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FYE Volume 1, Issue 1

From the Director’s BlackBerry... Welcome to the first issue of First Year Experience (FYE) Newsletter! In this issue, we’ll introduce you to the various aspects of our program, as well as our outstanding staff and faculty. The First Year Experience program began in 1995 with the first offering of the First Year Seminar (FYS). Our mission has always been to provide Gallaudet’s first-year students with learning experiences that foster a smooth transition to college, academic success, personal growth and social responsibility. How, you might wonder, can we manage such comprehensive work? Over the past fourteen years, we’ve developed a variety of strategies and programs.

March

2009

By Judith Termini

Since we believe that success in college starts even before students arrive on campus, we work closely with Academic Advising, Admissions, Enrollment Marketing, and Athletics to get to know our new students. During the summer, we offer the JumpStart program, which offers intensive instruction in ASL for new signers, as well as academic preparation in English, mathematics and quantitative reasoning. Every August, we coordinate New Student Orientation. During the academic year, we offer GSR 101 (FYS), a required course in the General Studies Foundations program. Our new Student Success program includes JumpStart and PLUS (Performance Learning for Undergraduate Students), offered throughout fall and spring semesters.

RAPE Awareness March 9th, 10, and 11th

More information forthcoming

NEWSEUM MARCH 8th, 2009

Sign up at FYE - First come, first serve!

Every year, FYE and a committee choose our Common Reading book for the community to read (check the FYE website for descriptions of our selections). The book is featured in FYS classes and often the author comes to visit for a day! Every spring, we work with faculty and staff to choose our Fantastic First Year Students (freshmen and transfers) and we honor them at a reception, which will be on April 22nd at 4 p.m. This newsletter will feature all of our programs, and our terrific staff and faculty. Please let us know what you think of our newsletter. We value your feedback!

CONTENTS What in the world is PLUS? Submit your Spring Break Photos! Student Voices on POK Events for MARCH 2009

2 3 4 5


Who’s Who...

Time Management Workshop - presented by Linda Williams

Judith (Judy) Termini Director of FYE Maria Waters GSR 101 Coordinator Jerri Lyn Dorminy Curriculum & Assessment Coordinator Darian Burwell Student Success Coordinator Jessica Crane Technical Support Specialist Jasmine Garcia New Signers Specialist Gladys MacInitosh Executive Secretary Alim Chandani Graduate Assistant - PLUS Taye Akinola Graduate Assistant - Transfer Students Krista Brown Study Table Leader Angela Vasquez Student Success Assistant

What in the world is PLUS? By Darian Burwell

Have you heard of PLUS? I’m sure you are wondering what in the world is PLUS? Performance Learning for Undergraduate Success is a program designed for first year students who need to improve their academic or signing skills. We collaborate with different departments on campus to be sure our students are getting the help they need. In fall 2008, PLUS started with a small staff of three: Sisakoth Chhun, Rachelle Settambrino and Earl Terry. They were with us in the beginning and offered students great support inside and outside of class. For spring 2009 we have Taye Akinola who focuses on transfer students, Krista Brown tutors for study table, Alim Chandani who coordinates PLUS activities, and Angela Vasquez who is our Student Success assistant. We also hired Jasmine Garcia to strengthen our New Signers Program year-round. Yep, our office has grown and we aim to retain every student with your help. Check us out monthly on Daily Digest for events. As you can see, we are busy!

Want to WIN a $75 PRIZE? Quote(s) of the Month... “The secret to success is to start from scratch and keep on scratching.” ~Dennis Green

Instructions: a. b. c. d. e.

“Success isn't a result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire.” ~Arnold H. Glasow

f. g. h.

Come to FYE Office (SAC 1242) and pick up the “Passport” card (for every month) You must attend two workshops per month (you will receive a stamp) You must attend Study Table twice a week (you will receive a stamp) Repeat “b and c” for month of April. (new “passport” card for the month of April) Bring your “passport” cards (Feb., March, and April) to the FYE Celebration on Friday, May 1st (More information will be posted soon) Drop the cards into the prize box We will raffle out the winner! (3 prizes) What’s the prize? COME AND FIND OUT!

Any questions- email Alim Chandani at alim.chandani@gallaudet.edu or stop by FYE office in SAC 1242

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Study Corner... by Krista Brown

Need a quiet place to study? Need help or support with an assignment? I am here to guide you to TACKLE your TOUGHIES!

PLUS study table’s REGULAR hours are: Mondays and Thursdays: 7:30p-9:30p Tuesdays and Wednesdays 7p-9p

MIDTERMS are coming up!

One week ONLY: March 3 - 5 PLUS study table’s EXTENDED hours are:

COME TO SAC 1212!

Mondays and Thursdays: 7:30p-10p Tuesdays and Wednesdays 7p-10p

GOT NSP?

Transferring into Spring

by Jasmine Garcia

by Taye Akinola

Spring is around the corner! I am sure you all are ready for Spring break? I am excited to be part of this team with our new signers!!

Spring semester is in full swing and the students are enthralled into their studies.

Let me share what has been happening now with the New Signers Program (NSP). NSP tends to happen during the summer and continues for 4 weeks. When the fall semester started, We decided to continue to work with the new signers throughout the year providing different support. What are we doing? We went to Union Station for dinner, SOVA for coffee, met in the G-area for breakfast, gatherings with faculty/staff who are also new signers, and many more. The current new signers are now working on the NSP website with former new signers will be part of our VLOG. Please keep your eyes open for the website. If you know any current new signers out there or have any suggestions, contact me at: newsigners@gallaudet.edu.

Recently, I hosted a java social to meet with the new (and continuing) transfer students to allow them to take a break from their studies and it was beneficial for those who attended. Light refreshments were provided and we discussed ideas for different activities that they would like to see in the upcoming months.

Want your PHOTO ______ to be in the next FYE Newsletter? (photo must be appropriate)

THEME: SPRING BREAK!

Start taking AWESOME Photos during Spring Break!

In the month of March, there are many events planned: the study tour to Costa Rica, different workshops, events, museum excursions, and more! Be on the lookout for e-mails, flyers, and Facebook’s status for more information about upcoming activities and events. If you have any questions or concerns, or even suggestions, contact me at: transfers@gallaudet.edu

Submit your Photo to us by Tuesday, March 24th!

*photo taken in Guatemala*


Student Voices in GSR 101/102 Section 4

by Alim Chandani

Maria
Waters’
and
Chris
Heuer’s
GSR
101/102
class
 has
been
reading
The
Power
of
Kindness
by
Piero
 Ferrucci,
which
was
this
year’s
common
reading
 selection.
She
invited
me
to
watch
her
students’
 presentations
about
the
book’s
connection
to
their
 lives:

Jeffery
Stroud‐
Chapter
on
Flexibility “The
book
taught
me
the
concept
of
controlling
your
 Slexibility.
Having
too
much
Slexibility
in
your
life
is
 not
always
good.
It
made
me
realize
that
I
need
to
 control
the
Slexibility
in
my
schedule
and
daily
 planning.”

Danielle
Koplitz‐
Chapter
on
Sense
of
Belonging “It
is
important
to
listen
to
people’s
perspectives
on
 their
sense
of
belonging.
Everyone
has
their
own
 way
of
being
connected.”

Tiandra
Trent‐
Chapter
on
Honesty “This
chapter
in
the
book
taught
me
to
be
honest
 with
myself
in
order
to
have
happiness
in
life.
All
my
 life,
I
have
been
isolated
as
a
deaf
child
and
if
I
keep
 denying
my
feelings,
I
wouldn’t
be
honest
with
 myself.
I
need
to
share
my
honest
feelings
with
my
 family
and
friends
so
they
can
accept
me
for
who
I
 am.”

Brandon
Williams‐
Chapter
on
Sense
of
Belonging “I
have
travelled
to
11
schools
and
it
was
hard
for
me
 to
Sind
a
place
where
I
feel
connected.
This
chapter
 in
the
book
impacted
me
because
I
can
relate
to
the
 experience
of
not
having
a
sense
of
belonging.
 However,
since
arriving
in
January,
I
do
feel
that
I
 have
found
my
sense
of
belonging
at
Gallaudet
 University.”

Jeffery Stroud

Jerome Wilcox

Jerome
Wilcox‐
Chapter
on
Forgiveness “I
have
learned
that
“forgiveness
is
not
something
 we
do,
it’s
the
way
we
live.”
Often
times,
we
see
some
 people
out
there
who
do
not
give
respect
to
others
 and
it
is
our
duty
to
learn
how
to
give
respect
 through
forgiveness.”

Danielle Koplitz

Brandon Williams


Check Out!

MARCH ‘09

- Info on NEWSEUM, go to www.newseum.org - Info on Cherry Blossom Festival, go to www.nationalcherryblossomf estival.org

REMEMBER THESE UPCOMING DATES: RIT/Gallaudet Weekend April 17th-19th FYE Success Celebration Friday, May 1st, 2009 More information coming soon!

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Tour to NEWSEUM FREE! Time: 1pm - 5pm Sign up at FYE - SAC 1242 First come, first serve!

RAPE Awareness Look out for more information soon! Contact krista.brown@gallaudet.edu

RAPE Awareness Look out for more information soon! Contact krista.brown@gallaudet.edu

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RAPE Awareness Look out for more information soon! Contact krista.brown@gallaudet.edu

Show me the Money! Learn to manage your money Presented by Justin Shaw Time: 12pm-1pm Where: LC 1125

FYE/PLUS Workshop

Got New and Creative Ideas?

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contact alim.chandani@gallaudet.edu

PLUS Meeting Look out for more information soon!

74 students will go to Costa Rica

95% JumpStart students returned this semester

Cherry Blossom Festival Where: Jefferson Memorial For more information, contact alim.chandani@gallaudet.edu

DID YOU KNOW?

Special Thanks to the following people who helped to make this FYE Newsletter: 93% 1st year students returned this semester

Alim Chandani, Taye Akinola, Jesse Crane, Jasmine Garcia, Maria Waters, Darian Burwell, Judy Termini, Krista Brown, and students from GSR classes.

100% New Signers returned this semester

NAVIGATE

your way to SUCCESS!!

DON’T FORGET to wear your

BUFF& BLUE

on Wednesdays!

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