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Campus Candid

The campus community gathered on Friday, May 6, to watch President John Hurley and Rich Kubiak ’16, president of the Undergraduate Student Association (USA), unveil the new Griffin statue. Coming to rest after a 1,200 mile journey from Norman, OK, the Griffin is now permanently and prominently perched outside Science Hall. Father Michael Tunney, SJ, and Mike Hayes, director of campus ministry blessed the statue.

Submitted by Public Relations


Spotlight on Student Learning

sl-env-internship-spotlightThe environmental science major culminates with two required internships, which allow students to gain practical experiences in areas of personal interest and provide skills helpful in future careers.  At the end of their internships, students write summaries of their experiences and provide final projects based on new information they learned during their internships.

The students must complete their two internships in different areas of environmental sciences, which allow assessment of the student’s abilities to integrate their coursework to real-world situations and to demonstrate detailed knowledge in two different areas.  The internship summaries and projects are used to assess students’ writing abilities.  Students accepted internship positions with the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Department of Environmental Conservation, the Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Tifft Nature Preserve and La Buena Vida Farm (in Hawaii).

Initial internship projects demonstrated that students needed additional instruction in citations and in integrating material from different sources.  After incorporating these skills in two required courses, the students’ writing skills improved, based on their internship summaries and projects. The environmental science program is proud of how the internships are providing capstone experiences both for students and for the assessment of student learning.

Submitted by: Sara Morris, PhD, associate vice president, academic affairs

Important Fiscal Year End Information

As we approach the end of the fiscal year, please note these important dates to keep in mind:

-The LAST official business day is Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

Please note that checks will be processed at Noon on Tuesday so that the finance system can be shut down and rolled over to the new fiscal year. Therefore, invoices and check requests must be in the Accounts Payable Office by the close of business on Thursday, May 26 to allow for processing. Please keep in mind that Monday, May 30 is the Memorial Day holiday.


For Capital Items: The requisition cut-off date for capital items is at Friday, May 20 at 12:00 p.m. Please remember items must be received on campus by Tuesday, May 31 to be charged against the 2016 budget. Items received after 5/31 will be charged to the 2017 budget.

For Operating Expenses: The requisition cut-off date for Operating expenses is Wednesday, May 25 at 5:00 p.m. Please allow appropriate time for the approval process. Invoices should be submitted to the Accounts Payable Office as soon as possible.

Please contact the Accounts Payable Office at Ext. 8525 with any questions.


Visa charges that POST AT THE BANK by Tuesday, May 31, will be charged to the 2016 budget. Any charge that posts at the bank after May 31 will be charged to the 2017 budget. Please remember that it can take anywhere from one to seven business days from the time of purchase until the bank receives and posts the transaction to your account. Please contact JoAnn Feary at Ext. 8528 with any questions.

Submitted by: Ron Haberer, controller

Semester’s End: Course Management in D2L


The end to the spring semester is fast approaching. Here’s a handy checklist for completing important administrative tasks for your courses within Desire2Learn.

Summer instructors should be sure to verify that their course materials in Desire2Learn are available to students when they want it to be. Occasionally, dates for summer courses are changed as they are organized in the spring so that the availability dates for sections within D2L may need to be updated by instructors.  Until courses reach their “start dates,” they are not accessible to students within D2L.

Here’s a video showing how to verify or change course start and end dates for your class in D2L.

Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, academic technology specialist, academic affairs