Friday @ the Center
November 7, 2008
November Grant Advisor Available
The November edition of The Grant Advisor can now be accessed through on-campus computers. It contains 20-25 full program reviews and over 300 listings of grant and fellowship programs. If it generates any possibilities or ideas, contact Laura Lundahl, our academic grant writer, for an initial conversation about your ideas and the grant writing process.
Instilling Competence: Top Three Skills
A 2007 survey called “How Should Colleges Prepare Students to Succeed in Today’s Global Economy,” asked 305 top corporate executives what they most wanted to see in a job candidate. The top three choices were “teamwork skills,” “critical thinking and analytic reasoning skills,” and “oral/written communication.” While today’s global economy has changed radically, I think it’s a fair assumption that these three skills are now needed more than ever, in areas ranging from ministry to teaching, public relations to medical care, and performing arts to banking. We certainly can use them in higher education. How do you help students—undergraduates and graduates alike--develop these skills within your discipline? Do you explain to students why you assign group work or oral presentations, what the connection is between their learning activities and their future life?
Resources for Reconciliation
Intervarsity Press recently announced an intriguing new series, Resources for Reconciliation, produced with the Center for Reconciliation at Duke Divinity School. Each book will be co-authored by a scholar and a practitioner, weaving together a theological vision, practical wisdom, personal stories, and social analysis. The initial releases include Reconciling all Things: A Christian Vision for Justice, Peace and Healing, written by Center’s codirectors, Chris Rice and Emmanuel Katongole, and Living Gently in a Violent World: The Prophetic Witness of Weakness, by Stanley Hauerwas and Jean Vanier (founder of L’Arche). Future books in the series will include a volume by John Perkins and Charles Marsh on building beloved communities in the post-civil-right-era. Seems apropos for this historic moment of hope in America.
Hang in there, everyone,