Discoveries Orientation Week Information

Hello all- 

Hope summer is treating you well!  I wanted to send the unofficial Discoveries Schedule we have received so you can start to plan for the beginning of the Fall quarter. We believe it will not change dramatically at this point, but I would like to encourage you to attend the info session below if you can. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Best, Monica

Wednesday, September 7th

Convocation – faculty should plan to attend at 10am

Lunch- Faculty invited to have lunch with their FSEM class

Meeting with FSEM class 1pm-3pm


Thursday, September 8th

Meeting with FSEM class 1pm-2:45pm


Friday, September 9th

FSEM Destination trip 9am and 3pm

Info & Announcements 6/21

Hi all-

One announcement today from the Student Success team today. Hope all is well.  Best, Monica

Dear FSEM faculty,

Thank you so much for your engagement and conversation at the FSEM town hall on DATE to discuss the Enhanced Advising Model and changes to first-year advising. Please see attached for the FAQ document, which includes answers to several of the questions that arose at the town hall. 

If you have additional questions, please let Heather, Kateri, or me know!

Best wishes,

Kristy

FSEM Updates & Announcements- 5/31 & 6/7

6/7/22

Hello all-

One last email reminder before the quarter ends so, please check out all the info below.  As soon as the Discoveries Orientation schedule info comes to us, we will be sure to send it to you ASAP.  Hope you can check email a little this summer and I promise I will only send important updates as needed. Grace and I are here all summer so please reach out if you have any questions. Thanks so much and best wishes for wonderful summer.  Best, Monica

FSEM activities reimbursements for Spring are due ASAP! Thank you for getting them into Concur and let us know if you have any questions. 

Important Dates for Fall:

FSEM training- Wednesday August 31st. 9-1pm Sie Complex (lunch provided)

Advising Trainings- Thursday Sept 1st. 9-12pm Sie Complex

FSEM Welcome letters due- June 15th.  Please submit to the link below.

 FSEM Welcome Letters 2022

Destinations Trips Friday Sept 9th from 9-3pm

Be on the look out of an email from Grace to confirm your Destinations plans if you submitted them in your FSEM proposal. We will be buying bulk rate tickets this summer so we will need to confirm if your still plan to go there. Remember all travel to Destination locations needs to be on RTD. Thanks


5/31/22

Hello FSEM faculty,

We are going to move forward with collecting FSEM Welcome letters for the fall. Please note that only FSEM faculty who will be teaching this Fall 2022 need to complete this. A few sample letters from past FSEM faculty can be found in the folder labeled EXAMPLES. If you do not write your own letter, the boilerplate option in the EXAMPLES folder will go out on your behalf. You will only be able to access the welcome letter folder using your DU e-mail address. Please save your letter using this format: Last name, First name. You will need to upload your letter to this link:

 FSEM Welcome Letters 2022

Please let me know if you have any questions or complications with access to the folders.

Best,

Grace

Info & Announcements: 5/25

Hi all-

Reminder that we have the last FSEM training payment opportunity for the year on Friday this week- see the info below. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Best, Monica

Virtual Spring Town Hall meeting May 27th from 3-4pm. Mark your calendars & you will receive $150 for your attendance. 

Zoom Link: https://udenver.zoom.us/s/87604647197

Topic to be discussed:

Dear FSEM faculty, 

Over the past several months, several people across Academic Affairs have been discussing how best to support the strengths of our current first-year advising model and provide students with a well-supported transition to their second year. We have met with every undergraduate academic unit and the FSEM committee to gain a sense of what works well and where we might best target additional advising resources to support students in their first and into second year. Based on these conversations, we would like to share the following updates to academic advising for first year students:

Highlights of updates (more details below!)

  1. FSEM faculty will be paired with an advisor partner from the Office of Academic Advising (OAA).
  2. OAA will be responsible for quarterly registration PIN deletion.
  3. FSEM faculty will continue to meet quarterly with their students to discuss course selection as it relates to academic trajectory.

Additional details

  • Each FSEM faculty member will be paired with an advisor partner from the Office of Academic Advising (OAA) for the year. OAA advisors will be available throughout the year to their FSEM faculty partner to help with challenging student questions or situations related to advising.
  • The Office of Academic Advising will be responsible for coordinating/managing first-year student advising, in partnership with FSEM faculty. (OAA already manages new student advising over the summer for fall registration.)  
  • OAA advisors will be responsible for PIN deletion each quarter. FSEM faculty will still meet with students to discuss their academic plans and provide mentoring to students. If FSEM faculty provide complete advising for a first-year student, they can still delete registration PINs, but this is no longer required.
  • FSEM faculty should communicate to students that whoever provides advising will delete their PIN. OAA will be responsible for this, but will also coordinate with other advisors for quarterly advising and PIN deletion in areas where first-year advising needs in those majors are highly specific (such as Music, DCB, or Engineering). 
  • FSEM faculty should encourage students to visit advising early in the quarter. Individual appointments will be available weeks 1-6 of the quarter. In fall quarter, OAA advisors may be available to visit FSEM classes or offer group advising sessions. In winter and spring quarters, OAA advisors will encourage FSEM students to have advising conversations with their FSEM mentor throughout the quarter, rather than just being limited to advising weeks. OAA will manage PIN deletions in cases where students have been adequately advised for the next quarter prior to the official advising period. Weeks 7-8 will continue to be primarily drop-ins in OAA.  
  • FSEM faculty will be asked to be available each quarter for discussing long-term plans, encouraging reflection on academic progress, and providing meaning for requirements in the context of liberal arts education. These conversations relate to course planning and registration, but ideally, will be more holistic conversations about the student’s overall academic progress and experience at DU, an opportunity to reflect on their academic experiences so far at DU and discuss bigger-picture goals, and how the common curriculum and other experiences can support their progress. There is potential here for additional integration into 4D experiences as this component evolves. 
  • To reinforce the student connection to their FSEM faculty, we are developing a short checklist for all first-year students that describes what they should be doing each quarter to prepare for the next quarter. This list includes items like checking holds and making a course plan, but at the top of the list is that students should be meeting with or talking to their FSEM faculty about progress and planning in their first year. 
  • To support a strong transition from first to second year, OAA will coordinate major-specific advising meet-and-greet sessions in spring quarter. Additionally, Student Success Coaches from OAA will be introduced to first-year students and will support students into their second year and beyond (if desired).

What happens next?

  • In the coming weeks and months, we will be developing the more specific components mentioned above as well as additional communications (for FSEM faculty, as well as for incoming students and other colleagues across campus).
  • We will be holding a meeting on Friday, May 27, 3-4pm to discuss the first-year advising model with FSEM faculty, including these updates. Please stay tuned for an invitation.

In the meantime, please share any questions you may have with us. Thank you for your commitment to first-year students!

Best wishes,

Kristy Firebaugh, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success

Tonnett Luedtke, Executive Director of Academic Advising

Heather Martin, FSEM Faculty Director

Kateri McRae, Director of Faculty Advising 

Info & Announcements 5/3/22

Hello all-

Hope this email finds you well. 2 announcements today about upcoming meetings- please see below. Thank you, Monica

Spring professional development meeting– please see the welcome message below from the facilitator. You will receive $150 if you attend. Please RSVP to attend the workshop by May 6th. Register at the Qualtrics link here:

https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ezVRpWkYkKCob4y

Greetings FSEM Faculty, 

You are invited to attend “A Heart to Hold,” an arts-based community workshop focused on making space for faculty experiences of COVID-19 grief and loss. The workshop will be held in person on Friday, May 13th from 10:00-11:50 a.m. in Anderson Academic Commons 290.

Over the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty have struggled to support grieving students, while also grieving themselves. Faculty have experienced several losses, including the loss of loved ones to COVID-19, work-life balance, and opportunities for connection. These difficulties have been associated with mental health challenges, burnout, and the desire to change careers. 

Through making “A Heart to Hold” pillow during the workshop on May 13th, faculty will creatively and collectively reflect on their COVID-19-related losses. Being “good” at art is not required! Dr. Erin Willer, Associate Professor in Communication Studies, will facilitate the workshop. Dr. Willer’s research and teaching answer the question: How do we cultivate communication, compassion, community, and creativity in the face of illness, death, and loss? Dr. Anand Desai from the DU Health and Counseling Center will also attend the workshop to provide support.

Save the Date: Virtual Spring Town Hall meeting May 27th from 3-4pm.

You will receive $150 for attending. Registration coming soon. Topic to be discussed:

Dear FSEM faculty, 

Over the past several months, several people across Academic Affairs have been discussing how best to support the strengths of our current first-year advising model and provide students with a well-supported transition to their second year. We have met with every undergraduate academic unit and the FSEM committee to gain a sense of what works well and where we might best target additional advising resources to support students in their first and into second year. Based on these conversations, we would like to share the following updates to academic advising for first year students:

Highlights of updates (more details below!)

  1. FSEM faculty will be paired with an advisor partner from the Office of Academic Advising (OAA).
  2. OAA will be responsible for quarterly registration PIN deletion.
  3. FSEM faculty will continue to meet quarterly with their students to discuss course selection as it relates to academic trajectory.

Additional details

  • Each FSEM faculty member will be paired with an advisor partner from the Office of Academic Advising (OAA) for the year. OAA advisors will be available throughout the year to their FSEM faculty partner to help with challenging student questions or situations related to advising.
  • The Office of Academic Advising will be responsible for coordinating/managing first-year student advising, in partnership with FSEM faculty. (OAA already manages new student advising over the summer for fall registration.)  
  • OAA advisors will be responsible for PIN deletion each quarter. FSEM faculty will still meet with students to discuss their academic plans and provide mentoring to students. If FSEM faculty provide complete advising for a first-year student, they can still delete registration PINs, but this is no longer required.
  • FSEM faculty should communicate to students that whoever provides advising will delete their PIN. OAA will be responsible for this, but will also coordinate with other advisors for quarterly advising and PIN deletion in areas where first-year advising needs in those majors are highly specific (such as Music, DCB, or Engineering). 
  • FSEM faculty should encourage students to visit advising early in the quarter. Individual appointments will be available weeks 1-6 of the quarter. In fall quarter, OAA advisors may be available to visit FSEM classes or offer group advising sessions. In winter and spring quarters, OAA advisors will encourage FSEM students to have advising conversations with their FSEM mentor throughout the quarter, rather than just being limited to advising weeks. OAA will manage PIN deletions in cases where students have been adequately advised for the next quarter prior to the official advising period. Weeks 7-8 will continue to be primarily drop-ins in OAA.  
  • FSEM faculty will be asked to be available each quarter for discussing long-term plans, encouraging reflection on academic progress, and providing meaning for requirements in the context of liberal arts education. These conversations relate to course planning and registration, but ideally, will be more holistic conversations about the student’s overall academic progress and experience at DU, an opportunity to reflect on their academic experiences so far at DU and discuss bigger-picture goals, and how the common curriculum and other experiences can support their progress. There is potential here for additional integration into 4D experiences as this component evolves. 
  • To reinforce the student connection to their FSEM faculty, we are developing a short checklist for all first-year students that describes what they should be doing each quarter to prepare for the next quarter. This list includes items like checking holds and making a course plan, but at the top of the list is that students should be meeting with or talking to their FSEM faculty about progress and planning in their first year. 
  • To support a strong transition from first to second year, OAA will coordinate major-specific advising meet-and-greet sessions in spring quarter. Additionally, Student Success Coaches from OAA will be introduced to first-year students and will support students into their second year and beyond (if desired).

What happens next?

  • In the coming weeks and months, we will be developing the more specific components mentioned above as well as additional communications (for FSEM faculty, as well as for incoming students and other colleagues across campus).
  • We will be holding a meeting on Friday, May 27, 2:30-3:30 pm to discuss the first-year advising model with FSEM faculty, including these updates. Please stay tuned for an invitation.

In the meantime, please share any questions you may have with us. Thank you for your commitment to first-year students!

Best wishes,

Kristy Firebaugh, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success

Tonnett Luedtke, Executive Director of Academic Advising

Heather Martin, FSEM Faculty Director

Kateri McRae, Director of Faculty Advising 

Updates & Announcements 4/21/22

Hi all-

Please remember that Grace has sent you the course details to review for FSEM Fall 2022 classes (if you are teaching for us). Please review them but you only need to contact us if something is incorrect by Friday, April 22nd. Thank you!

Spring professional development meeting- please see the welcome message below. You will receive $150 if you attend. Please register at the Qualtrics link here:

https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ezVRpWkYkKCob4y

Greetings FSEM Faculty, 

You are invited to attend “A Heart to Hold,” an arts-based community workshop focused on making space for faculty experiences of COVID-19 grief and loss. The workshop will be held in person on Friday, May 13th from 10:00-11:50 a.m. in Anderson Academic Commons 290.

Over the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty have struggled to support grieving students, while also grieving themselves. Faculty have experienced several losses, including the loss of loved ones to COVID-19, work-life balance, and opportunities for connection. These difficulties have been associated with mental health challenges, burnout, and the desire to change careers. 

Through making “A Heart to Hold” pillow during the workshop on May 13th, faculty will creatively and collectively reflect on their COVID-19-related losses. Being “good” at art is not required! Dr. Erin Willer, Associate Professor in Communication Studies, will facilitate the workshop. Dr. Willer’s research and teaching answer the question: How do we cultivate communication, compassion, community, and creativity in the face of illness, death, and loss? Dr. Anand Desai from the DU Health and Counseling Center will also attend the workshop to provide support.

Please RSVP to attend the workshop by May 6th. Thank you! https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ezVRpWkYkKCob4y

FSEM Update- 4/13/22

Hello All-

Wanted to let you know that Grace has sent you the course details to review for FSEM Fall 2022 classes (if you are teaching for us). Please review them but you only need to contact us if something is incorrect. Thank you!

As promised info on the Spring professional development meeting- please see the welcome message below. You will receive $150 if you attend. Please register at the Qualtrics link here:

https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ezVRpWkYkKCob4y

Greetings FSEM Faculty, 

You are invited to attend “A Heart to Hold,” an arts-based community workshop focused on making space for faculty experiences of COVID-19 grief and loss. The workshop will be held in person on Friday, May 13th from 10:00-11:50 a.m. in Anderson Academic Commons 290.

Over the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty have struggled to support grieving students, while also grieving themselves. Faculty have experienced several losses, including the loss of loved ones to COVID-19, work-life balance, and opportunities for connection. These difficulties have been associated with mental health challenges, burnout, and the desire to change careers. 

Through making “A Heart to Hold” pillow during the workshop on May 13th, faculty will creatively and collectively reflect on their COVID-19-related losses. Being “good” at art is not required! Dr. Erin Willer, Associate Professor in Communication Studies, will facilitate the workshop. Dr. Willer’s research and teaching answer the question: How do we cultivate communication, compassion, community, and creativity in the face of illness, death, and loss? Dr. Anand Desai from the DU Health and Counseling Center will also attend the workshop to provide support.

Please RSVP to attend the workshop by May 6th. Thank you! https://udenver.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ezVRpWkYkKCob4y

FSEM Update 4/11/22

Hello ALL-

Please see the message below from our student success team. Thank you- Monica

Dear FSEM faculty, 

Over the past several months, several people across Academic Affairs have been discussing how best to support the strengths of our current first-year advising model and provide students with a well-supported transition to their second year. We have met with every undergraduate academic unit and the FSEM committee to gain a sense of what works well and where we might best target additional advising resources to support students in their first and into second year. Based on these conversations, we would like to share the following updates to academic advising for first-year students:

Highlights of updates (more details below!)

  1. FSEM faculty will be paired with an advisor partner from the Office of Academic Advising (OAA).
  2. OAA will be responsible for quarterly registration PIN deletion.
  3. FSEM faculty will continue to meet quarterly with their students to discuss course selection as it relates to academic trajectory.

Additional details

  • Each FSEM faculty member will be paired with an advisor partner from the Office of Academic Advising (OAA) for the year. OAA advisors will be available throughout the year to their FSEM faculty partner to help with challenging student questions or situations related to advising.
  • The Office of Academic Advising will be responsible for coordinating/managing first-year student advising, in partnership with FSEM faculty. (OAA already manages new student advising over the summer for fall registration.)  
  • OAA advisors will be responsible for PIN deletion each quarter. FSEM faculty will still meet with students to discuss their academic plans and provide mentoring to students. If FSEM faculty provide complete advising for a first-year student, they can still delete registration PINs, but this is no longer required.
  • FSEM faculty should communicate to students that whoever provides advising will delete their PIN. OAA will be responsible for this, but will also coordinate with other advisors for quarterly advising and PIN deletion in areas where first-year advising needs in those majors are highly specific (such as Music, DCB, or Engineering). 
  • FSEM faculty should encourage students to visit advising early in the quarter. Individual appointments will be available weeks 1-6 of the quarter. In fall quarter, OAA advisors may be available to visit FSEM classes or offer group advising sessions. In winter and spring quarters, OAA advisors will encourage FSEM students to have advising conversations with their FSEM mentor throughout the quarter, rather than just being limited to advising weeks. OAA will manage PIN deletions in cases where students have been adequately advised for the next quarter prior to the official advising period. Weeks 7-8 will continue to be primarily drop-ins in OAA.  
  • FSEM faculty will be asked to be available each quarter for discussing long-term plans, encouraging reflection on academic progress, and providing meaning for requirements in the context of liberal arts education. These conversations relate to course planning and registration, but ideally, will be more holistic conversations about the student’s overall academic progress and experience at DU, an opportunity to reflect on their academic experiences so far at DU and discuss bigger-picture goals, and how the common curriculum and other experiences can support their progress. There is potential here for additional integration into 4D experiences as this component evolves. 
  • To reinforce the student connection to their FSEM faculty, we are developing a short checklist for all first-year students that describes what they should be doing each quarter to prepare for the next quarter. This list includes items like checking holds and making a course plan, but at the top of the list is that students should be meeting with or talking to their FSEM faculty about progress and planning in their first year. 
  • To support a strong transition from first to second year, OAA will coordinate major-specific advising meet-and-greet sessions in spring quarter. Additionally, Student Success Coaches from OAA will be introduced to first-year students and will support students into their second year and beyond (if desired).

What happens next?

  • In the coming weeks and months, we will be developing the more specific components mentioned above as well as additional communications (for FSEM faculty, as well as for incoming students and other colleagues across campus).
  • We will be holding a meeting on Friday, May 27, 2:30-3:30 pm to discuss the first-year advising model with FSEM faculty, including these updates. Please stay tuned for an invitation.

In the meantime, please share any questions you may have with us. Thank you for your commitment to first-year students!

Best wishes,

Kristy Firebaugh, Assistant Vice Provost for Student Success

Tonnett Luedtke, Executive Director of Academic Advising

Heather Martin, FSEM Faculty Director

Kateri McRae, Director of Faculty Advising 

FSEM Info & Announcements – April 4th, 2022

Hi all-

Happy Monday. Please see the important info below about an upcoming PD opportunity and orientation leader recruitment info for fall 2022 from Liz Spooner (Liz.Spooner@du.edu) in Student Affairs.  Hope all is well- take care. Best, Monica

Spring FSEM Professional Development May 13th 10-11:50am. More information coming soon but please hold the time on your calendar.

Orientation Leader Information

For FSEM Professors: 

Thank you so much for your work to support our first-year students in your role. We value your work and nominations for those of you that previously nominated students as we expand this partnership. We have worked to reach those nominated students via email a number of times this year encouraging them to apply. However, we are still looking for incredible student leaders! With this, if you have time we would greatly appreciate you sending out the following messaging and or promotional flyer to your current and former students. Again, thank you for the time and consideration! 

Message for Students: 

Discoveries Orientation is now searching for emerging leaders to join us to be Discoveries Peer Leaders/4D Mentors (formerly known as Orientation Leaders)  

This is a great position for students who are looking to build their leadership skills, welcome new students to campus, meet other DU students and so much more! 

Our team leaders will work 40 hours the two weeks before classes start and continue through Fall 2022 working 10 hours/week. This is a paid position! (work-study funding not necessary!)


Apply here:  
https://du.12twenty.com/job-postings/35006701409679

I received 60+ nominations for first-year students this year and have been continually reaching out to those students to promote this role. Again, am always thankful for our FSEM faculty for their work in the classroom and in promoting this role. 

Please let me know if there is anything further!  Liz