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Rice Cooker in Commons

I was lucky enough to attend a boarding school during my high school experience. At times, the food got repetitive, but there were always staples that allowed students to make their own variations of plates. One of those staples was white rice. One of our stations during lunch and dinner was a large rice cooker that was open to students. For many students, rice had always been a staple; having it as an option for our... more »

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Reunion Cost Solution

My office oversees reunion fundraising efforts. We have high class-affinity at Davidson and Reunion Weekend is one of flagship engagement opportunities for bringing alumni back to campus and encouraging them to reevaluate their philanthropic relationship with the college every five years. Last year, the 12 reunion classes brought in $3,383,905 for The Fund for Davidson (~8% of total FFD dollars), $7,498,561 in overall... more »

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Winter Term

Students could take 1-2 classes during the winter break holiday, beginning after Christmas and ending a couple of days before spring semester resumes. Courses could be "fun" courses with topics similar to writing classes now, or could be more serious courses that could count towards a major/minor/WoK requirement.

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App for booking study rooms

There are study rooms across campus, and many of them are first-come-first-serve, or they need to be booked through an individual. If there were an app through which you could both book rooms and see which rooms were currently available, it would lower the barriers to booking and make it easier for students to find study rooms and faculty/staff to find meeting places for small groups.

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More Meal Plan Options

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Right now, there's an issue with accessible food on campus. Freshmen are not permitted to eat at Davis CafĂ© under meal plan because it slows down food service. They are left with commons and the den. However, the den is only open for lunch, and by the time freshman athletes finish practice, commons is closed as well. Davidson should consider bringing a food vendor to campus under meal plan that operates... more »

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Encourage Us to not "Spend Out" Year-End Operating Budget Funds

Submitted by Wendy Raymond

I wish to thank Cindy Hauser for a query long ago that leads to this submission. In collaboration with Ed Kania, I propose we develop incentives for budget managers who are appropriately frugal (that is, they have worked intentionally or have been fortunate to save money on their budget's full portfolio (e.g., energy costs in a particular year were lower because of weather, or a one-time supplies... more »

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Visualizing Davidson's Academic Interdisciplinary

Submitted by Wendy Raymond

For academic strategic planning, we wish to describe how we will build the faculty of the future - which we are doing right now, for tenure-track faculty we hire today may very well be here in the year 2050 and beyond. We think the faculty of the future can be built by strengthening Davidson's interdisciplinary intersections built on the foundation of strong disciplines. Our interdisciplinarity... more »

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Entrepreneurship Minor

Submitted by Rae Clemmons

Davidson is committed to preparing students for lives of leadership and service, and historically has nurtured alumni who now serve as leaders in social enterprises, the medical and law fields, politics, the church, and other important industries. Entrepreneurship and the entrepreneurial mindset is another form of leadership skills that students would benefit from, as they prepare for jobs in... more »

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Online Ordering at Union Cafe

At the Union Cafe, the lines to order cooked food are often very long. In addition, customers must submit their orders by writing them on paper forms. A more efficient approach would be to create an online ordering form. That way, customers could place orders from anywhere on campus and then come to the Cafe when the order is ready. Students have pushed for this change for several years, but with no success.

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Pathway to Tenure Track

Submitted by Katie Horowitz

Davidson relies heavily on visiting professors to cover required and core courses and to do the work of program building. Sometimes electives developed by visitors are used to demonstrate student interest in a potential or new major in order to justify the need for a tenure line, for which the visitor is subsequently overlooked. Other times long-term visitors are tacitly called upon to do... more »

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