OAR Day

First Year Seminar Sections and Descriptions

Andres School of Education

Session 1

Motivation in Sport & Life 
Through an introduction of sport motivation theories, students will explore and practice motivational strategies for sport, college, and life.  Application of the motivational skills will help students engage fully in their learning process and assist with the transition to college.

*Professor Karla Gavin, Associate Professor of Exercise and Sport Studies
FYS 107 1A TR 10:50-11:50am

ABCs: Academics, Behaviors, Careers
This course provides an overview of how to successfully transition to college. Topics include money management, expectations for college, self-identity and self-advocacy

*Dr. Gina Kuker, Associate Professor of Education
FYS 107 1C  TR 9:25-10:25am

Session 2

Leadership in Sport & Life 
These FYS sections will focus on leadership in and out of the classroom, on and off the field, court or mat, and within the work setting.

*Professor Mariah Cushion, Exercise and Sport Studies
FYS 108 2A TR 8:00-9:00am
FYS 108 2B TR 1:05-2:05pm

School of Business and Professional Studies

Session 1

What can I do with a Business major? More than you think…
In this class, you will explore the opportunities created by a business career & develop skills which enable you to be a success – professionally, financially & personally.   This course includes hands-on activities with active learning experiences.   Here’s what you can expect:

    • Become financially literate – no matter how much you already know
    • Explore our personality strengths & weaknesses
    • Discover campus resources to help you be successful in class
    • Professional Development to ‘ace’ that internship interview
    • Connect with awesome business groups and organizations on campus
    • Develop understanding of Life Long Learning 
    • Other amazing things that we don’t have the space to mention!

*Professor Mariea Schnor, Assistant Professor of Accounting
FYS 105 1A MR 9:25-10:25am

*Dr. Summer Zwanziger Elsinger, Associate Professor of Business
FYS 105 1B TF 9:25-10:25am
FYS 105 1C MR 10:50-11:50am


Session 2

What can I do with a Business major? More than you think…
In this class, you will explore the opportunities created by a business career & develop skills which enable you to be a success – professionally, financially & personally.   This course includes hands-on activities with active learning experiences.   Here’s what you can expect:

    • Become financially literate – no matter how much you already know
    • Explore our personality strengths & weaknesses
    • Discover campus resources to help you be successful in class
    • Professional Development to ‘ace’ that internship interview
    • Connect with awesome business groups and organizations on campus
    • Develop understanding of Life Long Learning 
    • Other amazing things that we don’t have the space to mention!

*Professor Mariea Schnor, Assistant Professor of Accounting
FYS 106 2A MR 10:50-11:50am

*Dr. Summer Zwanziger Elsinger, Associate Professor of Business
FYS 106 2B TF 9:25-10:25am
FYS 106 2C MR 9:25-10:25am

School of Arts and Sciences

Session 1

Liberal Arts Seminars
First-Year Seminars build valuable academic skills as you study interesting topics with faculty in a small classroom setting.  Seminars encourage students to build relationships with classmates and professors and are offered to students with majors in the Liberal Arts programs and undecided majors.

The liberal arts seminars explore deeper questions such as: “Why are we here?” “How do we live well?” and “What does my program say about my identity?” As you ask these questions, you challenge yourself to become a better learner. Research, writing and presentations open your eyes to new perspectives, strengthen your critical thinking skills, enhance your communication abilities and show you how topics connect to the world around you.

The goals for a Liberal Arts first-year seminar are:

    1. To introduce students to the content and methods of a broad range of Liberal Arts disciplines by encouraging "self-directed inquiry." Faculty encourage students to take responsibility for producing knowledge.
    2. To provide students with multiple perspectives on and contrasting views of the world in which they live.
    3. To help students develop intellectual skills (including reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking), which are essential for learning in various disciplines and for continued learning in life outside of the University.

*Professor Elissa Wenthe, Associate Professor of Art
FYS 109 1A TR 8:00-9:00am

*Dr. Matt Foy, Assistant Professor of Communication
FYS 109 1B TR 9:25-10:25am

*Dr. Melinda Heinz, Assistant Professor of Psychology
FYS 109 1C TR 1:00-2:00pm

Science Majors Seminars
On Course in Science: Finding Yourself among the Facts
In this section of FYS, you will apply learning strategies to scientific content relevant to daily life. You will practice essential “skill sets for success” for majors in the life and chemical sciences, and explore career opportunities available in these fields. Essential concepts that are routinely used in scientific careers will be introduced, including interpreting graphs, using measurement and scale, making sense of science-specific vocabulary and engaging with science as both a body of knowledge and a process. Majors in the Department of Biology and Chemistry include Biology, Conservation Management, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Life Science, and Mortuary Science.

*Dr. Rebecca Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Biology
FYS 109 1E MW 12:50-1:50pm

*Dr. Paul Skrade, Assistant Professor Biology
FYS 109 1F TR 10:50-11:50pm

Session 2

Liberal Arts Seminars
First-Year Seminars build valuable academic skills as you study interesting topics with faculty in a small classroom setting.  Seminars encourage students to build relationships with classmates and professors and are offered to students with majors in the Liberal Arts programs and undecided majors.

The liberal arts seminars explore deeper questions such as: “Why are we here?” “How do we live well?” and “What does my program say about my identity?” As you ask these questions, you challenge yourself to become a better learner. Research, writing and presentations open your eyes to new perspectives, strengthen your critical thinking skills, enhance your communication abilities and show you how topics connect to the world around you.

The goals for a Liberal Arts first-year seminar are:

    1. To introduce students to the content and methods of a broad range of Liberal Arts disciplines by encouraging "self-directed inquiry." Faculty encourage students to take responsibility for producing knowledge.
    2. To provide students with multiple perspectives on and contrasting views of the world in which they live.
    3. To help students develop intellectual skills (including reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking), which are essential for learning in various disciplines and for continued learning in life outside of the University.

*Professor Elissa Wenthe, Associate Professor of Art
FYS 110 2A TR 8:00-9:00am

*Dr. Mitch Lorenz, Assistant Professor of Psychology
FYS 110 2B TR 11:00am-12:00pm

*Dr. Matt Mettler, Lecturer of History
FYS 110 2C TR 2:15-3:15pm

Science Majors Seminars
On Course in Science: Finding Yourself among the Facts
In this section of FYS, you will apply learning strategies to scientific content relevant to daily life. You will practice essential “skill sets for success” for majors in the life and chemical sciences, and explore career opportunities available in these fields. Essential concepts that are routinely used in scientific careers will be introduced, including interpreting graphs, using measurement and scale, making sense of science-specific vocabulary and engaging with science as both a body of knowledge and a process. Majors in the Department of Biology and Chemistry include Biology, Conservation Management, Chemistry, Forensic Science, Life Science, and Mortuary Science.

*Dr. Rebecca Schmidt, Assistant Professor of Biology
FYS 110 2E TR 12:50-1:50pm
FYS 110 2F MW 12:50-1:50pm

S.T.E.M. Students

Session 1

First Year Seminar for OISTP Majors and other S.T.E.M. Professions
This course is for students OISTP and other STEM majors interested in applying Technology to form solutions. You will learn what it means to be a professional in today’s information economy, including Information Technology, Information Systems, and Software Engineering. You will learn the critical role you play as a Professional in our tech-driven society and how you will shape our future. This course helps you identify your personal and professional goals, and approaches and strategies you can implement to overcome barriers to their achievement. Undecided students who are interested in these careers may also benefit from this course.

*Dr. James Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Information Technology
FYS 105 1D W 10:00-12:00pm

First Year Seminar for S.T.E.M Professions
You will learn the critical role S.T.E.M. professionals play in the functioning of our society and in shaping our future, and how you can contribute to creating a better world. This course helps you identify your personal and professional goals, and approaches and strategies you can implement to overcome barriers to their achievement. You will learn what it means to be a professional in today’s information economy, including Environmental Science, Information Technology, Information Systems, Software Engineering, Mathematics, and Actuarial Science. Undecided students who are interested in these careers may also benefit from this course.

*Dr. Kata McCarville, Professor of Geosciences
FYS109 1D T 6:30-8:30PM

Session 2

First Year Seminar for OISTP Majors and other S.T.E.M. Professions
This course is for students OISTP and other STEM majors interested in applying Technology to form solutions. You will learn what it means to be a professional in today’s information economy, including Information Technology, Information Systems, and Software Engineering. You will learn the critical role you play as a Professional in our tech-driven society and how you will shape our future. This course helps you identify your personal and professional goals, and approaches and strategies you can implement to overcome barriers to their achievement. Undecided students who are interested in these careers may also benefit from this course.

*Dr. James Jacobs, Assistant Professor of Information Technology
FYS 106 2D W 10:00-12:00pm

First Year Seminar for S.T.E.M Professions
You will learn the critical role S.T.E.M. professionals play in the functioning of our society and in shaping our future, and how you can contribute to creating a better world. This course helps you identify your personal and professional goals, and approaches and strategies you can implement to overcome barriers to their achievement. You will learn what it means to be a professional in today’s information economy, including Environmental Science, Information Technology, Information Systems, Software Engineering, Mathematics, and Actuarial Science. Undecided students who are interested in these careers may also benefit from this course.

*Dr. Kata McCarville, Professor of Geosciences
FYS110 2D T 6:30-8:30PM