September 19, 2006

Volume 1    Issue 2


Quote of the Month

GIFTS (Great Ideas for Teachers) – Fist of Five

Learning Guide – Work-Based Learning—Education and Experience

York Tech Connects – Online Honor Code

Teaching with all the Tools - Flash Drives

Learning Links – Helpful Links to Internet Resources

Faculty Focus/Staff Spotlight – Meet the Faculty, Getting to Know You…

Across the Campus…

October Professional Development Workshops

Reach to Teach Deadlines





If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.  ~Derek Bok, Harvard University President


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Quickly assess students’ prior knowledge using the Fist of Five technique.  First, tell them the topic for the day’s class.  Ask them to hold up a fist or an appropriate number of fingers to designate their current knowledge of the topic:


    Fist     No clue

    1          Heard about it

    2          Read about it

    3          Know a little

    4          Give me a test!

    5          I can teach it!


You may adjust your activities for the day as a result of this pre-assessment.  Or you may teach as planned, and do the same Fist of Five assessment at the end of the class.  Find out if your students had an accurate view of their current knowledge or if they thought they knew more than they really did.  At the end of class, everyone should have at least an index finger raised.


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Work-based learning (WBL) integrates classroom study with hands-on experience. A student will have specific periods of attendance at YTC and specific periods of employment.


The College offers three types of WBL programs:

o       Cooperative work experience

o       Internship

o       Apprenticeship


Each of these programs is described in the Instructor Guidebook; refer to Word files/PDF files/InstructorGuidebook_1.pdf for more information.


How do students benefit from work-based learning?

o       Gain professional experiences

o       Develop career contacts

o       Earn college credits

o       In some cases, find permanent employment


The WBL Office can assist students in locating a worksite.  Advisors, keep in mind that if students currently work in their field of study, they may be able to earn college credit through work-based learning.  Each student’s major will determine whether credits are applied to core classes or electives.  WBL credits can assist students in maintaining full-time status for financial aid purposes, too.  Students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and must have completed 12 curriculum credits from YTC in order to participate.


If you would like to know more about work-based learning, contact Ashley Segal at X7244.  Ashley will answer your questions, and she will also speak to your classes about work-based learning.


Work-based learning website:


Producer presentation that instructors may add to their online classes:


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Do you have an honor code to which your online students must adhere?  If not, use or adapt the following online honor code for your classes.  You may require your students to read the code and then e-mail you to verify that they have read it and agreed to it.


I pledge to strictly adhere to the following conditions:


1.  I will not divulge my username or password to anyone.

2.  I, and only I, will post answers to course assignments using my username and password.

3.  I, and only I, will take the on-line exams using my username and password.

4.  I understand that the on-line exams are closed book, and I will not refer to my textbook while taking the exams.

5.  I will not divulge the content of the on-line exams to any other student, whether enrolled in the course or not.

6.  I understand the violation of this honor code will constitute a violation of the South Carolina Technical College System Student Code, and I will be subject to the appropriate sanctions as described in the Student Code.


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Have you ever needed to take files home to work on them?  If your files are relatively small, you may simply send an e-mail with attachments to your home computer.  When files are too large or too numerous for this option, a USB thumb drive, or flash drive, may be the solution to your problem. 

These devices are easy to use, compact, and are similar to your computer’s hard drive—yet they are about the size of a pack of gum and can hold up to 2GB of data!  The capacity and features will help determine price.


To use, simply plug your flash drive into a USB port; and you can move files back and forth much like you do with a floppy disk or CD.  The flash drive is listed with a drive letter under MY COMPUTER and says Traveldrive or Removable Disk


Flash drives are also useful to store back-up information from your computer.  If you share a computer, you may also wish to use a flash drive to store personal information.  Some manufacturers assert that USB flash drives can maintain data for 10 years.  Keep in mind that they will not work with operating systems older than Windows 98.


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101 Classroom Assessment Techniques – View 101 ideas on engaging students and encouraging higher-order levels of thinking."101 classroom assessment techniques"


Dale Lugenbehl investigates two major misperceptions: (1) Critical thinking is somehow necessarily related to debate, and (2) critical thinking is synonymous with critique.  Read this League for Innovation article to find useful ideas to help you guide your students towards critical thinking.


As a follow up to the September 8 workshop, You're Teaching...Are Your Students Learning?, read Unlearning:  A Critical Element in the Learning Process.  This article provides more information about students' prior knowledge and strategies to promote unlearning misconceptions and inaccuracies.


Stay in the know with the QEP critical thinking initiative.  Review past actions, discover what’s up for the coming year, and read the latest newsletter, ACTiON News.


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We welcome several new faculty members to our campus this fall.  Please make sure to introduce yourself when you see them and make them feel at home at YTC!

Regina Clawson graduated from YTC with a degree in Radiology Technology in the early 70s, earned a bachelor of health sciences from the MUSC in 1992, graduated from Winthrop with an MBA in 2000, and is currently working on a certificate in Community College Teaching online at NC State.  She has managed medical offices, is the business manager for her husband’s excavation company, and teaches office systems technology classes.  Reggie and her husband have been married over 30 years, have two children, and spoil two granddaughters.


Kelli Cobb previously worked at Springs Memorial Hospital and the SC DHEC and is teaching nursing classes in Chester.  She’s been married to Tripp 11 years and has one daughter, Hannah, 9 years old.  Kelli is currently working on her Master's in Nursing through USC (even though her biggest hobby is Clemson football).



Katie Dykuis received a BS in Business Administration and an MBA from Winthrop University. She spent five years with Accenture, where she managed HR operations, performed process reengineering, and developed and delivered training programs. She also spent a short time at the corporate headquarters of Family Dollar as an HR Information Systems Analyst. Katie is working in Continuing Education at YTC.  She and her husband live in Indian Land and are expecting their first child in December.


Dahmon King is a 3D Systems instructor at YTC after having worked as an electrical assembler, project leader, wireless service technician, and engineer.  Born in Brooklyn, NY, he was raised in Kershaw.  He received his BS in Electrical Engineering Technology from SC State University and his MBA in Technology Management from University of Phoenix.   His hobbies include motorcycle riding, fishing, tennis, and learning the wonderful game of golf. Dahmon and his wife Keienda are the proud parents of four handsome, extremely active boys. He is truly excited about being a member of the York Tech family and looks forward to a bright and innovative future here!


Ginger Moore is the Department Manager for Business Administration and teaches courses in marketing and management.   She had worked in insurance and finance industries before teaching as an adjunct at YTC.  She has earned an MBA from Winthrop and has taken education courses at CPCC.  Ginger is a native New Yorker who has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia; she has studied Japanese culture and language while living in Tokyo.



Amanda Pierot is originally from Arkansas and moved to Fort Mill six years ago.  She taught public high school for five years before working as an adjunct instructor at YTC in 2002.  Amanda comes to YTC full time after completing her MA in English at Winthrop in May 2006; she teaches reading and English.  She has two children, Tyler and Katherine.



Audra Scott is a new faculty member for the Practical Nurse program in Lancaster who is currently working on her MSN degree from Clemson University.  As a nurse for eleven years, she has worked in the public health, long-term care, and home-health settings.  She is married to Jonathan Scott (a former York Tech/Rad Tech student), and they have an 8-year-old daughter named Elizabeth.


Tom Shick teaches basic computer and computer systems courses.  He has previously worked as a network administrator and as an adjunct instructor at Greenville Tech.  He lives in Union, SC, with his wife, 4 children, and a dog that is free to a good home.  



Tom Suggs is a native South Carolinian who spent over 21 years with the U.S. Air Force traveling across the country and around the world. He has earned an AAS in Avionics Systems Technology, a BS in Business Administration, and a MAS in Aviation and Aerospace Management as well as other certifications.  He has taught at Aiken High School.  His wife Janice is from Columbia; in his free time he enjoys camping, boating, golfing, and cooking out.  Tom is teaching classes for 3D Systems.


Karen Worthy is the USCL Cooperative Nursing Instructor.  She earned a diploma in Surgical Technology from YTC, her AS in Technical Nursing and BS in Nursing from USC-Upstate, and her MS in Nursing and Master in Public Health from USC-Columbia.  Her daughter, Ja’Pel Sumpter, is a freshman in college.  In her spare time, Karen volunteers with local organizations, spends time with family and friends, and bakes.





Getting to know you, getting to know all about you...  How well did you know your colleagues?  Were you able to match the faculty to their “claim to fame”? 


1.      Kim Ford can install vinyl siding and shingles but intends to keep the day job.

2.      Sandra Russell was a volunteer firefighter.

3.      Gina Misle slept all night on Strawberry Hill in Central Park the day John Lennon died.

4.      Jane Fleischer played cymbals in a band.

5.      Lori Ochsner “shot” a minnow.

6.      Taunya Paul played dead for vultures.

7.      John McGill flew in an ultra-light aircraft.

8.      Jason Kefover hiked the Swiss Alps.

9.      Jack Bagwell was dragged down a driveway by a pack of junk-yard dogs.

10.    Andrea Harrison played viola in Carnegie Hall. 

11.    Laura Sturgis was hung by the neck in a hangman’s noose at age 7.

12.    Frank Caldwell has a personal note from an astronaut.

13.    Cathy Whatley dated Hans Christian Anderson’s great, great grandson.

14.    Martin Grant hunted wild boar with a tomahawk.

15.    Bill Bass has a letter from Karen Carpenter and 60 Carpenter CD’s.


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Janie Sigmon and John McGill have collaborated in providing lab experiences for students in SCI 150 Forensic Science I—Janie as the lab developer and John as the lecturer. 

Janie submitted a crime scene scenario for publication to the NABT (National Association of Biology Teachers) News and Views.  You can read the Farmington-Smith Dognapping Case at a Crime.pdf.

In the crime scene scenario, students utilize the forensic techniques they learn in the class— fingerprinting, fiber analysis, blood spatter, etc.  The class divides into teams—one team does the fingerprints, another team does the fiber analysis, etc.  The teams then collaborate with their results and reach consensus on “who did it.”  The students then conduct a presentation of their results and conclusions.

Janie’s latest crime scene scenario is based on a love triangle and a murder at a “redneck” 4th of July picnic; sounds like another great “who done it?”!


York Tech has participated in the Community College Survey of Student Engagement (CCSSE) for the past three years.  Many of you have administered the survey, and the results have been highly beneficial.  CCSSE results provided valuable documentation for York Tech’s recent reaffirmation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS).   The survey results provide evidence that the College promotes student learning and enhances the development of its students–from the students’ perspective.  The CCSSE results also validate the College’s efforts to improve student and faculty communication; York Tech scored significantly higher than other colleges in terms of faculty and student interaction.

The purpose of CCSSE is to provide colleges with information to help promote improvements in student learning and persistence.  It is designed to measure student engagement as a measure of institutional quality.  The survey is specifically designed to measure the following five benchmarks: 

o       active & collaborative learning

o       student effort

o       academic challenge

o       student-faculty interaction

o       support for learners


York Tech has experienced significant improvement in these benchmarks over the last three years of participation.  To learn more about CCSSE and how to make the most of the information it provides, visit CCSSE at  To view York Tech’s results, visit the IE website at  The results are under the password-protected ‘internal reports’ tab.   Other questions or concerns can be directed to Mary Beth Schwartz (




October is National Dental Hygiene Month—celebrate with a healthier smile!  Children, adults, and senior citizens can get dental hygiene care for just $25 at YTC’s Dental Clinic.  Included are oral hygiene instructions, fluoride treatment, nutritional counseling, sealants, and X-rays.  Call Ginny West in the Dental Hygiene Business Office at 327-8039 for an appointment and for flyers to give to friends about this YTC service to the community.  (Please note this is not an emergency dental clinic, and the clinic does not pull teeth or make dentures.)



Student Activities would like to thank the faculty and staff who volunteered at the 2006 Welcome Back Blast.  It was a great success, and we could not have done it without you!


The Faculty/Staff Book Group is starting a new book.  If you are interested in joining us, we meet on Fridays during lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in L-101.  We read a chapter a week and started Excellence Without a Soul on September 15 (preface and introduction).


For 2006/2007 here are the books that we will be reading and discussing:


  1. Excellence Without a Soul:  How a Great University Forgot Education by Harry R. Lewis

  2. At Century’s End:  Great Minds Reflect on Our Times edited by Nathan P. Gardels

  3. Forbidden Knowledge: From Prometheus to Pornography by Roger Shattuck


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Concurrent sessions and QEP Friday Forums are from 11 a.m. to 12 noon; exceptions are noted.  Go to Friday Forums and Workshops for descriptions of all workshops. 






Developing an Orientation for Your Course


Contact Ginger Dewey at X8038 for info and registration


E-Mail Security – Things You Need to Know




Multiple Intelligences




Digital Camcorder Workshop

Library Workroom



QEP Friday Forum - You Can Go Anywhere From Here

S&T 241

 Liz Boatwright


Microsoft Producer


Contact Ginger Dewey at X8038 for info and registration


Learning Disabilities




How to Hook a Video Projector to a Laptop

Library Workroom

Contact Kris Jones at X7075 or Debbie Jones at X2883 for information and to register


Alcohol Awareness

ST Parking Lot


  Business English II - Punctuation TBA Call Cindy Mayfield at X7033 or Martin Grant at X7157 to register.  Note:  This session is from 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.


QEP Friday Forum







South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Scott Edgsworth administers a sobriety test to a student who is wearing goggles that simulate drunkenness during a back-to-school bash.  You can wear simulation goggles and drive a golf cart to simulate driving under the influence in the Alcohol Awareness workshop.



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·        October 6

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