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SEMINARS 2006

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Letter to New Students

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Lawanda Dockins-Gordy, Director
Office of New Student Experience
and Guerrieri University Center
Dear New Student:

Welcome to Salisbury University!

I applaud you on your decision to accept admission to our institution. New Students have a great deal of information to process regarding issues of academic, social and personal adjustment to university life. To assist you in make a smooth transition from high school to college, my office coordinates the University’s New Student Experience Program. This program is MANDATORY for all new students, including transfer students with fewer than 24 credits. Transfer students with more than 24 credits may elect to take one of the seminars even though is it not required of them. Participation is on a space-available basis. A New Student Seminar is a required pass/fail for graduation from our university.

During your New Student Seminar you will learn important academic skills, become aware of campus services and organizations, and develop supportive relationships with others in the campus community. All of the programs listed in this brochure meet the requirements for your New Student Seminar pass/fail grading. ALL PROGRAMS ARE FILLED ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS. Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Attendance at all sessions and field trips is required. Be sure your class schedules do not conflict. You may call or e-mail the course director for more information. Course directors are usually available to speak to students and families during PREVIEW (Summer Advising & Course Registration).

For other questions or concerns, feel free to contact the Office of New Student Experience at (410) 543-6100.

Move-in for students with fewer than 24 credit hours will be: Thursday, August 24, 2006. Times for move-in will be coordinated by the Housing and Residence Life Offices.

Please note: A limited number of partial fee waivers are available for some of the programs and are based on financial need. For more information, contact Lawanda Dockins-Gordy, Director, Office of New Student Experience at (410) 543-6100.

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Controversy and Community: An Introduction to the Bellavance Honors Program

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PROGRAM IS FULL AS OF JULY 13, 2006

The Bellavance Honors Program is designed to make you an active participant in your learning. This New Student Seminar helps bring new students together in a series of debates and activities that forge a close community of discussion, shared critical thinking and fun! This program includes meetings at the Honors House, a barbeque, a camping trip to Assateague and a ropes course team-building experience. While the activities take place prior to the Opening Week and some of the first weekends of September, participants will be sent an information packet in the summer to help them prepare for some of the discussions and exercises.

All first year Honors Program students are encouraged to participate in this seminar. It is also open to those eligible for the Honors program. Contact the course director for further information. Participation in this option does not bar you from participating in other New Student Seminar trips.

Inclusive dates: August 22-24 and two weekends in September - To Be Announced
Enrollment: 40
Direct Cost: $85.00
Course Director: Dr. Richard England
e-mail: rkengland@salisbury.edu
Telephone: 410-546-6943

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Orientation for Freshman Commuters - History 101

Join us for a fun way to satisfy the freshman orientation requirement and one of your General Education requirements at the same time. The goal of this option is to address the challenges of the commuting student. Commuters often face different challenges than students who live on campus. They sometimes feel less connected to the University than resident students. This course will satisfy the orientation requirements expected of all freshmen and at the same time help students develop a connection with the University and each other. Since students who enroll in the seminar will also be placed in a History 101 - World Civilizations class taught by the same instructor (who was a commuter), they will be able to apply the skills learned in the seminar in an academic setting. Orientation students will become more connected to the University by attending classes and functions at a variety of locations throughout the school such as the library, the Gull's Nest and the Cool Beans Cyber Cafe'. Meetings will also be held at off-campus sites such as the zoo and local park. So come on and join us in a fun, interesting way to integrate orientation and academics and get to know your University and your fellow students.

Inclusive dates: Throughout the Semester
Enrollment: 24
Direct Cost: $25.00
Course Director: Kevin Birch
e-mail: kebirch@salisbury.edu
Telephone: 410-543-6147

Note: History 101 is your History 101 General Education class and New Student Seminar course combined.

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Beyond the Books

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PROGRAM IS FULL AS OF JULY 13, 2006

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Beyond the Books is an intensive, four-day experience designed for students at all levels who want to significantly enrich their transition from high school to University life. Students will gain insight into campus living, personal growth and community building through a dynamic program that uses the ropes course at Beyond the Limits just outside of the city of Salisbury. Trained facilitators guide students through a challenging process of experiential discovery that significantly increases self-reliance, leadership skills and a heightened awareness of others as positive contributors to the university experience. Throughout the course, staff and orientation team peer leaders direct participants through a creative approach to campus resources while developing relationships. Physical demands are easy to moderate. No experience is necessary.

Inclusive dates: July 24-27
Enrollment: 20
Direct Cost: $290.00
Course Director: Bud Elzey, M. Ed.
e-mail: imatchr@ezy.net
Telephone: 410-749-3680
Course Director: Heather Holmes, Ph. D.
e-mail: hwholmes@salisbury.edu
Telephone: 410-546-6928

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NEW QUESTIONS, NEW CHOICES, NEW YORK

Understanding the Transition to College in the Context of Arts and Culture

This four day program connects experiences in fine and performing arts with issues students face in transitioning to college. The myriad of social and intellectual issues that the arts demonstrate is a perfect venue in which students can question, consider and evaluate their personal and educational readiness for college. No place other than New York City offers such exposure to culture and diversity, a cornerstone of success in college, and beyond. Program participants will have experiences that encourage them to discuss issues directly relevant to their educational success. Those issues include but are not limited to: conflict management, the value and challenges of diversity, making good social and academic choices, and understanding the value of options.

In addition, participants will learn the primary sources of support and information necessary to navigate the college experience in general and Salisbury University in particular. The program begins with a day of meetings on campus, dinner at the Commons, and then an evening workshop. Early the next morning, we travel to New York City to begin a three-day cultural and academic journey. Students will debrief their experience in two ways: an analytical paper in which they will connect their observations of the experience to specific campus issues, and, two virtual meetings in WebCt where they will discuss those issues as well as any questions that arise.

Inclusive dates: August 9-12
Enrollment: 20
Direct Cost: $1,000.00
Course Director: Darrell Mullins, Chair, Communication and Theatre Arts Department
e-mail: dgmullins@salisbury.edu
Telephone: 410-543-6238
Course Director: William Folger, Asst. Professor, Department of Music
e-mail: wmfolger@salisbury.edu
Telephone: 410-543-6386

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Champs Life Skills (Challenging Athletes Minds for Personal Success)

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PROGRAM IS FULL AS OF JUNE 28, 2006

Conducted in a classroom environment specifically tailored to University athletes, the CHAMPS/Life Skills program is a comprehensive program of life skills designed to bring together student-athletes or possible student-athletes to assist them with being successful academically, socially and athletically. Participants are able to address issues that are unique to student-athletes. These issues include, but are not limited to, time management concerns while being an athlete, the stresses of being a student-athlete, alcohol choices and the culture of such on teams. The myriad of topics offered by the CHAMPS Life Skills program can become a critical element in the overall success and development of our student-athletes.

Inclusive dates: August 28-October 6
Enrollment: 20 per session (4 sessions)
Direct Cost: $25.00
Course Director: Jill Stephenson
e-mail: jastephenson@salisbury.edu
Telephone: 410-543-6357
Course Director: Stephen Holmes
e-mail: smholmes@salisbury.edu
Telephone: 410-548-4163
Course Director: Jason Simms
e-mail: jlsimms@salisbury.edu
Telephone: 410-543-6161

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MOSAIC (Maximizing Opportunities for Students to Achieve an Inclusive Campus)

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PROGRAM IS FULL AS OF JULY 13, 2006

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Gain a better understanding and develop an appreciation for those who differ culturally, ethnically and racially. MOSAIC is a peer education program designed to help students create inclusion in their campus environment. This program includes presentations, small group discussions, cultural events and field trips. Students will also have the opportunity to prepare ethnic meals and volunteer with specific community agencies. They will visit a variety of museums and cultural locations.

The goals of the MOSAIC experience are to (1) Heighten awareness of student's cultural identity (by beginning to develop a cultural autobiography) and an understanding of how that identity influences their perspectives and (2) to Expand knowledge of how stereotypes affect self and others in the environment and (3) to Gain basic understanding to build leadership for diversity

To accomplish these objectives and provide students with an opportunity for an exchange of new ideas and information, the composition of this group must be formed with cultural, ethnic and racial diversity; therefore, establishment of this group will not be official until a cross section of students is obtained. In addition to the summer inclusive dates, students will meet two evenings in September and October. Times will be coordinates with the course directors.

Inclusive dates:July 23-27
Enrollment:14
Direct Cost:$250.00
Course Director:Vaughn White
e-mail:vpwhite@salisbury.edu
Telephone:410-548-4503
Course Director:Agata Liszkowska
e-mail:axliszkowska@salisbury.edu
Telephone:410-543-6313

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STARS - Habitat for Humanity (Students Taking Action and Responsibility on the Shore)

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PROGRAM IS FULL AS OF JULY 13, 2006

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Classroom presentations and discussions will focus on adjustment issues, University Programs, services and resources.

Choice of two class times either Monday/Wednesday 11-11:50am or Tuesday/Thursday 4:30pm-5:45pm. Monday/Wednesday classes meet 11 times plus a build day. Tuesday/Thursday classes meet 7 times, plus a build day. Students may choose either Friday, October 6 or Saturday, October 7 as their build day depending on space requirements for each day. Only one build day is required.

Inclusive dates: August 28-October 10
Enrollment: 30 (2 sections)
Direct Cost: $35.00
Course Director: Jamie Holmes-Kriger
e-mail: jlholmes-kriger@salisbury.edu
Telephone: 410-543-6097

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Nantahala Whitewater Rafting and Ropes Creative Leadership

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PROGRAM IS FULL AS OF JUNE 28, 2006

seminars Travel to the Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, the "Land of the Noon Day Sun," and learn how to tap into your creative student leadership skills at the Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC) in Bryson City, NC. Low-ropes initiatives, high-ropes challenge course and whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River are some of the "challenges by choice" participants can expect -- no experience necessary. Participants will have the opportunity to hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail and take a self-guided tour on mountain bikes. Located in southwestern North Carolina, the region is rich in Cherokee tradition as learned through the stories of local Native Americans.

The week begins and ends on campus so that students will get to experience all of the great programs Salisbury has to offer. No rest for the weary, as the experience continues in the van ride to North Carolina with stops at a few scenic locations. Then, once the group arrives in Nantahala, the orientation sessions are held throughout the week at various adventure sites: along the Appalachian Trail, on the water of the beautiful Nantahala River, at the foot of a mountain. At sunset, the group gathers around the campfire, or in one of the rooms of the log cabin, and students have the opportunity to discover and explore their own leadership potential and creativity. Guided by a collection of texts, exercises and experiences, students build a strong foundation of self reliance and an intimate understanding of teamwork. That foundation will last them throughout their college career and beyond.

The University and NOC provide all equipment, food, supplies and transportation from campus. Students must supply their own sleeping bag and personal clothing. Participants can expect easy-to-moderate physical demands, and the ability to swim is highly recommended.

Inclusive dates: July 23-29
Enrollment: 16
Direct Cost: $740.00
Course Director: Byron Hughes
e-mail: bahughes@salisbury.edu
Telephone: 410-546-2483

For more details about the program, including a summary of daily activities, packing list, advice from alumni and more pictures please see the Salisbury University Nantahala web page.

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West Virginia Whitewater Adventure

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PROGRAM IS FULL AS OF JUNE 28, 2006

seminars Wild and wonderful West Virginia is home to two of America's finest whitewater rafting runs, the New River and the world famous Gauley River. You will paddle stimulating class II-V rapids on the beautifully scenic New River, which is known world wide for excitement and adventure. In addition to paddling through the New River Gorge, students will have an entire day of rock climbing and repelling. Paddling, climbing and exploring coal mines all set the background for an excellent chance to make friends and learn about your upcoming college experience. Come experience wild, wonderful West Virginia with its rich Appalachian history, wild rivers and wonderful sunsets. Experience is not necessary, only the desire to test the water and yourself in this physical, exciting and challenging environment.

Orientation will begin upon arrival with fun, games and information about important campus topics to make the transition to campus life easier and more enjoyable. Along with learning all the University has to offer, you will be establishing friendships that will far outlast your college career. So, join us on the Wild West Virginia Whitewater Adventure and build ties that bind.

The University and Rivermen Whitewater Outfitters will provide all equipment, food, supplies and transportation to and from campus. Students must supply their own sleeping bags and personal items. The physical demand is moderate. The ability to swim is not necessary, but recommended.

Inclusive dates: August 6-12
Enrollment: 20
Direct Cost: $650.00
Course Director: Kristin Kasting
e-mail: krkasting@salisbury.edu
Telephone: 410-543-6161
Course Director: Agata Liszkowska
e-mail: akliszkowska@salisbury.edu
Telephone: 410-543-6313

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Acadia Adventure

seminars The Acadia Adventure Program takes new students to one of the most beautiful national parks in America. Acadia National Park was the first national park created east of the Mississippi, located on Mount Desert Island along the coastline of Maine. The variety of scenery makes Acadia one of the most visited national parks in America. From the rugged coastlines, to the beautiful sand beaches and to the top of Cadillac Mountain, there are thousands of reasons to wear out a camera. The Acadia 2006 trip marks the 22nd year of the program. For students that are part of the trip, the memories will last a lifetime.

The Acadia Adventure is mostly a cycling trip, but cycling is just a part of what happens. During the adventure, student will go sea kayaking, cliff climbing, camping, whale watching, have a true Maine lobster dinner, visit Walden Pond, swim in the ocean, work on a service project for the National Park Service, play mini golf, visit Bar Harbor, see the first sunrise in America on top of Cadillac Mountain and have a multitude of other adventures. All activities are a way for students to bond and have a common experience with other incoming students, peer leaders, SU faculty and staff members.

The overall program can be compared to a metaphoric bicycle. One wheel has activities and bonding as a hub. The other wheel features things based on the changes in life the students experience in their transition to college. Students will learn that teaching methods and the promotion of independent thinking are very different in college than they were in high school. You will learn new freedoms can cause new kinds of challenges. Many support topics, like time management, class advising and registration, health issues, personal safety, and many others will be discussed throughout the adventure. The student peer leaders, faculty and staff will act as the handle bars, and sometimes the brakes, to help students have the best adventure during the Acadia Adventure and through their years at Salisbury University and beyond. The friendships and contacts students experience during this adventure will act as the bicycle frame for a successful foundation for many years to come.

Everything on the trip will be provided with the exception of a quality trail bike, a bike helmet, personal clothing and a sleeping bag. The trip is formatted so the experienced cyclist can have fun and the less experienced cyclist can have as much fun in their comfort zone. A few weeks of riding before the trip will allow anyone to have a fun experience.

Inclusive dates: July 29-August 8
Enrollment: 30
Direct Cost: $650.00
Course Director: Tony Broadbent
e-mail: abbroadbent@salisbury.edu
Telephone: 410-548-4597

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The Alaskan Experience

PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PROGRAM IS FULL AS OF JULY 13, 2006

seminars While learning the history and traditions of Alaskan Native Americans, students will explore Anchorage, Seward, Homer and smaller villages in the region. In addition, students will discover the natural beauty of the Kenai Peninsula and the Denali National Park. This will be the opportunity of a lifetime to experience a variety of outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, kayaking and fishing in Central and South Central Alaska.

The ever-popular Denali National Park in Central Alaska is home to the continent's largest mountain, Mt. McKinley. The mountain is surrounded by pristine, natural forests and it is a thriving habitat for an abundance of wildlife, including 39 species of mammals such as caribou, the Grizzly bear, wolf, wolverine, moose, dall sheep, red fox and many more. The park is home to 167 species of birds.

The heart of South Central Alaska, the Kenai Peninsula, contains many state and national parks and is a wildlife refuge that provides examples of this nation's natural and cultural heritage. Located approximately 50 miles south of Anchorage, the peninsula offers a unique flora and fauna, as well as distinctive geographical formations (glaciers and fords) not seen anywhere else in the U.S. Surrounded by the sea, ice fields and mountains, wildlife flourishes in this narrow slice of temperate rain forest, where Native peoples hunted and fished in the fjords for years. Some of the parks include gold mining, while others maintain Alaskan Native archeological sites. The Kenai Peninsula is managed and preserved by state and national park services, who will guide students in completing a service project on the peninsula as a means of gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation for this unusual gift of nature.

Inclusive dates: July 18-28
Enrollment: 8
Direct Cost: *see note below
Course Director: Dennis Leoutsakas
e-mail: dxleoutsakas@salisbury.edu
Telephone: 410-677-5434
Course Director: Ann G. Obert
e-mail: agobert@salisbury.edu
Telephone: 410-543-6125

* Cost of trip is estimated to be between $1,500 and $2,000. The determination of the final cost will be made in late April and is dependent on airline rates and the number of committed students at the time of the ticket purchase. Early decisions by students are necessary and students need to make a commitment to this program by May 30, 2006. Please be advised that if students sign up for the Alaskan Experience, and the trip does not take place, other New Student Seminar outdoor programs may be full and students will be enrolled in the ASAP Success Program. A DEPOSIT OF $500.00 IS DUE WITH YOUR APPLICATION. BALANCE DUE ONCE TICKETS HAVE BEEN PURCHASED. STUDENTS WILL BE NOTIFIED BY MAIL OR TELEPHONE TO FORWARD BALANCE DUE.

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Algonquin Canoe

seminars Henry David Thoreau went to the woods so that he might "live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach." Every summer since 1982, groups of new Salisbury students, joined by selected upperclassmen peer-leaders and faculty and staff, have gone to the wilderness of Canada to live deliberately, to make new friends and to prepare for their college experience. If you come to our 24th trip this summer, you will join over 1,000 Salisbury University graduates who have participated n the unique Algonquin program.

In the tradition of programs such as Outward Bound, we believe that canoeing and camping in wilderness conditions are conducive not only to having a wonderful time, but also to personal growth, to introspection and to a type of group bonding that cannot be replicated in more "normal" conditions, with all of the many distractions of our modern world calling for your time and attention. Usually occurring in the two weeks immediately prior to the start of a new school year, this program makes  the perfect transition for a person about to start college. Every night there is a "campfire" discussion of different aspects of the University experience, led by the upperclassmen and faculty/staff trail leaders -- and every day while canoeing, more informal discussions about college life abound. By the time you return to Salisbury, you will be ready to start college already having made friendships that will last a lifetime, knowing a group of SU faculty and staff that can help you with any questions you have while adjusting to college, and having experiences that perhaps will never be replicated.

The canoe trip takes place in Algonquin Provincial Park, in Ontario, Canada, one of the nearest places to Salisbury where it is still possible to go on a seven day canoe trip into the true wilderness -- no electricity, no roads, no houses, nothing but your trail crew, wilderness campsites on pristine lakes (with water so clean that you can drink it), the call of loons reverberating thorough the night, and if you're lucky, some of the many animals commonly spotted in the park (including moose, otter, bear, mink, beavers, and frequently heard then seen, wolves). We carry all of our food and equipment with us on the lakes and trails and every student will have the opportunity to cook over a wood fire. The sunsets are stunning, the starts too bright to believe and with good fortune the Northern Lights might appear. Prior canoeing and camping experience is not required.

Inclusive dates: August 12-23
Enrollment: 36
Direct Cost: $755.00
Course Director: Kevin Birch
e-mail: kebirch@salisbury.edu
Telephone: 410-543-6147

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ASAP Success (Achieving Social, Academic and Personal Success)

seminars ASAP Success works around your busy schedule and affords you the opportunity to meet and interact with peers, faculty and staff, as well as upper-division peer leaders. This interactive relaxed format is designed to provide new students with accurate, timely and helpful information about the University and the community. Topics focus on social, academic and personal success in adjusting to university life. Registration takes place when students select their required schedule of courses during Preview (summer advising and course registration).

Inclusive dates: August 28-October 6
Enrollment: 30 (2 sections)
Direct Cost: None
Course Director: Lawanda Dockins-Gordy
e-mail: ldgordy@salisbury.edu
Telephone: 410-543-6100
Course Director: Marie B. Bradford
e-mail: mbbradford@salisbury.edu
Telephone: 410-543-6100

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Office of New Student Experience is located in the Guerrieri University Center, room 222.
Office phone: 410-543-6100     Fax: 410-543-6002     Office hours: Mon-Fri 8 AM to 5 PM

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