Wednesday Wire : October 30, 2019

  1. Relentless Welcome

    Submitted by Denise Rotavera-Krain,

    Welcome to Attention to Retention, your source for what is going on in college student retention here at ATI.  We will bring you updates from the Retention Task Force, information on retention, and provide you with opportunities to participate in shaping the culture of our school. 

    Relentless Welcome

    “Student-faculty and student-student interactions are the most significant factors contributing to undergraduate student learning, motivation, identity development, well-being, graduation rates, and post-graduation career and civic outcomes” (Mayhew et al., 2016).

    Back in August, several of us went to the Teaching Conference on main campus.  We heard a wonderful keynote address by Dr. Peter Felton of Elon University entitled “Relationships Matter”.   One of the topics he discussed included the idea of “Relentless Welcome” as a major component of student retention.  Relentless Welcome involves “creating an environment where students feel supported and cared for, so that they can prioritize their learning”(  Some simple examples of Relentless Welcome include learning student names and using them on a regular basis as well as taking the time to check in with students to see how they are feeling. 

    While the main focus of Dr. Felton’s address was on relationships with students, he also made it clear that this idea applied to our relationships with each other: 

    • Student to Student
    • Faculty to Students
    • Staff to Students
    • Faculty & Staff to each other
    • Everyone to Visitors

    Students are acutely aware of how they are treated by each other and by faculty and staff but are also very much aware of how faculty and staff treat each other.  Students take their cues from faculty and staff interactions and use them to base their ideas of campus culture. 

    Relentless Welcome is not just for the benefit of our students.  “Work—where we spend the majority of our waking hours—is fertile ground for the development of both instrumental and friendly social bonds, (Simon, et al, 2010). Several studies show that a collegial working environment of mutual respect leads to increased feelings of self-worth and accomplishment.  Creating a Relentless Welcome work environment is a win-win for all of us. 


    TAKE ACTION: How do you provide Relentless Welcome at ATI? 

    Follow this link to share what you do to create Relentless Welcome with students, staff, faculty, and visitors.  We will share the results to help create best practices for our campus.  (Names will be kept confidential)

    Relentless Welcome Best Practices

    Form will be available until November 8th at 11:59PM. 

  2. Best Teaching Practices: Lessons from the Lily Conference

    Submitted by Carri Gerber, gerber,

    Dr. Wendy Klooster (Horticulture and Crop Science) will be hosting a round-table discussion about teaching strategies learned at the Lily Conference. The event is open to faculty, staff, and graduate students. See attached flyer for more information. 
       Friday, November 15 – 2:00 PM 
       Location: Kottman 334 (video-linked to 123 Williams in Wooster) 
       Space is limited to 45 people. 

  3. Open Enrollment

    Submitted by Robin Frazier,

    Open Enrollment for 2020 benefits is Nov. 1-14, 2019. Benefit-eligible employees have the opportunity to evaluate and make elections for 2020. 
    For anyone interested in watching the Open Enrollment Webinar on the big screen, please join us on Tuesday, November 5th from 11:30am-1pm in Fisher Auditorium. HRPs will be available to answer additional questions you may have about benefit changes. 

  4. Jodie Holava Joins Ohio State ATI 

    Submitted by Thom Janini,

    HolavaI am pleased to announce that Jodie Holava will be joining Ohio State ATI as a Student Activities Leader (Coordinator-Student Programs) in Student Programming and Life. Jodie is an Ohio native who comes to Ohio State from Purdue University Fort Wayne where she is a Fitness and Wellness Administrator. She has extensive experience in collegiate coaching, athletic administration, and in developing recreational and wellness programs. Jodie will be starting on November 1. Please stop by her office in the Student Activity Center to say hello and welcome her to OSU’s Wooster Campus. 

  5. General Education implementation update

    Submitted by Carri Gerber,

    Updates from the subcommittees: 
    With much of the Advising Subcommittee’s work dependent on the outputs of other subcommittees, the members are busy contributing their perspectives to the many ongoing conversations in the GE Implementation effort. In particular, the Advising Subcommittee has spent time reviewing and weighing in on the draft plan for the first Bookend Course. 
    Bookend Courses 
    Currently, the Bookend Courses Subcommittee is collaborating with the Expected Learning Outcomes (ELO) Subcommittee to refine the initial Bookend ELOs, digesting feedback from the community while continuing to explore and research a variety of specific topics. The subcommittee recently hosted Vladimir Kogan, associate professor of political science, to discuss programmatic assessment and review, generating insight into the types of questions we should be asking now and during development to create meaningful opportunities for programmatic analysis. 
    Embedded/Cross-Sectional Components 
    The Embedded/Cross-Sectional Components Subcommittee is charged with developing recommendations for how technology, data analysis, and advanced writing are incorporated into the new GE curriculum. We’re refining our recommendations and developing goals and ELOs, and will be soliciting feedback from the community soon. 
    Expected Learning Outcomes 
    The ELO Subcommittee would like to thank everyone who has provided us with feedback. Your comments and suggestions are very helpful to our efforts. We are collating and reviewing the feedback to see how we can improve the clarity and usefulness of the learning outcomes. We hope to have a revised version to share with the university community soon. 
    Regional Campuses 
    The Regional Campuses Subcommittee meets via Zoom to discuss the unique challenges of implementing the new GE on the regional campuses. Subcommittee chair Dawn Kitchen is hosting brown bag sessions on the regional campuses to hear directly from faculty, and though working with schedules across campuses is a challenge, we are planning more meetings to include those who have not yet had the opportunity to voice their questions, concerns, and solutions. Ongoing questions raised in the subcommittee include how best to enable the faculty on regional campuses to develop new courses for the themes and how to meet the technology and advising needs the new GE will present. 
    Frequently Asked Questions 
    Why aren't the expected learning outcomes for the themes more specific? 
    The expected learning outcomes (ELOs) in the first Goals and ELOs draft are meant to guide the entire set of themes. The Implementation Committee plans to develop ELOs for specific themes by creating faculty steering groups with expertise in those areas. 
    How will the bookend courses be graded? 
    The bookend courses will be graded as S/U. 
    How are the bookend courses being developed in relation to the first-year Survey course? 
    During the curriculum development stage, the Bookend Courses Subcommittee will collaborate with Survey instructors to reduce any possible duplication of content and activities and to create opportunities for curricular alignment between the courses on specific topics. 

  6. Diversity of OSU Wooster shown at ATI's table at NAACP Freedom Fund dinner

    Submitted by Jason Owens,

    The continued commitment of OSU/ATI to diversity was evident at the OSU/ATI table at the NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner October 12 
       In the photo (clockwise from lower right): 
       Nicole A. McMullen, sophomore, member of MANRRS-ATI (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources & Related Sciences) 
       Jason Owens, co-advisor of MANRRS-ATI, Chair of OSU Wooster Diversity Committee 
       Ashley van Hesteren, Upward Bound at ATI, chair of ATI Martin Luther King Day Committee 
       Nathalia Cavichiolli de Oliveira, Entomology visiting scholar from Brazil 
       David K. Lankitus, Hort & Crop Science graduate student from Youngstown 
       Joshua O. Amimo, Food and Animal Health Program post-doctoral researcher from Kenya 
       Ana C. Trabanino Pino, Entomology graduate student from Honduras 
       Louceline Fleuridor, Hort & Crop Science graduate student from Haiti 
       All of the above talked about how they look forward to seeing more of each other more as the two halves of our campus grow together. 

  7. Need an ATI name badge?

    Submitted by Jill Gallion,

    An order for employee name badges will be placed next week. The EXACT TEXT to be printed (maximum 3 lines) must be e-mailed to Jill Gallion ( along with the ORG and FUND for payment. A sample is attached. 

    name badge

  8. Celebration of 1st Generation Success

    Submitted by Thom Janini,

    ATI faculty and staff who are the first generation in their family to graduate from college are invited to ATI's annual celebration of first-generation college students. Please join our first-generation students for dinner, discussion, and prizes in Café Carmen on November 6. Please use this link to RSVP. 

    1st gen

  9. Innovate RFP

    Submitted by Valerie Childress,

    At Innovate 2020, we'll explore how we transform the landscape of 21st-century education to ensure excellence in teaching and learning, improve the student experience and make an impact on the world beyond the classroom. From individual teaching practice to interdisciplinary collaborations and institution-wide initiatives, we want to hear from educators who are thinking outside the box to evolve their instruction through innovative teaching methods and tools. 
    The Innovate program is created with YOU in mind: educators, administrators and thought leaders interested in advancements in teaching, learning and technology. Who better to present than those who live and breathe these approaches every day? This year we've opened RFP a bit earlier to allow our team to work on the best conference program yet. 
    We're now accepting submissions from those who want to present at the Innovate: Transform conference on May 14, 2020.