CCQ Marching Forward
From student written articles to faculty staff editorials, the CCQ Newsletter “Vantage Point” is aimed at providing you the current news and view points of CCQ, faculty, staff and students.
— Gigi Do, Executive Director of HCC’s Office of International Initiatives.
CCQ continues to grow and develop at the same pace the larger Qatari community it serves grows and develops. Our top story “Social Growth at CCQ” examines the increasing activity and involvement of student run clubs, beginning with CCQ’s largest student run organization, C-Ring’s Business Club.
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President Shaikha Saoud Al-Qahtani sat down with Vantage Point and shared her hopes and dreams for her club and what plans they have this year. The full interview is in this month’s edition, along with news of CCQ’s first official website and an article on last month’s Sports Day. — Edward.Feighny@CCQ.Edu.Qa
Social growth at CCQ
As the Business Club crowds around the triangular table within C-Ring’s Learning Center, Accounting Professor and Faculty Sponsor Tracey Crowe takes a deep breath as he sits down at the back of the room. Minutes later, the quiet serenity is replaced by a barrage of commotion. Arabic and English mix as proposals are uttered and scribbled on the adjacent dry-erase board. For the next hour, the club members will discuss the possible events they will host for the remainder of the year. “They’re all excited to be a part of some-thing new,” Professor Crowe stated.
The C-Ring Business Club, while one of the largest clubs on campus, is not the only student-run organization at CCQ. In fact, the total number of social organizations at both campuses has increased and so have the number of partici-pants. Ranging from college specific organizations such as the Student Government to more hobby-based clubs such as Professor Bernadette Russo’s Photography Group, social growth seems to be on the rise at CCQ. For many students, social clubs are an opportunity to become more involved in the college and interact with other students. Another benefit of participating in a CCQ Club is the opportunity to network in an open and encouraging environment. This process of building relationships could one day be helpful in business or other enterprises.
“They’re all excited to be a part of something new.”
While it may be tempting to join as many organizations on campus as possible, students should also consider how much time participating in a student club can take. Ideally, being part of 2 or 3 student organizations is good. Any-thing more than this and the student may find it hard to balance school work, family life, and club demands all at once. Yet this also depends on how active the student organizations are. Look into how often they meet, whether it is once a month or twice a week for example, before determining whether it is the right club for you. When joining a club, it is important to first think about what you hope to gain from the experience and then make your choice. For more information about student activities and college events, contact Mashael Al-Mohammadi at Mashael.email@example.com for more information.
Last December, Vantage Point reported “Molokiaphobia,” a comedy by CCQ stu-dents Abdullah Haroon Al-Ali (Director), Yousef Sabri (Author), Saad Al-Awlan, Mo-hammed Al-Shaiba, and Professor Linda Bolet was shown as part of the Doha Film Institute’s 1-Minute Workshop during the Doha-Tribeca Film Festival. Recently, that same film was shown during the opening night of Doha’s first annual Gulf Coast Cinema Event. Abdullah Haroon Al-Ali was in attendance and was pleased the film received such great response from the Gulf Coast audience.
“We are hopefully going to be able to start up with DFI very soon and create another short (film) and perhaps also participate in collecting oral histories for a project for the new museum,” commented Professor Bolet.
The film can be found online at the Doha Film Institute website: http://www.dohafilminstitute.com/videos/molokiaphobia
CCQ&A: An Interview with Shaikha Al-Qahtani, President and Founder of C-Ring’s Business Club
The Business Club was established in the spring of 2011. Professor Somaye Najafi and Professor Tracey Crowe are the club’s faculty sponsors. Shaikha’s previous work includes summer training at Al-Jazeera and volunteering three years for many career fairs. She is now a volunteer coordinator.
“In Qatar we have many options. If you work hard you will have good results.” — Shaikha Al-Qahtani
Zahraa Ajine (Vantage Point): Good Afternoon Shaikha
Shaikha Al-Qahtani: Good Afternoon
Zahraa: So tell us a little about bit about the Business Club and what got you started?
Shaikha: I started the club as a way to connect student life with my interests in business. Then I encouraged my friends to join. I was persistent and finally convinced them to join and be a part of some-thing different from studying. We now staff the club ourselves. Our logo is pink and orange. Orange stands for vitality and youth. Pink represents this as a ladies club.
Zahraa: So what visions and goals do you have for the future?
Shaikha: Our vision is to become successful businesswomen. Some students have their own business ideas, so the club supports those ideas. Reem has a Vodafone project; other members have cupcake business ideas, and so on. We also wish to work with other organizations, businesses, and clubs in the future. Other members have backgrounds in conferencing.
Zahraa: Sounds very exciting. So can you tell me who are a few of your personal heroes?
Shaikha: You can’t choose specific heroes, but you can choose qualities from specific people.
Shaikha attributes the Business Club to helping her develop her communication skills, teaching her how to work with groups, and to learn from her mistakes. Shaikha had certain business goals and ambitions before beginning her education, but the business club shed a brighter light on where she sees herself in the future. She sees herself developing her goals even more in the future with the help of the Business Club. She and her members want to follow the 2030 National Vision and hope to have a good experience when graduating.
Future events may include a large international event or shopping fair. They would also like to host a cultural and entertainment student trip. Shaikha summed up her views as business in Qatar as stating, “In Qatar we have many options. If you work hard you will have good results.”
C-Ring’s Business Club Officers:
• Shaikha Al-Qahtani, President
• Eiman Hussin, Vice President
• Reem Al-Merri, Volunteer Coordinator
• Sara Al-Qahtani, Marketing
• Moza Sultan, Coordinator
Why should you join a student organization?
By Gregory Twidal
Networking: Helps you with your career through building important relationships
Social Interaction: Teaches you how to interact with people on a cooperative project building friend-ships along the way.
Professional Experience: Lets you practice for your next big career move.
Leadership Skills: Gives you an opportunity to run for officer and teaches you what it takes to be a leader.
Develop other important skills: Teaches you organization skills and teamwork.
February 14 was National Sports Day in Qatar
CCQ Students, faculty, staff and family members spent the day together enjoying the sun, the sand, and some friendly competition organized and coordinated by the CCQ Sports Club. Al-most 100 members of the CCQ family made the short trip to the Qatar Olympic Committee winter camp near Sealine Beach Resort. The sports activities started promptly with volleyball, football, and basketball matches between mixed teams of students, employees, and family members. There was also a Zumba workout class given by a certified instructor, as well as walking trips along the beach and in the sand dunes.
After a short break for some healthy snacks – fruit, water, and juice – the games continued with more volleyball and basketball, a three-legged race, a 100 meter sprint, and an egg-and-spoon race. CCQ Acting President, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Naimi and Acting Dean, Dr. Butch Herod, participated in the activities. After all the events had been completed, Dr. Ibrahim handed out medals to the day’s winners.
The CCQ family returned to Doha a bit tired, but dedicated to continuing the healthy inclusion of sports in the lives of students, faculty, and staff. The event was organized by the CCQ Sports Club, Student Activities Department, and Student Government Vice-President and President of the Sports Club, Mr. Ahmed Al-Hassan, as well as CCQ Sports Club Sponsor Dr. Manhal Chbat.
February 14 was National Sports Day in Qatar. CCQ Students, faculty, staff and family members spent the day together enjoying the sun, the sand, and some friendly competition organized and coordinated by the CCQ Sports Club. Al-most 100 members of the CCQ family made the short trip to the Qatar Olympic Committee winter camp near Sealine Beach Resort. The sports activities started promptly with volleyball, football, and basketball matches between mixed teams of students, employees, and family members. There was also a Zumba workout class given by a certified instructor, as well as walking trips along the beach and in the sand dunes. After a short break for some healthy snacks – fruit, water, and juice – the games continued with more volleyball and basketball, a three-legged race, a 100 meter sprint, and an egg-and-spoon race.
CCQ Acting President, Dr. Ibrahim Al-Naimi and Acting Dean, Dr. Butch Herod, participated in the activities. After all the events had been completed, Dr. Ibrahim handed out medals to the day’s winners. The CCQ family returned to Doha a bit tired, but dedicated to continuing the healthy inclusion of sports in the lives of students, faculty, and staff. The event was organized by the CCQ Sports Club, Student Activities Department, and Student Government Vice-President and President of the Sports Club, Mr. Ahmed Al-Hassan, as well as CCQ Sports Club Sponsor Dr. Manhal Chbat. More photos of Sports Day can be found at: https://picasaweb.google.com/109920249075722755409/NationalSportsDayCCQ2012?
The Community College of Qatar is pleased to announce the launching of its interim website at http://ccq.edu.qa/. Several CCQ departments collaborated with the IT department to provide a user-friendly site with plenty of useful information for prospective & current students, faculty, staff as well as the community. Now you can also read Vantage-Point, check out our degree plans, access important links, and much more from the new CCQ website.
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Community College of Qatar faculty, staff and students participated in National Sports Day at the Winter Camp near Sealine, Qatar. Photos were provided courtesy of CCQ’s Bruce Browne, said Gigi Do, Executive Director of HCC’s Office of International Initiatives.
Introducing Vantage Point
From student written articles to faculty staff editorials, the CCQ Newsletter “Vantage Point” is aimed at providing you the current news and view points of CCQ, faculty, staff and students. View the February edition. (PDF)
— Gigi Do, Executive Director of HCC’s Office of International Initiatives.
New Year Resolutions
To many, the beginning of a new year brings reason to hope for a brighter future. The Community College of Qatar began this year with the signing of an Articulation Agreement with Qatar Uni-versity (Page 2) and now has instituted a change to weekly schedules, making Thursdays a time for supplemental instruction and in-service training. Our Top Story on Thursdays will focus on this unique scheduling method that truly makes CCQ innovative.
Also inside works include an article by Professor Anthony Tycer, our first Book Review by Librarian Associate Phillip Mowrer, and CCQ in Action.
Thursday Opportunities at CCQ
With new faculty members, the opening of the science labs at C-Ring, and new classes added to the curriculum, 2012 will prove to be another year of progress for the Community College of Qatar. One of the most noticeable changes is what has become of Thursday schedules. No longer just a typical day of the week, Thursdays will now stand as much more for CCQ.
In previous years, a common concern among students, faculty, and staff was that there was not enough time in the week to participate in clubs, attend events, or seek tutoring. Some even argued that classes, homework, careers, and family commitments required too much of our time. CCQ Administrators, after some deliberation, made the decision to remove clas-ses from Thursdays in exchange for a more open, fluid scheduling system. Students will now have an open day to handle their responsibilities. It is important to note, though, that the total amount of contact time per course has not changed. Instead of a course meeting for 60 minutes a day, five days a week, for example, the course would now meet for 75 minutes a day, four days a week.
However, students who feel they have been given the “gift” of a three-day weekend should work to keep up their grades. Students at-risk of failing or showing signs of difficulty will be required by their professors to attend special tutoring and coursework services to improve their grades. Math Reviews, The English Cafe and a new Writing Center will be available for all.
The extra day will give students the time they need to complete assignments, master subject matter, and seek additional assistance from faculty tutors.
Tutoring and other services will still be in operation throughout the week, but students will now have more time to complete assignments without being preoccupied by other responsibilities on Thursdays.
Qatar University and Community College in Education Team Up
Provided by The Gulf Times– Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012 Vol. XXXII No. 8496
Articulation Agreement confirms CCQs place in Qatar
January 3rd — The agreement was signed by QU President Prof Sheikha Abdulla al-Misnad and CCQ Acting President Prof Ibrahim Saleh al-Naimi at a ceremony at QU.
“CCQ graduates with a Grade Point Average of 2.5 or above and a minimum of C grade (70% marks), are eligible to apply to QU,” explained al-Naimi, who is also a former President of QU. QU Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Omar al-Ansari recalled that the process that culminated in the articulation agreement was started a year ago.“This initiative is part of co-operation and integration between institutions of higher education in Qatar,” he said.
QU Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Dr Sheikha Jabor al-Thani and CCQ‟s Interim Dean Dr. Butch Herod attended the agreement signing ceremony. Qatar Foundation Vice President of Education Dr Abdulla bin Ali al-Thani, Texas A&M University at Qatar Dean and CEO Dr. Mark H Wei-chold, QU Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Dr. Hu-maid al-Midfaa, Vice President for Research Dr. Hassan al-Derham, Foundation Programme Director Dr. Khalid Alali and other senior officials were also present. The conditions of the agreement are established in line with the principles of accreditation described by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) from which QU is in the process of seeking institution-wide accreditation.
By the terms of the agreement, CCQ students having completed 60 credit hours of undergraduate coursework in the college‟s Associate Degree in Arts (AA) or Associate Degree in Science (AS) programmes, are eligible to apply for admission to QU‟s undergraduate programmes. They would also be allowed to bypass QU‟s English, math and computer competency requirements.
However, CCQ students who have not completed their associate degrees and wish to be admitted into QU, would need to fulfill those requirements as well as complete at least 24 credit hours of undergraduate coursework at the college. In turn, CCQ will accept reverse transfers of QU courses to the college for consideration as AA or AS degrees.
Prof al-Misnad said the agreement underlined the continuity of education promoted by policymakers in Qatar that allowed students from established educational institutions such as CCQ to add value to their certificates by following on to further study. “We are pleased to be part of this agreement with CCQ which will provide students with a wide range of study options to build on their previous studies by pursuing their area of interest and specialization”.
Prof al-Naimi stated it was of great importance to CCQ to sign its first articulation agreement with the country‟s national university, since many of the graduates would seek to continue their studies in Qatar.
“This agreement will open the door for them to excel in their studies towards enrolment in QU where they can pursue studies for their bachelor‟s degree. This kind of co-operation will definitely add more value to the higher education structure in Qa-tar,” he added. The articulation agreement between CCQ and QU will be administered by an Articulation Sub-Committee comprising chief academic representatives from QU and CCQ for programme review.
Book Review by Philip Mowrer
Red, White, and Muslim: My Story of Belief By: Asma Gull Hasan
America has always been a multi-cultural country, but many Americans today do not know how people from different backgrounds actually live, even though they may be our neighbors, coworkers, or peo-ple we see every day.
With this memoir, Hasan tries to give non-Muslims an insider‟s view of what life was like for her growing up as a first generation Muslim American. She weaves together memories of her past with her understanding of Islam, and explains how these two things have shaped her into the woman she is today. She does this in a way that makes it easy for a reader, even one not familiar with Islam, to understand what her religion means to her and how she has come to feel comfortable identifying herself as both Muslim and American.
This does not mean that a reader will agree with everything written in the book; Hasan gives numerous examples of people she has met, both Muslims and Americans, who have virulently disagreed with what she has said about Islam and America. What the book does do very well, however, is inspire the reader to think about the ideas and viewpoints being discussed. By combining her experiences with relevant information from the Qur‟an and the sayings of Muhammad (PBUH), Hasan puts a human face on Islam in America, and helps non-Muslims and non-Americans begin to form an idea of what being Muslim and American means for her.
This book is a great read for anyone who wants to know more about being Muslim in America, or anyone who wants to learn more about Islamic teachings, and how they trans-late in everyday life when living in a country that is outside the Islamic world. Some of the author‟s ideas may be controversial for some people, but they are also thought-provoking, and they make you stop and think about what she is saying. If you are interested in a quick read that will make you think, please stop by the library to take out a copy today.
Success: Arize yourself for college
Accessorizing is a talent many students seem to share, but bringing the right stuff to class is more than a question of taste, it‟s a question of readiness. There are a number of items every college student should have:
Backpack or book bags: Every student needs one. With the growing use of laptop computers on campus, having a bag that will accommodate both books and a computer is a must have accessory.
Flash Drives: Whether you have a laptop or rely on an on-campus computer lab, a flashdrive will be essential for storing your files and protecting your work. Additionally, college students have found that a flash drive or USB drive is indispensible for working on group projects and presen-tations.
Planners: Every day, week, month, and year we have certain deadlines to meet; especially college students. At the beginning of every semester, professors provide a syllabus telling students when and how often they can expect to be tested, when assignments are due, and the dates of holidays. Jotting down this information can be helpful for planning out your semester.
The Challenging Class: Learning from Teaching
By Professor Tony Tycer
We have all had classroom experiences that tried our patience be-yond reason. I have had such an “opportunity” for personal and profes-sional growth this semester.
What has compounded the issue for me is that instead of teaching in the United States, I am teaching in Qatar: in the Army while over-seas, I taught young men, but here it is a class of young women. The students in this class are younger, while my ABE and ESL classes at Portland (Oregon) Community College were older. These changes further put me off „my game‟ or approach.
What I found as my envelope stretched, was that what had worked in previous ESL classes elsewhere in the world, surprisingly works well here in Qatar. When I became grateful for the opportunity to grow, growth came easier. My side of the street was clean and clear when my attitude changed.
I found faculty and administrators who were supportive and resolution oriented: some, because we shared students, others as part of professional development and genuine collegiality. We did not have a problem, we had options for change. The department chair supported me while conscientiously hearing the concerns of the student.
The counseling department was similarly engaged. They were particularly valuable in giving me a sense of perspective and support. The Registrar kept me apprised of the impact a variety of courses of action would have on my students’ records.
Other teachers were available to come to my classroom and observe. In other instances they invited me to their class room so I might see their teaching practices. My preparation standards and familiarity with the new text were pushed up a level. Outside texts were employed for simplicity of explanation and clarity of writing.
As a result of such interactions my „game‟ changed and my attitude adjusted. I became much more receptive to using new technologies. Power Point presentations were introduced, thanks to other teachers and the resources they provided. Several students were referred to the tutorial center.
I had to shift teaching modalities. Specific to general was vague and ineffective so a shift was made: general to specific (inductive instead of deductive). As I looked for class room participation, I had to reach for and accept a greater variety of learning styles. This meant a greater tolerance of background noise and chatter from those who process verbally and auditory.
After all of my learning and adjusting, my hope persists in this: that they learn how to learn. By teaching them this most essential lesson, I have made a good student better, an uninterested student‟s interest is piqued, and the conscientious students are given additional tools just as they have all made me ready to employ new teaching tools.
Critical Interventions Number 8: Special Issue on African Cinemas from Prof. Victoria Pasley
Guest edited by Victoria Pasley, CI#8 focuses on African Cinemas through analysis of different contexts of film practices in Africa. The cinematic arts can be defined as the apex of a culture of visuality and it is not by chance that the moving image has become a key technology of narrative in the era of globalization. In this regard, African cinemas of different historical origins, dis-cursive focus and aesthetic orientation are increasingly notable as key aspects of African visual and cultural experiences.
The debate over what constitutes African cinemas occupies an important place in these developments, especially in light of the divide between auteur and populist traditions of African filmmak-ing that seem to divide neatly along colonial lines into Francophone, Anglophone and Lusophone cultures of African cinema. However, these categories do not adequately describe the divergent modes of practice evident in how such cinemas are located in the global economy, where transnational engagements defeat the essentialist idea of a homogenous “Africa”.
In this context, the classical definition of African cinema as a mode of practice that adheres to the auteur tradition of French filmmaking confronts the emergent example of Nollywood and related modes of film production that hew to Hollywood‟s powerful business-oriented model with its global preeminence. These two con-texts present two visions of African cinema that can sometimes seem totally divergent. However, as Kenneth Harrow concludes in his essay in this volume, the lines between the two modes of African cinema are collapsing.
This issue of Critical Interventions therefore investigates the history and disparate locales of African Cinemas through significant articles that take its transnational origins into consideration and also track changing definitions of African praxis within the global discourse of cinema. This jumbo edition of the journal features articles by Alexie Tcheuyap, Sheila Petty, Etienne-Marie Lassi, Kenneth Harrow, Amadou Fofana, Cara Duncan-Moyer, Alioune Sow, Scott M. Edmonson, Jonathan Shaw, Stefanie Van der Peer, Toni Pressley-Sanon, Mariam Konate Deme and Dramane Deme. It also features a republication of Teshome Gabriel‟s seminal article— “Towards a Critical Theory of Third World Cinema”.
Community College of Qatar staff joined Houston Community College Chancellor Mary Spangler and Deputy Chancellor Dr. Art Tyler to celebrate the second-year milestone of the Community College of Qatar.
The gathering highlighted CCQ’s second year of existence and impressive achievements in the enrollment of more than 600 Qatari students at both CCQ campuses. CCQ is anticipating the first graduating class at the completion of the 2012 spring semester.
HCC Chancellor Mary Spangler was presented with a leadership award by Dr. Butch Herod, Interim Dean of CCQ, on behalf of the entire 75 CCQ staff for her courage, vision, and leadership, said Gigi Do, Executive Director of HCC’s Office of International Initiatives.
“On February 5, 2012, CCQ staff joined Chancellor Mary Spangler and Deputy Chancellor to celebrate the second-year milestone of the Community College of Qatar. Everyone was happy to see that the second year brought on enrollment of over 600 Qatari students, two campuses and anticipation of the first graduating class this spring semester of 2012.” — Gigi Do, Executive Director of HCC’s Office of International Initiatives.
Dr. Mary Spangler was awarded a leadership award by Dr. Butch Herod, Interim Dean of Community College of Qatar.
“Humanitarian awards were presented to Dr. Manhal Chbat, Chair of Math and Science, and Ms. Somaye Najafi-Shoshtar, ESL instructor, for their tireless effort in helping fellow CCQ employees.” — Gigi Do, Executive Director of HCC’s Office of International Initiatives.
Houston Community College Chancellor Dr. Mary Spangler and Deputy Chancellor Dr. Art Tyler have a conversation with CCQ students.
Chancellor Mary Spangler visited CCQ for the second-year milestone celebration.
From University World News:
“Since 2009, Qatar has made a significant progress with regard to increasing student enrolment and bridging the apparent gap between higher education requirements and general education learning outcomes,” Ahmed Ibrahim Al Ganahi, acting director of the Doha-based Higher Education Institute of the Supreme Education Council, told University World News.
… “We have established the Community College Qatar in 2010 and increasing numbers of colleges at Education City,” said Dr. Ibrahim Al Naimi, president of CCQ. “We look forward to the implementation of the Supreme Education Council’s strategic plan, which can achieve many of the goals and strategies mentioned in the third national human development report.” More details.
From student written articles to faculty staff editorials, the CCQ Newsletter “Vantage Point” is aimed at providing you the current news and view points of CCQ, faculty, staff and students. View the December edition. (PDF)
— Gigi Do, Executive Director of HCC’s Office of International Initiatives.
With the end of the 2011 Fall Semester coming quickly, we look back at the many achievements of the semester and look forward to what’s next in the upcoming year. From the introduction of our Interim President Dr. Ibrahim Saleh Alnaimi to the tackling of the semester exams this issue of Vantage Point will help you prepare for finals, tell you what to expect in the near future, and remind you what services are available to you now.
You can also share in recent activities of CCQ Faculty, Staff and fellow students through the new “CCQ in Action.”
A Message from our Interim President
By Dr. Ibrahim Saleh Alnaimi
It was about this time last year when many of you started on a journey that will impact the rest of your lives.
All of you came to this college with a dream. You entered CCQ with the goal of germinating that dream into a vision. And CCQ welcomed you with a promise to help you translate that vision into reality.
Some of you are half-way through your journey, while some have just started. In a couple of days, you will seal your study this semester with your best performance in your Final Exams.
Nothing less than your best … to crown a new milestone in your CCQ experience.
On a bigger scale, the State of Qatar is also about to earn its own milestone when we celebrate the Qatar National Day on 18th December. As students prepare to take the mantle of future leadership of this country in your chosen fields, I would like to remind you that the time and effort you invest and the initiatives you take will greatly affect how this country achieves its dreams and realises its vision. In a few years, you will no longer be in the passenger seat of Qatar’s journey … you will be a driver.
So let your experience at CCQ be one of growth, change and opportunity – the opportunity to learn new things, meet new people, exchange ideas and debate issues. You have many people around you: faculty who inform and challenge you, staff, and administration who assist with your needs and fellow students who inspire you.
I tell you now that the Community College of Qatar is entering a new era of growth, change, and opportunity. A fresh season of higher aspiration for excellence is at CCQ’s doorstep.
What will you do?
Are you ready for more meaningful challenges?
Are you ready to give your commitment as a student and as a potential resource that will benefit you, your family, your society, your country?
Are you more ready now to succeed in achieving your goals?
Then, I encourage YOU to be the LEADING PARTNER of CCQ in completing your journey and arriving at your desired destination.
Here’s wishing you all the best on your Final Exams and a very Happy Qatar National Day!
A Message from our Interim President
Dr. Ibrahim Saleh Alnaimi
Do you have test anxiety
By Professor Rolando Cirilo
“Test anxiety is a psychological condition in which a person experiences distress before, during, or after a test to such an extent that this anxiety causes poor performance or interferes with normal learning.”
Test Anxiety can Develop for a Number of Reasons such as:
• Some prior negative experience with test taking.
• Students who have experienced, or have a fear of, blank-ing out on tests or the inability to perform in testing situa-tions can develop anticipatory anxiety. Worrying about how anxiety may affect oneself can be as debilitating as the anxiety itself.
• Poor time management, poor study habits, and lack of organization can lead to a student feeling overwhelmed.
• Students who are forced to cram at the last minute tend to feel less confident about the material covered than those who have been able to follow a structured plan for study-ing. Being able to anticipate what the exam will cover, and knowing all the information has been covered during the study sessions, can help students to enter the testing situation with a more positive attitude.
• Lack of confidence, fear of failure, and other negative thought processes; pressure to perform well on exams is a great motivator unless it is so extreme that it becomes irrational.
• Perfectionism, low self-esteem, and feelings of unworthi-ness provide unreasonable goals to achieve through test-ing situations. When a student’s self-esteem is too closely tied to the outcome of any one academic task, the results can be devastating.
Here are some common signs that you might suffer from test anxiety:
• Too hot/cold body temperature
• Irritable bowel movements
• Heavy breathing
• “Going blank”
While there is no magic trick to make test anxiety disap
pear, there are some things you can do for yourself to help alleviate test anxiety.
BEFORE TEST TIME:
• Manage your study time. Always set aside some time to study.
• Avoid cramming for the test
• Ask yourself, “What questions will be on the test?” so you can study specifically.
• Do not overplay the importance of the test. Look to the syllabus or ask your instructor how much the test is worth to your overall class grade.
• Master the main concepts of what will be on the test.
• Exercise and eat healthy.
• Once you are prepared and studied up, be sure to relax.
• Get plenty of sleep before the day of the test.
• If the test is in the morning, then eat some breakfast.
• Do a quick overview of the material, spend ten minutes maximum.
• Arrive early at the classroom so you can find a comfort-able place to sit for the test.
• Avoid conversations with negative classmates. Their pes-simism will discourage you.
DURING TEST TIME:
• Look over all of the questions first.
• Answer the easy questions first.
• If you have to write an essay, then create an outline before writing.
• Write short answers.
• Rely on your knowledge and intuition. Trust your feel-ings!
• Trust your first impression for multiple choice tests.
• Remain calm. Stay focused.
• Relax your muscles. Sit on your hands and pull up with your shoulders for about one minute.
Do this breathing exercise: close your eyes. Inhale through your nose deeply and slowly. Exhale slowly through your mouth. Do this two to three times or when-ever you feel excess anxiety building up. This is an easy and effective exercise to do throughout the test.
AFTER THE TEST: Recall what worked for you and what did not work for you to help cope with your test anxiety so you know what to do and what to avoid for your future tests. We hope these tips help you out. Good luck!
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CCQ in Action: Recent Events
Molokiaphobia, filmed by CCQ students and Professor Linda Bolet at West Bay Campus as part of the Doha Film Institute’s 1-Minute Workshop, was screened in the Opera House at Katara Village during the Doha-Tribeca Film Festival. This media club project covered all aspects of filmmaking, from scriptwriting to editing.
The event was attended by H.E. Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani and Executive Director Amanda Palmer, and other members of the DFI Leadership Team. Professor Bolet was pleased to notice that Molokiaphobia got the biggest laugh and lots of applause.
Ben Robinson, CCQ’s DFI mentor, mentioned CCQ especially in his opening remarks. Mr. Robinson said that working with the students at CCQ on this film was a wonderful experience.
Thanks to all the students who participated in the workshop:
Abdulaziz Al-Mana; Abdullah Al Jaber; Ahmed Alkhinji; Fahad K. Al-Bulshi; Nsser J. Alhaidose
Nasser K. Heidous; Mohammed A. Al-Baloshi; Jaber Alemadi; Yousuf Muftah; Rashid Y. Al-Kuwari; and Mubarak M.Al-Shahwani
And especially the four students involved in the final cut of the film:
Yousef Ahmad Sabri, Abdullah Haroon Al-Ali, Saad M. Al-Awlan, and Mohammed S. Al-Shaiba.
Professor Bolet will have another workshop in Spring 2012 and hopes to do projects at both West Bay and C-Ring campuses in the future. Look for announcements at the beginning of the New Year. Congratulations to Professor Bolet and the Media Club for getting CCQ into the movie business!
CCQ Off-Campus Activities
Qatar International College Fair
November 1st-3rd — At the Doha Tourism and Qatar Exhibition Center, CCQ was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from His Excellency Saad Bin Ibraham Al Mahmoud, the Minister of Education and Higher Education. The fair was organized by the SEC to showcase the variety of programs, schools and services the country of Qatar offers to students beyond secondary school. Along with CCQ, all other major universities including the University of Qatar were present during the fair. CCQ Student Services and a number of CCQ Student Ambassadors participated in the fair, handing out materials and informing potential students of the benefits of attending CCQ.
CCQ Recruitment Fair
November16th-17th: CCQ students and faculty met with three companies representing the country’s interests to regis-ter students for possible sponsorships at the first annual CCQ Recruitment Fair. The companies were Qapco, Nakilat and the Qatar Olympic Committee.
When interviewed, representatives indicated they were seeking driven individuals who would be a good match to fit their company’s culture. Some representatives mentioned their interest in Business and Engineering majors, while others seek students who can handle the added workload. CCQ would like to thank everyone for their involvement. All companies demonstrated interest in CCQ and attracting young talent.
Hamad Al-Marri, a college level student at West Bay, was a member of the Gold Medal winning Double Trap Men’s Team at the Asian Shotgun Championships. The Double Trap competition was part of the competition held in Kuala Lumpur, Ma-laysia from November 21 to December 1, 2011. Congratulations to Hamad and his teammates!
By Professor Tracey Crowe Faculty
Business Administration WB Campus SGA Advisor
The Community College of Qatar congratulates recent Student Government Association election winners.
Doha, QATAR, December 8, 2011: The Community College of Qatar held Student Government Association elections at its West Bay Campus for men on November 30. Eighty-six students participated in the one-day election process. Mr. Hamad Al-Marri was elected President, Mr. Ahmed Al-Hassan was elected Vice-President, and Mr. Ahmed Hassan Jarjash was elected Secretary. All three officers have successfully com-pleted the ESL Foundation Program at CCQ and are in their freshmen year at the college.
This election is important to the organization as it represents the interests of the CCQ student body at the West Bay Campus and also prepares the officers for leadership positions outside the college.
“We are delighted that the election process at the male campus was very successful for the second year in a row,” said the Assistant Dean of Student Services, Dr. Abdulnassir Al-Tamimi.
“It is extremely encouraging when you have more than 60 percent of the students at the male campus engaging in the election process. It shows how much they care about their education, the welfare and future of our college and also want to make sure they have strong voices advocating for them,” said Dr. Al-Tamimi.
He also expressed his gratitude to last year’s SGA officers for their efforts and leadership throughout CCQ’s inaugural year.
Dr. Ibrahim Al-Naimi, Interim President of the Community College of Qatar, congratulated the new male SGA leadership team as well as all the students for their participation. “We all look forward to working closely with the new officers to ensure the success of the college and a bright future for our students and the State of Qatar” said Dr. Al-Naimi.
From student written articles to faculty staff editorials, the CCQ Newsletter “Vantage Point” is aimed at providing you the current news and view points of CCQ, faculty, staff and students. View the first edition. (PDF)
— Gigi Do, Executive Director of HCC’s Office of International Initiatives.
Here is your opportunity to add your voice and your viewpoints to the CCQ conversation. We value your input and would like to hear more from you. We are now accepting articles for the December and January issues, so please send your completed work to Professor Feighny at Edward.Feighny@ccq.edu.qa
The Perfect Job
By Abdullah Haroon Al-Ali
Are you happy in your job? Why do you work? For whom do you work? How many hours do you work every day? How is your director dealing with you? Do you get good pay? Do you have a dream you want to reach? How will you reach it? And when will you reach it? How do you think the business owner will answer these questions? How do you think employees of a company will answer those questions? There are three types of people in the world: the employee, the self-employed, and the business owner.
Employees are people who work for a fixed salary. Based on Maslow’s theory, the employees have basic needs. They try to be safe economically to be sure they will be able to pay for the basic needs like food, drink, and housing. Employees often work for governments, private companies, and different organizations. In other words, they work for other people. Also, employees usually work for seven to nine hours, six days a week. Sometimes they have to work in their break time, too. I heard a lot of employees complaining about how the directors treat them unfairly. It depends on the director’s personality and mood. So the employees have to deal with the mood of the directors whether the job pays the employees good or bad salaries. A lot of times we see the employees protest about their salary in the news. They ask for an in-crease in their salary because it is not enough.
Like any normal person, employees have their own dreams about a good life, good car, good house, and travel, and they want those dreams to become real. They work hard thinking that if they work harder, they will find more and more money to reach their dreams. But in fact, they lose more time from their lifetime. In addition, if they find a bonus or a little increase in their salary, their needs become more. They will try to work harder, but they go in circles and miss more time. Then the employees will spend their lives working for others.
Second, the self-employed are people who like to be independent in their work. Doctors can be independent by opening their own clinics, engineers can open a consulting office, and a lot of technical workers can do the same so that they do not have to be bossed around. Nobody will follow them around if they are late. Self-employed people believe that “If you want to do it right, do it yourself.”
In fact, they have to be in their job to make their work go on because they have to do their work by themselves and nobody can do it for them.
That means, if something happens to them, their work will stop. For example, if the doctor has a hand injury, he will not be able to do the surgery and nobody can do the surgery except him. Usually the self- employed has a better income than normal employees. They decide how much they will pay them-selves because they own their company. Like employees, self-employed people have many dreams, but maybe by becoming independent, they can reach one of them. But what about other dreams like a good life and enjoying life? They spend most of their time in their job like normal employees! When do they do other things in life?
Business owners, on the other hand, create systems and ideas and hire employees to implement them. Business owners want both money and time in order to enjoy life. They do not work for anybody. Their main responsibility is to bring new ideas and to manage other people through the system. Therefore, depending upon the nature of the business, most owners do not work by or for themselves. As a result, they do not spend too much time at their offices or stores. Business owners usually own their companies because they do not want anybody to tell them what to do.
In other words, they do not have directors. As owners, they keep all the profits instead of getting a salary. In addition to these benefits, some owners do not have to invest all their money in the business. Instead, they find people to invest money in the business.
So, business owners will avoid the risks of losing all their money because they are getting financial support from others. Like other people, business owners have their own dreams but the difference between them and others is their dreams can be real-ized quickly because they have the time and money to reach their dreams.
Not everyone is born with a gold or silver spoon in his mouth. We can decide for ourselves if we want to be employees, self employed, or business owners. Each one requires different kinds of skills. Some people have those skills by nature, but other people have to learn it and study it. But, the good news is we can choose what we want. For me I decided to be a business owner be-cause I do not like other people to control me.
Thus, the first thing I did is to learn business skills such as preparing a feasibility study and human resources policies.
EDITORIALS AND ADDITIONS
Reflections on Qatar
By Professor Claudia Pena
I’ve traveled to many countries, but I couldn’t help feeling a little nervous about coming to the Middle East. When the opportunity to teach in the region presented itself, I didn’t turn it down in spite of the unknowns. Today, I have to say that I’m so thankful to be here.
I am affected by my students as much as they have an effect on me. The awesome charm and openness from my Qatari students has definitely impacted my worldview. They tell me about their work, sand duning, and families. One unforgettable encounter was with my student who was trying to teach me how to pronounce an Arabic word. The “th” and “bhk” sounds were difficult, so she tried to give an impression of a Qatari snake. The entire class stopped in their tracks and cracked up laughing, and I laughed so hard, I cried.
I am impressed with the diligence of my students as a whole. The teamwork I see in my writing classes is nothing short of amazing. They realize the gaps in their English language education and work hard to overcome them. I get reports back from the Learning Center that more and more of my students are showing up for help, and I can raise the bar on my grading just a little each time. It feels good on a professional level to have such motivated students.
As much as I’m being affected, I also know that I’m a part of a bigger vision to make Qatar one of the best
countries in the world. It took me about 3 weeks to realize the power, and, consequently, immense privilege that I feel being part of
Sheikah Mozah’s vision for Qatar. I’m helping Qataris fill the gaps of their education so they can be successful in Education City. The degrees that they receive will in turn help them lead powerfully in business and government. I think about this daily and I hope my students do, too. Before my stay in Qatar ends, I hope I can shake Sheikah Moza’s hand and tell her how thankful I am for this opportunity of both changing her society and having a whole new view on the Middle East.
From the Gulf Times:
The Community College of Qatar (CCQ) will pursue articulation agreements with Education City universities, acting president Professor Ibrahim Saleh al-Naimi told Gulf Times. He was speaking yesterday on the sidelines of an articulation agreement signing ceremony between Qatar University and CCQ, a first for the latter. Complete text of article.
“HCC and Office of International Initiatives have worked hard to successfully deliver our 2nd year for CCQ. We are proud of our accomplishment”.
Gigi Do, Executive Director, Office of International Initiatives
From The Peninsula Online:
DOHA: The Community College of Qatar (CCQ) recently held elections to the Student Government Association at its West Bay Campus for men. Eighty-six students participated in the one-day election process. More details.
Zawya: LNG company introduces Community College of Qatar students to career opportunities in maritime industry
Zawya posted this press release this week:
Nakilat, Qatar’s premier liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping company, participated at the first ever student recruitment fair held at the Community College of Qatar (CCQ) on Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th of November. The fair was hosted at both the male and female campuses, allowing equal opportunity for all Qatari students to attend and explore potential career choices. Complete text of article.
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