Welcome Spring 2017 HON 300 Students.

I have used this blog for RCC courses in the past. In this course we will use it to preserve and make accessible the recordings of your scholarly communication interviews. here is the assignment:

Scholarly Communication Interview – choose a faculty member in the department in which you plan to major. Perhaps someone you have already taken a course with or someone whose research interest you. Ask permission to conduct and record an interview with this faculty member about their own scholarly communication practices. Be prepared to have to explain what you mean by “scholarly communication.” This is a term of art with which some faculty members might not be familiar. These interviews should last between 30-60 minutes. I don’t want a sound bite or a dissertation! In our class session on 1/24/17 we will develop a list of possible questions, although you are welcome to deviate from these questions. Record the interview using the voice recorder on your phone or on a device that you can borrow from the Olin Library. Be prepared to load the recording to our course blog. You will need to make sure that you have acquired the appropriate permissions from your interviewee. Interview files should be posted to our blog before 9 a.m. 2/2/17. Be ready to discuss your interview and conclusions in class on 2/2/17. This assignment will form 10% of your final grade.

Pre-Departure to London

As I prepare to depart to London, I have spent a considerable amount of time reflecting on the events that led me here. As a student who has only been abroad once, I have always been curious about different aspects of the world that I have yet to experience. My curiosity led me from a small town in Massachusetts to a city in Florida when I moved away for college, and now it is leading me from Florida to a different country. Regardless of where I have gone, I have found there is always so much more to learn than I can expect. This unknown has been the part of traveling that makes it become addicting. This summer, I lived with 10 students from Bulgaria and Russia who were working in the same town as me. During my time with them, I got a glimpse of the countless cultural differences and perspectives that I did not expect to come across, as well as surprising similarities regardless of the different lives we have lived. Having the opportunity to live with kids my age from different parts of the world and gain insight on the drastic differences each individual has experienced so far has made me even more eager to discover different parts of the world and different perspectives from others that I meet.

Most of the questions in the activities preparing myself and the other students going abroad were directed towards our identity and perspectives. However, I believe your identity is always changing similar to your perspectives on the world depending on your experiences. I hope to learn more about myself during this trip as I gain new experiences and I hope my current perspectives are challenged as I meet others and understand different perspectives. I know none of this is anything I can expect or prepare for, similar to the challenges and differences I faced while living with students from different parts of the world this summer, however I feel comfortable in the unknown of my upcoming trip and I look forward to all of the unpredictable experiences I will encounter.

Dr. Marianne DiQuattro’s Scholarly Communication

Dr. DiQuattro is one of the newest theatre professors at Rollins. She teaches rFLA courses like “Girl at War,” History of Theatre both I and II, and is currently directing the play A Piece of My Heart for the Annie Russell. While her specialties are in performance history, she also works in philosophy and literature.

Final Visit to the Mayflower- Grace Marshall

The last visit to the Mayflower was definitely bittersweet, as I was disappointed that the semester was over and so was our Wednesday morning visits. I was happy though because I have made this wonderful relationship with Mrs. Greatwood, and I am excited to continue that relationship as I go through Rollins College. Mrs. Greatwood is one of the greatest people I have ever meet and I hope that we will continue to see each other. I have learned a lot, not only about technology but also about aging and myself just from theses visits and I am sad to see them end.
At our last visit, my RCC all got with their partners and sat in the Mayflower meeting room, where we reflected on our time together and what we learned. Each pair spoke about their partner and what they had learned from one another, but also just how grateful we all were for the other. Diane and I talked about the camcorder that Sami and I worked on for Mr. Greatwood, and then discussed how I helped Diane organize her pictures. But we discussed more than that. We talked about how we cherish the relationship that we’ve built and that it was beneficial to both of us.
Thanks to Rollins College and the Center for Community Engagement, I have built a bond with Diane that will last longer than just RCC. We are actually going to have breakfast together next week, and I am so very excited for that. I want to say that one of the reasons I love Rollins College is because they place importance on engaging the Winter Park community with their school, rather than just being focused on the college. An effort is clearly made to make a difference in the community, and without them, I never would have met Diane and I would never have the relationship I do now.