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FYEP 101 is a class that you take during your first semester of college that is all about helping you to become a successful college level student! The class will focus on improving your learning strategies and study habits, asking for help when you are struggling, staying healthy, getting involved on campus and preparing for your career. Individual sections listed below will focus in on a specific majors, interests or topics.

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Sections based on: Major | Area of Interest | Special Programs | General

Sections that are MAJOR specific

FYEP 101-003 Game Design and Graphic & Multimedia Design majors          

     MW 2:00 to 2:50      C. Sweeney   #10564 

Limited to students in these majors.  This section will explore the relationship between gaming and learning through the metaphor of leveling up, an examination of computational thinking, design and development processes, and gameplay using the games The Tessera and Everything. Aimed at students interested in game design, graphic and multimedia design, and technical communications.

FYEP 101-0V1         Vet Tech and Vet Science students                   

          TR 2:00 to 2:50   R. Gittings #10413  

Limited to students in these majors.  Topics incorporated that are specific to the veterinary profession.  A trip to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake and possibly a trip to the Adirondack Wildlife refuge will be a part of our course.  The final presentation will consist of a list of veterinary related topics to be chosen by the students.  Final project may be a poster presentation, a powerpoint presentation, or a video. 

FYEP 101-0C2          Criminal Justice Majors        FULL!                                        

       TR 1:00 to 1:50         A. Wood        #10414

Best for: Criminal Justice related majors including Criminal Investigation, Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Leadership

This section will be geared towards students in the criminal justice related majors.  In addition to providing you with content to help you succeed in college, lessons will be geared toward how to be successful in this major and in law enforcement careers.  Potential for guest speakers from the industry, our own SUNY Canton chief of police and strategy related to taking the civil service exams. 

FYEP 101-013          Criminal Justice Majors                                                

  TR 9:00 to 9:50         N. Pietropaolo     #10577

Best for: Pre-Majors in Criminal Justice related majors including Criminal Investigation, Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Leadership

This section will focus on what it takes to get into the Criminal Justice majors and how to prepare for careers related to criminal justice.  Nate is an RD in Smith hall and a graduate of the Criminal Investigation program.  He has great insight into how to navigate this major and get the most out of your time here. 

FYEP 101-028          Engineering - CSOET                  

   MW 9:00 to 9:50        C. Wilhelm          #10720                       

Best for: Students in engineering programs or those in the hands-on majors in the Canino School of Engineering. 

FYEP 101-H14 Pre-health majors                                                    

  TR 10:00 to 10:50       M. DiMarco-Temkin     #10563                       

Best for: Students who want to apply to Nursing, PTA, Dental or Vet Tech.  Also good for Health Care Management students. 

Getting into a competitive major requires hard work and excellent study skills.  We will be discussing how to maximize your studying effort in your pre-requisite coursework, particularly in Math and the sciences so that you can make yourself the best candidate for applying to your desired degree.  We will also be discussing all things brain, learning, and memory-related with an eye towards leveraging science based theory for our own personal growth and achievement.

FYEP 101-0H5         Early Childhood majors                      #10510

                                Limited to students in the Early Childhood major

FYEP 101-015          Undecided Liberal Arts (250) students                                          

                     Limited to students who are admitted to the Liberal Arts major

Two sections running simultaneously and co-taught. 

      TR 11:00 to 11:50              C. Martin and M. Maiocco

Sections based on a program outside of your major

FYEP 101-0H9         Honors theme          

      TR 11:00 to 11:50           S. Todd              #10418                       

Limited to students participating in the Honors program. 

The honors FYEP section allows for students to sharpen their critical thinking and public speaking skills by engaging in debates surrounding current issues, especially those found in social media. Students will be challenged to evaluate popular, scholarly, and personal viewpoints to uncover bias and determine the credibility of sources. In this section, students will learn how to apply these skills to their academic work and their personal lives to be certain they are using quality information to make decisions.

FYEP 101-023          Military theme                        

        MW 2:00 to 2:50              P. Massaro   #10714       

Best for: Students with some military affiliation (dependents too)

This section will be tailored for those students with some form of military affiliation (veteran, active duty, reserve, national guard, dependent, etc). The course content will include traditional FYEP material with Veteran educational benefit information interspersed. At the conclusion of the course, students will have a better understanding of how to be successful at SUNY Canton and the services available to them as military connected individuals.

FYEP 101-G27 Gateway to Success (G2S) students                  

   TR 11:00 to 11:50                    M. DiMarco-Temkin  #10718

Gateway to success or students who level into developmental level courses. 


TRiO Sections: (restricted to just TRiO students)

FYEP 101-T08    #10417       MW 9:00 to 9:50            B. Thompson

FYEP 101-T10    #10419       MW 10:00 to 10:50        B. Thompson

FYEP 101-T11    #10420       MW 8:00 to 8:50            B. Thompson


EOP Sections: (restricted to just EOP students)

FYEP 101-E12    #10421      TR 3:00 to 3:50              S. Quinell

FYEP 101-E20    #10711      MW 2:00 to 2:50            D. Joseph-McEwen

FYEP 101-E29    #10853      TR 11:00 to 11:50           G. Clover

FYEP 101-E30    #10854      MW 1:00 to 1:50              TBD


Sections based on an area of interest


FYEP 101-0S4          Exercise Science theme                           

    MW 10:00 to 10:50         M. Rider       #10415   

Best for: Health and Fitness, Sports Management or Health Care Management majors.  Athletes from all majors or anyone interested in exercise science. 

Students will learn more about time management, study skills, problem solving, and strategies for succeeding in college, just to name a few. We will focus on specific skill sets related to the field of exercise science while encouraging our passion for all things health and fitness related and exploring current trends in the fitness world.

FYEP 101-0S6          Sustainability theme                           

     TR 1:00 to 1:50                    R. Narula         #10416      

Best for: Students interested in Sustainability.  Majors related to sustainability such as Alternative Energy, engineering majors and science majors.  Open to anyone interested. 

This special section of FYEP focused on Sustainability will help students learn about environmental issues and to educate them about the consequences of their choices, purchases, and behaviors on the future of our Environment. Students will understand the importance of reduce, reuse, and recycle and to conserve energy and resources, being responsible citizens. Discussions of behavior changes that lead to a greener lifestyle. 


FYEP 101-026          Entrepreneurship theme                   

    MW 12:00 to 12:50            C. Kelson     #10717    

Best for: Business majors, anyone interested in owning or running their own small business (construction, funeral services, automotive, etc.). 

An Entrepreneurship themed FYEP course would expose our students to new learning opportunities beyond their Canton coursework.  The students will be exposed to the Small Business Development Center located right here on our campus, the St. Lawrence Chamber of Commerce and other start-up resources.  The farmers market held in the Canton downtown square is a great resource that demonstrates small businesses.  I will ask the students to attend the farmers market and we will assess what it takes to start a booth i.e. marketing, supplies, setting up a booth (logistics), the product itself, bookkeeping, how to accept debit and credit transactions. 

FYEP 101-019          Outdoor Adventures theme                                            

              WF 11:00 to 11:50             R. Tavernier     #10710   

Dr. Tavernier is an advisor to the Outdoor Club and chair of the science department.  As someone who had to fail out of college to figure out how it worked, he wants to help make sure that you don’t make the same mistakes.  He is a wealth of information on how to “do” college right.  This section will include a hiking trip to be determined when the class starts.

FYEP 101-017          Student Life theme                        

     TR 3:00 to 3:50                P. Leggette      #10562  

Priscilla is our director of student activities and wants to help you find your place on  campus.  This course will involve getting out of your comfort zone and participating in campus activities with the intent of having you develop your leadership skills to eventually take an active role in campus life. 

FYEP 101-022 Student athlete theme                                                           

          TR 9:30 to 10:20           K. Kennedy     #10713

This section will be geared towards student athletes who have a unique set of time commitments.  Cross country coach Katie Kennedy will help you harness the skills that make you a successful athlete to use for becoming a successful college student. 


General Sections:

FYEP 101-024          #10715        WF 1:00 to 1:50       Payson 202        A. Deckert

FYEP 101-016          #10512        WF 11:00 to 11:50   Payson               J. Parkman

FYEP 101-021          #10712        M 12:00 to 12:50     Cook 102           S. Tavernier

FYEP 101-025          #10716        W 9:00 to 9:50         Payson               A. Drake

FYEP 101-0W1         #10424        Online                      Online                I. Sanderson


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