CRN 11680  UGLC 210  0830-0920 MWF 

Owen M. Williamson, Instructor.

Weekly calendar of Fall, 2010 University Seminar sessions, readings and assignments.

May be modified at any time with advance notice. Each student must meet at least twice during the semester with the instructional team (peer leader and instructor) to discuss academic progress and transition to UTEP and to explore options for improvement. 

UNIV 1301 Calendar
last updated: 08/20/12.

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 the Calendar if at all possible.

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1. 23-27 Aug 2010: Introductions and presentation of course. Syllabus. Instructor's expectations. Intro to the Progymnasmata. Review textbook; readings assigned. General intro to the concept of rhetoric.

Choose theme for Progymnasmata.

Read Borders Introduction.

Activate your UTEP Wiki space.

I have scheduled the UNIV Lab room, Library 336, for Fri. Aug. 27.

Assign KTEP reports.

Read Kennedy (click for link),132-135 and 177-182.

Weekly theme: Progymnasma 1: Fable

Special event: Indradhanush 2010, Aug 28, 6-8 pm, Magoffin Auditorium

2.30 Aug-3 Sept 2010

Monday: Being a college student, being an intellectual.

Assign Final Collective Report. 

Assign Organization Report,

Assign Campus Event Reports. View

Wednesday:  Library walk-through, check out books on your theme.

University Library


The "K.I.S.S." principle of writing.

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

Read Borders Chapter 1: Getting to know your university. (pps 1-19.)

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

Read Kennedy (click for link), 96-97 and 136-139.

KTEP report

Weekly theme--Progymnasma 2: Narrative. 

3. 6-10 Sept 2010

Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6. University closed.


Extra credit: Textbook 101: Getting the most from homework assignments. Sept 7 (Tues.) 1:00-2:30p.m. Call 747-5302 to reserve your place.



Wed., Sept 8, meet at Student Health Center in Union.


Read Borders Chapter 2: The Differences between High School and College. (pps. 20-45)

Professionalization: Start becoming the pro that you want to be.

Do Activity 1.3 on pages 17-18 of the Borders book. Bring to class on Friday.

Read Kennedy (click for link), 97-99 and 139-141.

KTEP report

Weekly theme--Progymnasma 3: Chreia (Sayings)

4. 13-17 Sept 2010Out of classroom experience: Library orientation session in Library, Room 204a, on Sept. 13 (Mon.) from 8:30 to 9:20.

  • Call 747-5302 to reserve your place.

Wed. Sept. 15:

Time/Location: 8:30 - 9:20/UGLC 210

TOPIC: Discover / Mock Interview Program - Step 1

The genius of rhetoric: Pathos, Ethos and Logos. More pillars of rhetoric: kairos, audience, style. delivery. TRVTH vs rhetoric?

Read Borders chapter 3: Preparing to learn.  (pps. 46-101)

Read Kennedy (click for link), 99-101.

KTEP report

Weekly theme--Progymnasma 4: Expanding a saying.

5. 20-24 SEPT 2010: Time management. More study hints and tips for College. How to manage being a highly educated adult. 

I have reserved the time of your class on September 22nd, from 8:30 to 9:20 to give the advising center presentation.  Esteban Terrazas, M.A. Academic Advisor

  • Extra credit: Note taking 101: Getting the most from classroom lectures. Sept 23 (Thurs.), 3:00-4:30 p.m. Call 747-5302 to reserve your place.

EVENT: UTEP students, alumni and prospective students are invited to attend the Career Expo taking place at the Don Haskins Center. The free event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24.

Read Borders Chapter 4: Making the Grade.  (pps. 66-101)

Read Kennedy (click for link), 100-103.

KTEP report

Weekly theme--Progymnasma 5: Refutation.

6. 27 SEPT- 1 OCT 2010:  Exercises. Basics screening Oct. 1.

Extra Credit: Prepare or Beware: Getting ready for exams. Sept 27 (Mon.) 3:00-4:30p.m.Call 747-5302 to reserve your place.

Extra credit: The Effects of Drug and Alcohol on your Well-being.  Sept 29 (Wed.) 2:30-4:00p.m. Call 747-5302 to reserve your place.

Read Borders chapter 5: Academic Resources. (pps. 102-117)

Read Kennedy (click for link), 103-105.

KTEP report

Weekly theme--Progymnasma 6: Confirmation.

7. 4-8 OCT 2010: How to research.

Sunday, Oct. 3 Ė Saturday, Oct. 9
Students, alumni, faculty and staff will celebrate Homecoming Week with a variety of festivities including contests, receptions and a parade. The week will be capped by the UTEP vs. Rice game at 7:05 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9 at Sun Bowl Stadium. For information, contact UTEPís Alumni Association or call 915-747-8600 or 866-GO-MINERS.

Event Report 1 due by October 5.

Ms. Maria Luisa Hernandez-Lopez, LCSW, is available to speak with your students about "alcohol awareness" on Wednesday, October 6th, at 8:30 am. When you know the classroom location and approximate number of students, please inform Maria Luisa, so that she can be prepare the correct number of handouts and know where to find you!

Read Borders Chapter 6: Avoiding Hazards Along the Way. (pps 118-139)

Read Kennedy (click for link), 105-108.

KTEP report

Weekly theme--Progymnasma 7: Commonplace.

8. 11-15 OCT 2010:  --- Midterm.  Weekly progymnasmata due for midterm check. 

The genius of rhetoric: the Dialectic. Slide show.

Exercise:  Dangers!

Read Borders Chapter 7: Healthy Student Living. (pps. 140-165)

Read Kennedy (click for link), 108-111.

Extra credit: So Many Careers! How to choose the right one for me!  Oct 14,Thursday, 2:30-4:00p.m.Call 747-5302 to reserve your place.

I have scheduled the UNIV Lab room, Library 336, for Fri. Oct. 15. Tentative: Do Discovery program.

KTEP report

Weekly theme: Progymnasma 8: Encomium (Praise).

9. 18-22 OCT 2010


Video if time available. Possible exercise or guest speaker.

Assessment activity that examines the student's interests, abilities, and values.

Read Borders Chapter 8: Career Planning. (pps 166-183) Do exercise on p. 170.

Read Kennedy (click for link), 111-113.

KTEP report

Weekly theme--Progymnasma 9: Vituperation (Invective).

10. 25 -29 OCT 2010: The genius of rhetoric.

--- Annotated bibliography of research sources due October 25 in class.

Presentation on Mine Tracker:  Monday, October 25 at 8:30 am.

 Extra credit: Beating Test Anxiety. Oct 27 (Wed.), 3:00-4:30p.m. Call 747-5302 to reserve your place.                

Greek Life

We will be able to give a presentation on October 29, 2010, around 9:00.  We will have a short power point presentation but we will keep it interactive. J

Elisa Espinosa-Ortega, Student Development Center Greek Life Intern, Union West 106, Phone: (915) 747 - 5625

Read Borders Chapter 9: Money Matters for the UTEP Student. (pps 166-183)

Read Kennedy (click for link), 113-115.

KTEP report

Weekly theme--Progymnasma 10: Comparison (Syncrisis).

11. 1-5 NOV 2010: Collective Research Reports due for Peer Review Nov 1.

The mythology, rhetoric (and reality?) of evil rhetors. Hitler? Cults? Con artists? Hannibal Lector? Contemporary (real) evil rhetors?

Begin collective presentations.

Extra credit: So Many Careers! How to choose the right one for me!  Nov 3, Wednesday, 2:30-4:00p.m.Call 747-5302 to reserve your place.

Read Borders chapter 10: Campus Resources. (pps 204-208)

Read Kennedy (click for link), 115-117 and 213-217.

KTEP report

Weekly theme--Progymnasma 11: Impersonation (Prosopopoeia or Ethopoeia)

12. 8-12 NOV 2010Personal attitudes and goals. Attitude quiz.  Student Collective Presentations.

Extra Credit: Prepare or Beware: Getting ready for exams. Nov. 9 (Tues.) 1:30-3:00p.m.Call 747-5302 to reserve your place.

I have scheduled the UNIV Lab room, Library 336, for Fri. Nov. 12.


Event Nov. 12: "What Gandhi Means for Humanity Today," Seminar by: Arvind Singhal, Samuel Shirley and Edna Holt Marston Professor and Director, Social Justice Initiative, Department of Communication, UTEP; and William J. Clinton Distinguished Fellow, Clinton School of Public Service, University of Arkansas, Little Rock. Liberal Arts 323,3:00 pm.

Read Borders Glossary. (p. 209)

Read Kennedy (click for link), 117-120.

KTEP report

Weekly theme--Progymnasma 12: Description (Ecphrasis).  

13. 15-19 NOV 2010Student collective presentations. Other activities to be announced. Rhetoric of class, ethnicity and Gender.

EVENT: UTEPís University Career Center is hosting the Government and Public Service Career Fair from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the Tomas Rivera Conference Center, 3rd floor of Union Building East on University Avenue.

Weekly theme--Ethics, responsibilities of rhetoric and of being an educated person.

Read Kennedy (click for link), 124-127.

KTEP report

Second Event Report due by Nov. 19. Send in via class dropbox.

14: 22-24 NOV 2010: Tentative: Video related to theme of class.

Weekly theme--Progymnasma: Defend / Attack a Law.

Collective Paper due Nov. 24

KTEP reports due by Nov. 29.

Progymnasmata must be completed online by Nov. 24.

15: 29 NOV - 2 DEC 2010:

Date: Monday/ 11/29/2010

Time/Location: 8:30 - 9:20/UGLC 210

Staff Assigned: Andres Carrete

TOPIC: Discover / Mock Interview Program - Step 1

Finish Video. Discover career exploration. Weekly theme: "delivery" as a rhetorical concept.  Semester ends Dec. 2.  Dead Day Dec. 3.

Mon, Dec 6th 10:00 am Ė 12:45 pm

The Final exam will be in the usual classroom. Study questions will be made available in November.


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