The Adjunct Resource Page in eCollege is growing!  I have recently added instructional videos on some different functions in eCollege and a module on the flipped classroom from Ted Scholz.

The page has many great resources, so please make use of it to supplement and inform your teaching. 

Here are some very important updates for April:

  • You should have received an email this morning to complete the Adjunct Satisfaction Survey.  Please take a few moments to tell us how you feel.
  • Adjunct Appreciation Event at 5:30pm on Tuesday, May 8.  We are celebrating another successful term together!  I sent an invitation out last week, but if you did not receive and would like to attend, feel free to email me.

  • Won’s Seeds for Innovation blog.  Late last week, Ted Scholz, AVP of Faculty Development, sent out a new blog entry that I contributed.  I wrote about creative approaches to teaching.  Take a look here and leave some comments!

  • Password change site.  Need to reset your password?  Last month, our IT department created an easy-to-use password reset/change site.  Check it out here!

  • Use GoToMeeting!  Did you know that you could have a free videoconferencing account?  It’s true!  As adjunct professors with limited office space on-campus, meeting with students can be difficult.  GoToMeeting (G2M) can help you hold virtual office hours or meet with students with greater convenience.  They also have very helpful tutorial videos on their website.
    Email me if you are interested in creating your own account.

  • Finally, continue to reference the Adjunct Resource Space eCollege page.

it’s been so long since i’ve posted on this blog that i think it will function, more or less, as a journal. i’m okay with that. if you happen to stumble upon this, i highly recommend reading the essay “T is for True” in the book, Eating the Dinosaur by Chuck Klosterman. it’s one of the better essays in a collection of wonderful essays. he mentions David Foster Wallace in the essay, and a friend of mine had actually sent me a link to a commencement speech that Wallace gave at Kenyon College in 2005: http://www.moreintelligentlife.com/story/david-foster-wallace-in-his-own-words

i also highly recommend reading this speech. it’s a bit long, but well worth the read.

until next time.

Good Wednesday morning!

My boss, Brian, passed along this interesting link: http://academicmaps.blogspot.com/2009/07/4-ways-to-make-irritated-students-less.html

I found the blogger to be quite insightful, not only about college students, but about our culture in general. Peruse the entry.

Where to begin? I haven’t blogged in a while, but mostly because I haven’t had much to say. And I guess I still don’t, but this is a good habit to get into.

Went to the Cubs game last night with my buddy, Andy. We definitely had a pole directly obstructing our view of home plate. What’s with Wrigley’s design having poles in key viewing places?

As you may or may not know, the Cubs won in extra innings on a Soriano grand slam. However, we left the game after 9 innings because it was pretty late. Despite the crazy finish, I wasn’t disappointed that we left “early”. I heard the Soriano slam on the radio just as I was pulling into my driveway. These days, going to games tires me out so much that I’d prefer to watch on TV or listen on radio. I don’t need to hear “Go Cubs Go” live anymore.

Something else that I’m on the cusp of starting is the “P90X” exercise program. For those familiar with it, I don’t plan on going all out with it due to time constraints. As I read the manual yesterday, I found myself both excited and already exhausted. The guy who started it and stars in the video, Tony Horton, is a machine! Just watching him makes me tired.

Anyway, my plan is to do this three times a week. Even though it doesn’t sound like much, it is fairly ambitious for me. I have precious few hours to myself and I typically prefer to spend it in the following ways (in no particular order): NBA 2k9, reading (started Audacity of Hope), catching up on Naruto, or doing nothing.

Each P90X session takes a little more than an hour. Like most things in life, I’m excited for the results but also dread the road to get there. One strong motivating factor these days is that I’m more tired than I’ve been in the past. I think this is directly correlated to my decreasing physical activity. It’s time to make a change!

I’ll try to update this blog regularly on progress with P90X. Maybe it will serve as some sort of accountability.

Speaking of which, I’ve been listening to Truth For Life (Alistair Begg) and Let My People Think (Ravi Zacharias) podcasts again lately. It’s been really good to hear God’s Word in the morning. I’m starting to recognize just how polluted my mind is worldly thinking, particularly regarding money matters. I won’t go into it, but working full-time for two years now has really brought about some interesting challenges. Life isn’t so cut and dry once college ends. It’s been good.

Until next time…

I wasn’t planning on blogging about this but I guess you can say that the feeling has me gripped. I’m not going to comment on the historical significance of this event because I cannot even begin to understand what this means to African-Americans in this country. I won’t even pretend to try; this is more about personal impressions…

I’ll be the first to admit that I wasn’t and still am not the most sold out supporter of President Elect Barack Obama. HOWEVER, I will also just as quickly admit that tonight’s event swept me away. Coming into tonight’s festivities, my intentions were to maintain the role of an observer as much as possible. (I did vote, so I guess I wasn’t completely an observer but also a participant). Anyway, despite my best efforts to remain objective, I was quickly swept up into the competitive spirit of seeing “my guy” win.

My feelings swung several times in several ways during the last five or six hours. Hope was and is the prevailing sentiment. But reality slapped me upside the head at least a few times and I remain cautiously optimistic. Questions like “what can one man do?” and “can anyone possibly do what he promises to do?” have plagued me for many months and tonight was no different.

Then he spoke. It was only a speech—but somehow, it felt like more than that. His words were poised and well-articulated; his delivery was accurate and poignant; but the most striking impression to me was the focus in his eyes. From what I saw, I did not see a man who was overwhelmed by the situation or who was too big for the moment. He seemed to understand the burden as best as anyone possibly could, but he also seemed very humbled by it. He was also quick to share the credit and the spotlight with those who contributed to his journey. I think for the first time, the hope that I dared not dive into became a realistic step.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not ready to crown President Obama the messiah just yet. However, I do believe that he represents exactly what this nation needs: something to believe in and rally around. Although he hails from one party, he seems to have a bipartisan approach, a collectivist attitude, and a diplomatic spirit. If nothing else, the rest of the world may start to see Americans as something more than militaristic, naïve, and air-headedly arrogant.

Still, it’s not enough. My hope is not in a man. As Derek Webb put it in his song A King and a Kingdom: My first allegiance is not to a flag, a country, or a man/My first allegiance is not to democracy or blood/Its to a King and a Kingdom. My hope is not in change or in America. I’m not saying that Obama was or was not “God’s choice.” Let’s please not be so simple-minded. This election has taught me that the issues are far more complicated than I thought. God spoke to me in a different way tonight.

Here’s what I mean. I was harshly rebuked at the election booth this morning. After the presidential candidates and the U.S. Senate candidates, I had absolutely NO idea who I was voting for. In reality, the local and state elected officials have far more practical impact on my life than the nationals ones, so why don’t I know who they are?! I’m sick of being voluntarily oblivious. What’s more, I realized that I am also largely unaware of and uninformed about national issues. As I felt personally convicted, my thoughts turned to the Church. A change in office is all well and good, but what will the Church do? Can we engage people in honest and open discussion on political issues without attacking or getting defensive? Will the Church change? Will we wake up this slumber?? I think God is concerned about the state of His people just as much as He is about who is leading the “Free World”.

Above all, I believe in God’s sovereignty. I certainly don’t understand it, but I do trust and believe in it. The world appears to be falling apart around us. What will the Church do? What will you do? What will I do? These are the questions that this election has forced me to confront. I know that God is building His Kingdom through ways seen and unseen. Will we take part or stand on the sidelines and watch our chance pass by?

I’m still cautiously optimistic, but I can say that the flicker of hope in my heart is sparking brighter than it was. I hope that these next years will be interesting because we will step up to die in prayer on our knees, answer God’s call, sell out to His mission, and make them unforgettable years. It’s for a King and a Kingdom.

I was initially going to just comment on Pastor David Swanson’s post but it ended up being too long-winded, so I am just creating a new entry.

Even though I read the book with David, reading his summary makes me want to re-read those chapters! So I highly encourage you all to read The Jesus Way by Eugene Peterson as well. This is the first book of his that I’ve read and it has prompted me to also start reading through The Message, Peterson’s paraphrase of the Bible. I’ve been using it as my text for an intensive Bible study that I’m involved with at church and it’s been fruitful so far.

Anyway, my general feeling on his question:

A reoccurring idea in The Jesus Way thus far is the importance of the community of God to be distinct. Distinct in the stories we tell, our robust imagination, the language we use to describe the world, etc. This of course raises a question: In your experience, are the people of God a unique community formed by our pursuit of Jesus? Or, does our life together more closely resemble our surrounding culture?

is that we seem to operate out of a fear of being too different from the surrounding culture. Being too different runs the risk of lower church attendance and attracting controversy and scrutiny. However, sadly, it also keeps us from really living to the full as Jesus did. This is the very way that God has challenged me as I’ve made my way through the book. Am I any different? More importantly, is Jesus a means or an end to me? Am I using Jesus as a more effective means of achieving what I selfishly want in this life-acceptance, significance, a sense of purpose-or is He my end and my means? It’s been a difficult question to confront but a wholly necessary one.

I believe that it takes a lot of soul searching and honest inquiry of our hearts to determine whether Jesus is THE way or is just a way for us. Is He the only Life that we want or is He a genie that we try to conjure up from time to time to grant our wishes? So far, all of my answers to these questions haven’t been pretty.

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