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

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

Intercultural Center. September 15. 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.htm  http://www.collegechoice. etc. Women’s Center. 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. 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.lifehack.consumerreports. Mission and Ministry.mashable.2016-2017 COURSE SCHEDULE FALL 2016 Meeting #1 and #2: Friday.)  Tutoring Services http://www. Writing Center. August 26. September 22. September 1. CILSA. 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.net/posts/top-15-study-apps-for-college-students/  http://www. Health Center. 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.stmarys-ca. Minors and Concentrations • SEBA Career Gateway Program • Study Skills and Strategies • Recommended Apps for College Students  www.com/2013/08/08/apps-for-college/  www.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.org/cro/news/2013/08/best-apps-college-students/index.

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

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).2017 1:00-2:30pm (Community time)TBD  Course Evaluation  Freshman Year Reflection  Planning for Sophomore Year and Beyond (graduation plan. April 19.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.

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