The Weekly Newsletter of the English Language Institute
Warm greetings to all of you during this
busy first week of the Summer C, 2006
semester! We want you to feel as
comfortable as possible while you are
studying here at the ELI. When questions
or concerns come up, please feel free to
speak with your teachers, language
assistants, the ELI office staff, or
administrators. We're here to help you!
For more specialized assistance you can
visit our Admissions Officer, Barbara
Hess Earp. She can answer questions
about your 1-20 or other immigration
matters, or aid with any personal problems
you might experience. Additionally she
can address your special concerns about
university or community college
admissions. You can make appointments
to see Barbara in the ELI Main Office, 315
You're invited to the Welcome Picnic on
Saturday, May 13, at 11:30am at
Broward Beach (across the street from
Norman Hall, by the tennis courts). There
will be food and games, and you'll have
the chance to meet your classmates,
teachers, and language assistants. Friends
and families are invited to join us. If it's
raining on Saturday, call 392-3354, ext.
230, to see if the picnic has been moved.
In addition, the Cultural Immersion
Program will be holding regular activities
each evening of the week. Check the
activity board or ELI website for more
We'd like to give a special thank-you to
Todd Allen, who retired from editing the
ELI Weekly after a long, very successful
run. His talent and hard work are truly
admirable. Thanks, Todd!
Welcome, new and returning students.
I am pleased to greet you one and all through this message, and I look forward to
meeting each of you during the semester.
I thank you personally and congratulate you for being here. It is always difficult
to leave family and friends and go far away from what is familiar to study a
foreign language and spend time with people we have never seen, from countries
far from our own. We, whose work depends on your courage and fortitude,
appreciate your presence here. We look forward to making your experience here
the very best it can be. We have built programs and prepared guidelines designed
specifically for your benefit. They are intended to maximize the effort you plan to
furnish so that your success and our success will be one and the same.
By joining the English Language Institute (ELI), you have become a part of a
vibrant team dedicated to the highest achievements and enthusiastic about its
goals. Our overriding aim is to provide you with an array of opportunities-in
class and outside of class-to increase your knowledge of English as an active and
living communicative system, to use linguistic and social interaction for providing
you with practice, to insert you as much as possible into the local community,
where English is used naturally, and to challenge you daily to extend yourself just
a bit more in your English experience.
I am happy to be welcoming you to the ELI team, a team dedicated to the success
of all of its members. For a team to succeed, it takes a 100% effort by everyone
involved. You will, we fervently hope, take this invitation to heart and give 110%
in all that you do at the ELI. This team effort is already a regular part of the
employees' work, whose dedication goes unquestioned. These teachers, language
assistants, support staff members, and administrators enjoy their work for you, are
proud to be at the ELI, and care deeply about your success.
In the many opportunities taken by students and employees to express their
feelings about this school, one can find numerous superlatives. Everyone at the
ELI takes great pride in these and delights in welcoming you, convinced that you
will add yours when the time comes. For now, we thank you for being here.
Welcome to an experience of a lifetime.
Inside this issue:
Welcome Picnic Notes from the Office Student Voices
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May 12, 2006
Phone Home -- We have been receiving
phone calls from some concerned folks back
home who have not yet heard whether or not
you arrived safely. If you haven't called
home to let your family know you are here,
please try to do so as soon as possible.
Tuition Deadline -- Tuition will be due on
Wednesday, May 17 before 2:30pm. Please
try to pay your tuition before the deadline.
For any questions you have about your
tuition, see Sonja Pealer in the ELI Main
Office, 315 Norman.
Immunization Deadline -- Proof of
immunizations must be received by Friday,
June 2, or you will not be allowed to
continue to attend classes. No exceptions.
Turns -- When the office is crowded, please
try to wait your turn. If everyone is patient,
things move in a swifter and more orderly
manner. Everyone will be served eventually.
Feeling Sick? -- Please don't call the office
for 1- or 2-day illnesses. You may simply
talk to your teachers when you get back. If,
however, you are going to be out for 3 or
more days, do call.
Student Mailbox -- Please come to the
office from time to time and check the
mailbox for any mail that you may have
received over the last few weeks. If you are
waiting for something and do not see it,
however, you may assume that it has not
come yet, and you will not need to ask the
Class Attendance -- Remember, your
attendance is very, very important. Your
teachers are taking note of both your
absences and your tardies in every class,
Fire Drills/Alarms -- Please remember, if
you hear a fire alarm, you need to leave the
building quickly and quietly. Never assume
that the alarm you hear is only a drill.
Getting out in an orderly and expedient
fashion may well save your life.
Bicycling -- Bicycle safety is very important
and it is taken very seriously here in
Gainesville and on the UF campus. If you
bike, be sure that you familiarize yourself
with the rules of the road. If you're caught
breaking them, in addition to possible
injuries you might suffer, it can result in
tickets and fines. Traffic violators on
bicycles are subject to the same fines as
violators in automobiles: $121.50 for a
moving violation, $77.50 for a non-moving
violation, and $49.50 for a violation specific
to bicycle operation.
Lost and Found -- If you lose personal
items, be sure to check in the ELI Main
Office. We keep a box that is usually full of
things that people have left in classrooms
and around the ELI. If you find something
that was left behind, be sure to bring it to us.
Smoking -- Absolutely no smoking is
allowed inside Norman Hall or any other
building on the UF campus. This includes
ALL areas inside buildings. This is a Florida
state law that applies to all publicly owned
buildings. Additionally, smoking outside
must be done away from the building, at
least 50 feet (about 16 meters). The College
of Education (Norman Hall) policy is 100
feet. This policy includes the Norman Hall
Courtyard; there is no smoking in this
area. There is a designated smoking area
outside by the small parking lot (right across
the street from the Credit Union). You'll see
the sign by the concrete picnic tables.
For students who would like to see their
work in print, consider submitting essays,
poems, stories, class projects, and other
writing to our publication, the ELI Student
Voices, edited by Steve Flocks. This is a
collection of work written exclusively by
you, our students, published once each
semester. If you wish, give your submission
to your teacher, or place it in Steve's
mailbox (marked Flocks in the ELI Main
Office). Please include your name and class
on your submission.
Beginning next week, this section of the ELJ
Weekly will list all of the birthdays for our
students and staff that occur during the week.
Please make sure that your birthday is
correct in the ELI office (and remember that
in the US, as perhaps is different in your
home country, the birth date is written
Belated birthday wishes to staff members:
May 3: Jen Ramos
May 8: Antonio Garza
Each week, the ELJ Weekly will include a
column, explaining-or at least attempting
to explain-U.S. behavior, culture, and
manners. But this column depends on your
participation. If you see someone doing
something that you find odd (or perhaps
even rude), if you wonder what is socially
correct in a given situation, or if you want to
know something particular about U.S.
culture, please email our ELI Weekly editor,
Nora Spencer, at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or put questions in her mailbox (marked
Spencer in the ELI Main Office).
English Language Institute
PO Box 117051
315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744