Department of Earth Science Northeastern Illinois University
Geology in the City J.
ESCI 109 SPRING 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)
Term project information
updated 23 April
|Your Chicago Rocks! Peer Mentor:|
2013 J Hemzacek Laukant
Last updated 5 January 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|
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
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:
Alternatively, 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
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:
|In addition, you will need a Chicago regional street map - any detailed version that includes the entire city of Chicago AND surrounding towns.|
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,
print the page.
Then follow the instructions for folding your planner in this document
(scroll down for previous announcements)
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Because NEIU is closed today, due to the storm, obviously we will not do our 'campus field trip' today!
The exam will take place as scheduled on Thursday; the review list will be updated later today - so check the website!
Stay safe out there!
On Thursday, 31 Jan, 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 Tuesday, 29 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, via email, on Wednesday (30 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!).
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!
Don't forget to look at the new assignment details (on the
There are several things that you need to do for Tuesday, 15 Jan.
ALSO - are you one of several students who forgot to take the reading that you will need for one of those assignments?
Check your NEIU email for information about how to get that paper!
8 January Welcome to FYE and ESCI 109 - Chicago Rocks!
Today was a rockin' good time, and it should be a great semester with all of
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, 15 Jan.
(I will post my "one-page printable planner" on this webpage soon, in case you want to use that one!);
-- you should start to ask family and friends if they have a Chicago area map you can use (see information under "required text")
ROCK WALL TEAMS
BLUE ISLAND: A virtual field trip
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