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This blog is for any student writing papers for college, for current and former students in my Communications Cluster at Lindenwood University, and my students at St. Charles Community College.

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I write for myself, for the web, and for everyone who gets me. I've been on a fasting liquid diet, traveled to Europe, and raised 2 kids. And I'm directionally challenged - I get lost a lot.

Monday, March 30, 2009

St. Charles Community College Coffeehouse Open Mic

WHAT: The Coffeehouse open-mic night

WHEN: 7-9 p.m. Friday, April 3
WHERE: Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building auditorium; St. Charles Community College campus, 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. in Cottleville
COST: No cost

CONTACT INFO: Teddy Norris,  636-922-8407 


The SCC Coffeehouse, an Open-Mic night for poets, prose writers, song writers, and creative non-fiction writers to share their creativity, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 3, in the auditorium of the Daniel J. Conoyer Social Sciences Building at St. Charles Community College.

Organizers of The Coffeehouse open-mic night invite SCC students, faculty, staff, and the public to share their original selections, or to come to listen and enjoy the entertainment. Creative selections should be 5-7 minutes long. Complimentary coffee and cookies will be served.

"The Coffeehouse is an open-mic opportunity for creative people to share what they’ve written – poetry, short fiction, essays, skits, song, and more," said Teddy Norris, event organizer and professor of English. "The Coffeehouse brings them all under one roof and into the perfect setting to share their best work with others."

The SCC campus is located at 4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive in Cottleville. The open-mic night is free and open to the public.

For more information about The SCC Coffeehouse, call Norris at  636-922-8407  or visit and click on “Coffeehouse.”

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

St. Charles Eng 102 Students

As we discussed in class, here is a link to the soldier's last blog.

And here are links to some others who are blogging about the war:

And here's a big list of them.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Lindenwood Students: Oral Presentation on a Poet

The following poets have been claimed for oral presentations:

Robert Frost (Mary)
Yusef Komunyakaa (Nathan)
John Donne (Brent)
T.S. Eliot (Lisa)
Walt Whitman (Rob)
Emily Dickinson (Laura)
Elizabeth Barret Browning (Tina)
Langston Hughes (John)

All Students: Referring Students to Lindenwood's Night Program LCIE/Financial Aid

Next cluster, Spring Quarter 2009, I will be teaching the LCIE Communications Cluster nights on Monday (St Charles Main Campus) and Wednesday (Westport Campus). If you know any working adults thinking about going back to school, and you feel like my class was helpful, please consider recommending they register with me or another instructor at Lindenwood.

If you would like to refer students online, you can fill out this form. Or to register, they should call Lori Malloy at 636-949-4500. Classes begin April 11 (Saturday orientation) and conclude the week of June 27, 2009.

More money is going into Pell Grants from the stimulus package, so be sure to check if you're eligible for more financial aid as you continue through college. Fill out your FAFSA form for this year if you haven't yet. You have to reapply every year. April 1, 2009 is the deadline for filling out the FAFSA for Missouri state grants, but they recommend you file as soon as possible. For more info on how to get started, see the government's website explaining how to apply for financial aid.

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