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University Studies Program: General Education for the 21st Century

EXPLORE Instructor Gathering
Thursday, Feb. 21, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m., Reeve Ballroom A

Are you an EXPLORE instructor?  If you will be teaching a USP EXPLORE course in the 2013-2014 academic year, you are invited to attend this interactive and informative connection. 

What is an EXPLORE course? All general education courses approved for the new University Studies Program are EXPLORE courses, except the culminating CONNECT course. EXPLORE courses make use of the D2L ePortfolio to enhance student learning, so our campus ePortfolio specialist, John Robertson, will be available at this gathering. 

Are QUEST courses also EXPLORE courses? Yes. 

Should QUEST instructors attend? This gathering is designed especially for EXPLORE instructors who have not participated in professional development for QUEST courses.

How do I find out if a course I teach is an EXPLORE course? For a list of current EXPLORE courses divided by the categories Nature, Culture, and Society, please check HERE. This list is updated regularly and does not include EXPLORE-QUEST courses. If you're not sure you are teaching an EXPLORE course during the first year of the USP, check with your department chair.

What if I am unable to attend? If Thursday's time is not convenient, the EXPLORE Instructor Gatherings will be repeated on Friday, March 15 and Wednesday, April 10 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. 

QUEST I Peer Mentors Identified

We are pleased to announce that 72 student Peer Mentors have been selected to support Quest I classes in fall 2013. Peer Mentors were selected based upon an individual interview with a member of the USP Council and a USP Ambassador, a reference, and confirmation of satisfactory standing for academics and student conduct.

105 candidates submitted applications for consideration. Those hired have an average cumulative GPA of 3.34 with 11 currently in their first year, 25 in their second year, 23 in their third year, and 13 in their fourth year.

Training for the Peer Mentors will occur on Saturday, April 13, with continual training during the fall 2013 semester. Peer Mentors will be assigned to Quest I classes on the basis of their class schedules. On Friday, April 19, instructors teaching Quest I disciplinary courses will have an opportunity to meet their Peer Mentors. 

Meet the USP Council

The USP Council is comprised of members of the UW Oshkosh campus community who are supporting the early implementation of this new general education program (2012–2014). In the next several USP Updates, we will continue to introduce members of this collaborative team.

Kira-Lynn Reeves, USP and CETL Project Manager

Kira-Lynn Reeves, Project Manager for the USP and the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL), is thrilled to be back at UW Oshkosh. Completing her undergraduate degree in Communication from UW Oshkosh in 2009 and then serving as the CETL Event Planner until 2010, Kira is a proud alum who is excited to be serving the university's innovative general education reform. 

In addition to supporting the USP and First-Year Experience directors, Kira manages the coordination of both the USP and CETL's professional development programming, events, website content, and budget reconciliation. Kira works to keep the USP team and all of the various 'moving parts' of this endeavor progressing cohesively, and looks forward to supervising activities including the USP Ambassadors and Peer Mentors.

Kira earned her Master's degree in Communication from Marquette University in 2012. During her time at Marquette, Kira's passion for the college classroom intensified, not only as a grad student, but as an instructor for the Business Communication course. Each experience in higher education has served to deepen Kira's belief in the incalculable value of a liberal arts education.

What inspires Kira most about the USP is the potential for UW Oshkosh, powered by our exemplary teaching community,  to become a national model and leader for transformative higher education. Supporting the UW Oshkosh teaching and learning community, especially in this historic moment of the USP's implementation is for Kira an ultimate privilege.

Need Help?
For assistance, please use the following contact information:
email: usp@uwosh.edu
website: uwosh.edu/usp

Watch for the University Studies Program Update each Tuesday of the spring 2013 semester!
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