Sent 8/07/2008 by email
I hope you have had a great summer and are ready to start the Fall semester. I have included (and attached)
information about the Fall semester. Please read it thoroughly!
Except for the email I will send out with the syllabus templates (on Tuesday), this will probably be my last
communication with you as chair. As some of you may have heard, I will not be continuing as department chair.
While I have enjoyed working with you, I would like to take a break from administration and get fully involved
in teaching again. I will also be working with some of our Achieving the Dream initiatives. Thank you so much
for working with me and making my job easier by being wonderful instructors! Even though I will no longer be
chair, I am always available if you need any assistance
The new chair will be Ms. Natasha Haydel (our former lead faculty). There has also been a change in the Exit
Assessment Coordinator. Kristina Sampson is now teaching credit math and can’t continue as coordinator. The
new coordinator is Mr. Landra Young. You will meet everyone on adjunct night. It will be an exciting semester!
Welcome to Fall 2008!
Our classes are packed with students! Most of you either already have 23 students, or are very close. Hopefully we can
successfully prepare them all for their next math class and make them all see that mathematics is not hard, and can be
Please try to email a copy of your syllabus to Natasha Haydel (Natasha.firstname.lastname@example.org) one week before
your class begins for approval. I will email updated syllabus templates to you on Tuesday. Primarily, the following
needs to be changed;
1. Change the semester/class/meeting times/section numbers/etc.
2. Modify the Instructional Outline to fit the included Fall Academic Calendar
3. Modify the logo, Student Success Portion, and System policy portion to reflect the name change
4. After your syllabus is approved, you may make copies. When possible, please use our copy center for copies
instead of the copiers in the faculty suites. Copies from the copy center are not as expensive.
As you plan for the semester, please remember the following;
1. BIG ONE: We have changed editions for our Math 0308/0310 textbook, but your students will have a mixture of
both editions. We can’t make a student purchase a new edition, so we will just have to work with them. If you find
that the majority of your students still have the old edition (as would be expected in many of our 0310 classes)
you may use that edition. If most have the new edition, you may use that. If there is a true mixture, you can work
out a system that works for you.
Many of the changes in the textbook occur in the exercise sets. Those of you who require book homework might
want to check the problems and page numbers you usually assign. Those of you who require MyMathlab for
homework assignments will just choose the new edition when setting up your course. Your students, however,
who purchased MyMathlab under the old edition will have to request a new access code. You will learn more
about that process on adjunct night (the Thursday before school starts) and by email. NOTE: The new Instructor’s
Resource Manual is in, so please plan to pick one up on Adjunct Night.
2. When setting up your grade percentages, please remember that the final exam must be between 20% and 25% of
your grade. Also, it is strongly suggested that you give your students more than three exams and include at least
one more category (HW grades, Quizzes, Projects, etc) in the grade determination. Also, try for a grade split of
80/20 or 70/30. It’s unfair to our students to place too much weight on testing.
3. As a department, and in keeping with the requirements our students will encounter when they take College
Algebra and higher level math courses, we have come to the conclusion that multiple choice exams do a poor job
of assessing student performance. It is important for our students to be able to problem solve mathematically
without cues to the possible answers. It is also critical that students learn how to communicate their work
thoroughly and clearly with appropriate notation.
For this reason, major exams (please give a minimum of three in addition to the final) need to be free response
only. EXCEPTION: Due to time constraints, it us understandable that you may need to make your last exam and
the final multiple choice.
4. When designing your course outline, please be as detailed as possible. If you can list the homework assignments,
please do so. At the very least, please list what you will be covering each class session (sections) and the exact
dates you giving exams.
5. Interactive and collaborative learning is highly encouraged. Therefore please invite students to participate
actively in class discussions and in individual and group problem solving activities. We also promote the creative
use of technology to enhance the learning process. Technology should illuminate mathematical concepts and
simplify calculations without replacing important mathematical techniques.
6. Please arrive on time for your class. When class ends, make sure you lock the doors, erase the board, and turn
off the lights. Even if students are waiting, you can’t let them into the classroom without their instructor being
7. Please do not dismiss classes early. Students are expected to be engaged in learning during the entire time they
are scheduled to be in class. The only exception would be test day.
8. The Learning Commons provides excellent one-on-one tutoring and computer tutoring software. Encourage your
students to take advantage of these services regularly. ALSO, we have a new Early Intervention Program. This
program is designed for instructors who notice that their students are floundering in class (or life), and would like
to get these students some assistance. There will be a flyer about the program placed in your returning packets.
9. As teachers, we all want our students to succeed. And, if the students study hard and do all of the work we have
given them to do, most of them can be successful in learning mathematics. However, the practice of awarded an
excessive amount of bonus points or extra credit does not really help our students. There should be no way for a
student who scores a 59% (an F) on an exam to increase that score to 70% (a C). Please be vigilant in making
sure that the grades our students receive are a true reflection of their ability.
10. Please check your class roster in MyRecords FREQUENTLY during the semester. Contact students who have
been attending class, but are not on your class roster, and consider withdrawing those students who are on your
roster, but have not been attending class.
11. Since we all have varying schedules, email is really our most effective form of communication. Please check (and
delete when your inbox gets to full) emails sent to your Lonestar and personal email account. In addition to emails
sent from the chair, you can expect to receive emails from the system and our division office (Dr. Anne Albarelli,
Vivian Kumler, and Meanette Martino). Please read them thoroughly and reply in a timely manner. NOTE: Make
sure you no longer use the NHMCCD email. They have ALL changed to ****@lonestar.edu. Change it in
MyMathlab as well.
Please find your class schedule below. The columns represent, in order, the course name, section number, course
title, room location (TENTATIVE), meeting days, meeting times, instructor, class start date, and class end date. Please
contact me if you have any questions about your schedule.
81010 TECH 211 TTH 8:10a - 10:10a Brown, Monica 8/25/08 12/14/08
81014 TECH 211 TTH 12:30p - 2:30p Brown, Monica 8/25/08 12/14/08
82001 Prealgebra TECH 207 MW 5:20p - 7:25p Butterfras, Jan 8/25/08 12/14/08
82003 Prealgebra TECH 207 MW 7:35p - 9:40p Butterfras, Martha 8/25/08 12/14/08
82001 Introductory Algebra TECH 112 MW 5:20p - 7:25p Cottongim, LaDawn 8/25/08 12/14/08
82003 Introductory Algebra TECH 112 MW 7:35p - 9:40p Cottongim, LaDawn 8/25/08 12/14/08
81811 TECH 206 MWF 1:30p - 4:10p Crowl, Burce 8/25/08 10/15/08
82001 TECH 211 MW 5:20p - 7:25p De Las Salas, Reynell 8/25/08 12/14/08
82003 TECH 211 MW 7:35p - 9:40p De Las Salas, Reynell 8/25/08 12/14/08
83001 Introductory Algebra HSC 113 S 8:30a - 12:50p Falahat, Ali 9/6/08 12/14/08
81008 HSC 113 MWF 2:30p - 3:45p Falahat, Ali 8/25/08 12/14/08
81005 Introductory Algebra TECH 112 MWF 10:15a - 11:30a Fortner, Lori 8/25/08 12/14/08
81007 Introductory Algebra TECH 112 MWF 11:40a - 12:55p Fortner, Lori 8/25/08 12/14/08
8W811 Introductory Algebra DW Foster, Marion 8/25/08 10/16/08
8W821 Intermediate Algebra DW Foster, Marion 10/21/08 12/14/08
81007 Prealgebra TECH 207 MWF 11:40a - 12:55p Franklin, Patrcia 8/25/08 12/14/08
81008 Prealgebra HSC 115 MWF 1:05p - 2:20p Franklin, Patrcia 8/25/08 12/14/08
81812 Introductory Algebra MWF 1:05p - 3:45p Hacker, Elvin J 8/25/08 10/15/08
MATH Intermediate TECH
81922 MWF 1:05p - 3:45p Hacker, Elvin J 10/17/08 12/14/08
0310 Algebra 112
81010 Introductory Algebra HSC 111 TTH 8:10a - 10:10a Hollins, Walter 8/25/08 12/14/08
81013 HSC 113 TTH 12:30p - 2:30p Hollins, Walter 8/25/08 12/14/08
81009 Introductory Algebra HSC 111 MWF 2:30p - 3:45p Jezek, Linda 8/25/08 12/14/08
82002 Introductory Algebra HSC 111 MW 6:00p - 8:05p Jolivet, Jennifer 8/25/08 12/14/08
MATH Intermediate Nunez-Sammons,
81001 HSC 113 MWF 7:25a - 8:40a 8/25/08 12/14/08
0310 Algebra Alexis
81005 Prealgebra TECH 207 MWF 10:15a - 11:30a Patil, Vaishali 8/25/08 12/14/08
81005 HSC 113 MWF 11:40a - 12:55p Patil, Vaishali 8/25/08 12/14/08
82004 TECH 211 TTH 5:00p - 7:00p Roane, Demetra 8/25/08 12/14/08
82005 TECH 211 TTH 7:15p - 9:15p Roane, Demetra 8/25/08 12/14/08
82002 Prealgebra HSC 115 MW 6:00p - 8:05p Rose, Wayne 8/25/08 12/14/08
81003 Prealgebra TECH 207 MWF 8:50a - 10:05a San Pedro, Sylvia 8/25/08 12/14/08
83001 Prealgebra HSC 111 S 8:30a - 12:50p Sapolucia, Togba 9/6/08 12/14/08
81001 Prealgebra HSC 115 MWF 7:25a - 8:40a Scholl, Layne 8/25/08 12/14/08
81002 Prealgebra HSC 115 MWF 8:50a - 10:05a Scholl, Layne 8/25/08 12/14/08
81004 Prealgebra HSC 115 MWF 10:15a - 11:30a Shin, Lynette 8/25/08 12/14/08
81006 Prealgebra HSC 115 MWF 11:40a - 12:55p Shin, Lynette 8/25/08 12/14/08
82002 HSC 113 MW 6:00p - 8:05p Singh, Balbir 8/25/08 12/14/08
83001 Intermediate Algebra HSC 115 S 8:30a - 12:50p Singh, Balbir 9/6/08 12/14/08
82004 Prealgebra TECH 207 TTH 5:00p - 7:00p Thibodeaux, Delia 8/25/08 12/14/08
82005 Introductory Algebra TECH 112 TTH 7:15p - 9:15p Thibodeaux, Delia 8/25/08 12/14/08
81002 HSC 113 MWF 8:50a - 10:05a Woodyard, Alan 8/25/08 12/14/08
81004 TECH 211 MWF 10:15a - 11:30a Woodyard, Alan 8/25/08 12/14/08
Fall 2008 – Academic Calendar
Weekday Classes Begin August 25
Labor Day Holidays August 30 - 1
Friday evening, Saturday & Sunday Classes Begin Sept 5 - 7
Last day to drop and receive a "W" (see Note #1) November 7
Thanksgiving Holidays (classes are dismissed at 4:30 p.m. November 26) November 27-30
Note #1 – If you are teaching a Saturday, Second Start or Fast-Track class, your withdrawal date will be different. Please
request that information from Vivian Kumler OR refer to your Returning Adjunct email (to be sent by the division at a later
Final Examination Schedule (See Note #2)
Weekday classes that meet one time each week will have their final exam on the regular class day during final exam week at the exam
time listed in this schedule.
Weekend classes will have their exams on December 12-14 during regularly scheduled class periods. No changes should be made to
the final exam schedule without the approval of the instructional vice president at your college.
Monday, Wednesday and Friday Class Combinations:
Class Begins: Exam Date: Exam Time:
6:00 - 6:59 am Dec. 8 6:00 - 7:50 am
7:00 - 7:59 am Dec. 10 7:00 - 8:50 am
8:00 - 8:59 am Dec. 8 8:00 - 9:50 am
9:00 - 9:59 am Dec. 10 9:00 - 10:50 am
10:00 - 10:59 am Dec. 8 10:00 - 11:50 am
11:00 - 11:59 am Dec. 10 11:00 - 12:50 pm
noon - 12:59 pm Dec. 8 noon - 1:50 pm
1:00 - 1:59 pm Dec. 10 1:00 - 2:50 pm
2:00 - 2:59 pm Dec. 8 2:00 - 3:50 pm
3:00 - 3:59 pm Dec. 10 3:00 - 4:50 pm
4:00 - 5:29 pm Dec. 8 5:00 - 6:50 pm
5:30 - 6:59 pm Dec. 10 5:30 - 7:20 pm
7:00 - 8:29 pm Dec. 8 7:30 - 9:20 pm
8:30 - 9:59 pm Dec. 10 8:00 - 9:50 pm
Tuesday and Thursday Class Combinations:
Class Begins: Exam Date: Exam Time:
6:00 - 6:59 am Dec. 9 6:00 - 7:50 am
7:00 - 7:59 am Dec. 11 7:30 - 9:20 am
8:00 - 9:29 am Dec. 9 8:00 - 9:50 am
9:30 - 10:59 am Dec. 11 9:30 - 11:20 am
11:00 - 12:29 pm Dec. 9 11:00 - 12:50 pm
12:30 - 1:59 pm Dec. 11 12:30 - 2:20 pm
2:00 - 3:29 pm Dec. 9 2:00 - 3:50 pm
3:30 - 4:59 pm Dec. 11 4:00 - 5:50 pm
5:00 - 6:59 pm Dec. 9 5:30 - 7:20 pm
7:00 - 8:29 pm Dec. 11 7:30 - 9:20 pm
8:30 - 9:59 pm Dec. 9 8:00 - 9:50 pm
Note #2 – If you are teaching a fast-track class, the final exam for the first half of your class falls on the last day of class.
The final exam for the second half of your class follows the final exam schedule above.
Sent 8/12/2008 by email along with template attachments
There are several changes that you may not be aware of. Please carefully compare your old syllabus with the
new syllabus and make changes. Pay special attention to the logo, Meanette’s contact info, Student Success
info, and system policies. Please email your syllabus to Ms. Haydel (email@example.com) by next
Wednesday for review. Thanks!
There are several changes that you may not be aware of. Please carefully compare your old syllabus with the
new syllabus and make changes.
Pay special attention to the logo, Meanette’s contact info, Required Materials, the list of covered sections,
Student Success info, and system policies. Additionally, the new edition of the textbook has Sections and
Exercise sets on different pages and different problems in some cases.
If you are using MyMathlab, creating homework assignments will be easy as ALL students will use the same
edition of the book in MyMathlab.
Homework from the textbook will need to be modified since page numbers and problems differ between the 3rd
and 4th edition. If you would rather assign homework weekly and NOT include it on your syllabus at this time,
you may do so. Just be clear about the dates for exams. Send an email if you are unsure about how to handle the
Please email your syllabus to Ms. Haydel (firstname.lastname@example.org) by next Wednesday for review.
Sent 8/13/2008 by email
Another update. Please change to this in your syllabus. Thanks!
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