WOW

January 2017 Week of Workshops

Saddleback College will be hosting a Week of Workshops (WOW) for all students January 10-13, 2017.
Please check this page regularly as additional workshops are being added.

WOW 2017 Flyer

WOW 2017 Schedule for Printing

Join us for WOW!  It is a great way for you to:

  • Meet your instructors to get a jumpstart on your academic success.
  • Learn about campus support and services.
  • Make connections with your classmates.
  • Explore new ways to prepare for college life.

General Logistics:

  • Participation in WOW is voluntary. 
  • All workshops are FREE.
  • Just come - No registration is required.

Available Workshops

Tuesday January 10th Workshops

Workshop Title: Financial Aid and Paying for College
Instructor/facilitator: Alejandra Hurtado
Brief Description of Workshop: Participants will learn about federal and state grants as well as loans that help pay for college. They will learn the program requirements, eligibility and procedures for the application. An overview of student aid at Saddleback College will be presented.
Workshop Date: 01/10/2017
Location: LRC 230
Workshop Start Time: 9:00am
Workshop End Time: 10:00am
Workshop Title: Saddleback College Resources 101
Instructor/facilitator: Student Success Mentors
Brief Description of Workshop: Student Success Mentors will be sharing information about Saddleback College’s most helpful resources that every single student can benefit from. We will also share our own experiences and views on why students should take advantage of all the free resources that the college has to offer.
Workshop Date: 01/10/2017
Location: LRC 240
Workshop Start Time: 10:00am
Workshop End Time: 11:00am
Workshop Title: Succeeding in Chemistry 1A
Instructor/facilitator: Dr. Sam H. Abbas
Brief Description of Workshop: Students will be presented with a roadmap for getting the most of the general chemistry One (Chem 1A) course experience. Tips on how to prepare for lectures, labs, quizzes, and exams will be presented.
Workshop Date: 01/10/2017
Location: SCI 312
Workshop Start Time: 10:00am
Workshop End Time: 11:00am
Workshop Title: Reducing Math Anxiety and Improving Study Skills
Instructor/facilitator: Patrick Quigley
Brief Description of Workshop: A variety of techniques for increasing study effectiveness and test performance. Special emphasis on strategies for reducing math anxiety.
Workshop Date: 01/10/2017
Location: LRC 103
Workshop Start Time: 10:00am
Workshop End Time: 12:00pm
Workshop Title: Careers in Emergency Medical Services
Instructor/facilitator: Larry Grihalva
Brief Description of Workshop: An overview of career paths in Emergency Medical Services, including private ambulance companies, public fire agencies, and other healthcare provider professions.
Workshop Date: 01/10/2017
Location: HS128
Workshop Start Time: 11:00am
Workshop End Time: 1:00pm
Workshop Title: Preparation for Physics 2A and 4A
Instructor/facilitator: Patrick Quigley
Brief Description of Workshop: The fundamental mathematical tools needed for physics 2A and 4A. Extensive focus on the algebra of vectors.
Workshop Date: 01/10/2017
Location: LRC 103
Workshop Start Time: 1:00pm
Workshop End Time: 3:00pm
Workshop Title: Headed for Success: What You Need To Know For Your Online Class
Instructor/facilitator: Nicole Major
Brief Description of Workshop: Join Professor Nicole Major as she provides strategies, her course structure, the basics of Blackboard, and other pertinent information for students to feel comfortable taking an online class. She will help students navigate Blackboard and demonstrate all areas of her course in order for students to be successful from the start. There will be time for questions and experimenting inside the online classroom. This workshop is a great opportunity for students who are new to the online class environment or would like to become familiar with the course before it begins.
Workshop Date: 01/10/2017
Location: LRC 230
Workshop Start Time: 3:00pm
Workshop End Time: 4:00pm
Workshop Title: How to Survive and Thrive in Online Classes
Instructor/facilitator: Brett Myhren
Brief Description of Workshop: Are you thinking about taking an online class? Are you already registered for one?  Learn the secrets of success online and find out if taking an online class is right for you.  This workshop will allow you to see an example of an online class and will give you an opportunity to ask questions about online classes.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the benefits of taking classes online.
Workshop Date: 01/10/2017
Location: LRC 240
Workshop Start Time: 4:00pm
Workshop End Time: 5:00pm
Workshop Title: What are my educational options?
Instructor/facilitator: Selene Roman
Brief Description of Workshop: ESL students have many career options to choose from at Saddleback College. We will review certificate, associate degree, and bachelor degree options. There will also be a brief discussion about foreign transcript evaluation.
Workshop Date: 01/10/2017
Location: LRC 103
Workshop Start Time: 4:00pm
Workshop End Time: 5:00pm
Workshop Title: Online CD 110 Introduction to Curriculum Information Night
Instructor/facilitator: Brenda Plascencia-Carrizosa
Brief Description of Workshop: If you are enrolled in one of our online CD 110 Introduction to Curriculum sections then we invite you to come and learn more about the course, get your lab questions answered, and meet your faculty and fellow classmates! Our goal is to take a little anonymity out of your online experience and help us leave feeling more connected and informed!
Workshop Date: 01/10/2017
Location: BGS-135
Workshop Start Time: 5:30pm
Workshop End Time: 7:00pm

Wednesday January 11th Workshops

Workshop Title: Tricks of the trade: making the subject matter matter and personal
Instructor/facilitator: Robert Cosgrove
Brief Description of Workshop: Students appear to respond much more when we connect in ways other than only lecture. And by having students maintain journals or wikis or blogs. Part of the trick here is to have them stockpile data in journals or some other repository in preparation for quizzes, tests, papers and projects.
Having students write letters (one for each test): these are written out of class and submitted with their journals at the end of each exam period.
Letters are less formal and much more focused. I ask class members to explain what they are enjoying, learning, questioning, and feeling. They can also offer suggestions about what do keep in and what to keep out of class actives. And it's a good place to practice writing and it is a good place to record individual transformations.
Other activities include the ping pong ball exercise for be beginning the semester along with Samuel Scudder's "Learning to See" essay.
Samples of both journals and letters will be provided.
Workshop Date: 01/11/2017
Location: LRC 240
Workshop Start Time: 9:00am
Workshop End Time: 10:00am
Workshop Title: WOW for Math 24
Instructor/facilitator: Jason Hole
Brief Description of Workshop: Preparation for a semester of ODEs.
Workshop Date: 01/11/2017
Location: SM 303
Workshop Start Time: 9:00am
Workshop End Time: 12:00pm
Workshop Title: Succeeding in General Chemistry One
Instructor/facilitator: Dr. Sam H. Abbas
Brief Description of Workshop: Students will be presented with a roadmap for getting the most out of the general chemistry One (Chem 1A) course experience. Tips on how to prepare for lectures, labs, quizzes, and exams will be presented.
Workshop Date: 01/11/2017
Location: SCI 312
Workshop Start Time: 10:00am
Workshop End Time: 11:00am
Workshop Title: Cultural wealth, how much are you worth?
Instructor/facilitator: Efren Rangel & Adalberto Rodriguez
Brief Description of Workshop: Many times students fail to see how much they are worth and how much their cultural background can contribute to their success as students. This workshop will help students identify their wealthy as a student and how student support services can increase that wealth.
Workshop Date: 01/11/2017
Location: LRC 240
Workshop Start Time: 10:00am
Workshop End Time: 11:00am
Workshop Title: Financial Aid and Paying for College
Instructor/facilitator: Alejandra Hurtado
Brief Description of Workshop: Participants will learn about federal and state grants as well as loans that help pay for college. They will learn the program requirements, eligibility and procedures for the application. An overview of student aid at Saddleback College will be presented.
Workshop Date: 01/11/2017
Location: LRC 230
Workshop Start Time: 11:00am
Workshop End Time: 12:00pm
Workshop Title: How to Survive and Thrive in Online Classes
Instructor/facilitator: Brett Myhren
Brief Description of Workshop: Are you thinking about taking an online class?
Are you already registered for one?  Learn the secrets of success online and find out if taking an online class is right for you.  This workshop will allow you to see an example of an online class and will give you an opportunity to ask questions about online classes.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the benefits of taking classes online.
Workshop Date: 01/11/2017
Location: LRC 230
Workshop Start Time: 1:00pm
Workshop End Time: 2:00pm
Workshop Title: From Page to Print & From Word to Web: How to Publish Your Original Poetry, Fiction, & Creative Writing at Saddleback College and Beyond
Instructor/facilitator: Prof. Bridget Hoida Mulholland & Prof. Gina Shaffer
Brief Description of Workshop: Are you a poet, novelist, short-story writer or creative scribe? Would you like to see your original poems, stories, chapters and words in print? If so, please join professors Gina Shaffer and Bridget Hoida as they discuss how to get your work published in local and national publications. Topics covered will include: how to submit your work for publication; Wall: the literary journal of Saddleback College; national digital and print literary magazines; querying an agent; writing residencies (like Tin House and Squaw); writing organizations (such as AWP and Poets & Writers); writing contests and more. Snacks will be provided. We hope to see you there!
Workshop Date: 01/11/2017
Location: LRC 240
Workshop Start Time: 1:30pm
Workshop End Time: 2:30pm
Workshop Title: Preparing for Microbiology
Instructor/facilitator: Monica Friedrich
Brief Description of Workshop: Topics covered in the Preparing for Microbiology workshop:
     -Suggested Pre-Nursing Course Sequence
     -Required Course Materials
     -General Course Schedule
     -Getting Organized
     -Tips for Success
     -Concept Review
     -Q&A
Workshop Date: 01/11/2017
Location: LRC 103
Workshop Start Time: 2:00pm
Workshop End Time: 3:00pm
Workshop Title: Preparing for Biochemistry
Instructor/facilitator: Monica Friedrich
Brief Description of Workshop: Topics covered in the Preparing for Biochemistry workshop:
     -Required Course Materials
     -General Course Schedule
     -Getting Organized
     -Tips for Success
     -Concept Review
     -Q&A
Workshop Date: 01/11/2017
Location: LRC 103
Workshop Start Time: 3:00pm
Workshop End Time: 4:00pm
Workshop Title: Self-Care, doing well, and being happy
Instructor/facilitator: Justin Huft
Brief Description of Workshop: This workshop will focus on how to take care of yourself when the stress of school, work, family, and your relationships (or lack thereof) get to you.
Workshop Date: 01/11/2017
Location: LRC 240
Workshop Start Time: 3:00pm
Workshop End Time: 4:00pm
Workshop Title: Trig Review
Instructor/facilitator: Karla Westphal
Brief Description of Workshop: If you learned trig by memorizing formulas without really understanding the underlying concepts, this workshop is for you.  We will begin developing a working knowledge of a few basic concepts that will allow you to comfortably use trig without the aid of a calculator or formula sheet.
Workshop Date: 01/11/2017
Location: SM201
Workshop Start Time: 3:00pm
Workshop End Time: 5:00pm

Thursday January 12th Workshops

Workshop Title: 2017 Cuba Program and Study Abroad Info Session
Instructor/facilitator: Christina Ghanbarpour
Brief Description of Workshop: The workshop is designed to inform students about the many study abroad programs we have at Saddleback College including the new Cuba Study Abroad program offered by the History Department.
Workshop Date: 01/12/2017
Location: LRC 240
Workshop Start Time: 10:00am
Workshop End Time: 12:00pm
Workshop Title: Inverse Trig Review
Instructor/facilitator: Karla Westphal
Brief Description of Workshop: In this workshop we'll review the basics of inverse trig functions. The equations:   x = sin y and  y =arcsin x  DO NOT mean the same thing! If this surprises you, come to this workshop to find out why.
Workshop Date: 01/12/2017
Location: SM 201
Workshop Start Time: 10:00am
Workshop End Time: 12:00pm
Workshop Title: Healthy Transitions to Life in the US
Instructor/facilitator: Maryam Afshari
Brief Description of Workshop: Understand the process of cultural transition and the differences in the universities in the U.S. and in other countries.
Workshop Date: 01/12/2017
Location: LRC 103
Workshop Start Time: 11:00am
Workshop End Time: 12:00pm
Workshop Title: Teaching out of the box
Instructor/facilitator: Georgios Kouritas
Brief Description of Workshop: The goal of the workshop is to show that when a chapter or part of the textbook is difficult for the students to understand we can teach it through something else that they find easier to understand. In this way they can get an in depth understanding of the initial subject. I have noticed that students have difficulties to understand French Impressionist Music. For this reason I introduce French Impressionist Music through French Impressionist paintings.
Workshop Date: 01/12/2017
Location: FA 101
Workshop Start Time: 11:00am
Workshop End Time: 12:00pm
Workshop Title: What is networking (in the US)?
Instructor/facilitator: Maryam Afshari
Brief Description of Workshop: Networking Plays Important Role in Job Searching. How to develop your skills (and confidence!) in networking.
Workshop Date: 01/12/2017
Location: LRC 103
Workshop Start Time: 12:00pm
Workshop End Time: 1:00pm
Workshop Title: Get the Most out of Blackboard and Online Academic Resources In English 1A + English 200
Instructor/facilitator: Amy Casil
Brief Description of Workshop: Demonstration and use of Blackboard to submit assignments, including homework and linked Turnitin.com for completed papers. Demonstration, use and practice in using Word to complete papers, including Works Cited (reference) including in Word. Demonstration, use and practice of MS Word and Apple Pages and how they work with Blackboard, Turnitin.com, and Google Docs.
Workshop Date: 01/12/2017
Location: LRC 240
Workshop Start Time: 1:00pm
Workshop End Time: 2:00pm
Workshop Title: Financial Aid and Paying for College
Instructor/facilitator: Alejandra Hurtado
Brief Description of Workshop: Participants will learn about federal and state grants as well as loans that help pay for college. They will learn the program requirements, eligibility and procedures for the application. An overview of student aid at Saddleback College will be presented.
Workshop Date: 01/12/2017
Location: LRC 230
Workshop Start Time: 1:30pm
Workshop End Time: 2:30pm
Workshop Title: How to Survive and Thrive in Online Classes
Instructor/facilitator: Brett Myhren
Brief Description of Workshop: Are you thinking about taking an online class?
Are you already registered for one?  Learn the secrets of success online and find out if taking an online class is right for you.  This workshop will allow you to see an example of an online class and will give you an opportunity to ask questions about online classes.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the benefits of taking classes online.
Workshop Date: 01/12/2017
Location: LRC 240
Workshop Start Time: 6:00pm
Workshop End Time: 7:00pm

Friday January 13th Workshops

Workshop Title: WOW for Math 26
Instructor/facilitator: Jason Hole
Brief Description of Workshop: Preparation for a semester in linear algebra.
Workshop Date: 01/13/2017
Location: SM 303
Workshop Start Time: 10:00am
Workshop End Time: 12:00pm
Workshop Title: Medication and Fluid Calculation for Nurses
Instructor/facilitator: Michele Wolff
Brief Description of Workshop: We will review calculations useful for nurses.
This is helpful for calculating pediatric and adult medications and fluids. We will cover medication dose, volume and IV rate calculations. We will also go over fluid requirement and urine output calculations.
Workshop Date: 01/13/2017
Location: HS 102
Workshop Start Time: 10:00am  
Workshop End Time: 11:00am
Workshop Title: SBAR reporting for Nurses
Instructor/facilitator: Michele Wolff
Brief Description of Workshop: During this session, we will go over how to give an efficient and effective report using SBAR format (Situation, Background, Assessment and Recommendation). This session would be helpful for anyone in the nursing program and/or healthcare workers who need to give a succinct and focused report using SBAR.
Workshop Date: 01/13/2017
Location: HS 102
Workshop Start Time: 11:00am
Workshop End Time: 12:00pm
Workshop Title: Associate Degree for Transfer- ADT
Instructor/facilitator: Aimee Tran
Brief Description of Workshop: Overview of the ADT and its benefits. Information of degrees offered at Saddleback and how to apply.
Workshop Date: 01/13/2017
Location: LRC 230
Workshop Start Time: 11:00am
Workshop End Time: 12:00pm
Workshop Title: How to Talk so Others Want to Listen
Instructor/facilitator: Tiffany Metcalf
Brief Description of Workshop: We will be covering concepts of public speaking to engage and captivate any group of people, which will help at work and in social situations.
Workshop Date: 01/13/2017
Location: LRC 240
Workshop Start Time: 11:00am
Workshop End Time: 12:00pm
Workshop Title: How to be Successful in Online or Hybrid Distance Education Classes in the Biological Sciences
Instructor/facilitator: Jane Horlings
Brief Description of Workshop: I will discuss various strategies for success in online or hybrid distance education courses in biology, with emphasis on my courses (Bio 20, 11, and 40). I will cover the structure of my courses, as well as offer suggestions for staying on top of the game in any online course.
Workshop Date: 01/13/2017
Location: SCI 222
Workshop Start Time: 12:00pm
Workshop End Time: 1:00pm
Workshop Title: How to Survive and Thrive in Online Classes
Instructor/facilitator: Brett Myhren
Brief Description of Workshop: Are you thinking about taking an online class?
Are you already registered for one?  Learn the secrets of success online and find out if taking an online class is right for you.  This workshop will allow you to see an example of an online class and will give you an opportunity to ask questions about online classes.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the benefits of taking classes online.
Workshop Date: 01/13/2017
Location: LRC 230
Workshop Start Time: 12:00pm
Workshop End Time: 1:00pm
Workshop Title: How to Survive and Thrive in Online Classes
Instructor/facilitator: Brett Myhren
Brief Description of Workshop: Are you thinking about taking an online class?
Are you already registered for one?  Learn the secrets of success online and find out if taking an online class is right for you.  This workshop will allow you to see an example of an online class and will give you an opportunity to ask questions about online classes.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the benefits of taking classes online.
Workshop Date: 01/13/2017
Location: LRC 230
Workshop Start Time: 2:00pm
Workshop End Time: 3:00pm
Workshop Title: Learning Statistics in the Age of Big Data
Instructor/facilitator: Shilong Kuang
Brief Description of Workshop:
-How statistician predicted President election in 2008?
-How Google predicted H1N1 in 2009?
-How Germany use Big Data to win World Cup in 2014?
-How Microsoft predicted Oscars Winner in 2015?
-How Golden State Warriors won 2015 NBA Champion?
Workshop Date: 01/13/2017
Location: LRC 240
Workshop Start Time: 2:00pm
Workshop End Time: 5:00pm
Workshop Title: Financial Aid and Paying for College
Instructor/facilitator: Alejandra Hurtado
Brief Description of Workshop: Participants will learn about federal and state grants as well as loans that help pay for college. They will learn the program requirements, eligibility and procedures for the application. An overview of student aid at Saddleback College will be presented.
Workshop Date: 01/13/2017
Location: LRC 230
Workshop Start Time: 5:00pm
Workshop End Time: 6:00pm