The Faculty Convocation is the first celebratory gathering that opens each new academic year at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College. The annual event occurs during the first week of the fall semester and features guest speakers, special presentations and activities related to educational directives. The event is designed to welcome all returning and new faculty to campus, to provide updates on major developments at Southern over the summer and to offer a compelling presentation program to start the academic year.
This year’s theme, “In It to Win It”, reflected a gameshow style presentation to enhance the excitement of sharing ideas.
The day started with ‘auditions’ resulting in earning a nametag. The group was then welcomed by the ‘host’ Dr. Jack Dilbeck, Vice-president for Academic Affairs who also shared his thoughts for the academic year and Chris Gray was on hand to discuss textbooks before the ‘pick a curtain’ breakout sessions were to begin.
Following the ‘intermission’ the Fabulous Faculty Showcase began. Several members of the faculty gave presentations on a variety of subjects. Some of which included: “Rediscovering your Love of Teaching’, Will Alderman, Associate Professor of Speech Communications led a roundtable discussion with participants sharing how they decided teaching was their passion. Institutional Technology Coordinator and associate professor, Matt Payne guided faculty through a ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ using gamification to create virtual world building to bring life to course content.
Other faculty members making presentations were: Abby Michellini, Toni Redmiles, Lisa Redmiles, Anne Cline, Rebecca Farris, Nicole Vineyard, Martha Maynard, Chuck Puckett, Kim Hensley and Susan Baldwin.
The day concluded with a grand prize. The faculty voted for the favorite presentation of the day. The winner of the Big Yellow Bird was (drumroll please!) Assistant Professor in Education Nicole Vineyard for her ‘Be in Kahoots with Students’ presentation. Vineyard explored the new interactive technology for the classroom. This app allows students to use any smart device to participate in real time surveys and quizzes.
The Southern West Virginia Community College Foundation sponsored the hospitality for this event.