Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Financial Aid Disbursements

Jessica Stewart in Student Accounts just confirmed that your financial aid excess funds will be disbursed this Friday, June 27th, at 4 PM. IF you have excess financial aid, over and above your cost for tuition, fees and whatever else this summer semester, you will be getting a check.

Enjoy the rest of the week!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Message from Leah Regarding the Smithsonian Institute on Monday

Hello all!
Please read the following information closely regarding next week’s “Using Arts in the Classroom” Smithsonian workshop.  The information will include: Monday’s morning schedule, materials that you need to collect and bring in Monday, and dress requirements for Monday.

The workshop will be held in the lower level conference room in the Jack Barden Center during the week of June 23rd to June 27th.

All participants will receive a printed copy of the week’s agenda – however; I am including Monday morning’s schedule for your information.

Day One:  Monday, June 23rd

8:30-9:00 am                           Registration/ Check-in

9:00-9:20 am                           Opening Prayer                                                                                                                                
9:20-9:30 am                           Welcome
Wally Mertes

9:30-10:30 am                         Native Peoples of the Americas: An Introduction
When Christopher Columbus reached the Americas in 1492, he met people unknown to Europeans. Thinking he had reached the Indies, he called them Indians. This is only one of the many mistakes, misunderstandings, and misconceptions that continue to plague America's native peoples. Dr. Herman Viola, anthropologist and curator emeritus at the National Museum of Natural History, A fundamental mistake that persists to this day is to speak about "the" American Indians as though they are one people. Despite their small numbers, the Indian peoples of North America were as dissimilar from each other as were the peoples of Europe. In terms of language, clothes, lifestyles, militancy, and religion the tribes in different parts of North America differed greatly from each other. These differences are considered "cultural" and the regions are known as “culture areas.” The North American culture areas are the Arctic, Subarctic, Southwest, Northwest Coast, California, Plateau, Plains, Northeast, and Southeast.

10:30-12:00 pm                      Large Format Abstract Painting
Karen O. Brown, visual artist, will lead a session on large format abstract painting on Tyvek and heavier paper that will be used to create an Eastern landscape wall installation as well as small puppets.  She will demonstrate techniques of layering abstract designs.
12:00-12:30 pm                      Lunch (on your own)

Materials you will need to gather and bring with you for Monday.   Please, if you can bring extras of any of these items, it would be very much appreciated.

1)  an empty cereal box,
2)  a plastic container with a lid (from sour cream, large-ish yogurt, cottage cheese or  take out), and
3) some recyclable materials for art projects (bottle caps, water bottles, tea boxes, cracker boxes, more cereal boxes, whatever you may find interesting).

Monday’s attire – each participant will be involved in creating materials that require acrylic paint.  Please, either wear or bring a t-shirt that you don’t mind getting paint on. 

See you on Monday!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

PPST Tests Reminder

By this time, you should all have your Praxis 1: PPST tests scheduled. Your vouchers have an expiration date so make sure to do this soon!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Correct Dates for Institutes

The dates for the second Smithsonian Institute were incorrect in my earlier post. I have since corrected it.

The first Smithsonian Institute for 2014, the one for EDU 315, is June 23 - 27th, Monday through Friday.

The second Smithsonian Institute for 2014, the one for EDU 360, is July 28 - August 1, Monday through Friday.

Please remember these institutes fulfill the requirements for two courses. You are registered for these two courses (EDU 315 and EDU 360) and will earn a grade for each one at the end of the summer semester. Project CEDAR provided you with funding to cover the cost of tuition and fees (there are no books for you to purchase).

If you have any questions, please let us know. Leah is the coordinator for these institutes but feel free to contact me if you can't get in touch with her, OK?

See you in a few weeks!


Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Your First Summer Course: Smithsonian Institute - June 23 - 27

The first Smithsonian Institute for 2014 is scheduled for one week this summer, from Monday, June 23 through Friday, June 27. The focus of this first one is "Teaching English/Language Arts (ELA) through Music, Drama, and the Arts. It should be a really great experience as we have invited the presenters back who you enjoyed the most last summer, as well as added some new ones.

As a heads-up, the Smithsonian Institute IV is scheduled for the week of July 28-August 1. This one will focus on science methods. We will actually take a day trip to Theodore Roosevelt National Park near Medora for a geologic dig and to search for plants for natural paints.

You will earn credit for the EDU 315 course for participating in the full 5-day institute. Like last year, you will come away with a wealth of knowledge, a ton of fun, and a whole collection of resources. I’m sure Leah will be letting you know what time things start on Monday, June 23, but you can expect about 8:30 AM in the lower level of the Jack Barden Center. You will go each day until 4 – 4:30 except for Friday, when you end about 3 PM.

Let me know if you have questions. Take care!