FSEM Week 8: Fall Break

ADVISING NOTES: Good luck with your advising appointments!  Some additional items regarding advising:

  • Early Registration – Be aware that there are a handful of students who earned so many credits while in high school that they will be able to register during the sophomore registration time or earlier. In addition, honors students, veterans, and others with accommodations may have earlier registration as well. Keep this in mind as you schedule your individual appointments and make certain that your students are seeing you prior to their registration appointment time.
  • Honors Program – If you have any honors students in your classes or have any students who are interested in applying to the Honors Program in February 2019, please make sure that the students enroll in a HN designated course for the spring semester. Each honors student is required to complete two honors program course requirements each academic year until the requirements are fulfilled. If a student is interested in applying, strong consideration will be given to students who have completed or are enrolled in HN designated courses. Application materials for the honors program will be posted on the honors website and on myUMW by the end of this semester. Attached is a list of honors designated courses running spring 2019.  Current Honors Scholars should have received an email invitation to make an advising appointment with Dr. Slunt or Dr. Scanlon.  These appointment are encouraged for students want advice about the honors program but are not required for all Honors Scholars.
  • CHEM Placement Exam – Do you have students planning on being a Science major (Biology, Earth and Environmental Science, Geology, Chemistry), Pre-Med, Pre-Dent, Pre-Vet, Physician Assistant, Pharmacy, Neuroscience? If so, they will need to complete General Chemistry (CHEM 111, 112).  Completion of the placement exam is a pre-requisite for CHEM 111. Students cannot register for CHEM 111 without a placement score on file. (Also, any student wishing to register for CHEM 101, Foundations of Chemistry, next offered in Fall 2019, must also take the Chemistry Placement test).
    • If your advisee did NOT take the Chemistry Placement test yet, there is still time. The test is administered online through Canvas and will be available during the week and a half of fall advising. To SIGN UP to take the exam (or get more information), email Dr. Charlie Sharpless at csharple@umw.edu.
  • Great Lives – If your students are looking for an additional course for the spring, consider suggesting HIST 190: Great Lives. It is designated as an Honors course, and with evening hours does not conflict with courses during the day.

CO-CURRICULAR ANNOUNCEMENTS: The FSEMs taught by Chris Foss and Julia DeLancey will sponsor the lecture “What We Talk about When We Talk about Disability: Three Case Studies,” led by David T. Mitchell and Sharon Snyder, on Friday, October 19, 1:00 to 1:50 pm or 2:00 to 2:50 pm in the HCC Digital Auditorium. (The same talk will be given twice, back to back.) The event is open to all students, faculty, and staff.

The Writing Center is holding a workshop this week to help students with Introductions and Conclusions, on Wednesday, 10/17, at 5 pm in HCC 427. Next week, the Writing Center will hold a workshop on Organization and Transitions, on Thursday, 10/25, at 5 pm in HCC 427.

The Speaking Center will hold two workshops next week on Talk Like TED, on Tuesday, 10/23, at 4 pm and Wednesday, 10/24, at 5 pm, both in HCC 307.

While most of our first-year students have not even begun to consider future employment, you will have some who are considering summer employment, possibly in the form of an internship. Please take a moment to announce the upcoming events sponsored by the Center for Career and Professional Development:

  • Resume Walk-In Day, Monday, 10/22, 9:30 am to 4 pm in the Career Center. Have a professional review your resume! This is a great opportunity to take advantage of prior to the…
  • Fall Job & Internship Fair, Thursday, 10/25, 3 to 6 pm in the Chandler Ballroom. Questions? Email rwagner@umw.edu.

QEP NOTES: The Peer Mentor might be a good resource for your students during the registration period. The first-year students learned to use the myUMW portal to register for classes during summer orientation. However, many of them have not used it since then. You might ask your PM to hold an evening session to show them how to navigate the portal and register for classes or, more generally, just to make themselves available to the students to help them navigate Banner.