Committee members in
attendance: Christopher Pudlinski, Meg Leake, Scott
Hazan, James Conway, Michele Dischino, Liz Braun,
Approve minutes of
December 2012 meeting
Minutes from December 2012 meeting were approved.
Leake announced that the 2014 budget is $17,000
total. Upon discussing the limited budget and cuts
occurring across the university, the committee
concluded that $2,000 should be taken out from the
community engagement fund, decreasing the allocated
budget to $15,000.
Leake stated that at this time there is no stable
funding. First priority is to ensure there is money
for summer coordination (which includes advising and
orientation). Summer one and faculty development is
covered in the current budget.
committee suggested creating one development fund
that encompasses faculty development, peer leaders
and community engagement.
Update: Spring 2013
Pudlinski stated that 84 students are enrolled in
FYE Spring 2013. This includes 67 first year and
returning students, as well as 17 high school
Overall, the committee was please with the turnout
of 40 faculty members and the event in its entirety.
few comments were:
keynote speaker, Nicole Henderson from SCSU was well
done and informative, with many good ideas.
best practices aspect was very interesting and
helpful. Robbin Smith’s photo idea was great and
best practices presentations will be posted online.
Planning and recruiting
for Fall 2013 FYE sections
Pudlinski disbursed the preliminary list of FYE
sections-fall 2013. There are currently 60 sections
for the fall semester.
At least 6
more sections need to be added.
Additional notes and suggestions about current
course offerings were as follows:
240 (applied for a flipped classroom)
class: LTN 110, Latino studies
more general science and ENG 110 classes offered
more more business classes to get all business
students into FYE
is possibility of a study abroad hybrid FYE course
Potentially HIST 121 will be a hybrid course (there
was some concern expressed about this by the
committee and C. Pudlinski was asked to get more
details about how this would work.)
is an extra PE 150 section
are four anticipated LLC’s (Future Elementary
Teachers, Engineering and Physical Education). A new
addition is The Science of “Middle Earth”, which
will be open to non-science students.
Pudlinski shared the comparison results of the peer
leader survey from fall 2011 versus fall 2012.
survey results implied that all orientation leaders
should be peer leaders. The peer leaders found that
their participation helped them in their major, it
was rewarding, beneficial and promoted individual
satisfactory mean went up in all categories, except
two (improved as student and scholar and
interactions with faculty mentors). L. Braun
suggested that second year peer leaders did not see
much improvement as a student or scholar because
they did not have much to improve on as a second
leaders noted that it was challenging to get first
year students to be meet outside of the classroom,
there were too many guest speakers, and FYE 101
assignments should be equal.
The FYE Steering Committee brainstormed ideas from
the survey results.
something FYE related outside of orientation,
potentially on family day
identity through FYE participation (i.e. penny drive
and fun activities)
commuter and residential students in classes to
do prep work to get classes organized with specific
students (i.e. equal amount of commuters and
residential students, majors, etc.)
goal is to get 35-40 peer leaders next year, 20
students are anticipated to return next year.
Anticipate interviewing peer leaders in a month. In
the next two weeks recruitment should happen, first
by asking faculty and current peer leaders.
Recruitment for peer leaders:
faculty (who are recommending and asking for
Orientation Leaders (check GPAs)
One Book One Community
program (appropriate for FYE?)
Pudlinski included a brief overview on the back of
the agenda regarding the book chosen for One Book
Hazan brought a copy of the book for the committee
to reference. The book is
written by Kevin Ryan. It tells a story of six young
people across the US and Canada as the confront life
alone on the streets through moving stories of pain
Pudlinski noted that the One Book One Community
program cannot be required for all, but can be open
to whoever wants to participate.
Planning and development for the use and events of
the book must happen early.
book is applicable to many classes. Events can be
created that are tied to the book, and potentially
theme the FYE program events around the book.
Ideas for events on campus:
The next committee meeting will be held on Monday,
February 25, 2013 from 11:00am-12:15pm in