Monthly Archives: September 2009

First Day Done






My first day of classes back at Wesleyan is done.  I was a little worried about my energy levels when my daughter, Sophie, woke me up this morning at 3:45 am!  But the natural energy that comes with the onset of a new semester more than carried me through! As usual, I’m very impressed by…

Fall Begins and Advice for First Year Students






Yesterday was the first day of my fall semester. They gathered us faculty together to advise us on how to advise the incoming freshmen. This is a new experience for me.  I myself was never really advised during my own college experience. I have a faint memory of advisors being available for us during my…

News: Looking for links between Islamic insurgents everywhere






BBC NEWS | Africa | Nigerian ‘trained in Afghanistan’. clipped from news.bbc.co.uk Nigerian ‘trained in Afghanistan’ Abdulrasheed Abubakar was paraded by police to make his statement A member of the Nigerian Islamist sect behind a deadly uprising in July has confessed to receiving military training in Afghanistan, police say.The member of the sect known locally…

Feeling old?






Feeling old? One of my favorite links to look at every fall is the Beloit College Mindset List. Each year, the authors attempt to capture what makes the incoming class unique and some of the signature generational divisions we may confront as their older teachers/ mentors.  Some of my favorites from this year’s list: 3.…