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Ignatius J. Reilly's
CCSF's Reading Program
"Then you must begin a
reading program immediately so that you may understand the crises of
our age," Ignatius said solemnly. "Begin with the late Romans,
including Boethius, of course. Then you should dip rather
extensively into early Medieval. You may skip the Renaissance and
the Enlightenment. That is mostly dangerous propaganda. Now that I
think of it, you had better skip the Romantics and the Victorians,
too. For the contemporary period, you should study some selected
comic books.... I recommend Batman especially, for he tends to
transcend the abysmal society in which he's found himself. His
morality is rather rigid, also. I rather respect Batman."
There are fliers for the Arthritis
walk in the English Department. The
San Francisco Arthritis Walk is May 21, 2005 at 9:00 AM at
Crissy Field. This is an annual nationwide event that raises
awareness and funds to fight arthritis, the nation’s leading
cause of disability. The Arthritis Walk is held at more than 200
different sites from coast to coast each May during National
Arthritis Month. At the Event…
Choose from a three-mile or
one-mile walk route
Wear a blue "hero" hat if you
Enjoy the fun, festivities and
free health information
today! Once you register, you can set up your own personal Web
page and begin fund raising. Raise $100 or more and earn an
Arthritis WalkSM T-shirt. Questions? Contact
Cyberia Lab Assistant
of the Month
Randy, pictured above, keeps
Cyberia alive. Congratulations!
The English labs will
be open to students from 6/8-7/14. Here are the summer
and Wed 10-6
and Wed 9-6
George and Ira Gershwin, 1935
And the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin'
And the cotton is high
Your daddy's rich
And your mamma's good lookin'
So hush little baby
Don't you cry
One of these mornings
You're going to rise up singing
Then you'll spread your wings
And you'll take to the sky
But till that morning
There's a'nothing can harm you
With daddy and mamma standing by
And the livin' is easy
Fish are jumpin'
And the cotton is high
Your daddy's rich
And your mamma's good lookin'
So hush little baby
Don't you cry
DOES THIS SOUND LIKE SUMMER
SESSION TO YOU?
If your answer is yes,
listen to Nina Simone.
If your answer is no,
listen to Janis Joplin.
The City College
of San Francisco
Peer Tutors Needed
Writing Lab is, as usual, looking for new peer tutors for
the Fall 2005 semester. Please discuss the possibility of
tutoring with your responsible, personable, strong 1A, 1B, or 40
students. They can pick up an application packet from Alisa and
Alex in R220--preferably by the end of this semester, but also
over the summer, or at the start of the Fall. We'll also have
our Tutor Needed flyers in the English Department soon if you
would like to hand them out to potentially interested students.
Harris, author of the
Prentice Hall Reference Guide, embraces Ricky, a Writing
Lab peer tutor, after meeting with faculty and tutors about lab
and handbook strategies. Thanks to Monica Bosson for
arranging this visit.
This issue of the English
Department Newsletter has been sponsored by the good people of
Bring your students to
Cyberia in Art Ext 265.
to more about Cyberia. Prepare to be amazed when you see
the new Cyberia
lab activity sheet! This could change the way you teach and
use lab technology. Be amazed.
Cyberia: It's Cool.
to Karen and Jeff Cox
on the birth of Madeline,
born Wednesday, May 4!
Orientations and Workshops
Julie Young and Craig
Kleinman will be conducting structured orientations to using Cyberia
as a teaching space, from 2-4 PM Wednesday, May 25, and from 10 AM -
12 PM, Thursday, May 26. They will also provide you with some simple
inductive activities for your first sessions teaching in Cyberia.
Whether you will be using Cyberia this summer or in the fall, these
trainings will be a great opportunity for you to learn the Cyberia
basics and explore some new teaching and lab activity ideas.
Please feel free to set up a time with Julie for a brief tour and
orientation if you cannot join one of these sessions. Email
summer lab info and general lab information and resources, jump
members of our department, including Linda Legaspi and Cynthia
Dewar, have loved ones in or on the way to Iraq. We all
hope for their safe and speedy return.
English Department Party
Center on Friday, 5/20! RSVP to Bill McGuire--like
Our retirees, Joan Wilson and Joyce Taylor, shall be honored, as
they are by us every day.
to Shari Dinkins on accepting a position as associate professor at
University of Southern Indiana.
She will be finishing up the summer at City College of San Francisco
and then relocating to Indiana for Fall 2005.
Christine McMahon served as Guest Editor for
Critical Thinking: Unfinished Business, a volume in the New
Directions for Community Colleges series coordinated through UCLA
and published by Jossey-Bass. It will be published this summer.
Some of you may recognize Christine's work from her collaboration
with John Chaffee on
Critical Thinking, Thoughtful Writing.
(Daniel R. Brown) has received published copies of his one-act play
A Fool's Audition from
Baker's Plays, the foremost publisher of plays for schools. It
could be used in City College courses (hint, hint).
This summer we'll be
increasing the classroom use of Cyberia. Please review your
Cyberia teaching assignment at
Lab Page. If
you're sharing an assigned time with a colleague, work out how
you'll share the room. All hail
CCSF English Department
Goes High Tech!
|Thanks to a
generous grant from IBM, all students taking basic skills English
classes at CCSF will be provided with their own mainframe computer.
The IBM 705 was one of the most powerful data processing systems
available in the mid-1950s. Operating according to detailed instructions
called a program, the 705's electronic circuits
performed a series of record-keeping, arithmetic and logical
operations automatically and at speeds which made it capable of 240,000
"decisions" in 60 seconds, and of multiplying numbers as large as 1
million at the rate of over 400 per second. "This is exactly the
kind of technology our basic skills students need to compete in the new millenium," states John Batty-Sylvan, Chair, English Department.
"Imagine how empowered our students will feel riding to school on the 43
Muni with their own IBM 705. True, some take BART, but there will
be plenty of envious Cal students eyeing the 705's powerful data
processing systems! This is what it means to be pro-active." At the start of each processing procedure,
the program is read into "memory" from tape or punched cards. Then the
machine carries out the entire processing job without human
intervention, checking itself for accuracy as it works. Don't
worry--the CCSF bookstore has been made aware of our IBM 705 grant and
will stock plenty of magnetic tape, the usual means of input of data to
the 705, but since entry can also be effected by a punched card
"reader," plenty of punch cards will fill the store's shelves. Buy
in bulk and save!
||When many of you return from summer holiday you may
not recognize Cyberia. The reconfiguration plans--see
publicity image of individualized student workstation to the left--have been approved by the CCSF College
Board, and all of the hardware, generously provided by IBM, will be
installed right after summer session.
|Julie Young, the
English Department's Title III coordinator, is very excited about
Cyberia's future1410 Data Processing Tape System, first introduced in
1960. "Of course I'm excited! The 1410 uses IBM 729 or 7330
Magnetic Tape Units to provide increased data input and output speeds.
This should be great for basic skills and transfer-level students!"
Title III funds will also be used to pay the Cyberia Hostesses
(publicity image to the right). You can't stop progress,
especially at CCSF.
Speech Team Sizzles
in Spring 2005
The Forensics Speech and Debate Team has been traveling
throughout the country to showcase its CCSF talent. Director
Michelle Gorthy and Coach Ivan Oplanic, brought team members
Nadia Conrad, Skryr Ambrose, Mark Schnapp and Shady Alzayat
to San Diego in March to challenge the Southern California league in
Lincoln Douglas and Team Parliamentary debate and in Poetry, Impromptu
and Extemporaneous events. Nadia Conrad enthusiastically stepped
in as an alternate in Parliamentary Team to partner with Skryr
Ambrose despite being a novice speaker. Skryr and Nadia
missed a bronze medal by 2 speaker points which is equivalent to missing
third in the 100 yard dash by a tenth of a second. Skryr Ambrose
rose to the occasion when he was awarded the silver medal in debate now
ranking second in the State in his event.
In April Judy Chea and William Dwiggins
joined the State team and flew to Philadelphia, PA to compete at the
National level. Members must show a history of competitive success and
team maturity to be selected to perform at this level. Retired
Director, Cynthia Dewar joined Michelle Gorthy to coach
the National Team. Skryr Ambrose came away from Nationals with a
bronze medal ranking him third in the Nation in Impromptu Speaking, and
still managed to turn his Physics assignments in on time. Other members
should also be acknowledged for their countless hours spent in practice
and for the support and grace they demonstrated throughout the
Novices Marte’ Hoskins and Scott Luan
rounded out the speech season at the April Spring Fling. Marte’
took third in Persuasion at his first competition.
All competitive members will make a repeat performance at
Speech Slam and Speech Night on May 17th. Speech Slam
is free and will be held in Science 100. Speech Night will showcase the
senior speech team members from 5-7pm in Statler 14 (below Pierre Coste)
and the $5 donation will support further Speech Team efforts. If you
are interested in joining the Speech Team please contact Michelle Gorthy
at 239-3146 for details on Speech 37 and 38 classes.
Thank you to all the faculty and administrators that have
believed in the Forensics Team and shown their endless support
throughout the year.
Please convey the following to your students by
incorporating this lab information into your syllabus or by
appropriating it into a separate handout of your own.
As always, students in English 90, 92, and 9 need to
complete various tasks during open lab time in order to meet course
requirements. During the summer, the minimum amount of lab time a
student must document should be twelve (12) hours, an average of two
hours per week. Here is how and where those lab hours may be earned.
Summer 2005 Open
Writing Lab in R207
(6/8 till 7/14; closed on 7/4): one-on-one tutoring at any step in
the writing process, sessions are limited to 30 minutes per session
per day, no more than twice a week; students must bring essay
assignments and texts to their tutorial; thirty minutes of lab
credit per session, plus an optional 30 minutes if student does
independent study in conjunction with tutorial session
Monday and Thursda, :
Tuesday and Wednesday:
There will be no Friday
or Saturday Writing Lab hours this summer.
Cyberia in Art Ext 265
(6/8 till 7/14; closed on 7/1): computer-based and self-directed
writing and reading enhancement; brief faculty assessment and
coaching of student writing provided; earn up to two hours of lab
credit per day for computer-based work; individual teachers must
determine if pure word-processing (i.e., done without Cyberia’s
composition software and web applications) shall receive lab credit
Wednesday and Friday: 1-3
(except 6/30, which will be
During most mornings and
evenings Cyberia will be used as a computerized classroom. Students
in need of extended one-on one essay tutoring should always use the
Writing Lab; Cyberia is for computer-based writing improvement and
segmental faculty coaching.
Reading Lab in R207 (For
Monday & Thursday 9-3; Tuesday & Wednesday 9-6):
based activities; critical response exercises; computer and
audio-based reading improvement tasks; reading comprehension
practice; vocabulary enhancement activities
Academic Computing Lab in
R207 (Monday-Thursday 8-6:30;
the Lab Page’s Internet composition activities or typing essays for
lab credit must let the ACL staff know this when checking in.
Media Center in R403 (Monday-Thursday 9-6:45;
a range of video
and audio lessons designed to help students improve their
punctuation, grammar, reading, composition skills.
Due to our slightly
constrained open lab schedule and our students’ traditionally hectic
schedules, students may want the chance to earn some--say 20-30%--of
their twelve hours of lab credit by using the activities linked to
the English Department’s Lab Page (http://fog.ccsf.edu/~ckleinma/labpage.htm).
For credit work completed off-campus, students must use English
sites that require a log in and maintain a record of work done.
E.g., at the Lab Page’s “Grammar and Mechanics” link, you’ll see
Anker’s Diagnostic Test, a great assessment tool for the start
of the semester (takes an hour); each student’s Test Report contains
links to recommended sections of Bedford/St. Martin’s Exercise
Central, also found at our “Grammar and Mechanics” link. Once
teachers set up a faculty account, they are able to access students’
records on Bedford’s server. Several reading and composition
teachers have also been grateful for our Lab Page’s “Reading and
Vocabulary” link to the online reading exercises at Townsend Press.
On the Lab Page’s
Cyberia Activity Form you will see a range of links arranged by
skill needs--use it!
Such free Internet
alternatives could make for a more pleasant summer session. Look
closely at your text’s companion web site and make the most of it
for your students. And if you are using a Longman text, take
advantage of the free access codes for
My Skills Lab bundled with your book. The Reading Roadtrip
could provide a fun way to travel and learn this summer. Plus, My
Skills Lab includes several easy-to-learn course management tools
that enable teachers to oversee students’ work.