About the Instructor
Catherine Lamberg is a senior advisor at the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, Office
of Field Operations, Office of Public and Indian Housing. She is currently stationed in St.
Louis but has also worked and lived in Memphis, Little Rock, New Orleans and Indianapolis. She
has two college aged children: David, age 23, and Dana, age 21.
Catherine enjoys many volunteer opportunities. She is a Court Appointed Special Advocate
(CASA) for children in the foster care system and president of her local Neighborhood Watch
program. She manages a nonprofit that is working in the field of education and teaches a job
readiness program for youth in the juvenile detention program as required by the court as a part
of their rehabilitation. She holds a B.S. in Sociology and Criminology and an M.B.A. She is
currently working toward a Ph.D. in Education Administration.
Catherine says she is an avid fan of memoir writing and criminal stories, both fact and
fiction. She enjoys learning the why and how of criminal cases and is fascinatined by the
details. She is also a lifelong learner and enjoys teaching as a means of learning. "There is a
lot of information that books and research can teach, but the greatest lessions that I have
learned have come from my interaction and teaching of other people," she observes.
Getting Started in this Course
Unit 1: The Bare Bones of Memoir
Unit 2: Writing As Catharsis
Unit 3: Arranging the Sand in the Hour Glass
Unit 4: Breathing Life into Your Life on Paper
Unit 5: The Heart and Soul of Your Memoir
Unit 6: Zen in the Art of You
Unit 7: Final Exam
How to Participate in this Course
Enroll and start learning today! All course materials will be available when you start the
class, so you don't have to wait for weekly lessons and you can truly learn at your own pace.
You don't have to be online at any set time; study at your leisure from the comfort or your home
The course curriculum will include tutorial lessons, suggested readings, and optional
homework activities. If you are taking the class for enjoyment or self-enrichment, homework is
optional but participation is encouraged. Students who approach online learning as an adventure
and actively participate will derive the most benefit and enjoyment from online learning.
Homework projects, if completed satisfactorily, will earn Extra Credit points which will be
added to your Final Exam score and may increase the overall grade you earn in the course.
Handbook provides useful information on how to make the most of your online learning
experience at KSURF's Virtual University. Refer to this guide for helpful tips on how to access
classrooms, post homework, and answers to most frequently asked questions.