Friday, February 18 - Sunday, February 20

HAPPY WEEKEND! You have reached the end of Week 5! The Week 5 Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now, and so is the Week 5 Internet assignment (Storybook Coverpage commenting). Please make sure you get started on those assignments soon; they are due this weekend.

Storybook Stack. If you turned in a Week 4 Storybook assignment on time, you should have gotten comments back from me now, with points recorded in the Gradebook. If you turned in a late Week 4 Storybook, or an early Storybook for Week 5 or Week 6, it is probably still in the stack. If you turn something in by Friday at noon, my goal is to get comments back to you by the weekend. Because the Introduction is often the hardest part of the Storybook for people to write, this is the week where it takes me the longest to read and reply to everybody's assignments... so, if I don't manage to finish up on Friday, I will get comments back to you on Saturday at the latest.

You really can call me Laura! (repeat announcement) Although I sign my emails to you all as Laura, some of you still seem to feel like you need to call me Professor or Dr. or something fancy. No need! Since I'm on a first-name basis with all of you, please do the same and just call me Laura.

Internet assignment - Ning Comment Wall. (repeat announcement) If you did not read the previous announcement about the Week 5 Internet assignment and the Ning Comment Walls, make sure you take a look at those announcements now - and you can even get extra credit for making your Comment Wall ready for visitors, both by making some more room on your Ning page, and also by adding a YouTube video to your page if you want, just for fun!

GoogleSites Tips. (repeat announcement) For the Week 5 Storybook assignment, you will be publishing your Introduction at your Storybook website. Here are some tips you might want to look at as you continue to work on the layout and design of your Storybook site: image size and placement - choosing a design template - site navigation options - site titles and page titles (which also includes instructions for how to suppress the site search and site map options if you want to "de-clutter" your pages).

MONDAY: Multilingual Poetry Cafe. Here's an announcement from Elizabeth Rucker... Love languages? Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Adams RSA, and the Adams Faculty-in-Residence are hosting Speak Up! The Multilingual Poetry Cafe MONDAY, February 21st at 7 pm at the Adams Faculty-in-Residence apartment (Adams Center, 1st floor). We'd love to see every language represented so bring your favorite poems, songs, and raps to share! Homemade cookies and lemonade will be provided! See the poster for more information - and if you have a campus event you want me to announce to the class, just let me know.

This Weekend: Roman Comedy. University Theater and School of Musical Theater "kick off" the spring season with the Tony Award-winning musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Show opens 8pm, Friday, Feb. 18 in the Rupel J. Jones Theatre; click here for more information about tickets and times. The show runs through February 27.