Title: ELI weekly : the weekly newsletter of the English Language Institute
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Title: ELI weekly : the weekly newsletter of the English Language Institute
Uniform Title: ELI weekly : the weekly newsletter of the English Language Institute
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Language: English
Creator: English Language Institute, University of Florida
Publisher: English Language Institute, University of Florida
Place of Publication: Gainesville, Fla.
Publication Date: October 27, 2006
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ELI Weekl

The Weekly Newsletter of the English Language Institute Volume 101, Special

Warm greetings to all of you during this
busy first week of the Fall B, 2006
semester! 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
Norman Hall.

You're invited to the Welcome/Midterm
Picnic on Saturday, October 27th at
ll:30am at Yulee Pit (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. Your
friends and families are invited as well. If
it's raining on Saturday, the picnic will be
moved to Broward Basement.

In the U.S., we follow Daylight Saving
Time from April to October and standard
time for the rest of the year. This Sunday,
October 28th at 2am, we will be resuming
standard time which requires everyone to
turn their clocks an hour back. So, at 2am
Sunday morning, you should change your
clock to lam.


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 I Notes from the Office I Standard Time Resumes

I NotesfromtheOff

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
Thursday, November 2, 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
Thursday, November 9, or you will not be
allowed to continue to attend classes. No

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

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 office staff.

Class Attendance -- Remember, your
attendance is very, very important. Your
teachers are taking note of both your
absences and your tardies in every class,
every day.

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

Beginning next week, this section of the
ELI 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 month/day/year).

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.

Each week, the ELI 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, Jen Ramos, at
jenmlej @hotmail.com, or put questions in
her mailbox (marked Ramos in the ELI
Main Office).

English Language Institute
PO Box 117051
315 Norman Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051, USA
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744
Email: StudyEnglish @eli.ufl.edu
Webpage: www.eli.ufl.edu


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