The FYE Support Series is a comprehensive series of programming that facilitates a first-year student’s transition to Wittenberg and their development of skills, habits, and attitudes essential to success at Wittenberg. Through the sessions and presentations, students will gain new ideas and skills that will not only assist them in their coursework, but also in their personal development and in the quality of their interactions with other students and the community at large.
Prioritizing & Managing Commitments
It's a new semester, a new beginning, and an opportunity to develop some new habits that will serve you well. Come learn some ways to be a more effective student and set the stage for academic success!
January 18th at 7:00 pm in Founders
Setting Goals & Creating an Academic Plan
Being in college is a wonderful thing. For four years, your full-time job is to learn and explore. College is what you make it. This session examines the power of higher education and its role in your future. It is important to look at the BIG PICTURE when planning your coursework and co-curricular activities. Learn how to set appropriate goals and then turn those goals into real accomplishments to achieve greater academic and personal success.
January 25th at 7:00 pm in Founders
Critical Reading & Writing
February 1st at 7:00 pm in Founders
Planning for the Sophmore Year Experience
February 8th at 7:00 pm in Founders
I’m at College So Now What?
It's your first year of college and you have just unpacked and are now settled into your residence hall room. Are you unsure of what to do next or what to expect? Come listen to the secrets to college success, presented by your very own Area Coordinators. You will leave feeling calm, confident, and excited about your first-year at Wittenberg.
September 8th at 4:00 pm in Ness Auditorium OR 8:00pm in Tower Hall
“There’s No Place Like Home”
Come hear about strategies to avoid the “no place like home” blues. How to miss home less and feel more at home here at Witt.
September 9th at 7:30 pm in Myers Hall
I’m Late for a Very Important Date
Now that you're in college, you have so much more "free time" than you did back in high school. It's true, you have relatively few hours in class, but there are a lot of other demands on your time. How will you handle them? Join us for this session, and you'll learn how to organize your days for academic and personal success at Wittenberg. Tips for setting priorities and staying on task will be shared. Common pitfalls and time-wasting activities will be exposed. You'll leave the session with a personalized study, work, and recreation schedule that you have designed based on your own priorities.
September 10th at noon in the Faculty Dining Room
September 15th at 7:30 PM in New Hall
September 17th at 8:30 PM in the Central Dining Room
What do You Bounce To? How Music Affects Your Mood
Music makes the world go round at least that’s what people say. Come share and discuss how music affects our attitude, mood, and motivation. Let’s discuss why certain music moves us to do different thing. Bring your favorite tunes and share what they do for you and why. Find out what songs motivated the presenter in college.
September 16th at 7:30 pm in 203 Shouvlin
November 4th at 4:00 pm in 203 Shouvlin
Reading with Dr. Seuss
What do Horton Hears a Who, Sam I am, and One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish have in common? Other than that my daughter likes all three in their innovative Spanish translations and they were all penned by Dr. Seuss, I am not really sure. Nonetheless, these texts will provide the basis for this workshop. Working with these and other texts, (mainly other texts) we will discuss some vocabulary for identifying a range of thinking, reading, and writing skills with a special emphasis on strategies for becoming an “active reader.” By taking this workshop you will begin to develop useful strategies to engage with “the text” by asking yourself and the author questions, by tapping prior knowledge to enhance your reading experience and your ability to recall, by learning to identify the central points and by revising your initial impressions and assumptions.
September 20th 8:30 pm in the Central Dining Room
September 21st at 7:30 pm in Firestine Hall
One Sentence, Two Sentence, Red Sentence, Blue Sentence
How many sentences does it take to make a college paper? Obviously, there is no one answer to that question, but asking the question can start us thinking about what expectations there are for writing assignments in college and how we can best meet those expectations. This workshop will help you analyze your writing processes and discover how you might go about crafting your papers. (If you have any essay assignment sheets, please bring them with you.)
September 22nd at 7:30 pm in Woodlawn Hall
September 24th at 4:00 pm in the Writing Center
“Never Mix Up Your Right Foot with Your Left” – Walking Meditation
“Walking Meditation is meditation while walking. We walk slowly, in a relaxed way, keeping a light smile on our lips. When we practice this way, we feel deeply at ease, and our steps are those of the most secure person on Earth. All our sorrows and anxieties drop away, and peace and joy fill our hearts. Anyone can do it. It takes only a little time, a little mindfulness, and the wish to be happy.” –Thich Nhat Hanh
October 12th at 4:00 pm in front of the Student Center by Wally Witt
“Un-slumping Yourself” – Mindful Movements
“Unslumping yourself is not easily done.” – Dr. Seuss. Sometimes we need to stop sitting in one place and start to move around! Thich Nhat Hanh has developed exercises called the Ten Mindful Movements. Come learn these ten simple movements and feel your body relax.
October 13th at 8:00 pm in 105 Shouvlin
Avoiding the Freshman 20
Pizza, Ice Cream, Cookies, Burgers, Salads, Pasta…the choices are endless. Let Dr, McKee help you make the right food choices and avoid gaining the dreaded freshman 20. Grab your lunch and join us for a few healthy eating tips!
October 14th at 8:00 pm in the Faculty Dining Room
“These things are fun, and fun is good” – Stress Relief
It’s important to your stress level and your happiness that you have at least one activity that you do regularly just for fun. When you get really engrossed in an activity you enjoy, you can experience a state of being known as flow. Come alone or bring some friends to play some stress-relief games and learn about flow. “If you never did, you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.” –Dr. Seuss
October 15th at 7:30 pm in Myers Hall
Oh the Things I Can Find If I Make Up My Mind
Choosing a major can seem like a pretty big step, and it is! Once you’ve decided, your choice can lead you to a lot of options and opportunities but it doesn’t have to be scary - it's important to recognize that your choice of major will not define where you'll be working for the rest of your life, but will lay the groundwork for the direction you will go. WittPath Career Services can help you learn about yourself, your direction, and the path you can take to get where you want to go. If you make up your mind, there are wondrous things to find . . .
October 22nd at noon in the Faculty Dining Room
October 27th at 7:30 pm in Ferncliff Hall
Oh, The Places I’ll Serve
In this session, you will have the chance to get your questions answered about the community service requirement at Wittenberg. You will also learn about the city of Springfield, so that you can begin to discover meaningful ways to enhance the assets as well as meet the needs of this community.
October 22nd at 8:30 pm in the Central Dining Room
November 2nd at 8:00 pm in New Hall
“There’s a Map in my Lap”
Didn't do quite as well as you would have liked on that first midterm? There are many ways to study effectively. The secret to doing well in college is studying smarter not harder. Come learn the tricks of the trade and earn that "A" on the next exam.
October 25th at 9:00 pm in Firestine Hall
November 3rd at 8:00 pm in Woodlawn Hall
“Avoiding Hang-ups and Bang-ups”
Mid-terms are over. If you find yourself asking “Can I have a do-over???” this program is for you. Beyond Time Management 101, in this session you will learn to prioritize your time, find renewed motivation, and make simple changes that will help move you toward success as the semester begins to wind down.
November 9th at 7:30 pm in Ferncliff Hall
November 12th at 8:30 pm in the Central Dining Room