FSEM Week 9: Advising

ADVISING NOTES: Last year at this time I shared some observations that Keith collected about first-year advising in the fall:

  1. Students aren’t sure they remember how to use Banner to register for classes.
  2. Students don’t understand why their GPA is a 0.00 (assuming this is their first term at the University).
  3. Students don’t know how to find their registration appointment time.
  4. Students still aren’t entirely sure about the General Education requirements. As one of our colleagues shared with me, some still have the Gen Ed course list distributed during summer orientation and think that it is the exclusive General Education list. However, that list just contained available fall offerings valuable to first time students—which leads me to this final observation:
  5. Students aren’t entirely sure what the “catalog” is. Most of these topics were covered this summer at orientation (except registration appointment times) but are still worth a refresher. Useful links you might consider distributing to your FSEM this week are:

For any of your students who received a U in a class: they have until Friday, October 26, to withdraw from individual courses, so it is very important that you hold a meeting with enough time to allow the student to withdraw.

The Foreign Language Placement Test will be offered on Monday, October 22nd, at 4 pm in Combs 211.

CO-CURRICULAR ANNOUNCEMENTS: Remember the Fall Job and Internship Fair is this week on Thursday, October 25, from 3 to 6 pm in the Chandler Ballroom. Interested students can prep for the fair by reading these Top Ten Tips for Succeeding at a College Job Fair.

The Speaking Center is offering a workshop titled “Talk like TED” on Tuesday, 10/23 at 4 pm, and Wednesday, 10/24 at 5 pm, both in HCC 307.

The Writing Center is offering a workshop on “Organization and Transitions” on Thursday, 10/25 at 5 pm in HCC 427.

QEP AND PEER MENTOR ANNOUNCEMENTS: I will be in touch later this week with a request for assessment materials, including student papers, presentations, and class discussions. Look for that email by Wednesday.

Student Affairs is starting to recruit Orientation Leaders and Peer Mentors for next year, and they would appreciate your input. If you know of a student who you think would be a good fit to work as an Orientation Leader and Peer Mentor, please nominate them on this short form. Students interested in only working as a Peer Mentor, and not as an Orientation Leader, will be able to apply in the spring.