|One of Lake Erie's ghost dogs|
IVC Happenings: Welcome Dr. Victoria King Heinsen to Irvine Valley CollegeGosh, what’s that all about? Well, we’re told something remarkable. We're told that
Dr. Victoria King Heinsen visited Irvine Valley College (IVC) this week to study more about Dr. Patric Taylor’s [Taylor would seem to be IVC’s Theatre Production Manager, a classified employee] technique for teaching course critical vocabulary in action. The method entails professors posting the words in the classroom and during lectures pausing for a moment and asking a random student to define one of the selected words. By the end of the semester, the words should have jumped into students’ long-term memory, Dr. Taylor says. Dr. Heinsen will take what she has learned back with her to Terra State Community College in Ohio, where she will implement it in the fall. Her visit was made possible through a grant from Concordia University in Portland, Ore., where Dr. Heinsen is an online master’s of education professor.
First, Taylor’s “technique for teaching course critical vocabulary” sounds, um, odd. Memory tricks, eh? Writing vocabulary words on the board? Students spouting memorized verbiage? College is not about vocabulary words and flash cards. I’m sorry, but this "defining words" routine sounds like subcollegiate crapola. Natch, it fits in with some past IVC "happenings" at Glenn Roquemore Mediocre Astounding Inventions College.
Second, it turns out that this Victoria King Heinsen is some kind of flake. At the Reb’s suggestion, I looked her up. Amazon indicates that she has published one book, and it is about—ghosts. Yes, ghosts:
—Don’t think so.
Ghosts and Legends of Lake Erie's North Coast (Haunted America)
Heinsen and Taylor
The residents of Lake Erie’s North Coast have trouble leaving even after they die. The area is flooded with the spirits of locals, some friendly, some not. See the sorrowful eyes of the Hauntingly Beautiful High School Student, who floats the corridors looking for her lost boyfriend, and head to an old Port Clinton hotel to watch the ghost of a maintenance man wander haphazardly through the inn, making routine repairs. Read about the figure that lurks in the clock of the Port Clinton Courthouse every night, never moving, simply watching, until disappearing with the sun. Local ghost tour guide Victoria King Heinsen has a personal connection with every story, and her firsthand accounts will turn every paranormal skeptic into a believer.
Heinsen's Concordia U is a private, Christian university. Lutheran. Conservative Lutheran.
An Education professor, eh? Why am I not surprised? Ghosts, SLOs, floating dead students, memory tricks, lurking "figures." Yeah.
Good grief. (See EdDreck)