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What Does this Class Mean to Me?

by KatieDeBruhl on Dec.10, 2013, under Course Information

Please blog here what this class meant to you, or e-mail Katie ( your answer

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by StephanieMayne on Nov.21, 2012, under Course Information

Today’s class is canceled. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Fall 2012 Syllabus

by StephanieMayne on Sep.05, 2012, under Course Information

“New Orleans as Discourse”

Wednesdays 3:00-5:45pm

HUMS 2090-001 (21316)

Class website:

Professor and Grammy Award-winning trumpet player Irvin Mayfield:

“New Orleans as Discourse” allows participating students the ability to interview professionals and icons in the New Orleans cultural community: Art, Humanities and Music.

Modeled after “Inside the Actors Studio,” Professor Mayfield will interview each guest, followed by a question-&-answer session with the students. Each interview will be video recorded and then made available weekly.

After successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Define central concepts of a discussion of culture.
  • Analyze the significance of culture to the life of a city, specifically New Orleans.
  • Evaluate the cultural impact of events and people in New Orleans history.
  • Compose coherent essays & have thoughtful discussions on the impact of culture.
  • Take ownership of cultural tools to enhance and augment quality of life.

Course Work

- The New Orleans Blog:

Students will be required to blog at The goal is to create an online conversation about each class interview and discussion.

Each student must blog a minimum of twice per guest during that week; each student must blog no less than 500 words per guest (250 words each time). Professor Mayfield will also sporadically list topics during class for each student to blog about during that week; each topic will require a response of no less than 250 words per student.  At the end of the semester, the collection of each student’s blogs will be graded for participation and content.

Students will also be required to Facebook (on Professor Mayfield’s page) the most powerful aspect of each guest and to Twitter (citing @IrvinMayfieldJr) the most powerful statement of each interview.

Students are required to purchase Irvin Mayfield’s book A Love Letter to New Orleans for class. The book can be found in the UNO Bookstore.

The final project (30% of your grade) will be an essay on what the class meant to you and what you have learned.

- Lecture:

Each student will be required to attend Professor Mayfield’s  (Artistic Literacy) lecture on Thursday, September 13th, at 6:00pm in the Education Building, Room 103.

- Volunteering:

Each student must volunteer 10 hours per semester for the cultural activities surrounding Professor Mayfield’s life. For students interested in future experiences, opportunities are available. From working with The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and The New Orleans Jazz Institute, to numerous civic boards and even this course itself, “apprentices” will get hands-on experience in a wide range of pursuits.

- Grading Structure:

Please note: Each student will be graded on his or her class participation (attendance, interview and discussion), blog entries and final project.

Class Participation (attendance, interview, discussion): 35%

Blog: 35%

Final Project: 30%

- Attendance: This class will be taught in a highly interactive manner. The class participation portion of each student’s final grade will be impacted negatively by 5% for every unexcused absence. Role will be taken every class period.

- Academic Honesty: Academic Honesty is the cornerstone of a quality educational experience, and academic dishonesty completely undermines it. It is imperative that your work be your own. Any instance of academic dishonesty will result in immediate expulsion from the course and will be reported to university authorities.

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Week 7: Class Canceled

by SonnyLee on Mar.21, 2012, under Course Information

Due to inclement weather, class is cancelled for today, 3/21.

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Fall 2011 Guests

by StephanieMayne on Jan.18, 2012, under Course Information

Class Schedule:

August 31: Soledad O’Brien, CNN

September 7: Susan Spicer, Chef

September 14: Joel Vilmneay, WDSU

September 21: Les Schmidt

September 28: No class

October 5: Mark Romig, N.O. Marketing Corp.

October 12: Dr. Corey Hebert

October 19: No class

October 26: Bill Rouselle, Bright Moments, Inc.

November 2: Warren Riley

November 9: Ted Selogie, J.W. Marriott

November 16: Sara Kavanaugh, The Grill Room

November 23: Ron Marham, New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

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by SonnyLee on Oct.12, 2011, under Course Information

Ted Selogie is general manager of the JW Marriott New Orleans hotel in Louisiana. The 26-year Marriott veteran is a two-time award winner for North American Lodging Awards including The Leadership Excellence Award for the Central Region – one of Marriott’s highest awards for sales and marketing achievement and operational excellence. He was also named General Manager of the Year for New Orleans in 2010 by Where Magazine.

Selogie joined Marriott International as a captain and assistant banquet maitre d’ of the Chicago Marriott Downtown hotel. He quickly advanced through the ranks and held various catering, food and beverage and marketing positions in hotels throughout Illinois and Iowa. In 1995, he was named director of marketing at the Schaumburg Marriott hotel in Illinois and later appointed as assistant general manager of the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel at Public Square. In 1999, he was named general manager of the Chicago Downtown Courtyard, which he held for two years before his appointment as area general manager of the Oakbrook and Southwest Cluster in Illinois.

Ted is an active member in his community. He works with various organizations including Habitat for Humanity, Jones House for Battered Women, Proviso East Public Schools, and Homes for Children with Downs Syndrome. For the past 20 years, he has served as an instructor for Marriott’s sales and catering schools. Currently, he serves as a board member for the New Orleans Food and Wine Experience and Marriott Business Council’s Committee Chairman for the “Spirit to Serve New Orleans” service project that will help fund teacher projects for the upcoming school year. He was president for the Greater New Orleans Hotel and Lodging Association in 2009 and currently, committee chairman for government affairs for GNOHLA and the Louisiana Hotel and Lodging Association.

Selogie studied Industrial Engineering and Marketing at the University of Illinois. He is a triathlete, an avid sailor – 7th in Penguin Class for Two-Man Sailing World Open—and enjoys playing the trumpet. He currently resides in New Orleans and has a 15 year-old son, named Zachary.

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