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updated 19 April - field trip on Tuesday!
                                                          important information!!  

Review list for Final Exercise - final version

PROJECT DETAILS: deliverables and due dates

schedule of topics & assignment deadlines
            due dates/deadlines, readings, & details of written assignments
            -->  review/ reading assignment for Tuesday, 24 April 

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Syllabus and course documents (printable)


     a free, printable planner
     information about required texts
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Vanessa Castro
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office hours:
(as of 27 Feb)

M, W  2pm-4pm
T, Th 10:50 am to 12:05pm



Syllabus and Basic Course Documents:
     general course overview, goals, grading
     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;
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  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". 



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Last updated 1 February 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:

your instructor has this text on CDs, which can be signed out on loan for printing.

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.
Page numbers listed refer to the actual numbers on pages of the document: "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!)

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 will 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):


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19 April  On Tuesday, 24 April, we will (finally!) 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)
               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 cool side, but clear (no rain!);  although it is Chicago.... so one never knows.   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.
due on 26 Mar    A new, mandatory assignment is due BEFORE our next class, via email.  You must submit not later than Sunday, 11 Mar, 5 PM.
See assignment page for details...
8 Mar    A new, mandatory assignment is due BEFORE our next class, via email.  You must submit not later than Sunday, 11 Mar, 5 PM.
See assignment page for details...
17 Feb
 Please remember that on Tuesday, 21 Feb, you will not be meeting in our regular classroom!
Instead, you will be meeting with two terrific librarians: Michael Weinberg and Molly Mansfield, in the 3rd floor Library classroom.  (Just go up to the 3rd floor and either look for your classmates, or for Vanessa, or ask someone to show you the way!)

You will have a two-part assignment from this activity -- due on Thursday, 23 Feb; so be sure to pay close attention!
I will miss you all, but I look forward to seeing you on Thursday!  :o)

31 Jan
Conference deadline!  Required course materials!  Check the assignment page and complete any missing elements.
also - New assignments!

On Thursday, 2 February, we will have our campus field trip.  We will meet at the classroom, and then leave promptly.  Please be on time!
You should wear shoes/boots that are good for walking around campus, including off the sidewalks, on possibly muddy ground.  Let's take advantage of a chance to enjoy the nice weather that is in the forecast!  :O)
26 Jan
You all really ROCK!  I am so proud of everyone for your efforts, the way you challenged yourselves, and the way that you supported your team-mates, your class-mates, and me on the rock wall!  Thanks!!!  Photos of the day will be posted soon, so stay tuned!
Don't forget to check the syllabus and assignment pages for details of the assignment that is due on Tuesday (as discussed in class).
24 Jan
On Thursday, 26 Jan, we will meet in the Auxiliary Gym in the Physical Education Complex on the NEIU campus (refer to this campus map).
        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 Tuesday, 24 Jan, 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 on Wednesday (25 Jan), 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!).  Come on that day 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 step up onto the apparatus!
If you need to review the slide show about this activity, to set your individual goal, it is available
here:  IntroRockWall   

17 Jan    Please note that you should check the course webpage -- especially announcements, the live syllabus, and the assignments page, on a regular basis, so that you are always up-to-date!
12 Jan     Details for new assignments that will be due on Tuesday  (as announced in class) are posted on the webpage: go to the "live" syllabus page for assignment listings and due dates; click on the link there, or go directly to the assignment details page for a detailed description of the assignment requirements.
A reminder: if you have not yet turned in your completed yellow survey, get it to me Tuesday!
Also, conferences are starting, and you will need to know when you can schedule one.  You should have a planner of some kind, and start bringing it with you to class!  The printable planner that I promised you will be posted on this page soon; check back later!
 5 Jan 2012    Happy New Year, and welcome to a new semester at NEIU! 
                       I'm looking forward to meeting you and having you in class this semester -- I'll see you on Tuesday!









































1 - Fabian, Alam, Terrell, Aftab

2 - Joselyn, Luke, Alex, Kaitlyn

3 - Enrique, Carlos, Juan, Suk

4 - Jennifer, Renee, Luis

5 - Erica, Joe, Diamond

6 - Zabi, Jacob, Cesar













BLUE ISLAND: A virtual field trip

      Memorial Park 1    2         Greenwood Cemetery                Stan's Park