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|After weeks of
scientific testing, JJ Sauvé
has determined that his fat cat's tail tastes much better than any of his
dogs' tails. Now that the puppies have arrived, however, a new
tests will commence in January.
Kleinman, born 11/21, stretches across his father's belly after scoring
a 32 on the RFU (Retching for Understanding) Test last week.
Congratulations, young scholar.
A strong scholarly
resource on basic skills composition can be found at
http://www.bedfordstmartins.com/basicbib/. Several of your
colleagues have found this very helpful, something that should play a role
in our curricular discourse.
Carol Fregly conveys
thanks to all for purchasing See's Candy !
Because we met our 50 pound quota at See's, the English Department now has
an account number that allows us to receive a 30 percent discount on
purchases at the outlet near the airport (400 S. Airport Blvd, opposite
To get this discount, a member of the department must bring proof of
employment (paycheck stub will do) plus a photo ID (driver's license).
Our account # is 29648300 and will be good till October 3l, 2005.
To keep our account active, we must purchase another 50 pounds (or more)
next November-December. Think
chocolate for next year's gift-giving season.
The City College
of San Francisco
From Dean Bruce Smith:
Chancellors' Office gave degree applicable credit approval to
ESL 170. This means that the new written composition requirement
can proceed and we can begin work on the implementation. ESL 170 is
designed for ESL students who are only interested in an associate
degree or Certificate of Achievement. All other students would be
required to complete at least Eng. 96 for graduation.
I want to express my appreciation for the
commitment and hard work that many people in both the English and
ESL Departments have put into getting us to this point. I am very
happy that we have finally addressed this issue in a cooperative and
collaborative manner that I think will be beneficial to all of our
I hope your holidays and winter break are
enjoyable and rejuvenating.
Michelle Gorthy enjoys the gaze of Sage, her beautiful daughter.
For the most part, the nonverbal communication revolved around
vegetarian politics and utopian anarchy.
Jackie Berger's second book, Things That Burn, was chosen by
Mark Strand as the winner of this year's
Ali Prize in Poetry. The book will be published by the
University of Utah press this spring.
the year 2002-2003, Leslie Simon was a
fellow at the NEA funded
Humanities Association Institute on "Cities and Public Spaces in
Comparative Cultural Contexts." Twenty community college instructors
from all over the country were selected to attend seminars and do
research at the Library of Congress. Each institute fellow wrote a
paper published in the Community College Humanities Association
Journal, Volume 25. Simon’s paper is entitled "Mourning Becomes
Protest(a): Women Making Space Public." She presented a portion of
the paper at the National Women's Studies Association Conference in
June 2003 and will present another part of it at the American
Historical Association Conference in January 2005.
Marc Dulman's play Ten Franc was given a reading (Act II)
November 18 at Bird
& Beckett Bookshop with the same cast who read Act I there last
Linda Legaspi has desk
copies and instructor manuals of Integrations for instructors
teaching 90/92. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-452-5507.
The Writing Lab
Lab is beginning to hire peer tutors for the Spring 2005
semester, and, as always, we need everyone to send us interested
students who have done well in 1A or above and who work well with
their peers. All 1A, 1B, and 40 instructors should have received a
memo with copies of our Tutors Needed flyer. If for some reason you
did not get these or need more flyers, copies are available at the
English Dept. and the Writing Lab—or, as always, you can just send
students down to the Lab to see us. If you have any questions,
please call Alexandra or Alisa at 452-5883.
Tutoring in the Writing Lab will begin a week later next semester
(Mon. 1/24) to make time for all faculty tutors to meet together.
This is a first-time opportunity to discuss lab improvements and
policy, and to hear what fellow faculty tutors are thinking. There
will be two meeting times during Week 1 to accommodate everyone’s
schedule (details to follow along with your Lab assignments from
Craig). You’ll be paid for attending one of these meetings in lieu
of your first week’s Writing Lab hours.
And finally, a word
about Finals Week. . . Please let students know that the Writing
Lab will close for the semester as of 4:00 on Friday the 17th.
Faculty who tutor in the Lab should already have received an email
asking you to let us know as soon as possible about any changes to
your tutoring schedule during Finals Week.
CHECK YOUR EMAIL THIS WEEK FOR YOUR SPRING LAB ASSIGNMENT!
ESL instructors will be demonstrating how to teach students specific
proofreading techniques (checking sentence structure, verb use,
adjective clauses) and a proofreading checklist for student work
on Friday, 1/14 from 2:15-4:15 pm in Arts 309. "Instructors of both
English and ESL face the challenge of making students become aware of
and responsible for identifying and correcting mistakes in their written
work. Even though instructors often remind their students to proofread,
students may not know how to proofread effectively. Research shows that
students learn proofreading skills most effectively when they are
actually demonstrated, rather than just suggested. Workshop presenters
will demonstrate effective proofreading techniques for helping students
improve their sentence-level control when they write."
English 94, 96, and 1A
instructors should refer current students whom they have identified as
needing extra work in vocabulary and reading comprehension to English
19. In addition, instructors in these classes should plan on giving the
RFU3 test during the first week to identify students who can benefit
from taking both a reading and a composition class concurrently.
Students who score between 25 and 32 are recommended to take English
spring, the department will offer four sections of English 19:
TTh 9:30 - 11
MWF 11 - 12 (Slates)
MWF 10 - 11 (Spears)
Wed 6:30 - 9:30 (Fregly)
have questions regarding the course materials and curriculum in English
19, send an email to Deanne Spears at email@example.com.
Earlier this month CCSF faculty union
official Waldo Angler flew to Lima to march for Peru’s worm farmers'
rights to export their night crawlers to China and
asked about the solidarity offered to our brother and sister worm
framers in Peru, English Professor Joe Smoothé said he thinks our
union’s efforts are beyond the call of duty. “I was hoping that we,
like many other colleges, might have on-campus child care for faculty,
but we must think of the worms. Maybe I should mail next month’s $1500
daycare fee to the worm farmers. I feel terrible. Oh well, I was
probably going to have to find an extra job anyway to make my rent and
car payment next month.” Ironically, for Angler, such marches are also
about the children, the children who depend on Peruvian worms every day.
Barely able to speak after lecturing in
moldy Bungalow 313, Mona Strep, a new English 96 instructor, could
barely contain her excitement. “It’s bit hard for me to speak because I
strained my voice yelling over the teacher lecturing in the bungalow
across kitty litter alley, but it’s about time somebody fought for
worm farmers. When my class wrote an essay on
worm imports, 33 out of 35 students—I call them ‘authors’—supported
Angler’s march.” Strep is hopeful that Angler will lecture her 96 class
about his global fight for our brother and sister worm farmers, but at
last request he was apprehensive about inhaling too many mold spores or
tripping on an OSHA-violating floor outlet in Strep’s bungalow
Meanwhile some faculty members complain
that their Delta Dental insurance barely covers their dental needs and
that many of their prescriptions now require a $25 co-pay as opposed to
the $5-10 co-pay for the same pills a few years ago, but the worm farmers
of Peru face a much harsher health care system. “We can’t just fight
for Safeway and Hotel workers,” Angler declared. “Our local union must
think more globally. How can we fight for City
faculty and strengthen our contract when nobody’s fighting for the
Peruvian worm farmers and exporters. Nobody’s marching for the Chinese
and Australian Peruvian worm importers. In fact, I was the only one
marching. What does that tell you?”