SAM 136 to introduce freshmen to university

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Beginning next semester, SHSU freshmen will have a new course available to them that will help with the transition from high school to college.

SAM 136, titled “Introduction to Collegiate Studies,” will teach students important learning skills to better prepare them for the university environment. The new course is being headed by Kerri Rogers, director of the Lowman Student Center and Student Activities.

Rogers said that nearly 90 percent of colleges and universities nationwide offer such a course, and that a task force had been assembled last year with the purpose of introducing the course to SHSU.

She added that students sometimes lack even basic knowledge about their university, and that the course would give them a better understanding of what SHSU has to offer.

“A lot of students don’t know about the Health Center [or] the SAM Center. They don’t know they can go to football games for free,” Rogers said.

The course is not mandatory, but Rogers said she highly recommends it. The class will teach students topics such as goal setting, time management, active learning, critical thinking, test taking, civic involvement and SHSU, among other subjects.

Rogers will be training the future SAM 136 teachers, who hail from all over the university. The only requirement to teach the course is a master’s degree in any field.

“We will talk a lot about making the class interactive, not just a lecture,” she said. “[Teachers will be] looking for signs if a student needs help. We’ll be talking a lot about the campus.”

The course will be available next semester, with 10 sections being offered either on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. Each section is open to 25 to 28 students. Rogers said the classes would be available during most hours between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., what she jokingly calls the “good hours” of the day.

Rogers added that the course will give freshmen more opportunity and guidance to choose their major and the career that will fit them.

‘I think they’ll most benefit in that they’ll be more successful in college overall,” she said.

Along with the new course, SHSU will also offer a Freshman Learning Community. Unlike the Bearkat Learning Community, the program is non-residential and students can commute from out of town.

The learning community will allow freshmen to study and take classes together. Rogers said she hopes to get 150 students in the program, and that interested freshmen should sign forms at orientation or during the Saturdays at Sam event.