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Au16 Book Drive Challenge: Mid-Week Check-in (Week 3)

On a somber note, this past week was a frightening one for the students we are working with. While the young man who lost his life was not one of the students in the group we’re partnering with – his passing was sudden and too sad to imagine. Our thoughts are with his family, the students who were touched by the tragedy, and the school community at large. Eleven years is not enough.


What a difference a week can make. Over the last week, the Green Team has risen to the challenge and we saw over 30 books + items come in!

Oh, and we now have another team on the board. While it is not part of the competition, it’s a way to keep track of donations that are coming from OTHERS (who’ve heard what we are doing and wish to help).

Keep it up! I had to extend the bookshelf in our graphic! I’d LOVE to add more length to it – what a wonderful problem to have.

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Simon & Garfunkel “I am a Rock”

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Community Involvement – Clothing Drive 2016

When possible, I encourage my students to step out of their LITERAL comfort zone – to venture into the community around OSU – to see life through someone else’s lens.

I do this through many of my extra credit opportunities. I also do this – from time to time – with agencies. A few years ago, my 2367 students collected food for the Mid Ohio Foodbank and my “Helping Skills” class was visited by a representative of that foodbank to explain what they do and how we can help. Often, my 5440 students meet activists in the human sexuality realm and learn – firsthand – the challenges they face.

In Spring of 2016, I had two classes of 2367 students and they combined efforts to gather clothing (especially coats and OSU gear) for some students attending Beechcroft High School.

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That effort far surpassed expectations and we created a board in Campbell Hall to commemorate the experience.

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The whole effort came about organically. I spoke about students – in our own community – who walk to school without coats in the dead of winter. I talked about young people who have no college plans because that seed has not been planted.

My students were ready to help. Wow. What an amazing response it was. Over the course of two weeks, students brought in coats and hoodies along with t-shirts and fun items as well. They were encouraged to donate OSU items to foster college aspirations. The clothing drive was not attached to points or homework. They didn’t get extra credit for donating, but we collected more than 100 items in quick order.

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With the assistance of Skye Zuza (at Beechcroft High School), several high school students in the special education program made posters about the drive to share with my students. Ms. Zuza was also instrumental in receiving and distributing the new and gently-used OSU gear to Beechcroft students.

  • A special thanks to the students in both of my 2367 classes in the Sp16 Semester – for their generosity and interest in others.
  • A special shout-out goes to Deston Howard (of my Monday/Wednesday class) who created the informative maps seen in the bulletin board image above. He took on that mapping project as an individual extra credit project and knocked it out of the park by providing all of us with a visual comparison of the demographics of the communities being served by a few of the wealthiest and poorest schools in our area.
  • I am grateful to the staff at Beechcroft – They were essential in getting items to the students who had need and took the opportunity to talk to students about college aspirations.

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Photo taken by – and used with permission of – Raquel Bahmer (student)

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We all can’t stay here forever

no one is perfect pencils have erasersI’m on campus for a meeting today.

Meetings aren’t generally my favorite thing but this one? Relatively painless 🙂

It’s a nice change from grading -to be simply talking with a colleague  – and so here I am. Most of the work from Spring 2016 is behind us, and a new Carmen is on its way. Summer (and summer classes) are on the horizon. Change is hard but it is good.

Did you catch that?

Change. Is. Good.

Speaking of change… OSU is very very quiet today. This is what happens when students are either GONE for good, or have headed off for summer plans… or are curled up in a ball nursing their wounds after grade-posting. Here’s hoping it’s one of the first two for all of my students. What a great semester – and what fantastic students. Yes… fantastic for the most part. I said it.

We hear a lot about  millennials and it’s often negative. I’ve got news for the world: My students aren’t better OR worse than the generation that came before them. Some of them have their head on straight and are focused on their work. Some of them could not care less about school work. Some are just trying to figure out who they are in the world. That’s okay. It’s what young adults are doing today. It’s the same thing their parents and grandparents did before them.

I want to thank my students for an awesome semester. Some of you gave me a headache but nearly all of you made me smile or laugh at least once. If you screwed up this semester? Time for a change. Don’t let that define you. If you screw up in the future? Same advice. We are all capable of monumental failures and epic achievements. I’ve made my fair share of both. I suspect I’ll do the same in the future 😉

I always ask students to keep in touch if they’ve graduated. Let me know where you land… where life takes you. If you start a business or a family (or both), I’d love to hear about it. If you are at OSU still (or for a visit), let’s meet up for coffee.

anita

 

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GOT STRESS? NEED OFFICE HOURS?

The semester is winding down, and for many of you that means:

Stress

Anxiety

All the Feels

If you need to see me, I’m holding OPEN OFFICE HOURS today and Thursday.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2016  7:30 am – 1:30 pm
(yup, I’m already here!)

and

THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 2016 7:30 am – 1:30 pm

If you need to see me at another time, you will need to schedule private office hours. These are possible, but limited.

Whether you visit during drop-in hours or by-appointment, please come prepared with specific questions or concerns. Help me help you.

Don’t want to see me but anxious about grades? Please be patient as I chip away at this mountain of papers! You will be notified when all grades are in Carmen and ready for the Registrar’s office. If you have anything lower than an “A” I will give you an opportunity to verify your grades before the push to the main system.

alt_7.13.12.jpgNow – On a very serious note: If your stress levels have exceeded your coping strategies, please seek some help. There are lots of resources in the community. There are folks on campus that can talk with you as well. They’ll help you develop strategies to cope with finals as well as other issues.  The Younkin Success Center offers excellent Wellness Services that cover everything from tutoring/studying assistance to counseling. Heck, if  you are a graduating Senior, you can even go get help with your resume or career search!

If you need help… make sure to ask!

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No Monday class (HDFS 2367-12746) today

I am posting this to Carmen, online, and sending via email as well. There is no HDFS 2367(12746) class today (February 15). Please see your Carmen due dates for the shift in assignments as a result. We will make up the lecture (We won’t ignore the Myerson Family!) and catch up in no time. Be safe if you must go out.

 

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Speaker: Tara McKenzie Allison on February 11, 2016 @ 11:10 am

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Attorney Tara McKenzie Allison

Tara McKenzie Allison will be visiting my HDFS 5440 classroom on The Ohio State University Main Campus (Townshend Hall, Room 247) on Thursday, February 11 from from 11:10 am  to 12:30 pm.

Tara is a local attorney who graciously offers her time to my students. Active in the local LGBT community, Tara is a tireless activist supporting equal rights for all people. Her brief presentation is followed by an informative Question&Answer period. Previous students have described her visit as life changing… and that echoes my sentiments.  She is amazing.

If you are in another instructor’s 5440 or you’ve taken it with me previously… YES, you may come. But it’s standing room only, so you may need to grab a square of carpet. If you wish to bring a friend? The same thing applies. Make certain they are adults and tell them that chairs aren’t part of the bargain. Note: guests should not ask questions of speakers unless students have exhausted all of their inquiries.

This IS an extra credit opportunity for students in my 2367 class.

More about Tara:  In 1987, Tara received her undergraduate degree in Marine Engineering, from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. Following graduation, she served as a Commissioned Officer in the US Navy. After being honorably discharged, Tara worked as a nuclear engineer for over a decade. She is a licensed Professional Engineer. In 1999, she partially completed a MBA degree, at the College of William and Mary, before relocating to Columbus. In 2005, Tara graduated from Capital University Law School, cum laude, passed the Ohio Bar Exam, and was admitted to the Ohio Bar. Following graduation from law school, she has served as General Counsel / Contracts Manager for a mid-sized, construction-industry company, in Lexington, KY. In 2008, she relocated back to Columbus, in order to start her own law practice. She is a member of the Columbus Bar Association and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. She practices primarily in the areas of domestic/family law, Lesbian, Gay, Bi, and Transgender law, contract law, construction law, and civil litigation. Tara is an active public speaker on LGBT-related issues; she has spoken numerous times at The Ohio State University, The Ohio State University Law School, Capital University Law School, Dennison University, Ohio Northern University, Transylvania University, Columbus Alternative High School, the King Avenue United Methodist Church in Columbus, Ohio, and the LGBT Subcommittee of the Columbus Bar Association. She has been a presenter at the TransOhio Annual Transgender and Ally Symposium (2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011). She has also spoken on LGBT issues at the 2010 Ohio Diversity and Leadership Conference, the 2011 Equality Ohio CAUSE Conference at Columbus State Community College, before the Columbus Community Relations Commission, and the Columbus Police Academy.

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I have a favorite student!

Parents always say they have “no favorite” child. Teachers aren’t supposed to have “favorite students” but I do.

Yes, I have a FAVORite student.

This student sits patiently, is attentive, remains quiet and still unless called upon, and has a great energy about him.

The thing that sets him apart, though? His soft fur.

Yes, I said FUR.

I’m a sucker for a puppy.

He’s part of Freedom Paws Assistance Dogs and being trained by Lindsay Mcllwain*. She’s in one of my 2367 classes and since none of us are allergic to dogs (or phobic) he gets to come to class on Mondays and Wednesdays.

This is a first 🙂

He’s a wee bit bigger now, but still all legs and wags!

Without further ado… cue the cuteness:

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*Ms. Mcllwain gave permission for the use of these photos as well as her name.

 

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Welcome to Spring 2016

Hard to believe, but it’s nearly here: Spring Semester.

I wanted to take a moment to say hello and welcome you to classes. I will see you next week!

Carmen may not open up for you until class begins, so here are the basics to get you started while you wait:

HDFS 2367 (applies to both the Mon/Wed AND Tue/Thu classes)

  • There is one required textbook. You can purchase it at the bookstore, or online. Here it is on Amazon, for instance. You will notice that it is one of the least expensive textbooks you’ll buy (you are welcome). YOU NEED THE BOOK. You can find it used as well (check HalfPrice books or craigslist) or visit the public library. It is a mainstream book. I don’t care if you share the book with someone or borrow it, buy it or rent it, but have it. Period.
  • There is no midterm.
  • The final is a project and presentation rather than exam.
  • There are quizzes online and you may use materials while taking them.
  • Group work is common in my courses.
  • Attendance is one-fourth of the grade in this class. Because so much of our foundational work is done in class (including group work) it is very difficult to be successful in this class if you are absent often.
  • Extra credit is available.

HDFS 5440

  • There is no textbook to purchase. All readings are provided to students electronically or via link or paper.
  • There is no midterm.
  • The final is a project and presentation rather than exam.
  • There are quizzes online and you may use materials while taking them.
  • Group work is common in my courses.
  • The subject matter is very mature and we speak candidly.
  • We welcome speakers into class on a variety of non-normative sexual and relationship topics.
  • Attendance is nearly HALF of the credit in this course. That’s not a typo. You must have good attendance in order to succeed and if you aren’t a come-to-class sort of person? This is NOT your class. Trust me.
  • Extra credit is available.

I will see all of you next week and am looking forward to a fun (albeit chilly) semester.

And now… a bit of levity for you:

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Local Event/ Documentary: The Homestretch

homestretchOpen to the Public

This Event DOES count as extra credit for my HDFS 2367 (Reflection Assignment)

Time: Thursday, March 12, 2015 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Location: Alonso Family Room in the Student Life Multicultural Center

The Student Life Multicultural Center sponsors Community Cinema in collaboration with PBS and Independent Lens.  Community Cinema features screenings of documentaries open to all students, staff, faculty and community members. Community Cinema focuses on bringing together organizations, students and community members to learn, dialogue and get involved in key social issues of our time.

Join us as we watch and discuss The Homestretch. Three homeless teens brave Chicago winters, high school pressures, and life alone on the streets to build a brighter future. Against all odds, they recover from the trauma of abandonment to create new, surprising definitions of home.

This event also counts toward your D.I.C.E. Ally Certificate (SJE OR H&A) so be sure bring your D.I.C.E. card or request one if you don’t already have one.

Contact for info: Jaz Mickey mickey.27@osu.edu

From Website: http://mcc.osu.edu/events.aspx/2015/3/12/39734/community-cinema-presents-the-homestretch-dice-?d=8

 

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NO CLASS THURSDAY 2/12 aka Anita is still sick – but at least she has good drugs now

Hello all,

I made it onto campus today and to a class – where I didn’t need to speak and where no contact was needed between me and my students. I went straight after to the doctor’s and got fussed at something fierce. It’s either bronchitis or pneumonia – I won’t know until they read the xrays in the morning but they’ve drugged me up and either way i have been forbidden from coming back to work until after I’ve been on a zpac for at least 24 hours.

Maybe this is cool for all of you – and I hope you are happy about the free time, but I hate it – seriously – because I feel like you are being shortchanged. There’s nothing to be done about it and I won’t wrangle a sub to simply keep you occupied in a seat.

I will see you all next week and we’ll reformulate our plan of action for the rest of the semester so you get the material you need without too much added fuss. I’ll see if I can offer up some extra days in the remainder of the semester for extra office hours if you want to take advantage of that as well.

Anita

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