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Kudos, Quick Notes, & Shoutouts

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Submitted by Mike Limas

The NEC Leadership Development Academy started on Friday, January 27th with the following participants Chelle Davidson, Dave Ruskoski, Jennifer Kneafsey, Keilah Deatherage, Kenny Loveland, Lu Ann Thompson, Nathan Bryson, Nicole Davis, Sloan Davis, Thesha Zeigler, and Paula WillyardThe NEC-LDA will meet five times this semester.

 

Submitted by Ephanie DeBey

I just wanted to take a moment to thank the Northeast Campus for all of your help on Wednesday, January 18th with the Welcome Back Pizza!  With your help we dished up over 100 pizzas!  That is 1000 slices of pizza!  Thank you for getting the word out to your students and supporting Student Activities.  A special thanks to all of our volunteers that helped day.
You helped serve close to 600 students, faculty and staff.

Volunteers included:

Bonita Johnson, Denise Baldwin,  Dennis Voss, Tommy Henderson, , Don Mathieson, Glenn Jones,  JoAnne Bray,  Kaye Ellis,  Bethany Larkey, Cheryl Judkins, Diane Potts, Bethany Larkey-Stevenson  (A  2-shift volunteer!) , Diana Allen, Ruby Kimmons,  Rosie Monhollon, Tyler Duffy,  Dr. John Gibson, Shannon  Cross, Jerri Clark,  Stephanie Finley, Alicia Mast, Marina Metevelis  (Another 2 Shift Volunteer!), Bill Corbitt,  Juanita Longhorn, and to Paula Willyard and Kim Grayson  for helping with the furniture reset!

 

Submitted by Wanda Holmes (This is an email from Marquetta Finley, Executive Director of  the Tulsa Urban League.)

Dear Marshall (Bolton) and Freeman (Culver),   On behalf of the Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League and our Board of Directors, thank you for supporting our 2012 MLK Community Breakfast on January 16, 2012.  The volunteers from the Tulsa Community College Tulsa Achieves program and the African-American Student Association were excellent, professional, and extremely helpful and gracious!  We so appreciate each volunteer’s time and support to help make the event a success.  More than 400 community members participated in this year’s event.  Again, our sincere thanks to TCC and to your programs/organizations!  Blessings and best regards, Marquetta

 

Submitted by Sharon Limas

Over 170 interpreters from across the state converged on TCC NEC for their annual convention.  It was a huge success and it’s because of the famous TCC NEC “what can we do to help” spirit.  Shelba Holland did a fabulous job of working with Adriane Hausher to reserve rooms and the set up… even though we changed it every week.  The Media guys were great to get all the technology set up… even though they were short people and we changed that every week too.  The Receiving Services crew were so easy to work with… calling a couple of days before to make sure we were not changing the set up again.  Then, a special thanks to all the people who were on campus those days pitching in to help when they saw a need.  Ed Cizek and Adriane Hausher coming with signs, Laurie Rutledge getting us sign holders, Bill Corbitt checking on room temperature, the Testing Center lending a stapler, Adriane Hausher bringing tape, the Media guys bringing power strips, Debby Price stuffing bags and getting fans, Mark Lehouiller getting us info on table cloths, Mike Limas opening rooms, ABM bringing more trash bags, and Dr. Gibson stopping by and welcoming the participants.

Everyone left the conventions with glowing reports about our campus.  We are the BEST.

 

Submitted by Jerri Clark

I would like to give a kudo to David Mattingly.   The NEAT Team had enough funds available to adopt some angels from the Salvation Army Angel Tree this past Christmas.  We had a riding toy that needed assembling.  I asked David if he could help me out and he did so very willingly.  Thanks to David Mattingly a little child had an amazing Christmas!

 

Submitted by Mike Limas

Ecofest 2012 will be March 29 through March 31 at the NEC.  A two-day conference will precede the Festival.  Go to http://www.tulsacc.edu/ecofest for more information.

 

Submitted by Adriane Hausher

The following is an excerpt of an email sent to the campus after a Tulsa Fire Department event held at the NEC.

“The Tulsa Fire Department and I would like to thank Tulsa Community College, Dr. Gibson, Sean Weins, and Adriane Hausher for the use of the facility and the outstanding hospitality.  We appreciate the partnership that we are forging and look forward to the successes we will share in the future.” Tulsa Fire Dept. C/O Jeremy Moore

 

Submitted by Dr. John Gibson

Kaye Ellis has been recognized for her “Outstanding Performance and Lasting Contributions” to the Oklahoma Association on Higher Education and Disability (OK-AHEAD) at their Fall 2011 Training Institute.  The following is an excerpt from a letter received by Dr. Gibson.  “Kaye served as our organization’s president from 2009 through 2011 and exemplifies the mission and vision that OK-AHEAD represents in both her personal and professional life”.

 

Quick Notes

  • Professor Dorothy Minor discovered a website, Themeefy.com, and created a
    magazine there on Mary Shelley and Frankenstein for her Honors Comp II
    class.  After she posted the magazine, she received the email below from the
    site.

I am writing to you to inform you that we would like to feature your Mag
(http://www.themeefy.com/Dorothy_57524/mary-shelley-s-frankenstein ) in the
week of 20th to 26th February.  You can read more about Featured Themeefy Mags and see the previously featured Mags on this page: 
http://themeefy.com/blog/?page_id=284.

As you will see, along with the Mag we also include a brief bio about the
author as well as a snapshot. It would be great if you could send us those
details! Do let us know if you have a Twitter handle so we can also mention
it in our tweet.

 Looking forward to hearing from you, Warm Regards,
Geetanjali Shrivastava
Director of User Acquisitions and Social Media

Congratulations, Dorothy

  • Professor Don Mathieson published a column in The Physics Teacher, Volume 50, January 2012, titled “Circular Motion.” 

 

 

  • Janis Farr shared the following about a recent trip she made. 

 

The last week in January, five of my friends and I visited our long-time friend who is serving in the Peace Corps in the Clarks Town, Jamaica region. The schools in Clarks Town are in desperate need of books, toys, and school supplies for students, but the cost of mailing these items to Jamaica is prohibitive and the chances are good that they would never arrive at their destination.  Each of us, however, was able to fill a large piece of luggage with donated items from generous donors and to check the luggage through to Jamaica with our own luggage for a much lower cost. … We all learned to speak a little Patois and we had an amazing visit to this beautiful, impoverished island where we were greeted with true Jamaican hospitality and generosity wherever we went.

 

 

Shoutouts

John Kahre, Dennis Voss, and Kelly Rose hosted visitors and guests who gathered at the NEC in early January for the Horticulture Industries Show.

Sharon Limas and Debby Price hosted the OKRID convention at the NEC in mid-January.  Sharolyn Wallace and

Diane Potts hosted the Oklahoma Play Therapy Convention January.

NEC staff volunteered to staff booths for the Dr. Martin Luther King Service event at the NEC on January 14.

Janis Farr and the PotLuck Team put together another successful Holiday Luncheon.

The staff of the Welcome Center, Advisement and Career Services, Bursar, and Financial Aid did outstanding work during the early stages of the spring semester of 2012.

The NEC SAP committee reviewed appeals and made excellent re-admission decisions.

John Kahre secured a donation of 15-gallon pine trees from a local nursery that will be planted around the Horticulture Building.

Amanda Blackman and Dorothy Minor presented an orientation to the TCC Blackboard for a group of adjunct professors during the first week of school.

Kei Deatherage, Mike Dinneen, Mike Limas, and Bethany Larkey-Stevenson inspired the Alpha Zeta Alpha organization’s officers as they once again attained a 5-Star status for the chapter.

Stephanie Finley, Steve Haney, and Cheryl Judkins gave a presentation on campus services to adjunct professors on Thursday, January 4.

Dorothy Minor gave a presentation on web gadgets for Renew the Magic.

Sloan Davis talked about his writing excursion in Paris during the summer of 2011 and read from his most recent novel at a Renew the Magic event.

The NEC IT team, David, Jeff, Matt, Trevor, and Gordon, worked hard on the computer roll-out.

The NEC Facilities team, Garry, Matt, Denny, Jerrid, Frank, Jeff, Glenn, Sean, Rick, and David, began the job of restoring the FACET Center to a point of pride at the NEC.

Kudos, Quick Notes, & Shoutouts

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Kudos

 TCC NEC is blessed with some talented and passionate speakers who are so generous to give their time to talk with the Interpreting 3 students.   Again, this month, the students were able to meet with the speakers beforehand to assess style and content, interpret for the presentation, and then debrief with our Deaf faculty and staff.  What a tremendous learning experience.  Our shout outs go to: Bill Corbitt who spoke on his military career, Mike Limas who spoke on Shared Leadership, Michael Singleton, who spoke on the African American Male Initiative with Achieving the Dream,   Ed Cizek who gave a CPR demonstration and John Kahre who spoke about Horticulture .   Debby Price and Rhonda Wilhite were able to give outstanding feedback to the students.  Hands waving for the best of NEC.

Submitted by Sharon Limas

 

  • The Tulsa Community College Green Training Consortium and Center for
    Excellence Energy and Innovation
    have had a successful first semester in operation, exceeding their training expectations and placing many participants into training related employment.  The CEEI has successfully trained over 150 participants this semester and is expected to serve over 220 by semester’s end and 500 through the life of our grant.  We have trained nearly 50 participants in green building techniques and energy auditing and over 100 participants in fuel efficient truck driving techniques.  TCC employer partner, Melton Truck Lines, has experienced record MPG due, in large part, to the training offered by TCC!

Submitted by Patrick Green

  • Recently, Professor Sloan Davis, heading Team Davis, won Tulsa’s first Literary Death March.  Click on the link below for additional information.

http://www.tulsaworld.com/scene/article.aspx?subjectid=67&articleid=20111113_67_G4_CUTLIN600096

  • Professor Don Mathieson had published an article in the premier journal for college physics instructors.

  • Bonita Johnson, Printshop Supervisor, coordinated the campus Thanksgiving Luncheon and a good time was had by all in attendance.

  • Marshall Bolton, Professor Mike Dinneen, Dr. John Gibson, Professor Glenn Jones, Dr. Mike Limas, and Dennis Voss planted trees at the southwest corner of the campus on a cold Friday morning earlier in November.

  • Professor John Kahre secured 60 trees to be used in the NEC planting.

  • Caroline Hu, Mike Rickman and Dr. Paula Willyard coordinated the recent furniture roundup.

  • Daniel Chaboya, Professor Pam Chew, Professor Tom Rowe, and Salli Wandke hosted the Oklahoma Teachers of English as a Second Language conference on Saturday, November 12.

  • Jennifer Barclay and Carol Carr completed extra assignments to ensure the success of the College’s participation in the 2011 Day of Caring.

  • Kaye Ellis was recognized for her work as President of the OK-AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability) during the time period 2009 to 2011.
  • Judy Lowther recently announced her retirement from TCC.  We all wish Judy the best.

  • After a recent Tulsa Fire Department function held at the NEC, the group’s organizer said this about Adriane Hausher.

Adriane Hausher was a tremendous help with our event.  Our event was a little out of the ordinary.  She bent over backwards to make sure that the event went off without a hitch.  She met with us prior to the event, to let us see the rooms, as well as checked in with us numerous times during the day, to make sure that everything was going well.  She was a great face of TCC and was a joy to work with.

Quick Notes

Welcome to Northeast Campus

Name:                                      Gwen Dobbs

Department:                            Learning Resource Center

Position:                                  Librarian

A little bit about me:                I love dogs, thrifting and going to junk shops. I’m a proud graduate of BTW high school, and I’m happy to be back in Tulsa.

Birthday:                                 July 6th

Education background:           BFA, Photo/video/film, OU: MLIS, OU,

Favorite foods/movie/             Mexican food, recent favorite movie—Winter’s Bone,

Recent favorite

book:                                       Hard Travel to Sacred Places

Hobbies:                                  Thrifting/junk shops, day trips around Tulsa, eating.

Pets:                                        2 dogs

Goals:                                      To be happy!

Family:                                    Mother and brother in Tulsa

Where I call home:                  Tulsa Community College

I came to TCC/NEC               Moved back to Tulsa to be near family and interested in new career direction.

My hidden talents                   Excellent sense of direction–except at this campus, and sense of smell—please share all baked goods.

 

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Diana Klinghagen will be the Chair-Elect of the NAFSA Region III.  NAFSA is
the world’s largest nonprofit professional organization dedicated to international education.  Region III consists of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.

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Professor Lynnette Moreau was highlighted in a front page Tulsa World article in which her story of recovery was explained.

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The Interpreter Education program was featured in a national publication titled AA-BA Partnerships: Creating New Value for Interpreter Education Programs 2010.  Congratulations to Professors Sharon Limas and Don Hastings.

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 Shoutouts

  •  Kim Grayson and Dr. Paula Willyard must be congratulated for keeping it real at the Thanksgiving Luncheon.
  • The Silent Friends Club will volunteer at the TSHA Christmas Party on Saturday, December 3. 
  • Chelle Davidson, Marquetta Finley, Jon Smythe, and David Spurlock completed TCC supervisory management class taught by Dr. Bud Turman.
  • John Kahre gave an inspired talk on Washington Irving’s book Tour of the Prairie as part of the Renew the Magic program.

 In Memoriam

Professor Janine Nelson, longtime TCC faculty member, passed on Tuesday, November 29.  Those of us acquainted with Janine will always remember her humor, spirit of adventure, and loyalty.

Kudos, Quick Notes & Shoutouts!

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 Kudos to four speakers who made presentations in my Interpreting 3 class. Students benefitted by being able to interpret in front of an audience that included deaf employees.  The speakers generously gave of their time.   Here are the wonderful NEC speakers and their topics.  Thank you.

JoAnne Bray, suicide prevention
Bethany Stevenson-Larkey,Spain
Gisele McDaniel ,Germany
Lennette Lawless, her artwork

Submitted by Sharon Limas

 Quick Notes

Welcome to Northeast Campus

 

Name:  Lynette R. Moreau

 Department:  Liberal Arts/Community Service

 Position:  Human Services Project Coordinator/Assistant Professor

 A little bit about me:  I am a grandmother of two beautiful grandchildren Ivan and Brooklyn. I love to spend time with my family and doing community service. I am outgoing and dedicated to building my career her at TCC. I worked at TCC-NEC student activities when I was a student and I’ve always know I would be back one day to be a part of the TCC family. 

 Birthday:  June 16, 1966

 Education:  I graduated from TCC-NEC in 2004 and went on to NSU-BA and onto OU for my Masters in Social Work.

 My Favorites:  I love Italian food, my favorite college team is OU of course. I love all kinds of movies.

 Hobbies:  Hunting, camping, yoga

 Pets:  I have a Pomeranian named Zeus who is 17 yrs old, a Chihuahua named Isabella who is 9 mo and a cat who is 17 also.  

 Goals:  I hope to one day open my own Mental Health Practice, where I would serve the community with several types of services. I would like to develop  my career at TCC and one day retire from TCC.

 Family:  I am married to Mike Moreau; we have 2 children Leah Hankins 27, Michael Moreau 23.  We have 2 grandchildren Ivan 8 and Brooklyn 6.

 Where I call home:  Catoosa, OK

 I came to TCC/NEC because:  I love the NEC and all the people there. When I was a student, I knew I would be back to be a part of the TCC family. During my academic career, I always said “I will work in the Human Services Department one day and give to the students what Dr. Wallace and Dr. Potts gave me ‘A LIFE AND A CHANCE’.

 My hidden talents /skills are:  Listening to people and really understanding what they are saying, how they feel and where they are coming from.

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The Tulsa Community College Green Training Consortium and Center for
Excellence Energy and Innovation have had a successful first semester in
operation, exceeding their training expectations, and placing many
participants into training related employment.  The CEEI has successfully
trained over 150 participants this semester and is expected to serve over
220 by semester’s end and 500 through the life of our grant.  We have
trained nearly 50 participants in green building techniques and energy
auditing and over 100 participants in fuel efficient truck driving
techniques.  TCC employer partner, Melton Truck Lines, has experienced
record MPG due, in large part, to the training offered by TCC!

 Submitted by Patrick Green

 Maryanne Huber has published an eBook of short stories.   Maryanne is a
full time interpreter for the Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of
Hearing, as well as a part time instructor for the Interpreter Education
Program. The eBook is available at Smashwords and Barnes and Nobles.

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/81643

 Submitted by Kaye Ellis
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As of October 1, Rondalyn Reynolds has been employed at TCC for 24 years.

 Submitted by Kaye Ellis

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 Ecofest 2012 will be held on March 29 through March 31.  This year’s event will include an all-day conference on March 30.  More information will be sent out in next few weeks.

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 Shoutouts

 Reatha Blackburn, Carol Carr, and Katelyn Stephens..  They are “reading buddy” mentors at McClain Junior High to a group of 7th graders.

 Bill Corbitt, Freeman Culver, Ephanie DeBey, Cheryl Judkins, and Mike Limas.  They comprise the NE Campus contingent of the inaugural TCC Professional Staff Council Board.

 Amanda Blackman, John Kahre, Bethany Larkey-Stevenson, Mike Limas, and Dorothy Minor.  They organized the 3rd Annual NEC Recognition Ceremony held on Wednesday, October 5th.

 Cheryl Judkins and Ernie Evans.  They provided excellent leadership for the NEC United Way campaign.

 Dorothy Minor.  She was a member of a panel, a Renew the Magic event, that discussed the book True Grit.

 Amanda Blackman, Shelba Hollland, Don Hockenbury, Diana McCann, Dorothy Minor, and LuAnn Thompson.  They staffed the NEC Ice Cream Social to benefit the United Way.

 Audrey Alcorn, Amanda Blackman, Donna Goodwin, Don Hockenbury, Dorothy Minor, LuAnn Thompson, and Jocelyn Whitney.  They brought baked goods and other treats for the NEC Ice Cream Social.

 The Enrollment Services, FACET Center, LRC and Tulsa Alliance, RCDHH, Engaged Student Programs, Liberal Arts and Community Sevices, Campus Store, SMET, Upward Bound, and ACS offices.  They sponsored gift baskets for the NEC Silent Auction to benefit the United Way.

 John Kahre, Kelly Rose, and Dennis Voss.  They organized another plant sale to benefit the Horticulture Club.

 Robert Butler, Sloan Davis, Ephanie DeBey, Stephanie Finley, Cheryl Judkins, Bethany Larkey-Stevenson, Angela Mustapha, Melanie Palmer, and Kelly Scalf.  These faculty permitted Phi Theta Kappa students into their classrooms this fall to make a presentation on green-living.

 Keilah Deatherage.  She coordinated a visit of the University of Tulsa for Phi Theta Kappa students.

 Bud Turman.  He is providing the next generation of QuikTrip employees with the management and supervisor skills to enable them to achieve their career goals.

Kudos, Quick Notes, & Shout Outs!

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The NEC Testing Center just received a thank you gift from The College Board/CLEP organization for being one of the top 100 testing centers in the country that administered the CLEP Exams in 2010-2011.

The note states, “On behalf of the College Board and the CLEP program, thank you for your commitment to promoting access to higher education for all students.  We are proud to work with dedicated and inspiring educators
like you.  We commend you for an outstanding job!”

We believe that this is the 7th year in a row that we’ve been acknowledged and are very proud to serve our students; as well as the members of the surrounding communities.

Great job and Congratulations…Mark, Kelly, Mechelle, Meghan, LaWanda,
Anna, and Sam!

Submitted by Cheryl Judkins

Quick Notes

Welcome to Northeast Campus

 Thesha Zeigler

Department:  Career Services and Advisement

Position:   Career Placement Advisor

A little bit about me:  Worked at TCC as an Administrative Assistant II for the RISE  Program for six years, currently a                                                      graduate student at Langston University in pursuit of an Urban Education degree,                                                                                  and a mother of two children.

Birthday Month and Day:  August 15

Education background:   Graduated at Booker T. Washington High School (Go HORNETS!), and B.B.S Degree in                                                                             Business Management and   an anticipated M.Ed in Urban Education in Spring 2012                                                                                 Langston University (Go LIONS!).

Favorite foods/movie/book/team:   Favorite food-Mexican/Favorite movie-Love Jones/Favorite  Team-NFL                                                                                                   Pittsburg Steelers

Hobbies:  Reading and relaxing

Pets:  Yorkie named Amber

Goals:  Counselor and Motivational Speaker to underrepresented urban populations.

Family:  Single parent of two children-Donte (21) and JaMesha (13)

Where I call home:  Tulsa, OK

I came to TCC/NEC because:  I wanted a career change after working in the private sector for 20+ years.

My hidden talents /skills are:  To show empathy and sincerity…two things that are hard to come by these days!

More Hidden Talents at the NEC

Speaking of hidden talents, check out this YouTube video of one of our staff members, Kaye Ellis.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox1ckGU0sqI

Shout Outs

  • TyQuan Ware.  She is fielding all financial aid questions in the Welcome Center.  Good job!
  • Kenneth Kern.  He organized the ECHHO program.
  • Kim Grayson and Sam Reeves.  During the first week of the campus United Way campaign, they sold pop and popcorn.
  • Laurie Rutledge.  She organized the campus Phi Theta Kappa recruitment and orientation.
  • Cheryl Judkins.  She coordinated the campus United Way chili cook-off fundraiser and is providing outstanding leadership for the campaign overall.
  • Kenny Loveland.   He grilled hot dogs for the PTK recruitment and orientation sessions.
  • Michael Singleton.  Same as above.
  • Amanda Blackman, Shelba Holland, & Diana McCann.   They served at the United Way Ice Cream Social.
  • Shelba Holland, Cheryl Judkins, Diana McCann, Janet Thompson & Rondalyn Reynolds.  They organized the campus Garage Sale to benefit the United Way.
  • Bill Corbitt and the Student Activities staff.   They organized the Picnic on the Green this  fall semester.
  • Faculty and staff volunteers for the Picnic on the Green.   They staffed the food lines for the event.
  • Ed Cizek, Tim Fernandez, Don Hockenbury, John Kahre, Gene Johnson, Mike Dinneen.  They grilled hot dogs at the “Picnic.”
  • JoAnne Bray and Kim Grayson.   They organized the most recent campus blood drive.
  • John Kahre.  He originated the idea of the NEC serving as a clothing collection site for Catholic Charities.
  • Jon Smythe.  He presented through Renew the Magic on his Peace Corps experiences.
  • Dorothy Minor.  She presented through Renew the Magic a session on Web Gadget Fun.
  • Bethany Larkey, Mike Dinneen, and Keilah Deatherage.  They are excellent co-advisors for the student organization Phi Theta Kappa.
  • Debby Tye- Price and Rhonda Wilhite.  They are supremely patient in working with beginning students who are struggling to learn American Sign Language.
And finally this.  How to Grow Old.  Develop a dress sense that combines ball caps and cargo pants. Observe J.
Kahre for practical examples.  Submitted Professor Don Mathieson.

Wikis, Webcams, and More

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With so many new technologies at their finger tips, many NEC faculty members are experimenting by giving regular classroom processes a facelift.

Associate Professor of Interpreting Sharon Limas is innovating the way she grades this semester.  For many years now, Limas’s students have used webcams to practice signing and interpreting, using the cameras to record their work and then play it back as a means to critique their own work.  By doing this, they identify their own mistakes and establish a basis for making improvements.

These ideal student practice sessions inspired  Limas to integrate more advanced technology into her grading process and forgo her old way of grading—first recording student work on VHS and then later capturing the student video and her comments simultaneously with a VHS camera.

Insisting upon a more streamlined grading process, this semester Limas is asking students to record their exam work on a webcam and then e-mail it to her.  

She then plays the movie files (.wmv files) individually and records her own movements and voice with a digital video camera, creating an electronic critique in the form of a .wmv file.  Her finished product is a video comment of student video.

She may comment, “Nice hand shape” or “Continue working on your spatial markers here.” According to Mo Ibrahim, who Limas credits as her media guru, this is an excellent venue for grading because “Sharon has control over the video and can comment and then pause as often as she likes.”

Her students benefit immensely as they can now review graded work privately at home or with the aid of a tutor in the lab.  Students then upload their final work onto a password-protected external “A” drive, better described as an electronic holding box.  By doing this, they are able to complete a portfolio that demonstrates their progress over two and a half years of course work. 

In similar fashion, Julie Woodruff, Associate Professor of English, began experimenting with the audio tools in MS Office Word last spring.  Much like Limas, Woodruff was searching for a new, more streamlined way of grading.  She had been using the reviewing tools in Word for years to record text comments for students enrolled in Comp I but decided to venture into the world of audio comments in an effort to save time and connect with her students. 

She began by creating a library of mp3 files of common Comp I comments.  She did this by recording her own voice, making comments like, “Fragmented sentence:  A sentence should contain a subject and a verb, and it should make a complete thought,” and so forth. 

To save on space, she then uploaded these comments into the Content Collection of Blackboard, inserting them as links into Comp I papers as she graded.  While Woodruff did not teach Comp I this semester, she recalls, “My spring online students shared they liked hearing my voice.  They felt like I was a real person.” 

While she used audio comments for a small group of pilot students, she envisions using this Word feature in future courses.  In fact, she found this grading technique so helpful she co-taught a Renew the Magic session last spring in which she shared “how-to’s” and storage/space tips and other useful information with participants.

Using two new tools in Blackboard, Wikki and Wimba, Associate Professor of Speech and Forensics Dr. Donna Goodwin hopes to shape a standard classroom project into a collaborative adventure.  Like her colleagues, she speaks excitedly about the change technology brings to classroom assignments.

Each semester she requires her Forensics students to complete a Reader’s Theater assignment in which the entire class participates in drafting and reading a mini, one-act play. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This semester, Dr. Goodwin’s student benefited from Wiki, which allows users to upload a document and then collectively make changes to it without e-mailing it and without downloading and then re-uploading it.  For this particular Reader’s Theater assignment, students used Wiki outside of class to perfect the script, making changes as needed. 

Once the script was perfected, students used Wimba, another tool with voice recording and live chat capabilities, to record their one-act play as a group.  In other words, the class gathered around a microphone and recorded individual voices in one continuous stream.  Students then downloaded the newly created mp3 file to their desktops and Mp3 players and practiced their parts over the holiday break.

In each of these cases, TCC NEC faculty identified a way to improve their classroom practices and successfully shaped technology around that need, bending it to benefit their students.  Their efforts are impressive and reflective of our institution’s core values, particularly innovation, excellence, and student success.