WOW

Spring 2018 Week of Workshops (WOW)

A printable Spring 2018 Workshop Schedule will be posted once all the workshops have been scheduled.
Meet your instructors and start your Spring 2018 semester with success!

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.

Spring 2018 Week of Workshops Schedule

Workshops will be added to the list below once they have been approved. Please check back often for an updated list.

Tuesday January 9th Workshops

Speaker: Bridget Hoida Mulholland
Title: How to Succeed in English Composition using Canvas
Date: 1/9/2018
Time: 9:00am-10:00am
Location: LRC 240

Description: Hello English Students!
Come meet your English instructor, Professor Bridget Hoida, in person, before the semester begins. Professor Hoida will walk you through your digital classroom, show you how to locate and complete assignments and discussions online, and answer any questions you might have about Canvas online education. This is also a great opportunity to meet face-to-face before your class begins. I hope to see you there.
**This workshop is a great way to familiarize yourself with Canvas success strategies prior to instruction.**


Speaker: Jane Medling
Title: Succeed in Accounting 1A!
Date: 1/09/2018
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Location: BGS 254

Description: Accounting is the language of business!  Learn what it takes to succeed in accounting 1A at Saddleback College.  Lots of great tips will be presented. This workshop will also introduce students to the course textbook and Connect (the textbook publisher's homework management system). Connect provides opportunities through adaptive technology for both formative and summative assessments to ensure student mastery and success.


Speaker: Donnie Mineo
Title: Finding Majors and Colleges that Match
Date: 1/9/2018
Time: 10:30am-11:30am
Location: SSC 140

Description: Do you know what you want to be when you "Grow-Up"? Looking for a Perfect Match? Tired of being asked these questions? Choosing Undecided is one of the most popular majors when entering college but Career Guidance Services is available to help you. Web sites will be explored to search and evaluate specific majors or disciplines. A free online career assessment and exploration system will be offered to all participants with time on computers to practice, share and ask questions. All questions regarding navigating career pathway options, majors and colleges will be answered. All ages are welcome to attend. A brief description of the Career & Re-Entry Center services will be featured. Join us in SSC 140, Career & Re-Entry Center Computer Lab.


Speaker: Tiffany Metcalf
Title: Speak so Other People Want to Listen
Date: 1/9/2018
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Location: LRC 108

Description: This workshop will cover the fundamentals of why some speakers are captivating and others put us to sleep and what you can do to get other people to want to listen to you!


Speaker: Counselor
Title: Just in Time New Student Orientation
Date: 1/9/2018
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Location: LRC 240

Description: Meet with a Saddleback College Counselor and Student Success Mentor to get your last minute questions answered before the spring semester begins. We can help answer questions, about classes, prerequisites, placement results and educational planning.


Speaker: Michele Wolff
Title: Medication and Fluid Calculations
Date: 1/9/2018
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Location: LRC 105

Description: During this workshop, we will practice calculations used by nurses when caring for adult and pediatric patients. This will include dosage / weight, volume and rate calculations for oral and IV medications. We will also discuss how to find important reference information in the Lexi comp medication data base. As time allows, we will also cover fluid requirements, intake and output calculations.


Speaker: Nicole Major
Title: Headed for Success: What You Need to Know for Prof. Major’s Online Class
Date: 1/9/2018
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Location: LRC 230

Description: Join Professor Nicole Major as she provides strategies, her course structure, the basics of Canvas, and other pertinent information for students to feel comfortable taking an online class. She will help her students navigate the new system of Canvas 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 their online classroom (bring your login credentials). This workshop is a great opportunity for students who are new to the online class environment or would like to become familiar with Canvas before the course begins.


Speaker: Karla Westphal
Title: Trig Review  
Date: 1/9/2018
Time: 4:00pm-6:00pm
Location: SM 309a

Description: If you are reliant on a calculator, a formula sheet, or memorized formulas you don't understand for doing trig, you are not prepared for college level calculus or pre-calculus. This workshop is designed to review the basics of trig in a way that will help students approach trig with a focus on understanding rather than memorization.  It will be the first of several workshops that will be held throughout the semester.  The workshops are designed for students in Math 2 or above.


Speaker: Jane Medling
Title: Succeed in Accounting 1A!
Date: 1/09/2018
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Location: BGS 254

Description: Accounting is the language of business!  Learn what it takes to succeed in accounting 1A at Saddleback College.  Lots of great tips will be presented. This workshop will also introduce students to the course textbook and Connect (the textbook publisher's homework management system). Connect provides opportunities through adaptive technology for both formative and summative assessments to ensure student mastery and success.


Wednesday January 10th Workshops

Speaker: Larry Perez
Title: Math 3A Preparation
Date: 1/10/2018
Time: 9:00am-11:00am
Location: SM 129

Description: In this workshop students will review topics that are necessary to succeed in Math3A. Topics include graphing, trigonometric functions, logarithm and exponential functions, and solving equations. Students will also be informed of free online resources that are available to help students succeed in this course.


Speaker: Monica Friedrich
Title: Preparing for Microbiology
Date: 1/10/2018
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Location: LRC 108

Description: Get a head-start on preparing for micro. Learn about required course materials and gain an overview of the semester.


Speaker: Bridget Hoida Mulholland
Title: From Page to Print & From Word to Web: How to Publish Your Original Poetry, Fiction, & Creative Writing at Saddleback & Beyond
Date: 1/10/2018
Time: 10:30am-11:30am
Location: LRC 240

Description: 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!


Speaker: Monica Friedrich
Title: Preparing for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Date: 1/10/2018
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Location: LRC 108

Description: Get a head-start on preparing for Bio 3C (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology). We'll discuss course materials, the syllabus, study strategies, and more!


Speaker: Sam Abbas
Title: Success in Chemistry 1B
Date: 1/10/2018
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Location: SCI 312

Description: Professor will welcome students to the Chem 1B experience by sharing tips for success in the Chem 1B course.


Speaker: Eric Schmidt
Title: GRAPHIC COMMUNICATIONS
Date: 1/10/2018
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
Location: Village 4

Description: Introduction to the GC family of classes, expectations, projects and procedures.


Speaker: Steven Gonsowski
Title:  Meet the Instructor(s)
Date: 1/10/2018
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
Location: Vil 8-1

Description: Meet with the students and explain class expectations, the learning management system, how to get a head-start by watching video instruction, go over materials, and so on.


Speaker: Jacqueline Gross
Title:  Meet/greet/explain courses and program
Date: 1/10/2018
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
Location: Vil 8-02

Description: General meeting to go over class expectations, materials, processes, and to introduce Blackboard. Introduce the courses and certificates we offer.


Speaker: Karen Taylor
Title: Welcome to GD140, GD149, and GD147
Date: 1/10/2018
Time: 11:00am-1:00pm
Location: Village 8-02

Description: Introduction to course expectations, materials, and processes. We'll look at what is expected from online, on-ground, and hybrid courses and look at how the courses are organized on Blackboard. Also tour the graphic design and graphic communications facilities, learn what we have to offer and meet design faculty and students.


Speaker: Counselor
Title: Just in Time New Student Orientation
Date: 1/10/2018
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: LRC 240

Description: Meet with a Saddleback College Counselor and Student Success Mentor to get your last minute questions answered before the spring semester begins. We can help answer questions, about classes, prerequisites, placement results and educational planning.


Speaker: Larry Perez
Title: Math 3B Preparation
Date: 1/10/2018
Time: 12:00pm-2:00pm
Location: SM 129

Description: In this workshop students will review topics that are necessary to succeed in Math3B. Topics include limits, derivatives, integrals, logarithm and exponential functions, and applications of the integral function. Students will also be informed of free online resources that are available to help students succeed in this course.


Speaker: Jason S Kuang
Title: Learning Statistics in the Age of Big Data
Date: 1/10/2018
Time: 1:30pm-4:30pm
Location: LRC 240

Description: -How statistician correctly predicted President Election in 2008, 2012?
And why not in 2016?
-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, 2017 NBA Champion?


Speaker: Erlynne Ballo
Title: Tutoring, Tech, and Research Support at the LRC
Date: 1/10/2018
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Location: LRC 230

Description: Students will be introduced to the various services provided through the Library and Learning Resource Center. We will help students to sign up for TU 300 and to navigate to the tutoring appointment registration system.


Speaker: Brenda Plascencia Carrizo
Title: Welcome to CDE 110 and Orientation for Child Development Center Lab Placement
Date: 1/10/2018
Time: 5:30pm-7:00pm
Location: Child Development Center

Description: Welcome to CDE 110! This session is for students who are enrolled in any of our sections for CDE 110 (online or on campus) for spring 2018 AND who are planning to complete their lab hours on campus at our Saddleback Child Development Center. Students will have a chance to meet fellow students and faculty who teach this course (Brenda Plascencia-Carrizosa and Melissa Wheelahan). We will provide an orientation, answer questions, and take a tour of the center.  Please come prepared with a copy of your ID, negative TB test results and other required immunization records. We will set your weekly schedule for lab hours at the end of orientation.


Thursday January 11th Workshops

Speaker: Stephen Whitson
Title: Business Major Transfer, New CPA Exam, & Accounting Job Outlook
Date: 1/11/2018
Time: 9:30am-11:00am
Location: LRC 105

Description: Join us to learn the latest about earning the AD-T Business Major which is a streamlined transfer pathway for California Community College Students and also guarantees admission to a CSU. The ADT allows you to enter a CSU BS Degree program as a junior, with no loss of credits or fear of non-acceptance.

The CPA Exam changed radically in 2017 and is the biggest thing to happen to the CPA Exam since the switch to computerized testing. Ensure that you know the higher-level skills stressed and changes made to maximize your chances for success.

The Accounting Job Outlook continues to be one of the major bright spots for immediate and high paying employment upon graduation from college. See how Saddleback currently and in the future, is working to enhance your pathways to success.

We have exciting news to share!


Speaker: Jason Hole
Title: What is Math 253?
Date: 1/11/2017
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Location: SM 303

Description: Meet with your instructor to get prepared for the coming semester.


Speaker: Jason Hole
Title: What is Math 124?
Date: 1/11/2017
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Location: SM 303

Description: Meet with your instructor to get prepared for the coming semester.


Speaker: Jason Hole
Title: What is Math 3C?
Date: 1/11/2017
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm
Location: SM 303

Description: Meet with your instructor to get prepared for the coming semester.


Speaker: Jason Hole
Title: What is Math 24?
Date: 1/11/2017
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Location: SM 303

Description: Meet with your instructor to get prepared for the coming semester.


Speaker: Counselor
Title: Just in Time New Student Orientation
Date: 1/11/2018
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Location: LRC 240

Description: Meet with a Saddleback College Counselor and Student Success Mentor to get your last minute questions answered before the spring semester begins. We can help answer questions, about classes, prerequisites, placement results and educational planning.


Speaker: Selene Roman
Title: I am an ESL student, what are my educational options?
Date: 1/11/2018
Time: 5:00pm-6:00pm
Location: Village 8-5

Description: Come and learn what you can study at Saddleback College! There are many opportunities to learn/improve your English skills as well as study for a short-term or long-term career. You will learn brief information about the ESL Program, Certificates, Associate Degrees, and Transfer opportunities that Saddleback College offers.


Speaker: Brett Myhren
Title: Survive and Thrive in Online Classes
Date: 1/11/2018
Time: 5:30pm-6:30pm
Location: LRC 240

Description: Are you thinking about taking an online class? Are you already registered for one?  Are you wondering about the difference between Blackboard and Canvas?  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 (in both Blackboard and Canvas) 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.

Friday January 12th Workshops

Speaker: George Eaton
Title: Computer Architecture and Electronics
Date: 1/12/2018
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Location: SM 202

Description: This workshop will provide a brief overview of the CS 3A computer architecture and machine language class along with live demonstrations of the 8 bit computer students will construct from microchips and program during the class and the credit-card size computer (Raspberry Pi) the students will use to enhance the capabilities of their 8 bit computers.


Speaker: Counselor
Title: Just in Time New Student Orientation
Date: 1/12/2018
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Location: LRC 240

Description: Meet with a Saddleback College Counselor and Student Success Mentor to get your last minute questions answered before the spring semester begins. We can help answer questions, about classes, prerequisites, placement results and educational planning.


Speaker: Douglas Barr
Title: Need a Career? Need a Major? Strategies to YOUR Decision(s)
Date: 1/12/2018
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: LRC 240

Description: Discussion will focus on 'process' and 'decision making' as it relates to confidence building and options that 'fit' the individual.


Speaker: Jane Horlings
Title: How to be Successful in Online or Hybrid Distance Education Classes in the Biological Sciences
Date: 1/12/2018
Time: 12:00pm-1:30pm
Location: SCI 222

Description: I will discuss various strategies for success in online or hybrid DE 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.


Speaker: Donnie Mineo
Title: Finding Majors and Colleges that Match
Date: 1/12/2018
Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm
Location: SSC 140

Description: Do you know what you want to be when you "Grow-Up"? Looking for a Perfect Match? Tired of being asked these questions? Choosing Undecided is one of the most popular majors when entering college but Career Guidance Services is available to help you. Web sites will be explored to search and evaluate specific majors or disciplines. A free online career assessment and exploration system will be offered to all participants with time on computers to practice, share and ask questions. All questions regarding navigating career pathway options, majors and colleges will be answered. All ages are welcome to attend. A brief description of the Career & Re-Entry Center services will be featured. Join us in SSC 140, Career & Re-Entry Center Computer Lab.


Speaker: Dave Giordano
Title: Industrial Materials
Date: 1/12/2018
Time: 3:00pm-5:00pm
Location: Village 33-2

Description: Preparing for Industrial Materials MFG 202.  
Learn how the global internet works and how industrial materials are critical to its operation.