Department of Earth Science          Northeastern Illinois University

CHICAGO ROCKS!  Geology in the City                                         J. Hemzacek homepage                        
ESCI 109       FALL 2012     A First-Year Experience Colloquium Course                            send an email to J Hemzacek

WELCOME to the home page of CHICAGO ROCKS!
This First-Year Experience course introduces
the geologic story of the Chicago region,
while also introducing you to the
university community at Northeastern.

Get ready to ROCK your world!  :o)

  syllabus and course documents (printable)
 

  announcements    updated 7 December

 
Review List for Final Exercise - updated
 
schedule of topics & assignment deadlines
            "live" version, updated regularly... includes
                    due dates/deadlines, readings, & details of written assignments

  RESOURCES and LINKS:  
     TERM PROJECT information - updated
     information about required texts
     NEIU Emergency Information
            NEIUport     about NEIUport       about NEIUport Groups
     NEIU  First-Year Experience Program     
 

 

Class Resources:

  images of till :     1     2     3     4        x1   x2      

   Blue Island - Virtual Field Trip      

  Glacial Lakes around Michigan - figs    doc 
           origin of Great Lakes

Your Chicago Rocks! Peer Mentor:

Section 1:
Ricardo Vicencio

 Section 2:
Josh Sievers


 

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Syllabus and Basic Course Documents:
     course overview, objectives, grading
     general course information and expectations
     classroom guidelines & rules;    tips for success
     schedule of topics (printable version) - subject to change
     General Education program info
     rubric for some assignments
     NEIU Emergency Information
 
some documents are in .pdf form;
if you do not have Adobe® Reader®,  click here to download.
  A note about printing documents:  
Depending on your printer settings, you may  need to change some settings in order  to get the document to print properly.    
      If  the document prints in the wrong orientation and/or the
            wrong size:                    
      1) check the box for "auto rotate and center"  in the printer
            dialog  box;   and     
      2) make sure that "page scaling" is set to either  "none" or
           "fit to page". 

    

 

© 2012 J Hemzacek Laukant
Last updated 23 August 2012

 

Printable planners -- your choice of cover designs!!   instructions for folding your planner - here
Click on the design of your choice to open the file, and print the page.

         Then follow the instructions for folding your planner in this document

 

 

 

 

 

Required texts and other resources

There are two required texts for this class:
1 A custom-published text, required for all FYE classes, is available in Beck's bookstore
2 A field guide on geology of the Chicago region is available in electronic format; you will need to have this resource readily accessible at every class session, and it is required that you have a hard copy (printed pages) in color of at least the pages that are specified.
The e-version of the text is available at no cost at the following link:

http://library.isgs.uiuc.edu/Pubs/pdfs/ofs/2005/ofs2005-09.pdf

Alternatively,
your instructor has this text on CDs, which can be signed out on loan for printing.
NOTE:
If you are having difficulty uploading the ISGS document
, try this version - it is a smaller file size:  ISGSsmall

Pages that are required in hard copy, as printed, color pages, are listed below.  The list represents the minimum text that you must have in hard-copy; you may find it very useful to print the entire text.
PLEASE NOTE!!   Page numbers listed refer to the actual numbers on pages of the document: that is, "page 5" is the page that shows the number 5 on that page, as opposed to the fifth page of the whole document (these are two different pages!)  Make sure that you are printing the correct pages in color.

Pages required to be printed, in color (you should bring these to every class, starting with the due date for this requirement -- see assignment schedule) are the pages showing these page numbers:
5, 7, 9, 21, 23, 24, 27, 35, 37, 40, 41, 43, 44, 45, 56
 

  In addition, you will need a Chicago regional street map - any detailed version that includes the entire city of Chicago AND surrounding towns.
    sources for appropriate maps include:
-- perhaps someone you know already has one that you can use for this semester?
-- a friend or family member who belongs to an auto club (such as AAA) can get a map for free!
-- many gas/ service stations sell Chicago area maps
-- some area Walgreen's or Osco stores sell maps, including the same maps below...
-- maps are available at Barnes & Noble stores:  including this
Chicago and Vicinity map OR
       this Chicago street map available in area stores

-- National Geographic has a nice version
or you may find a different source for a map!

An example of a map that will not be useful is this Streetwise map; it does not show the whole area.
 

 

 

 

 

NEIU Emergency Information  
It is recognized that a safe university environment is a shared responsibility of faculty, staff, and students, all of whom are expected to familiarize themselves with and cooperate with emergency procedures.

Web links to Campus Safety: Emergency Procedures and Safety Information can be found on NEIUport on the MyNEIU tab or as follows (for the Main campus):
                    
http://www.neiu.edu/~neiutemp/Emergency_Procedures/MainCampus/

This emergency “flip chart” is also posted at many locations on campus, including in our classroom. Emergency information is also available on the NEIU Pubic Safety website: 
                     http://www.neiu.edu/~police/emergency_management.html
 
    

    ANNOUNCEMENTS

                                                                                                                      (scroll down for previous announcements)

 
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20 November   Team email, with information about individual research topics, is due by Wed, 21 Nov, not later than 5pm.  See project page for more information.  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!
 15 November    Team contracts are due on Tuesday!!  See the project page for assignment details.
 9 November    IF you have not yet: (A) had a conference with me to get Exam 1 returned and/or (B) turned in the completed Academic Planning assignment, YOU MUST TAKE CARE OF THESE REQUIREMENTS IMMEDIATELY.  
24 October   The forecast for tomorrow morning looks great!  We will meet at the cemetery, as indicated below.
                 Be sure to also check the assignment page for reading that you should do, to prepare for our activities tomorrow!
23 October   On Thursday, 25 October, we will (hopefully!) have our field trip to Bohemian National Cemetery
              in preparation, note that there is a reading/review assignment.  (go to the schedule of assignments for details)
     CHECK YOUR E-MAIL BEFORE CLASS TIME FOR ANY LAST-MINUTE CHANGES DUE TO WEATHER!!

 UNLESS YOU ARE NOTIFIED OTHERWISE, WE WILL MEET AT THE CEMETERY: DO NOT COME TO THE CLASSROOM -- go directly to the cemetery!           
You should be at the cemetery at the scheduled start time of class! 
>> Wear comfortable walking shoes (for walking on grass/dirt), and dress for the weather!!  The forecast right now is on the warm side, but possibility of rain;  you should be prepared for this!   We will be outside the entire time.
>> You will have had a chance to communicate with classmates (your team members, or others) about carpooling/ or other arrangements to get there.  Let's all make sure that everyone has a way to get there!  (If you were not in class, contact your team-mates about arrangements... or contact your instructor for more information)

How to get there:

Click this link for a satellite image/map view of the location, relative to NEIU.   Although you can easily see the cemetery from the NEIU campus, you must enter from Pulaski Ave. -- walking from campus may take 20+ minutes (at a brisk pace), so plan  accordingly.  You should have a plan for how you will get there.

The entrance to the cemetery is on Pulaski, just north of Foster Ave: if you zoom in on the satellite image, you will see that the entrance driveway is flanked by the gatehouse --a brick structure on either side of the drive: you will enter here.   
Once inside the gatehouse, turn to your right and you will see the cemetery office; there is limited parking available nearby.  Look for your instructor nearby.  If you are arriving late, we will be near the parking area: join us as promptly as possible.
 
 If you are driving, please observe extreme caution and slow down!    The roadways in the cemetery are very narrow, and many historic and irreplaceable monuments are close to the roads.  Drive slowly and carefully; be alert for pedestrians and for others exiting their vehicles.

This cemetery is on the National Historic Registry list.  Visiting the cemetery for a field trip is not unusual: the cemetery has frequent tour groups, as well as other students studying history, art, etc.  Although historic, it is also still an operating cemetery, so other visitors may be there to mourn or to visit the resting place of loved ones. 
       I ask and expect your full cooperation in all ways, most especially by behaving as an adult, in an appropriate and  respectful manner.
 
15 Oct   The "Equity Into Action" Refugee Supply Drive is coming up!  This is a great way to get involved and help others, without even having to leave campus!  See the details in this flier.
 2 Oct   Reminder: Academic Planning packet is due on 11 Oct.  See assignment page for more information.
24 Sep  If you are having difficulty uploading the ISGS document, try this version - it is a smaller file size:  ISGSsmall
18 Sep  Reminder: deadline/ due date Thursday for planner, map, and ISGS pages!!  (see assignments for more info)
13 Sep
On Tuesday, 18 Sep, we will meet in the Auxiliary Gym in the Physical Education Complex on the NEIU campus (refer to this campus map).  We will NOT meet in the classroom!
                     You should be in the gym, ready to begin the activity, at the scheduled start time of class.
->Bring your student ID with you: you will need it to get into the PE building.  You should wear clothing that allows free movement, and soft-soled shoes (e.g., running/ walking/ "gym" shoes, etc.):  no hard-soled shoes are allowed in the gym.  (allow yourself enough time to change shoes if needed!)
There is a team assignment to complete before this activity -- if you were not in class Thursday, 13 Sep, check your email ASAP: your instructor has sent information about your team and this assignment! 
Details of the assignment are available on the assignment page -- note that it is due, via email, on Monday (17 Sep), not later than 5 pm.

On Tuesday, before the activity, review the goals of your team-members (and remind yourself who are your team members!).  On that day, come prepared to support and cheer on your team (and your other classmates!), no matter what is their individual rock-wall goal.  There is a minimum participation standard for this activity: all students are required to "suit up" and to actively participate as a member of their team, as instructed on that day!
If you need to review the slide show about this activity, to set your individual goal, it is available
here:  IntroRockWall    

7 Sep  Missed the Organization Fair?  Remember that missing a single assignment is not a tragedy!  However, just this time.. I will give you one more chance to get partial credit for Scavenger Hunt #1: go to the assignment details page for more information.
4 Sep   Details for Scavenger Hunt #1 - the Organization Fair - are posted on the assignment page; there is also a reading assignment there.  Please remember that, although the Scavenger Hunt page is not due until next Tuesday, you must attend the Organization Fair on Wednesday, 5 Sep and/or Thursday, 6 Sep, to complete the assignment!
31 Aug   The details for the new assignments are now posted.  See the "live syllabus" page
IMPORTANT!!  If you did not yet complete assignment # 1 (the email) -- DO IT IMMEDIATELY!!  Please, do yourself a favor, and help me to help you: do not start the semester by not completing assignments.
28 Aug    Welcome to NEIU!  Welcome to FYE and ESCI 109 - Chicago Rocks!
We really had a rockin' first day, and I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you.  It is going to be a great semester!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 
 
 
 
    

ROCK WALL TEAMS

Section 1

Section 2

Mouhamad, Amber, Leon, Gio

Bill, Matthew, Syed, Xander

Peter, Tania, Christian, Mike, "J" (note change!)

Gina, Angela, Hilary, Ashley, Lizbeth

Mario, Suhaib, Sam, Caleb, Pat

 

Cindy, Antonio, Alejandra, Ana

Miran, Jesus, Miguel, Iliana

Marisela, Maurice, Azucena, Dylan

Yordy, Alvaro, Humberto, Daniel

Galya, Mayra, Evette, Brandon

Johnie, Selena, Munaf, Ida
 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 
 

 
   


 



 







 
 


 



 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLUE ISLAND: A virtual field trip

      Memorial Park 1  a      2                 Stan's Park

 

 
Ridge Country Club

 google maps street view 115th and whipple

11225 s longwood chicago