Contact person: Kathy Kilcrease, Bulding 1, Room 103A,
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|America Fights Back
by Carolyn West
No, We Won’t Back Down by Sandy Pell
What are We Reading Now? by Sandy Pell
OPD, ADA, EAS, LRC…Are you Confused Yet? by Kathy Kilcrease
The “Stars” are Out! by Kathy Kilcrease
BEBOC (Big EyeBall On Campus) by Dave Hartley
Professional Development Activity Review:A Gathering of Communicators
by Joe Zimmerman
Adjunct Junction: CFCC—an Enlightening Place to Be by Lela Kerley
Professional Development Days: Concurrent Sessions—August 21, 2001
On September 11, an event happened that most Americans had never before witnessed—an attack on America. Some of us tuned in to the news report just in time to see a plane hit the second tower of the World Trade Center. For others, the event was replayed repeatedly throughout the day so that anyone could see the horror of crumbling buildings and people jumping from windows in attempts to escape. The first emotion was one of shock, with thoughts of, “this can’t be real.” Deliberate acts of violence and terrorism, of this magnitude, have not been the norm in this country. Some of us might have thought it could never be; that we were so strong as a nation no one would ever be able to launch such an attack against us. Nevertheless, they did.
In the days that followed, as we watched the unearthing of the bodies of innocent people, saw the grief of families and friends, and witnessed the heroic acts of firemen and others who gave unselfishly of themselves in attempts to save anyone who might be still alive, emotions ran rampant. Grief over the tragic loss of lives was evident throughout the nation, while fear and anxiety grew at thoughts of possible continuing acts of terrorism. Much of the fear gave way to anger as we watched and waited to see retribution to those who had deliberately caused such horror. With the anger came displacement as some “took matters into their own hands” and retaliated against other Americans who were similar in outward appearance to those who were involved in the attack. Clearly, the terrorists had accomplished part of their mission.
As the days went by, people attempted to return to normal. Air travel resumed, sports events were scheduled and individuals attempted to get on with life. Yet, there were still underlying feelings of unrest. Over 6,000 had been killed, the economic state of affairs had taken a downward turn, and people were being laid off and losing their livelihood as a result. The issue was not settled.
On October 7, President Bush announced the war on terrorism, proclaiming, “Talking time is over and action has begun.” Air strikes and cruise missiles were launched against the Taliban in Afghanistan. News from around the world confirmed the support of almost 40 other nations for this action, including Britain, Canada, France, Germany, and Australia. Tony Blair, Prime Minister of Britain, has just pledged military support saying that British forces are already actively involved. The time is at hand and lives around the world will be affected as “America fights back.”
Many hailed the president’s decision to take action as long awaited and appropriate. Retribution against terrorists and terrorism had finally begun. Yet, most are aware that the action will bring unknown situations that will be challenging. There may be retaliatory attacks as well as other terrorist actions. Our leaders have said that this may be a long, drawn out war. So, as a people, where do we go from here? Clearly, “the die has been cast,” and we are involved in what may be a difficult and different kind of battle. What will it mean to us, both as individuals and collectively?
Americans have never been afraid to defend what they perceive as right. In the minds of most, the action taken by the terrorists is abominable and should not go unpunished. The feelings are also strong with regard to those who harbor them. We are a brave people, and there are many throughout the world that are pledging their support to us in this time of trouble. This is, in my opinion, rightly so because the affront was not at the hands of a nation, but at the hands of a group of people who seemingly have set themselves against anyone who does not agree with them. Their tactics are against citizens as well as the government. The hoped for result appears to be to create chaos and terror, and no nation is immune to their tactics. To fail to stand against this type of behavior is to encourage it. As it was stated today, “There is danger in action, but the dangers of inaction are greater.”
There have been questions posed as to the psychological impact on the lives of our people. I fully believe the impact will be great. There will be anxiety over coming events, and the unknown factors of what to expect. There will be anger at those who have caused this disruption in our lives. There will be sorrow and depression over casualties and deaths that will come as a consequence of this action. But we will overcome.
What things can we do to lessen the psychological damage? The first thing we should pay attention to is the thoughts we allow to enter and become part of our thought process. Negative thinking is believed to be the primary cause of anxiety and fear. President Roosevelt said, during World War II, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” Fear can be our worst enemy in that it affects our very being. Anxiety is implicated in high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and heart problems. Anxiety can also lead to depression.
Stress is also associated with anxiety, as was found by Hans Selye, a Canadian physician. There is evidence that stress is a psychological factor that is a product of cognition, or thinking, which impacts the body physiologically as well as psychologically.
Negative, obsessive thoughts can lead to higher levels of anger, which has also been shown to affect the body through high blood pressure and hypertension. Anger and irritation are emotions that affect others as well as us as evidenced in abuse, road rage, fighting, and murders. These are negative emotions, which if not channeled, can do great harm.
One may then say, “Are you suggesting that
we feel no anger?” I would agree that this would be almost impossible.
Anger is the arousing emotion, but does not have to be the continuing feeling.
Action, to be most effective, is rational. The events of September 11 have
caused death, pain and suffering to thousands of people. This kind of behavior
cannot be condoned or it will continue and escalate. Therefore, it must
be stopped. Throughout history, there have been those who have trampled
on the rights of others, causing much pain and suffering. Throughout history,
there have been those who have not been afraid to step forth and help stop
the behavior. This time is no different. In the words of Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., “We shall overcome.” Though the path may be rocky, and the emotions
overpowering at times, the true mettle of Americans, of every creed, nationality,
and origin, will be evidenced. We will persevere, we will be victorious,
and the world, once again, will be a better place because caring people,
worldwide, have come together.
I was returning to my office after class when I heard the news about the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. My department quickly became the gathering place for coworkers, who maintained a vigil around our TV, watching in horror and disbelief as the events of the day unfolded. I drove home that evening past the police cars that had been dispatched to our campus for additional security and put my American flag out as Governor Bush had asked, a grim reminder of a tragedy no one wanted to accept. I felt as though I were going to faint, but didn’t; I wanted to cry, but couldn’t.
I have always enjoyed looking at the lighter side of life, and live by a simple motto: “music is my survival, humor my first-aid kit.” I don’t think there is enough humor in the world to provide a first aid kit large enough to heal the hurt our nation suffered on Tuesday, September 11. But, listening to a unified Congress on the steps of the Capitol building sing “God Bless America,” hearing patriotic songs on the radio, and singing hymns of faith in places of worship—these are the songs of survival.
The citizens of the United States have joined together in support of their country—there is no talk of race, religion, or political affiliation—we are first and foremost Americans. The heart of this country is huge—the outpouring of love from citizens donating blood, feeding the volunteers, searching for the missing, and caring for the wounded exemplifies the character of a nation of caring people.
After one of many sleepless nights since the horrific attack on our country, I got up at 5 a.m., prepared for work, and went to Wal-Mart to buy red, white and blue ribbon to make lapel pins for my coworkers and me. I was looking for a way to contribute, to pay tribute, to help ease the need to just do something in a time where so many of us feel helpless.
But never hopeless. From the heroic passengers
on United flight 93 from Newark who prevented hijackers from reaching their
intended target, to the search for survivors at the World Trade Center—these
We won’t let that happen.
As the saying goes, “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” How well do you think you know your fellow faculty members? Here is your chance to find out—can you determine who read which book, based solely on the descriptions provided below?
Choose your answers from the list at the end of the reviews (Ha! Multiple choice coming back to haunt you!) and win a prize from the TLC. The first correct answer received wins, so call or e-mail me right away!
1) I read Two Lucky People by Milton
and Rose Friedman.
2) Along with 100 Ghastly Ghost Stories and 100 Malicious Murders, my “airplane” reading also included Phillip C. McGraw’s Life Strategies: Doing What Works/Doing What Matters. His book about the “Ten Laws of Life” reinforces the concept of the well-rounded life with balanced attention to the personal, professional, relational, familial, and spiritual aspects of life. Along with each “law,” he presents a corresponding strategy. For example Life Law #1 is “You either get it, or you don’t.” His strategy shows how someone can “become one of those who gets it.” Is his good advice or “pop” psychology? Well, anyone can give advice; taking that advice is an individual choice.
What’s sitting on my reading table? A friend
has recommended The Great Complication by Allen Kurzeil, a novel
about librarians and books. Reviews are mixed, so I may check with Susan
Bradshaw on this one!
3) I just finished reading Who Moved My Cheese? by Dr. Spencer Johnson. It is very short, which is great for those who don't have lots of time, and it looks at something that affects all of us (change and how we deal with it). Very insightful.
4) My summer reading list included three
books by the international sensation Orhan Pamuk, Turkey's foremost living
novelist who has been compared to the likes of Borges, Nabokov, Rushdie,
Eco, and Kafka. His novella The White Castle narrates the incredible odyssey
5) I enjoyed a wonderful love story depicting the lives of "mountain folk" in the small town of Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Big Cherry Holler by Adrianna Trigiani is the sequel to her first fictional account of these mountain folks, aptly entitled Big Stone Gap. Both these fictional accounts of life in a small mountain town are enjoyable reading by an up and coming young author. Watch for the movie from the first book, Big Stone Gap!
Don’t forget – the deadline for the next issue of Directions is Friday, November 2. Please share your professional development and book reviews with us!
by Kathy Kilcrease, Coordinator, Teaching/Learning Institute (TLI)
Acronyms” at our Faculty Colloquium on Friday, Aug. 17th.
Carole Bartholomew, new Manager of the Office
of Professional Development (OPD), located in the Teaching and Learning
Center (TLC), was introduced during the “lesson.” As Manager of the OPD,
Carole will coordinate all of the Staff and Program Development (SPD) activities
Of course, our usual fare—workshops, “Lunch Bunch,” and help with your projects—is ongoing, so be sure to stop by the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) to take part in these programs or just to visit!
Thanks to the “Smith twins,” Carol W. Smith
and Kimberley Smith,
Dr. Dassance reported on the progress of the Rank and Reward Focus Group. The group submitted a recommendation that Rank and Reward be linked and that promotion to a higher rank be based on an instructor’s PDP (Professional Development Plan), self-assessment, student evaluations, peer review, and sustained service to the department and college. Two teams, one composed entirely of faculty and another composed of supervisors, would ultimately join to make the final decision on promotions. Faculty promoted to a higher rank would receive a percentage increase in their base salary. However, many things still need to be worked out before this could be put in place, including the amount of the increase (budget considerations), how faculty will initially be assigned to ranks, the final determination of the criteria for promotion, and faculty acceptance and support.
Dr. Jones and Dr. Cooper reported on the new faculty evaluation process that was test piloted last year. This year the student evaluations and PDP’s will continue, but the peer evaluations will not.
At the end of our Friday faculty session
welcoming you to the
The Faculty Colloquium on August 17th brought out the “Stars.” Lori Kielty and Dr. Ron Cooper, our “Stars” from spring semester, were there to “tap” this semester’s “Stars.” The suspense mounted as Lori and Ron, with shirts in hand, (polo shirts with the “Stars” logo embroidered on them), roamed the faculty audience “looking” for our new “Stars.” Ron zeroed in on our first new “Star,” Jack Thursby, and presented him with his shirt. Unfortunately, the other new “Star,” Susan Cable, was really “out” having just had emergency surgery, so we did the next best thing and contacted her at the hospital by phone, with Lori Kielty delivering the good news via speaker phone so Susan could hear the cheers from fellow faculty members in the background.
The “Stars” Award goes each term to two outstanding faculty members who epitomize the best in teaching and learning at CFCC. In addition to their shirts, each “Star” received a Teaching/Learning paperweight and a check for $100. Their names, along with those of past recipients, also appear on a plaque located on the wall outside of the Teaching/Learning Center in Building 1.
Congratulations to our new “Stars!” You represent all that is great about CFCC! We have a terrific faculty here at CFCC and look forward to seeing more new “Stars” “shine” next semester.
Just when you thought it was safe to return
to work—the Eyeball has you in his sight!
Here is a list of the Top
Ten Horses That Didn’t Make the Fever:
...And the Number One
“Horse That Almost Made it”:
Congratulations to all the artists, and our special thanks to the selection committee. (Of note: the selection committee rejected the suggestion for a huge, traveling fiberglass thermometer sculpture designed to measure “Horse Fever.”)
By the way, Terry Timney and John Evans are especially excited over the Horse Fever exhibit. There is a rumor that the college has volunteered them to repaint all 52 horses every two weeks.
Next time - the paintings Jeffrey Spaulding didn’t unpack…The Masterquirks Exhibit.
On September 27-28, I attended the Florida Conference on Communications for Community Colleges in Orlando (it is very difficult to say that quickly). I have attended this conference in the past—many in our department have, when several hundred people attended. This was a smaller gathering; only about 30 people showed up from about a dozen of the community colleges in Florida, but in truth this gave the atmosphere of the conference a degree of camaraderie one doesn’t experience at the very large conferences.
Overall, the sessions were very helpful. A few were on integrating films into communications classes; there were two sessions on learning-centered composition. Linda Black, from St. John’s River Community College, discussed the online research paper.
Talking informally with other Florida community
college instructors was very rewarding. We complained about our workload;
we bragged about our students; we scoffed at our administrators. And of
At the conference, I got to know Sandra Van Pelt, who used to teach as an adjunct here at CFCC. She has a full time job at Lake Sumter Community College in Clermont. She wanted me to say hello to everybody in Ocala. Note to self: spend more time talking to adjuncts while they are still teaching at CFCC.
The gentle, wise and funny poet Peter Meinke, an old friend of CFCC, was the keynote speaker. He talked about how individuals turn to poetry during important moments in their lives, and how the country as a whole is turning to poetry now. He read from his new book of poems Zinc Fingers, and talked about teaching poetry writing to students: “It is emotional truth, not factual truth that a poet should seek.” As he read his poems, he added bits about how he came to write them, stressing that the poem usually ends up in a different place from which it started. “It’s OK when that happens,” he said. “You have to let the piece take you where it wants to go.”
So, I will spontaneously add that during lunch of the first day I made two important decisions, which paid off immensely. The first was choosing the chicken and not the beef. The second was NOT to attend the session presented by the professor sitting across from me who wouldn’t stop talking about himself and how much smarter he was than his students. I probably should have told him he had a large dab of butter in his beard.
Anyhow, thanks to the TLC for the funds that allowed me to go to this conference.
Lunch Bunch: Favorite Topic
Bring your appetite for food and fellowship to the TLC!
Sept. 5 – Connie Tice
Oct. 19 – Ira Holmes
Nov. 12 – Sandra Cooper
Dec. 7 – Stacy Dickson
When asked by Kathy Kilcrease to write for this month’s Adjunct Junction, I immediately felt the incredible onus of this small, yet important task. Ironically, simultaneous to this proposal, I was reading Immanuel Kant's essay “What is Enlightenment?” and I began to think of “enlightenment” in terms of CFCC as an institution and as a body of academics and students. And I smiled, for I have not only seen enlightenment occurring in almost every aspect of CFCC campus life, but I have taken part in and experienced this enlightenment for myself. The Teaching Learning Center has been and remains a bastion for the critical reflection of our profession. Whether one is partaking of a WebCT workshop, cogitating over Ron Cooper’s philosophy of teaching while eating ham and rye during a Lunch Bunch session, or refashioning the way one teaches in a Summer Fantasy Workshop, the opportunities to develop professionally for full and part-time faculty are numerous. I think there is really something to be said about CFCC’s support for its faculty. But what of enlightenment in regards to the students? I believe it is true to say that we, as a community of scholars, encourage our students to interact on a local and global level. Canned food drives for the community’s poor, Study Abroad programs, an International Film Series, and Speaker Series on topics as diverse as financial planning to the death penalty are just a few of the opportunities available to our students. CFCC produces not only educated individuals who are capable of performing in the job market or at higher institutions of learning, but who are also well-rounded, connected, and sensitive to the larger world around them.
Reasoning is the most basic characteristic
of the human species (although I have my doubts sometimes). As we make
the difficult transition from “sage on the stage” to “facilitator of learning,”
I feel it is important that we as faculty leave our students with more
questions than answers at the end of the day. During these ominous times
when war appears imminent, I pray that we as individuals, as local and
national leaders, and as a nation will be seeking enlightenment and practicing
our critical thinking skills. Somehow, through my own experience with the
students and faculty here at CFCC, I feel confident we will.
The TLC Holiday
Meet, greet, and
enjoy some treats.
The Thirteenth International Conference on College Teaching and Learning which will be held in Jacksonville, Florida April 9-13, 2002, seeks proposals dealing with successful practices and research to improve higher education learning. Of special interest are papers dealing with the theme of the conference—Thinking Outside the Box...No Boundaries...No Limits. Most importantly, however, the conference seeks proposals which combine innovative learning strategies, such as interactive and learning communities, with uses of the Web and advanced technologies.
Call for Proposals
All proposals must be submitted electronically, either via the Web or e-mail. For detailed information and to submit your proposal for consideration, please complete the proposal form available on the conference Web site at www.teachlearn.org.
Deadline for submission of proposals is December 3, 2001.
Professional Development DaysOnce again, we had well attended workshops at our concurrent sessions, which covered topics ranging from Dreamweaver to Curriculum Process to Smarthinking. Those of you who attended Bill Lemieux’s Firearms
Concurrent Sessions—August 21, 2001
(a pictorial review)
Simulator demonstration quickly learned how difficult making snap decisions really is, and to stay on James (aka “Deadeye”) Manley’s good side! As always, our “regulars” Lori Kielty, Sally Douglass, Dave Lanzilla, Susan Bradshaw, and Kathy Kilcrease came through to help us out, and we introduced a new CPR workshop with John Gosford.
See you on January 4!