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First Year Seminar

The First Year Seminar is a collabortive effort between Academic Affairs and the Office of New Student Services. The Seminar is a one credit class that is taught by a full-time faculty member. Each class is also assigned a Very Influential Peer (Peer Educator). These Seminars are designed to assist new freshmen in making the transition, both academically and socially, to the College. The faculty and peer educators who teach the class understand that there are many factors that influence success at College and will discuss many of these issues during the seminar. If you have questions regarding the seminar, please feel free to contact Dr. Theresa Russo, Lead Faculty for the First Year Seminar at


Current First Year Seminar Faculty

Faculty Name


Donald Allison

Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics

Jon Arakaki

Communication & Media

John Bagby


Joshua Hammonds

Communication & Media

Maria Montoya

Foreign Languages

Joseph Pignato


Theresa Russo

Human Ecology

Brenda Seery

Human Ecology

Kjersti VanSlyke-Briggs

Secondary Education

Bill Wilkerson

Political Science