Website Wednesday

Alright, alright, so it’s been a strange last few couple of days amid an already strange semester (nothing like an award to make one’s productivity go straight into the dumper), so in keeping with the rather sparse offerings on the Lounge over the last few weeks (the grading is killing me!), I have  a(nother) pretty lame offering for today because I couldn’t manage (again) to find the space to look through my sources for some good stuff. Still, two lame-ish offerings is almost like one good one, right? Alright, so lame might be a little strong–they’re both legit, it’s just that they aren’t likely to bedazzle, in my humble. Anyway, here goes.

The first one is the Web site for HASTAC, which stands for Humanities, Arts, Science, Technology Advanced Collaboratory. I’ve posted some stuff of their stuff before, namely a speech from their conference by the same woman who authored this post titled, “Single Best Way to Transform Classrooms of Any Size,” with which I agree 100%. That’s not the only great thing there, though, so poke around a bit. It’s worth it.

Second, I found this Community College Spotlight blog, published by The Hechinger Report (no idea what that is). Lots of studies, timely reports, and a solid blogroll, too. It might be something you want to bookmark. Alternatively, if anyone wants me to, I’ll put it on our blogroll.

But only if someone wants it. Let me know.

Friday Spotlight: End of semester

I thought I’d have more time to get one more spotlight feature in this last week. Alas, it didn’t quite happen.  My thanks to all the wonderful HWC peeps who replied to the emailed questions and made this Friday post happen. Y’all rock.

If you have any suggestions for next semester, send them my way at chicagorealist@yahoo.com.

In keeping with PhiloDave’s theme, enjoy this seasonal/demented  interview:

Friday Spotlight: Amanda Loos

Friday Spotlight will be a regular feature in which we highlight a member  of our HWC faculty, staff, or admin through a Q&A session. After responding, our member then has to “tag” another member of our community in order to keep the spotlight feature active. Check your CCC mailbox. You may be next!

This week we are placing Amanda Loos in the spotlight!
[Rah, rah, shish boom ba!]
Besides teaching, Amanda also serves as our current Faculty Council President, she’s a former Chair (and still a member) of the Women’s Studies Program,  and the Coordinator of Fine Arts/Cinema Studies Program.
NOW… Stepping out of her office  with the poise, energy, and confidence of Kathryn Bigelow, here’s Amanda…

Q: What’s your HWC story. How did you get hired?
A: I met Paul Urbanick and George Bickford at one of those Univ. of Chicago Teaching in the Community College receptions.  I WASN’T schmoozing, and that probably stood out like a sore thumb. 🙂  I taught part-time for a year and was out the door (though I loved loved loved the students, adjuncting at HWC pretty much sucked back then…er…is it any better now?), and based on that I was NOT planning to apply for the full-time gig.  Urbanick called me in for an interview anyway, with Arlene Zide and Jim Schultz…  Somewhere about 20 minutes into it, I realized how stupid I had been for not applying and that I should really focus!  Duh!  So I have my predecessors to thank for seeing something that I couldn’t see at the time.  Thank you!

Q: What do you like to do when you ain’t teachin’? Is it legal?

A: I throw pottery, try to make vegetables grow in pots on our patio (the legal kind!), take long walks with my dog, and enjoy newly-married life. 🙂

Q: What it’s like to be you? It may help to look in the mirror.

A: Um… it rocks!

Q: What would you’d be doin’ now if you wasn’t teaching at our fabulous institution (or answering these questions)? Would it still be legal?
A: Honestly not sure!  I’ll get back to you on that one…class in ten.

Q: Who should be the next Friday Spotlight?

A: How about the College Advisors?

Thank you Amanda!
Darn, I should’ve asked for a good movie recommendation…

Friday Spotlight: Rosie Banks

Friday Spotlight will be a regular feature in which we highlight a member  of our HWC faculty, staff, or admin through a Q&A session. After responding, our member then has to “tag” another member of our community in order to keep the spotlight feature active. Check your CCC mailbox. You may be next!

This week we are placing Rosie Banks in the spotlight.
[Yay! You go girl!]
She’s a sweetheart from the English/Speech Department. You know, that one faculty member on the 6th floor with the great attitude, fantastic smile and a passion for teaching?  Yeah, now you know…

Q: Tell us, how you arrived at HWC?
A: Perspective #1: In the now rather distant past, I walked to the Metra Electric in Hyde Park, rode it to the Randolph Street Station, and walked the remainder of the way.  In the not so distant past, I walked to the Bryn Mawr Red Line station, rode to State & Lake, and walked directly to the building.  Now, I drive to a nifty (read: inexpensive) lil parking garage and walk about 5-6 blocks east.

Perspective #2:  I came to HWC after a year or so of adjunct teaching at Olive-Harvey and Roosevelt University.  There was a CCC-wide job fair at Malcolm X, and I took a chance and submitted my application.  One thing led to another, and here I am. . .

Q: What are your educational goals?
A: Right now, my goal is simply to complete my dissertation and earn my long-awaited Ph.D. from U of C.

Q: What do you enjoy doing when you are not teaching?
A: This actually feels like a very huge question for me. Hmmm, the top five (in no particular order) would be
1) working on the diss (once I get started, it’s really fun, and I don’t want to stop.),
2) reading novels,
3) hanging out with family and friends – playing cards or other board games, dancing, trail-walking, etc.,
4) traveling, and
5) practicing hot yoga!!!

Q: If there is ONE book/movie/song that everyone should read/watch/listen, what is it and why?
A: There’s a part of me that resists the notion that there’s anything that everyone should read/watch/listen, but . . . The first book that comes to mind is Milan Kundera’s Slowness. I read the novella as a darkly humorous reflection on human nature, human foibles, and modern life.  While not at all heavy or moralistic, its observations about our obsession with speed and how that obsession affects the quality of our relationships, the depth and subtlety of our communications, and the clarity of our own self-awareness really resonate with me. Of course, I totally made it sound heavy and moralistic just now . .

Q: Is there a food you would push a loved one out of the way to eat?
A:
hmmm, if we’re talking the last spoonfuls of dishes only served during the holidays and if previous efforts to secure take-home portions have failed and if we’ve all had a first helping, I might ever-so-gently nudge my dear loved one in the direction of another dish while I enjoy cornbread dressing or banana pudding. . .

Q: Let’s keep this spotlight going. Who’s next?
A: Bold choice: John Metoyer. Not-so-bold, but still cool choice: Carrie Nepstad

Fantastic. Thank you Rosie!

If you have any comment or questions for Rosie, leave a reply. If you’d like to know more about the English, Speech, and Theatre Department, click here.

Friday Spotlight: Matt Shevitz

Friday Spotlight will be a regular feature in which we highlight a member  of our HWC faculty, staff, or admin through a Q&A session. After responding, our member then has to “tag” another member of our community in order to keep the spotlight feature active. Check your CCC mailbox. You may be next!

This week we are placing Matt Shevitz in the spotlight.
[Insert applause and cheering here – raaaaaaah!]
He’s a cool cat from the Humanities Department who has assisted with the growth and success of our Music program.

Q: Tell us, how you arrived at HWC?
A: I’ll give you the shortened version of the story. I first came to HWC as an adjunct in the fall of 2002. The following summer I interviewed for a full-time position which initially went to my late colleague, Isabelle Bélance. Luckily, they found enough money to hire two music people, so we got to build the program together.

Q: What are your educational goals?
A: My two main goals are (for now) to;
-find more opportunities for the Jazz/Pop Ensemble to perform so they can get as much experience as possible
-ensure that my students are getting an informative, enlightening, and practical education

Q: What do you enjoy doing when you are not teaching?
A: I enjoy being with my family when I am not teaching and playing gigs.

Q: If there is ONE book/movie/song that everyone should read/watch/listen, what is it and why?
A: Deciding on one song is too difficult for me. I guess if I have to choose I’d say that everyone should listen to a song that is in a style they would say they don’t normally like, and find something to enjoy. As I tell my students, practice saying “I like all styles of music, just not all artists”. There’s something in every style for everyone.

Q: If caught sleeping on the job, what’s a good excuse to give the boss?
A: If caught sleeping on the job, just tell the boss that you’re exhausted because you up late the night before working.

Q: In order for the spotlight to stay on, you need to tag a member of HWC. Anyone with a valid CCC email acount is game. Who you gonna’ tag?
A: I’m going to tag Rodney Grisanti.

Thank you Matt!

If you’ve got any more questions for Matt, leave a reply. If you want to learn more about the Music program, click here.
Alright Rodney, I ain’t gonna’ say your next, but do check your email soon…

Friday Spotlight–Where Are They Now?

If you were here in 2003 and 2004, you likely saw and remember the uncommonly cool presence of Pierre Tchetgen, who taught philosophy and humanities courses here. He left to pursue his muse–writing poetry, making music, doing community organizing around topics related to youth, education and the arts, and then ended up in California (Berkeley) to get a Masters in Web Design. He finished that program, published a book of poetry and hit the road, doing what he does.

He wrote me last week saying,

Hope everything is going well. I am in Boston now… Still on this spirit mission. The show is slowly building. Have some musicians out here.  Anyway, you can check out this little video–

One.

I thought y’all might dig it. I certainly did. You can reach him by email at akwerius@gmail.com.