Monday, November 12

Today is Monday. Week 12 of the class is now over. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Friday/Saturday/Sunday. Week 13 will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get started. The Week 14 and Week 15 assignments are also available now, too!

Storybook stack. As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the Storybook stack that were turned in over the weekend or on Monday morning. You can check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I will be reading and replying to the assignments in the order they were turned in. If you want comments back from me this week, please get your assignment turned in soon; see the following announcement about Thanksgiving Break - you will have next week off, and so will I!

November: Thanksgiving Break. You will be getting a full week off for Thanksgiving in this class. Thanksgiving falls on November 22 this year, which is next Thursday. Week 13 begins as usual this week, so you will have your usual Week 13 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday assignments; make sure you complete those as usual! I would also urge you to finish up the remaining Week 13 assignments this Friday, November 16. Then you can have the entire next week off from November 17 - November 25, with the Week 13 grace period on Monday morning, November 26. I will also be taking that week off, so any Storybook assignments you turn in during that time will go into the stack for the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday, November 28. (I will probably work on Monday next week just to catch up on the huge stack of Tech Tip emails, but I probably will not be reading Storybooks that day.)

Week 13 Internet assignment: Storybook nominations. The Week 13 Internet assignment will be available starting tomorrow, Tuesday, November 12. I hope you will find this a fun assignment: you will be nominating your favorite Storybooks from the semester. After everyone has turned in their nominations (the assignment is due by the end of Week 13, which is after Thanksgiving break), I'll prepare a ballot with the Storybooks that get the most nominations, and you'll be able to vote on the best ones - the voting is not for a grade, but just for fun, as a way to give the people who worked really hard on their Storybooks some well-deserved recognition.

Week 14 Internet assignment: Course evaluation. For the Week 14 Internet assignment, you will be completing a course evaluation online. As soon as the online course evaluation form is made available by the College of Arts & Sciences, you should be receiving an email from the College about that - and they may even be giving away iPads in a lottery for people who complete the evaluation; that's what they have done for the past few semesters. The Week 14 Internet assignment will not be something you can do until that online course evaluation becomes available; as soon as I hear anything more about that, I will let you know.

Myth Monday. For today's mythology link, I thought I would the website's urban legends about the Thanksgiving Holiday. As this will be the last Monday announcements before Thanksgiving (since you have next week off in the class), today was the best Monday to share that link!

Monday Events on Campus. The annual Bedlam Blood Drive will be taking place in the ROTC Armory from 10:30AM-5:30PM, Monday through Friday (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

November 12: Bahaullah. Today, November 12, marks the birthday in the year 1817 of the great religious leader named Bahaullah ("Glory of God") who founded the Bahai faith. The Bahai faith is a monotheistic religion in the tradition of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and it has gained followers around the world. Estimates place the number of Bahai faithful at between five and six million ... including a Bahai community in Norman. The life of Bahaullah is filled with many dramatic events, as you can read in this detailed Wikipedia article, which is also the source for the image below. He was born in Tehran, the capital city of what was then called Persia (Iran) and the image below shows Bahaullah's Persian (Iranian) passport: