Marian University strives to assist students in their transition to college. Two programs that assist with this are:
SOAR (Student Orientation and Registration) introduces new students to what it means to be a college student at Marian University. Sessions are presented about the advising process, registration for classes, expectations and responsibilities as a student and more. This one-day program occurs April through July. Students choose one session to attend. The event is sponsored by the Office of Admissions, the Office of Mission and Retention, and the Office of Student and Academic Affairs.
For information and reservations please contact the Office of Admissions at (920) 923-7650
2012 Sabre Welcome/New Student Orientation is the follow up program to SOAR. This event begins Friday, August 24 and ends on Monday, September 3, 2012. This program is for both residential and commuter students guiding them to adjust to campus, learning how to be a successful student at Marian and assisting them in meeting their peers. The focus of the welcome event is to introduce students to the Mission and Values of Marian, through interactive activities and sessions. In addition, the students are introduced to the University community by participating in an Opening Pinning Ceremony. Family and friends are invited to this ceremony as well.
All members of the Marian community are working constantly to create a community of learning.Academic success is one outcome.Students need to set expectations and goals in regard to their academic future. A variety of programs are conducted throughout the semester to help address the academic needs of the first year students.
First Year Seminar course
All first year students are required to take First Year Seminar (GEN101). The course facilitates students’ transition into the college environment by exploring a topic related to socially responsible action. Students are introduced to the liberal arts, critical thinking, critical reading, Strengths, and academic research skills.
Paul and Elder Critical Thinking Model
Marian University’s First Year explores critical thinking with the use of the Paul and Elder Critical Thinking Model. To learn more about this model please visit the Paul and Elder website: www.criticalthinking.org.
In the First Year Seminar Course, the students read a common book that fits with the theme of Socially Responsible Action. Socially Responsible Action is one of the learning outcomes for the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum, which refers to students developing a personal sense of social justice. In the seminar course, the students focus specifically on recognizing how individuals and groups can effect positive social change.
2012-2013 - Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat by Hal Herzog.
To learn more about the common read, please visit http://halherzog.com/.
To purchase the common read, please visit the Office of Mission and Retention. Michelle Ryan will be able to assist you in A218 at (920)923-8963 or .
2011-2012 - The Other Wes Moore
From Publishers Weekly
Two hauntingly similar boys take starkly different paths in this searing tale of the ghetto. Moore, an investment banker, Rhodes Scholar, and former aide to Condoleezza Rice, was intrigued when he learned that another Wes Moore, his age and from the same area of Greater Baltimore, was wanted for killing a cop. Meeting his double and delving into his life reveals deeper likenesses: raised in fatherless families and poor black neighborhoods, both felt the lure of the money and status to be gained from dealing drugs. That the author resisted the criminal underworld while the other Wes drifted into it is chalked up less to character than to the influence of relatives, mentors, and expectations that pushed against his own delinquent impulses, to the point of exiling him to military school. Moore writes with subtlety and insight about the plight of ghetto youth, viewing it from inside and out; he probes beneath the pathologies to reveal the pressures—poverty, a lack of prospects, the need to respond to violence with greater violence—that propelled the other Wes to his doom. The result is a moving exploration of roads not taken. (May 4)
2010-2011 - “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”
2009-2010 - “Gang Leader For A Day”
2008-2009 - “Planet Walker”
First year students are encouraged to seek out venues for academic success: