I'm (hopefully!) a very "young" (ha ha) 65. Former sailor from San Diego, former (ages ago!) Green Beret, history major (Oregon '64) MBA (Golden Gate University, long time resident overseas -- ten in Asia with America's largest trading company, ten more elsewhere in imports and exports. Spent last dozen years promoting distance education worldwide, now deeply, deeply involved with fraternities and sororites on the campus of the University of Oregon, am beginning to set up a facility that will "specialize" in social/business/group networking aimed at truly ambitious college students -- most teachers will be virtual; but the facility will be nice, warm, fun and in need of people to man same on the campus of the university.
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I'm here and now am beginning to see the bigger picture your painting for me. I know that what you're doing is going to be very ambitious but I like this bold idea. It will be something like the University of Oregon has never seen before, you know I am the type of Greek and student that cares enough on this campus to get a facility like this up and running.
Ok John first go to here: http://www.ghecgroup.net/
and click the ARCHIVES .. I helped found this group and we host fascinating presentations each week, last semester they all originated at Rice University, web cast live, physical audience too, and archived.
Then click to the FALL Lecture Series.
Two of the programs are an absolutel MUST Watch:
(1) September 27, by CLaire Bartlett, RIce U
(2) December 6, WEB 2.0 by CHris Duke (wow!!)
You might also be interested to see the pictures from the Chinese side of the XIanning/ Rice University language and cultural exchange, opening day, 17 simultaneous broadband video links at http://csci.hccs.edu/hist/yr07/rice_xianning
In later note, I can talk about how I had my classroom arranged