Department of Earth Science          Northeastern Illinois University

CHICAGO ROCKS!  Geology in the City                                         J. Hemzacek homepage                        
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)


  Questions and review for final exercise
          note: check this data from our last class

  Term project information  updated 23 April

  schedule of topics & assignments
            "live" version, updated with due dates & details of assignments
  Our class Facebook page - with photos


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

More Class Resources and Links:

  images of till :  
  1     2     3     4        x1   x2      

   aeolian sand:    1         2         3    

   river sediments:   1        2         3   

   sedimentary texture

   Time Lapse Videos of Glacier Movement

         cross section of an ice sheet            Glaciers overview

   Blue Island - A virtual field trip

Your Chicago Rocks! Peer Mentor:

Josh Sievers
Office Hours:   11:00 - 1:00  T, Th
on the 4th floor of the library



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
     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". 



© 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
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.
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.



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       
5 March
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!
29 January
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!
If you need to review the slide show about this activity, to set your individual goal, it is available
here:  IntroRockWall 


10 January     Don't forget to look at the new assignment details (on the syllabus/assignment page)! 
                      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 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, 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")










Dan, Johnny, Jazmin, Lupe

Arturo, Erick, Rachel, Sonia

Jena, Carolyn, Celerina, Phu

Noele, Bianca, Maribel, Sergio

Julianne, Hector, Autumn, Juan

Jacob, Omar, Samantha, Karina









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