Winter 2013_Week 5 LIT
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What is the Honors Program? The Lane Honors Program is a way for high-performing, motivated students to: - Graduate from Lane with honors noted on their transcript and diploma, giving them a competitive edge for scholarship applications and university transfer. - Take honors-level courses and seminars at Lane that emphasize critical thinking, in-depth research, creativity and civic growth. - Receive faculty mentorship and individualized honors advising. - Participate in honors receptions and events as part of the honors community. How do I get in? Students who apply to the Honors Program must have tested into or completed WR 121 and have completed 15 credits at Lane with a 3.25 GPA or higher. For a complete list of eligibility requirements, visit http://www2.lanecc.edu/honors/requirements. What do I need to do to complete the Honors Program? Honors students will be required to take two honors seminars and four honors courses or options as part of their degree plan in addition to fulfilling an experiential learning component. http:// www2.lanecc.edu/honors/experiential-learning. How do I know which honors classes will be offered each term? Honors classes are posted on our website at http:// www2.lanecc.edu/honors/classes. Also, if you type â€œhonorsâ€? in the Quick Class Search of the online class schedule, it will pull a list of all honors classes offered that term. How do I apply? You can apply online at https://www2.lanecc.edu/honors/honorsstudent-application?wssl=1 The application deadline for the following term is always Wednesday of Week 4. What if I have questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 541.463.3438. LANE POLICIES & DEADLINES Registration for College-Level Classes: Spring 2013 Remember – the class schedule for Spring 2013 will be posted online Week 5 (Feb 4) and registration begins Week 6! If you want to find out the first day you can begin registering for classes, login to MyLane, click on the My Enrollment tab, find the Student Status box in the top middle section, and click “When Can I Register?” Select the correct term (Spring 2013), click submit and you will see the first day that you can begin registering for classes at 7 am during Week 6. If there are any messages in red about holds on your account or other issues, you need to resolve them before you can register. You can also check the following link to view the registration calendar by term and see the staged registration dates: http://www2.lanecc.edu/ VALENTINE’S SPECIAL COFFEE TALK TUESDAY, 11:30-1:30 @ 1/206 FREE SNACKS, COFFEE, JUICE! IMMIGRATION UPDATES COME AND MAKE A V-DAY CARD FOR YOUR LOVED ONES! I-20 Pick Up Reminder If you transferred to Lane this term from another U.S. school, your I-20 is ready for pick up! Come and get it in Building 11, Room 235. I-20 Etiquette -Always keep your I-20 in a safe place. If you need your passport or I-20 for ID or other purposes, make a copy of the original to carry with you and leave the original at home. -Don’t let your I-20 expire! Check the expiration date on your I-20. -Keep a record of all of your I-20’s, even ones that have expired from previous schools you have attended. The reason for this is so that USCIS (immigration) can see a record of your F-1 status. OPT Advising Graduating from Lane at the end of Winter 2013 or sometime this year? If so, you have the opportunity to apply for a year-long paid internship through Optional Practical Training (OPT). Students must apply for OPT authorization between 90 days before graduation and 60 days after graduation. If you’re interested or have questions, please make an appointment to see Colby Sheldon in the International Programs office. ESL to Credit Transitioning Students If you’re currently in Oral Skills and Reading/Writing Level 7, remember to take the reading, writing and math placement tests through the Testing Center before March 1st! Lane Foundation Scholarships Apply for your chance to earn one of many Lane Foundation Scholarships worth $1000 each! The deadline to apply is March 14. Hint: you do NOT need to apply for FAFSA in order to fill out the online Foundation scholarship application. Follow this link for instructions and to apply: http://www.lanecc.edu/foundation/scholarshipopps.htm Winter Scholarship Workshops – February 1st, 8th and 22nd from 2-3:20 pm in 19/241 Confused about how to apply for scholarships? Join these free workshops and learn about how to search for scholarships as well as how to fill out applications, order a transcript, write personal statement and create an activity chart. See http:// www2.lanecc.edu/ces/classes-and-workshops for more information. Oregon Transfer Day – February 5 – 10-1 pm in the Cafeteria This is a great opportunity to visit with representatives from Oregon’s public and private universities and some out-of-state universities about the application and transfer process as well as about scholarships and degree programs. Start building your dreams today! Planning ahead will help you to find the right fit to effectively transfer your credits and to save money and time. What To Do If You Are Having A Problem In A Class One good skill to learn as a student is how to advocate for yourself. “Advocate” means to “give voice.” You give yourself a voice when you identify what the problem is and then ask for help in finding solutions. You may feel uncomfortable the first time you tell a teacher what’s not working for you, but you can do it and get results with some practice. This applies whether you are in ESL or credit classes. Teachers and advisors are here to help you learn and want to know when something isn’t working. Here are some steps to try: 1. Think about what the issue is first. It may help to write it out or talk it out with someone. Be specific. For example, “This class isn’t interesting” is not the issue. Ask yourself what makes it “not interesting.” 2. After you think about the specifics, write it down. “This class is sometimes not interesting because it’s long and we sit for more than one hour.” Think about who may have the most control over the issue. Is it a teacher? An advisor? It’s important to take the issue to the right person. In this case, a teacher would have more control over finding an answer than an advisor. 3. Think of one or more solutions: “The class activities could keep my interest more if I could get up and have a short break.” 4. Make an appointment to talk to your teacher. This is best and most respectful if you arrange a time for just you and the teacher to talk in private. Every teacher has one office hour for each class each week listed on your syllabus. If you can’t meet the teacher during the office hour, teachers will make arrangements for other times. Teachers are happy to use their office hours to talk to you about what’s going right or where you may be struggling. Say, “I’d like to talk to you about a problem/issue/situation in class. Could we make an appointment?” 5. Keep the appointment and be on time. If you can’t keep the appointment, call or e-mail. Respect the teacher’s time. 6. When you meet, describe the issue. You can take notes with you to help you remember what you want to say and how you want to say it. Propose your solution. “Sometimes when we’ve been sitting for 90 minutes, it’s hard to concentrate. Could we adjust our activities so we could have a break earlier?” Or “Would it be OK if I stand up at the back of the room if I need to stretch?” 7. The teacher will listen to your issue and solution and either agree to it or suggest another alternative. You will not be punished for asking a question or raising an issue. Teachers appreciate respectful, thoughtful questions and ideas. Thank the teacher when you finish the conversation. 8. This last step is not required, but it is appreciated. Write the teacher an e-mail or a note on paper thanking him or her for their time and restate the solution so you confirm what you believe you agreed on. 9. If talking with your teacher does not resolve the issue or if the issue is regarding a teacher's behavior towards you or your classmates that seems unfair or that makes you uncomfortable, talk to your advisor or a Lane staff member you trust to get support. There is a more formal process to work out problems that involves the department dean and a written complaint. Regardless of how you resolve the issue, every student deserves to have their voice heard and to be in an environment that supports their learning and academic goals. I hope this information is helpful. If you have questions, please let me know! Cathy Lindsley XOXO Hugs and kisses O=Hug X=Kiss If you look at each letter like it was representing two people from a bird's eye view, the "O" represents the arms of those persons hugging each other while the "X" is evocative of two people kissing each other. English as a Second Language Department Dean email@example.com CEN218 PHOTOS OF THE WEEK If you have any creative, fun, or event photos that you would like to publish, please submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org Alhareth Ahmed M Ajjaj Alhareth is from Yemen, but he grew up in Saudi Arabia. He has a strong passion for both art and technology. He thinks that everything or everyone has an interesting story behind it, and he loves to record the stories with his camera. Alhareth was recently a winner of the Art Contest at Titan Court. AND THE WINNER IS... The following student received a $15 dining card for being the first to answer the LIT pop quiz. YOU could be next! Umar Alkhamis Q: Whatâ€™s your favorite food? A: Kabsa, A traditional Saudi Arabian dish made with rice and chicken. Feb 4 — Feb 16, 2013 Sun 3 Mon 4 Tue 5 Wed 6 Thu 7 Online Class Oregon Transfer Day Schedule Available! 10am-1pm Fri 8 9 TGIF Ski Trip 12-1pm Meet at Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop (367 W 13th Ave) At 6:30 AM 11/208 Cafeteria ISC Meeting 4pm-5pm 11/240 Coffee Talk Winter Scholarship Workshop 11:30am1:30pm 2pm- 3:20pm 19 / 241 1/206 10 11 12 Registration SPECIAL VALENTINE For Spring 2013 Begins! Coffee Talk ISC Meeting 11:30am1:30pm 4pm-5pm 1/206 11/240 Sat 13 Chinese New Year Celebration 12 noon in Building 31 (Longhouse) 14 15 16 TGIF Asian Celebration 12-1pm 11/208 On both 16th (10am-6pm) and 17th(10am-7pm) At Eugene Fairgrounds