Yesterday, Friday 01/29, I toured the place where I will be volunteering for the remainder of this semester, Augsburg Fairview Academy. Upon first viewing the building where the school is located, I did get a feeling of "sketchiness" since the building used to be a community center, was surrounded by some run-down homes and had a banner noting that it was the school it is. I then reminded myself that the U has at least a pretty good relationship with the school, so I allowed those thoughts to leave my mind for the time being. While receiving a tour of the school, I was able to meet the teachers at the charter school and a few of the students that attend the school. The school does not have a regular school day on Fridays, and since it was also the end of the semester, there weren't many students around seeking help. The few that I had a chance to meet seemed to be very sharp to say the least, but I did find out that some of these students don't do so well in the classroom, so next week when I go back, I will make sure to utilize their natural ability towards their schoolwork.
January 2010 Archives
Howdy! My name is Dave, I'll be one of you TA's this semester. I'm majoring in ecology, evolution, & behavior. An interesting thing about me is that I play a multitude of musical instruments, and for this reason, I was actually chosen by Rivers Cuomo (lead singer of Weezer) to bust out a solo during their song "Beverly Hills" at the Xcel on harmonica!
I figured I should post my information as well!
I have a B.A. in Psychology from Occidental College and a M.A. in Educational Psychology from the U. My fun fact is that I won the KARE-11 Health Fair poster contest when I was in first grade. I was written up in the paper, was on TV in the "backyard" (I didn't talk to the meteorologist at all), and was able to take a helicopter ride (but I didn't go - I was too scared because of the loud noise!).
Hey all! My name is Christine and I'm majoring in biology and minoring in spanish. A fun fact about me is that I'm an Air Force Brat and have lived in 7 states (Alaska twice) and 13ish houses! I also LOVE golf and made it to sectional finals twice!
Hi Everyone! My name is Ashley Carver and I am majoring in Biology and minoring in classical languages. A fun fact about me is that my dream vacation would be to go to Australia and snorkel off the great barrier reef.
Hello! My name is Jennifer Lamermayer, and I am majoring in Biochemistry and hoping to minor in Psychology. A fun fact about me is that I LOVE to play tennis and watch it on TV, especially the US Open.
Hey all! I am Sugandha Rajput, an international student at the U. I am majoring in Genetics, Cell Biology and Development. One crazy fact about me is that I just love Minnesota's freezing weather! (In fact this might be one of the reasons why I decided to study here).
Hey! I am Heather Schmitz. I am majoring in biology or biochemistry. I am a Scottish dancer.
I am Ranju Ganesh and I am double majoring in Biology and Physiology. When I was two months old, I was on the Johnson and Johnson baby calendar.
Hey you all, I'm Kaela Koalska. I'm majoring in Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development. A super fun fact is i love ballroom dancing and i also have my motorcycle lincense as well!
Hey everyone! My name is Mae Kindler and I'm majoring in neuroscience and minoring in family social science. An interesting fact about me is that my favorite animal is the sloth -- two-toed or three-toed, doesn't matter. ;)
Hey Everyone! I am Wendy Miller, and I am biology major. An interesting fact is that I have my motorcycle license.
Hey everybody, I am Andy Greeley and I am a Biochemistry major here in the finest college in all the land, CBS! A fun fact about myself is that I routinely forget what people I have told stories or bits of information to, so I find myself having to constantly ask people, especially my roommates, "Did I tell you about x?" or "I can't remember if I told you about y." I don't know, maybe not a "fun" fact, but just something that you may have not gotten to know about me otherwise. Something a little more fun is that I've been told I do a pretty good voice impression of the old, creepy guy on Family Guy.
Hey Dean Scholar's, my name is Charlie Lehnen. I am majoring in biology and minoring in math and Spanish. Did you know that I have one attached and one detached earlobe??
Hey Everyone! My name is Kayla Hansen, and I'm majoring in Microbiology but currently transitioning to a Clinical Laboratory Science major. An interesting fact about me is that my mom gave me the nickname "Peach" because when I was a baby, all I would eat for her was peaches for every meal.
Hello, my name is Nick Mueller, and I am currently majoring in Biology. An interesting fact about me is that my family has season tickets for the Green Bay Packers. In Wisconsin, many people are jealous of ticket holders.
My name is Haley Stewart and I'm majoring in biology. An interesting fact about me is that I once had a pet goose.
1. Go to http://blog.lib.umn.edu/.
2. Click on "Login to UThink" (either on the top right or left side of the screen).
3. Enter your x500 and your password. This will take you to your Dashboard. Your Dashboard will list any blogs for which you are an author under "My Blogs." I have added all of you to our blog as authors, so you should see our course on your list of blogs. If nothing appears under "My Blogs," click on the "System Overview" drop-down menu on the top left of the screen.
4. Click on "Biol 2301 - Leadership and Service." This is where you can create and edit entries.
5. If you would like to change the name that appears when you post (i.e., only first name or nickname as opposed to full name or e-mail address), click on the link in the upper right-hand corner of the screen that says "Hi x500" and change your "Display Name."
Creating a Basic Entry
6. Click on "Create" (located on the top of the screen) and click on "Entry."
7. Create a title for your entry (such as "Hope Lodge, Week One"). Then type in your entry in the "Body" box.
8. When you are finished typing your entry, click on "Save" (which will publish your entry). If you'd like to preview your entry prior to publishing, click on "Preview" before clicking "Save." If you'd like to view your entry after it's published, click on "View Entry" in the green bar on the top of the page.
9. If you'd like to edit your entry after it's published, click on "Manage" (located on the top of the screen) and select the entry you'd like to edit.
Links: This is only necessary if you'd like to add links to other sources. First, highlight the text that you want to become a link.
Example: "I'm currently volunteering at Hope Lodge." You want to add a link to the Hope Lodge website so other students can go to their website and check out the organization. Highlight the words "Hope Lodge."
Then click on the button that looks like a chain, which is in the row of buttons above the text box. Enter the URL for the link and click OK.
Images: This is only necessary if you'd like to add images to your blog entry. First, find the image you want (either a picture you've taken, something from the organization's website, etc.). If the image is not currently saved to your computer (i.e., it's an image from a website), right-click on the picture and select "Save Image As." Remember where you saved it!
In your blog entry, put your cursor at the place in the text where you want the image to appear. Then click on the button that looks like a tiny picture, near the end of the row of buttons. It is called "Insert Image."
Click on "Upload New Image" and select "Browse" to find the image on your computer. Select the image and click "Open." Then click on "Upload." If you'd like to change how the image looks in the blog entry, you can do that in the "File Options" page. Make sure "Display image in entry" is checked. If you'd like to keep the picture small, check "Use thumbnail (with a width of 150 pixels)." Then you can choose if you'd like the picture to be centered or aligned on the left or right side of the screen. When you are done, click "Finish."
Welcome to the blog for Biol 2301 - Leadership and Service.
This course is designed for you to reflect on the importance of civic responsibility and service in leadership, understand how personal experiences influence perspectives on social issues, and learn techniques for effective group work. The course provides you an opportunity to partner with a community organization during the semester based on articulated service outcomes. You will reflect on your work with the organization throughout the semester and consider your experiences as they relate to the content covered in the course.
Course Learning Objectives:
•Articulate the importance of civic responsibility and service in leadership
•Define and develop skills to work effectively in diverse groups
•Understand how personal values and experiences influence perspectives on social issues
Objectives of service projects are determined by the needs of the community organization and developed in partnership with the Career and Community Learning Center at the University of Minnesota. Your service learning experience will be focused upon issues related to the biological sciences, health sciences, your future career goals, and/or a social issue in which you have a particular interest.