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From: Dr. Forrester
The Philosophy and Religious Studies Program is pleased to announce a new course for Spring 2012:
Philosophy 300 – Sec. 2 – Happiness
In this course we will study several philosophers, from ancient times to the present, who have argued for many different views on the purpose of life and the nature of human happiness. A sampling of the questions we will examine are: Does happiness amount to simply having a lot of money or to experiencing a life that is overall more pleasant than painful? Or, are there other values, such as helping others, realizing your full potential, accomplishing good works, forming lasting emotional bonds with others, and becoming more fully human, that also contribute to happiness? Is there a distinction between happiness and contentment? Is there an element of luck to becoming and/or to remaining happy? Is happiness only an ideal we pursue without any hope of ever actually reaching it in our practical lives, or is happiness more 'what we make it' regardless of our ideals?
For more (serious or otherwise) information on this course, contact Dr. Forrester at email@example.com, or at 665-6429.
From: Kathy King
Five learning communities (LCs) for first-year students are being offered Spring semester. (See attached.) Each LC consists of two linked classes. The linkages carry a designation of 1LC, 2LC, 3LC, and so on. Each LC class caps at 24 students. NOTE TO ADVISORS: These courses are co-requisites and must be taken concurrently. Please do not use an override to register a student in a single LC class.
From: McCune, Deborah
As you may know, priority registration is often provided as an accommodation to students with disabilities who are actively using DSS services. These students can register starting Wednesday, Nov 9th , along with seniors. The process used has not changed from previous terms and your role as advisor is unchanged.
· Allow DSS students to make early advising appointments. They have been asked to notify you of that status if they are requesting am early appointment.
· After advising, enter the advising code as provided by the Records Office based on classification.
· Student is then responsible for contacting DSS Office to have priority code entered. (If for any reason the student does not contact DSS, he or she can simply register at the time his or her classification is eligible.)
Again, the only difference for you as advisor is that we ask that you allow these students to make early advising appointments. If you restrict your advising appointments by classification, we ask that you modify your policy for these students. Please remind all students to check their accounts for registration holds, as the disability priority code does not override a registration hold.
If you have questions or need confirmation regarding priority registration, please contact me or Misty Altiparmak (firstname.lastname@example.org), DSS Coordinator.
Thank you in advance for your assistance in meeting the needs of our students with disabilities.
Deborah S. McCune, M.S.
From: Sherry Ford
From: Jenny Thompson
From: Turner, Scott
POS 443, Middle East, can also be taken as HIST 443, and it can be taken for graduate credit. If you would like to gain a better understanding of the tumultuous events in the Middle East region, including the recent revolutions in Egypt and Libya, this is the course for you. You will also learn about the Islamic religion, and we will take a fieldtrip to the Birmingham Islamic Society that will include a Middle Eastern meal and presentation on the faith.
Please also consider POS 422, American Political Thought. This is a seminar discussion class in which we will read short writings that illustrate the scope of American political ideas from colonial times to the present. The contrasting perspectives of the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street movement are not new, nor is the tension between the federal government and the states. You'll gain a deeper understanding of the major arguments in American politics, from Benjamin Franklin to Malcolm X.
From: Lowry, Deborah
SOC 411: Contemporary Chinese Society will be offered in Spring term and may also be taken as POS 411. This course will provide an introduction to multiple aspects of Chinese society beginning with the establishment of the People's Republic in 1949. In addition to learning about political and economic transformations in recent decades, students will examine and discuss government and CCP structure and corruption, family, religion, education, social stratification, environmental problems, and "consumer culture" in contemporary China. Students will also learn about guanxi (social networks), mianzi (dignity), and interpersonal relations in the P.R.C. We will conclude with analyses of China's "rising power" and surrounding discourses.
T/Th 2:00-3:15 PM
|From: Roberson, Terry G
Subject: Important Announcement about Writing Reinforcement
Effective with the Fall 2011 term, the Writing-Across-the-Curriculum (WAC) Program was suspended, eliminating all Writing Reinforcement (WR) requirements for students. This decision was made in order to create a time of review of the program and to determine direction for writing-related efforts across the campus—and to avoid running two major across-the-curriculum initiatives concurrently, i.e., WAC and QEP/Information Literacy.
At some point in the future, each major on campus will have in place at least two Writing Intensive (WI) courses, courses required of all majors. These courses will fit a description/guidelines developed by the University Writing Committee; however, all monitoring and assessment of WI courses will take place within the department and the college. The University Writing Committee will continue to propose guidelines and policy to the Undergraduate Curriculum and Standards Committee—and attend to campus-wide progress in the area of writing.