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  1. In over 35 years of college teaching I have never been in a situation to have this happen, no matter how much I planned. I have never had the luxury of having a group of TAs which I could schedule in such a way no matter how much I wanted to give immediate feedback. There are a number of other impediments that can make such a fast turn around impossible. If I have students who receive extended time for the exam, I may not even get the exam back from the testing center until the following day. If I have university athletes who are traveling with the team the day of a test, they may not able to take the test until the following week.
  2. I have never heard not to use "utilize" The noun form, utlization, is often used in business settings.
  3. I wonder how helpful more counselors to treat the children suffering from these issues is and if there is a way to better address the issues themselves as a society. Is there any comparison to what is happening in countries besides the US? Looking at the hypotheses of what is leading to increased mental health concerns in children in the US would apply to most children worldwide. Are the mental health issues in children increasing globally?
  4. Is there any explanation of why the number of mental health issues are exponentially worse? I went to school in the 1970s. We did not have a school counselor in elementary school. We had a principal for about 600 students. By the time I was in middle school we moved to a school that had K-9 at the same school with close to 1500 students on campus; there was a principal and an assistant principal (who handled mostly the elementary portion of the school). There was a district nurse who served all of the schools in a 50 mile radius--thousands of students which included at least 10 high schools. By eighth grade we got a part-time counselor who was shared with 2 other schools. By the time my kids were in school, there was a full time nurse and several counselors for a 600 student elementary school.
  5. We have had extra keys to several cars made recently. What we could do for each one was different. For one car, we could get an inexpensive valet key made. For one car, we had to go to a locksmith and get a transponder key at a locksmith. The locksmith told DH that the car needed to be there but he didn't tell him that ALL of the keys to the car needed to be there also. The next time I tried to use my previously working key, it would unlock the doors, but it would not start the car because of some of the programming changes when the new key was made! The locksmith did get that all fixed for us, but it was a hassle. For our third car, we had to go through the dealer because of some of the programming--and that key was much more expensive than $80, if I remember correctly it was $200+ The locksmith had some kind of machine he put the key in to see what had to be done to make a copy--whether a simple valet key would work or whether a programmed key would be required to start the car.
  6. I am in that situation with my undergraduate degree--It depends on the scenario what I do. At first I used the original name. Then I started using "New Name (formerly Old Name)" Now that the name change has been in place for a long time I usually use New Name as that is what most people know the school by. I use that in general conversations and communication. As an academic, whenever I have to feel out official forms for academic records I do denote "New Name (formerly Old Name)" just in case there is ever a question of matching my records with actual degree attainment.
  7. I have sailed NCL, Carnival, and Holland America. My experience is the NCL's staterooms are smaller, but they have had nicer public areas. Several of the NCL ships have a nice thermal spa area. DD and I took a trip together and booked the cheapest inside room (it was small but plenty of room for 2.) Then we paid for the week-long thermal spa pass. There was plenty of room to walk around, stretch, take a nap on a warm chaise, jump in a hot tub, sit in the sauna--all with a fantastic view. It was much cheaper to go with the lowest price room and then have the luxury of the spa pass. An inside cabin can provide a quiet, dark retreat for an afternoon nap, being gently rocked to sleep. Last year DD and I took my mother on a cruise to Alaska. We got a balcony room and enjoyed it; my mom is not as mobile, so it was nice that she could sit in the room and enjoy the view on days where she chose to do that.
  8. Are you wanting to go in November? Do you have a particular time constraint? Cruises can be a great vacation in that you show up and don't have to do much else as far as planning. All of the logistics are taken care of. You can be as active or spend as restful of a trip as you would like. However, cruises can be inflexible if you are constrained to certain days and times. If there is an itinerary you really want to go on, but the ship leaves on Friday and you can't get off of work on Friday, you can't do that particular cruise. Or if the cruise is 10 days and you only have 7 days, that particular cruise is out. Certain ships follow particular itineraries during certain times of the year. For example, a ship that will be sailing from Seattle to Alaska during the summer months will be repositioned to sail in the Caribbean during the winter months. I would begin by looking at a general cruise sit such as or cruise vacations through American Express, Delta Airlines, or Expedia, or some other provider with a filter on the dates you are interested in. Then, see what types of things pop up that look interesting. Note what cruise lines are sailing to the destinations you are interested in on the dates you are interested in and then look at the websites of those lines. Do you see yourself wanting to spend time on the ship? Spend a lot of time in ports? Spend that time on beaches? Going scuba diving? Thinking of those types of questions will help you narrow your choices down.
  9. Is he staying in a hotel in Brooklyn? He can probably drop his bags off at that hotel even if he cannot check in when he arrives.
  10. IME, the problematic issue needs to be clearly defined before considering tools to help. For example, if the problem is that she forgets she has homework a helpful tool will look much different than if she she starts the work and struggles to complete it because she doesn't understand the material or she does the work but doesn't turn it in. If the issue is that she is working full time, involved in other activities, and has little time to work on class work, but enough if she chose to spend her time that way, some solutions like joining a study group may simply be another distraction and a time drain.
  11. Is the main problem that she is going to class but not turning in work, not studying, or not paying attention while she is there? Or is the main problem that she is missing class, either from being late or not attending? I find many students underestimate how much class they are missing and how significant those absences/tardies are. If you have an hour long class and you are 10 minutes tardy, you have missed 15% of the day's material--that's equivalent to one and a half letter grades on an exam. I would suggest sitting down with a weekly calendar that lists the hours in the day vertically. Mark out the times that she has work and is participating in her outside activities. Mark when class meets and specific times that she will set aside to do work associated with the class. This will highlight whether this is a time management issue or if she is trying to do too much and there really isn't time in a day to do it.
  12. Comfortable, practical clothing will be fine. Given that it will likely be summer break when you are visiting, you will probably find that the staff on campus will even be more casual than during the regular semester.
  13. I find that I cannot rely on outside temperatures, or the temperature at the thermostat, to determine the comfort level in different parts of my house. Right now it is 65 degrees outdoors where I live, and that has been the high of the day. The AC and heater are turned off, but the temperature, as measured by my downstairs thermostat is 72 degrees. If you move away from the thermostat, some areas are substantially warmer and some are substantially cooler. Our AC upstairs is set on 75 right now and it has come on several times today.
  14. This past week I had the heater on downstairs--that ran a little bit just to get the chill off and DS had the AC on upstairs at the same time. It was warmer upstairs than downstairs and he sleeps better at a cooler temperature than the rest of us in the family.
  15. If it is simply a campus tour, and not meeting with an admissions committee or some other specialized group, typical house school clothing, is fine. In Texas, this will often include shorts and a T-shirt (and in some parts of Texas--shorts, t-shirt with cowboy boots are typical)
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