September’s Kind of from the Horse’s Mouth

September’s Kind of from the Horse’s Mouth

A Monthly Blast on Upcoming Events, Things to Know, and Other Fun Information. Here’s the September email blast on a variety of topics.

Upcoming Events

Missing Spartan Volleyball? Contact to RSVP for their virtual event planned for September 16th. Open to all.

Need ten tools to manage your finances? Look no further than this webinar on Wednesday, September 9th at 10am.

Know of an educator who would like to cultivate their own mindfulness practice? Send them the information to this workshop: Online Mindful Educators on Wednesday, September 9th at 3pm.

Things to Know

MSU requires faculty to distribute a course syllabus at the beginning of the semester. This document summarizes essentials about syllabi design and requirements at MSU. Go to Syllabus Checklist

The Green folder will help to identify a person in distress and the resources available to assist the person-in-need. Go to Green Folder

CAPS has produced a Virtual Care Kit. This kit includes information on goal setting, connection, dealing with uncertainty and loss, and meaning and motivation.

Spartan Ally supports faculty efforts in creating more accessible classroom experiences. For an overview of Ally, its functionality, and live training opportunities please visit the Spartan Ally WebAccess site

With so many changes recently, one of our UCIEP partners shared these projections on nonimmigrant visas. ProPublica seems to have gotten hold of a US DOS cable/memo indicating that Consular Affairs is predicting an 82% decrease in nonimmigrant visa applications for 2021. This includes student, tourist, and business visa applications. Cuts are being made to Embassy and Consulate staffs. More limited staffing is predicted to increase wait times, etc., for interviews and visa processing. Our field is in for another difficult year.

The Together We Will website now has a section on positive cases known to MSU. This weekly report reflects those who have been tested by appropriate medical professionals and have self-reported to the university, and those the university becomes aware of through testing sites or local health departments. It may not include all cases connected to the MSU community. Read more

Welcome to the Employee Assistance Program at Michigan State University: The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a confidential counseling service provided at no cost to MSU faculty, staff, retirees, graduate student employees, and their families.

New online resource: Addressing Student Mental Health Concerns in Online Courses

Other Fun Information

Thank an Educator: Where MSU educators can show their colleagues gratitude. Go to “Thank an Educator” portion of the platform is a space to shout out our praise for colleagues who inspired us with their aptitude or kindness.

Would you like to be connected via email with a non-student volunteer in the greater Lansing community to talk about what it is like to live and study at MSU? Join the Community Pen Pal Program by Emailing OISS Advisor Joy Shantz to sign up!

If you have events that I missed, please add them to this shared Google Doc. Be sure to help me fill up each section with anything related to the ELC or our students in terms of upcoming events, things to know, and other fun information.

Have a wonderful week!

Dr. Dustin De Felice, Associate Professor
Director, English Language CenterCollege of Arts & Letters
Michigan State University
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