Spring 2022 First-Year Experience (FYE) Learning Communities

How to register:

Students should first visit with their academic advisor and then complete the FYE Registration Form found HERE.

Students will be added to the FYE Learning Communities on the first day of early registration or within 24 hours of submitting the form during open registration. 

Students must plan other courses around the times of the FYE classes.  FYE classes will not be added if there is a scheduling conflict. 

FYE Learning Community descriptions & connected courses

For many, the habits and professional skills developed in college will set the tone for life after college. Therein lies the quandary of figuring out how to juggle, communicate and set positive life practices. Are you looking to start your college experience off on a positive note? Then, join us as we practice yoga, learn to ask the right questions, develop healthy habits and communicate outside our boundaries.

  • UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) TTH 11:00 - 12:15 am, Aili Smith
  • KIN 101: Dance (1 cr.) TTH 10:00 - 10:50 am, Terry Eckmann

This group of courses will explore the connections between classroom practices and the processes of learning. Why do some students remember pictures and others remember words? Is it useful to label students? Why are some students motivated and others not so much? Does development affect learning? How can educators help students be successful? We will explore these questions through coursework that looks at the complicated decisions that adults and kids in schools make every day and then visit elementary, middle and high schools to apply the information.

  • UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) T 1:00 - 2:50 pm, Kathy Hintz
  • ED 260: Educational Psychology (2 cr.) TH 1:00 - 2:50 pm, Laura Zucca
  • ED 260L: (0 cr.) time arranged, Kathy Hintz

Great athletes, actors, musicians, and public speakers can control anxiety, minimize stress, utilize imagery, and use relaxation to control their performance. This learning community combines both techniques of public speaking, movement, and psychology of sport to examine how both the body and mind influence performance.

  • UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) MWF 10:00 - 10:50 am, Beth Odahlen
  • COMM 110: Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3 cr.) MWF 12:00 - 12:50 pm, Aili Smith
  • KIN 126: Yoga (1 cr.) TTH 12:00 - 12:50 pm, Terry Eckmann

This FYE Learning Community will help you see and observe the local community with new eyes through walking and photographing with your smartphone.  Some walks will be led by experts on a particular topic and others will be on your own.  As part of the learning community, you will create a field guide to document your observations, images, and experiences from these walks. 

  • UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) MW 12:00 - 12:50 pm, Laurie Geller
  • Art 181:  Smartphone Photography (3 cr.) TTH 4:00 - 6:50 pm, Ryan Stander 

Can one person change the world?  How does change take place?  What causes community action? This First-Year Experience course will examine how individuals determine their belief system, how that belief system impacts their decision making and behaviors, and how those behaviors lead to change in their community.  Students will examine why civic engagement and community service is an integral component of education and our society, as well as the differences between volunteering, civic engagement, and community problem solving.  Are you ready to see how one person, maybe even you, can create change which impacts a community, city, state, country, or the world?

UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.)  online- asynchronous, Christine Borden-King Jones

All superheroes have an origin story – you do, too!  Explore your superpowers and your Kryptonite.


UNIV 110: First-Year Seminar (2 cr.) TTH 11:00 - 11:50 am, Christine Borden-King Jones

LEAD 101:  Introduction to Leadership (3 cr.) TTH 9:30 am – 10:45 am, James Sturm