WOW

Fall 2017 Week of Workshops

Printable Fall 2017 Workshop Schedule

Meet your instructors and start your Fall 2017 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.

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

Available Workshops

Tuesday August 15th Workshops   (click to see workshops)

Sam Abbas
Success in General Chemistry

Time: 9:00-10:00am
Room: SCI 312
Workshop Details: Students will be introduced to a brief survey of the topics in chemistry 1A. A detailed strategy of how prepare, study, master, and retain the learned set of concepts will be given. The professor will then answer any questions about general chemistry.
Alannah Rosenberg
Honors Boot Camp: Honors Program Student Orientation
Time: 9:00am – 11:30am
Room: LRC 104
Workshop Details: Meet Honors faculty, honor society representatives, student government leaders, Honors alumni, student support service representatives, and other new Honors Program students.  Find out more about Honors transfer agreements, requirements, benefits, and special events.
Sam Abbas
Problem solving strategies in general chemistry
Time: 10:00-11:00am
Room: SCI 312
Workshop Details: Students will be shown effective strategies for tackling problems in general chemistry
Counselor
Just in Time New Student Orientations for Fall 2017
Time: 10:00-12:00PM
Room: LRC 221
Workshop Details: Plan to attend a Just in Time New Student Orientation for Fall 2017. Counselors will lead a discussion on last minute tips to get prepared for the fall semester, and plan for future terms as well.  This is an opportunity for you to ask questions and get detailed answers.
Sam Abbas
Problem solving strategies in general chemistry
Time: 11:00-12:00pm
Room: SCI 312
Workshop Details: Students will be shown effective strategies for tackling problems in general chemistry
Jennifer Hedgecock
The New Shakespeare
Time: 11:30-12:30pm
Room: LRC 108
Workshop Details: This course will introduce Shakespeare's plays and explain how reading Shakespeare is relevant to the world in which we live today: political, cultural, social. For example, playhouses have featured Julius Caesar, reflecting the current political contentions across the globe.
Why? There are a number of ways in which Shakespeare can adapted to the stage and screen: try to imagine Stanley Kubrick (A Clockwork Orange) directing Romeo and Juliet. If you can, then you what resembles the recent adaptation of Romeo and Juliet at The Globe Theater in London.
Brett Myhren
Survive and Thrive in Online Classes

Time: 12:00pm- 1:00pm
Room: LRC 240
Workshop Details: 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.
Kathryn Damm
Tips and Tours of Prof Damm’s Online Courses
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Room: LRC 105
Workshop Details: Are you taking an online course with Prof Damm this fall?  She is teaching Psyc 1, Psyc 16, and Psyc 30 online. Come meet Prof Damm and get a jump start on the course with a tour and with tips from Prof Damm.  She will tell you what she will be looking for in course assignments and how to succeed in the course.  Attending this talk counts towards extra credit in the course.
Counselor
Just in Time New Student Orientations for Fall 2017
Time: 3:00-5:00pm  
Room: LRC 105
Workshop Details: Plan to attend a Just in Time New Student Orientation for Fall 2017. Counselors will lead a discussion on last minute tips to get prepared for the fall semester, and plan for future terms as well.  This is an opportunity for you to ask questions and get detailed answers.
Karla Westphal
Trig Review
Time: 3:00-5:00pm
Room: SM 309a
Workshop Details: In this workshop, we'll explore the basics of trig, focusing on how to use trig with a minimum of memorization and without a calculator.  I plan to offer a sequence of trig review workshops throughout the semester, and will also use this session to survey students about what topics they would like to see included in later workshops.
Shilong Kuang
Learning Statistics in the Age of Big Data

Time: 3:00-6:00pm
Room: LRC 240
Workshop Details: Learning Statistics in the Age of Big Data -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 Championships?

Wednesday August 16th Workshops   (click to see workshops)

Sam Abbas
Success in General Chemistry
Time: 9:00-10:00am
Room: SCI 312
Workshop Details: Students will be introduced to a brief survey of the topics in chemistry 1A. A detailed strategy of how prepare, study, master, and retain the learned set of concepts will be given.  The professor will then answer any questions about general chemistry.
Alannah Rosenberg
Honors Boot Camp: Honors Program Student Orientation
Time: 9:00am – 11:30am
Room: LRC 104
Workshop Details: Meet Honors faculty, honor society representatives, student government leaders, Honors alumni, student support service representatives, and other new Honors Program students.  Find out more about Honors transfer agreements, requirements, benefits, and special events.
Sam Abbas
Success in General Chemistry
Time: 10:00-11:00am
Room: SCI 312
Workshop Details: Students will be introduced to a brief survey of the topics in chemistry 1A. A detailed strategy of how prepare, study, master, and retain the learned set of concepts will be given.  The professor will then answer any questions about general chemistry.
Bridget Hoida Mulholland
How to Succeed in Online English
Time: 10:00-11:00am
Room: LRC 240
Workshop Details: Hello Online English Students!
Come meet your online English 1A 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 online education or English 1A. This is also a great opportunity to meet face-to-face before your online class begins.
**This workshop is open to all online English students, including those who may be enrolled in other sections, and/or with other instructors, as it is a great way to familiarize yourself with online education success strategies prior to instruction.
Counselor
Just in Time New Student Orientations for Fall 2017
Time: 10:00-12:00PM
Room: LRC 221
Workshop Details: Plan to attend a Just in Time New Student Orientation for Fall 2017. Counselors will lead a discussion on last minute tips to get prepared for the fall semester, and plan for future terms as well.  This is an opportunity for you to ask questions and get detailed answers.
Nicole Major
Headed for Success: What You Need to Know for prof. Major’s Online Class

Time: 10:30am – 11:30am
Room: LRC 230
Workshop Details: 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 online 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 her course before it begins. In order to get the most out of this workshop, please bring your school username/password information so you can log in to the computers and Blackboard.
Sam Abbas
Problem solving skills for general chemistry
Time: 11:00-12:00pm
Room: SCI 312
Workshop Details: Students will be shown effective strategies for tackling problems in general chemistry
Justin Huft
The Importance of Self-Care in Student's Success
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Room: LRC 240
Workshop Details: 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.
Saddleback College President Candidate Public Forum
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: MSE 313
Workshop Details: Please come and participate in the public forums this week to be held for all of the
finalist candidates for the Saddleback College President position. We encourage your attendance!
President Candidate: Dr. Omid Pourzanjani has served students for over 30 years at various higher education institutions, including Golden West College, California State University, Long Beach, UC Irvine Extension, and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. He is currently the vice president of instruction at Golden West College, and has held positions as lecturer, professor, senate officer, department chair, instructional dean, accreditation liaison officer, and chief student services officer. Additionally, Dr. Pourzanjani has served in executive leadership positions in high-tech private industry, focusing on innovation, institutional efficiency, and effective budget management.

Dr. Pourzanjani earned a Doctor of Education degree in education from the University of California, Los Angeles, a Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and engineering from California State University, Long Beach, and an Associate of Arts degree in electronics from Santa Monica College.
Howard Gensler
Formatting a Successful College Paper
Time: 3:00-4:00pm
Room: LRC 240
Workshop Details: How to format a successful college research paper. Tips on how to write better papers.
Counselor
Just in Time New Student Orientations for Fall 2017
Time: 3:00-5:00pm  
Room: LRC 105
Workshop Details: Plan to attend a Just in Time New Student Orientation for Fall 2017. Counselors will lead a discussion on last minute tips to get prepared for the fall semester, and plan for future terms as well.  This is an opportunity for you to ask questions and get detailed answers.
Marni Fisher, Meredith Dorner, & Kimiya Maghzi
Cloud Based Learning: Making Google Drive Your Friend
Time: 4:00-5:00pm
Room: LRC 230
Workshop Details: Never lose a paper again! Students will explore various Google Drive forms, such as Google docs, slides, and drawings for personal and collaborative purposes. Students will be shown how to format and write a paper in Google drive so they can access their papers from home and school computers. Students will also be given the opportunity to try out the collaboration feature on Canvas.
Brett Myhren
Survive and Thrive in Online Classes

Time: 5:30pm -6:30pm
Room: LRC 240
Workshop Details: 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.

Thursday August 17th Workshops   (click to see workshops)

Students Success Mentors
Saddleback College Resources 101
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Room: LRC 240
Workshop Details: 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.
Jane Medling
Succeed in Accounting 1A!
Time: 10:00am - 11:00am
Room: BGS 254
Workshop Details: 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.
Counselor
Just in Time New Student Orientations for Fall 2017
Time: 10:00-12:00PM
Room: LRC 221
Workshop Details: Plan to attend a Just in Time New Student Orientation for Fall 2017. Counselors will lead a discussion on last minute tips to get prepared for the fall semester, and plan for future terms as well.  This is an opportunity for you to ask questions and get detailed answers.
Saddleback College President Candidate Public Forum
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: MSE 313
Workshop Details: Please come and participate in the public forums this week to be held for all of the
finalist candidates for the Saddleback College President position. We encourage your attendance!
President Candidate: Dr.  Melinda Nish has worked in the California Community Colleges system for nearly 15 years, and last served as superintendent/president of Southwestern Community College District. Previously, she was a division dean and then vice president of instruction at Orange Coast College.  Currently, Dr. Nish is working as the executive advisor to the president of the College of the Marshall Islands.

Dr.  Nish earned a Doctor of Education degree in educational leadership and change from Fielding Graduate University, and a Master of Arts degree in economics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Utah.
Counselor
Just in Time New Student Orientations for Fall 2017
Time: 3:00-5:00pm  
Room: LRC 105
Workshop Details: Plan to attend a Just in Time New Student Orientation for Fall 2017. Counselors will lead a discussion on last minute tips to get prepared for the fall semester, and plan for future terms as well.  This is an opportunity for you to ask questions and get detailed answers.
Jane Medling
Succeed in Accounting 1A!
Time: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Room: BGS 254
Workshop Details: 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.

Friday August 18th Workshops   (click to see workshops)

Tiffany Metcalf
How to Speak so Others Want to Listen
Time: 10:30-11:30am
Location: LRC 105
Workshop details: Come hear tactics on how to increase your effectiveness as a speaker!
Do you want other people to pay attention when you speak?  Come hear the secrets how!
Counselor
Just in Time New Student Orientations for Fall 2017
Time: 10:00-12:00PM
Room: LRC 221
Workshop Details: Plan to attend a Just in Time New Student Orientation for Fall 2017. Counselors will lead a discussion on last minute tips to get prepared for the fall semester, and plan for future terms as well.  This is an opportunity for you to ask questions and get detailed answers.
Doug Barr
Need a Major? Need a Career? Both? Strategies to Your Decision(s)!!!
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Location: LRC 240
Workshop details: Discussion will focus on “decision making” and on various ‘process’ options available to aid a student’s confidence in reaching a conclusion.
Jane Horlings
How to be Successful in Online or Hybrid Distance Education Classes in the Biological Sciences at Saddleback College
Time: 12:00-1:30pm
Location: SCI 224
Workshop details: 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.  Learn how to "crack the code" of an online science class and how to be successful!
Saddleback College President Candidate Public Forum
Time: 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
Room: MSE 313
Workshop Details: Please come and participate in the public forums this week to be held for all of the
finalist candidates for the Saddleback College President position. We encourage your attendance!
President Candidate: Dr. Lynn Neault has been employed with the San Diego Community College District since 1980 and has served in a variety of positions, including interim president of San Diego City College; vice chancellor, director, associate director, and program director of student services; and research analyst.  She has also taught as an adjunct instructor. In her current role as vice chancellor of student services – a position she has held for nearly 25 years – Dr. Neault provides leadership and coordination for a comprehensive program of student support services for the district. She additionally served as the district accreditation coordinator for the past three accreditation cycles.

Dr. Neault holds three degrees from San Diego State University: A Doctor of Education in educational leadership, a Master of Public Administration, and a Bachelor of Science degree in political science.
Counselor
Just in Time New Student Orientations for Fall 2017
Time: 3:00-5:00pm  
Room: LRC 105
Workshop Details: Plan to attend a Just in Time New Student Orientation for Fall 2017. Counselors will lead a discussion on last minute tips to get prepared for the fall semester, and plan for future terms as well.  This is an opportunity for you to ask questions and get detailed answers.