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 2


Assign  Organization Report. Counts for 10% of your grade.View Organization List.

Assign Campus Event Reports. View  Discuss the culture of engagement: Why it is important to get involved in student activities, organizations and social activities (Homecoming, MinerPalooza, etc.) and why extracurricular activities will help you develop leadership skills. Student-organized activities (e.g., student organizations, clubs, events, etc.) Discuss Student Development Center, and how to feel an increased sense of belonging to UTEP.



Public speaking activity—declamation. [Applies to theme / discipline] [Public speaking]


Work Group 12 will discuss Assignment 2.

Brief intro to food rhetoric.  How does this subject relate to me if I'm not a writer?

Students will examine personal and social transition issues affecting college success, that could include topics such as academic expectations, high-risk behaviors, and relationships.

Temptations and difficulties to overcome. Discuss High Risk behaviors. (You should have a printout of this.)

Wednesday: Tools of learning: Annotation, reading aloud, listening, paraphrasing.

How to drop a course--please don't, but if you must, do it  this way!  Course Drop Form.

What the hell do professors want? Discourse communities and expectations. The “Three for One” deal: the expectation of three hours of study-time for every hour in the classroom. Attendance, excuses and absences.  Student physical and mental health. Morale, nutrition, sleep and university activities.  Avoiding inappropriate timesaving tools.

Tentative in-class exercise: Do you have a transportation plan "B"? (Writing practice).

Using, register your mobile phone for emergency and important messages. (Borders Activity 6.1)



Library experience. Meet in lobby (coffee shop) of Library. Find and check out one book related to your subject! 


1. Read Borders chapter 1, Getting to Know Your University.  pps. 1-15.

2. Read Jacob's book, pps. 21-32 (Chapter 2).

3. Read College Isn't for Everyone, by Matt Price.  Respond to Price (2 or 3 paragraphs) on your Wiki comments.

4. Optional:  View Webcast on the Science of Bread (about 45 minutes).



1,Briefly respond to "risky behaviors"  Discuss the two or three behaviors (listed there or not) that are the most dangerous for your college career, and what you will do to avoid the risks involved. Bring response to class Wednesday-this is confidential and will not be discussed in class. Be sure to mark your paper "Confidential!"

2. Read "Active Shooter," be ready to respond.

3. Read "how to calculate your GPA"



1 Do.Borders Activity 1.2
This activity counts as quiz #1. Due next week,(Provide a print-out).

2. Do Writing Exercises (all three) on p. 32 of Jacob's book.  [Applies to theme / discipline].

3. KTEP report. [Academic success strategies—note taking] [Critical thinking]




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