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Alternative Grading Collaborative    

Have you have ever wondered if grading really, truly reflects student learning? How many of you have wondered if there is a better way? If the answers to these questions are ones you’d like to explore in a supportive community, please consider joining the nascent, grassroots, UP Alternative Grading Collaborative that sprung up in the summer of 2023, met this fall for lunch, and hosted a day-long workshop before the start of the spring 2024 semester. We will continue our gatherings by hosting a series of casual, friendly, come-as-you-are lunch conversations meant to build a community interested in new adventures in “Grading for Growth.”  

These come-as-you-are conversations will be held in the Teske dining room with lunch provided (buffet in the Holy Cross Dining room). Please RSVP here to join the conversations on any of the following dates:

  • Tuesday, February 6, 12:30 pm-1:30 pm
  • Monday, March 11, 12:30 pm-1:30 pm
  • Thursday, April 11, 12:30 pm-1:30 pm

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These conversations are sponsored by UP’s $500K, 5-year Howard Hughes Inclusive Excellence 3 Grant focused on supporting adoption of inclusive teaching practices. 

Core Samples Lunches

All staff and faculty are invited to attend this spring’s Core Samples Lunches as guests of the Garaventa Center and Core Program. These have proven a terrific way to build our knowledge of what happens in UP’s Core Curriculum. Engage in learning from gifted teachers over a free lunch with no exams!

Wednesday, February 21, 11:30 am -12:15 pm -  Chemist Valerie Walters will offer a glimpse of her Exploration level CHEM 331X course called “Chemistry in Paintings.”

Tuesday, April 2, 11:45 am-12:30 pm - Lars Larson, English department, will offer “Literature: The Opposite of Escape,” taken from his English 112 Foundation level course.

Both buffet lunches will be held in the Teske Room of the Bauccio Commons. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to Karen Eifler at

Center for Teaching and Learning

Is it possible to have every student speak and contribute in class every day? Curious to find out and also learn about the best ways to prepare for and manage class discussions? Join the Center for Teaching and Learning as it hosts Allie Stewart (International Languages/Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies) and David Turnbloom (Theology) for lunch and community-building.

Wednesday, February 28, 12:10 pm -1:20 pm in the Teske Room of the Bauccio Commons. Seating is limited. Please RSVP to or Terry Favero at

Teaching with Technology Workshop Series

Teaching with Technology is an ongoing series of workshops presented by Academic Technology Services that focuses on providing professional development for UP faculty in digital skills and pedagogy. Recordings of many past trainings are available on ATSI's PilotsUP site. 

Digital Lab Workshops

The Clark Library Digital Lab offers free, one-hour workshops to current students, faculty, staff and alumni (space permitting). Past workshop topics for include Graphic Design, iMovie, Podcasting, Canva, and more. Visit the Digital Lab's website for a detailed schedule and to register for a spot.