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2013 Millikin Interdisciplinary Faculty Conference 
Millikin University > Academics > Millikin University Faculty Development Workshop > 2013 Millikin Interdisciplinary Faculty Conference

 9:00 A.M.–10:00 A.M.     Keynote Speaker:  Former Zambia Vice President Enoch Kavindele "State of Education in Developing Nations: Implications to American Educators."- Kaeuper Hall, Perkinson Music Center

10:00 A.M.–10:25 A.M.    Millikin University Awards – Kaeuper Hall, Perkinson Music Center


NB: Paper sessions will be located on the 2nd floor of ADM/Scovill Hall

10:30-10:50 A.M.

Brian Justison, “From Idea to Artifact: The Odyssey of Interdisciplinarity, Collaboration and Performance-Based Learning in the Making of Premieres, Volume 1 by Brian Justison and the Millikin Chamber Percussion Ensemble”

The notion of progressing from idea to artifact exists in many forms. For those who seek to cultivate new musical works for an ensemble of performers, inception as an antonymous creative act is shifted to the collaborative realm wherein attributes of its participants serve to shape an expression of cultural meaning transcending the physical reality of organized sound through musical performance. The prolongation of this process to include the creation and dissemination of digital media invokes an added dimension encompassing both collaboration and interdisciplinarity. Furthermore, as a product of the academy, its function as an educational enterprise aligns it with a pedagogy of developmental goals for each of its participants. In the end, it becomes an artifact assessed by audiences comprised of friends, parents, students, faculty, administrators and outside observers who play a role in defining its value as an educational endeavor, and ultimately, its legitimacy as art. Their reactions subsequently guide perceptions of achievement in the framework of local, regional, national and/or international scope. The artifact and its endorsements therein become the basis for promotional efforts to perpetuate the process all over again–Volume II.  This presentation will chronicle this large-scale creative act that has engaged more than forty student performers, engineers and record label personnel in performance-based learning across disciplines.

William Warren & Sharon Alpi, “The Coleman Foundation Faculty Fellows in Entrepreneurship Program”

The Center for Entrepreneurship would like to propose a session on The Coleman Foundation Faculty Fellows in Entrepreneurship Program during this conference. However, we are not sure if it fits in with the traditional presentation format, because we would like to share the details of the fellowship, some stories of current fellows at Millikin, and then spend the majority of the time discussing how interested faculty can apply for a fellowship in April.

·         Hear how Faculty from various disciplines have incorporated entrepreneurship education into their courses

·         Learn about the Faculty Fellows in Entrepreneurship Program (the Center for Entrepreneurship anticipates awarding (3) $5,000 grants in spring 2013 to develop and incorporate entrepreneurship into your discipline)

·         Find out what resources the Center for Entrepreneurship has available for you to use

Tom Duncanson, “The Organizational Structures of Deceit: A Diagnostic Tool”

Contemporary organizations deceive their members, host communities, clients, vendors, creditors, shareholders, competitors, and regulators.  This paper argues that organizational deception is not a single or occasional act.  Deception is structural and embedded in the relationship of message makers.  Most of the ways we understand this deception, as in ideology theory, make this problem a defect of the receiver or audience.  In this paper the analytical emphasis is placed on the systematic and predictable way deception is reproduced in organizational relationships.      

10:50-11:10 A.M.

Carmen Aravena & Brian Justison, “Starting an International Travel Course or Program: From Paper to Reality”

This presentation will guide you step by step with concrete examples on how to prepare your course curriculum and effective travel plans. We will discuss the differences from immersions overseas and semester courses with travel components. Also some other specific travels in the spring or summer break such as those done by students and faculty in the School of Music.

Catherine Ming Tu, “Music Aptitude, Tonal Accuracy Achievement, and Singing Voice Development of Kindergarten and First-Grade Children”

This study investigated relationships among selected singing achievement dimensions for kindergarten and first-grade children (N=34). The researcher-designed Tonal Accuracy Achievement Measure (TAAM) appears to be an appropriate criterion measure for assessing young children’s tonal accuracy achievement on Major and Minor song performance. A significant relationship (r = .45, p < .01) was found between TAAM and the Singing Voice Development Measure (SVDM) (Rutkowski, 1996) after, but not before, the 24 weeks of music instruction. Developmental music aptitude was not significantly related to TAAM or SVDM.

Scott Lambert, “Framing the Bubble: How ESPN’s Sportscenter Frames the NCAA Tournament Bubble”

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament draws millions of fans to the television and has become an important cultural event in the United States. This paper examines how ESPN’s SportsCenter highlights differences in its coverage of teams from the six major conferences and teams from the other 25 conferences. The paper uses qualitative methods from the 2010 and 2011 SportsCenters to examine how SportsCenter highlighted specific attributes that lead to a narrative that favors average schools from the six major conferences over schools from the other 25 conferences. This leads to a perception that average teams from the six major conferences are more deserving of selection into the NCAA Tournament than top teams from the other 25 conferences.

 

11:10-11:30 A.M.

Florence Folami, “Two Cultures, Two Languages, Two Health Systems, One Bond.”

Only by much searching and mining are gold and diamonds obtained, and man can find every truth connected with his being if he will dig deep into the mine of his soul (Allen, 2009). In Summer 2010, students from Millikin University in Decatur and Taiwan Medical University in Taiwan participated in nursing immersion program that provided opportunity for the students to experience a glimpse of life in a foreign place. The students’ experiences were captured in their reflections, which were compiled in a single volume, and serve as a rich source of information about the value of cultural exchanges. This presentation will discuss the common themes identified from the stories of each student and also examine the personal and professional meaning of participating in global nursing immersion.


Ray Boehmer, “The New ‘Next Generation K-12 Science Standards’: Are They Really Better than the Old Ones?”

The newest version of the K-12 Science Standards is hot off the presses after an open period for public comment.   Although it is not a curriculum, the new set of standards has the potential for affecting the science literacy level of American students for many years to come, if properly implemented.  I will provide an easy-to-follow overview of the standards and illustrate some examples of how they can be used with young children and adolescents alike.

Gregg Marcello and David Horn, “The Effects of Bush Honeysuckle Removal on the White-Footed Mouse Population at Rock Springs Conservation Area in Decatur, IL”

Bush honeysuckle is an invasive species that can cause significant changes to a forest understory.  We examined how the removal of bush honeysuckle influenced the abundance of white-footed mice.  The study was part of a semester-long research project conducted by David Horn’s 2013 Ecology class, and was conducted at Rock Springs Conservation Area in Decatur, IL.  The study followed a Before-After-Control-Impact design in which students initially trapped white-footed mice at two forested plots, then removed bush honeysuckle from one of the two forested plots while leaving the other untreated, and finally trapped white-footed mice at both forested plots after bush honeysuckle had been removed from one of them.  We found that the number of mice trapped before and after treatment at both the control and experimental plots were equivalent.  Thus, in the short-term bush honeysuckle removal may have limited impact on this species.  Future classes should examine what role removal has over longer periods of time.  This project may serve as a model for future classes by: 1) providing students with performance learning opportunities (i.e., learning the scientific method by doing science), and 2) broadening horizons by performing a service learning project that is of value to community stakeholders (i.e., ecological restoration at the Macon County Conservation District).

11:30-11:50 A.M.

Joyce Bezdicek, Hee Young Choi & Steven Hales, “Cultural Awareness through Discussion Groups”

This fall the School of Education and the English Language Center (ELC) worked together to establish Friday discussion groups for fall semester of 2012. The discussion groups involved education students from ED 238 (Child Language Development and Linguistics) and students from the English Language Center (ELC).  The goal of the discussion groups was for students from ED 238 to become more aware of bilinguals and the process of becoming bilingual as well as understanding language from a cultural perspective.  At the same time the goal of the discussion groups for ELC students was to enhance their English language proficiencies and language awareness.  In our presentation we will share the kinds of activities and discussion students engaged in as well as benefits of the discussion groups for School of Education students and students at the English Language Center. 

Deborah L. Slayton, “The Future of Nursing: Nursing Education & Scope of Practice”

In Fall of 2010, The Future of Nursing:  Leading Change, Advancing Health report was released.  The consensus report was a culmination of a two-year collaboration which was initiated by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Institute of Medicine (IOM) to examine how changes in professional nursing education and in the professional nurse’s scope of practice could help to transform the country’s health care system.  The Future of Nursing report asserts that professional nurses in expanded roles are essential in order for the United States to offer affordable and quality health care to our diverse populations.  Toward that end, the efforts of the RWJF & IOM identified barriers which currently impede the nursing profession from being fully responsive to dynamic changes within the health care system.  Those barriers will be described in the presentation as well as the task force’s recommendations “for an action-oriented blueprint for the future of nursing.” The blueprint charges that the nursing profession, businesses, regulatory bodies, health care organizations, insurance industries, and educational institutions must work together to “help ensure that the health care system provides seamless, affordable, quality care that is accessible to all and leads to improved health outcomes.”

Tatiana Isakovski, “Equity Investing DIY”

From time to time we all hear stories about some successful individual investors who made a killing on the stock market by buying a successful IPO, investing in a growing company, buying a struggling stock that later doubles or triples in price, managing to “go all in” just before the market rally, or to get out just in time to preserve their savings. How do they do it? Do they all have superior financial advisors? Or do they know something that others don’t? What tools do they use? How much time did they spend “learning the ropes”?

There is no shortage of books, websites, financial blogs and TV commentators, all promoting their own agenda and eager to give (or sell) their advice to anyone who is interested.  But, when you try to read, listen and follow them, you soon discover that these financial pundits often fiercely disagree with one another, and their predictions rarely play out exactly the way they (and everyone) expected. 

So, if you are new to equity investing, but what to learn about it, where do you begin? In this short workshop, I will address basic questions and outline some common tools and practices of individual equity investing.

 

11:50 A.M-12:10 P.M.

J. Mark Munoz and Tony Liberatore, “Geopolitics and Its Impact on Contemporary Business”

Literature on the impact of geopolitics on business and how corporations react to geopolitical events are scarce. In this presentation, the authors highlight the views of geopolitical experts, consultants and field practitioners in order to shed light on the best practices corporations can execute to manage geopolitical challenges and opportunities.

Geopolitical events in other parts of the world lead to a diversity of responses from corporations. For instance, war in the Middle East may encourage Company A to minimize spending and conserve their financial resources for tough times ahead. Company B may take on an aggressive behavior and purchase a lot of inventory in anticipation of potential price increases. Company C may not see any relevance of the event on their business and choose to do nothing.

In the same token, when corporations invest in a foreign country, approaches to the geopolitical terrain can be very different. In a country, that has an inefficient legal system and offers poor protection for property rights, Company A may take on a risk minimization strategy and refrain from business engagement (evaders). Company B may choose to join the illegal bandwagon and do what the locals do (raiders). Company C may choose to live with the inadequacy of property rights protection and reinvent their business model to succeed in this market (assimilators). 

In this presentation, the authors showcase the viewpoints of three (3) geopolitical experts in order to gain clarity on the interconnection between geopolitics and business, understand firm behavior, and identify viable business practices.

RJ Podeschi, “Keeping Technology Relevant: An Analysis of Necessary Computing Skills for Business Students”

Technology continues to grow at an increasing rate. How can an introductory computing course for first-year students be developed to be relevant and provide them with the necessary computing skills for the business world? Students are surrounded by technology, but can they use it to gain efficiencies? This session takes a look at how the Introduction to Computers course has been taught at Millikin and the ongoing work in developing a competency exam. An examination of preliminary survey data that assesses computing skills taught at the high school level as well as other higher education institutions will also be shared. The goal is to develop a course framework that rewards students who are literate in the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint), but allows for a hands-on learning environment of key skills for others.

Lyle J. Salmi, “What is Real about Abstract Painting?”

There has always been an urgency to create. The innate need to define, refine, and reflect on the nature of reality. Humankind has always sought out answers to questions about his environment and what it means to be human. This essay reflects upon some of the thoughts and ideas that exist regarding the nature of creativity, the processes involved, and one artist’s attempt to understand what it all means.

12:15–12:30 P.M.

Paula Obregon Solano “Your Next Destination”ADM Scovill Hall 207


 
 
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