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Spring 2010 Past Events


How to Find an Internship: PART I
Thursday, January 28, 2010 – 2:00pm
Kaplan 210
Are you looking for an internship but don’t know where to start? If so, attend this interactive workshop to learn the five steps to finding your internship. 
RSVP in advance to grad-internships@newhaven.edu 

Be a Success in the Workplace
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Kaplan 210
Transitioning from a student to an employee can be tough. Learn how to avoid the potential pitfalls that most entry-level employees make in the workplace.  RSVP in advance to grad-internships@newhaven.edu.

How to Find an Internship: PART II
Thursday, February 4, 2010 – 3:00pm
Kaplan 210
Are you having difficulty locating your internship using the internet? Learn how to utilize Blackboard, Facebook and Twitter to land your internship. Your internship may be one click away!   RSVP in advance to grad-internships@newhaven.edu.

A Discussion with Brian Cashman
Thursday, February 11, 2010 – 4:00pm
Dodd’s Auditorium
The Sport Industry Club and the Undergraduate Student Government Association (USGA) invite Brian Cashman, the General Manager of the New York Yankees to discuss today's Sport Industry.  Please join us in welcoming Mr. Cashman to campus. 

Resume Writing
Monday, February 15, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 204
Looking for a job or internship?  We will guide you through the first stage in your search, writing a resume.    Get tips on what employers look for and how to stand out from other job seekers!  RSVP in advance to jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342.

How to Find an Internship: PART I
Monday, February 15, 2010 – 3:00pm
Kaplan 210
Are you looking for an internship but don’t know where to start? If so, attend this interactive workshop to learn the five steps to finding your internship.   RSVP in advance to grad-internships@newhaven.edu.

Cover Letters & Other Correspondence
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 102A
Having trouble writing a cover letter? Join us to find out what should be included. We will also review thank you, acceptance/decline position, and resignation letters.  RSVP in advance to jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342.

How to Find an Internship: PART II
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 – 2:00pm
Kaplan 210
Are you having difficulty locating your internship using the internet? Learn how to utilize Blackboard, Facebook and Twitter to land your internship. Your internship may be one click away!   RSVP in advance to grad-internships@newhaven.edu.

The Art of Interviewing
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 102A
Nervous about interviewing?  Come discover interview techniques, how to successfully prepare beforehand, what to bring, and how to improve your professional appearance.  RSVP in advance to jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342.

Be a Success in the Workplace
Thursday, February 18, 2010 – 2:00pm
Kaplan 210
Transitioning from a student to an employee can be tough. Learn how to avoid the potential pitfalls that most entry-level employees make in the workplace.  RSVP in advance to grad-internships@newhaven.edu

Pros & Cons of Technology
Monday, February 22, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 204
Uncover how technology can help you when searching for a job and determining salary range. Also, find out how it can negatively affect your chances of getting an interview or job offer.  RSVP in advance to jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342.

Networking Etiquette
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 102A
Most jobs are found through networking! Let us show you how to effectively network by helping you write and deliver a polished “elevator speech.”  RSVP in advance to jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342.

Engineering Science: Meme-Splicing at the Oxford Round Table
Tuesday, February 23, 2010 – 2:00pm
Marvin K. Peterson Library
Dr. Matthew Griffiths,  Associate Professor, Physics will give a two part talk that will provide background and content on his summer 09 presentation of “Meme-Splicing: Promoting in Science Virtues and Behaviors Traditionally Associated with Other Cultures” at the Three Cultures meeting of the Oxford Round Table.  He will discuss the invitation, flattery, hospitality, academic professionalism, and business of the Oxford Round Table, and describe his own experiences with them in Oxford.  He will then summarize the key ideas that he raised in his paper.  He will identify what he perceives as vulnerabilities of our current model of science and present an alternate model of a more philosophical, subjective, honest, holistic, human, or spiritual culture for science; one that he believe is better adapted to survive the next half century.

Resume Writing
Wednesday, February 24, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 102A
Looking for a job or internship?  We will guide you through the first stage in your search, writing a resume.    Get tips on what employers look for and how to stand out from other job seekers!  RSVP in advance to jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342.

How to Find an Internship: PART I
Thursday, February 25, 2010 – 5:00pm
Kaplan 206
Are you looking for an internship but don’t know where to start? If so, attend this interactive workshop to learn the five steps to finding your internship.   RSVP in advance to grad-internships@newhaven.edu.

Cover Letters & Other Correspondence
Monday, March 1, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 204
Having trouble writing a cover letter? Join us to find out what should be included. We will also review thank you, acceptance/decline position, and resignation letters.  RSVP in advance to jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342.

Be a Success in the Workplace
Monday, March 1, 2010 – 3:00pm
Kaplan 210
Transitioning from a student to an employee can be tough. Learn how to avoid the potential pitfalls that most entry-level employees make in the workplace.  RSVP in advance to grad-internships@newhaven.edu

How to Find an Internship: PART I
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 – 1:00pm
Kaplan 210
Are you looking for an internship but don’t know where to start? If so, attend this interactive workshop to learn the five steps to finding your internship.   RSVP in advance to grad-internships@newhaven.edu.

The Art of Interviewing
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 102A
Nervous about interviewing?  Come discover interview techniques, how to successfully prepare beforehand, what to bring, and how to improve your professional appearance.  RSVP in advance to jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342.

How to Find an Internship: PART II
Wednesday, March 3, 2010 – 4:00pm
Kaplan 210
Are you having difficulty locating your internship using the internet? Learn how to utilize Blackboard, Facebook and Twitter to land your internship. Your internship may be one click away!  RSVP in advance to grad-internships@newhaven.edu.

Spring Speed Networking
Thursday, March 4, 2010 – 4:30-8:30pm
Alumni Lounge
Connect with employers for the purpose of learning how to properly network. This event is not about getting a job, it's about learning how to get a job through networking as well as learning how to help others achieve their goals.
Full details are forthcoming but for now, save the date! RSVP's required - you may RSVP now to reserve a spot.

Cover Letters & Other Correspondence
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 102A
Having trouble writing a cover letter? Join us to find out what should be included. We will also review thank you, acceptance/decline position, and resignation letters.  RSVP in advance to jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342.

The Art of Interviewing
Wednesday, March 10, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 102A
Nervous about interviewing?  Come discover interview techniques, how to successfully prepare beforehand, what to bring, and how to improve your professional appearance.  RSVP in advance to jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342.

Venture Capitalism: What We Do and How We Do It!!
Thursday, March 11, 2010 – 3:05pm
Maxcy 218
Nathaniel C. Brinn, CFA of Vital Financial, LLC 
Mr. Brinn is a principal of Vital Financial, LLC, a venture capital group that invests primarily in business application software companies. He is also President and Chief Executive Officer of CR Certification Corporation, a Vital Financial portfolio company that is built upon a proprietary software platform and offers cardiac emergency assessments, certifications and related services on a nationwide basis in conjunction with insurance providers. The discussion led by Mr. Brinn will be based on venture capitalism; what it is, how it is done, and a vast array of additional information regarding it.

Networking Etiquette
Monday, March 22, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 204
Most jobs are found through networking! Let us show you how to effectively network by helping you write and deliver a polished “elevator speech.”  RSVP in advance to jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342. 

How to Find an Internship: PART II
Monday, March 22, 2010 – 4:00pm
Kaplan 210
Are you having difficulty locating your internship using the internet? Learn how to utilize Blackboard, Facebook and Twitter to land your internship. Your internship may be one click away!  RSVP in advance to grad-internships@newhaven.edu. 

Resume Writing
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 102A
Looking for a job or internship?  We will guide you through the first stage in your search, writing a resume.    Get tips on what employers look for and how to stand out from other job seekers! RSVP in advance to jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342. 

Be a Success in the Workplace
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 – 4:00pm
Kaplan 210
Transitioning from a student to an employee can be tough. Learn how to avoid the potential pitfalls that most entry-level employees make in the workplace.  RSVP in advance to grad-internships@newhaven.edu. 

Cover Letters & Other Correspondence
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 102A
Having trouble writing a cover letter? Join us to find out what should be included. We will also review thank you, acceptance/decline position, and resignation letters.  RSVP in advance to jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342.  

Multi-Level Modeling of Terrorist Tactics and Support Networks 

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 – 2:00pm
Marvin K. Peterson Library
Dr. Daniel Mabrey, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice 
This presentation will highlight findings from current research on the way terrorist organizations operate and the underlying networks that support these activities. Beginning with a discussion of how data for this research is collected at the Institute for the Study of Violent Groups, the presentation will demonstrate methods for analyzing violence in asymmetric conflicts, discuss an approach for measuring and tracking tactical effectiveness by terrorist organizations worldwide, discuss techniques to infer culpability for mass-casualty terrorist attacks worldwide, and discuss analytical approaches for visualizing and understanding terrorist networks. 

How to Find an Internship: PART I
Wednesday, March 24, 2010 – 4:00pm
Kaplan 210
Are you looking for an internship but don’t know where to start? If so, attend this interactive workshop to learn the five steps to finding your internship.   RSVP in advance to grad-internships@newhaven.edu. 

How to Find an Internship: PART II
Thursday, March 25, 2010 – 5:00pm
Kaplan 206Are you having difficulty locating your internship using the internet? Learn how to utilize Blackboard, Facebook and Twitter to land your internship. Your internship may be one click away!  RSVP in advance to grad-internships@newhaven.edu. 

The Art of Interviewing
Monday, March 29, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 204
Nervous about interviewing?  Come discover interview techniques, how to successfully prepare beforehand, what to bring, and how to improve your professional appearance.  RSVP in advance to jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342. 

Pros & Cons of Technology
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 102A
Uncover how technology can help you when searching for a job and determining salary range. Also, find out how it can negatively affect your chances of getting an interview or job offer.  RSVP in advance to jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342. 

"The Future of Food"
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 – 11:00am
Dodds Auditorium
Tim Ryan, President of the Culinary Institute of America 

During his 28 years at the college, Dr. Ryan has been instrumental in generating the sustained growth, innovation, and quality improvements that have shaped the CIA. Dr. Ryan earned his Ph.D. in education from the University of Pennsylvania and both bachelor's and M.B.A degrees from the University of New Haven.  He is one of our most distinguished alumni 

Networking Etiquette
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 102A
Most jobs are found through networking! Let us show you how to effectively network by helping you write and deliver a polished “elevator speech.”  RSVP in advance to jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342. 

Affirmative Action Panel
Thursday, April 1, 2010 – 4:30-5:30pm
Moulton Lounge 

The Legal Society, Black Student Union, and ACJA are holding an affirmative action panel. Panelists will consist of: Karen DeMola (UConn School of Law: Assistant Dean for Admissions and Student Finance,) David N. Rosen (Yale Law School: Senior Research Scholar and Clinical Lecturer,) Clifton Graves (New Haven NAACP and former Director of Education, Amistad America,) and Martin J. O'Connor (UNH: Associate Professor & University Chaplin.) All are welcome to attend. 

How to Find an Internship: PART I
Monday, April 5, 2010 – 1:00pm
Kaplan 210
Are you looking for an internship but don’t know where to start? If so, attend this interactive workshop to learn the five steps to finding your internship.   RSVP in advance to grad-internships@newhaven.edu. 

The Art of Interviewing
Monday, April 5, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 204
Nervous about interviewing?  Come discover interview techniques, how to successfully prepare beforehand, what to bring, and how to improve your professional appearance.  RSVP in advance to jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342. 

Accounting: Present and Future
Monday, April 5, 2010 – 5:00-6:00pm
Maxcy 124
Janet Nahorney, a partner with Blum Shapiro will be a guest speaker with the Accounting Society. She will be speaking on behalf of personal college experience in/with accounting, sitting for the CPA exam, and her current position.   

Networking Etiquette
Tuesday, April 6, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 102A
Most jobs are found through networking! Let us show you how to effectively network by helping you write and deliver a polished “elevator speech.”  RSVP in advance to jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342. 

How to Find an Internship: PART II
Thursday, April 6, 2010 – 2:00pm
Kaplan 210
Are you having difficulty locating your internship using the internet? Learn how to utilize Blackboard, Facebook and Twitter to land your internship. Your internship may be one click away!  RSVP in advance to grad-internships@newhaven.edu. 

Workshop on Edgar-Pro (I-Metrix)
Friday, April 7, 2010 – 11:00-12:30pm
Maxcy 218
Come join Alex Karavousanos and colleagues from Edgar-Pro. Edgar-Pro is a database of public companies' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). It contains filings suchsuch as IPO Registration Statements, Proxy Statements, Securities Issue Registrations, and Quarterly & Annual Reports. I-Matrix is an interface that allows filtering data from Edgar-Pro. Come and learn how to download data and export to word, excel, or acrobat reader. 

Mark your calendar and make every attempt to attend. Students earn PE credit for attending the workshop. Please RSVP your attendance by sending email to dejara@newhaven.edu. 

Cover Letters & Other Correspondence
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 102A
Having trouble writing a cover letter? Join us to find out what should be included. We will also review thank you, acceptance/decline position, and resignation letters.  RSVP in advance to jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342. 

Be a Success in the Workplace
Wednesday, April 7, 2010 – 2:00pm
Kaplan 210
Transitioning from a student to an employee can be tough. Learn how to avoid the potential pitfalls that most entry-level employees make in the workplace.  RSVP in advance to grad-internships@newhaven.edu 

Resume Writing
Monday, April 12, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 204
Looking for a job or internship?  We will guide you through the first stage in your search, writing a resume.    Get tips on what employers look for and how to stand out from other job seekers!  RSVP in advance to jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342.

Pros & Cons of Technology
Tuesday, April 13, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 102A
Uncover how technology can help you when searching for a job and determining salary range. Also, find out how it can negatively affect your chances of getting an interview or job offer.  RSVP in advance to jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342.

The Art of Interviewing
Wednesday, April 14, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 102A
Nervous about interviewing?  Come discover interview techniques, how to successfully prepare beforehand, what to bring, and how to improve your professional appearance.  RSVP in advance to jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342.

Cover Letters & Other Correspondence
Monday, April 19, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 204
Having trouble writing a cover letter? Join us to find out what should be included. We will also review thank you, acceptance/decline position, and resignation letters.  RSVP in advance to 
jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342.

"APA Style: Cracking the Code"
Monday, April 19, 2010 - 7:00-8:00pm
Maxcy 108
Tad Martin
This workshop will cover how a paper prepared in APA form should look. It will mostly focus on references.
Open to anyone using the APA documentation style for a class or professionally.

Networking Etiquette
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 102A
Most jobs are found through networking! Let us show you how to effectively network by helping you write and deliver a polished “elevator speech.”  RSVP in advance to 
jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342.

How to Find an Internship: PART I
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 – 2:00pm
Kaplan 210
Are you looking for an internship but don’t know where to start? If so, attend this interactive workshop to learn the five steps to finding your internship.   RSVP in advance to 
grad-internships@newhaven.edu.

"What Is Analysis? How Do I Write It?"
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 6:00-7:00pm
Kaplan 105
Debbie Malewicki
Are you frustrated each time that your professor asks you to include more analysis? Are you confused by what she/he means and where you're going wrong? This workshop will help you understand what your professor is seeking and why analysis is critical to academic and professional papers.
Open to everyone

"Complex Numbers and Their Applications"
April 20, 2010 - 6:30pm
Kaplan 106
Dr. George Vasu
This workshop will explore complex numbers and their applications with an emphasis on the fields of engineering and physics. It will be geared toward students who are taking, or have taken, upper-level calculus.
Open to advanced math and engineering students, undergraduate and graduate levels

"Preparing for the English 105 and 110 Post-Test"
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 7:30-8:20pm
Maxcy 118A
Leon Weinmann
Part grammar review, part strategy session, this workshop is designed to help students currently enrolled in E 105 and E 110 to pass the English Department's mandatory Post-Test of Basic Writing Skills. We will examine the grading rubric that your instructors will use, review some of the more problematic elements of grammar, and discuss successful test-taking strategies. Open to students who are taking English 105 or English 110

"Increase Your Reading Flexibility and Speed"
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 1:00-2:00pm
Maxcy 108
Alice Guido
An effective reader is a flexible reader, one who can vary speed according to need and the difficulty of content. This workshop will discuss the visual process of reading and appropriate uses for different reading rates. It will also introduce the "clustering" technique and allow participants to take part in a speed/concentration-building exercise. Open to everyone.

Resume Writing
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 – 1:40-2:40pm
Dodds 102
Looking for a job or internship?  We will guide you through the first stage in your search, writing a resume.    Get tips on what employers look for and how to stand out from other job seekers!  RSVP in advance to 
jobs@newhaven.edu or (203) 932-7342.

How to Find an Internship: PART II
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 – 3:00pm
Kaplan 210
Are you having difficulty locating your internship using the internet? Learn how to utilize Blackboard, Facebook and Twitter to land your internship. Your internship may be one click away!  RSVP in advance to 
grad-internships@newhaven.edu.

"Beyond Index Cards: From Bloglines to Zotero"
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 7:00-7:45pm
Kaplan 204
Andrea Beaudin
Whether you're a savvy researcher or still learning how to search syntax, tracking and maintaining your sources can be a challenge. These free options that will help you access the full text of your research, tag your results, search your findings (particularly helpful when you recall that "great quotation" you came across but can't remember where), and automatically track all data from its date of access to the original URL-a real boon when it comes time to compose your works cited page! Open to all students (undergraduate & graduate), esp. people drafting research projects

"Excel: An Academic and Professional Support System"
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 - 8:30-10:00pm
Maxcy 212
Joseph Chmura
The intention of this workshop is not to teach Excel but to expose students to its potential impact on their approaches to understanding quantitatively-intense subject material, in particular, how it can enhance learning, increase assignment accuracy, improve communications, and reduce overall study time.
All students of business, engineering, math, and quantitative analysis

Be a Success in the Workplace
Thursday, April 22, 2010 – 1:00pm
Kaplan 210
Transitioning from a student to an employee can be tough. Learn how to avoid the potential pitfalls that most entry-level employees make in the workplace.  RSVP in advance to 
grad-internships@newhaven.edu.

 "Introduction to Vedic Mathematics"

Thursday, April 22, 2010 - 8:30-9:30pm
Maxcy 212
Nicolas Zoghb
Vedic mathematics is essentially another way to learn mathematics that many people suggest is simpler and more enjoyable than some current methodologies. The approach utilizes both sides of the brain and thus may be easier for students with different learning styles to grasp. This workshop will address some of the basic principles of Vedic mathematics and explore how you will apply it as a student and potentially as an educator.
Open to anyone using mathematics, but particularly education and math majors

"Preparing for the English 105 and 110 Post-Test"
Monday, April 26, 2010 - 7:30-8:20pm
Kaplan 104
Leon Weinmann
Part grammar review, part strategy session, this workshop is designed to help students currently enrolled in E 105 and E 110 to pass the English Department's mandatory Post-Test of Basic Writing Skills. We will examine the grading rubric that your instructors will use, review some of the more problematic elements of grammar, and discuss successful test-taking strategies. Open to students who are taking English 105 or English 110

The Impact of Dysfunctional Mirror Neurons on Autistic Children
Tuesday April 27, 2010 – 2:00pm
Marvin K. Peterson Library
Dr. Louise Soares, Professor in the Education Department will provide background information on mirror neurons, previous research on macaque monkeys and the relevance to the children with special needs, especially those who are designated as "autistic," along with causes of the behavioral differences of autistic children as compared with other children as a result of the mirror- neuronal deficit.  Mr. Robert Law, PIR in the Education Department will outline the typical behaviors of autistic children, how it is diagnosed, current practices in schools, the effect on families, the differences between males and females, and examples of autistic children.  Then, they will both present the results of their observations, recommendations and where do we go next.   

"Introduction to Vedic Mathematics"
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 7:30-8:30pm
Maxcy 118A
Nicolas Zoghb
Vedic mathematics is essentially another way to learn mathematics that many people suggest is simpler and more enjoyable than some current methodologies. The approach utilizes both sides of the brain and thus may be easier for students with different learning styles to grasp. This workshop will address some of the basic principles of Vedic mathematics and explore how you will apply it as a student and potentially as an educator. Open to anyone using mathematics, but particularly education and math majors

"Parallelism: Achieving Balance and Brevity in Your Writing"
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 3:30-4:15pm
Maxcy 108
Cynthia Parker
This workshop will help you understand what your professor is seeking when she/he indicates that "parallel construction" or "parallelism" is a problem in your writing. The tutor will teach you how to briefly and simply communicate ideas, articulate a series of thoughts or items without being repetitive, and recognize common grammatical pitfalls in the area of construction. Open to everyone, but particularly students preparing for English post-tests, including the WPE & ESL students

"Preparing for the English 105 and 110 Post-Test"
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 - 3:30-4:20pm
Maxcy 212
Leon Weinmann
Part grammar review, part strategy session, this workshop is designed to help students currently enrolled in E 105 and E 110 to pass the English Department's mandatory Post-Test of Basic Writing Skills. We will examine the grading rubric that your instructors will use, review some of the more problematic elements of grammar, and discuss successful test-taking strategies. Open to students who are taking English 105 or English 110

Be a Success in the Workplace

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 – 5:00pm
Kaplan 206
Transitioning from a student to an employee can be tough. Learn how to avoid the potential pitfalls that most entry-level employees make in the workplace.  RSVP in advance to 
grad-internships@newhaven.edu

"Avoiding Common Mistakes in Grammar and Syntax."
Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 3-4:30pm
Maxcy 124
Martin Goldberg
There's a Facebook group called "I judge you when you use poor grammar," and it has almost a half million members. Maybe you don't care when you use a pronoun that doesn't agree with its antecedent, but for many of the people you might be talking to it could be taken as a sign of sloppiness or worse. That's not the impression you're going to want to give to a potential employer, client, or anyone else you need to impress. In this presentation we're going to talk about the most common -- and most noticeable -- mistakes in grammar and syntax. Getting it right is just a matter of understanding a few simple rules