September 08, 2010

Education college presents free brown bag series

by K.C. Jaehnig

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The College of Education and Human Services begins its annual free Brown Bag Scholarship Series at noon Tuesday, Sept. 14. All lunchtime lectures take place in Room 219 of the Wham Education Building on the Southern Illinois University Carbondale campus.

Assistant Professor Deborah Seltzer-Kelly of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction with graduate students Shannon Lindsay Toth and Serina Cinnamon-Morrison open the series with selections from presentations they made during the American Educational Research Association’s annual meeting in New Orleans. These presentations focus on the need to prepare students in teacher education programs for increasingly complex challenges to teaching and learning.

On Wednesday, Oct. 13, Associate Professor Donna M. Wilson of the Department of Kinesiology will talk about labanotation, a standardized system for analyzing and recording motion, often used to record dance movements for performers. She will delve into its history and symbols and explain who uses it and why, sharing some of her own work as an example.

On Thursday, Nov. 18, Assistant Professor Cynthia Sims of the Department of Workforce Education will talk about mentoring programs she developed to encourage needy and minority high school students to consider going on to college. She also will discuss how the programs benefited the SIUC students who served as mentors and make some recommendations for increasing mentoring opportunities.

The Brown Bag series will continue spring semester with presentations on addiction and media programming (Feb. 8), charter schools (March 9) and quality in pre-kindergarten programs (April 14).

The dean’s office will provide light refreshments. Audience members also may bring and eat their lunches during the presentations.