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Halfway to halfway done. Welcome to week 5.

Monday, 2/10: Business as usual as far as I know;

Tuesday, 2/11: Faculty Council Meeting (3:30-5:30p, Rm 1046);

Wednesday, 2/12: Spring Transfer Fair (10:30-2:30p, Rm 102); Columbia University Info Session (3:30-5p, Rm 102);

Thursday, 2/13: Business as usual as far as I know;

Friday, 2/14: Business as usual as far as I know;

Saturday, 2/15: Business as usual as far as I know;

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Welcome to week 4. At the end of this week, the semester will be 25% done. Seems kind of quiet, event-wise, this semester. Is it or am I just not hearing about what is going on? Is anything happening for Black History Month? Groundhog day? CAST? Where is everybody?

Monday, 2/3: Business as usual as far as I know;

Tuesday, 2/4: Business as usual as far as I know;

Wednesday, 2/5: Business as usual as far as I know;

Thursday, 2/6: Business as usual as far as I know;

Friday, 2/7: Business as usual as far as I know;

Saturday, 2/8: Business as usual as far as I know;

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Dang…it’s always hard enough to figure out how to do my M/W classes (i.e., what to cut) with only 30 meetings (instead of the 31 we get in the fall), but now we’re down to 29…with 26 left.  It’s week 3, already.

Monday, 1/27: No School; too cold;

Tuesday, 1/28: Business as usual as far as I know, but watch the news–it could be cancelled, too;

Wednesday, 1/29: Business as usual as far as I know;

Thursday, 1/30: Union Meeting (2-3:30p, Rm 1115);

Friday, 1/31: Business as usual as far as I know;

Saturday, 2/1: Business as usual as far as I know;

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Classes are jammed up, eh? We had a lot of seats open on Wednesday of registration week, but by Monday, all but three of the seats in our 19 philosophy classes (not even counting the online ones) had butts in them. Plus I’m hearing stories about over-enrollments in other areas, and even a whisper about “record enrollments.” Is that what you’re seeing out there?

Monday, 1/20: No School; happy Martin Luther King day;

Tuesday, 1/21: Business as usual as far as I know;

Wednesday, 1/22: Business as usual as far as I know;

Thursday, 1/23: Business as usual as far as I know;

Friday, 1/24: Business as usual as far as I know; Day 10 lists are due to the registrar by 1:30pm

Saturday, 1/25: Business as usual as far as I know;

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Well it was a weird registration week, but despite all of that the philosophy classes are full up! So the news is not all bad. Hope you’re ready.

Add your own first-day advice in the comments. Thanks, in advance for it.

Monday, 1/13: First day of classes for Monday/Wednesday classes!

Tuesday, 1/14: First day of classes for Tuesday/Thursday classes!

Wednesday, 1/15: First day of classes for Wednesday only classes!

Thursday, 1/16: First day of classes for Thursday only classes!

Friday, 1/17: First day of classes for Friday only classes!

Saturday, 1/18: First day of classes for Saturday classes!

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Well, if nothing else, last semester was certainly a learning experience for me! Among the things I learned:

~Jen Asimow is right about the return from sabbatical–the first eight weeks or so of the semester feel like (and might actually be) the best teaching you’ve ever done;

~Planning changes to your teaching (as in changing everything you do–from course design/conceptualization, assignments, texts and so on) is better done piecemeal (maybe one or two courses at a time) rather than wholesale;

~If you do decide to make wholesale changes, it is probably best NOT to make said changes at a time when you are not teaching and have oodles of free time, lest you become delusional about what you can actually do and keep up with;

~I was delusional when I made my teaching plans for last semester, hence the gradual trickle to almost nothing in terms of posts in November and December;

~Over the years, I have found that students are pretty apathetic about receiving a “Zero” for an assignment. They often respond with a shrug. Last semester, I began applying a penalty (-1 point) for NOT turning something, anything, in by the due date. I couldn’t believe the reactions I got. They were freaking out, and many of them made sure not to miss another assignment. The endowment effect is real.

Other things I learned will hopefully trickle out this semester. What did you learn last semester? Hopefully something. If not, no worries–another semester is upon us! And I have piles of reading, saved up just for you, and maybe, just maybe, a wee bit of excitement. Until then, welcome back to the first week of spring semester!

Monday, 1/5: School is closed for coldness!

Tuesday, 1/6: Registration (unless all the pipes burst or something);

Wednesday, 1/7: Registration

Thursday, 1/8: Registration

Friday, 1/9: Registration

Saturday, 1/10: Registration

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It’s finals week (at least it is for those people who didn’t give finals last week). Your registration schedule is due by Wednesday, and be sure to buy some student art from the Hairy Potters!

The 3rd annual HWC Holiday Art Sale
 
This sale is brought to you by the HWC art students!!!
 
When: December 11th and 12th 10am – 6:30pm
Where: Room 102
What: Pottery, hand knitted knit goods, sculptures, prints, jewelry, photography, and a raffle!
 
The raffle is to generate money for an art scholarship. The Arturo Topete memorial Art Scholarship. Arturo passed away last spring.
 
The items will also be on site in room 102 during the sale.

Oh, and don’t forget the faculty social at The Emerald on Thursday afternoon. RSVP to Rachel Sledd Iannantuoni if you know you’ll stop by (riannantuoni@ccc.edu)

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So, today I am thankful that I don’t own a scale, among other things. Regardless, here comes Week 15! Looks like no one planned anything, knowing that the end is nigh, and it’ll be over in a blink.

Monday, 12/2: Business as usual, as far as I know;

Tuesday, 12/3: Business as usual, as far as I know;

Wednesday, 12/4: Business as usual, as far as I know;

Thursday, 12/5: Business as usual, as far as I know;

Friday, 12/6:  December Chairs Meeting

Saturday, 12/7: Business as usual, as far as I know;

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Happy Week 13! The semester is 75% done. Also, it’s the last day for students to drop.

Monday, 11/18: Last drop day for students; Native American Heritage Month Film Screening: I Heard the Owl Call My Name, (12:30p, Rm 1008);

Tuesday, 11/19: Business as usual as far as I know;

Wednesday, 11/20: Loop Players FENCES (7PM, Room 102/103)–$5.00 Students/Seniors, $10.00 General Admission, Room 102/103;

Thursday, 11/21: Loop Players FENCES (2PM, Room 102/103)–$5.00 Students/Seniors, $10.00 General Admission, Room 102/103;

Friday, 11/22:  CAST Session: Managing Problematic Behavior in Class (1pm, Rm 203); Loop Players FENCES (7PM, Room 102/103)–$5.00 Students/Seniors, $10.00 General Admission, Room 102/103;

Saturday, 11/23: Loop Players FENCES (2PM, Room 102/103)–$5.00 Students/Seniors, $10.00 General Admission, Room 102/103;

Loop Players’ Fences: Special Preview Shows TONIGHT & TOMORROW

From your email:

Special Treats for
Opening Night Guests on Weds. Nov. 13th
Join us for Pizza before the show from
6:00 – 7:00 PM
In Room 102  
LOOP PLAYERS presents
Fences
by August Wilson
directed by Kathryn Nash
 
Winner! 1987 Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Winner! Best Revival of a Play – 2010 Tony®® Award

Winner! Outstanding Revival of a Play – 2010 Outer Critics Circle Award

Winner! Outstanding Revival of a Play – 2010 Drama Desk Award
This sensational drama starred James Earl Jones as Troy Maxson, a former star of the Negro baseball leagues who now works as a garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh. Excluded as a black man from the major leagues during his prime, Troy’s bitterness takes its toll on his relationships with his wife and his son, who now wants his own chance to play ball. Revived in 2010 starring Denzel Washington in the lead role.
FENCES first opened at the Yale Repertory Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut on April 30, 1985. Directed by Lloyd Richards.
 
There will be two Previews/College Nights – Mon. & Tues. Nov. 11 & 12, 7:00 PM curtain.  Reduced price of $3.00 – only for HWC students, staff and faculty.  Some invited guests may attend.
 
Regular Run of the show:  Nov. 13 – 23, Weds. and Fri. at 7:00 PM; Tues. and Sat. at 2:00 PM
Running Time:  2 ½ hours which includes one 15 minute intermission
Students/Seniors – $5.00, General Admission – $10.00
Box Office, Room 102 – opens 1 hour before curtain
 
Artistic Director:  Kathryn Nash, Ass’t Professor
Contact knash@ccc.edu or 312-553-5997 for more information or to reserve tickets
 

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So, I didn’t get much up last week, and I’m not too sure about how much I’ll get posted this week, but I’ll try to do better.

Regardless, here comes Week 11! Hope everyone turned back their clocks…

Monday, 11/4: Art and Architecture Transfer Fair (10am-2pm, Rm. 1115);

Tuesday, 11/5: Jaclyn Jacunski Now Is the Time, President’s Gallery Opening (11:30a-1p & 5:30-7:30pm)

Wednesday, 11/6: Business as usual, as far as I know;

Thursday, 11/7: Business as usual, as far as I know;

Friday, 11/8:  Business as usual, as far as I know;

Saturday, 11/9: Business as usual, as far as I know;

 

Ahem.

UPDATE: Rendered moot in the same day! I am both impressed and grateful for our administration’s responsiveness, even as I feel somewhat guilty for putting them on blast (without warning). I wrote this on a day I was frustrated and then scheduled it and then pulled it (or so I thought), thinking that I should send some notice upstairs first. I guess I my effort to de-schedule it was inept, though, and I was somewhat surprised to find it posted today. I’m glad the manual is under review, but I am sorry that I didn’t give our hard-working administrators a chance to do something about it  before turning it into a public spectacle. That was my bad. Thanks to Don and company for the fast response.

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Is anyone else troubled by the fact that there are no instructions for what to do in the case of a lock-down in our Emergency  Manual and that somewhere around half of the people identified as having some sort of responsibility are no longer employed at the college and that the Emergency Manuals might be some of the least user friendly documents produced by the college (at least until the new “Pathways” are released), which is saying something?

(Poor Dean Blair–his fellow escalator monitors are Cecilia Lopez, Anna Blum, and John Metoyer (p. 33). Not only that, but apparently John Wozniak is our Emergency Director!)

I know, I know…the names aren’t really that important (and, truthfully, I don’t really care about that; I’m just playing). During the last fire drill, there were plenty of monitors and help for clearing out the building; everything seemed to be working smoothly and well, for evacuations anyway. I don’t know how the “Safe Haven” card things are supposed to work for anything other than drills. I taped mine up near my door on the Tuesday before the drill and it was gone by Thursday. A few people have them up in their office windows, probably having interpreted their meaning according to the broader social and K-12 usage of the term. I just don’t see how it would all work. Maybe I’m dense.

I continue to think that the biggest dangers and threats any of us might face, as identified in a Faculty Council survey a couple of years ago, continue to exist, largely unaddressed, but I also know that a certain amount of risk is inevitable and that our risk for something awful happening is (knock on wood) low. Still, I have printed out and laminated this sign for posting in the classes that I’m teaching in. I won’t be able to lock my door from the inside on Thursday for this drill, but at least with the new biometrics system, they’ll have a way of identifying me if something goes really wrong some day.

So we’ve got that going for us. Which is nice.

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The Midterm is upon us! Hard to believe that at the end of this week the semester is half over.

Monday, 10/14: HWC Transfer Fair (10:30-2pm, Rm 102);

Tuesday, 10/15: CAST Event: Active Viewing Techniques (2pm, Rm 1046); CAST Event: HWC and Student Harassment [of faculty], (3pm, Rm 1046);

Wednesday, 10/16: Business as usual, as far as I know;

Thursday, 10/17: HWC Career Fair (10am-3pm, Rm 102); Union Meeting (2pm, Rm 1115);

Friday, 10/18:  Ephrem-Palooza a.k.a, Blackboard Innovation Conference (8am-3pm, Multiple Locations–click HERE to register);

Saturday, 10/19: Be sure to enter those Midterm ADWs. Sunday the 20th is the deadline, and the ADWs have to be done before you can enter your midterm grades.