Archive for September, 2014

“Jussives” …

… are a form of indirect command, and have been used by writers to respond to recent acts of violence. I am a little bit embarrassed that I had not heard of this term before. Jonathan Mayhew is on the case.

What beautiful music, crossing time

Yeol Leum Son is magical.

On Student Evaluations

I’m with Clarissa:

In my long experience, students really want to learn and appreciate educators who teach them well. I meet an exception to this rule maybe once a year and normally end up discovering that the student’s problem was none other than my incapacity to engage.

Happy Birthday, Son

Miles Basil, MD

Miles Basil, MD

You bring such goodness and intelligence into the world.


KPU launches new continuing and professional studies programs

My university has been working on this initiative for some time. It will be wonderful for British Columbia (and Canada – as many of the classes are online). As far as my division is concerned:

Through the KPU school of business, CPS [continuing and professional studies] has established the Contractor’s Academy —  Western Canada’s only such school where contractors can learn the business skills needed to build their company.

More from the Langley Times article:

“Right off the top, the courses we’re offering on building envelope design are unique. Our professional classes in nursing are unique. Both our highly specialized eating disorders course and the Contractor’s Academy are unparalleled,” said Jim Pelton, executive director of continuing and professional studies (CPS).

“Across disciplines, these courses are designed to update skillsets, enhance career prospects and enable lifelong learners to better help others, themselves and their businesses.”

In addition to specialized programming tailored to specific industries, CPS is offering a series of affordable courses on topics that include: how to integrate social media into your organization, creating visual presentations, how to utilize Google Analytics and mastering time management.

More than 65 new courses will be offered this fall, and Pelton says it’s only the first wave.

“We are going to continue to look at the needs of our communities, and the demands of business regionally, and see how we can meet those needs with top-notch programming,” he said. “This is just our first kick at the can, and the can is only going to get bigger.”

Marketing in the Digital World

This is one of my favourite classes to teach. It requires an enormous amount of reading to stay up to date on the topic. My students provide excellent direction. Here’s their class Twitter feed.

CUNY Universities Deliver

My sister Jen teaches Biology at Brooklyn College, ranked tops in “best bang for your buck” among American universities. I am very proud of her and her colleagues.

The top three “Best Bang for the Buck” colleges in the nation are colleges of  The City University of New York,  according to the Washington Monthly magazine.

The magazine’s 2014 survey ranked Brooklyn College number one in the nation. Queens College and Baruch College placed second and third place nationally, matching their  performance in the 2013 survey.

“The CUNY schools are legendary for having educated wave after wave of first-generation students, many from immigrant backgrounds, from Jonas Salk to Jennifer Lopez. “These three colleges continue that tradition,” Washington Monthly reported wrote in its September issue. “They are a great value for students who can gain admission.”

CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken said, “ It comes as no surprise that CUNY colleges are nationally recognized as offering tremendous value.  With a world-class faculty, low tuition, new facilities, and a well-earned reputation with employers, graduate and professional schools, CUNY students and their families are well-aware of the extraordinary opportunity they enjoy.”

Nearly six out of 10 full-time undergraduate students attend tuition-free, thanks to federal and state aid that fully cover CUNY’s exceptionally low tuition. And, while students and their families nationally are struggling with more than $1 trillion in student loans, 80 percent of CUNY’s graduates who move into the workforce leave debt-free.