Department of Earth Science          Northeastern Illinois University

CHICAGO ROCKS!  Geology in the City                                         J. Hemzacek homepage                        
ESCI 109        FALL 2013     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)

       See our class photos on the pages for:
EARTH SCIENCE   and Chicago Rocks!

  Review List for Final Exercise
             Be sure to read the important preparation notes that are listed
                    at the end of this document.

             Make particular note of allowed (and not allowed) materials.

   Term project information  

Schedule of topics & assignments
            "live" syllabus, due dates & assignments
         See term project page for project details


     images and resources used in class:
               scroll down just a short way!

     syllabus and course documents (printable)
     information about required text resources
     a printable pocket planner on one page
     NEIU Emergency Information
     NEIUport     about NEIUport      
     NEIU  First-Year Experience Program 



Syllabus and Basic Course Documents:
     course overview, objectives, grading
     general course information and expectations, including
                classroom guidelines & rules;  tips for success
     schedule of topics (printable) - subject to change;
            see also the "live" syllabus

     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". 


Images and resources used in class

Silurian reef fossils

 images of till :     1     2     3     4       6    x1   x2      

  transport & deposition of sediments:   A        B1     B2       B3         C      

   aeolian sand:    1         2         3    

   river sediments:   1        2      

   sedimentary texture


   Time Lapse Videos of Glacier Movement

         cross section of an ice sheet            Glaciers overview

   Glacial Lakes around Michigan - figs    doc 
           origin of Great Lakes


© 2013 J Hemzacek Laukant
Last updated 25 August 2013


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:

your instructor has this text on CDs, which can be signed out on loan for printing.
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.
You should begin to think about how you will print these pages in color, whether at home, on campus*, or ...?
       *color printing, with your ID card, is available in the library.
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 find it useful to have a Chicago regional street map - a paper 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.



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





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):

       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: 



                                                                                                                      (scroll down for previous announcements)

to Chicago Rocks! home       
18 Nov     Please note that our next exam will be on Nov 26.  
7 November      Nice sunny day (even if a bit chilly!) out at the cemetery!   A reminder about the assignment that is due on Tuesday:
Check the assignment page (and the top of the homepage) for a link to the new (and still under construction) PROJECT PAGE, which will contain all the details for the team and individual project elements.
For your preliminary research assignment (due Tuesday!), read the "Overview" for the team project (and also the handout that I gave you in class), and then read the details of the assignment -- all of this is posted on the Project Page.
5 November   On Thursday, 7 November, we will 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)
UNLESS YOU ARE NOTIFIED OTHERWISE (check your email and this webpage before class!),  WE WILL MEET AT THE CEMETERY:
DO NOT COME TO THE CLASSROOM -- go directly to the cemetery!

>> 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)

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 for a chilly day with no rain;  however, you might want to check the current forecast that morning.  Be prepared and dress appropriately: we will be outside the entire time.

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 quickly 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 and 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.
8 October
On Thursday, 10 Oct, 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 -- go directly to the gym!
 You will need to:
  --->  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.
  --->  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!)
  --->  Complete the
team assignment (as discussed in class) before this activity

If you were not in class Tuesday, 8 Oct, you have an opportunity for credit on this assignment; check your email ASAP: your team mate or the 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 Wednesday (8 Oct),
not later than 5 pm

On Thursday, 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 

  24 Sep   Remember that on Thursday we are having our campus field trip - you should dress for the weather, with shoes that are appropriate for walking (outside and off the sidewalks!).  Should be a great day!
I will update the assignment page soon,** but make a note now (in your planner/calendar!) that you have 3 weeks to turn in the Academic Plan assignment that you received today in class. 
This means that it must be completed (which requires that you finish the packet, meet with your advisor, and get it signed!) by 15 October.... so plan ahead!!!  You are welcome to turn in your packet early if it is finished before that date.
**Assignment page has been updated.
 27 August       Welcome to FYE and ESCI 109 - Chicago Rocks!  Today was a rockin' good time, and it should be a great semester with all of you!
       Some important reminders:
         -- there are two assignments to complete for Thursday (see the syllabus/assignment page);
         -- as per the syllabus, you will need to have a planner of some kind, and you will need to bring it to every class. 
               I will check that you have a planner, and it will count as an assignment, next Tuesday, 3 Sep. 
               (My "one-page printable planner" is posted on this webpage, in case you want to use that one!);
         -- you could start to ask family and friends if they have a Chicago area map you can use (see information under "required text")
         -- you should also get the other course resources, if you have not already done so.










Aidan, Antonia, Roberto, Jennifer, Antonio

Martanique, Jaime, Jesse, Ryan

Amaney, Angeles, Youla, Everardo, Mahir

Xochitl, Sasha, Noor Ahmed, Elona

Arteisha, Carolina, Noor Abedalwahab, Rosario








BLUE ISLAND: A virtual field trip

      Memorial Park 1  a      2                 Stan's Park


Meadows Country Club

 also check out google maps street view:  1 - start at 115th and whipple, toward the east

                                                                        2 -  11225 s longwood chicago, view to the west