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First Year Experience Session

Transforming First-Year Experience Programs to Cultivate

Socially Aware and Involved Students, while Inspiring Social Responsibility Through the Freshman Seminar and Vocational Discernment Initiatives

Presented by:

Brett S. Klein MEd,.

Dr. Eileen McDonough,

John Moriarty, M.B.A.

Principles of good practice at catholic colleges and universities
Principles of Good Practice at Catholic Colleges and Universities

  • Eight Principles

  • Freshman Year Experience Program built on the principles

Principle 1
Principle 1 Universities

  • Prayer written for the new freshman class

  • Dominican Blessing at new Student Investiture

  • Advise students about the interfaith prayer space on campus

Principle 2
Principle 2 Universities

  • Decisions, Decisions Program during New Student orientation – skits covering values, behavior, spirituality, character and ethical decisions

  • Passport Program

Passport Program Universities

QEP Learning Outcome

Ethical and moral Reasoning

- Students examine the views and values that influence their own decision-making processes

- Students take responsibility for their own learning and development, acting ethically to achieve their goals and aspirations

Engage diverse perspectives

- Students gather, analyze, and thoughtfully  use, evidence and multiple perspectives to support their own ideas

Community engagement & collaborations

- Students apply and explore the impact of the concepts, theories, and skills learned in class on issues affecting their local and global communities

Principle 3
Principle 3 Universities

  • First Year Experience Course- ORI 100, more values and spirituality as part of the curriculum

Principle 4
Principle 4 Universities

  • Community Service during Freshman Experience Day

  • Recruit Peer Ministers during Orientation Check in

Principle 5
Principle 5 Universities

  • Offer programs on personal behavior and responsibility- civility, respect, values, character, taking responsibility for actions

  • Mandatory programs - drug and alcohol/sexual assault awareness education – add spiritual component into the reflective portion of the program

  • Project Lead Presentation – 21 Indispensable Characteristics of Leaders Workshop for ORI 100 – discusses values, character, spirituality

Ethical Leadership values

QEP Learning Outcomes

  • Engage diverse perspectives

  • Students gather, analyze, and thoughtfully  use evidence and multiple perspectives to support their own ideas

  • Student recognize the extent to which cultural standards, institutional practices, and values oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create/ enhance privilege and power

Principle 6
Principle 6 values

  • Training workshop for all Student Affairs Staff – basic understanding of the Catholic religion and Dominican Values and tradition

Principle 7
Principle 7 values

  • Provide opportunities for students to dialog

  • THE 201 courses – requirement for all students – includes 10 hours of service learning

  • Campus Ministry programs for students of other faiths

  • Interfaith Luncheon during Founders’ Week

Principle 8
Principle 8 values

  • Explore your calling workshop for the course

  • Prezi Project

Transformational Vocational Discernment values

What am I called to do?

How do we live in community?

What will be my legacy?

Who are my peers?

Who am I?


Ethical Leadership



Sophomore & Junior





Exploration & Empathy

Respect & Compassion

Healthy Mind & Body


Vocational discernment
Vocational Discernment values

Who Am I?

Who Am I In Relation To Others?

Who Am I Called To Be?

Who values

am I?




Who am I in relation to others?

Who am I Called to be?


Discover Your Calling – Fall 2013 values

FYE Day – Who am I exercisePurpose: To provide an introductory activity to encourage First Year students to start reflecting on who they are.

  • Who Am I?

  • I am . . . (complete the sentence)

  • I love….

  • I am good at…

  • I dislike . . .

  • I am passionate about…

  • I am determined…

  • I want…

  • I am afraid of . . .

  • I value . . .

  • I will . . .

  • I am . . .

Discover Your Calling – Fall 2013 values(cont.)

ORI – 100 Purpose overview: Answering the question ‘Who am I?’ involves knowing/understanding that there are different components that make up who we are. There are 4 key pieces to the puzzle that make up who we are: Personality, Values, Skills and Interest.

ORI -100 –MBTIPurpose: To help students identify their personality preferences and reflect on how it relates to discovering their calling.

Discover Your Calling – Fall 2013 values(cont.)

ORI-100- Values, Skills and InterestPurpose: To help students identify their values, skills and interest and reflect on how it relates to discovering their calling.

Discover Your calling workshop –

Who am I in relation to others (social Justice)Purpose: To help students understand that they are part of a greater whole and understand who they are in relation to others and how they can make a difference.

Who am I Prezi Purpose: To provide an introduction/overview of the Vocational Discernment Process, or the steps involved in discovering their calling.

Prezi project
Prezi Project values

  • The Prezi must be titled ‘Who am I?’

  • Include the exercise from the Freshman Experience Day

    • (I love….I am good at…I am passionate about…I am determined… I want…)

  • Include the 4 pieces to your puzzle:

    • Your personality

    • Your values

    • Your skills

    • Your interests

  • Include who you think you are you in relation to Society

    • what societal need is important to you? E.g. poverty, homelessness, etc, what do you think you can do to make a difference, talk about your community service and what you learned from it

Prezi project continued
Prezi Project continued values

  • Include the informational interview

  • Instead of the 2 page paper, you will be putting what you learned from the interview into a slide (or 2) in your prezi.

  • This is what is says in the syllabus:

  • For this assignment, you are required to contact a professional who is in a career that interests you.  This can be a family member, professor, supervisor, or another person you already know.  This can also be someone you have not yet met (Career Development is available to assist you in connecting with someone).

    • What was confirmed during the interview, based on your previous knowledge and the research you conducted?

    • What new information were you given that surprised you?

    • Did you learn anything that strengthened your interest in the field or turned you away?

    • Are there any questions that you still have?

    • What are your next steps toward pursuing this career path?

    • What can you do now to further prepare for this career path?

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