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Mourning the Loss of an iCon
I've been a Mac addict since my parents got an Apple II+ back in the 1980s. So I was extremely saddened to hear of Steve Jobs' passing.
"Your time is limited.
Don't waste it living someone else's life."
For too many years, loyal Mac users had to put up with being mocked as second class citizens. But our faith in Apple was well founded and, in the end, Steve showed that the principals of quality development, user-friendly interface, and style could be used to create the best computers on the planet. To a large extent, Steve managed to redesign the entire world of technology, and today we live in an iWorld in which we all benefit from his visionary ideas. I never met him personally, but I am very sorry he is gone. Probably the greatest thing about Steve Jobs, though, was that he made it cool to be a computer geek. Who would have thought anyone could accomplish that? Here's hoping Steve's spirit of technological cool lives on forever!
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What an amazing playoff run! First a comeback victory from a 12-point half time deficit. Then a nail biting victory at the last second.
Good luck in the Championship Game.
Bring IUP home the Men's Division II Basketball Crown!
The Lives of
English Teachers: A Readers' Theatre Performance
Narrated by Sarah Rutter (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Wednesday--November 18th at 8:00 p.m.
in the Hadley Union Building (HUB), Monongahela Room
Most training for teachers focuses on classroom practices: what books to use, what tasks to assign, and what methods to employ. Even most discussions of educational philosophies and pedagogies focus on how teachers should behave in the school or university setting. But teaching is a 24/7 occupation. The best teachers are always thinking about their teaching, and trying to meld that teaching life into the rest of their existence. This readers' theatre performance (where a text is read aloud in semi-dramatic style by the authors) focuses on the chaotic nature of teaching lives, both inside and outside the classroom. The reading will be accompanied by music and hopes to engage the audience in rethinking their own ideas about what it means to engage in the teaching life.
I want to thank
all the Composition & TESOL students and alumni
who nominated me for
The 2009 Mentor of the Year Award.
I was very honored to win this award
and to receive this fabulous recognition.
IUP's C&T program has so many wonderful students,
and it has been my great privilege to work with many of you
during my 15 years of teaching at this university.
Brett Favre Returns to Lambeau Field
Lots of people have asked me,
"How do you feel about Brett Favre being a Viking?"
My answer is, if I was coaching the Packers,
Brett would still be wearing green and gold.
When Tom Brady got hurt last season,
the Patriots didn't cut their future Hall of Famer.
So what was Packers management thinking?
I'm hoping Brett has one last magical ride
to the Super Bowl left in him.
And I'll be cheering him all the way.
So take a little time today to write in your journal,
Brett Favre vs. the Packers?
Say it ain't so!
The Packers cut the greatest quarterback in the history of football,
and now he's about to remind them why that was such a big mistake.
No matter who wins, it's bound to be a great game,
one of the biggest ever!
Cap Is Back!
At long last, that hero among heroes,
Captain America, is returning.
Marvel Entertainment, Inc. has announced that it will release
in July entitled
in which the star-spangled super-soldier
returns from the grave.
Like Presidents Kennedy and Clinton before him,
President Obama has issued a national call to service.
This important new legislation includes ways for students
to earn money for college by doing volunteer work.
A great information source on volunteering is:
which helps coordinate volunteer projects or the
which coordinates Alternative Spring Break and other activities.
One-time comic book writer Neil Gaiman has won the 2009 Newbery Medal
for last year's best children's book.
He won for The Graveyard Book published by HarperCollins Children's Book.
Gaiman is a fabulous writer whose outstanding works include:
I've read all these books and highly recommend them to you.
The United States is mired in two wars
and in the midst of the worst financial crisis
since the Great Depression.
Never has the Presidential election mattered more.
And never have American's votes meant more.
We need to change things now,
before it's too late.
So please get out and VOTE on
Tuesday, November 4th.
A Hands-on Workshop for Integrating Technology
into Your Pedagogy
Saturday, October 11th, 2008
8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Sponsored by IUP's
Alas, Packers management traded away the greatest quarterback of all time.
Here's hoping Brett Favre gets one more chance to make it to the Super Bowl,
even if it has to be as a New York Jet.
Still, though it may be a dark hour for Green Bay fans,
at least solace can be found in the cinematic masterpiece
which is the new Batman film.
The Dark Knight is on its way to
becoming the #1
box office film of all time.
Here's hoping Brett
gets one more chance
to lead the Pack back to the Super Bowl.
The Greatest is Gone!
More important than
Yes, Dr. Pagnucci is
officially in mourning,
Packers almost reach Super Bowl!
The best thing about this year's NFL season was watching
Could we be headed
for the greatest
Thankfully Brett Favre
survived a Dallas cheap shot
Favre needs less than 400
yards to take
Packers beat Broncos and Chiefs on the road to reach 7-1!
Steelers Stomp the Ravens to reach 6-2!
(Keep your fingers crossed that somebody figures out how to stop Tom Brady!)
Favre's Fantastic Feats
Brett Favre finally beat
the Kansas City Chiefs,
Favre has now thrown for
over 300 passing yards in 5 games this season, so he is well on pace to
take the all-time passing yards title away from Dan Marino.
Greatest Quarterback of All Time
Packers Start 5-1!
Steelers Start 4-1!
Could we be headed
for the greatest
(though Tom Brady and Randy Moss are going to be hard to beat!)
Brett Favre Record Watch
Brett Favre captures the
all-time Touch Down Record
Favre is also on pace to
capture the all-time passing yards record
Greatest Quarterback of All Time
Packers and Steelers Start 3-0!
Could we be headed for the greatest
Super Bowl match-up ever?
Little remembered fact:
Brett Favre's first victory came against which team?
Milwaukee Brewers barely in Contention!
Well, there's still a little hope,
but the Brewers seem determined to throw away first place.
Will they ever remember what it feels like to win?
Are you kidding me?
The Brewers spend almost the whole season in 1st,
and now they lose 11 of 14 and drop to 3rd.
Come on, Guys! Keep your eyes on the ball.
Milwaukee Brewers in Contention!
After years and years of futility,
my childhood baseball team,
are finally out of the baseball cellar.
Will history repeat and the Brewers choke yet again?
Or will they finally get back to the World Series?
Here we go, Badgers!
It's time for the Big Dance.
& Big Ten Player of the Year Alando Tucker
are seeded #2 in the NCAA Basketball Tournament
& aimed at the Final Four.
known fact: Badgers Coach Bo Ryan won 4 national championships
R. I. P.
Captain America was killed
during the Marvel Civil War.
2007 Web Announcements
Save the Planet!
(Earth Rise: First earth photo from space.)
Global Warming is a
fact, not a theory.
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It's time to do the Superbowl Shuffle!
(Little Known Fact: The Bears used to hold their summer training camp in Dr. Pagnucci's home town: Platteville, Wisconsin. They recorded the Superbowl Shuffle back when Dr. Pagnucci was starting college.)
2006 Web Announcements
In the grand tradition of pulling for the underdog, I backed the Kryptonite Kids (after the Badgers lost) to win the NCAA Big Dance in 2006 (they came close!).
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