All-Employees Opening Retreat

The Joy of Being a Student-Ready College

To actively engage all College employees in strategies that mark Earlham as a student-ready teaching and learning community. This year’s retreat focus will include defining a student-ready college, identifying areas where student readiness is already apparent, as well as identifying areas where our teaching and learning community acknowledges obstacles to student success and prioritizes interventions that increase our capacity for student readiness across the entire campus.

Retreat Schedule of Events

Wednesday, August 14
8:00 -8:30 a.m.Gathering and light breakfast  Carpenter Hall Lobby
8:30-9:15 a.m.Welcome & Opening Stillness (James Logan, Associate Academic Dean for Faculty and Mimi Holland, Coordinator of Quaker Life & Religious Life)Goddard Auditorium
9:15 – 10:00 a.m.Introduction of President Paul Sniegowski and Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs Lori Schroeder by Jennifer Seely (Clerk of the Faculty). Opening Presidential Remarks – Title (Paul Sniegowski)
10:00 – 10:15 a.m.Questions & Answers
10:15 – 10:30 a.m. Break
10:30 – 11:15 a.m.The Joy Of Being a Student-Ready College…and the Ongoing Strategies for Success (Brian LaDuca, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs).
11:15 – 11:30 a.m.Questions & Answers  
11:30 a.m. – Noon.Celebrating Our Colleagues: Announcement of tenure and promotion (Paul Sniegowski); Welcome back to those returning from sabbaticals and leaves (Lori Schroeder), and introduction of new faculty and staff (Chris Little, Associate Vice President for Human Resources, Safety and Risk, and Lori Schroeder)
12:30-1:45 p.m.             LUNCH: Runyan Dining Hall
3-3:50 p.m.         Breakout Session #2MORE FUN, GROOVY, & CONVERSATIONAL THINGS TO DO
4:30-6:00 p.m.Food, Drinks & Hanging Out
All are invited to attend a social gathering hosted by President Anne Houtman
Venue: May-Crossen Student Commons (Runyan Center)
Thursday, August 15
8:15 -8:50 a.m.Gathering & light breakfastLBC Atrium & Richmond Room    
9:00 a.m. – 11 a.m.Student Ready Strategies for All Employees (Brian LaDuca, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and others?)LBC 105
11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.          Break
11:15 a.m. -11:30 a.m.Closing Retreat Remarks (President Paul Sniegowski)LBC 105
12:00 NoonLUNCH: Runyan Dinning Hall

Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session #1 ( Choice of fun, groovy & conversational things to do )

Zooma Zumba

Host: Laura Hinkley, Associate Vice President of Institutional Advancement

                                                    Athletic & Wellness Center (Group Fitness Room)

One of the best ways to reduce stress, promote endorphins and put a smile on your face is to MOVE YOUR BODY!  Come try a fun mix of dance and workout – the music is upbeat, there is no judgement and you might find a fun new addiction.  Wearing sneakers or athletic shoes is recommended. We will do a beginner level and have about 9 routines with

a warm up and cool down!

Ceramics: A Haptic Experience -Confirmed

Host: Judy Wojcik, Associate Professor of Art, Ceramics

Center for the Visual & Performing Arts (Ceramics Studio)

**Limited to 16 participants

Working with clay is like learning a language. I like to think the hand, head and heart sync and art meets science in the studio. Over time, and with much practice, a mutual dialogue between the maker and the medium develops and one responds to the other with ease. EC’s Ceramics studio welcomes you to join a session of working with clay and learning about the studio. We welcome those with no experience and those with some or extensive experience. No experience necessary; those with experience please come!

The State of Earlham’s Union: A Conversation on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Host: Womai Song, Assistant Professor of History and African & African American Studies

LBC Richmond Room

Since its founding in 1847, and despite their late admission to the institution’s table in the 20th century, Earlham College has benefitted immensely from the service of members of underrepresented communities at all levels of its management, academic, and administrative structures including staff, faculty, cabinet, and Board of Trustees. In the midst of enervating adversities, the distinguished contributions by these esteemed colleagues who have come from different minoritized constituencies from within and outside of the United States have been critical in not only enriching the Earlham experience for our students but in enhancing the institution’s stellar record as a leading teaching and learning community amongst United States’ institutions of higher learning in the 21st century. In preparation for another academic year and in the context of Quaker values; our diversity aspirations; some of the recent tendentious Supreme Court Decisions; and in the spirit of continuously striving toward a more just, equitable and inclusive community; we assemble with open minds for unreserved reflections on the historical and contemporary experiences of a very valuable coterie of Earlham’s union.

                                                    DrumUnity: Building Community with Drums

Host: Keith Cozart, Instructor of Music, Director of Percussion Program

Center for the Visual & Performing Arts (Room 126)                             

**Limited to 25-30 participants 

Since its inception in 1996, the Earlham Hand Drum Ensemble has aimed to bring people together in the spirit of wellness, movement, rhythm, and community. Employing the instrumentation of a West African djembe ensemble, participants explore and discover new ways of communicating through the voice of the drum. Celebrating the life of world renowned djembeföla (one who gives voice to the djembe) Mamady Keita, come drum in the spirit of joy and unity- “be together, be djembe.”             

Equestrian adventure: Get a tour & ride a horse!

Host: Thea Clarkberg, Equestrian Program Faculty Advisor

Meet in the parking lot outside Barrett/Bundy

**Van capacity limited to 11 participants                                              

Have you ever had wondered what your students do at the barn all day? Have you ever wanted to join the barn co-op yourself and get riding lessons? Join us at the Earlham Equestrian Center to learn more about the program, learn about horses, and get a brief riding lesson.

Breakout Session #2 ( More fun, groovy & conversational things to do )

Beneath the Scenes: A Stroll Through Subterranean Earlham         Host: Jason Elliot, Assistant Director of Public Safety                                Meet Outside Public Safety                                                          **Limited to 20 participants                                                                    

Join a guided tour of some of those unseen spaces that keep the college running, those spaces that live in the lore of the college, passed down from class to class, a taste of the places that students (and Public Safety) talk about. The department of Public Safety will guide you safely through these spaces.                                                                                                       Note: This tour will include walking, stairs, stooping, and close spaces.

Taste of Japan: Making Miso Soup- Confirmed
Host: Maya Kaneda, Japanese Language Fellow
Meet in the Athletics and Wellness Center kitchen (second floor observation room)
**Limited to 15 Participants**

Join the Japanese Cooking Club for a tasting of real Japanese Miso Soup. We will make several different kinds of Miso Soup and you can discover your favorite type of miso!
Please note that Miso Soup contains soybeans and fish stock.                                                                                           

Feedback and Discussion on Policy Revisions

Host: Gariot P. Louima, Senior Associate Vice President for Strategic and Diversity Initiatives                                                                                 LBC (Room 211) 

This summer, Earlham employees received copies of four policies in revision: Nondiscrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy, Discrimination and Harassment Grievance Procedure, Employee-Student Consensual Sexual Relationships Policy, Policy for the Accommodations of Students with Disabilities. Share your feedback and ask questions.

The Life and History of the Earlham Cemetery: A Tour-Confirmed

Host: Tom Hamm, Professor of History, Quaker Scholar in Residence

Meet at front entrance to Lilly Library (weather permitting)

One of the benefits of being at Earlham is that you can have an office with a view of a cemetery! The college and the cemetery have been neighbors since 1861, and a legal agreement guarantees that the staff and students of Earlham College have the right to “stroll” through the cemetery grounds. On this stroll through the oldest sections of Earlham Cemetery, we’ll talk a bit about the cemetery’s history, look at the development of tombstone and funerary art, and tell some stories about some of the people laid to rest here.

                                                 International Students

                                                     Host: Candice Quinones, Director of International Student and

                                                     Scholar Services

 LBC 201

                                                     International students, specifically those on F-1 student visas

                                                     comprise, on average, roughly 20% of Earlham’s student population in 

                                                     any given year. They come from many different countries and cultural

                                                     backgrounds, and they bring with them a wealth of experiences, varied

                                                     educational backgrounds, and many different perspectives that enrich

                                                     the Earlham community. They also face unique struggles due to a variety

                                                     of factors, such as their visa status, and at times, the campus experience

                                                     has been less than equitable and inclusive for them. Come learn more

                                                     about their needs, challenges, and ways that we all can help make

                                                     Earlham a better community with and for our international students.

Music from a 3-headed Piano Player

Host: Forrest Tobey, Professor of Music

Center for the Visual & Performing Arts (Lingle Hall)

Forrest Tobey will give a lecture-recital featuring his three loves (or heads!) as a keyboard player: classical piano (Beethoven and Debussy), jazz piano (Dave Brubeck and Miles Davis), and original music for state-of-the-art electronic keyboards (Moog synthesizers and the Roli “Seaboard”). Performance in Lingle on our Steinway concert grand piano.

Chat GTP                                                                                                          Hosts: David Barbella, Associate Professor Computer Science, and Sofia Lemons, Assistant Professor of Computer Science

CST 303

                                                     In the past few years, large strides have been made in the development

                                                     of ChatGPT and other Large Language Models. These tools are now  

                                                     capable of generating natural-sounding text on a wide range of topics.

                                                     Join Computer Science faculty for a discussion of how these tools

                                                     work, and share your ideas for the design and assessment of written

                                                     assignments in a world where such tools exist.

We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.
We continue to monitor the effects of an industrial fire 1.1 miles from campus.