January Newsletter


Many thanks to everyone who participated in the 2018 January Jamboree. Betsy Barefoot, the author of The Undergraduate Experienceprovided a highly engaging day! We appreciate everyone’s flexibility with the changing schedules. If you have not already done so, please take a few minutes to visit the schedule and provide your feedback. We will be rescheduling the sessions that we were unable to hold during the January Jamboree. Please be on the look out for communications from the Center for Transformation about these sessions this spring semester. We look forward to a semester filled with meaningful dialogue, learning, growth, and inspiration.


The CFT Team

Josh, Jess, Casey, and Jay


 Upcoming Programs

“Life skills to handle stress and everything else” 

The CFT is pleased to promote this opportunity provided by Contemplative Communities:

Join our campus community as we read “The Mindful Twenty-Something: Life skills to handle stress and everything else” by Holly B. Rogers over January!

Students, staff, faculty, and community members welcome.

Copies of the book are on reserve at Lamson, available through CAPE Student Org, and are $12 on Amazon.com.


Date: Tues Feb 6, 2018 Time: 4-5 p.m. Location: HUB Fireplace Lounge

Sponsored by Contemplative Communities

Email kkinane@plymouth.edu for more info 


Roots Leadership Retreatuntitled

The CFT is excited to engage students in a three-day high impact learning leadership retreat on January 25th, 26th, and 27th. This experience is designed to develop professional and personal competencies as students explore a sense of purpose on their journeys of establishing their roots here at PSU. Topics that will be discussed include growth mindset, mental models, servant leadership theory, social change model, and cultivating personal strengths in developing unique leadership styles.  

“Center for Transformation Speaker Series: Open Education with Dr. Gardner Campbell”

The Center for Transformation is proud to host a panel discussion featuring faculty and students on USNH’s Open Education Initiative followed by a talk with Dr. Gardner Campbell. Please join us on Friday, February 16th from 3-5 p.m. in the Boyd Science Center Room 144. Gardner’s talk, The Wicked Problem of Open Learning, was developed specifically for PSU to draw connections between the various facets of open education (Open Resources, Open Access, and Open Pedagogy) and the work we are doing in First Year Seminar with wicked problems. The panel discussion preceding Gardner’s talk will highlight the work PSU faculty and students have done relating to open education. The panel will also provide a framework for Gardner’s talk for those unfamiliar with open education or the new format of First Year Seminar.

Gardner is known for his ability to make space for the unexpected in learning, for his passion for the gently-nurtured epiphany, and for his uncanny skill at weaving Paradise Lost metaphors into conversations about higher education. He lives at the lively intersection of the human, the technological, the artistic, and the unknown, and he has been an urgent and critical voice for the value of intellectual thinking, the liberal arts, and learner-driven educational environments in today’s university. As a speaker, Gardner is inspiring, smart, and provocative, and his work has changed the shape of teaching in learning in the United States and beyond.

Gardner Campbell is currently Associate Professor of English at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. For nearly three years he served as Vice Provost for Learning Innovation & Student Success and Dean of the University College. Gardner has worked with and studied teaching technologies for over twenty-five years. He has served as a member of numerous advisory boards as well as the governing board of the New Media Consortium.

| Blog: http://www.gardnercampbell.net | Twitter: @GardnerCampbell

Open ed panel and talk:

Date: Friday Feb 16, 2018 Time: 3-5 p.m. Location: Boyd 144

Sponsored by Center for Transformation

Email cft@plymouth.edu for more info 

A Look Back

Careers & Communities Student Showcase of High Impact Learning

Our sincere thanks to Instructor, Jayashree Arasu, for opening up her High Impact Learning Student Showcase to our campus and broader community on December 21st. We are incredibly proud of the great work students did in collaborating with area agencies in exploring social issues.


The Angel Tree Project

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Angel Tree Program over the holidays. As a collective, we were able to donate gifts to over 300 children in our community. To all those who donated, wrapped gifts, volunteered, and participated in any way, you have our deepest thanks and gratitude! And a special shout out to Molly Cassidy, our Student Community Service Coordinator, for her dedication to seeing this project’s success. 

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Please check out our schedule on the CFT homepage for upcoming programs!

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