Student Veterans: HFC Services and Transition to the Classroom

On March 27, 2019 Gail Bock , the College’s VA Certifying Official, presented Student Veterans: HFC Services and Transition to the Classroom. She discussed adjustment issues some students have in the classroom and shared campus events and services such as job fairs for veterans and various outreach events with SVA (Student Veterans of America).   She provided resources that teachers could use to  best support student veterans including internal college support resources and community resources (see the PowerPoint below).

The presentation included videos from the point of view of veteran students such as this one.

Gail recommended the site VA Campus Toolkit for resources for teachers interested in exploring resources to support veteran students.

The full PowerPoint presentation is included here. You may also reach out with questions at, or contact Gail at extension 9688.

Hawk Strikes

On April 11 from 4 PM to 6 PM near the 5101 Restaurant the CTEI will offer a fun, fast-paced sessions called Hawk Strikes. Hawk Strikes give areas a chance to show off new curriculum, or new pedagogy in their areas. And you only have to present for 5 minutes.

In fact we will insist you only present for 5 minutes. You may have up to 10 Power Point slides and each will advance automatically every 30 seconds. If you have been at similar events at professional conferences you probably know these are exciting and a great way to get an overview of happenings- in this case happenings on our own campus.

And- as usual- light refreshments are included.

Do you have something exciting going on in your classroom, or department? Can you recommend someone for us to contact about something exciting in their classroom, or department? Let us know by commenting, or by emailing- Jeff Morford or Pam Stewart.

Spring Break and Email

So, I thought pointing to the away-from-email-feature in Outlook might be topical since some teachers will not check email during spring break or might plan to check email less often. You can set Outlook to send a message to those who contact you so that they know when to expect a reply.

I prefer the web version of Outlook for most features so I found the settings there. Right under whatever bars you have for your browser, near the top of the screen, is a colorful strip that ends in either your picture or your initials at the far right. Near there is the traditional cog that indicates settings. Click that.

Then select “View all Outlook settings” near the bottom of the page.

Finally go to “Automatic replies” and set the dates you will be away, the message you want to send, and whether only HFC email addresses get the message or if everyone does. I used everyone since I want to make students aware that I probably will not reply right away to emails during this period.

This shows the settings on the Automatic Replies page for Outlook.
Do not try to reach me the first full week of March.

Click save and you are done. You can set this up whenever you are ready and then forget about it since it allows for both a start and an end date. Feel free to leave comments about this feature or other features of Outlook- just do not expect a reply in early March.

Save the Date: Student Veterans: HFC Services and Transition to the Classroom

On Wednesday, March 20 from 3-4 PM Gail Bock will deliver a session on how best to serve our students who are veterans.

The agenda includes:

  • Data on the mix of Veterans and active military service members who attend HFC
  • What is the role of HFC’s Office of Veterans Services?
  • What’s working?  What isn’t? (Successes and barriers)
  • A video on life from a student veteran’s perspective
  • Discussion on what we think we can do better & how we can support these students

We will meet in Rosenau C (L-Building).

Dropping Messages on the Outlook Calendar to Make Appointments

Someone showed me today that if you drop a message on the calendar application you can create a calendar entry that has all that messages text. You can then adjust all the fields of the calendar and invite more people to any meeting. This can save some typing and keep all the original text of a message leading to a meeting. It can be shared with everyone through the invite and not through a separate message.

This only seems to work in the Outlook for Desktop and not Outlook through a browser.

East Campus Book Group

Thanks to Peggy Kearney we are able to offer a book group on the East campus. The group will meet for the first time on February 22 from 2:30 to 3:30. The group will read How to Become a Student Ready College by Tia McNair, our Professional Issues Conference keynote speaker.

If you are interested in joining contact Peggy Kearney. We have some books available to borrow if you need one. Contact Jeff Morford if you need to borrow a book.

Blocking Users on Outlook

About once a day I look in the junk folder of Outlook to make sure that there is nothing important there. Frequently I see some of the same companies, or people sending me messages I do not want. There is an easy way to stop these messages so they do not clutter your mailbox using the web version of Outlook.

Simply click on the three dots and select the user name to block that user. Good bye Michael Tobin of Tobin Law Institute!

Please let me know about tips and tricks you have discovered in Outlook. If I don’t reply I have probably accidentally blocked you.

You Can’t Ice Our Our Professional Development

One thing I have learned over years of teaching is that you should not use sports metaphors when trying to reach a broad audience. So, for instance, you should not compare calling a time out to ice a kicker in football to having literal ice cause the cancelation of a professional development session. But, c’mon, they both have the word ice in them.

Icing the kicker doesn’t work on average -sorry to any readers originally from Chicago- and icing our CTEI sessions never works. The CTEI session that was scheduled for January 23 will take place on February 20 at 11:10 AM. So, bring your lunches and bring an activity you use on your opening day of class to the Ghafari Room on February 20. Each participant will have around 5 minutes to describe their activity and why they chose it for their class. Be ready to steal the good ideas for your own opening days. (Notice how I avoided mixing metaphors by not introducing baseball, or basketball steals there.) Please make 10 copies of your activity to share if you can. I am also willing to curate a cache of the activities if you send them ahead of time to me.

I hope you had a productive, or relaxing day away from the office. And I hope that you are ready to score those three points for our students when you return.

And Then There Was One- Calendar

The default setting in desktop Outlook is to have multiple calendars show up without overlapping. This must be useful for someone, somewhere.

Fortunately, my next door neighbor at work (along with, I suppose, millions of users world-wide) discovered how to change this. There is an arrow at the top tab of each calendar pointing left. Click the arrow to fold that calendar into the next one over.

(The text above describes what I show in the video below.)