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Hola Students and Friends,
Greetings from Tampa! I am Dr. Richard F. Gaspar, and I am a full Professor at Hillsborough Community College in Ybor City, Florida. I received my Associate of Arts Degree from Hillsborough Community College in 1990. I was selected as the student commencement speaker, and I promised to come back and haunt my professors as their peer in my speech! I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in English in 1992 from the University of Tampa. In 1993, I completed my Master’s Degree in English Education at the University of South Florida and began the doctoral program the following semester. I received my Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in 1997, with an emphasis in reading. After completing my Ph.D., I completed two-post doctorate certificates; one in Developmental Education from Appalachian State University in 2002, and a second in English Composition from University of South Florida in 2005. I have also completed graduate coursework in Journalism from the University of Memphis and the University of Missouri. I am also working on a graduate certificates focusing on Online Course Design from the University of Florida and Journalism from the University of Missouri.
I have served as a newspaper, literary magazine and publications adviser for Hillsborough Community College for the past 11 years. I have also worked on numerous publications as a contributing writer during my college years as both a student and professor. I still continue to serve as a publication judge for the National Council of Teachers of English, as I love to see what trends and work the high school students submit and display. I still write weekly. I also try to publish a few chapters, monographs, and pieces of fiction and non-fiction each year, but with four children (ranging from pre-kindergarten to college); it is becoming more and more of a challenge. I also worked very briefly as a commercial and educational television personality when I was a county and state teacher of the year in the 90s. The pieces keep my family and friends laughing and rolling on the ground when anyone gets a hold of the videos!
Dr. Richard F. Gaspar
Having a blast at blogging conference at Calloway Gardens, GA.
Presentation by Norma Kropp and Peter Dettmer from Madison Technical College. Handout at http://bit.ly/18t6ivr
Moving Digital Storytelling to the Mobile Platform
The workshop by Joe Lambert was insightful and provided a variety of resources for storytelling and information sharing. The Center for Digital Storytelling (http://www.storycenter.org/) provides some excellent examples of tools, stories and models that can be used for helping share stories.
There is also a great YouTube channel with stories completed and shared: http://www.youtube.com/user/CenterOfTheStory?feature=watch
Interviewing a survivor of the recent Fuego volcano in central Guatemala would be exciting and dangerous. The volcano has resumed activity, shooting lava and columns of ash into the air on Monday. It overlooks the tourist city of Antigua and is one of Central America’s most-active volcanoes. Fuego is located just South of another young volcano, Acatenango; the two make up a paired volcano, like others in Northern Central America (Halsor and Rose, 1987). The two volcanoes have erupted lavas which differ notable in composition – most of Acatenango’s lavas are andesites, while Fuego has recently erupted only basalt. Acatenango also has a much lower level recent activity. The N trending line between Acatenango and Fuego also encompasses the positions of two minor vents, Yepocapa and Meseta. Meseta represents an older, partly eroded or collapsed vent just North of Fuego. It is broadly andesitic in composition (Chesner and Rose, 1984) (http://www.geo.mtu.edu/volcanoes/fuego/geoset2.html).
Survivors not only provide insight, but also represents a group currently in peril. It would be interesting to find out:
1) Where were you when the volcano erupted?
2) How did you hear of the activity?
3) What will you do now that the Fuego volcano is active?
Additional information on the volcano can be found at
“Food for the mind is like food for the body: the inputs are never the same as the outputs.” Marshall McLuhan