Announcements for the week of September 14, 2020











Announcements for the week of September 14, 2020








Minimum Expectations for Synchronous Class Time: Based on best practices, we are asking that faculty provide a minimum of 30 minutes each week of synchronous time with students in your classes. This is the very minimum amount of synchronous time expected - each school/college/seminary can also require additional synchronous time. Your synchronous class time must be scheduled during your regularly scheduled class time. It will be important for you to also provide alternative assignments and expectations for students in different time zones who are not able to be present.

Outdoor Classrooms: There is still some availability in the three outdoor classrooms.  These spaces are fully equipped with technology. Students who are not able to attend in person will be able to zoom into the outdoor classroom. If you are interested in moving your class to one of these spaces, contact Edna Davoudi (for College of Arts and Sciences) at or Gerhard Apfelthaler (for School of Management) at

Covid-19 Reporting: If one of your students is sick or has been tested, please remind them to email with this information, for the safety of the campus community. If you do not think the student will self-report, faculty can send an email to with the student's information, then Health Services will contact the student to follow up.





  • Fall Faculty Assembly, Mon., Sept. 14, 4-5pm, via Zoom at this link:
  • Study Abroad Virtual Fair: Please join the Office of Education Abroad for the Fall 2020 Virtual Study Abroad Fair! The fair will showcase opportunities for short-term and semester-long study away programs and faculty-led seminars, as well as virtual programs, opportunities for graduate students, and programs based in the United States. The event will be held on Zoom Webinar over two days, Mon., Sept. 14 and Tues., Sept. 15 with a variety of presentations -- from funding your education abroad to partner programs. Click here for a full schedule and webinar links. Questions can be emailed to . [Note: Pending country circumstances, in-person experiences for Spring 2021 are planned with back-up virtual formats, if needed. Virtual experiences are available for the new winter intersession.]
  • One County, One Book presents: Conversations: Korean Oral Histories and Folk Music, featuring Sunyoung Park (Graduate Psychology), prerecorded film on YouTube available Sept. 14 - Dec. 31, 2020.  Click here for more information and link.
  • Kwan Fong Gallery: Common Ground Series presents Kindness and Aging with Jane Callister and Dr. Lene Levy-StormsTues., Sept. 15, 4pm. The Common Ground: Artist Reimagining Community multi-part transdisciplinary lecture series pairs an artist and research in conversation to discuss concepts of “community” from their disciplines. Click here for more information and zoom link.
  • PLTS Founders' Day (Zoom Webinar): Climate Justice, Racial Justice and Divestment: The Call of the Church with keynote by climate activist Bill McKibben, Wed., Sept. 16, 9am-noon. This event will also recognize PLTS' certification as a Green Justice Seminary, and the launch of the Center for Climate Justice and Faith. Click here for more information and free registration.
  • 2020 EDUCAL Annual Symposium (virtual): Schooltalk - Transforming communications that feed inequality in our schools by Dr. Mica Pollack. Wed., Sept. 16, 10am. Click here to register.
  • NASPA presents Supporting Students with Autism (and their Parents) Remotely and On Campus with Dr. Edlyn Pena (Graduate School of Education), Wed., Sept. 16, 12pm. Click here for more information. Registration fee required.
  • The Center for Urban Education Ministries SPEAKS Series presents "Leading While Female" with Dr. Trudy Arriaga (Graduate School of Education), Wed., Sept. 16, 3pm. Click here for more information.
  • SOM presents Executive Talent Management Forum 2020: The Future of Work - Automation and Employment: The Workforce in the Age of Digitalization, AI and Robotization (Virtual)Thurs., Sept. 17, 8:45am.  Click here to register.
  • University Chapel, Thurs., Sept. 17. Watch and interact at 11:25am every Thursday at our facebook watch party.  Dean Jessica Lavariega Monforti will be speaking. After worship, meet us on zoom at 11:45am for online "cookie and lemonade" conversation time!
  • CTL Weekly Virtual Lunch SeriesThurs., Sept. 17, 12:15-1:00pm. The goal of the Virtual Lunch Series is to bring faculty together to collaborate and share pedagogy successes while teaching remotely. This is a space for you to bring your story, share your teaching creativity and get suggestions/recommendations from colleagues. The topics and conversation are initiated and will be led by you, the faculty. Click here to post any questions for the weekly sessions. Join Zoom Meeting:
    Meeting ID: 919 7097 6750  Passcode: 364879
  • Faculty Advising Training. Wondering how to help your senior advisees complete the Senior Degree Completion form?  Interested in knowing more about the General Education (CORE21) requirements? Attend the upcoming training sessions hosted by the College of Arts & Sciences and Registrar. No pre-registration required.  Questions? Email:
  • Classroom Presentations: Global Engagement & Education Abroad: As part of the Don’t Cancel Class initiative, the Office of Education Abroad (OEA) offers classroom presentations to highlight global engagement opportunities at Cal Lutheran and study away programs. The presentation will last about 30 minutes (or customizable time block), including time for Q&A. Please email for more information or to schedule a presentation. Note: We also appreciate you encouraging your students to attend a Virtual Study Abroad Information Sessions: Every Tuesday, 11:30am-12:30pm; Wednesday, 5:00-6:00pm. More information on both of these events can be found at:




  • Fall Final Exam Policy: All final exams for virtual classes must be given asynchronously (meaning that students will not take final exams at the same time) following the Final Exam Policy (click here) developed for spring and summer 2020. This applies to all programs. Faculty can use any time during final exam week as the deadline for materials due that week. The latest deadline an instructor may use for all coursework is midnight PST on the last day of final exams. Faculty are required to have one course-related activity take place during final exam week. This might be an assignment, an exam, a blog post, a project or other assessment.
    Points of clarification:
    • There is not a Fall final exam “schedule,” as exams will be asynchronous. Due to time differences, distractions in the home, etc., faculty should give students a window of time to complete the final.
    • If you are giving an asynchronous final exam, you do NOT need to meet as a class during finals week.
    • If the final exam is a presentation, it should be asynchronous (recorded).
    • If you plan to hold a synchronous class session during finals week (instead of a final exam), you only have to meet once, during your regularly scheduled class time. If this is your preference, let your students know early, as they are expecting classes to be asynchronous and virtual this week.
  • Plans for Spring Classes: It is our hope that we will be able to offer face-to-face classes in the spring. Currently, we are scheduling spring classes to be face-to-face with the “split” option to allow for physical distancing (“split” classes mean that some students attend one day, and others attend other days, with those not in person zooming into the class). On December 1, faculty will be able to submit a request to teach virtually for the spring. Our plans assume that the state and county will allow face-to-face teaching. If that is not allowed, then faculty will need to be prepared to teach all classes virtually.
  • Virtual Book Discussion Group: Dr. Andrea Sell is organizing a discussion group for the book Grading for Equity by Joe Feldman. Topics include Equitable Grading Practices, Late work, Group work, Reframing Homework, and Using Rubrics to Empower Students. Discussion groups will start in late September, and run 6 or 7 weeks. Books will be funded through the CHESS program. Click here for book and author Information. If interested in joining a group, click here to sign up by Wed., Sept. 16. (Must be signed into MyCLU to access the form.)

  • Academic Difficulty Notices (ADNs) for Traditional Undergraduates: The official reporting period for ADNs begins next Mon., Sept. 21. Please submit unsatisfactory grades for your students who are earning a C- or below through WebAdvisor by Oct. 9. This will provide an early start in identifying students who might be struggling. Only one midterm grade submission per student in a particular class is requested for the semester. Academic Services will reach out to these students and offer support until Oct. 20. Keep in mind that the last day to withdraw with a "W" is Oct. 23. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Erashel Vaiz at or x3258. Detailed instructions on how to submit an ADN report can be found on or by clicking here.
  • The 2020-21 Faculty Lists (Faculty Roster, Faculty by Department, and Department Chairs/Program Directors) can be found on the Academic Affairs website, on the Faculty Governance page. Cilck here to view.
  • Pearson Library contact-free pickup of resources. Pearson Library's print books and DVDs are available to the Cal Lutheran community through the Contact-Free Hold Pickup service. Please place a hold on the item you want in the library’s catalog, and an email will be sent to you to schedule your pickup time. All other services, such as Librarian Assistance and Course Reserves, are available virtually. Please check the Library Alerts & Resources Guide for the most up-to-date information. 
  • NACU (New American Colleges and Universities) presents the speaker line-up for their 2020-21 Champions seriesTo mark their 25th anniversary they will feature four leaders that promote the mission of equity and justice in higher education. The first speaker will be Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum on Wed., Sept. 30, 2 - 3 pm ETYou can register here.  Registration is free.
  • CLU Magazine is now online!  Read inspiring stories of how the Cal Lutheran community stepped up in the COVID-19 challenge, a snapshot of new President Lori E. Varlotta, and coverage of the unique perspectives and vital work of the university’s faculty, alumni, students and staff. Click to page through the magazine online.



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