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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.

Ready to sign up for one? Let your advisor know or sign into UCanWeb to add it to your schedule.

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

Sections that are MAJOR specific

Vet Tech and Vet Science Majors

10661 - W - 3:00 to 3:50 - R. Gittings

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.

Criminal Justice Majors

10777 - MW - 1:00 to 1:50 - A. Wood

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.

Engineering - CSOET

10530 - MW - 3:00 to 3:50 - R. Pillay

Best for: Students in engineering programs in the Canino School of Engineering.

This section will focus in on some of the specific skills that engineering students need to develop as they adjust to college life.   We will cover topics like how to study in technical courses to how to make the most of your college experience so that you have options for employment upon graduation. 

Health Related Majors

10542 - MW - 10:00 to 10:50 - M. DiMarco-Temkin

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.

Early Childhood Majors

10474 - TR - 11:00 to 11:50 - C. Martin

Limited to students in the Early Childhood major.

This section is taught by one or our amazing Early Childhood faculty members and she tailors the content to the types of information you need to know to be successful in your major and in your chosen career field.

Undecided Liberal Arts (250) student

10665 - MW - 12:00 to 12:50 - J. Parkman

Geared towards students who are unclear on what they want to major in, this section spends a little bit more time on defining your goals and some tools to help you clarify what you want out of your college experience and your career. Taught by our award winning director of Career Services.

Game Design/TCOM/Cybersecurity majors

10390 - WF - 2:00-2:50 - A. Kavaloski

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.

Game Design/TCOM

10983 - MW - 2:00-2:50 - S.Nixon

Sections based on a program outside of your major

Honors Theme

10480 - TR - 11:00 to 11:50 - M.Canino

Geared towards students who excelled in high school.

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. 

Gateway to Success (G2S) Students

  • 10663 - WF - 1:00 to 1:50 - Q.Lewis

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

TRiO Sections

  • 10394 - MW 9:00 to 9:50 - TBD
  • 10396 - MW 10:00 to 10:50 - TBD
  • 10397 - MW 8:00 to 8:50 - TBD

Restricted to just TRiO students

EOP Sections

  • 10398 - TR - 3:00 to 3:50 - S. Quinell
  • 10776 - TR - 11:00 to 11:50 - W. DeJesus
  • 10392 - MW - 10:00 to 10:50 - J. Bradley
  • 10660 - MW - 2:00 to 2:50 - T. Charles

Restricted to just EOP students


Sections based on an area of interest


Exercise Science Theme

10662 - TR - 9:30 to 10:20 - M. Rider

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.

Sustainability Theme

10659 - MF - 11:00 to 11:50 - R. Narula

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.

Business Theme

10966 TR 11:00 to 11:50 S.Todd

Best for: Business Majors (Health Care Management, Business Administration, Management, Finance, Accounting, Legal Studies, etc.)

This section is geared toward students who are pursuing business majors. In addition to providing you with the content and resources to help you succeed at SUNY Canton, lessons will be geared toward how to be successful in business majors and the business world. This section will focus on identifying and using important campus resources and applications of critical thinking. 

Outdoor Adventures Theme

10532 - WF - 12:00 to 12:50 - R. Tavernier

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.

Student Life Theme

10482 - TR - 3:00 to 3:50 - P. Leggette

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.

Student Athlete Theme

10393 - TR - 11:00 to 11:50 - J. Ward

This section will be geared towards student athletes who have a unique set of time commitments. Women’s basketball coach Josh Ward will help you harness the skills that make you a successful athlete to use for becoming a successful college student. 

Culture & Identity Theme

10531 - TR - 10:00 to 10:50 - C. Leshko

This section on “Culture & Identity” will encourage first year students to explore intersections of their own identity with the SUNY Canton campus culture. Students can apply their understanding of culture in any way they choose, focusing on ethnic, gender, geographic, or artistic expressions, and their membership in those social groups. Such groups include, but are not limited to: sports culture, gaming culture, comic culture, hip hop culture, heavy metal culture, dance/club culture, fashion culture, NYC culture, rural/farm culture, millennial culture, LGBT culture, etc. Students will be encouraged to experience new or less familiar dimensions of culture.

General Sections:

  • 10667 -  MW - 9:00 to 9:50 - C. Wilhelm
  • 10391 - TR - 1:30 to 2:20 - J. Whittaker
  • 10395 - TR - 11:00 to 11:50 - J. Spooner
  • 10666 - TR - 11:00 to 11:50 - K. Kennedy
  • 10401 - Online - I. Sanderson

Advising & First Year Programs
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