Tuesday, November 27

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 14 of the class. That means you are finishing up Buck's Mahabharata in Indian Epics (Week 15 will be a Mahabharata review week), while it's American folklore in the Myth-Folklore class. For those of you who are working ahead, Week 15 is also available, and I would really encourage you to finish those assignments now so that you can take full advantage of dead week next week. If you have not turned in your Week 13 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Storybook Ballots.
I've tallied up the nominations that people turned in (thanks to everybody who participated in that part of the process!), and you can see the top nominations for each class here: Storybook Ballot Fall 2012. The ballot contains LINKS to all the Storybooks which you can use to refresh your memory or look at any Storybooks you have not seen before - and also to visit the Storybooks in the other class if you are curious. For each class, you will find the actual ballot for voting in Desire2Learn in Week 14. This is just for fun - not for points or a grade or anything. If you have a few minutes to spare, please vote for your own personal favorites! The ballot will be available until 5PM on Thursday of this week and I'll announce the results on Friday.

Storybook stack
. There are a LOT of Storybooks in the stack that people turned in over the holiday break. I've been focusing on the people whose Storybook assignment would give them the points they need to finish up the class; you can check the contents of the stack to make sure I have received your email. Meanwhile, if the points for that assignment will give you the points you need to finish the class, send me a separate email to let me know, and I'll put your Storybook at the top of the stack.

Week 14 Internet assignment
. (repeat announcement) For the Week 14 Internet assignment, you'll be doing an online course evaluation of this class. The online evaluation takes place at the eval.ou.edu website, and the evaluation is available now. You should have received an email directly from the College of Arts and Sciences with specific information about how to log on and complete the evaluation form for this class and for your other classes. THANKS in advance for your input. Every semester I make changes to these classes, experimenting with new things, trying to improve things, etc., and your input is extremely valuable in deciding what changes to make. Plus, by logging in at eval.ou.edu you become eligible to win an iPad!

Week 14-15 Schedule Note
. For those of you who will still be doing classwork during Week 15 (dead week), please be aware that it is on a different schedule: the final deadline for Week 15 assignments is Friday, December 7, at noon. There is no weekend time for Week 15 since that would run into final exams. As a result, your Week 14 Storybook assignment must be turned in by Monday noon, December 3, at the latest - I cannot accept late Storybooks for Week 14 because that would not give me time to get comments back to you for your Week 15 assignment. So, please take note: there can be no late Week 14 Storybook assignments.

Tuesday Events on Campus. There will be a concert by the OU Symphony at 8PM in the Sharp Concert Hall of Catlett Music Center (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

November 27: Saint Josaphat's Day. Today marks the feast day of one of the most fascinating saints in the Christian tradition: Saint Josaphat. Saint Josaphat's story was made famous in the medieval tale of "Barlaam and Josaphat," which is actually an adaptation of the story of Siddhartha Gautama, better known as the Buddha (the "awakened one" or the "enlightened one"), founder of the Buddhist religion. You can read more about Josaphat in this Wikipedia article; the image below is a depiction of Saint Josaphat from a medieval Greek manuscript: