INSTRUCTOR  Owen M. Williamson, MA


In case of absence, or if class is ever cancelled due to circumstances beyond Instructor control, students are still expected to complete and submit all assignments shown on this Calendar page if possible.

Week 8: March 7 - 11, 2011


Turn in all KTEP reports at beginning of class.

Do online Quiz on Borders, chapter 6, by Tues., 7:00 am.

Discuss: Red Flags


Freshmen mid-term grades due to the Records Office

Work Group 6 will discuss Progymnasma 8: Praise.

Respond to the recent research finding that "Students whose classes reflect high expectations (more than 40 pages of reading a week and more than 20 pages of writing a semester) gained more than other students." ("Academically Adrift," by Scott Jaschik)

How to do university-level research. How to read an academic text. How to use the Internet for university-level research. "Following the track" of scholarly knowledge. Students will examine how to develop academic survival and success strategies (e.g., note-taking, active reading, time management).  Students will become aware of and use selected academic and student support resources.


Friday: Class will be coming to the Academic Advising Center on Friday, March 11th from 8:30-9:30.

All of the class is required to come except:
Eloy Deras
Miguel Saldaņa
Michael Torres
Amanda Uranga
Matthew Wojciechowski

Michelle Peņa, M.S.
Academic Advisor/Lecturer
University of Texas at El Paso



1. Read Kennedy (click for link),108-11 (two examples). 

2. Read Borders chapter 7 and chapter 8.


1. Complete UCLA Loneliness Test at

Be ready to discuss results next week if you want.

2. Optional: Take the Psych Central Online Depression Screening Test on your own.

Friday: Class will meet at the Academic Advising Center on Friday, March 11th from 8:30-9:30.

1. Organization Report: Note your participation in Minetracker by March 11.

2. Optional: Take the Cheek and Buss Online Shyness Test on your own.

3. Do Progymnasma 8. [Encomium / Praise]

4. Work on Final Report.

5. KTEP Report


Progymnasma 8: Encomium (Praise). 

Praise someone who appears to have followed the semester thesis and has succeeded greatly.

ENCOMIUM: Like the DawnCarefully follow the example given in Kennedy 110-111 for length and style.



Directions for composition:

  1. Describe the stock the person comes from:
    • what people
    • what country
    • what ancestors
    • what parents
  2. Describe the person's upbringing
    • education
    • instruction in art
    • training in laws
  3. Describe the person's deeds, which should be described as the results of his or her following the semester thesis.
  4. Make a comparison to someone else who did not follow this thesis and who did not succeed as greatly,  to escalate your praise
  5. Write a brief conclusion describing what kind of concrete action you are concretely doing right now (or plan to do) to follow the successful example of the person who you cited above.

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The University of Texas at El Paso - 500 W. University Ave. - El Paso, TX 79968
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