Flameside Chats will allow viewers to discuss leadership with President John Roush

Posted by Centre News in Alumni, News 12 Jan 2015

President Roush FYS CourseThe Centre College alumni affairs office is planning a third installment of the popular Flameside Chats series, this time interviewing President John Roush on the subject of leadership at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13. Roush is considered an expert in the area of leadership, contributing regularly to professional journals. He also regularly teaches a class on leadership called Rainmaking (above).

“Often, we hear about leadership from people who are either only scholars or who only serve in leadership roles for their companies or institutions,” says Laura Coleman Pritchard ’05, director of campaign communication. “President Roush has researched the theoretical underpinnings of leadership theories, and he also puts those principles in practice every day here at Centre.flameside:roush

“This Flameside Chat will give us a chance to explore those topics with him. For those alumni and friends who, like me, missed out on having President Roush’s CentreTerm course, this is a second chance to take advantage of a missed opportunity.”

Flameside Chat is an interactive, online learning experience that gives viewers the opportunity to have a classroom experience by traveling no farther than their computer. Like the virtual equivalent of a real classroom, viewers can submit comments and questions in real time via the Hangouts app or Twitter, and they will appear in the comment window or may be shared by a moderator.

The first episode of Flameside Chat was presented in September by John M. and Louise Van Winkle Professor of Sociology Beau Weston on the topic of how you can be a happy person and contribute to a happy society. That episode is available on YouTube.

A second Flameside Chat was broadcast in November with Dan Stroup, Pierce and Amelia Harrington Lively Professor of Politics and Law, Ben Knoll, assistant professor of politics, and Lia Rohr, visiting assistant professor of politics. Their insightful discussion on the outcomes of the November elections can also be viewed on YouTube.

Kristi Burch, Centre’s academic technology specialist, has worked closely with the staff of alumni affairs to make Flameside Chats very much like an actual classroom by using advances in technology. Viewers will be given the opportunity to submit questions in advance and also live during the broadcast.

“The Hangouts app has a recording and live streaming option, which automatically pushes the broadcast to YouTube for live streaming and commenting,” Burch says. “Viewers can watch via a link on Google+ or YouTube and submit comments for faculty to answer during their talks. It is very much interactive. They can also tweet @CentreAlumni with the hashtag #flameside, and we will try to incorporate those comments and questions through the moderator.”

An email will be distributed to alumni as scheduled Flameside Chats events approach, and information and links will be posted on the Centre College Alumni Facebook page and via @CentreAlumni on Twitter. For those unable to participate in the live chats, recorded versions of the broadcasts will be available on YouTube and also posted on Centre’s website.

by Cindy Long

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