November 30, 2005

Book of the Month

This months entry is "Guns, Germs, and Steel: The The Fates of Human Societies" by Jared Diamond. His book talks about how some civilizations thrive and expand while other civilizations fail or are conquered. Its a very unique approach to human history and would be a good book if you are interested in politics, history, or anthropology. I havent read his new book "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed " but I have heard that it is good. Go check them out at a bookstore if you are curious.

Posted by at 5:27 PM

Money to Pay for School

Here is the website for Scholarships for CLA students.

We have a lot of scholarship oportunties and chances are that you are eligible for at least some of them. I encourage you to check it out and apply.

Scholarships website

Posted by at 5:22 PM

Faculty Interview Journal Entry

Finally, the last journal assignment!

Think about your faculty interview and respond to the following questions:

Who did you interview and why? Be sure to include the faculty member’s name and department.

What was the focus of your interview and what did you gain from the experience? (In other words, write a paragraph or so about what you talked about and/or what you learned)

How do you feel about approaching faculty now that you have conducted your interview? Do you feel differently now than you did at the beginning of the semester?

As always, journal entries are 300 words minimum. Please email it to us on Tuesday, December 6.

Posted by at 5:14 PM

Finals Study Tips Part 2

One way I remember things is to imagine what the topic reminds me of.

  • If it's a word, I'll try and emember who said it so that I can constantly recognize what the word is.

  • If it's a math subject, I'll relate it to a situation, like I want to paint my room but how much of an area to cover... things of that sort.

This works best for me because I am a visual person. The things that I learn in class, I have to look and see it in order for me to comprehend.

Posted by at 9:52 AM

November 29, 2005

CLA Task Force Focus Group

Tuesday December 6, 2005
From 12:30PM to 1:30PM

As we strive to make the CLA one of the premier colleges of liberal arts in the nation, the CLA Task Force recognizes that changes cannot be made without the input of CLA undergraduate and graduate students.

We believe CLA students can provide us with pertinent information as to what ways they feel the CLA is serving them well, as well as provide suggestions as to how the CLA can serve them better.

Therefore, you are invited to participate in the CLA Task Force Focus Groups so that you can share your views and experiences with the Task Force. We will use the information gained through the focus groups to help shape our recommendations for improving the CLA.

The focus groups will be facilitated by the graduate student and undergraduate student members of the CLA Task Force.

The groups will include about 10 participants and last around 1 hour. Pizza and soda will be provided. The anonymity of focus group participants will be kept, and the information provided by participants will only be used for the CLA Task Force recommendations.

On behalf of the CLA Task Force, THANK YOU for your participation in our focus groups. The information you provide will greatly aid in the improvement of the CLA!

Go here for more info and to register to attend.

Posted by at 12:04 PM

November 23, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving


Have a great Thankgiving Break with friends and family...and hopefully not too much homework.

Posted by at 12:56 PM

Liability Disclaimer

This is funny.

Warning: Danger!

Posted by at 12:50 PM

November 22, 2005

Study Tips Part.1


  • Write out a plan of action
  • Make sure you know what you are being tested on
  • Set aside a block of time to study and make sure you take breaks
  • Go somewhere you won't be distracted, turn off your cell phone
  • Find a place you are comfortable in to study at, but not so comfortable that you become tired and want to sleep
  • Form a study group
Posted by at 5:19 PM

November 20, 2005

How to post on the blog

If you would like to put it up on the blog yourself, here are the directions:

  • Go to this address:

  • Then click on the upper left hand corner that says "Login to your blog"

  • Then type in your internet ID (a.k.a. X200), and password if asked

  • Find the box that says "CLA 1001 SOCIETY & CULTURE/ COMMUTER SECTION"

  • Click of "New Entry" which is located on the lower left hand corner of the little box.

  • In the title box, type in a title that includes your name

  • In the "primary category box" click on the down arrow and select "Finals Study Tips"

  • In the "entry body section" tipe in the tip

  • MAKE SURE you scroll all the way down and then hit "save"

  • If you decide to hit preview, MAKE SURE you hit "save entry"

Posted by at 11:01 PM

When do I do my tip?

Since finals are comming up, we want your study tips.

The following people will post a final study tip on the Blog, or e-mail it to me so that I can post it. It can be based on your experiences prepearing for test and midterms or based on something a professor or TA said.

  • November 21: Dawn, Jamie C., and Meghan
  • Novemeber 28: Issac, Kaolee, and Jessica
  • December 4:Skylar, Marco, and Jamie K.
Posted by at 10:52 PM

November 14, 2005

Week 11:Nov. 14 to Nov. 20

Hello y'all,
This Wednesday 16th, we are going to have a large group session on finances. We will be meeting at the Bell Auditorium. Make sure you bring your U-Card, so that we can take attendence.

The journal entry about CLA Connections is due on Tuesday (15th) by noon. Here is what the entry entails:
"Discuss two or three University resources that you learned about
that you were unfamiliar with before the Resource Fair.
What are two or three co-curricular opportunities (e.g., study abroad,
internships, community/volunteer involvement, student organizations,
etc) that you are interested in participating in?
What do you expect to gain from these experiences?"

Since finals are comming up, we want your study tips. On Mondays, starting on Nov. 21, the following people will post a final study tip on the Blog. It can be based on your experiences prepearing for test and midterms or based on something a professor or TA said.

  • November 21: Dawn, Jamie C., and Meghan
  • Novemeber 28: Issac, Kaolee, and Jessica
  • December 4:Skylar, Marco, and Jamie K.

Remeber that the faculty interview assignment presentations are also on the Dec. 7.


Posted by at 5:19 PM

Managing your Finances Journal Entry

You will have a journal entry due on Tuesday Nov 22 based upon this weeks large group meeting about managing your finances. The assignment is the following three questions:

What is your plan for financing your undergraduate education (e.g., financial aid, personal savings, parent contribution, etc.)?

If you are like most college students, you will have a limited budget while in school. Imagine that you only have $100 in spending money a month, how would you allocate your funds? Don’t forget to save for incidental expenses that sometimes happen without warning (e.g., parking tickets, late fees, etc.).

What strategies do you use now for managing your finances?

If you want to answer all three questions thats fine, but if you would rather answer just one or two of the questions in more detail that is fine also. Just make sure that your journal entry is at least 300 words long.

Posted by at 2:52 PM

Resume Workshops for 1st year students

You may only be a first-year college student, but you have skills and
talents that employers are looking for. If you are interested in
distinguishing yourself from your peers when applying for jobs and
internships this summer or sooner, NOW is the time to being thinking
about the best ways to present your experiences to a prospective
employer. With that in mind, please plan join the CLA Freshman and
Sophomore Programs Office and the Career and Community Learning Center
for the first-annual Resume and Cover Letter Workshop for CLA first-year

Tuesday, November 15 (2:15 - 3:30 p.m.)
Wednesday, November 16 (10 - 11:15 a.m.)

For additional information or to register to attend, go to:

Posted by at 2:18 PM

November 10, 2005

November 11, 2005

Veteran's Day

Marine Corps Memorial, Washington DC

Posted by at 12:38 PM

November 9, 2005

Habitat for Humanity Event

Habitat's Rockin' Deal is a fundraiser for the U of M chapter of Habitat for Humanity. The proceeds will go to the house we have sponsored in Heritage Park of Minneapolis. At the event there will be two bands playing, bingo, poker, twister, board games, karaoke, food, and a raffle. There is no buy in for any of the games and there are no cash prizes for the winners. The cost is $5 and we will be selling slices of pizza for a $1. Habitat's Rockin' Deal will be held in the Whole in Coffman Memorial Union on Nov. 16th from 7pm-10:30pm.

Details are here.

Posted by at 4:43 PM

November 7, 2005

Resource Fair Assignment

CLA Connections (First year students resource fair)
Wednesday, November 9
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Third floor Coffman Union

What CLA 1001 Students Have to do
* Show up and swipe in with your Ucard
* Visit at least five tables and receive credit on your Bingo card
* Turn in your Bingo card before you leave the fair

* Resource Fair journal entry: Due on Tuesday, Nov 15.
Discuss two or three University resources that you learned about that you were unfamiliar with before the Resource Fair.
What are two or three co-curricular opportunities (e.g., study abroad, internships, community/volunteer involvement, student organizations, etc) that you are interested in participating in? What do you expect to gain from these experiences?



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Posted by at 4:07 PM

Spring 2006 Freshman Seminars

If any of you are interested in doing another freshman seminar, here is the list of courses that will be offered in the spring.

Posted by at 11:49 AM

November 4, 2005

Still stressed? Still have questions about test taking?

Here are a couple of upcoming workshops that address those topics.

Workshop #1
Test-Taking and Anxiety: Preparation Strategies for Finals & Cram Planning
Location: 202 Eddy Hall
Date: Monday, November 28th
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Didn't prepare so well for your mid-terms? Confused by multiple choice questions? Terrified at the thought of turning over the test paper? Then this workshop is for you. Workshop leaders will provide tips for effective preparation, describe strategies for different kinds of test questions, and help you manage your text anxiety.

Workshop #2
Relaxing at a Time of Stress: Taking Care of You When the Semester is Difficult to Manage
Location: 202 Eddy Hall
Date: Monday, November 28th
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm

The end of the semester is always a stressful time. This workshop will help you recognize the signs of stress, and give you tips on how to relax, take care of yourself, and make it to the end of the semester in one piece.

call 612-624-3323 or go on-line @

Seating is limited and students will be enrolled on a first-come-first-served basis.

Posted by at 6:02 PM

Book of the Month

This months book selection is "Between a Rock and a Hard Place" by Aron Ralston. Its a pretty amazing story of overcoming adversity. A whole lot of adversity. Go look it up if your interested.

Posted by at 9:41 AM

Poetry at random


It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of Annabel Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

I was a child and she was a child,
In this kingdom by the sea;
But we loved with a love that was more than love —
I and my Annabel Lee —
With a love that the wingéd seraphs of heaven
Coveted her and me.

And this was the reason that, long ago,
In this kingdom by the sea,
A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling
My beautiful Annabel Lee;
So that her highborn kinsmen came
And bore her away from me,
To shut her up in a sepulchre,
In this kingdom by the sea.

The angels, not half so happy in heaven,
Went envying her and me —
Yes! — that was the reason (as all men know,
In this kingdom by the sea),
That the wind came out of the cloud by night,
Chilling and killing my Annabel Lee.

But our love it was stronger by far than the love
Of those who were older than we —
Of many far wiser than we —
And neither the angels in heaven above,
Nor the demons down under the sea,
Can ever dissever my soul from the soul
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee:

For the moon never beams, without bringing me
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise, but I see the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling — my darling — my life and my bride,
In her sepulchre there by the sea —
In her tomb by the sounding sea.

Edgar Allan Poe - 1849

Posted by at 9:33 AM

November 1, 2005

Fun facts from my "History of Higher Education" Course

Grading curves from Colonial America

The grading sytem at Yale:
- Best
- Next Best
- Satisfactory
- Inferior

A more creative system from the College of William and Mary:
- First in their class, orderly and attentive, and making flattering improvement
- Orderly and attentive and making respectable improvement
- Making little improvement, probably from want of diligence
- Having learned little or nothing, probably on account of escapades and idleness

... and you thought getting a midterm alert was bad! Try to max out on diligence and keep the escapades to a minimum. I will expect you all to be "orderly and attentive" for class this week.


Posted by at 11:29 AM