Sloan-C International Conference
on Asynchronous Learning Networks
by Maggie Davis, Health Occupations
I attended the International Conference on Asynchronous Learning Networks in Orlando on November 17-19, 2005. This conference provided me with an opportunity to network with faculty from across the country. I learned what strategies, struggles, and triumphs they faced in their institutions when trying to implement online and hybrid courses. I attended several sessions during the conference including sessions on assessment, implementation, and evaluation of courses. My favorite session focused on assessing quality in online education. I came away from this session with useful strategies for evaluating the quality of the nursing program’s online and hybrid courses.
I appreciate the support of the Professional Development Center in providing the funding for my attendance at this conference. I believe students will benefit from my attendance at this conference because the nursing program will use the information I gained to I prove the quality of our online/hybrid courses to ensure students achieve their learning outcomes. In addition, I attended this conference with the objective that I would learn how the work that the nursing faculty members were doing on their course development compared to other programs and institutions. I also hoped to learn about new tools and strategies to enhance our ability to design and implement these courses.
I believe these objectives were achieved despite the fact that we lack many of the resources larger institutions have, I believe we are fortunate to have faculty who are willing to share their experiences and expertise with faculty who are new to online course development.
International Conference on Arts and Humanities
by Sarah Satterfield, Fine Arts
On January 11-14, I had the opportunity to attend the fourth annual International Conference on Arts and Humanities in Honolulu, Hawaii. I performed a lecture-recital (on a Civil War fife) entitled “Fiddlers, Farmers, and the Folks Back Home: Traditional Music in Early Florida.” During my first year at CFCC, I received a mini-grant to research this topic. It was nice to have an opportunity to disseminate the findings of that research at a conference attended by over 1,400 individuals from various fields/backgrounds, including the visual arts, theatre, dance, literature, anthropology, philosophy, religion, and music. Participants came from approximately 40 different countries.
In addition to seeing the beautiful sites of Hawaii—the white sand beaches of Waikiki, Diamond Head, the Byodo-in Temple, Pearl Harbor, et cetera—I attended three days of lectures, recitals, and panel discussions presented by some of the most esteemed names in my profession. Most intriguing was a theoretical analysis of Hungarian composer Bela Bartok’s usage of tonality as a form of symbolism in his opera Bluebeard’s Castle. The speaker, Masataka Yoshika, discussed how Bartok used certain chord types in connection with different characters/scenes in the opera, reminiscent of the leitmotifs in Richard Wagner's nineteenth-century music dramas. I also enjoyed a lecture presented by David Kushner, head of the musicology program at the University of Florida, titled “From Phosphate to Plantation: The State Songs of Florida.” Dr. Kushner presented a longer version of this lecture in my Introduction to Humanities class this fall. In the lecture, he examined controversy-surrounding dialect in Florida’s state song, and various efforts at text “sanitization”—under the guise of political correctness—undertaken by local legislative figures.
I plan to use the information I learned at the conference in my music and humanities classes. I will be preparing slides and discussing with my students the musical and artistic traditions of Hawaii. I will also be sharing with them portions of my own lecture from the conference.
St. Petersburg Times
Festival of Reading
by Ron Cooper, Humanities
The 13 th Annual St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading held 10/38-30/05 was the largest in its history, featuring Carl Hiaasen, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Bobbie Ann Mason, R.L. Stine, and other authors, including many from Florida. My funding request was particularly for “Novel Night-Author Reception” in which most of the authors who participated in the festival proper (the following day) attended a reception. This reception was by special registration only, and guests (like me) met in an elegant but casual atmosphere to talk with authors.
Florence , Italy in December 2005
by Michele Wirt, Humanities
The Florence Biennale—not to be confused with the Venice Biennial—is the largest artist supported international exhibition in the world. Its fifth event, held in the Fortezza da Basso, featured over eight-hundred artists, of which I was one, from seventy-five countries. (Visit http://www.florencebiennale.org to see your colleague’s name on the Artists’ Index!) Each day featured many activities, including two lecture sessions. Perhaps the most meaningful was “When Nothing is Something,” which addressed a kind of daoist look at how what isn’t there defines what is, in art, and elsewhere.
Meeting artists from other countries was a real treat, learning what inspired them on regional and personal levels. An informal group of us spent time after hours in a jazz club called Café Caruso, in which the proprietor was also an artist.
The curator of the exhibit is Dr. John Spike, who has written catalogues raisonne on both Caravaggio and Michelangelo. His wife is an accomplished writer herself. Her recent book, The Tuscan Countess , reveals the life and times of Matilda of Canossa, who lived in Mantua around the time of the Norman Conquest, who fought along with her soldiers to preserve the ideals of her lover, Pope Gregory VII.
Being December in a largely catholic city meant the “Presipio” or nativity celebrations were everywhere, and a special holiday for the Annunciation was a lively weekday during which everyone took time off. In between Biennale days, I visited San Miniato, Boboli Gardens, the Uffizi, the Chiesa di Dante, and Santa Reparata, underneath the existing Florence Cathedral, to name a few.
In this seemingly ancient-come-metropolitan city, one drinks their cappuccino (don’t ask for “coffee”) standing up, no lingering, except in the afternoon or evening. In the Piazza de Reppublica, a violinist and her loyal audience casually clustered around an ancient upright marker, indicating the exact physical center of town, topped with a sculpture by Donatello himself.
Street artists next to the great Duomo hawk customers for “caricatura?” a young lady sat for one in particular, with her mother looking on. They argued over the appearance of the younger’s chin with the artist, who made it look double in the drawing. The pair finally gave up after what was clearly his relentless defense as I looked on; body language is fairly universal.
Covering classes during the week before final exams allowed students time to work on final projects independently, and/or work on study guides for exams. However, Spring Break would be a better time to visit, as summer is unbearably hot, not to mention expensive. Another part of my follow up to this professional development activity included a simple dish of caprese, served along with proscuitto and crispini, which accompanied a slide show for a recent Citrus Campus faculty meeting.
The flight out of Florence was where I met up with Christo, a featured artist at the Biennale, where it was too crowded to get very close while he spoke alongside Jean Claude. He refused to sign my passport, but did autograph a postcard he was carrying.
I strongly resisted photographing him in that more informal setting, but the flight attendants did not!
If you go to Firenze, be sure to try the riboleto, the grappa, and the limoncello, although maybe not in that particular order. If you like the idea of going with a group, attempts to offer a studies abroad course that includes travel to the city may materialize in the spring of 2007.
Exercise Physiology & Weight Management Strategies
by Patti Hooker, Health Occupations
This course, held on January 18 in Gainesville, was very interesting and relevant to the course I am teaching this semester. The speaker focused primarily on weight management, which was not as much my concern as was exercise and its relationship to certain diagnoses, but her knowledge of the topic intertwined with relevant personal stories made the presentation of her theory more interesting.
I did learn a lot relating to diabetes and Coronary Artery Disease in relation to exercise, including lifestyle change recommendations for patients/clients with differing diagnoses. The speaker reviewed ways to change standardized testing to use as an assessment tool for
specific age groups; the course manual also included photos of exercises for review.
I plan to implement some of the ideas presented in my Therapeutic Procedures class this semester.
American Choral Directors
by Gregory Ruffer, Fine Arts
The southern division meeting of the American Choral Directors Association in Charleston, WV on February 22-26 turned out to be a great conference for networking. I spend a good deal of time with Dianna Campbell, choral director at Seminole Community College. We discussed our music programs, course offerings, literature, etc. and I gained a great deal of insight into another community college’s program. We also discussed a joint performance by our concert choirs next spring.
I also met with Wayne Bailey, choral director at Jacksonville Community College and got helpful information from him as well.
Sessions on programming and literature were very helpful for ideas as were the dozen or so concerts I attended.
Live From Kyrgyzstan
Our thanks to Pat Fleming for the wonderful presentation “live” from Kyrgyzstan on College Planning Day, Feb. 16. Thanks also to the following local artists and participants from the University of Kyrgyzstan:
Phillip Kraskilnikov firstname.lastname@example.org
Gulshat Maatkerimova email@example.com
Zina Karayeva firstname.lastname@example.org
Lizzy Mayrl email@example.com
She’s Got a Way with Words
Cassandra Robison, our very own creative writing instructor at CFCC and advisor for Imprints , CFCC’s literary magazine, has had several poems accepted by various magazines. Here is the list of poems accepted during the past three months, with publications and websites:
“Ben” & “Mandala;” to be published in an upcoming issue of Word Riot ( www.wordriot.org ); “Omega”- Mannequin Envy, January 2006 ( www.mannequinenvy.com ); “Nasturtium” & “Pilgrimage” published in Adagio Verse Quarterly January 2006 ( http://www.geocities.com/adagioversequarterly/ ); and “Vaccination” in Sunspinner winter issue ( www.sunspinner.org ).
Three poems— “Appointment,” “Playing the Dead Home,” & “Knowing the Bead”—will be published in the June 2006 anthology entitled Washing the Color of Water Golden
by Cassandra Robison
When I was a child in the 50's, I wore white
cotton gloves with lace at the wrists.
Railings, door handles, drinking fountains --
all were Verboten; my mother said, don't touch
anything, the world is a filthy place, you'll get polio.
I dreamt , she told me, that you held a red balloon
by a string that took you higher and higher up
into the sky, and I shouted Let go! Let go!
but you held on and floated into the clouds.
One day, she led me by the hand
into the children's ward at the hospital.
Entombed in an iron lung, lying there,
was Sarah Brown, who sat beside me all year
in 2nd grade; her head stuck out one end,
the rest of her encased. In her eyes, death floated.
Stripped of all courtesy, I could not speak.
For months afterwards, in a recurring dream,
a disembodied hand chased me round
and round while party guests just smiled
at me and said, What a nice little girl you are!
I shouted at them, Don't you see it? Don't you see it?
The dreams stopped with our rescue:
One day in the 3rd grade,
we children stood in long, solemn lines,
patiently awaiting our salvation
at the altar of modern science:
tiny paper cups filled with the red miracle,
the first vaccine.
Half a century past, the skin on my hands
begins to bleed, to peel away, to shed
the outer layers as if to rid itself
of things remembered. There is no cure,
only respite days. Sometimes I can't bear
to touch anything. I think of Sarah Brown
struggling for air, her eyes locked on mine.
I know now, there are no gloves
white enough to save us.
with Steve Hill and Joe Zimmerman
Dear Steve and Joe,
I take a lot of digital pictures, and I am looking for software to help me arrange and categorize the images. I know there are a lot of choices out there. What do you recommend?
Jane Hoesterey, CFCC Instructor
Joe: This is a fantastic question, Jane. We’ve got just the thing, don’t we Steve?
Steve: Yes we do. It’s called “Picasa.” You download it from Google. It’s free.
Joe: Right. So you can’t beat the price. And because it does so much and is so simple to use, we decided to make it the official photo software of the T/LI.
Steve: When did we do that?
Joe: Just now. Lots of people on campus use Photoshop which is a great program. We love Photoshop and offer classes on how to use it. But a lot of the time, you don’t need all of the capabilities that Photoshop delivers.
Steve: Yes, Jane. If you’re just looking for photo software that helps you organize your images, lets you view your images easily, and allows you to do some minor touch ups on your images, Picasa is the way to go. Actually, it’s Picasa2 now.
Joe: To get started, go to www.google.com. Then click “more” and then scroll down and click on “Picasa.” Once you’ve done that, all you have to do is click “Free Download.”
Steve: When it is installed, the program will start to organize every image in your hard drive automatically. When Joe and I got it going, it only took about ten minutes to organize all his photos.
Joe: Yes. And five minutes of that was Steve and I trying to figure out how Google makes money. This isn’t one of these free trials offers that will disappear in 30 days. Anyhow, you should be advised that Picasa will find photographs that you don’t even know you had on your computer.
Steve: We’re still wondering why Joe had nineteen images of Christina Aguilera on his.
Joe: My teenaged son uses that computer a lot Steve. Besides, she’s an artist.
Steve: Anyhow, once Picasa is installed and has organized your image folders, check out the “Timeline.”
Joe: I love the Timeline. It shows your image folders on sort of an elliptical clothesline in chronological order. And at the bottom there is a line graph with a little sphere representing each folder from that month and year. This makes it really easy to find folders. I like Picasa not only because it is so easy on the eyes, but because it automatically imports image files. So now, whenever I plug in my digital camera to my computer, I know that there is a copy on the hard drive itself.
Steve. This software also makes it extremely easy to organize images to be burned onto a CD. Just click “Gift CD” and follow the instructions. You’ll need a CD burner on your computer, though.
Joe: And like most photo viewers these days there is a link to online photo printing companies. About five providers are listed; I personally use Shutterfly.
Steve: Picasa has a very cool “Collage” feature. It also makes it extremely easy to email images, especially if you get your friends and family to use Picasa. If you are all members of the “Hello” network, you can exchange picture folders with a few clicks.
Joe: With “Hello,” you can also chat about images with your friends or students as you look at them. You see what images they are looking at and they see what images you are looking at. This could be very useful for distance learning instructors. If a student has a question about an image in a PowerPoint lecture, for example, you could both look at it together. Steve and I tried this out the other day and it worked great.
Steve: So try out Picasa, Jane, and let us know if you like it. If you need help, stop by the Professional Development Center.