Archive for July, 2012

Reminder of Poly Visit today

Poly Columbus art found on PolyColumbus’ yahoo site

Just a reminder that the PolyColumbus representatives will be in my HDFS 5440 class today (an extra credit opportunity for those in my HDFS 2367 as well). While this semester’s group is considerably smaller than before, the two representatives are very active in the local community and will give insight into an often misunderstood way of living and loving. For more info, visit this recent post. At this time, no need to contact me if you are not in my 5440 class – there is ample space… just come!


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Class Cancellation Today – HDFS 5440

Class (HDFS 5440)  will not be held today – I will email this message to all students from Carmen, post it to Carmen news, and place the information on my blog and twitter feed.

As the trains are still burning and they reportedly contained plastics, etc, I will not place myself or any of you in danger. The fact that our classroom nearly always requires open windows- means it is impossible to guarantee healthy conditions, in my opinion. OSU is open… This is my personal decision as your instructor. Please be careful, and be aware that COTA is running  on a modified schedule and there are numerous road closing near campus. I will follow up with information about how we will make up our material – and remember… we have POLYCOLUMBUS coming on Monday!

If you are unaware of the situation unfolding, please visit the following sites for more information:

OSU IS STILL OPEN (at time of this posting)

COTA (limited service)


Anita Parker
Department of Human Development

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Speakers: PolyColumbus (July 16th @ 11:45 am)

Representatives from PolyColumbus will be visiting my HDFS 5440 classroom (Townshend Hall, Room 255) on July 16th 2012, from 11:45 am to 1:30 pm.

Poly Columbus art courtesy of:

The PolyColumbus group provides polyamorous, poly-curious, and poly-friendly individuals with an online forum for an exchange of ideas, friendship, support and community among area polyamorists. Discussions focus on polyamory and poly-related topics. PolyColumbus is not a swingers group, and the group is intended for adults 18 and over. Once a month, the group has a meeting in Columbus for those wishing to meet in real-time and in-person.

If you are not currently enrolled in my HDFS 5440 class and you’d like to attend, please drop me an email (see contact me page) to make sure there is still room!

*If you – or someone you know – is interested in this group, more information is available at their yahoo group page (an age-restricted site)
*For additional information, about purposeful non-monogamy,  I recommend a visit to the Looking Through Us website

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Modeling Gig (not class related)

I know nothing more than this… And am simply passing it on in case you are interested

“We are in need of some females age 19-25 to be the talent for video and/or still footage being shot for the College of Agriculture. Pays $8 an hour. At least 2 full weeks in July with some possible other times. Shooting will be in Columbus and Wooster and travel time would be paid. My understanding is that there is no voice needed, just shots of the subject in different food-handling situations. Photographer will say something like “put the chicken on the table” etc. No acting ability needed. These shots are going to be used in instructional publications and videos for the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. If interested, let me know ASAP. If you could, please send and me a photo of the applicant.

David Scardena Program Director,
Educational Media Services Communications and Technology CFAES,
Extension, OARDC The Ohio State University
216 Kottman Hall
2021 Coffey Rd.
Columbus, OH 43210-1044
Phone: 614-292-9607
Fax: 614-292-2270″

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Gender Roles – Just a Game?

In HDFS 2367, we recently discussed what it means to be a man or woman in our culture… the stereotypes that persist and the messages we internalize. We talked about how those gender stereotypes inform our thoughts and actions within our families and in the world outside… impacting our recreation and job choices, our decisions about the families we create, and our assessments of our own worth as we balance work and family lives.

Media images play a large role in these gender scripts. Following class, H.C. (Su-12 student) sent me this graphic of a “Battleship” game box.  Judging from the clothing,  I’d say this particular edition is from the sixties. Take note of who is playing, who isn’t, and what the folks who aren’t playing are doing in the background.

Ah, the “good old days.”

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Columbus Storms & Attendance

“One of these things is not like the Other”

My electrical connection is spotty and my internet connectivity is limited to my phone, which means that I do not have access to all of my email accounts, etc.

Please be patient if you are waiting on something from me. As the Governor of Ohio declared this a “state of emergency” no student will be penalized for missing class on Monday or Tuesday of this week. Wednesday is a holiday (July 4th and the university will be closed)

Be safe – Be smart. Should you not make it to class on Monday or Tuesday, remember that you are still responsible for all coursework. We’ll get caught up on any missed materials – you are not responsible for the acts of one (apparently) perturbed Mother Nature.

If you can, please take a few moments to check in on your neighbors to see if they need help – the smallest gesture, or a simple candle or gallon of water – may make a world of difference in their lives.

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