Smooth Beginning to Start of New Academic Year

August 26, 2016

Fall classes got underway this week all across Saint Leo University. Traditional-age undergraduates at University Campus attended their first classes on Tuesday. Some 680 freshmen enrolled at University Campus this year, along with 140 transfer students.

Academic Year1

Some of the interesting courses open to upper-class students at University Campus this year include Courtroom Communication, taught by Dr. Moneque Walker-Pickett of the School of Education and Social Services. Many students taking that class are criminal justice majors, and plans for the semester include a mock trial. Dr. Walker-Pickett (pictured, gesturing while she speaks with her class) also holds a law degree and so is well-qualified to teach this skills course.

Academic Year2

In the School of Arts & Sciences, the students in the political science course Campaigns and Elections are eager to follow the presidential campaign as well as all the other races taking place this fall. (Pictured: the class enjoying a light moment during the first session in Kirk Hall.) The course is taught by Instructor Frank Orlando, who also directs the Saint Leo University Polling Institute.

Academic Year3

And a number of students signed up for an elective in the economics major, Health Economics, taught by Dr. Barbara Caldwell of the Donald R. Tapia School of Business. Students will learn about various health care sectors and then will be challenged to apply microeconomic tools they learned in a previous class to health issues and problems in today’s society. (Pictured: students reviewing the syllabus.) In addition to being a good choice for economics majors in the business school, the class has appeal for health care management majors and accounting majors, as well.

All undergraduates at University Campus now have access to help from not only their faculty advisors, but also a team of six Student Success Coaches. The coaches each have an office in Kirk Hall and are ready to help students talk about their academic plans and their financial plans.

Students just entering their first or second year, in particular, will find that checking in with the coaches is a useful supplement to speaking with faculty advisors. The transition to college usually leads to lots of questions for students about how to create a workable study schedule, or what they need to know financially about their investment in college. The coaches help with that, and work with other important offices such as the Learning Resource Center in Kirk Hall, and Financial Aid in Saint Edward Hall.     

The beginning of the year is also a time for students to explore clubs. Clubs exist around all kinds of interests, including academic and career paths that allow students to meet others interested in sociology or tourism, pre-medical, or social work, just to name a few. Plus, there are many more choices in clubs, with offerings devoted to cultural groups, fun sports and recreation activities like paintball, and hobbies like playing jazz. An Involvement Fair fair is planned at University Campus on September 2 so that students ranging from their freshman to senior years can meet with representatives of clubs and learn more about what the organizations have to offer.