The Berkeley Beacon

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

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Pelton speaks about campus aesthetic at Visitor Center open house

President M. Lee Pelton said he was pleased with the new visitor center on Boylston Street and discussed future construction plans in a speech at Monday’s open house for the space.

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Faculty motion passed for curricula audits

At Tuesday’s faculty assembly meeting, a new student justice group was invited to discuss their desires for more inclusivity in the academic departments.

SGA discusses student success

Robert Amelio, director of diversity education and human relations, and Chris Daly, director of retention and student success, announced at Tuesday’s Student Government Association meeting that they would be conducting research to find the student body’s definitions of success at the college.

Counseling center appeals for more staff

Emerson Counseling and Psychological Services requested funding to hire more counselors, according to Elise Harrison, director of ECAPS. The board of trustees did not approve the appeal.

New minor to focus on nonprofit organizations

Emerson will offer a minor in nonprofit communication management this fall, according to Cathryn Cushner Edelstein, senior scholar-in-residence in the communication studies department.

Diversity in Departments: Institute reevaluates cultural perspectives

The institute for liberal arts and interdisciplinary studies is reevaluating the courses for the required global and United States diversity perspective courses to ensure they adequately address issues of cultural competency, according to Cara Moyer-Duncan, an assistant professor of Africana studies.

Crime Log 3/24

This week's crime log.

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Kasteel Well program celebrates 30 years

Emerson’s Kasteel Well study abroad program turned 30 this year. On Tuesday, the Limburg, Netherlands, campus hosted a banquet at De Bunn, a recreational center in the town, to commemorate the anniversary.

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Course evaluation survey revised for this semester

Alterations to the course evaluation survey will now ask students to reflect on their teacher’s performance, and their own. The college has not reviewed the evaluation since 2006, according to Amy Ansell, dean of liberal arts and head of the revision committee.

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New comm dean hopes to bring fresh perspective

Dr. Raul Reis was hired as the new dean of the School of Communication at Emerson last week, and said that the college has the potential to be a leader in communication education.

Emerson's academic staff files petition to unionize

Members of Emerson’s academic staff filed a petition with the National Labor Relations Board this Tuesday for a union election. Organizers are working to form a chapter of Service Employees International Union Local 888.

College updates its website to strive for mobile-friendliness

Emerson made its website more mobile-friendly to appeal to prospective students, who are more likely to access the site on their phones than on desktops, according to Jason Beals, director of web services.

SGA grants funds to magazine and sorority

The Student Government Association granted appeals Tuesday to Atlas Magazine and the sorority Kappa Gamma Chi.

Pelton signs document in support of immigration reform

Emerson President M. Lee Pelton signed an amicus brief in support of President Barack Obama’s two executive actions on immigration reform. The document is filed in the Supreme Court case United States v. Texas, in which Texas and 25 other states will challenge the policy this April.

Diversity in Departments: Comm science aims to remove bias from treatment

Students in the communication sciences and disorders department need to understand the cultural and ethnic backgrounds of their patients, according to Amit Bajaj, an associate professor and undergraduate program director.