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: August 30-September 3, 2010

Monday: Assign  Organization Report.Due by October 22, counts for 10% of your grade. View Organization List.

Assign Campus Event Reports. Due by Oct. 5 and Nov. 27. View  Discuss why it is important to get involved in student activities, organizations and social activities (Homecoming, MinerPalooza, etc.) and why extracurricular activities will help me 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.

Explore Library Catalog for subjects.

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


Library experience. Find and check out one book related to your subject! 

Friday: Collect responses to "Risky Behaviors."

Bring library book on your subject.

Narrative: Humans tell stories. (NPR)

Brief intro to rhetoric.

Antagonistic and non-antagonistic rhetoric.

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.)

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.


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

Secrets of genius-level online research: academic vs. popular level sources.


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


1. Read Kennedy (click for link) 96-7 (example: A DRAMATIC NARRATIVE CONCERNING THE ROSE), and 136-39 for instructions.

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



1,Briefly respond to "risky behaviors"  Discuss the two or three behaviors (listed 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 on Friday-this is confidential and will not be discussed in class.

2. Read Active Shooter. Be ready to respond.




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

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

3. Do Progymnasma 2. [Applies to theme / discipline]. See page 97 of Kennedy for example.

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


Progymnasma 2: Narrative. In a brief, fat-free one or two paragraph narrative, tell in your own words the story of an important success that you had in your studies prior to this time. Use the example on page 97 of Kennedy (A DRAMATIC NARRATIVE CONCERNING THE ROSE) as a guide for style and length Do not write anything too personal or gross to share with the rest of the class. Post this on your own Wiki.





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