Friday, October 23 - Sunday, October 25

HAPPY WEEKEND! You have reached the end of Week 9! The Week 9 Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now, and the remaining Week 9 assignments are due on Friday or on Saturday or Sunday - please make sure you get started on those assignments soon.

Storybook Week 9 and Week 10. For the Week 9 Storybook assignment this weekend, most of you will be turning in a revision assignment. Then, for Week 10, you will be turning in a new story. Remember that you do not need my comments on your Week 9 revisions before you start writing your new story - so don't let me hold you up! After you finish the Week 9 assignment, please feel free to move straight on to the Week 10 assignment and get to work on your new story. If you can get the Week 10 Storybook assignment turned in by this Monday, you can take a point of Early Bird extra credit for working ahead. (For those of you who are on a slightly different schedule with your Storybook, check the email I sent you with your weekly schedule.)

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in this week. If you turned in your Week 8 Storybook assignment on time, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned in a late Week 8 assignment, or an early Week 9 or Week 10 assignment, it might still be in the stack. In order to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. I will do my best to get comments back to any assignment that is turned in before noon on Friday. If you turn in something after noon on Friday, it will go into the stack for Monday.

Spring 2010 enrollment. (repeat announcement) I know that some of you are graduating in December (congratulations!), but for those of you who will be in school next semester, I wanted to give you a chance to reserve a place in one of these online classes for Spring, if you are interested. The online courses all fill up very fast, but if you let me know BY MONDAY, October 26, that you would like to take one of these classes in the Spring, I should be able to reserve a space for you. You can get more information about each of the three classes at, where you will find links to the websites for each class: World Literature (lower-division Western Culture Gen. Ed.), Myth-Folklore (upper-division Western Culture Gen. Ed.), and Indian Epics (upper-division Non-Western Culture Gen. Ed.).

Microsoft Updates and Anti-Virus Software. Every semester, I hear from several students who have run into serious problems with viruses on their computers. If you use Windows as your computer operating system, and especially if you use Internet Explorer as your browser, it is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you update your Windows operating system with the latest security updates at the website. The OU IT department makes anti-virus software available to you FOR FREE, so you also should make sure that you have anti-virus software installed on your Windows computer. To get the free software, you have to log on to the IT Store at, and after you log on, you can click on this Symantec Anti-Virus Software link to download and install the software on your computer for free (Symantec EndPoint is available for all versions of Windows: Windows 2000/XP/Vista and Windows 7). For additional help or if you have questions, call IT at 325-HELP. You definitely do not want to run into computer virus problems as the end of the semester draws near!