Week 8: #ugstSTORY CANstruction Challenge & Roadtrip Nation Presentations

Road Trip Nation Project

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1. RTN Proposals: Send UPDATED proposals for your teams that include your team NAME and WHO you actually interviewed. Email Laura with this information.

2. SUBMIT: Presentations, handouts, and notes from interviews are DUE: Wednesday (10/16) at 11:59 pm; please submit ONE presentation & ONE handout document in either Word or PDF format. You can submit individual notes from each interviewee. **See the RTN Checklist in Blackboard Learn to ensure you submit everything.**

2. ALL TEAMS BE PREPARE TO PRESENT ON THURSDAY (10/17) in class. All are expected to complete peer evaluations and ask questions in class.

CANstruction — Friday, October 18, 2013 

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Here is a message and update from Amy Simon from the Center for Leadership and Service

1. Location: Library Mall (rain site – is the Environmental Science Building)
a. 9-10 unloading cans
b. 10-12 building sculptures
c. 12-1- judging/announce winners
d. 1-2 tear down

2. You have a 6×8 area to build your sculpture – a tarp will be provided.

3. You may drop your cans off near the administration building and carts will be there to unload, but you must park elsewhere.
a. Drop off your cans beginning at 9:00 am on the library.

4. Building is from 10am-12pm
a. We realize some of you have students that are not available at the building time (10-12pm) – so if you need to you may come earlier.
b. We will be set up on the library mall at 9 am. If you need to, you can build from 9-11.
c. If your sculpture does not take the full 2 hours to build – come when you can.

5. Judging begins at 12pm
a. Immediately following the judging – winners will be announced by the Denton Community Food Center.

6. Please breakdown your sculpture at 1pm to begin loading them to take to the Food Center.
a. If any volunteers can stay to help us unload at the Food Center – we greatly appreciate the help! – it is a few miles from campus.

7. We have added additional trophies this year – here are the judging categories:
Canstruction sculptures are judged on the following
1. Size (50%)
a. Teams report the size of their sculpture/# of food items and the Center for Leadership & Service scores this component.
2. Creativity (50%)
a. Does the sculpture incorporate UNT Pride, include additional decorations, look realistic etc. – scored by judges.

The Top 3 sculptures (points for creativity and size) will receive the following:
1. Juror’s Favorite (Grand Prize Winner)
2. People’s Choice (Second Place Winner)
3. Honorable Mention (Third Place Winner

Additional awards are given strictly for the following:
• Best Meal prize will go to the UGST class that class utilizes canned goods in their structure to creatively include a full meal (vegetable, fruit, protein etc.)

• Best Use of Labels prize will go to the UGST class that strategically uses the original labels of the canned goods in their structure creatively.

• Structural Integrity prize will go to the UGST class that has the highest standing creative structure.

Thank you for making such a difference for the Denton Community – Last year, 4,400 pounds of food was donated through the UGST Canstruction!
Amy

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Amy Simon, Director
Center for Leadership & Service
University of North Texas
1155 Union Circle, #305007
Denton, Texas 76203-5017

The Center for Leadership & Service is located in the Stovall 160 (STUB 160)
amy.simon@unt.edu
http://www.leadandserve@unt.edu

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Week 7: Say What? and Getting Involved @ UNT

Today’s class we will chat about your visit to the Library and Career center, learning about how to get more involved, and discussed how to effectively communicate individually or with your Roadtrip Nation teams. There are a number of helpful resources on talking to your instructor for your final paper and getting to know more about courses via the Faculty Profile System.  Have you visited a faculty member during office hours? Have you sent an email to your instructor yet? Let’s chat about it today:

Your Roadtrip Nation presentations START next Thursday, October 17th. We will pick the order in class today, and chat a little bit about presenting and how you carry yourself during meetings, events, and when required to talk in front of an audience. Body language, specifically how you approach others (stance, eye contact, body position, etc) and how  you give off non-verbal cues impact first impressions. We will talk more about this by introducing “Power Poses” via Amy Cuddy.

TO DO List 

  • NO CLASS:  On Tuesday, October 15th — use this time as working class for your RTN projects and/or CANstruction planning for Friday, October 18th.
  • TWEET:  #ugstSTORY: Tweet how do you want to get involved and connected at UNT? Share a link to a club, activity or event that you might be interested in.

Week 6: #ugstSTORY Goes “On Tour” to #UNT Library & Career Center

Today’s first stop on the #ugstSTORY  #UNT Tour was to learn about resources and services found at the UNT Willis Library. I hope that you learned a great deal from Lilly (@lillylibrarian) and Doug, and are able to get some ideas on how to research your Final Major/Career Paper & Video presentation. I look forward to learning more about what was discussed in class next week.

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Thank you to Lilly for organizing and taking the time to answer your questions via Twitter. All Q & A’s are posted HERE.

Our NEXT CLASS MEETING on Tuesday (10/8) will take our #ugstSTORY class to the UNT Career Center! Please meet at Chestnut Hall in the 1st floor lobby promptly at 11 am (if not before). Amy Ferman & Rachel Smith will be answering YOUR QUESTIONS and sharing more about how their office can help you find a job, research internships, build a resume, and more! Tip: You are required to submit TWO (2) resumes for your final project — so I hope you ask about how to get help for this while you are there.

 

Your TO DO List:

  1. CANstruction Team Work: Collect, Design or Build? Be sure to check in with your group. The Collect/Fundraise team is going to Kroger on University Blvd next week. All cans collected can be stored and designed in the Office for Exploring Majors, Suite #302. I have a designated office for all of you to store and work on things in one space. Ask Alison at our front desk where you can work from 8 am – 5 pm. Thanks!
  2. BLOG: WP #9 Visits to Career Center & Library: From your visit to the Library and Career Center, please share at least FOUR (4) things you have learned that will help you with your major/career decision and research this semester. Please include useful links, information, pictures and other things in your post. DUE by 11:59 pm Tuesday, October 8th 
  3. Roadtrip Nation Interviews: You & your team should be ON THE ROAD to meet professionals and ask them questions about what they do and how they got there. Please be sure to send a THANK YOU e-mail or give a card after you meet with EACH professional. ALL handouts, interview Q & A notes, and presentations are DUE Tuesday, October 15th at 11:59 pm. Please review the Roadtrip Nation folder in Blackboard Learn for the Checklist and suggested questions.

 

Week 5: Note Taking & FINAL Class Paper/Presentation

Today we talked about a few different type of note-taking strategies, including outlining, Cornell Method, SQ3R (to prepare to take notes) and what all of you do for your college classes. It is important to get yourself organized, pre-read (or skim) your assigned readings, review posted PPTs, and review your notes on a regular basis. If you can practice these note-taking strategies NOW, you will be an expert at taking notes & reviewing lecture information by the time you get to your advanced college credits and challenging course material.

We also introduced the FINAL Major/Career Research Paper & Video Presentation (you can download a copy of the assignment from Blackboard Learn). This final project has a few different pieces to it, so please USE THE CHECKLIST and start mapping out your dates well BEFORE it is due on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by 10:30 AM to a dropbox on Blackboard Learn. You will work on the following segment for this assignment, so start mapping out your schedule to set some dates for each section:

Decide on planned due dates
Part 1, Step 1: Answer questions about Majors
Part 1, Step 2: Answer questions about Careers
Part 1, Step 3: Current resume
Part 1, Step 3: Graduation resume
Part 2, Step 1: Answer questions about organizations
Part 2, Step 2: Answer questions about Choice #1
Part 2, Step 2: Answer questions about Choice #2
Part 3, Step 1: GPA projection
Part 3, Step 2: Printed copy of my Spring schedule
Part 4, Step 1: Semester Course Reflection
Part 4, Step 2: Major/Career Reflection
Part 4, Step 3: Personal Reflection
Part 5: Presentation
FINAL PAPER & VIDEO PRESENTATION DEADLINE (11/26) at 10:30 AM

Next, many asked about embedding an “iframe” link from your Prezi into WordPress for your Major/Career Family Tree post that is DUE: TONIGHT (9/26)  by 11:59 pm.

Here is a quick STEP-BY-STEP demonstration to help you edit the HTML code for your blog in a Prezi or Video tutorial:

  Finally, here’s a REMINDER about TONIGHT’s Alternative Events to ATTEND:

(1) Reality Check (Thurs – 9/26) 5-6 pm BLB 255;

(2) Exploring Major Peer Mentor Panel (Wed -10/2) 5-6 pm ESSC 255

**Required to  LIVE TWEET using #ugstSTORY hashtag at either event to share information. Take ONE #Selfie and then 4 quotes, resources, ideas and information from the session.

#ugstSTORY Takes On the CANstruction Challenge!

Teams for Our  #ugstSTORY CANstruction – Friday, October 18, 2013 from 10 am-1pm at the UNT Library Mall 

Collection/Fundraising: Samantha, Ryan H., Ashley, & Jade

Collection/ Fundraising- responsible for fundraising for can goods and the collecting of can goods. The fundraising/collection department will plan the process of gaining funds for the cans and collecting them through donations or purchase with the assistant of fundraising.

Design/Creative: Greyson, Amanda, Chrystal, Greg & Jess **Building on a 6 x 8 foot tarp**

Design/ Creative- responsible for creating a design for the structure of the cans. This department will need to immediately begin brainstorming for the design. Please be mindful that the design structure would determine by the amount of cans.

Building (10 am-12 noon): Rachel, Julia, Brendin, Denise & Logan **Check in at 9 am**

Building- Responsible for building the structure. The building department will need to be available before Canstruction.

 

KROGER Food & Money Collection

We have the opportunity to host tables at each of the 3 Kroger’s in Denton (288, Teasley and University Drive) next week  – October 7-10, 2013 -(Monday-Thursday from 5-7pm) to share information about Canstruction and collect food from customers at Kroger.

If your class would like to sign up for a time slot, and send 2-4 representatives to be at the table – please complete the information below. You will have poster/flyers/box to pick up from the Center for Leadership &  Service (Stovall 160) the afternoon of your drive and must return them the following morning so the next group can use it!  (You will keep the food collected at your table immediately at your drive)

 

Please sign up for the location/date below and spots will be filled on a first come/first served basis.  by emailing Amy.simon@unt.edu

Monday -10/7

UGST Contact

Email

Phone

Teasley

Loop 288

University Blvd.

Tuesday – 10/8

UGST Contact

Email

Phone

Teasley

Loop 288

University Blvd.

Wednesday – 10/9

UGST Contact

Email

Phone

Teasley

Loop 288

University Blvd.

Thursday – 10/10

UGST Contact

Email

Phone

Teasley

Loop 288

University Blvd.

 

 

Take down (1 pm): Ashley, Greg, Logan & John

Takedown- responsible for taking down the structure down. The takedown department will need to be available after the Canstruction. Unwrap cans, and put in donation boxes for the Food Pantry of Denton (provided).

Week 5: Your Strong Interest Inventory & MBTI Career Report

Today we will be reviewing the second assessment instrument, The Strong Inventory, and your MBTI Career Reports. Here are the RIASEC codes we will discuss in class and on your assessment. Where do you think you interests lie?

John Holland’s codes and the Strong Interest Inventory is one way of discovering your major and career interests. The assessment is another tool to support your research, encourage questions, and direct your exploration, but keep in mind that these assessments might not reveal all about your major/career path.

Here is a run down for the week’s projects, assignments and midterm:

  • SAVE THE STUDY DATE: Sunday, September 29th Meet Heather at the Library at 2 pm (#clubwillis) for study tips & prep for JOUR 1210, HIST 2610, PSCI 1040/1050 OR other questions you might have as you prep for your first college texts and exams.
  • BLOG: WP #8: What’s YOUR Strong Profile? List your Letters or why you might not have any letters. Does your Strong apply to you? Why yes or no? Describe some of your themes and occupations from the Strong -blog about YOUR Strong profile. DUE TONIGHT (9/24) at 11:59 pm – answer:
  1. Page 3 – What’s your Strong Type (e.g. AES)? Did you guess that? What do you think? What does your scale say about you?
  2. Page 5 -Review your top 10 Strong Occupations – are there professions on the list that would interest you? Check out at least ONE (1) from your top ten and review the O*NET online about this occupation; share details about in on your blog.
  3. Page 9 Section 4: From your report LIST the 5 “Your Personal Style Scales Preferences” – do you agree or disagree? Please describe
  4. Page 11 Section 6: “Using Your Themes” – for of your OWN themes review the suggested College Major. e.g. E and Political Science; A = Advertising. Check to see if this major is offered at UNT. Would you be interested in it? Why or why not?
  5. Page 4: Review your “Learning Environment” for your theme. Share what it is, and how this works with your own learning experiences since you have been at UNT.
  6. Page 19: Career Fields for MBTI + Strong Type – Pick at least ONE Career Field listed (e.g. Acting and Directin 27-2011.00), and review MyNextMove.org and/or the O*NET to figure out WHY the assessments point you in the direction of this occupation. Review the tasks, work activities, work context, education and salary. Does this fit with your own interests?
  7. Page 21: Review “Occupations to Explore” and pick at least ONE (1) occupation you are LEAST likely to pursue or that stands out as being odd for you. Review MyNextMove.org and/or the O*NET to hypothesize WHY the assessments point you in the direction of this occupation.
  8. Page 22: “Are You Looking For A Good Match To Start Your Career?” Pick ONE (1) question from this list. Post it in your blog, and then give a response to this question.
  • PREPARE: Your Advising 1:1 appointments are scheduled for NEXT week! If you forgot yo
  • ur scheduled time, please contact The Office for Exploring Majors in person (Sage Hall 302) or by phone (940.565.2457). You will need to be on time and BRING your “Spring Schedule Assignment” with #1 & #2 of the assignment completed. Please use the UNT Catalog and the UNT Advising Guidebook [PDF] to help you with this assignment
  • ATTEND ALTERNATIVE EVENT:  Reality Check (Thurs – 9/26) 5-6 pm BLB 255 – will be required to LIVE TWEET using #ugstSTORY hashtag at program to share information – 5 tweets including a #selfie photo of you there.
  • BLOG: WP #7: Your Major/Career Family Tree (DUE Thursday, September 26th by 11:59 pm): Find at least FOUR (4) members of your family or close family friends to interview about their career/major path. This can be about their jobs, training, work experience, and how they got to where they are today. You will create a visual of your family tree – mindmapPrezi, etc (If you need to know how “HOW TO” embed either a PowerPoint or Prezi into your WordPress blog, here are a couple of helpful resources.)– to share with the class in a WP blog post.  This is DUE NEXT THURSDAY (9/26) at 11:59 pm CDT. Please be sure to answer the following questions:
  1. What was their major and/or academic background/training?
  2. What is their job title, and what activities do they do on a regular day of work?
  3. What do they like about their job?
  4. What do they wish was different about it?
  5. How did they start doing this job/choose this job?
  6. What other careers/jobs have they had in their life?
  7. Why did they stop doing each of those?
  8. What makes a job interesting to them?
  9. What about a job leads one to be happy?
  10. If they could not do the profession/job they currently are doing, what would they choose instead?

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You are REQUIRED to EMBED these presentations into your WP blogs, not just provide the website or URL link! e.g. EXAMPLE from a student from UGST 1000 class Fall 2013

  1. HOW TO:  Upload a PPT into WordPress => Uploading Documents — Support — WordPress.com
  2. HOW TO:  Embed a Prezi into WordPress – YouTube VIDEO [Hint: HTML tab = “Text” tab in WordPress]
  3. Check out OTHER #ugstSTORY Blogs & contact your friends — a few have already figured out how to post a Prezi and/or PPT

Week 4: Managing Time & Exploring Your Major/Career Family Tree

It’s not always easy, but time management is a critical skill to develop when your in college and will be something you use for the rest of your life. In today’s class we will talk about time management, scheduling, and task lists – here’s a preview:

We will spend some time considering how and where we use our time. After you have mapped out your weekly schedule and estimated your time usage, you will need to complete the “Pie Chart” activity to identify where your time goes. Identify how your time management is divided in your pie for school, work, fun and more.

In your WP Blog Post #6 – Time Management: Post a  one (1) PICTURE (your pie breakdown) or INFOGRAPHIC of your Time Management Pie AND answer the following questions in 300 words minimum: 

  1. Does your time management pie look tasty? Please provide percentages and describe each piece of your pie (e.g. eat, sleep, class, social, work, etc).
  2. Where does most of your time go? Where does the least amount of your time go? Is it balanced?
  3. What are your “time wasters” or “time vacuums” have you identified in your weekly schedule?  Can you modify this if you had to?
  4. After flipping through the “Managing Your Time” PowerPoint (above), what key time management areas do you want to improve upon?
  5. How will you hold yourself accountable for managing your time?
  6. In thinking about how you manage your time, describe how will reach ONE of your long term goals?

ASSIGNMENT: Your Major/Career Family Tree: So you have a Roadtrip Nation interview to work on… let’s start small. We want you to find at least FOUR (4) members of your family or close family friends to interview about their career/major path. You will create a visual of your family tree – mindmapPrezi, etc (If you need to know how “HOW TO” embed either a PowerPoint or Prezi into your WordPress blog, here are a couple of helpful resources.)– to share with the class in a WP blog post.  This is DUE NEXT THURSDAY (9/26) at 11:59 pm CDT. Please be sure to answer the following questions:

    1. What was their major and/or academic background/training?
    2. What is their job title, and what activities do they do on a regular day of work?
    3. What do they like about their job?
    4. What do they wish was different about it?
    5. How did they start doing this job/choose this job?
    6. What other careers/jobs have they had in their life?
    7. Why did they stop doing each of those?
    8. What makes a job interesting to them?
    9. What about a job leads one to be happy?
    10. If they could not do the profession/job they currently are doing, what would they choose instead?

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[YES! I do want you to EMBED these presentations into your WP blogs, not just provide the website or hyperlink.]

  1. HOW TO:  Upload a PPT into WordPress => Uploading Documents — Support — WordPress.com
  2. HOW TO:  Embed a Prezi into WordPress – YouTube VIDEO [Hint: HTML tab = “Text” tab in WordPress]
  3. Check out OTHER #ugstSTORY Blogs & contact your friends — a few have already figured out how to post a Prezi and/or PPT

Your “TO DO” List (Homework):

  • BLOG:  WP Blog Post #6- Time Management by Friday, September 20th at 11:59 pm CDT
  • ATTEND TONIGHT: Rainn Wilson Lecture to LIVE TWEET. Must complete FIVE (5) tweets using the hashtag #ugstSTORY. Include a picture of you at the talk (to show you were there), quotes, comments, and information from Rainn’s talk about SoulPancake.
  • PREPARE: Your Advising 1:1 appointments are scheduled for NEXT week! If you forgot your scheduled time, please contact The Office for Exploring Majors in person (Sage Hall 302) or by phone (940.565.2457). You will need to be on time and BRING your “Spring Schedule Assignment” with #1 & #2 of the assignment completed. Please use the UNT Catalog and the UNT Advising Guidebook [PDF] to help you with this assignment.
  • COMPLETE: Your Major/Career Family Tree Assignment – Thursday (9/26) at 11:59 pm (WP Post #7)
  • ALTERNATIVES to Rainn Wilson: (1) Reality Check (Thurs – 9/26) 5-6 pm BLB 255; OR (2) Exploring Major Peer Mentor Panel (Wed -10/2) 5-6 pm Location TBA – will be required to LIVE TWEET using #ugstSTORY hashtag at either event to share information.