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Fall 2018 StudyCon

by Kristi R. Johnson

StudyCon returns tonight for students at the San Antonio campus of Our Lady of the Lake University. The Academic Center for Excellence will have food, games, workshops, and, for the first time, a Foam Dome! Feel free to take out all of your test-taking anxiety on your friends in a massive Nerf Battle.  And as always, your friendly resident tutors and consultants will be on hand to provide the usual academic assistance.

The StudyCon book raffle and giveaway will also be returning with popular books to be given to students at the event, along with other various prizes. Be sure to stop by and browse the titles.

This semester the books include Star of the North by D.B. John (Contemporary Fiction), The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (YA), Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman (YA), The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (YA), and the complete Sea of Ink and Gold series by Traci Chee (YA/Fantasy).

But that’s not all: This semester, there will also be a grand mystery prize near the end of the night for anyone who entered the raffle, but had not won anything. One lucky student will receive a mystery bag containing a gorgeous decomposition notebook, a $25 gift card to a local bookstore, and a series of comic books. Which comic books? Well, I’ll just say that the hero is from the Marvel Universe. Let the wild speculations commence!!!

See you there!

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Welcome to a New Academic Year!

I hope you had a full and relaxing summer. The Academic Center for Excellence team had a busy but quiet summer, quiet only because we did not host summer programming.  Instead, we focused on our ACE space, team, professional development, new students and families visiting for Lake Days, among other energizing tasks including the common reads for AY2018-19.

We have some changes in the ACE. Our new Math Center Coordinator, Dr. Daniel Cheshire, joined the ACE team in July and has been developing workshops and interactive mathematics learning tools, including a Discovery Lab. What is a Discovery Lab?  You’ll need to stop by the Academic Center for Excellence to find out more.  We also have rearranged our space.  Sabrina now has a desk and is eager to welcome visitors to the ACE.

Our Mary Francine Danis Writing Center schedule will be available starting August 20, 2018. The Tutoring Center and Math Center schedules will open during the second week of class.  We have that week delay in schedule availability because, just like you, our peer tutors are sorting out their class schedules.

I’m excited for the start of our new academic year and look forward to seeing you at the ACE. Please be certain to mark your calendars for our Open House on Wednesday, August 29, from 12-2pm, and to drop in.

Wings up!!

Dr. Komara

 

Summer to Fall Transition-NO Writing Center Schedule this week.

by Sabrina Z. 

Salutations, Friends!

We hope that your summer has been adventurous, peaceful, relaxing, purposeful, or whatever you chose to make it.

For those who may be looking for our writing consultants, we unfortunately do not have an open schedule this week. Transition time is important to have a strong first step, and that is why ACE is taking this week to finalize our plans for the coming academic year.

We know this situation is not ideal and that many of you are wrapping up the final week of your courses. We pay a lot of attention to how courses are scheduled; however, this week has many staff and faculty in professional development sessions and other preparation processes for the Fall semester.

At ACE, we are working on schedules for all three of our centers; meeting with consultants and tutors to finalize their goals for the semester; and doing some work around our physical location on campus.

We hope that you will understand our reasons for closing the schedule this week.

Do not forget that you have access to Smarthinking, which has an essay submission review tool. Login to your portal and look for the link in the Resources box.  We do recommend that you submit your work for review a few days before your deadline, as Smarthinking will provide feedback 24-48 hours after your submit your work.

Anyone who has personally worked with me (Sabrina) knows that if we could be available to help our students 24/7, we would! But with our jobs come some administrative duties that need to be completed regularly. One of those duties includes hiring a new writing consultant and a new graduate assistant to help serve all of our students, staff, faculty, and alumni across our San Antonio, Houston, and La Feria (RGV) sites.

We hope that you all have a safe and positive return to OLLU, whether that is in-person, online, or in a different city.

We are here for you. All of you.

Happy Writing!

P.S. We our aiming to have our Fall schedule for the Writing Center by Wednesday August 22nd, if not earlier. Please check WC Online regularly for the Fall schedule availability.

StudyCon!!!

by Kristi R. Johnson

Tonight, StudyCon is back for students at the San Antonio campus of Our Lady of the Lake University. Finals are once again upon us, and the Academic Center for Excellence will have food, games, workshops, and, oh yes, therapy dogs! It simply would not be StudyCon without a set of four-legged friends.  And as always, your friendly resident tutors and consultants will be on hand to provide the usual academic assistance.

The StudyCon book raffle and giveaway will also be returning for a second semester. Five more popular books will be raffled off to students at the event, along with other various prizes. Be sure to stop by and browse the titles.

This semester, the five books will be The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Classic Fiction), A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle (Graphic Novel version by Hope Larson), Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (YA), I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sánchez (YA), and Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (YA).

See you there!

Flashback Friday: Pondering on Prepositions

by Sabrina 

When I was in fifth grade, my teacher gave us the daunting task to memorize a chart of prepositions and then recite them to the tune of “Yankee Doodle Dandy.” At the time, I believed this was impossible (as a young person may at that age), but the challenge drove me to do the very best that I could.

In hindsight, I appreciate the challenge set forth by my teacher because I am still able to recall a great number of prepositions from memory.

Let me state that I am not saying everyone should memorize prepositions the way I did. I included that flashback as a way to introduce today’s Flashback Friday topic.

Prepositions!! Even though I can remember many of them, I still look at preposition charts and instructions on prepositional phrases when writing. So I thought that this would be a good topic for today’s post, as it is something that everyone can appreciate a little reminder about once in a while.

Here is a link to a handy chart of prepositions and examples of how to use them: Preposition Chart
Full credit goes to St. Mary’s College of California for preparing this resourceful tool. Bookmark the chart on your computer in case you ever need a little help.

I also remember being told that I could not end a sentence with a preposition. While that used to be a standard rule of grammar and writing, we now consider that as more of a loose guideline that can be followed but also has exceptions. For more info, check out this link to Grammar Girl’s post Ending a Sentence With a Preposition.

Well readers (& writers), I hope this Flashback Friday finds you all in positive spirits. Happy Writing!

P.S. If you are in San Antonio this weekend and want something non-school related, check out the 6th Annual San Antonio Book Festival on Saturday April 7th from 9-5, held at the Central Library (600 Soledad) and Southwest School of Art. Lots of authors will be there for panels and signings, including Claudia Gray (all my Star Wars fans should know who I am talking about) and Sandra Cisneros.