and lauded by his peers and jazz critics alike, his work explores the rich potential of jazz composition while blazing new trails on this often overlooked instrument.
[CONVO] — A Thousand Different Threads: How the Humanities Can Strengthen the Weave of Environmental Studies
Crounse Hall – Vahlkamp Theatre, Danville KY
The Whitman College Environmental Studies Program, founded in 1974, followed the pattern of most environmental studies programs at American colleges and universities. Initiated by natural and social scientists, environmental studies programs reflected the fields of their founders. The humanities tended to be under-represented, if they were represented at all. In 2002, Whitman College moved to correct that imbalance by beginning the construction of a humanities component in an environmental studies program dominated by natural and social sciences. Today, Whitman offers an Environmental Humanities major, with its own internal literature and writing program and contributions from the classics, philosophy, German studies, and history. Two questions stand at the center of Whitman Environmental Humanities: What is the relation between nature and culture? and What should this relation be? Whitman Environmental Humanities Professor Don Snow will discuss the necessity of humanities contributions to academic environmental studies programs. Professor Snow’s lecture will focus on how humanistic values lie at the core of our treatment of the natural environment.
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 and Calendar