Thursday, September 24, 2009

Adjunct Professor of the Year

Professor Slapak takes teaching to new levels

“Watch your thoughts: they become your words. Watch your words: they become actions. Watch your habits: they become character. Watch your character: it becomes your destiny,” (author unknown). Those are the first words students encounter in Professor Judith Slapak’s classroom.

Slapak teaches Education courses and is also the Teacher Education Specialist for Title V at South Campus. Slapak started her education at Broward when it was still a community college, perhaps sitting in the very same seats as her students today. Slapak, who has been teaching for 18 years, was awarded this year’s South Campus Adjunct Professor of the Year Award.

At age four, Slapak would sit her mom, grandma, grandma’s nurse and all her stuffed animals down and teach them lessons, just as she does with her students today. Slapak’s mom used to say that it didn’t matter if they wanted to hear the lesson or not: apparently, they had no choice.
Slapak proudly boasts that she has taught students from “almost every country in the world,” as well as every age group possible. Slapak says she understands students and she continuously reminds herself that she is one by constantly learning something new. Her greatest teacher she says, was her mom.

Slapak says her inspiration to practice what she preaches is from Confucius, “I hear and I forget. I see and I believe. I do and I understand.”

One lesson that proves her creativity and passion to teach is one she taught to ESOL students at Miami Dade College and English Language Learner students (ELLs). Slapak was born in another country and later came to the United States, so she knew how students may have felt. She wanted to find a way to make learning relevant and in one class she asked each student to bring in a fruit.

Curious as to why they were bringing food to class, they did as they were told. The next class, Slapak came in with a big bowl and some knives. The class used fruit to learn “hands-on” their colors, shapes and how to answer “yes or no” questions. Once the lesson was learned, they turned their assignments into fruit salad and enjoyed the taste of their success.

Slapak wants students of all varieties to “never lose hope.” Many people may have had a rough start or “interruption” from their education, but like Slapak says, “Once you return, the past is the past, you can look forward to a bright future if you strive to do your best.”

Crystal Gonzalez took Slapak’s class and she can see how she was awarded Adjunct of the Year: “She has such a great attitude about teaching. You can tell that she loves her job. She beams with excitement, which makes her students more into what she’s teaching and excited to learn. She is a great teacher and anyone would be lucky to have the chance to be taught by her,” Gonzalez said.

According to Slapak, one of the greatest rewards is to have a past student see her in the halls and want to greet her.

Her constant commitment to teaching and making it relevant has not gone unnoticed. Slapak has been awarded a Classroom Research Award from the BC Will and Jo Holcombe Institute for Teaching and Learning Excellence and a certificate for “Outstanding Teaching” from MDC.

Adjunct Professor of the Year is a welcomed addition to her collection of awards. With a sense of humor, Slapak jokes that one of the perks she is most looking forward to with this honor is her very own parking space, a space of her choice that she can keep for the upcoming school year.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Student Life Leadership Retreat

The Department of Student Life & Development coordinates a leadership retreat for students each fall and winter semester, providing hands-on education in the areas of communication, goal-setting, networking, conflict management and more.

This semester’s leadership retreat will take place at the North Campus Omni Auditorium on October 9th & 10th from 10 am – 4 pm each day, focusing on student interaction and networking called Dance Floor Theory. Day two will focus on safe usage of social networking sites.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Student Success Workshop with Carl Edgecombe

Join us as we welcome Job Developer & Placement Specialist, Carl Edgecombe, for an evening workshop on study skills, test taking, and time management.

Thursday: Sept. 24, 2009
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Building 17, Room 425

Desserts will be served.

*** The first 25 students to arrive at the workshop will receive a FREE 2009/2010 FAU Student Academic Planner

We'll see you there!!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Math Workshops with Dr. Ohanian

Join Dr. Ohanian for one of his wonderful Math workshops!!!

Every Wednesday in Bldg 17, Room 408 from 12:30-1:30pm

The topics change every week! Believe us when we say, Dr. Ohanian KNOWS the topics the students need.

The workshops are FREE for students, all you have to do is show up!!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

GK Workshop Schedule for Fall 2009

The new workshop schedule for the General Knowledge Test has officially ARRIVED!!! Please click on the link below to see a copy of all the scheduled workshops!!

Fall 2009 GK Workshop Schedule

We've also posted the workshops on the Title V Co-op Calendar posted at the top of our website! Just click on the date and a description will pull up. All of the workshops are located at Broward College/FAU Central Campus in Davie, FL.

For questions, please contact Laura Antczak at lantczak@broward.edu or call 954-236-1305.

Resume Development

If you missed our workshop on Resume Writing, be sure to watch Dr. Stewart's powerpoint on Resume Development below!!

Student Success: Study Skills & Time Management

If you missed last week's Student Success Workshop on Time Management and Study Skills, have no fear! We have the powerpoint right here...