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 7:  October 4-8, 2010  

Sunday, Oct. 3 – 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 UTEP’s Alumni Association or call 915-747-8600 or 866-GO-MINERS.

Monday (tentative): Video clip from "The Day After."  Thinking "out of the box: Respond next session.

EVENT REPORT 1 due by Tuesday, October 5. Post via class dropbox. .

Ms. Maria Luisa Hernandez-Lopez, LCSW, is available to speak with your students about "alcohol awareness" on Wednesday, October 6th, at 8:30 am.


How to research. [Academic success strategies] [Library research]

Read Borders Chapter 6: Avoiding Hazards Along the Way. (Pps 118-139). [Academic success strategies]

Dispelling the myth of the lone genius creating knowledge. Research and the idea of the community of scholarly discourse. [Academic success strategies] [Critical thinking] [Library research]

Tentative Exercise: Kennedy (click for link), p. 70 [Paraphrase], [Applies to theme / discipline]

Discuss Fine Arts activities (e.g., art exhibit, concert, theater production, etc.)

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

Assignment addressing personal or social issues

Written exercise: Student solidarity

Scenario;  Your closest female friend at UTEP calls you, crying, to tell you that she is unexpectedly pregnant. [Don't worry: If you are a male, you are not the father!] She is not married. Due to her religious beliefs abortion is out of the question, but her family is yelling at her and telling her that now she's a mother-to-be she needs to quit wasting time and money on college, stay home, concentrate on getting proper prenatal care, and get ready to be a full-time parent for the next 18 years.  She's depressed and crying and doesn't know what to do.

Your task: Write her a strongly persuasive five-paragraph letter convincing her not to drop out of college. Strictly follow the instructions for the ISARC format.

What do professors expect from you?
Make office visits. Professors want you to visit them during scheduled
office hours.
Understand the syllabus. Professors expect you to consult the course
syllabus and understand course requirements.
Use knowledge. Professors insist that you think about and synthesize
seemingly unrelated topics.
Be responsible. You have to know what is required when it comes to
being organized and prepared for class; in short, professors expect you to
take responsibility for yourself.

Borders, 1st edition.

Assignment: Response or discussion.


1. Read Kennedy (click for link), 105-8 (example).

2 Read Borders chapter 6: Avoiding Hazards Along the Way.


1. Read How to Start a Club or Organization. Be ready to respond.

2. Complete Life Event Scale. Bring along for next week's class.

3. Read Student Organization Advisory Board and choose one for joining, if you have not done so already.


1. Do Progymnasma 7. . [Applies to theme / discipline]

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




Progymnasma 7: Commonplace. Argue against some evil that is the opposite of your theme.

Click on the link above and follow the BYU website instructions exactly. For a subject, argue in general against some evil that is the opposite of your theme (not against any one particular incident, group or person) in your own words and giving your own thoughts and feelings (you should closely follow the example in Kennedy, 106-8, but use your own arguments!) . Do not just argue for your point of view, but instead argue AGAINST this particular evil.






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