On June 27, 2016, talented Central Valley faculty from the College of Humanities and Sciences and the College of Social Sciences presented GIFTS--Great Ideas For Teaching Students. Presentation of GIFTS offers faculty an opportunity to share a successful classroom activity and the scholarship underlying said activity. In just a couple of pages, the faculty presenter explains the activity and provides a summary of the scholarly theory on which the learning activity is based, complete with references. Proposals were given to the Peer Review Committee, and presenters were chosen from the approved proposals. An added bonus for attendees is a copy of each GIFTS. Thus, all attendees left with a handful of new ideas, based on sound research. Win-Win for all! Faculty, presenters and attendees alike, have requested regular GIFTS presentations. And the Scholars' Salon happily said yes.
Presenters offered an array of topics: Dr. Angela Look presented "Engaging Review Methods to Increase Retention of Graduate Research Methods." Laura Dinsdale, MA presented "Managing Essay Writing for Beginning Students." Daryl Johnson, MS, MAEd, MA presented "Nonverbal Communication." Suzanne Watkins, MA presented "That's Dancin': An Integrative Dance and Music Activity." And Dr. Jill Bonds presented "An Interactive Approach to Social Issues."