Announcements for the week of September 21, 2020











Announcements for the week of September 21, 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.





  • International Day of Peace: Mon., Sept. 21. Cal Lutheran is offering a virtual lineup of free programming. As appropriate, please consider joining us and/or inviting your students to participate in the day’s virtual offerings:
    • Global Peace Seminar: This is about humanity (9am)
    • Peace Dove Origami Making (11am)
    • Minute of Silence & Peace Pole Ceremony (12pm)
    • World Peace Through Self-Peace: Meditation (1pm)
    • Artistic Representation of Peace: Community Expressions (#CalLuPeaceDay, #InternationalDayofPeace) (all day)
  • Of special note is the Minute of Silence at noon. Pastor Scott Maxwell-Doherty will lead us in a guided moment of silence and rededication of the Cal Lutheran Peace Pole located in the rose garden in front of the Chapel. Even if you cannot login for the virtual program, the Cal Lutheran community is invited to pause and reflect upon/pray for peace on earth. Please contact Lara Raynaud, Assistant Director for the Center for Global Engagement with any questions at
  • Academic Difficulty Notices (ADNs) for Traditional Undergraduates: The official reporting period for ADNs begins 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.
  • Operations Webinar, Wed., Sept. 23, 2-3pm. Click the link to join the webinar: Passcode: 428343
  • Operations Webinar Follow-up: Faculty Information and Q&A Meeting, Wed., Sept. 23, 4-5pm. Cick the Zoom link below:
    Passcode: 763021
  • Entrepreneur Speaker Series presents: Mother of Invention: Finding Opportunity in Life's Everyday Challenges (virtual) with Cara Armstrong, CEO, founder and inventor of Baby Barista, Wed., Sept. 23, 5-6pm. Click here for more information and to register.
  • The Center for Nonprofit Leadership presents Leveraging LinkedIn for Your Nonprofit (Virtual)Thurs., Sept. 24, 10am-12pm. Click here for more information and to register.
  • University Chapel, Thurs., Sept. 24. Watch and interact at 11:25am every Thursday at our facebook watch party.  Caeli Koizumi (Mission and Identity) 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. 24, 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:
  • Connecting at Cal Lutheran Webinar, Fri., Sept. 25, 1-2pm.  Zoom link will be sent via email from the President's Office.
  • 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.
  • Grant Writing Workshops: The Office of Sponsored Research and Projects is presenting a grant writing series for faculty and staff. The first workshop will be an overview of the grants process titled Securing Grants @ Cal Lutheran. This workshop will be held virtually on Tues., Oct. 13, from 11:15 am to 12:30 pm. Click here for more information and to register. For questions, email Roni Hooper at .




  • CLU Logo Masks Available for Pick Up: Faculty and Academic Affairs Staff can pick up their CLU logo cloth masks (gift from the President's Office) this week at the tent in the parking lot near Campus Safety at the following times:
    • Monday, Sept. 21, 10am - 12pm.
    • Tuesday, Sept. 22 - 9am - 11am.
    • Wednesday, Sept. 23 - 11am - 1pm.
    • Thursday, Sept. 24 - 12pm- 2pm.
    • Friday, Sept. 25 - 9am - 11am.
  • 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.
  • 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. 



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