Friday, August 29, 2014

One Week In

Congratulations e-Campus students, you have made it through your first week of the fall semester! The initial jitters should be gone, and now you can really focus in and begin pacing out your course. At the end of a new experience or activity I like to talk about the highs and lows. After two face-to-face courses this week, here are my highs and lows;

Highs- My professors are passionate and extremely helpful, each course is going to help me expand my research skills,

Lows- Only one; all of my exams fall on the same week, which is a bit stressful

What are your highs and lows? Share below in the comment section below.

Enjoy your Labor Day Weekend, Texans! Take some time to review your syllabi and plan your class calendar for the semester, it will be very beneficial and add to your academic success!

Quick reminder; our office will be closed Monday, but we will resume normal hours on Tuesday, September 2nd. Stay safe this weekend!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Important Financial Aid News!

Understanding today’s tuition due date is creating a hardship for some, the decision has been made to extend the due date for the fall semester to Friday, August 29th

e-Campus students should direct questions regarding financial aid to our outreach financial aid representative Ms. Tessa Bryan or our main financial aid office at and questions regarding billing and refunds to

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Opportunity for our e-Campus Students

This summer the Dick Smith Library upgraded its subscription to Mango Languages (a self-paced, online learning tool) to include an advance curriculum for over 60 languages and 17 ESL courses. In hopes that you will find it useful as a supplement for your courses or your work with study abroad and international students, I wanted to share with you some of the new functionality and features of Mango.

Mango Conversations now offers four (4) units:
Unit I: brings learners from a beginner level in a new language to a basic-conversational level. (This was our original access)
Unit II: continues improving the user's conversational level.
Unit III: advances users to an intermediate proficiency level with more in-depth daily life scenarios and detailed cultural insight.
Unit IV: boosts learners to an advanced level for smooth communication in their new language.

In addition, Mango Premier provides film-based interactive learning by offering full-length international films. Check out a Mango Premiere film
right now.

Finally, Mango provides free mobile apps for iPhone, Android, Nook, and Kindle. Our license supports an unlimited number of users, so it is available 24/7 regardless of locations, so this will be great for our travelers.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Graduate Communications Course

We are excited to announce a new graduate course for the fall — Seminar in Applied Social Media (COMM 5311). The course will introduce students to key concepts of social networking websites/applications and provide experiences to critically analyze the positive and negative aspects of communicating (interpersonal, small group, organizational, etc.) with others through social networking. Students from all disciplines will be able to tailor the course activities to their overall graduate studies, careers or research interests.

About the Instructor: Dr. Sarah Maben is co-director of the Texas Social Media Research Institute and co-editor for The Journal of Social Media in Society, a peer-reviewed academic publication she helped to start. An assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies, her research focus is social media, experiential learning and public relations.

Course Title: Seminar in Applied Social Media - COMM 5311
Sponsoring Department: Communication Studies
College: College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Catalog Description: This graduate course is designed to introduce students to key concepts of social networking websites/applications, enable students to interact with others through hands-on experiences on social networking websites/applications, and provide students with experiences to critically analyze the positive and negative aspects of communicating (interpersonal, small group, organizational, etc.) with others through social networking.

Intended Student Outcomes: At the conclusion of the course, the student will be able to...
A. Knowledge Outcomes
-          describe the history of social networking
-          define the relationship of online social networking to communication.
-          recognize the importance of content generation on social networking websites/applications.
-          recognize appropriate communication behavior on social networking websites/applications.
-          recognize the difference between the 15 social media categories (social networking, publishing, photosharing, audio, video, microblogging, livecasting, virtual worlds, gaming, productivity applications, aggregators, RSS, searches, mobile, and interpersonal)
-          Cite examples of effective and ineffective communication messages on social networking websites/applications.
B. Skill Outcomes
-          project the future and potential impacts of social networking technology
-          demonstrate how to use key concepts on various social networking websites/applications to communicate with others.
-          analyze and interpret one's own personal verbal and nonverbal messages on social networking websites/applications.
-          demonstrate usage proficiency in at least one social networking technology

If you have any questions about the course, please contact our Communications Department at 254-968-9149

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

20 More Days

We are 20 days away from the beginning of the fall semester! Here are a few important dates and reminders for the upcoming school year. 

Payment plans:
1st Payment due
August 22, 2014
100% or 25% of the total bill if on payment plan
2nd Payment due
September 19, 2014
25% of the total bill
3rd Payment due
October 17, 2014
25% of total bill
4th Payment due
November 14, 2014
25% of total bill

*For more information, contact Business Services

 Class Essentials:
MyGateway will provide a list of your textbooks for Fall 2014-here is how to find it:

  1. Login to MyGateway here
  2. Once you are in, click the DuckTrax tab 
  3. Three folder icons will appear, click the first one "Online Services & Financial Aid"
  4. Then click on the "Registration" folder icon 
  5. Near the bottom of the links you will see "Order textbooks" 
  6. Once you click on that link a new window will pop up listing your texts for the fall
  7. You can then order through the campus bookstore, or search for your books on other sites 
What other information do you need for the fall? Please contact me or share in the comments and we will try our best to assist you! 

Thursday, July 31, 2014

We Need YOU!

We are looking for any of our students who will be graduating in August with an inspiring story. If you have overcome obstacles to get this degree in your hand, we want to hear from you! If you would like to share your story with us, please email me.

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