Saturday, June 19, 2010

Friday, June 18, 2010

BP Apologists

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
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Update (6.19.2010) - Check out this website! Keep clicking on the apologies. Thanks, Melina, for the link!

Orientation Orientation

Later in the summer, I will be a faculty advisor for one session of Freshman Orientation. Today, we had two meetings to go over some of the details. In the first, SoB faculty met with the Assistant Dean and her assistant to learn about specifics relating to the school. In the second, all faculty advisors met to hear from representatives from the Provost's office, housing, and academic support services.

Most of the information was fairly boilerplate, but I was interested in hearing from the head of academic support, who had information on helping our students with disabilities, such as scheduling students with attention deficit disorders in shorter classes or making sure students needing extra time on exams aren't scheduled in back-to-back classes. Most interesting to me, though, was news that we might be having a fair number of students with Asperger's Syndrome. Apparently, the students with Asperger's who have come to campus have felt comfortable and we may be getting a reputation as a school that is able to handle the particular needs of these students. We were given advice on advising students with Asperger's--much like the advice Marshall gave Mary in the episode "Her Days are Numbered" (In Plain Sight)--non-verbal cues are ineffective methods of communication, and we have to be direct, more direct than we will probably be comfortable with. We were reminded not to casually touch students with Asperger's and that these students would likely not make eye contact.

After hearing from staff and administration, the twenty student orientation advisors introduced themselves in a fun and clever way. I had all three of the students representing the SoB, and I was so proud of them! Later, the SoB faculty in attendance and the student orientation aides along with the Assistant Dean had lunch together. At one point, two of the students talked about how they hated "Mike's Bikes" the simulation that was part of World of Business from 2007-2008 (and was replaced by the more user-friendly BizCafe). I mentioned that the interface was very clunky and reminded me of DOS. One of the students asked, "What's DOS?" We had a nice time and laughed a lot.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Postcard Blog

I decided to start a separate blog for postcards - please check it out here!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Doctor Who-ism

Boy (Elliot): Are you scared of monsters?
Doctor Who: No. They're scared of me.

From "The Hungry Earth"

When is someone going to buy me a Doctor Who action figure?

Vintage Oklahoma Postcards

I acquired these vintage postcards of Turner Falls from ebay.

Turner Falls - 2

Turner Falls - 3

Turner Falls - 1
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