Fall 2012 First-Year Seminars

Fall 2012 First-Year Seminars Brochure

Biology at the Movies

Course Number: BIO 1011

CRN: 30426

Monday
4:00 - 4:50 pm

Instructor: Walter Diehl

Description: A novel way to think about biology by delving into the genetics, physiology, anatomy, evolution, and ecology of the inhabitants, fauna, and flora of classic and contemporary science fiction and fantasy movies. This seminar is designed for majors in the Department of Biological Sciences or other life science programs.

Instructor Bio: Dr. Walter Diehl earned the Ph.D. in Biology from the University of South Florida and conducted post-doctoral research at SUNY Stony Brook. He is a Professor of Biological Sciences and Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences. His research expertise is evolutionary biology.


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Title: And They Lived Happily Ever After -- The Keys to Building & Maintaining Healthy

Course Number: HS 1001

CRN: 32224

Thursday
11:00 - 11:50 am

Instructor: Tommy Phillips

Description: While “living happily ever after” might not be the best expression to use when talking about relationships (after all, no one or no couple is “happy” 100% of the time, and all relationships go through their ups and downs), it is possible to have strong, stable, and satisfying relationships that stand the test of time. Students will learn skills that will help build and maintain healthy relationships. Topics will include dating and mate selection, communication and conflict resolution skills, common relationship issues, and more.

Instructor Bio: Tommy M. Phillips received his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Auburn University. He has conducted research on factors involved in marital longevity, as well as family and parental influences on young adult romantic relationships. He is a member of the Human Development and Family Studies faculty in the School of Human Sciences.


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Coaching/Sport Expertise: Learning From the Best

Course Number: PE 1191

CRN: 32858

Wednesday
1:00 - 1:50 pm

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). The course will provide valuable information about what it takes to become an expert coach.

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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Ignorance is NOT bliss!

Course Number: GE 1001

CRN: 31977

Monday
12:00 pMonday
12:50 pm

Instructor: Amy Barton

Description: When concerns about science and technology arise, the public needs accurate, responsible information. However, what they often get is misinformation, which can lead to fear. Many popular science fiction movies portray the public’s fear of “science gone wrong” (Frankenstein, Night of the Living Dead, 28 Days Later, The Day after Tomorrow, just to name a few). This course explores what it means to explain scientific information clearly and responsibly. We’ll look at some unfortunate examples of misinformation and many good examples of communication from writers, documentary makers, popular web sites, and experts from many fields.

Instructor Bio: Barton is a technical writing instructor in the Bagley College of Engineering. While she currently teaches engineering students how to become better communicators, she has taught high school students as well. She understands the transition freshmen face and is eager to help with those challenges.


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Title: SEC Football: Beyond the Field

Course Number: SLCE 1001

CRN: 33320

Tuesday
12:30 - 1:20 pm

Instructor: Steven Turner

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 cannot 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 2011 college football season will provide current topics relevant to these issues.


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The Life of Pleasure: For & Against

Course Number: PHI 1001 Sec 02

CRN: 33011

Thursday
4:00 - 4:50 pm

Instructor: Joseph Trullinger

Description: Everyone wants to be happy—but not everyone agrees about what makes for a truly joyful life. Neither endorsing nor condemning, this course explores the timeless idea that nothing in life is more valuable than pleasure—the philosophy known as hedonism. Epicurean, Judeo-Christian Biblical, and other philosophical approaches will be considered. Is hedonism a life-affirming alternative to today's dead end consumerist culture? Think, learn, and make up your own mind!

Instructor Bio: Joseph Trullinger has been a member of MSU's Department of Philosophy and Religion since August of 2010. Before that, he taught a wide variety of courses for seven years at the University of Kentucky, ranging from the history of philosophy to existentialist thought and literature. His interests lie in the intersection between ethics and religion. Let me know if you need anything else.


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Title: Real World Ethics: An EDGE Initiative Course

Course Number: PHI 1001 Sec 01

CRN: 33010

Tuesday
4:00 - 5:15 pm

Instructor: Michael Clifford

Description: This is a survey of some of the most important ethical dilemmas of our day, including terrorism, genocide, global warming, the financial crisis, guns and violence, abortion, and gay marriage. Students will have an opportunity to engage in critical discussion of these issues. The emphasis is on developing "moral literacy," the ability to make considered decisions of right and wrong. This course is offered as part of MSU's EDGE Initiative.

Instructor Bio: Dr. Clifford earned his Ph. D. in 1989 from Vanderbilt University. He has been teaching at Mississippi State University, including Business Ethics, since 1992. Dr. Clifford has published widely in the areas of political philosophy. His book, Savage Identities: Political Genealogy After Foucault, examines the ethical views of liberals and Conservatives.


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The Power of Color

Course Number: ID 1001

CRN: 32276

Wednesday
11:00 - 11:50 am

Instructor: Amy Crumpton

Description: Do you love color and pattern? Are you nervous about combining them? Do you know how to use color to its maximum effectiveness? This seminar introduces color theory and psychology through a series of weekly color activities. At the end of this seminar, color will no longer be a mystery, but a tool for you to improve and enhance your life.

Instructor Bio: Amy Crumpton has over 10 years of professional experience in the field of commercial Interior Design. She currently teaches a variety of courses in the Interior Design department ranging from freshmen to senior level. With a passion for design, she will inspire you to see things in a new way, whatever your current


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Veterinary Medicine: Beyond Shots and De-worming

Course Number: CVM 1001

CRN: 31059

Tuesday
1:00 - 1:50 pm

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 (i.e., small animal internal medicine, large animal surgery, reproductive medicine, etc.). 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 6 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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Title: Cooking Basics: Iron Chef Bully

Course Number: FNH 1001

CRN: 31882

Monday
12:00 - 12:50 pm

Instructor: Sylvia H. Byrd

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

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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Title: Extreme Medicine: Understanding the Medical Cases on House, M.D.

Course Number: KI 1001

CRN: 34738

Monday
2:00 - 2:50 pm

Instructor: Adam Knight

Description: House, M.D. is a popular television show in which many strange and bizarre medical cases are presented. Questions often arise about the validity and probability of the illnesses and diseases presented on the show. This class will examine some of the medical cases presented on the show, discuss the probability and validity of each case, and examine how the doctors were able to reach the correct diagnosis. This course is primarily designed for students intending to pursue a career in any health-related field, but all students are welcome.


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

Course Number: ACC 1001

CRN: 30049

MWednesday
2:00 - 3:15 pm

Instructor: Mark Lehmann

Description: The accounting frauds of the 21st century, from Enron and WorldCom to Bernard Madoff, have dramatically changed the accounting profession. Fun interactive activities allow students to 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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Title: Extreme Geography: The High-Tech World of GPS, Google Earth, and More

Course Number: GR 1001

CRN: 34737

Tuesday
12:30 - 1:45 pm

Instructor: Sal Nobrega

Description: Since childhood, today's students have been immersed in a digital technology world. Geoscience is one of the leading areas that have driven the most impressive advances in digital information. This seminar will show students how to be more sophisticated daily users of geographic technologies. The advent of GPS (Global Positioning Systems) and their operability, for example, require professionals with geographic knowledge. The success of geographic-intelligent tools such as Google Maps, Google Earth, etc. is a consequence of the rapidly evolving field of geography. This seminar will showcase modern geography: how data are collected, processed, and disseminated in practical applications, while introducing students to a stimulating potential career field.

Instructor Bio: Rodrigo "Sal" Nobrega is a Faculty at Geosystems Research Institute at MSU. He has over 13-year of academic and industry experience in Photogrammetry, Remote Sensing as GIS. Rodrigo is a Cartographic Engineer and holds PhD and Msc degrees in Transportation Engineering/Geospatial Analysis. He teaches Cartography and GIS-related courses at Geosciences.


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iProgram: Programming for the iPhone and iPod Touch

Course Number: BIS 1001

CRN: 30523

Tuesday
3:30 - 4:45 pm

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 22 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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Viva Latino America: An Uncensored Sampling of the World's Most Vibrant Culture

Course Number: FLS 1001

CRN: 31824

Tuesday
2:00 - 2:50 pm

Instructor: Rosa Vozzo

Description: Students will embark on a virtual trip to several regions of Hispano-America. 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 U.S. culture. Students will be encouraged to explore cross-cultural comparisons, and to identify cultural patterns that could cause cultural misunderstanding.

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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Title: Making Politicians Eat Dirt

Course Number: PSS 1001

CRN: 33128

Wednesday
12:00 - 12:50 pm

Instructor: William Kingery

Description: "What happened to the sunlight?" "When people along the eastern seaboard began to taste fresh soil from the plains two thousand miles away, many of them realized for the first time that somewhere, something had gone wrong with the land." Timothy Egan (2006). Beginning with the widely acknowledged worst hard time of the Great American Dust Bowl, this course will explore the natural resources and events surrounding this environmental catastrophe. Students will develop their own critical thinking about natural resource use and conservation. The course will include a major field trip to see first-hand a number of current large-scale conservation efforts in Mississippi aimed at protecting some of the nation's most precious resources.

Instructor Bio: Billy Kingery teaches in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences on soil formation and use, plant and soil-water relationships, and soil conservation. Working with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service he serves as the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station liaison to the U.S. Cooperative Soil Survey.


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CSI: MSU - Forensic Sciences Across Campus

Course Number: AN 1001

CRN: 30178

Wednesday
3:00 - 3:50 pm

Instructor: Nicholas Paul Herrmann

Description: This course will introduce the student to the diverse faculty and staff at the MSU campus who are assisting in criminal investigations here in Mississippi, the United States, and across the globe. We examine forensic sciences from multiple perspectives including computer forensics, biochemistry, DNA analysis, forensic psychology, and forensic anthropology. The course will highlight the realities and the fallacies between television crime docudramas and laboratory science.

Instructor Bio: Nicholas Herrmann teaches biological anthropology and forensic anthropology for the Department of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures. Faculty in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Computer Science Engineering will also be contributing to this multi-faceted forensics course.


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Stepping Into the World of Fashion

Course Number: HS 1001

CRN: 32223

Tuesday
2:00 - 2:50 pm

Instructor: Phyllis Miller

Description: Introduction to the many exciting 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 get hands-on experience with various aspects of the field as they learn from ATM faculty and professionals. They also complete a career exploration that helps them to identify careers that suit their personalities and lifestyles.

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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CLI: Cross-Linguistic Investigation

Course Number: EN 1001

CRN: 34739

Wednesday
10:00 - 10:50 am

Instructors: Wendy Herd, Ginger Pizer, and Lyn Fogle

Description:
We use language daily, but most people only think about language structures when writing a paper for school. In this class, we will investigate how language works off the page. Students will experiment with speech sounds and language processing in the Linguistics Research Lab. They will videotape each other, analyze their own communication, and invent a new sign language. They will find out what happens when people use more than one language and how people’s beliefs about language play a role in language learning and use. In the process, students will get a hands-on introduction to the field of linguistics and its contributions to effective communication in politics, business, education, and life.


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Title: Nano Exposed!

Course Number: CHE 1001

CRN: 30752

Thursday
3:30 - 4:20 pm

Instructor: Priscilla Hill

Description: "Size does matter." "Small is the new big." Studying nanotechnology offers an adventure into exploring the smallest of materials (1 billionth of a meter) to improve the largest of structures. Nanomaterials allow chameleons to change color, and nanotechnology allows development of smaller electronic components and more effective sunscreens for personal use. This seminar explores fundamental concepts, various applications, design and fabrication, and ethics in nanoscience. Since nanoscience is interdisciplinary in nature, it will be co-taught by faculty from several departments: Chemical Engineering, Biology, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Students in those departments may register for this seminar as CHE 1001 or BIO 1011 or ME 1001 or ECE 1001, respectively. Other students should register for it as CHE 1001

Instructor Bio: Priscilla Hill has taught courses in chemical engineering with a particular interest in crystallization and particle technology. Other faculty who will co-teach this course are Yaroslav Koshka, electrical engineering; Oliver Myers, mechanical engineering; and Giselle Munn, biology and Institute for Imaging & Analytical Technologies.


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Title: MSU 2 MD:  Applying to Medical or Pharmacy School

Course Number: CH 1001

CRN: 30625

Tuesday
11:00 - 11:50 am

Instructors: Deb Mlsna and Joe Emerson

Description: This course is designed to help future applicants to medical or pharmacy school. Topics will include study skills and time management, course requirements and recommendations, GPA expectations and extracurricular activities, how to prepare for the standardized tests (MCAT/PCAT), and other topics related to professional school admission. Guest speakers may include: local physicians/pharmacists who can discuss career tracks; current medical school students (study habits and time management in professional school); and directors/ admission personnel at local professional schools (admission requirements and interviews). This course will fulfill the Paths seminar course (CH 1141) in the Pre-Med/Pre-Pharm Chemistry degree plans for students who need to meet this requirement, but other students are welcome, as well.

Instructor Bio: This course will be team taught by Dr. Joseph Emerson (Assistant Professor) and Dr. Deb Mlsna (Undergraduate Coordinator) in the Department of Chemistry. They both have experience mentoring undergraduate students interested in science- and health-related careers. Furthermore, Dr. Mlsna is a member of the National Association of Advisors for Pre-Health careers and can offer all students enrolled in this course some initial career guidance.


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Title: Gun Dogs:  The Role of Canines in the Pursuit of Wild Game

Course Number: WFA 1001

CRN: 33488

Thursday
11:00 - 11:50 am

Instructors: James A. Martin and Mark McConnell

Description: Game hunters have used dogs for centuries to assist in finding and retrieving food for survival. However, the philosophy of our use of canines is rarely explored. This course will discuss the philosophy and history of domestication of canines for use by hunters. We will explore the evolution of multiple dog breeds and dog training for the pursuit of various species of wild game. The objective of this course is to equip those who use dogs for hunting and those who do not, with a basic understanding of why, how, and when we use dogs to hunt wild game.


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Title: The Photogram:  Art in the Dark

Course Number: ART 1001

CRN: 34798

Friday
10:00 am

Instructor: Marita Gootee

Description: Students will enter into the uniquely stimulating world of the photographic darkroom as they create artwork with light. Following in the steps of great photographers such as Man Ray and William Henry Fox Talbot, students will learn how to compose with light while learning how to print in the darkroom. Students will explore the history of the process and be exposed to various methods for creating photograms. By the end of the term, students will have created Art in the Dark!


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Title: Living With Flowers

Course Number: PSS 1001

CRN: 34286

Monday
4:00 - 4:50 pm

Instructors: James M. DelPrince and Lynette McDougald

Description: Men, women, and children are attracted to the colors and fragrances of flowers because the plant kingdom has evolved to appeal to humans. In this seminar, we will take quick peeks into the world of floral management, learning how professionals make rewarding careers from wholesaling and distribution of flowers all the way through retail management. Floral designs will be created in class to make learning and appreciation fun. Students will be able to keep all designs they have created. This is a wonderful opportunity to fully experience flowers and related floristry materials, learning how flowers enhance lives and build careers.


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Title: It's All Greek to Me

Course Number: FL 1001

CRN: 31775

Tuesday
11:00 - 11:50 am

Instructor: Robert Wolverton

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


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Title: Protecting Yourself from Financial Perils and Building Your Financial Future

Course Number: EC 1001

CRN: 34681

Monday
4:00 - 4:50 pm

Instructors: Kevin Rogers

Description: Wise money management while in college increases the likelihood of graduation and financial success early in your career. Learn about managing your money, saving, and investing, credit cards, credit scores, consumer privacy, financial frauds, and other related concepts. Discover how to avoid poor money management decisions or poor financial planning while in college that can have negative consequences for many years to come.


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Title: "Like" This Course on Facebook

Course Number: CO 1001

CRN: 34757

Friday
11:00 - 11:50 am

Instructor: Cheryl Chambers

Description: Social media are everywhere! Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have drastically altered the way we communicate with the world around us. This course will investigate the use, prevalence, and effects of social media sites on career building, establishing good relationships, learning and spreading news, and enhancing your education. After this course, you will have a better understanding of this emerging technology and have more awareness of how it can affect your life, for better and for worse. We will discuss these concepts in class and through the web. Facebook profile required!


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First-Year Learning Communities

Mississippi State University is proud to present 6 special First-Year Learning Communities available to entering freshmen. In Learning Communities, small groups of students take courses together that will apply to University Core Curriculum requirements—in other words, regular courses that you would have to take anyway, but with outstanding teachers specially selected for this program, and a small group of fellow students you can quickly become friends with and study with together. Connections between the subject areas of the different Learning Community courses are made, and the teachers of these courses work together to bring you an especially enjoyable experience as you begin your university career. Most of the First-Year Learning Communities are open to any interested students who can take them. Some are specially designed for students in specific majors, such as Engineering, Communication, and Psychology. For all students, you should check with your academic advisor from your major department at Orientation to be sure that the courses in your desired Learning Community can be used in your major. Usually, this will not be a problem. Some Learning Communities require that you apply for them ahead of time and get permission to register. For most Learning Communities, though, you enroll in them simply by registering for the courses—first come, first served. A couple of Learning Communities are residential—in other words, everyone in the Learning Community lives in the same residence hall. Most Learning Communities, however, place no restrictions on where you may live, and students participate from all over the campus. It is possible to participate in both a Learning Community described here and also participate in one of the First-Year Seminars described in this same brochure—no problem. However, you may participate in only one Learning Community. When registering for a Learning Community, it is essential that you register for the exact course sections indicated in the descriptions. If you do not do this, you will not be in the Learning Community. Please be very careful about this.

The PSY-CO Pysochology-Community #1

Courses and Teachers (must take both):CO 1013 Section 06, Introduction to Communication, MWF 9:00-9:50, Cheryl Chambers; PSY 1013 Section 07, General Psychology, MWF 10:00-10:50, Tom Carskadon

Open to: All freshmen

How to enroll: Register for the courses—first come, first served.

Contact for questions: Tom Carskadon, tomcar@ra.msstate.edu, 662-325-7655

Description: Introduction to Communication is a small, enjoyable course that teaches highly useful skills. Special topics and assignments will link this course to your Psychology course.


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The PSY-CO Pysochology-Community for Communication Majors

Courses and Teachers (must take both):CO 1003 Section 03, Fundamentals of Public Speaking, TR 9:30-10:45, Khristi Edmonds; PSY 1013 Section 09, General Psychology, MWF 10:00-10:50, Tom Carskadon

Open to: Freshmen Communication majors

How to enroll: Register for the courses—first come, first served.

Contact for questions: Khristi Edmonds, kedmonds@comm.msstate.edu, 662-325-8956

Description: Communication majors will get to know each other in their own section of Public Speaking and will be introduced to special resources, issues, and career paths relevant to their major. Links to the Psychology course will also be emphasized.


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The PSY-CO Pysochology-Community #2

Courses and Teachers (must take both):CO 1013 Section 13, Introduction to Communication, MW 12:30 – 1:45, Amy Knight; PSY 1013 Section 08, General Psychology, MWF 10:00-10:50, Tom Carskadon

Open to: All freshmen

How to enroll: Register for the courses—first come, first served.

Contact for questions: Tom Carskadon, tomcar@ra.msstate.edu, 662-325-7655

Description: Introduction to Communication is a small, enjoyable course that teaches highly useful skills. Special topics and assignments will link this course to your Psychology course.


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The Engineering Living and Learning Community

Courses and Teachers (must take both):CH 1213 Section 02, Chemistry I, MWF 11:00 - 11:50, Instructor TBA; GE 1021 Section 01, Engineering Success, T 3:30-4:20, Angela Clinkscales-Verdell

Open to: All freshman Engineering students qualified to take General Chemistry I

How to enroll: An application form must be completed in advance at www.bagley.msstate.edu/specialhousing

Residence Hall: Participants in this Learning Community will be placed in Hull Hall.

Contact for questions: Royce Bowden, Bowden@bagley.msstate.edu, 662-325-2270

Description: A group of freshmen majoring in any field of Engineering will live in Hull Hall and take General Chemistry and Engineering Success together. Hull is ideally located at the center of campus and provides an excellent place for true community to develop. There will be special academic and social activities, and available mentors and tutors will work closely with students outside of class to ensure their success in careers involving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.


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The PSYCH-E Learning Community for Psychology Majors

Courses and Teachers (must take both):EN 1103 Section 20, English Composition I, MWF 11:00 – 11:50, Becky Whitten; PSY 1013 Section 10, General Psychology, MWF 10:00-10:50, Tom Carskadon

Open to: Freshman Psychology majors

How to enroll: Register for the courses—first come, first served.

Contact for questions: Tom Carskadon, tomcar@ra.msstate.edu 662-325-7655

Description: A group of two dozen Psychology majors will take English Composition together with a fine instructor with interests in the links between English and Psychology, a field in which excellent writing skills are especially important. Special topics and assignments of interest to Psychology majors will be included. The Psychology course will be taught by the Undergraduate Coordinator of the Psychology Department.


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The Griffis Learning Community

Courses and Teachers (must take both):CO 1003 Section H03, (Honors) Fundamentals of Public Speaking, TR 11:00-12:15, Khristi Edmonds; PSY 1013 Section H01, (Honors) General Psychology, MWF 11:00-11:50, Tom Carskadon

Open to: Freshman Honors students who will commit to living in Griffis Hall.

How to enroll: Contact Dr. Carskadon very soon because this Learning Community fills very early, and space is strictly limited; you must have special permission to enroll.

Residence Hall: Griffis Hall

Contact for questions: Tom Carskadon, tomcar@ra.msstate.edu 662-325-7655

Description: This is one of the oldest and most popular Learning Communities. Approximately 20 participants live in Griffis Hall and take Honors General Psychology together on MWF and Honors Public Speaking together on TR, thus interacting with each other on a daily basis. The instructors coordinate assignments in the courses to enhance learning and help introduce students to the diverse resources of the university.

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