December 2, 2005

Faculty Interview Assignment

Your journal reflecting on your interview with a faculty member is due by noon on Tuesday, December 6, e-mailed to both Mike and me. Remember that we aren't asking for a summary of your interview; rather, please write an integrated reflection in response to the following questions:

*Who did you interview and why? Were you using this interview as an opportunity to explore a potential career or major? Did you select your interviewee for a different reason? 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?

*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?

Thanks and have a fabulous weekend!


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November 13, 2005

Week 11

Hey Everyone,

You all have a journal due by Noon on Tuesday!! It is in reference to the Resource Fair. Questions to answer.....

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 (i.e. study abroad, internships, community/volunteer involvement, student organizations, ect.) that you are interested in participating in? What do you expect to gain from participating in these activities?

Next week we are in the Bell Museum!! Bring your U CARDS!!

There are resume workshops on Tuesday and Wednesday that I am putting on. See below for information.

Attention CLA 1001 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
students. (flyer attached)

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

There will be class the day before Thanksgiving!

Hope everyone had a great weekend,


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November 4, 2005

Week 10

Mandatory Resource Fair
Wednesday from 12:00-3:00 in Coffman
Third Floor - Room: 303A,B,C

You will be given a Bingo Card at check-in

Receive a bingo then make sure you checkout before you leave.

Any questions?

No assignments due


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October 26, 2005

Week 9

No Journal Entries Due Week 9

1 - Make sure you are taking care of your faculty interview assignment!

2 - Study hard for your test next week!

3 - If you get a chance, stop by the Gov/Internship Fair on Monday to check out different organizations. Also, I will guarantee you a reward of some sorts if you make it there.

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October 21, 2005

Week 8

Hey Everyone,

Important things for next week....

1 - You have a journal due by Tuesday at Noon

Questions to answer:
At what points during the semester have you experienced stress?
What do you do when you are feeling stress?
Do you feel you manage your stress in an effective way?
Discuss your skills as a test-taker.
What types of tests do you do well on?
What types of tests are you most concerned about?

2 - You must schedule an interview with your faculty member and send us an email with the information of a time and place for your interview.

3 - Class next week is in the Bell Museum (BRING YOUR U CARD)

Note** with any email/attached document, always place your name, first and last someplace in the data. I cannot recognize who you are if you send me an email and don't put a signature on the bottom, the same is for a word document that is attached. These are all habits that you will need for your college and professional lives. So always make sure the person who is reading your email or assignments knows that it is yours.

If you have any questions about the assignments or if you are confused in any way, please email Stephanie or myself before class. Your assignments should always be done before class. If you are having any problems you should consult with us before you come to class as well. I understand that this is not that intense of a course, if you will, but other teachers and professors are not as lenient as we are and part of our objective is to help you adapt to college life. So utilize your resources, resources as in us if you need anything.

Thanks, have a great weekend, hope to see you all at the MOA on Saturday.

Mike Traxinger

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October 14, 2005

Bill Clinton!!!

Who wants to see Bill CLINTON!!!

I do and you should too, being Democrat, Republican, or Independent.

In order to do this you need to go get a ticket on Tues, Oct the 18th as early as possible in the Coffman Bookstore, you can get two per person and I recommend getting both.

The event is on November the 5th at 5PM in Northrop Auditorium. It is FREE!!!!
Even if you can't go if you would be willing to pick up some tickets and give them to me or your other classmates, that would be awesome. This is a great event, not to mention you get to see a former president speak on our campus. Which doesn't happen often.

(I saw Bill Clinton when I was in DC two summers ago walking into Barnes and Noble) and (I have shaken George Bush's Hand) times to remember!!! This should be one.

I'll mention it again in class next week, but be thinking about it.


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Week 7

Hey Everyone,

Things you need to do before class on Wednesday!!!

1 - By Tuesday October 18th you should have completed the first two years of your 4-year plan online. Stephanie will be checking this online, so make sure you get them done. If you have any questions email her or myself over the weekend and we can help you out.

2 - Also by Tuesday you should have completed another Journal Entry

Answer these two questions
- What resources / tools did you find most helpful
- What steps will you take in the future as your major and career interests change and develop to ensure that you graduate in 4 years?

Please put your NAME on the attached document

Class is in Blegen again for next week!

See you then.


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Guidelines for Writing Journal Entries

This handout offers guidelines for writing quality journal responses. The guidelines are applicable for this class as well as other classes you may have now or in the future that require reflective writing. This is an Adobe file.

Writing Quality Journal Entries

ŠJen Rude 2005

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October 9, 2005

Week 6

Category: Sports

How many NCAA championships have the Minnesota Gophers won in?

Men's Hockey
Women's Hockey
Women's Volleyball

How many times have we been Big Ten Champions in?


Finally list all the Teams in the Big Ten Conference.

Good Luck, you should be able to find all this information, if you are unsuccessful post on the blog and I can offer some hints!

PRIZE: A free Bowl at Noodle's and Company

Posted by trax0023 at 3:45 PM | Trivia!!!!!

Week 6

Hey Everyone,

Important stuff to do before class on Wednesday!!

1 - Everyone's 4 Year Planning Assignment Part 1 - is due by TUESDAY at NOON
Note the total credits you have completed (see assignment for details)
Choose one of the scenarios

2 - Faculty Interview Assignment Part 1 - Due by Class on WEDNESDAY
Identify a faculty member
Focus of the interview
3 questions you will ask that are not included on this assignment sheet

3 - Bring a copy of your APAS report to class on Wednesday!
You can print this off online at

Looking ahead, for WEEK 7 you have 2 assignments due

1 - Journal

2 - Graduation Planning Phase II
Details are in your assignment - If you have questions email Stephanie or myself

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