An Open Note to All of Prof. Nixon’s Students at Georgia Southern University:

We’re almost off and running in our Spring Semester classes at GSU. This semester, I’m teaching two classes; the classes, with hyperlinks to the syllabi, are listed below:

So that we can make the most of this semester, please (PLEASE) take some time to read through the blog posts I’ve included here. I promise you, it will be well worth your time. (How often do professors let you get inside their heads, letting you know their tips for success and their pet peeves?)

Additionally, here are a few more tips:

  • When communicating with me via e-mail (or Facebook), please put your course number (such as PRCA 3339) in the subject line to help me immediately identify who you are and frame your questions or comments. Do your best to write in full sentences, paying attention to standard English grammar and spelling. Always sign your e-mails with your first and last name, as your GSU e-mail address will not make that readily apparent to me.
  • When submiting an assignment in GeorgiaVIEW, always put your last name as part of the file name, and also include your name in the document itself. Papers submitted without your last name as part of the file name cannot earn full credit.
  • Follow me on Twitter, if you really want to get inside my head. (What’s Twitter?)

Let’s make this a great semester together!

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How to Find Cheap College Textbooks

On August 26, 2008, in public relations, by Barbara Nixon

[Cross-posted from Making Connections: Facebook & Beyond :: a blog for my First Year Experience students at Georgia Southern University]

With the cost of college textbooks spiraling upward, it’s good to know that there are still some good sources of (relatively) inexpensive textbooks. Christopher S. Penn, host of the Financial Aid Podcast, shares his best tips for finding these books in the appropriately titled “How to Find Cheap College Textbooks.”


Thanks, Christopher S. Penn and Edvisors, for providing these ideas for students — and their parents!

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