Christmas Break

The first leg of the journey back into academia has passed.  It was a good four months.  I had a great time learning coding, design, and organization.  I look forward to developing on these skills and learning even more.  I entered this second journey with some trepidation.  I had had some professional success in the past.  Maybe the best path for me would be to stay the course.  But with this first leg behind me, I am much more confident that my choice to change directions was the right one.

The next leg of my journey is the four weeks of the interim term.  My course for interim is called “Playing with MUD”.  MUD stands for Multi-User Dungeons.  In this course, we will do online roll playing.  We will create and design fictional characters, give them abilities and write stories.  I feel like a 1980’s D&D nerd, but this should be fun and a solid experience in computing capabilities.

MemphisHowever, before I return to the pressures of academia, a little R&R has been planned.  My wife, Rose, and I are headed to Memphis, Tennessee and Tunica, Mississippi for a week.  We plan to take in some Blues and BBQ, the Liberty Bowl Game (Go Dawgs!!!), New Years Eve on Beale Street, and some gambling at the Casinos.  I am really looking forward to it.

SunL UTV

Of course, this next week is all about getting ready for Christmas.  My 11 year old son is getting a Sunl 150cc Utility Vehicle (above).  I am sure he will have a lot of fun with it, but it should also be a lot of help for him on his two paper routes.  My three year old is getting her own digital camera, and lots of Dora stuff.  My wife and I got her parents a 50″ Plasma TV.  My wife is getting an I-pad and I bought myself a new set of tires for my pick-up.  On my wish list is a 250cc Kandi Spider Trike (see below).  It is a knock-off of the 900cc Can Am Spider, I know, but it is a lot less expensive. (Note: From a design perspective, this web-site isn’t too bad either, however, the content could be more developed. I have a lot of questions that the site wasn’t able to answer for me.)

Yello Kandi Spider Trike After interim, my spring semester includes Operating / Network Systems, Data Base Structure, Intro to Statistics, Intro to Computer Tools, and Managerial Accounting.  I hope to pick up some additional IT or graphic design classes this summer and next academic year will include Advanced Computer Tools, Structured Programming, Accounting Systems, Web Communication, Web Design, Data Base Concepts, Systems Analysis and more.  I expect the academic journey will be fun, but I almost want to skip ahead to see how it all turns out.

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About Jesse Alber

Jesse Alber attained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Speech Communications with an Athletic Coaching Endorsement from Hastings College in May, 1993. From 1994 - 2000, Alber served in leadership roles in human resources, retail, and production. Alber enlisted in the U.S. Army in 2000. He served as a Armored Cavalry Scout and Troop Training Manager with A 3/7 CAV 3d ID until 2004. Alber deployed to Bosnia in 2001 and Kwait / Iraq in 2003. Alber served in the Army Reserves from 2005 - 2008. From 2004 - 2010 Alber served as the Adult Education Coordinator for Central Community College and Executive Director for the Hastings Literacy Program. Alber returned to Hastings College in 2010 to study Computer Science and Web Design. He is currently emploed as a Programming and Web Development Intern with Servi-Tech Industries. Alber will complete his program of study in the summer of 2012.
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3 Responses to Christmas Break

  1. Jesse Alber says:

    Memphis was great. J-Term and the Spring Semesters went well. The UTV has been a challenge. I umpired some softball this summer while taking some on-line classes through Central Community College. Have a lot of irons in the fire currently. We will see which ones lead to productive opportunities.

  2. Jesse Alber says:

    My Wife also bought a new travel trailer camper. We went to Mormon Island (Grand Island, NE), Crystal Lake (Ayr, NE), Tuttle Creek (Manhattan, KS), Johnson Lake (Lexington, NE), Robidoux (Gering, NE), Horseshoe Bend, Shell Creek & Ranger Creek (Big Horn Mountains, WY), Fountain of Youth (Thermopolis, WY), Fort Robinson, NE, Mount Rushmore (Keystone, SD), Chimney Rock, Carhenge and more.

  3. Jesse Alber says:

    I wat to do a College Football Bowl tour this Christmas. Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, Jacksonville, FL, Orlando, FL, and/or Tampa, FL. Lego Land is opening a park in Orlando this fall also. I will let you know how that works out.

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