Image Credit: “Pink Water Lily” by Barbara Nixon

An Open Note to All of Prof. Nixon’s Students:

Welcome back to our Communication Department at Southeastern University; I hope your summer break was a blessed one. I spent a lot of much-needed time with family, along with moving from Florida to Arkansas.

To get ready for your Fall 2012 classes, please read the following.

Materials for COMM 4363 (online course, Term A)

Materials for COMM 3333 (online course, Term B)

Getting Inside My Head

So that we can make the most of this semester, please (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), always put your course number (such as COMM 4363) 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 e-mail address will not make that readily apparent to me.
  • When submitting an assignment in MyFire, 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.
  • If an assignment is due in MyFire, the only way to get full credit for the assignment is to submit it in MyFire. (E-mailing an assignment to me can be risky; I receive 250+ e-mails a day, and there’s a chance I will not even see it in my inbox.)
  • Follow me on Twitter, if you really want to get inside my head.

Let’s make this a great semester together!

(PS: If you’re one of my Fall 2012 students reading this post, please leave a reply to this post so that I can know you have read it. If your reply doesn’t show up immediately, no worries — I may need to approve it before it appears, if you’ve never commented on my blog before.)


6 Responses to Arrive, Survive and Thrive in Prof. Nixon’s Classes, Fall 2012 Edition

  1. Alyssa says:

    love your blog Barbara, im looking to start my career in PR as soon as i graduate spring 2013. any tips for resume/portfolio building for a newbie?

  2. Erica Earl says:

    Every class of Nixon’s needs to read this blog, whether it’s corporate PR or PR applications, to happily and successfully complete the class.

  3. Erica Earl says:

    Every class for Nixon needs to read this blog, and it is always good to be reminded of what you need to do to be happily and successfully pass.

  4. Liz says:

    I am excited for another semester of PR classes and I am interested to learn about Google+!

  5. Stephanie Boggs says:

    Hey Prof. Nixon!
    I’m excited to take another class with you! =]

  6. It is good to know you prefer your students to place their last name in the document title and on the document when submitting a document via MyFire. Hear goes my last Fall semester at SEU:)