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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
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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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1:00 -2:30pm
TBD
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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. showing up late to class is strictly prohibited. Students are expected to complete all required assignments with a 70% or better will receive a passing grade. GRADING SCALE: SEBA FYAC is a pass/fail .edu/your-safety-resources/student-handbook. Thus. as well as engage in a series of workshops for individual professional development. including the Lasallian. tardiness disrupts class. Furthermore. attendance is mandatory. ATTENDANCE POLICY: Regular class attendance is an important obligation and an essential condition for successful academic progress. According to the Code. The FYAC helps you more fully acclimate yourself to rigors of higher learning and the college experience. ACADEMIC HONOR CODE Saint Mary’s College expects every member of its community to abide by the Academic Honor Code. below 70% will receive a failing grade: Pass (P): 70% . and Liberal Arts traditions that define student experiences at the College.  Engage in a variety of community building experiences with their FYAC.100% (700 – 1. as well as in the development of educational plans for the realization of these goals. As such. general education.25 credit class for the entire academic year. please consult the Undergraduate Student Handbook at http://www. 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).  Inform students of the role of faculty and academic advisors and of campus support resources.000 points) Fail (F): 69% or Below (less than 700 points) .  Set personal academic goals and develop habits as responsible decision makers. “Academic dishonesty is a serious violation of College policy because. and basic structure of major/minor requirements. LEARNING GOALS:  Acquaint students with aspects of the Saint Mary’s College community. as well as provide guidance for your educational experiences and learning opportunities. it undermines the bonds of trust and honesty between members of the community. Excessive absence may seriously jeopardize the satisfactory completion of a course. including co-curricular and extra-curricular programs. both for us as teachers and for your fellow students. and how to use the course catalog and GaelXpress to find information and assess their degree progress.  Explore strategies for academic success.” Violations of the Code include but are not limited to acts of plagiarism.COURSE OVERVIEW: The First Year Advising Cohort (FYAC) is the foundation for academic advising at Saint Mary's. It is designed to assist you in the clarification of your life and career goals. Showing up late to class will also severely and negatively impact your grade. For more information.stmarys-ca.  Familiarize students with the core curriculum. Catholic. It will provide structured support to help you transition into the academic and scholarly demands of college life.  Give the opportunity to form a mentoring relationship with a faculty advisor.  Introduced to SEBA majors. among other things.

m.m. Sunday.-8 p. revise drafts. A. Once scheduled into a Circle time. small-group workshops. critical reading. such as grammar. 10 a. always weighing audience and purpose. or work on specific aspects of writing. offers two options for students – of all disciplines and levels: Writing Circles: During weekly. They may discuss any genre. 10 a. Please be sure to sign attendance sheet at each workshop/event. 1.m. argument-driven research.-6 p. Attend 5 SEBA Career Gateway workshops/events 100 points (10 pts/each event) B. Tuesday. or scholarship application letters. Friday. Wednesday and Thursday. thesis development.-8 p. citation.4684. and 12-4 p.m. One-on-one sessions: Students make appointments or drop in 4-8 p. students visit www. The total points you accumulate will determine your grade. science lab reports.631. Monday.edu/cwac. Create Resume 60 points 4. at all stages of the process. To join a Circle.stmarys-ca. Attendance – 2 Saint Mary’s workshops 70 points (35 pts/workshop) 3.m. as Circles begin meeting week two. __________________________________________________________________________________________ Total: 1. Attendance and participation – 12 class meetings 720 points (60 pts/class) 2.000 points Note: All assignments listed above are required and should be completed. 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. students register for that section of COMM 190: Writing Circles. or research methods. .edu/WritingCircles before or during the first week of the semester. students discuss their own writing projects. 10 a. www. Writing Advisers guide their peers toward expressing ideas clearly.stmarys-ca. WRITING SUPPORT SERVICES CWAC: Center for Writing Across the Curriculum.m.m. including poetry. You should stay for the entire duration of the event in order to get points and Career Gateway key.m. STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES Reasonable and appropriate accommodations for individuals with qualifying disabilities are extended through the office of Student Disability Services.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. 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. De La Salle Hall (next to Hagerty Lounge). 925. organization. Writers bring their assignment sheets and readings in order to brainstorm ideas.

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. 2016  SMC Student Clubs and Organizations  SEBA Clubs and Organizations: Assignment : Complete Student Questionnaire Meeting # 5: Thursday. September 22. 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.com/2013/08/08/apps-for-college/  www.stmarys-ca. CILSA.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. August 26. September 1.consumerreports. September 15.)  Tutoring Services http://www. 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.org/cro/news/2013/08/best-apps-college-students/index.mashable. Mission and Ministry.collegechoice. Writing Center.net/posts/top-15-study-apps-for-college-students/  http://www.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) .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. Intercultural Center. Minors and Concentrations • SEBA Career Gateway Program • Study Skills and Strategies • Recommended Apps for College Students  www.org/articles/technology/25-apps-college-students-shouldnt-live-without.lifehack.htm  http://www. Women’s Center. Health Center. etc.

November 17.com/watch?v=1BMPoYosybY  Personal Branding/Social Media SPRING 2017 Meeting # 11: Wednesday February 22.Getting Started: Video . October 13. 2017. 2016 3:00-4:35pm  Follow up on graduation plans  Follow up on declaration of major • Elevator Pitch Meeting #10: Thursday.How To Set Up Your Profile: Video https://www. September 29.youtube. etc). databases. 2016 3:00-4:35pm  Preparing for Final Exams  Follow up on January 2017 and Spring 2017 registrations  Leveraging LinkedIn  LinkedIn .Meeting #6: Thursday. 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 (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 .youtube.  Study Abroad: Destinations and Process  Internship opportunities Meeting #9: Thursday. 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.https://www. researching companies and preparing for internship/job interviews.com/watch?v=YWp6AN00D_c  LinkedIn . 2016 3:00-4:35pm  Saint Mary’s Library (resources. October 6. October 27.Spring 2017 Schedule  Gaelxpress Registration Review Meeting #8: Thursday. 2016 3:00-4:35pm  Preparing for Midterms  Study Group Strategies  Advising for Spring 2017 and Summer 2017  Gaelxpress Review . Meeting #7: Thursday.

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. April 19. faculty advisor.  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 . etc).