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Week Three – DONE!

Students –

I want to commend each of you.  You are all doing exceptionally well.

Remember that you can submit your assignments through the drop box of your eCampus account, email it to me, or you can just bring it in.  I am on campus four days per week.

Just a few reminders:

  • Do not turn in assignments on spiral bound paper unless it is clean tear.
  • When I make corrects on your paper, it is for your benefit.
  • When I ask you questions about your answer, it is to increase your critical thinking ability.
  • If you turn in your work early and it receives a lower grade than you expected, you may make corrections and turn it in for a higher grade.
  • Start thinking now about your future.  It’s okay if it is your first phase at Vatterott.  It’s never to early to come up with a base plan.
  • Participate and ask questions.  I totally understand if you are uncomfortable asking a question in front of your classmates.  You can come to me before class, after class, on break, email it, text it, or call me.  However, even those of you in your first phase should realize by now that I don’t think any question is stupid and I insist that everyone treat their peers with respect.

Don’t forget – you can check your grades in eCampus.  If you don’t have access, you can see Daniel Resendez in Career Services.

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Welcome, new students!

In just a few short days you will begin on an amazing educational journey.  In just a couple of short years you will be in an amazing career as a legal professional.  We at Vatterott are dedicated to your success as a student and a professional.

We understand the delicate balance of education and family life.  We understand that some of you will continue to work during your college experience.  Vatterott OKC is a beautiful and amazing facility that is designed to assist you to become the best person possible during your experience and thereafter.

Here are just a few things you should know ahead of time:

  • Your syllabus is your friend.  While it is mostly a loose guide telling you what will be covered during the term, the assignments are listed in it.  It has your weekly reading assignments and your written assignments.
  • eCampus is your friend.  I use it to keep up with grades, disseminate information, and share helpful websites.  Please do give me a little time to get everything assembled for you.
  • Please come to class prepared.  We will develop a list of classroom expectations together.  Preparation means you have finished your reading, you have something to take notes on (and to do pop quizzes that WILL be graded), ink pen, and being attentive.  Please do NOT turn in assignments written on spiral bound notebook paper.  If you write your assignments because you do not have access to a computer, please use clean tear or loose leaf paper.
  • I am on campus four days per week.  Two of those days I will be on campus until at least one in the afternoon.  On day one, I will provide you with my email and cell phone.
  • Speaking of email, please check it on a regular basis.  I will use your personal email instead of your student email.
  • If you are struggling in ANY of your coursework, please come to me.  I can’t help you if you don’t tell me you’re having a problem.  I am also your student adviser.
  • Be on time.

I look forward to week one (and the following nine weeks).  I assure you that I will respect your time and your investment in to your future.  I will help you all that I can, but I can’t do it for you.

Week Ten

Congratulations to all you of for completing a successful term.  This week marks your final examinations and essays for your courses.

It has been a pleasure working with all of you this term.  You’ve grown by leaps and bounds.  You’ve taught me quite a bit as well.  I am very pleased to be associated with Vatterott College.

This coming phase I will be on the campus four days per week.  I will be teaching the following courses:

  • Introduction to Law
  • Introduction to Values and Ethics (PA-214)
  • Criminal Law
  • Law of Corporations

I will also be directing the externship program.  I hope to also have the tutoring.

For my seniors – you two have grown so much over the last ten weeks.  I am incredibly proud of you both.  Remember that just because your time with Vatterott is coming to a close doesn’t mean you are totally on your own.  You both have my cell and my email.  I am merely a message or call away.  You both have so much potential.  Never stop working to improve your professional skills.  Also remember that with life, it truly is just what you make of it.  If you desire a different outcome in your life, you must make different decisions.  If you ever need a sounding board, I am here for you both.

For my students that have chosen to leave – you will be missed.  You are both incredibly bright.  I make you the same offer as my two seniors.  I am just an email or phone call away should you need anything during your educational preparation.  Of course, I wish you weren’t leaving our program.

For my students that I will see next phase – hang on to your proverbial hats!  All of these courses have quite a bit planned.  I’ve also found a lot of different examples you will find useful during the next phase and for your academic journey with Vatterott.  I am also the student adviser.  Please make an appointment to meet with me this term.  It is never too early to start your planning.  Trust me.  When I finished my Bachelor’s degree, I felt like I had been kicked out of the nest and left to be devoured by the wolves.  Don’t be that guy.

For my new students – greetings and namaste.  I am excited to be part of your journey.  Your decision to come to Vatterott for your Associate’s is one I know you will not regret.  I aim to teach you many things aside from what you need to know about the different areas of law; you also need to know how to balance life and work, juggle multiple deadlines, and how to think on a critical basis.  You will hear me say it over and over again – I will not teach you WHAT to think, but I will teach you HOW to think.  Be prepared for discussion, debate, and to be challenged even if I agree with you.  I am always a phone call, text, or email away.  If you need help and can’t attend tutoring, please contact me.  We will work something out.  I want you to be successful.  Bookmark or subscribe to this blog for future reference.

Open House

Students and others interested in our program –

We are hosting an open house on April 2nd.  Please come visit us!

Also, for the next term I will be on campus four days per week.  If you are a current student, note that I am the student adviser.  I want you to make an appointment to see me during the next term.  It is never to early to start thinking about and planning for your future.

 

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