Freshman Interest Groups

Fall 2016 Freshman Interest Groups (FIGs)

Want to meet people in your major or who share an interest with you? Want a built-in support system and to get to know a faculty member well in your first semester? 

Freshman Interest Groups pair an introductory major course or Kent Core requirement with UC 10097: Destination Kent State FYE, taught by the same instructor or instructor team. If you're interested in a Freshman Interest Group, let your advisor know you’d like to register for a course pairing listed below: 

 
BUSINESS MY WAY
Open to any pre-business major.
If you are considering a career in the dynamic and challenging world of commerce, this is the choice for you. Business My Way is your opportunity to craft a path for yourself toward a future in a marketplace that is constantly changing and forever offering new entrepreneurs the prospect to eke out a niche for themselves and drive their ideas toward personal and community prosperity. We will explore the conventional topics e.g. global and domestic economies, the competitive landscape, sound financial policy both between organizations and within your own organization and personal life, and the emotional demeanor of people.

Instructors: Dana Little & Victor Berardi
UC 10097 meets for 7.5 weeks.
Included courses:

CRN SUBJ CRSE TITLE DAYS TIMES
11466 BUS 10123 Exploring Business MWF 10-10:50
19822 UC 10097 Destination Kent State FYE MW 9-9:50

 
 
BECOMING A TEACHER
Open to education majors only.
What does it mean to be a teacher in the 21st century? We have all been students but what goes into becoming a teacher? What goes on “behind the scenes?” What does a teacher have to know and be able to do? This FlashTopic combined with Education in a Democratic Society will help you understand the “why” of education in this country. You will learn about the history and the issues that have and continue to have great influence on teaching and learning. You will be in a cohort with friends and colleagues that will be a part of your journey into the classroom. “Teaching is the profession that starts all the others…”

Instructors: Amy Damrow & Shelly Heron
UC 10097 meets for 15 weeks.
Included courses:

CRN SUBJ CRSE TITLE DAYS TIMES
12630 CULT 29535 Education in a Dem Society MW 9:30-10:45
19090 UC 10097 Destination Kent State FYE M 12-12:50

 
 
PRESENT YOUR BEST SELF

Open to communication studies, business, journalism and mass communication and visual communication design majors and students exploring these majors. Each day we wake up and put on a “costume,” portraying a role to others. This FIG is for those students most interested in presenting their best self to various audiences in diverse contexts, personally, academically, and professionally. When paired with Introduction to Human Communication, students in this FIG will learn valuable skills to help them communicate one-on-one, in small groups, and to larger audiences. An added benefit to participating in this cohort group is that students will become more comfortable with one another, therefore potentially improving their experiences in public speaking and small group work across the courses. The FYE course will expand on some topics from the Intro course by further exploring impression formation and management in face-to-face and online environments.

Instructors: Lisa Waite & Erin Hollenbaugh
UC 10097 meets for 15 weeks.
Included courses:

CRN SUBJ CRSE TITLE DAYS TIMES
12059 COMM 15000 Intro to Human Comm MW 11-12:15
19088 UC 10097 Destination Kent State FYE M 10-10:50

 
 
NURSING IS MORE THAN A CAREER CHOICE
Open to nursing majors and pre-majors.
 Nursing is more than passing pills and taking blood pressures. This FIG will present an overview of the art and science of what it means to be a nurse as both a discipline and a profession. The legal and ethical principles that impact nursing practice will be explored as well as the evidence behind why we do what we do. 

Instructor: Cherie Mountain
UC 10097 meets for 15 weeks.
Included courses:

CRN SUBJ CRSE TITLE DAYS TIMES
21679 NURS 10060 Intro to Prof Nursing
(partially online)
T 8-9:15
19093 UC 10097 Destination Kent State FYE T 9:30-10:45
 
 
Contact:

Kristi Yerian
Assistant Director for FYE
Office of Student Services
132 Main Hall 
330-244-3278
kyerian1@kent.edu