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OFE Newsletter: March 21, 2022

In this Issue:

  • Mindful Mondays
  • Exercise of the Week: Problem Solving Pilates
  • NC State Day of Giving
  • Upcoming Events for Faculty

Mindful Mondays

Start your week enjoying the benefits of mindfulness – calm focus, greater clarity, and positive energy! Join a community of NC State faculty and staff who are learning and practicing mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques together, in Zoom, every Monday at 9:00 a.m.

This program is suitable for all levels and open to NC State faculty and staff. No special equipment or training is needed. You must be an authenticated user to join the Zoom session link. Sessions are led by faculty from the Department of Health and Exercise Studies.

Exercise of the Week: Problem Solving Pilates

Problem-solving is a skill. This skill can grow and develop over time with practice, with effort, with maturity, and with acquired knowledge. Problem-solving can be done independently and it can occur in groups. When people consider the value of problem-solving, we often focus on the practical application aspect. Solving problems to help address a situation. In this way, working through problems can help build a student’s critical thinking potential. And certainly, critical thinking requires the ability to solve problems. But problem-solving is also a means to grow a person’s creative thinking skills.

Finding answers to problems is also a way to put sometimes seemingly irrelevant topics into a relevant, meaningful context for students which can allow students to make connections across disciplines, grow their holistic thinking, and expand their confidence in a course. Today on Faculty Forum, OFE Faculty Fellow Erica Kosal continues our Exercise of the Week series by discussing how you can help your students become better problem solvers.

Support OFE on NC State Day of Giving

NC State Day of Giving LockupNC State’s Day of Giving is March 23, and this year you can support the Office for Faculty Excellence with your gift. Gifts to OFE will directly impact our professional development programming for NC State’s faculty, including our annual Teaching and Learning Symposium.

Every gift to NC State, whether on Day of Giving or during the university faculty and staff VIP window (now open) helps make a difference. We hope you’ll join us in #GivingPack. Thank you for your support!

Upcoming Events for Faculty

Monday, Mar. 28

Friday, April 1