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So Friday I came home from school to some very good news.  Out of nearly 600 eligible people I was one of 80 chosen to interview for 45 Ford Re-start scholarships.  To say the least, this made my week.  All of my hard work,over the last year here at Lane Community College, has payed off.   Well, not exactly payed off as of yet, but it has at least gotten me the interview that I was pursuing.  Now I am excited, as well as nervous, because here in about two weeks I have one of the most important interviews of my life.  It is time to meet with the scholarship advisors, to find out what to expect at the interview and what I need to prepare for.

I really, really, really hope that I get this scholarship!!!!


We were asked to make a digital story of our success here at Lane Community College using pictures and narration.  Mine is called Rising From the Flames and here is a link to the page.

My Robot Movie  March 5, 2012

In our honors personal learning environment class, we were asked to use to make a short movie on something that we have accomplished in our time here at LCC that we did not think that we could do.  I made my movie on my overcoming my fear of public speaking.  Here is a link to my Xtranormal robot movie that I made.

March 1, 2012

If anyone took part in my survey this is the paper I was working on and here are the results.

This is a WR 227 group project final that I just completed. It is a technical report on some of the effects text messaging is having on our society.  It is due Monday and I am hoping we get an A on it.  I really believe that we should.  I spent a little extra time on it by myself putting it all together making sure that everything was uniform and seeing to it that everything was included that should have been.  It started out as a 2 page per person paper, and with 4 people in our group it should have been a minimum of 8 pages.  Well, it turned into a 20 page monster but i believe that it is a pretty good paper.  I myself conducted two surveys of instructors and students here at Lane Community College, and analyzed data from another online survey.  The rest of my group analyzed data and wrote their portion covering the impacts on our reading and writing, on teenagers social skills, and on the dangers of drinking and driving.

Here is a link to the technical report Texting Messaging: The Effects on Our Society.

This Link is to a PDF Download.

Group Project Study

I know it is long but if anyone has any time to check it out and give me some feedback I would appreciate it.


Reflecting back on this project, I learned what it takes to produce a quality major project in college when working with others.  The key thing is communication and giving each member of the group a equal amount of work to accomplish.  I also learned that it is helpful to set a date for everyone to have their material finished, so that the material can be collated into one nice presentable paper.

I think that I learned quite a bit on the subject by conducting  the survey, and also on the other effects that text messaging is having on our society from what the rest of my group researched and presented.

So this week is registration week for the spring term here at Lane.  It is also the first time that this new registration system has been used.  How does everyone like the new system?  I’m not sure that I like it, but that is because I failed to get all of the classes that I wanted, however, I think that I will be able to get the last one I need to fill my spring schedule by sitting in on the class.  It would probably help if there was more than just one of the classes offered next term.  I hope that everyone got all of the classes that they need for next term, and if you are fairly new to Lane then good luck to you, because you will have to wait to register until students further along in their academic careers have had a chance to do so.

Is bottled water free of the contaminants sometimes found in tap water?

February 9, 2012

The author of the scholarly article I chose is Michael J. Sullivan PhD, CIH, REA.

Here is a link to that article.

He is a graduate of UC Davis and The University of Michigan, and he is a professor at Cal State Northridge, where he teaches Environmental Health and Risk Analysis.  He is an expert in toxicology and risk analysis, with 20 years experience working for consulting firms.  His current research is in environmental sampling and drinking water.  He is also President of Southern California American Industrial Hygiene Association.

I think that article co-authored by Michael J. Sullivan PhD. is a very credible source of information.  He is highly educated and highly credited in his field of expertise.  He not only is a professor of upper-level college classes, but is also the President of an organization that promotes industrial and environmental hygiene and health.

Bottled vs. Tap

February 8, 2012

The person who owns and maintains the scholarly blog I chose is Greg Laden.

Greg Laden is a Biological Anthropologist who has a PhD. from Harvard in both Archeology and Biological Anthropology.  His main areas of study are Human Environmental Interaction and Human Behavioral Biology.  He has taught at Harvard, Boston University, Concordia, and University of Minnesota.  He co-authored a scholarly paper that was published while at Minnesota.  The name of the paper is “The Raw and the Stolen.” The topic of the paper is cooking and the ecology of human origins.

Link to “The Raw and the Stolen.”  Link comes as a PDF Download.

I think that Greg Laden is a pretty credible source.  He definitely has good credentials and has a background in the sciences.  He has had a paper he was involved with published.

The things that he talks about in his blog are some of the same things that I found out doing research for my essay on the subject.  However, he has a slightly different take on some of the information and data put forth by researchers.

Overall I thought his blog was interesting and made me think from his point of view.  I am not academically achieved as he happens to be, but I find it hard to argue with some of the evidence that he portrays as misleading.