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SCU Hosts Delegation from ACU
On February 11th, 2014, the Global Engagement Office was honored to host a delegation from Australian Catholic University (ACU) for a day-long event focused on Catholic Identity and Teaching and Learning.
ACU's President recently reaffirmed the University's commitment to Catholic Identity and, as Australia does not have an education system with a history of religiously affiliated institutions, the ACU Learning and Teaching Centre planned a study tour across the United States and Asia to explore Catholic Identity in the context of higher education.
Overview of the Day's Events
The delegation's visit involved presentations and discussions facilitated by departments and individuals across campus. This included a morning reception, with welcomes from Susan Popko, Associate Provost for International Programs, and Fr. Rewak SJ, University Chancellor. Danyelle Kelly, SCU graduate student in Pastoral Ministries and alumna of ACU, gave a presentation regarding her journey from ACU to SCU and her current studies and role as a Resident Minister. This was followed by a presentation on Core Curriculum, focusing on Experiential Learning for Social Justice, and Assessment at SCU. Additionally, the group heard about Catholic Identity and Jesuit Education at SCU before attending a Faculty Development Event, Evaluating Student Writing: Using Rubrics to Give Feedback, over lunch. A campus tour was then provided by GEO Student Assistant and double Political Science and History major, Jace Lynch.
The afternoon session began with a group discussion on Teaching and Learning, including the delegation and multiple staff and faculty members from departments across SCU. The delegation then attended the Bannan Institute Lecture, Why Science Needs God, with Br. Guy Consolmagno SJ. The day ended with dinner at Justin's Restaurant.
Thank you to all who participated! The event was a great success and provided a unique opportunity to engage with one of our international partners around Catholic Identity and Teaching and Learning.
Posted on 2/19/2014