FIRST YEAR ADVISING COHORT PROGRAM (FYAC) - SYLLABUS

School of Economics and Business Administration
Saint Mary’s College of California
2016-2017 ACADEMIC YEAR
COURSE TITLE:
SEBA First Year Advising Cohort (EDUC70-30)
CLASS TIME AND LOCATION:
Thursdays 3:00-4:35pm, Room DLS 113 (for Fall 2016 meetings)
Note: Classroom assignment for Spring 2017 meetings will be sent in January 2017 via email
FIRST YEAR FACULTY ADVISOR:
Professor Andras Margitay Becht
Phone:
1-925-361-2013
Email:
am17@stmarys-ca.edu
Office Location:
Galileo Hall 321
Office Hours:
MW 3:00-4:00pm and by appointment
Mary Coe
Phone:
Email:
Office Location:
Office Hours:

Cell (925) 216-8904 Office (925) 631-8187
mcoe@stmary-ca.edu
Galileo Hall 309
M 9:30-11:30 T 10:00-11:30 TH 11:00-noon F 9:30-11:30 and 1:30-3:30 and by appt
Sessions
1,2
3
4
5
6
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10
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12,13
14

Date
Friday, August 26, 2016
Thursday, September 1, 2016
Thursday, September 15, 2016
Thursday, September 22, 2016
Thursday, September 29, 2016
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Two SMC required workshops
Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Time
1:00-3:00pm
3:00-4:35pm
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3:00-4:35pm
3:00-4:35pm
3:00-4:35pm
3:00-4:35pm
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1:00 -2:30pm
TBD
1:00-2:30pm

GRADING SCALE: SEBA FYAC is a pass/fail . It will provide structured support to help you transition into the academic and scholarly demands of college life. general education. as well as engage in a series of workshops for individual professional development.000 points) Fail (F): 69% or Below (less than 700 points) . Furthermore. LEARNING GOALS:  Acquaint students with aspects of the Saint Mary’s College community. According to the Code. below 70% will receive a failing grade: Pass (P): 70% . including the Lasallian.COURSE OVERVIEW: The First Year Advising Cohort (FYAC) is the foundation for academic advising at Saint Mary's.  Familiarize students with the core curriculum.  Introduced to SEBA majors. please consult the Undergraduate Student Handbook at http://www.  Inform students of the role of faculty and academic advisors and of campus support resources.25 credit class for the entire academic year.” Violations of the Code include but are not limited to acts of plagiarism. It is designed to assist you in the clarification of your life and career goals. among other things.  Explore strategies for academic success. Catholic. it undermines the bonds of trust and honesty between members of the community. as well as provide guidance for your educational experiences and learning opportunities.  Set personal academic goals and develop habits as responsible decision makers. ATTENDANCE POLICY: Regular class attendance is an important obligation and an essential condition for successful academic progress. Thus. both for us as teachers and for your fellow students. showing up late to class is strictly prohibited. “Academic dishonesty is a serious violation of College policy because. and basic structure of major/minor requirements. attendance is mandatory. For more information. The FYAC helps you more fully acclimate yourself to rigors of higher learning and the college experience. The FYAC program is an important part of your academic careers at Saint Mary’s and you will benefit most from the program through active attendance and participation. and how to use the course catalog and GaelXpress to find information and assess their degree progress. including co-curricular and extra-curricular programs. Students are expected to complete all required assignments with a 70% or better will receive a passing grade.edu/your-safety-resources/student-handbook. tardiness disrupts class. as well as in the development of educational plans for the realization of these goals. As such. Showing up late to class will also severely and negatively impact your grade. Excessive absence may seriously jeopardize the satisfactory completion of a course.stmarys-ca.  Engage in a variety of community building experiences with their FYAC. ACADEMIC HONOR CODE Saint Mary’s College expects every member of its community to abide by the Academic Honor Code. Only excused absences (such as those caused by a major illness accompanied by a doctor’s note or because of some other conflict of which we are made aware in advance will justify your being excused from an absence). and Liberal Arts traditions that define student experiences at the College.  Give the opportunity to form a mentoring relationship with a faculty advisor.100% (700 – 1.

students discuss their own writing projects.stmarys-ca. www. citation.m.m. Attend 5 SEBA Career Gateway workshops/events 100 points (10 pts/each event) B. Submit a reflection paper on 5 SEBA Gateway workshops/events 50 points Special Note: The SEBA Career Gateway calendar of events and workshops will be emailed to you throughout the year.-8 p.m. at all stages of the process. always weighing audience and purpose.stmarys-ca. 10 a. 925. 10 a. small-group workshops.4684. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Student Disability Services at (925) 631-4358 to set up a confidential appointment to discuss accommodation guidelines and available services. or work on specific aspects of writing. or scholarship application letters.-8 p. Attendance and participation – 12 class meetings 720 points (60 pts/class) 2. Friday.m.m. Wednesday and Thursday. students register for that section of COMM 190: Writing Circles. Writers bring their assignment sheets and readings in order to brainstorm ideas. revise drafts. organization. critical reading.m. 1. students visit www. or research methods. Please be sure to sign attendance sheet at each workshop/event. as Circles begin meeting week two. Once scheduled into a Circle time. offers two options for students – of all disciplines and levels: Writing Circles: During weekly. The total points you accumulate will determine your grade. One-on-one sessions: Students make appointments or drop in 4-8 p. A. You should stay for the entire duration of the event in order to get points and Career Gateway key. 10 a.m. __________________________________________________________________________________________ Total: 1. including poetry. Tuesday. and 12-4 p. Sunday.000 points Note: All assignments listed above are required and should be completed. WRITING SUPPORT SERVICES CWAC: Center for Writing Across the Curriculum. Writing Advisers guide their peers toward expressing ideas clearly. science lab reports. Attendance – 2 Saint Mary’s workshops 70 points (35 pts/workshop) 3.-6 p. argument-driven research. thesis development. such as grammar. Monday.edu/WritingCircles before or during the first week of the semester. They may discuss any genre.m. To join a Circle.ONE-ON-ONE MEETING WITH FIRST YEAR FACULTY ADVISOR:  Fall 2016 Semester: Two 15 minutes 1:1 meetings (including Jan Term and Spring 2017 Advising)  Spring 2017 Semester: Two 25 minutes 1:1 meetings (including Summer and Fall 2017 Advising) GRADING: Points will be awarded based on the quality of work you produce. .edu/cwac. De La Salle Hall (next to Hagerty Lounge). STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES Reasonable and appropriate accommodations for individuals with qualifying disabilities are extended through the office of Student Disability Services. Create Resume 60 points 4.631.

lifehack. 2016 3:00-4:35pm • Communicating with your faculty: Etiquette and Manners • How to get the most out of your meetings with Professors? • Saint Mary’s Resources (Academic Advising. September 1. Minors and Concentrations • SEBA Career Gateway Program • Study Skills and Strategies • Recommended Apps for College Students  www. September 15. 2016 3:00-4:35pm  Overview of Saint Mary’s Three Traditions • What can you expect in your first semester at SMC? • Introduction to SEBA Majors. CILSA.net/posts/top-15-study-apps-for-college-students/  http://www.)  Tutoring Services http://www.stmarys-ca.com/2013/08/08/apps-for-college/  www. Intercultural Center.org/cro/news/2013/08/best-apps-college-students/index.edu/academics/academic-resources-support/student-academic-supportservices/tutorial-academic-skills-11 • How to use Gaelxpress—Hands on demonstration (bring your laptops to class) • JanTerm 2017 advising and registration tips Registration for Jan Term – October 3-6.consumerreports. September 22. August 26.collegechoice. 2016  SMC Student Clubs and Organizations  SEBA Clubs and Organizations: Assignment : Complete Student Questionnaire Meeting # 5: Thursday.org/articles/technology/25-apps-college-students-shouldnt-live-without. 2016 1:00-3:00pm • Introductions • Syllabus • Student Class Schedules • Classroom Etiquette Assignment: Attend 5 SEBA Career Gateway Workshops/Events between September 2016 and May 2017 Meeting #3: Thursday. Writing Center.htm  http://www. Mission and Ministry. Women’s Center. etc.html • Syllabi Reviews (bring syllabi for all your courses and your calendar – paper or electronic) • Time Management and Calendaring  Healthy Balanced Lifestyle Meeting #4: Thursday. Health Center.mashable.2016-2017 COURSE SCHEDULE FALL 2016 Meeting #1 and #2: Friday. 2016 3:00-4:35pm  Declaration of Major  Saint Mary’s Core Curriculum Requirements  SEBA Major Requirements  Developing Your Graduation Plan  Recap of Jan Term registration tips (including Gaelxpress skills and strategies) .

databases. please don’t worry and we will create it together) Assignment: Create resume using the template provided and email it to your SEBA FYAC advisor by February 26.Spring 2017 Schedule  Gaelxpress Registration Review Meeting #8: Thursday.https://www. 2017.youtube. 2016 3:00-4:35pm  Saint Mary’s Library (resources. September 29.youtube. 2016 3:00-4:35pm  Preparing for Midterms  Study Group Strategies  Advising for Spring 2017 and Summer 2017  Gaelxpress Review . 2016 3:00-4:35pm  Stress Management Strategies  Test Taking Strategies  Managing Procrastination  Advising for Jan Term 2017 • Build Your Resume (Bring your resume! If you don’t have it. 2016 3:00-4:35pm  Preparing for Final Exams  Follow up on January 2017 and Spring 2017 registrations  Leveraging LinkedIn  LinkedIn .How To Set Up Your Profile: Video https://www.com/watch?v=YWp6AN00D_c  LinkedIn . researching companies and preparing for internship/job interviews. 2016 3:00-4:35pm  Follow up on graduation plans  Follow up on declaration of major • Elevator Pitch Meeting #10: Thursday.  Study Abroad: Destinations and Process  Internship opportunities Meeting #9: Thursday. October 27. October 13.com/watch?v=1BMPoYosybY  Personal Branding/Social Media SPRING 2017 Meeting # 11: Wednesday February 22. November 17.Meeting #6: Thursday. 2016 (Community Time 1:00-2:30 pm)  Review of the “Academic Evaluation”  Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 Advising  Graduation Plan: Review and Update  Summer 2017 Internships and GaelLink Demo  Overview of SEBA Graduate Programs  Strategies For Understanding the Housing Assignment Process (for the upcoming year)  Remind students to attend Workshops #12 and #13 . October 6.Getting Started: Video . Meeting #7: Thursday. etc).

April 19. etc).2017 1:00-2:30pm (Community time)TBD  Course Evaluation  Freshman Year Reflection  Planning for Sophomore Year and Beyond (graduation plan.Meetings #12 and #13: Two required Saint Mary’s workshops (Spring 2017)  Meeting #12: Major Exploration Workshop (TBD: Date/Time)  Meeting #13: Study Abroad Workshop (TBD: Date/Time) Meeting #14: Wednesday.  Summer 2017 Term and Internships  Celebration Assignment: Submit a reflection paper on all SEBA Career Gateway Workshops/Events that you attended between September 2016 and May 2017 . faculty advisor.

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