Fall 2009 First-Year Seminars

Fall 2009 First-Year Seminars Brochure

It's All Greek To Me

Course Number: FL 1001

CRN: 31750

Tuesday
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Lee 220

Instructor: Robert Wolverton

Description: This seminar will look in a comprehensive way at the ancient Greeks and evaluate their contributions to modern America.

Instructor Bio: Robert E. Wolverton, Sr. has teaching interests in Classical Mythology, Latin, Greek, History of Christianity, Greek and Roman Civilizations, and Etymology (English Words from Greek and Latin). His latest book is In Other Words: A Lexicon of Sports for Winners and Losers…and More, published in 2005. John Grisham Master Teacher; Ageless Hero Award for Creativity; Alumni Teaching Award.


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Coaching/Sport Expertise: Learning from the Best

Course Number: PE 1191

CRN: 34103

Tuesday
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Swalm 210

Instructor: Brad Vickers

Description: This course will provide students with an in-depth analysis of the growth and development of coaches (both novice and seasoned professionals). It will also provide valuable information about what it takes to become an expert coach and the necessary tools used by experts to continue their development within the coaching profession.

Instructor Bio: Dr. Brad Vickers has a great interest in the development of expertise of coaches and athletes. As a former college all-American and coach of a national champion swimmer, Vickers has perused this interest in a practical setting as well as through research. Vickers' studies of Bobby Bowden and Tommy Bowden, Olympic Swimming Coaches Jack Bauerle and Eddie Reese, along with the Southeastern Conferences' Head Football Coaches; have greatly enhanced his understanding of what it takes to be an expert and how to develop that expertise.


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Stepping into the World of Fashion

Course Number: HS 1001

CRN: 32179

Monday
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
McCool 211

Instructor: Phyllis Miller

Description: Introduction to the exciting many careers in Apparel, Textiles, and Merchandising (ATM), including fun experiences with fashion illustration and design, textiles, historic costume, cross-cultural design and merchandising, the social/psychological aspects of dress, product quality analysis, visual merchandising, retailing, merchandising, and research. Students receive hands-on instruction with various aspects of the field as they learn from ATM faculty and professionals.

Instructor Bio: Miller is an associate professor of ATM and co-option leader for Design. She teaches computer applications for ATM, visual design, and fashion design. She is a Fulbright and Fulbright-Hayes scholar and has visited 34 countries/territories. Her International Sunset Jacket was selected for the 2008 International Textile and Apparel Association Design Exhibition.


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Water in A Net: Construction and Engineering Law

Course Number: BCS 1001

CRN: 34300

Wednesday
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Giles 122

Instructor: Islam El-Adaway

Description: This course will provide students with the basics for effectively managing contractual and legal matters in construction and engineering projects. In today's dynamic world, legal and contractual knowledge is extremely important for all professionals working in construction and engineering projects. Attempting to acquire this essential knowledge as an existing professional is like catching water in a net!

Instructor Bio: Dr. El-adaway is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Building Construction Science and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Dr. El-adaway earned his PhD in civil engineering with specialization in construction engineering and management from Iowa State University, holds a BSc. in construction engineering and business administration as well as MSc. in construction engineering from the American University in Cairo. Dr. El-adaway's research interests focus on integrating multi-disciplinary techniques for studying problems associated with construction and infrastructure application as well as enhancing contractual and legal knowledge for engineering and construction projects.


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Cricket: From Colonization to Commercialization

Course Number: SS 1001

CRN: 34598

Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:50 am
McCool 225

Instructor: Adam Love

Description: This seminar will explore the ways in which sport is inextricably connected with various social, cultural, historical, and political issues in society. In doing so, will we be engaging with C.L.R. James' (1963) classic work, Beyond a Boundary, in which he discusses the relationship between cricket and a range of Caribbean affairs including politics, economics, race, and postcolonial struggle. In addition, this course will allow students to gain an understanding of a sport, cricket, with which most Americans are unfamiliar. Students will even have the opportunity to try the sport first hand.

Instructor Bio: Adam Love teaches globalization and sport as well as ethics and morality in sport for the Department of Kinesiology. His specific research interests include issues related to the presence of international student-athletes in U.S. collegiate sport.


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Simpsonomics - Economic Principles and the Simpsons

Course Number: EC 1001

CRN: 34600

Thursday
12:30 pm - 1:20 pm
McCool 233

Instructor: Andrew Luccasen

Description: This course examines the basic economic principles introduced and developed through television shows, primarily, The Simpsons. The class will study of important topics such as elasticity, public goods, health care, pollution, and inflation. (Not open to students with prior credit in Principles of Economics).

Instructor Bio: Andrew Luccasen, Ph.D.(Texas A&M) is an Instructor of Economics at MSU. He has taught Principles of Economics and a variety of upper-level and graduate classes. His paper on the Simpsons and economic principles, co-authored with M. Kathleen Thomas, has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Economic Education.


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A SLICE of Starkville

Course Number: COE 1001

CRN: 34601

Wednesday
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Allen 25

Instructor: April Heiselt and Chiquita Briley

Description: A SLICE (Service-Learning, Involvement, Culture, and Eating) of Starkville is an opportunity for freshmen students to learn, experience, and get involved in their new Starkville community. This class provides students with a unique method to be actively engaged in their city while having fun exploring the history, sites, smells, sounds, and delicious tastes of Starkville.

Instructor Bio: Dr. April Heiselt is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling and Educational Psychology Department, and the Service-Learning Coordinator for a variety of MSU's on-campus programs. Dr. Chiquita Briley is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Food Science, Nutrition, and Health Promotion and faculty liaison for the War on Hunger Initiative.


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Bowling Together: Building Community with Sociology

Course Number: SO 1001

CRN: 34604

Tuesday
6:00 pm - 6:50 pm
Bowen 108

Instructors: Amy M. Burdette and Stacy Haynes

Description: This seminar provides an introduction to the field of sociology while also encouraging connections within the MSU community through monthly bowling sessions. This course will focus on the work of Robert Putnam (Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community), which centers on declining social connections in modern society.

Instructor Bio: Amy M. Burdette received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. Her research investigates connections between religious involvement, neighborhood context, family and health across the life course. Stacy Hoskins Haynes received her Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology and Crime, Law, and Justice at
Pennsylvania State University in 2008. Her research interests include victimization, sentencing and the courts, and criminal justice policy.


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How to Be a Millionaire. Really!?! Yes. Really.

Course Number: EC 1001

CRN: 34607

Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:50 am
McCool 113

Instructor: Becky Smith

Description: This course is designed to help incoming freshman avoid the financial pitfalls facing college students and give them practical helps to gain wealth for the long-term.

Instructor Bio: Rebecca Campbell Smith earned degrees in economics at Pepperdine University (B.A.) and at LSU (M.S. and Ph.D.). She has enjoyed over 14 years of experience motivating college students to learn how to be better thinkers through economic principles.


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Biology of Middle Earth

Course Number: BIO 1011-01

CRN: 30433

Monday
5:00 pm - 5:50 pm
Allen 12

Instructor: Walter Diehl III

Description:The seminar will provide an introduction to understanding science and biological processes, focusing on the anatomy, physiology, evolution and ecology of the inhabitants and flora of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth. This seminar is designed for potential majors in the Department of Biological Sciences and/or students of LOTR (Lord of the Rings).

Instructor Bio:Walter Diehl III is a Professor of Biological Sciences and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Arts and Sciences. His research expertise is in evolutionary biology.


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Healthcare and Medical Professionals of the Future

Course Number: ABE 1001

CRN: 34000, 33999

Monday
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Ag and Bio Engineering Bldg. 141

Instructor: Lakiesha Williams

Description: Not sure which health profession is right for you? This seminar is designed to expose students to various career paths in the health care field. Specifically, students interested in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Nursing, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Pharmacy will be introduced to the realities of preparing for these careers. Students will be provided with information on the specific entrance exams for their health profession school of choice and will gain insight on the specific tasks associated with these professions.

Instructor Bio: Lakiesha Williams is an assistant professor in Biomedical Engineering. She teaches Engineering in Life Sciences, and Introduction to Engineering Design. Dr. Williams also works with the Bagley College of Engineering in facilitating a monthly Women of Color roundtable.


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Veterinary Medicine: Beyond Shots and De-worming

Course Number: CVM 1001

CRN: 31053

Tuesday
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
TBA

Instructor: Patty Lathan

Description: This seminar will discuss various aspects of and approaches to veterinary medicine. Each seminar will be delivered by a specialist in a specific discipline (ie., small animal internal medicine, large animal surgery, reproductive medicine). Seminar topics will be diverse and include discussions about specific diseases, the importance of veterinary medicine in controlling human disease, and diagnostic and therapeutic techniques used in veterinary medicine. As part of the course requirement, students will be assigned to "shadow" a veterinary clinician for at least six hours in MSU’s Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.

Instructor Bio: Dr. Lathan received her VMD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, and completed a residency at Purdue University. She is certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, and teaches small animal medicine at the MSU-CVM. She has a special interest in endocrinology and Labrador retrievers.


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Interior Design: Fact and Fiction

Course Number: ID 1001

CRN: 32227

Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:50 am
Ethridge 120

Instructor: Amy Crumpton

Description: Interior design can be an exciting and challenging career; this course will introduce students to the real story behind interior design. The class will explore the designer's toolbox, examining the principles of design, graphic communication, space planning, and a true look at the 'real story' behind HGTV.

Instructor Bio: Amy Crumpton has over 10 years of professional experience in the field of commercial Interior Design. She has participated in roundtable discussions regarding Interior Design career planning and works with K-12 design programs in the state of Mississippi.


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Cooking Basics: Iron Chef Bully

Course Number: FNH 1001

CRN: 31859

Monday
12:00 pm - 12:50 pm
Moore 104

Instructor: Sylvia H. Byrd

Description: Healthy eating doesn't have to be difficult or cost a fortune. Students will have fun learning through lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice, basic cooking fundamentals and techniques. These skills will help students be more versatile, creative, and experienced with food, as well as developing skills that can be used everyday.

Instructor Bio: Sylvia Byrd, PhD, RD, Associate Professor of Nutrition has over 20 years of experience as a dietitian and nutrition educator. She is dedicated to teaching others about agriculture and food preparation and their role in healthy lifestyles. Chef Roland Parny, a French trained chef will assist with the seminar demonstrations.


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Can 2+2=5? The Math of an Accounting Fraud

Course Number: ACC 1001

CRN: 30057, 30058

Wednesday
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm
Wednesday
2:00pm - 2:50pm
McCool 112

Instructor: Mark Lehman

Description: The accounting frauds of the 21st century, including Enron and WorldCom, have dramatically changed the accounting profession. This seminar will explore how and why individuals commit fraud and what accountants can do to catch them.

Instructor Bio: Mark Lehman is an associate professor in Accounting. He teaches Accounting Information Systems and a graduate level Fraud Examination at Mississippi State University. He is a co-author of South-Western Publishing Company's popular Century 21 Accounting Series. First published in 1903, the textbook has remained the premier high school accounting textbook. Dr. Lehman is a certified public accountant and a certified fraud examiner.


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Extreme Adventures

Course Number: FLS 1001

CRN: 31794

Tuesday
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Carpenter 111

Instructor: Rosa Vozzo

Description: Students will embark in a virtual trip for several regions of Hispano-American. Students will be presented with cultural information, ideas, and events that have influenced the region, specifically those that provide a basis for comparisons of Hispanic and US culture. Students will be encouraged to explore cross-cultural comparisons, and to identify cultural patterns that could cause cultural missunderstanding.

Instructor Bio: Rosa Vozzo holds an M.A. in Foreign Languages, M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from Mississippi State University. She teaches courses in Spanish language and Spanish for professionals (agriculture and business related fields). Her research interest focuses on teaching culture in the FL classroom, students’ motivation, and study abroad programs and their impact in students' attitude toward language and culture of the target group. Rosa Vozzo was born in the Dominican Republic, and studied for a year in the Centro Regional Latinoamericano de Acuacultura in Pirassununga, Sao Paolo, Brazil.


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Guesstimation

Course Number: PH 1001

CRN: 34979

Wednesday
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Hilbun 350

Instructor: Dipangkar Dutta

Description: Numbers are thrown at us all the time, sometimes they sound scary such as - "Shark attacks doubled this year!", and sometimes they are tempting - "This week's lottery prize is $100 million!" In this course, students will learn how to make rough, common sense estimates (guesstimates) starting with just a few basic facts. Students will develop the ability to estimate almost anything covering a large range of phenomena, from the simple to complex and from the silly to the serious from the kitchen to the cosmos. This straightforward skill will gives insight into how scientists think and will help you recognize numerical, political, and scientific nonsense.

Instructor Bio: Dipangkar Dutta is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. His area of research is Nuclear and Particle Physics. He studies the structure of sub-atomic particle with the goal of understanding how the strong force holds atomic nuclei together. He is also involved in experiments probing various fundamental symmetries of nature.


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iProgram: Programming for the iPhone and iPod Touch

Course Number: BIS 1001

CRN: 34635

Friday
11:00 am - 11:50 am
McCool 113

Instructor: Rodney Pearson

Description: This course introduces programming for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch devices, using the official Apple-supplied iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK). As members of the MSU iPhone Development Team, students will be able to develop third party iPhone applications (apps), and install them on their own iPhone and/or iPod Touch devices. As part of the MSU iPhone Development Team, each student will also be able to install apps developed by other students on his or her device. (Note: Uploading a developed app to the App Store requires a paid membership, which is not a required part of this class. This will all be explained in class.)

Instructor Bio: During his 21 years at MSU, Rodney Pearson has taught a wide range of courses, including COBOL Programming, Advanced Languages I and II, Microcomputers and Networks, and Management of Information Technology. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the MSU Alumni Association Upper Level Undergraduate Teaching Award, and the university 2002 Grisham Master Teacher Award.


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Undeclared? I'll Declare! Let's Declare!

Course Number: LSK 1001

CRN: 32328

Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:50 am
Swalm 125

Instructor: Rita McReynolds

Description: This course designed to orient incoming freshmen and transfer undeclared majors to the many aspects of Mississippi State University. A campus-wide approach to the university will be employed through the lecturing of guest speakers from different campus outlets. Strategies for employing personal and university resources will be discussed as well. Finally, the course will nurture necessary resume building skills needed to succeed both in college, and afterward.

Instructor Bio: Rita McReynolds has been teaching in The Learning Center for 19 years. McReynolds has taught Freshman Seminar, College Reading and Study Skills, Speed Reading, and Effective Reading. Her experience includes working with students from all disciplines. McReynolds has worked with the Summer Developmental Program. She is serving her third term on the Executive Board of the Mississippi Association for Developmental Education.


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The ABCs of Education

Course Number: LSK 1001

CRN: 34639

Monday
10:00 am - 10:50 am
Swalm 220

Instructor: Rita McReynolds

Description: This course designed to orient incoming freshmen and transfer education majors to the many aspects of Mississippi State University. A campus-wide approach to the university will be employed through the lecturing of guest speakers from different campus outlets. Strategies for employing personal and university resources will be discussed as well. Finally, the course will nurture necessary resume building skills needed to succeed both in college, and afterward.

Instructor Bio: Rita McReynolds has been teaching in The Learning Center for 19 years. McReynolds has taught Freshman Seminar, College Reading and Study Skills, Speed Reading, and Effective Reading. Her experience includes working with students from all disciplines. McReynolds has worked with the Summer Developmental Program. She is serving her third term on the Executive Board of the Mississippi Association for Developmental Education.


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Reel Music: History and Function of Movie Music

Course Number: MU 1001

CRN: 32627

Monday
10:00 am - 10:50 am
Music B

Instructor: Elaine Peterson

Description: This course will explore the ways in which music has been used in film over the past century. Students will explore early film music of the 1920s, Hollywood’s golden age, and today's current movies. Students will see how past and new techniques are being used in soundtracks and sound editing. Classes will consist of discussion, lecture and the viewing of film clips. Viewing of complete films outside of class may be a component of the course. This is a chance not only to learn how vital the music is to the movie industry, but also serves as a good introduction to film history, in general.

Instructor Bio: Elaine Peterson teaches music history, music appreciation, and double reeds for the Department of Music at Mississippi State University. She is the current director of the Magnolia Independent Film Festival, which is held in Starkville each February. The Festival is currently in its 13th season.


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Animal Science: So many paths to your future!

Course Number: ADS 1001

CRN: 34589

Monday
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Ballew 206

Instructor: Carolyn Huntington

Description: Animal and dairy sciences and its allied industries involve a variety of disciplines from production of livestock to consumption of meat animals. This course will provide an overview of the types of job opportunities that exists for students considering employment in this area. Guest speakers from industry and academia will share their experiences in the science and business of the agriculture industry and discuss areas of specialization within their field.

Instructor Bio: Carolyn Huntington, Ph.D., is the undergraduate coordinator in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences. She teaches courses in Animal Science and Companion Animal. She leads the undergraduate recruiting and orientation efforts for her department.


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Animal Adventure: Exploring Our Livestock Heritage

Course Number: ADS 1001

CRN: 34642

Thursday
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm
Ballew 206

Instructor: Ann Leed

Description: This course will explore the legacy and heritage of production livestock by covering the history of livestock domestication, the formation of breeds and breed registries, and the importance of livestock today. Students will be exposed to livestock contribution to society as man underwent changes from a hunter-gather to farmers to an industrial society.
Students will look at how livestock has changed civilization through artwork, music, sculptures, currency, and architecture.

Instructor Bio: Ann Leed is an Instructor in the Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, where she teaches undergraduate classes in addition to being the Livestock Judging Team Coach.


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Wood is Wonderful: Why?

Course Number: FP 1001

CRN: 34644

Monday
11:00 am - 11:50 am
Franklin Center 112

Instructor: Shane Kitchens

Description: This class will explore why wood is one of the most environmentally friendly and renewable resources on the planet. General characteristics of economically important species will be explored. Different uses will be discussed and ways to protect wooden structures or products will be examined. Wood has many uses ranging from building houses to preserving foods. There are many organisms that attack and damage structures and products produced from nature's renewable building block. A general knowledge of wood, wood uses and wood protection will be gained by hands-on demonstrations of the characteristics of wood and wood destroying organisms.

Instructor Bio: Dr. Shane Kitchens is an Assistant Professor in the Forest Products Department and his research includes a focus on wood protection, wood quality, biological durability, and wood destroying organisms. Dr. Kitchens has worked in the forest products industry and works closely with the entrepreneurial program at Mississippi State University.


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Animal Welfare

Course Number: CVM 1001

CRN: 34645

Friday
9:00 am - 9:50 am
TBA

Instructor: Ben Nabors

Description: This course is designed to provide the student with a general overview of the topic of animal welfare. An emphasis will be placed on careers that are faced with this issue, the problems encountered and the solutions proposed for this complex issue.

Instructor Bio: Ben Nabors is a clinical instructor at the College of Veterinary Medicine with a B.A. in Sociology and career experience in international development. He has a personnel interest in researching alternative animal production models.


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Exploring Your Self, Ed. Psychology, and Beyond

Course Number: EPY 1001

CRN: 34646

Monday
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
Allen 22

Instructor: Donna Gainer

Description: So you want to help people? Here is a way to find out how. This one-hour seminar will allow each new student to explore their own identity and to investigate careers and key themes within the helping professions, specifically educational psychology.

Instructor Bio: Donna Carol Gainer is an Educational Psychologist and faculty in the Department of Counselor Education and Educational Psychology. Her research interests are creativity in at-risk populations, sensory learning styles, and assessment design. She enjoys helping students become the best person they are capable of becoming. The class is team taught and other Educational Psychologists from the department will contribute. They are: Dr. Anastasia Elder, cognition and the development of scientific thinking; Dr. David Morse, statistics and measurement; and Dr. Linda Morse, learning and cognition.


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Yoga in Practice and Theory

Course Number: KI 1001-02

CRN: 34647

Wednesday
5:00 pm - 5:50 pm
Meridian GYM 238

Instructor: James Kelley

Description: Learn more about yoga as a practice of meditation and exercise. This seminar invites you to explore a range of basic poses and sequences (primarily hatha, ashtanga primary series, and power yoga) as well as take part in discussions on related topics, from pieces of classical Indian mythology to popular claims of the benefits or failings of yoga to published research on mindfulness, stress reduction, etc. Students at any level of fitness or ability will be able to participate fully in the seminar.

Instructor Bio: James Kelley teaches literature and writing courses at Mississippi State University Meridian Campus. He also practices yoga daily and teaches the same on a regular basis.


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Pigskin and Sheepskin

Course Number: GLC 1001

CRN: 35161

Tuesday
3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
McCool 215

Instructor: Lisa Harris

Description: College football is an integral part of higher education. Now a multi-billion dollar industry followed by millions the importance it plays in higher education can not be downplayed. This seminar will focus on the issues of college football in today’s universities. The dynamics between fielding a winning football team and fulfilling the central mission of academics will provide a framework for discussions regarding such issues as coaches’ pay, the bowl system, and paying of student athletes. The fall 2009 college football season will provide current topics
relevant to these issues.

Instructor Bio: Dr. Lisa Harris, Associate VP for Student Affairs, is responsible for the related areas of enrollment services, admissions, financial aid and scholarships, along with other duties. Dr. Harris is known across campus for her boundless enthusiasm for college football and knowledge of the game.


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