ACE Update – May 2017
Message from the President: Life Deserves a Plan
Message from the President
Read any goal-setting advice and invariably there will be something like “Picture the end result before you start” or something similar. That works with just about any work-related project – and in one’s personal life.
Do you picture a life well-lived? Here are some comments from retired ACE members, gleaned from their May ACE retiree newsletter and compiled by Retiree Director Janet Rodekohr.
Anita Povich: keeps writing and had another short story accepted for July publication in a literary magazine.
Chuck Woods: shared a documentary film project he completed.
Lyn Jarvis: received the Robert O. Sinclair Cup Award from the University of Vermont College of Agriculture and Life Sciences/UVM Extension.
Maxine Ferris: told about her book: “Let Love Happen,” a religious romance about a Spartan plant scientist, who is researching the Jatropha plant, and a Montessori Directress.
Terry Day: Organizing his thousands of .jpg files, editing two books, writing opinionated editorials and planning an 8,000-mile trip with his wife Ruth to visit friends, family and historic places.
Bob Kern: after writing his autobiography a couple of years ago, “I was moved to conclude that I could not have planned a career with as much fun, satisfaction, and my own sense of achievement as occurred in my life. And I have no doubt that AAACE and ACE were significant contributors to those pleasures”.
Professional collaborations – and just plain friendships – are developed through ACE and can contribute to a rich, full life. Perhaps all of us, when we look back over the years, will be able to write a paragraph similar to Kern.
If planning for retirement is on your radar, even if only a blip and years away, retirees will hold a panel at the summer conference called “Life Goes On: Planning for Retirement,” at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 14. Presenters are Thomas Merrill, Linda Benedict, Judy Winn, Tom Knecht, and Janet.
I hope you will be able to see friends and collaborators next month in New Orleans. The committee has worked for more than two years planning the event, and I have watched with admiration as they contributed their considerable talents and their willingness to give such time to the association. As I’ve seen on various ACE New Orleans correspondences, from Cajun French – laissez les bon temps rouler!
- Steve Miller, ACE President
Following are the dates and times of LC meetings at the conference.
|11:00 – 11:45 a.m.||Leadership and Management Learning Community|
| 9:00 – 9:45 a.m. ||Academic Programs and Research Learning Community|
|11:00 – 11:45 a.m.||Social Media Learning Community|
|11:00 – 11:45 a.m.||Diversity Learning Community|
|2:00 – 2:45 p.m.|| Media Relations and Writing Learning Communities|
|5:15- 6:00 p.m.|| Marketing Learning Community|
|5:15- 6:00 p.m.||Instructional Design and IT Learning Community|
|5:15- 6:00 p.m.|| Publishing and Graphic Design Learning Community|
|10:00 – 10:45 a.m.||Electronic Media and Photography Learning Community|
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Writing is a foundational skill in agricultural communications, and integrating reflection into a writing course is one way to enhance students’ metacognition and metacognitive awareness. This study interpreted students’ metacognitive writing through periodic writing reflections in an advanced agricultural media writing course. Researchers found students think about writing skills, writing strategies, and transferability of writing strategies and skills. The authors recommend integrating reflection into writing courses as retrospective post-assessments. Adapting metacognitive instruction strategies in writing courses will enhance and encourage changing metacognitive patterns, which may further develop writing competence.- Courtney Meyers, ACE Research Director
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