First-Year Experience Seminars and Peer Mentor Program
Go beyond the boundaries of the traditional classroom.
First-Year Seminars are one of our core requirements for graduation. Before your SOAR session, you’ll receive a First-Year Seminars booklet. It contains information on each seminar we offer. You’ll pick your top four and complete an online registration form.
These seminars are offered as part of the William Atwell Brown, Jr. and Mary Brown Vacin First-Year Experience. In some seminars, a field trip fee will apply. If you have further questions about the First-Year Seminars or the registration process, please contact Dr. Andrew Dunham, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Registrar, in the Registrar’s Office, at 517/629-0217.
FYE Peer Mentor Program
The FYE Peer Mentor Program is a core component of the First-Year Experience and is designed to help first-year students make a smooth transition from high school to college. Each FYE seminar section is assigned a peer mentor, a successful upperclass student whose role is to provide support and guidance to first-year students. The FYE peer mentors facilitate weekly community meetings with the students in their seminar sections. The meetings are designed to address common first-year student transition issues, and cover a range of topics related to academic, social, and emotional adjustment to college life.
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Richard M. Smith Common Reading Experience
It matters in our lives as students and teachers, as professionals and citizens, as critical thinkers and people trying to make our way in a wonderfully complicated and richly multicultural world.
It introduces us to ideas we may never have encountered and makes possible relationships that might not have existed without it.
It cultivates our imaginations and feeds our curiosity.
Perhaps most importantly, reading can provide and expand common ground.
Richard M. Smith, Albion alumnus and former Newsweek editor-in-chief, understood the power of reading to create community and engage our minds. That is why he endowed Albion College’s Richard M. Smith Common Reading Experience.
As a part of the CRE, all of Albion’s first year students read a shared text that serves both to connect students to one another and to help them make the important shift from high school to college. Consistent with the College’s commitment to learning in and out of the classroom, the CRE involves both formal discussions in First Year Seminars and informal discussions in the residence halls and around campus. Like the liberal arts, the dynamic and thoughtful CRE programming supports, challenges, expands, and enriches the students understanding of the core text and its ideas by helping them approach it from a number of different disciplinary perspectives.
The CRE is built on and affirms the deep relevance of reading and its ability to experience our world in more nuanced, thoughtful, and often joyful ways.
The 2014 Common Reading Experience selection is Here Bullet by Brian Turner.
About the Author
Award-winning Poet, Author of Here, Bullet
Brian Turner is a soldier-poet who is the author of two poetry collections, Phantom Noise (2010) and Here, Bullet (2005) which won the 2005 Beatrice Hawley Award, the New York Times "Editor's Choice" selection, the 2006 Pen Center USA "Best in the West" award, and the 2007 Poets Prize, among others. He also has a memoir, My Life as a Foreign Country (2014) that retraces his war experience.
Turner served seven years in the US Army, to include one year as an infantry team leader in Iraq with the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division. Prior to that, he was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1999-2000 with the 10th Mountain Division.
Turner's poetry has been published in Poetry Daily, The Georgia Review, and other journals, and in the Voices in Wartime Anthology published in conjunction with the feature-length documentary film of the same name. Turner was also featured in Operation Homecoming, a unique documentary that explores the firsthand accounts of American servicemen and women through their own words. He earned an MFA from the University of Oregon and has lived abroad in South Korea. In 2009, Turner was selected as one of fifty United States Artists Fellows.
Brian Turner poetry reading
Brian Turner's homepage
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