Summer Engagement Experiences

Note: All Engagement Experiences are online. Times listed are Eastern Daylight Time.

Becoming a Stetson Pre-Health StudentThis course will introduce new Stetson students to Stetson’s pre-health program. It is offered by the Chair of Stetson's Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) that oversees Stetson’s pre-health program and supports pre-health students. Students will learn about opportunities within healthcare, Stetson's student pre-health groups and other related activities, as well as how to become a competitive applicant to graduate programs in the health professions. This Engagement Experience is for students interested in a health profession. Meets Thursday, June 25, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Instructor: Michael King, PhD, Professor of Biology 

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Learning Styles, Study Techniques, and How to Do Well in College: Separating the Memory Science from the PseudoscienceAre learning styles really a thing? What is the best way to study for tests? What is the difference between memorizing and learning? These are all important questions for incoming college students to be thinking about. In this brief two-day learning experience, I will walk you through the memory science behind learning styles and study techniques. We will learn about some of the most important experiments in memory research, discuss a recent review of learning styles, and plan for how to implement the most effective techniques for your first semester in college. Meets Monday, July 13; and Wednesday, July 15, 2 – 5 p.m.

Instructor: Michael Eskenazi, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology

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Fear Not: The Un-Guide to Approaching Things CreativelyHave you ever stared blankly at an assignment and thought “I don’t know where to start”? Creative journeys don’t require roadmaps. Responding in a creative way requires us to divert our travels to find what truly motivates us and fuels our problem-solving instincts. This experience will boost your productivity, encourage resourcefulness and yield impactful results. Let’s see where your imagination can take you and how it might inspire others. Meets Monday, June 22; Wednesday June 25; and Friday, June 27, 1 - 3 p.m.

Instructor: Krista Franco, MFA, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

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Do You See What I See? A Critical, Reflective Discussion and Call to Action When Divided by DiseaseThis will be a discussion-based experience on the social inequalities of the coronavirus and how to respond now and in the future. Students will be given the opportunity to critically discuss the social and economic impact of the current pandemic, paying attention to cultural changes and inequality which have been highlighted as a result. This course will explore the intersection of sociology and epidemiology and will help students to understand the health disparities of the coronavirus and how to respond to them. Meets Monday, July 20; Wednesday, July 22; and Friday, July 24, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Instructors: J. Dillon Caldwell, MA, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and Jackie Pollack, M.Sc., Adjunct Faculty, Public Health

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MINDCRAFT: Philosophy and Video GamesWhat is a game? And what kind of video game player are you? Join us as we begin to explore some of the philosophical dimensions of game space while developing essential skills for college success. Meets Tuesday, June 23, 1 – 4 p.m.

Instructor: Joshua Rust, PhD, Professor of Philosophy

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“You’ve Been Hacked!” - How Cyber Criminals Work, and Staying Safe in our Connected WorldEach year, the number and severity of successful cyber attacks continues to increase at an alarming rate. Some of these attacks affect individuals, leading to anything from one’s account being hacked, to complete identity theft. Others affect companies and cities, leading to the exploitation of customers’ personal data, loss of funds, or with ransomware attacks, possible complete loss of data. How do such attacks take place, and how can we protect our privacy and security in such a dangerous digital environment? In this summer learning experience, we will examine some of the ways hackers exploit their targets, and what you can do to protect your privacy and remain better secured. We will then explore the field of ethical hacking, using some of the same tools that cyber criminals use but with good intentions instead of bad. This experience will be completely hands-on, with us collectively using the Internet to explore these topics, as well as installing and using the software we need to better understand this field. Requirements: The only requirement for this course is that you have a computer with at least 50 GB of free disk space, and at least 8 GB of RAM. No programming or computer science experience is required. Meets Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, June 29-July 2, and July 6-July 9, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

Instructor: Daniel Plante, PhD, Professor of Computer Science

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COVID-19 and the Economy: What Will Emerge from the Ravages of a Pandemic?This learning experience will explore the immediate economic impact of COVID-19 and how it is reshaping the U.S. and global economies at an unprecedented pace. Through interactive sessions with members of the economics department, students will explore how COVID-19 could simultaneously lead to record unemployment, a rapid recession and a booming stock market. We will ask how public health is connected to the economy, what COVID-19 means for the macro-economy, for social and economic justice, for the climate, for health care, for globalization and for the next generation. We will use a combination of readings, TED talks, podcasts, and other learning materials to bring the topic to light. Meets Monday, July 20; Wednesday, July 22; Friday, July 24; Monday, July 27; Wednesday, July 29; and Friday, July 31, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Instructors: Alan Green, PhD, Associate Professor of Economics; Ranjini Thaver, PhD, Professor of Economics; Khushbu Mishra, PhD, Assistant Professor of Economics; Chris de Bodisco, PhD, Assistant Professor of Economics

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Your Journey to Study AbroadThis experience is for any students interested in studying abroad! The earlier in your college career that you start planning for a study abroad experience, the easier it will be for you to make it actually happen. The content of this experience will take you on a journey through how to prepare to study abroad and what to expect from the experience. We will guide you through choosing a program, preparing to study abroad, travel etiquette, health and safety issues, reflecting on social identities and impacts by an international experience, intercultural competence, thinking ahead to the on-site experience, and more. The virtual experience will combine group discussion, guest speakers, case studies, reflection activities, and interactive online experiences (e.g. virtual tours of famous international museums, connecting with current Stetson students who have studied abroad). Meets Tuesday, July 14, and Thursday, July 16, 2 - 5 p.m.

Instructor: Paula Hentz, MEd, Director of International Learning

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International Learning Journey: First StepsDesigned for new international students, this experience is an opportunity to step into your International Learning Journey, guided by current international students and Stetson professionals to master preparation for success at Stetson University and in the U.S.A. You will actively address and discuss health and safety issues, reflect on social identities and the impact an international experience will have on you and your intellectual growth, think ahead and prep for the on-site college experience, lean into leadership, and more. All this will occur as we take in local, statewide and nationwide virtual experiences. The virtual experience will combine group discussion, guest speakers from campus and all across the U.S., case studies, tips for academic success in America, reflection activities, and interactive online experiences (e.g. tours of campus clubs, virtual trips to local and national sites, etc.). Restricted to Stetson new, incoming international first-time-in-college student fall 2020 Meets Monday, July 13, and Wednesday, July 15, 12 – 3 p.m.

Instructor: Roxanne Lewis, MPW, Student and Scholar Services Coordinator

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Saudi Student Success Starts Here: First StepsTake the first steps on your Success Journey, guided by current international students and Stetson professionals to master preparation for success at Stetson University and in the U.S.A. This program is designed to address the unique challenges and create a smooth transition to Stetson for all of our new Saudi Arabian students. You will actively address and discuss health and safety issues, how to manage your SACM requirements, reflect on social identities and the impact an international experience will have on you and your intellectual growth, think ahead and prep for the on-site college experience, look into housing, lean into leadership, and more. All this will occur as we take in local, statewide and nationwide virtual experiences. This experience will combine group discussion, guest speakers from campus and all across the U.S., case studies, tips for academic success in America, reflection activities, and interactive online experiences (e.g. tours of campus clubs, virtual trips to local and national sites, etc.). Restricted to fully admitted Stetson Saudi Arabian first-time-in-college student fall 2020 Meets Tuesday, July 21, and Thursday, July 23, 12 – 3 p.m.

Instructor: Roxanne Lewis, MPW, Student and Scholar Services Coordinator

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Learning to LearnLearn how to navigate the higher expectations of college courses though metacognition and development of study skills. We will deeply engage with the book Teach Yourself How to Learn by Saundra McGuire. This experience will help you to:

  • better understand yourself as a learner
  • distinguish between studying and learning
  • promote a growth mindset
  • develop effective reading skills
  • manage your time effectively

Participants must have a copy of Teach Yourself How to Learn, which can be purchased on Amazon for $16. Students will be expected to read at least 2 chapters prior to each meeting. Meets Monday, July 13; Thursday, July 16; Monday, July 20; Thursday, July 23; Monday, July 27; and Thursday July 30, 1 – 3 p.m.

Instructor: Heather Evans-Anderson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences

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The New Student’s Guide to Distinguished Scholarships and FellowshipsDid you know that Stetson students are eligible to apply for a number of Distinguished Scholarship and Fellowship opportunities? These external awards are competitive on the national or international level, and Stetson has a rich history of guiding students to scholarship success. Scholarship winners earn a mark of distinction on top of funding for valuable educational or professional experiences, such as study abroad, research, and undergraduate or postgraduate study. By attending this session, you will learn about awards that you may be eligible to apply for this year and in future years, and learn some strategies that will help you work towards becoming a competitive scholarship applicant. Meets Tuesday, July 7, 12 – 1 p.m.

Instructor: Grace Kaletski-Maisel, M.S., Assistant Professor, Learning and Information Literacy Librarian

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Interested students who are unable to attend can visit https://guides.stetson.edu/externalscholarships and contact Grace Kaletski-Maisel, Research & External Scholarships Advisor at gkaletsk@stetson.edu for more information.