I held my seminar on The Politics of Social Welfare Policy (GOVT 386) by combining high-tech and low-tech methods. The low-tech came in the form of a class held in a lounge in the Jesuit Residence where I live, with pizzas to fuel our conversation; the high-tech was on display in 3 students who joined the discussion using Skype and Gchat. We kept an eye out for when the videochat students would wave their hand to weigh-in on an issue.
Survival Tips and Interesting Facts
- In February 2010, classes at Georgetown were canceled over a six-day period during "Snowmageddon." Click here to read about how campus staff worked throughout the closure to keep campus roads and pathways clear.
- Did You Know? 2009-10 was D.C.'s snowiest winter on record, surpassing the previous record of 54.4 inches set in the winter of 1898-99.
- Visit preparedness.georgetown.edu to view Georgetown's current operating status, find out about any current Campus Alerts, and sign up for the HOYAlert emergency notification system. You can also call 202-687-7669 (SNOW) to find out whether the university is open.
- H1N1 Flu in Review: The beginning of the Fall 2009 semester saw outbreaks of the H1N1 virus at campuses across the country. A review of the national response to the pandemic can be found here, and specifics about the impact at colleges and universities can be found here.
- Did You Know? The Civil War caused major disruptions to life at Georgetown. Enrollment fell from 313 students in 1859 to only 17 students in the fall of 1861. The campus was briefly occupied by federal troops in the early part of the war, and in 1862, several College buildings served as a hospital for four months after the Second Battle of Bull Run.
- Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore... You may not think of the Mid-Atlantic region as a high-risk tornado zone, but students, faculty, and staff at the University of Maryland experienced a severe tornado in 2001. Read more here.
- The Washington, D.C. metropolitan area experienced its largest recorded earthquake, measured at 5.9 on the Richter scale, in August 2011. The quake's epicenter was in Mineral, Virginia, approximately 90 miles southwest of D.C.
- In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Tulane University was closed for four months.
- The University of Florida's Zombie Attack Disaster Preparedness Simulation Exercise offered helpful advice on dealing with zombies, pointing out, for example, that "garlic will not stop true zombies, only vampires; and zombies do come out during the day, though they are most active at night because they typically do not like sunlight." Read more here.
- Visit this site to learn about myths about H1N1.
- During the Fall 2009 H1N1 outbreak, Georgetown's favorite canine, Jack the Bulldog, donned a stethoscope and posed for posters urging Hoyas to wash hands and stay home when sick. You can download copies of Jack's posters here.
- August 2010 saw record flooding in Ames, Iowa, home to Iowa State University. Fortunately, many campus buildings were undamaged, and because classes were not yet in session, most students were unaffected.