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Volume 2, Issue 4, December '08


1st Year Semester Celebration


The 1st year Semester final celebration was held on December 11th.  A total of 19 students completed the courses (86% retention overall). Meryl and Alex are working on developing comparison data with other English classes.  A big contribution to the student cohort success was the counseling component with Alicia Kolstad, and this will continue for the Spring 2009, 2nd semester experience as well.


The 1st Year Instructors and Student

Meryl Soto, Craig Johnston, student, Kathy Aubel and John Leamy


The 1st Year Experience FIG Leadership will change this spring since Meryl Soto is out on sabbatical and Craig Johnston will be the new leader.  The 2nd Semester of the 1st Year Experience will also see a few changes with Morgan McBride teaching a Health and Fitness class, and Craig Johnston teaching English 1A.





Faculty, Staff and Administrators celebrate

Administrators, Faculty, Staff and Students attended the celebration



Students enjoying the celebration

Students celebrating after receiving their completion certificates


Year of Change for AWE





On December 12th, the AWE Steering Committee met to celebrate the accomplishments of the fall semester, and share the dreams and hope for spring. Adrienne Webster will continue to work on inviting all faculty and staff to get involved.


 The Last Steering Committee Fall '08

The AWE Steering Committee celebrating the accomplishments


The new '09 year brings in a momentum of change for the AWE steering committee and core members. In late fall the steering committee grew to include several students, Tom McDonnell, Cody Ann Baker, Danielle Pellini, Emily Valentine, Johnny Proctor, and Sean Day.





INDIS 170AW - Section: 1435

Embedding Basic Skills into Course/Program Content

  • Do you wish your students were better readers?

  • Are you looking for ways to improve student writing?

  • Did you know that basic math skills are necessary in most courses?

  • Do confused students demand a great deal of your time and energy?

 This course specifically addresses these questions and more. For your convenience, the course will be offered fully online during

 SPRING 2009

Beginning the week of February 2

continuing for 6 weeks

 (The course is designed for both faculty and staff

and is especially suitable for adjunct faculty.)


For additional information contact Patricia Harrelson


If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact Adrienne Webster, Anne Cavagnaro, Meryl Soto, Lynn Martin, Karin Rodts, Craig Johnston or Melissa Colón. Check out the AWE Web site.