This week in LACS 11/13/2023

Please join our students and many of our faculty members as they celebrate International Education Week with many events throughout the week.

Dates and Events this Week 

November 13-17, 

Monday, November 13,

  • Spanish MA Student Jenn Burke, Thesis Defense, 9:30 am, Mebane Hall 166

Tuesday, November 14, 

  • 12:00-1:00 pm. Brown Bag: Imagining Latinidad: Digital diasporas and  community building among Latin American migrants – by David Dalton, Fretwell 290B or Zoom link
  • 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Statewide Virtual Wellness Program: Stress and Sleep. Register. Join

Thursday, November 16, 

  • due date Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence and UNC Charlotte Award for Teaching Excellence online nomination form

Friday, November 17, 

Looking Ahead

November 20, 

  • TT Faculty Virtual Meeting to discuss RPT Policy and Appendix, 11:00 am-12:30 pm

November 27, 

November 28

December 1,

  • Workshop: Engagement and Formative Assessment with Canvas Studio, Dr. Hobgood, 2:30 pm. LRC. RSVP:

December 7, 

  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm. Department Meeting, 
  • 12:00-2:00 pm. Department Potluck.

December 8,

  • 11:00 am-1:00 pm, Launch Center for Migration and Diaspora Studies

December 15, 

December 19,

  • Zoom Phone Migration

January 12, 2024

January 26, 2024

February 16, 2024

February 17, 2024

February 22-23, 2024

  • 10:00 am-6:00 pm. 2024 Heritage Language and Learning Symposium, Register 

March 29, 2024

April 19, 2024


Congratulations to Chris Mellinger for participating in the roundtable “Roundtable: So what’s next? The (not-so-distance) future of interpreting technologies.” at the Say It Again 2023 Conference in Malaga, Spain, Online, on November 3, 2023.

Kudos also to Chris Mellinger for giving the invited presentation “The Act of Translation: Cognitive and Contextual Influences” at the Southwest Agricultural University in Chongqing, China, Online, on November 6, 2023.

Congratulations to Paloma Fernández Sánchez for hosting two virtual Professional Development Workshops for Spanish educators (K-16) pm Saturday, March 25 and September 23, 2023. 

Kudos also to Paloma Fernández Sánchez for developing and maintaining the AATSP-SC website. 

Congratulations to Aura Lawson-Alonso and Paloma Fernández Sánchez, who contributed to the celebrations of Hispanic Heritage Month, by organizing and hosting the event Latinx Muralismo in Charlotte: A Conversation with Nico Amortegui & Valentin Ramirez at Atkins Library on October 4, 2023. This event was part of the Area49 Inclusive Programming Series and was attended by 38 students, faculty and staff.

In addition, they hosted a Muralismo Talles/Mural Workshop with Nico Amortegui in the Maker Space of Atkins Area49 on October 4, 2023. This event was attended by 20 students, filling it to capacity. 

Events this Week

International Education Week

Please see here the video What is International Education Week.

Join our faculty and students in wonderful events all week long: 

Migration Research Network Brown Bag Series 2023

The Migration Research Network is presenting their Fall semester speaker line-up! On Tuesday, Nov. 14th, 12:00-1:00 pm, our own David Dalton will present Imagining Latinidad: Digital diasporas and community building among Latin American migrants. (In-Person: Fretwell 290B; Zoom link)

JBusiness Forum 2023

Announcements & Updates

CHESS Updates

Cluster Hire

The committee was formed and they will work to create the ad. Members are: Fred Batista (POLS), Janaka Lewis (WRDS and ENGL), Nicole Peterson (ANTH), Caitlin Schroerning (GLST), Tina Schull (HIST).

Engagement and Formative Assessment with Canvas Studio

This hands-on workshop presented by our own Bobby Hobgood will introduce you to Canvas Studio, the replacement tool for Kaltura. Specifically, we will learn how to create video quizzes using the quiz feature of this powerful tool. The quiz feature makes it possible to embed one of three types of quiz questions based on what students just viewed in the video you create or in a Youtube or Vimeo video. The video stops as the student is prompted to answer the question before continuing. The results are shared immediately following the video and can be imported into your Grades.

Friday, December 1 at 2:30, LRC. Please RSVP by Wednesday, November 29th. 

Launch of the Center for Migration and Diaspora Studies

Please join to celebrate the newly funded Center for Migration and Diaspora Studies with an event designed to introduce to one another as well as our research projects. Friday, December 8, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm for this networking event (Cone 112). Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  Please use this form to RSVP for this event by November 20. The leadership team of the Center for Migration and Diaspora Studies includes our own David Dalton.

2024 Heritage Language and Learning Symposium

The 2024 Heritage Language Learning Symposium will focus on promoting a broad understanding of literacy practices and training for Latinx heritage speakers. It will bring together experts in the fields of bilingual education, with an emphasis on mixed classrooms. Read more about the program, see abstracts for the presentations and workshops, and find locations and the schedule.

Thursday, Feb. 22, and Friday, Feb. 23; from 10:00am- 6:00pm. Please Register. 

QPR-Suicide Prevention Workshop

QPR virtual Workshop is a 90 minute training intended to foster a community of care by teaching individuals how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, including verbal, behavioral, and situational clues. The training provides guidelines on how to Question a person about suicidal thoughts, Persuade them to get help, and Refer them to campus and/or local resources.  Friday, November 17, 1:00-2:30 pm. To register, log in to the Learning & Development portal and search for QRP.

Faculty Fellow on Generative AI

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is seeking a Faculty Fellow on Generative AI to begin service in Spring 2024. Tenured faculty members who specialize in applying generative AI in teaching and learning, and are willing to serve in a leadership role to advance the institution’s AI initiatives are invited to apply for the fellowship program to champion ways for faculty to integrate generative AI across the curriculum.  The duration of the fellowship is January 10 to May 15, 2024 and includes a $5000 stipend. The faculty fellow would be expected to contribute an average of approximately four to five hours per week to this campus initiative, including participation in meetings and events. Interested applicants should submit their application form by November 28th, 11:59 pm. For more details, please review the AI Faculty Fellow Application website.

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And then, sometimes, the unexpected, complete coincidences happen: you go hiking and high up on the mountain you run into a colleague, under the incredibly blue sky and the reds, browns and yellows of the fall leaves. 

If you missed an event, information about a deadline or workshop or just want to refresh your memory, please find here all past “This Week in LACS” newsletters for your reference. The recent issues can be found on the Department website under the News feature on the Home Page. 

As always, thank you for everything you all do. Please consider submitting more events/news via the This Week in LACS form for next week’s issue.

All the best,

Anabel Aliaga-Buchenau