Summer Engagement Experiences
Note: All Engagement Experiences are online. Times listed are Eastern Daylight Time.
Registration for all engagement experiences is available through your Hatter Portal.
A Kaleidoscopic Journey: An Immersive Stetson Experience
This interactive course is designed to provide opportunities for students to engage in authentic learning experiences to gain knowledge and skills to help prepare them for college. Activities and lessons will help students explore college and make their transition to Stetson smoother. Thoughtfully constructed and culturally responsive experiential learning opportunities will give students a taste of college life and actively support students in developing a deeper understanding about Stetson University, as well as the DeLand community. Students will also be encouraged to participate in civic engagement and reflective practice to further assist their academic growth, as well as promote lifelong learning and wellbeing. Topics that will be covered during this course include university student life, Stetson campus resources, professional communication, time management, goal setting, organization, critical reading strategies, styles of writing, note-taking, stress management techniques, creativity, collaboration, research skills, study strategies, civic engagement, reflective practice and more.
Meets Monday, June 21, through Thursday, June 24, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Instructor: Rajni Shankar-Brown, PhD, Jessie Ball DuPont Chair of Social Justice Education
Geospatial Pathway to Your Degree
This course will introduce students to the geospatial aspects of various social and natural science phenomena and to different classes they can take to build their Geographic Information System skills. This course will also provide a demonstration of ArcGIS Pro software functionalities and guide the students to integrate geospatial learning within their discipline of interest. Students can leverage these tools to enhance their learning experience while at Stetson and make them ready for the job market where these skills are very much valued. As geospatial technology is a ubiquitous tool, students interested in any discipline can take advantage of this offering to orient themselves to the world of location intelligence.
Meets Monday, June 21, Tuesday, June 22, Wednesday, June 23, and Friday, June 25, 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Instructor: Janardan Mainali, PhD, Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Science Studies
Dream It to Market…Developing Your Creativity and Innovation Skills
Did you know? There are nearly 600 million entrepreneurs in the world! This course will introduce students to the entrepreneurial process and to the important principles of innovation. It will include fun and practical exercises that develop your entrepreneurial mindset.
Meets Monday, June 21, and Tuesday, June 22, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Instructor: Lou Paris, MBA, Assistant Professor of Practice in Management; Director of Prince Entrepreneurship
What’s Really Going on in Russia?
Monday, June 21, 2021, 1:00 p.m.
Are Russians really that into Putin? To find out we’ll discuss first what role their violent and bloody past plays in that equation. Then we’ll try to solidify Russia’s present within a globalizing world where localized identities confront social fluidity. Finally, we’ll work together to make conclusions about Russia’s future after we’ve read some of the latest scholarly efforts to rationalize this mysterious world far from our Atlantic shores.
Meets Monday, June 21, through Thursday, June 24, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. (Registration limited to fifteen participants.)
Instructor: Martin J. Blackwell, PhD, Visiting Professor of History
Are You a True Professional? Practice Timeless Qualities That Will Make People Take You Seriously!
Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
This course aims to introduce practices and qualities of true professionalism to students. Students will understand the habits and skills that allow them to be taken seriously in business and their future careers. This course will have practical applications to help students transition from dependency to independence through their actions and behaviors.Students may purchase the book (optional) on Amazon.
Meets Tuesday, June 22, and Thursday, June 24, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Instructor: Bob Gibson, MBA, Visiting Assistant Professor of Management
The New Student’s Guide to Distinguished Scholarships and Fellowships
Did 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, June 22, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Instructor: Grace Kaletski-Maisel, MS, Assistant Professor, Learning and Information Literacy Librarian
Taking the Risk and Reaping the Reward: The Successful Entrepreneur
Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 1:00 p.m.
Entrepreneurs are made, not born. And if you think you want to be an entrepreneur, we can help you get there by providing you with keys to success. Faculty from Stetson’s Business Law, Family Enterprise, Professional Sales, and Sport Business Programs will join with successful entrepreneurs in discussing what it takes to make it and how you can prepare for success as an entrepreneur.
Meets Wednesday, June 23, and Thursday, June 24, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Instructors: Elizabeth Galloway, JD, Assistant Professor of Practice in Business Law, Chair of Specialty Programs Department; Dena Hale, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sales; Lou Paris, MBA, Assistant Professor of Practice in Management; Director of Prince Entrepreneurship; Areti Vogel, PhD, JD, Assistant Professor of Management; Interim Director of Family Enterprise
Learning to Learn
Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 3:00 p.m.
Learn how to navigate the higher expectations of college courses through metacognition and the 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 $17.95. Students will be expected to read at least 2 chapters prior to each meeting.
Meets Wednesday, June 23; Wednesday, June 30; Wednesday, July 7; Wednesday, July 14; Wednesday, July 21; and Wednesday, July 28, 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Instructor: Heather Evans-Anderson, PhD, Assistant Professor of Health Sciences
Reading and Responding: Colson Whitehead’s The Nickel Boys
Thursday, June 24, 2021, 6:00 p.m.
This summer experience offers you a way to hone your skills in reading, discussion, and research or writing, through working with the 2019 novel The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead, a work that uses the real-life atrocities at the Dozier School for Boys in the Florida Panhandle to examine growing up, identity, and race. In this three-hour online experience, you'll spend an hour discussing the novel with fellow students, an hour on initial independent research and writing a creative or critical response, and an hour sharing your responses and discussing how the act of creation or criticism might change your understanding of the novel. This summer experience is specially designed for those who are interested in English, creative writing, or social justice issues.Participants will need to have read The Nickel Boys and have it on hand.
Meets Thursday, June 24, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Instructor: Lori Snook, PhD, Associate Professor of English
Where Hatters Work!
Friday, June 25, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
Interested to know where students obtain internships and the kinds of work they do? Join us for a one-day, three-hour virtual panel discussion in which students will discuss the kinds of internships they’ve had. A presentation will also be given on HatterJobs, the databank that employers use to post employment opportunities, and the services provided by our Office of Career and Professional Development.
Meets Friday, June 25, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Instructor: Maria Rickling, PhD, Associate Professor of Accounting, Chair of the M.E. Rinker, Sr., Institute of Tax; Accountancy, Director of the MAcc Program
Build It with No Code! Applications Development Using the Mendix Rapid Application Platform
Do you want to build apps but don’t know a programming language? Would you like to earn a certification? This class shows students how to build apps without programming experience. This is a hands-on experience during which students will build apps using the visual tools available in the Mendix Rapid Application Development platform. Students will have access to all the necessary tools of the platform via a Web interface. The class experience will put participants on a path to earn the Mendix Rapid Application Developer certification.
Meets Monday, June 28, through Thursday, July 1, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Instructor: Fred Augustine, PhD, Chair and Professor of Business Systems; Analytics
Foundations of New Media Literacy for Incoming Freshmen
One of the lasting legacies to come out of the 2020-2021 academic year, is how digital learning tools have fundamentally changed how students engage with learning in the classroom. This one-week special topic course will help incoming first-year students navigate a college learning environment that has drastically transformed during this past year. The goal of this course is to instruct students on establishing a set of best practices on how best to engage with visual and auditory resources that increasingly are being offered in and outside the classroom. Each day we will workshop methods on how students can critically engage with the various ways in which social media platforms, film and television programs, music, video games, podcasts, and video clips, shape our public discourse in the humanities. This approach will also examine how such resources can at once inform and distort a student’s understanding of important ongoing social, political, ideological debates, and political and ideological debates.
Meets Monday, June 28, through Thursday, July 1, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Instructor: David Morton, PhD, Adjunct, Department of History
Just Because You’re Not Sick Doesn’t Mean You’re Healthy…
Monday, June 28, 2021, 10:00 a.m.
This course will examine lifestyle choices that affect our health and performance, focusing on the six dimensions of the wellness model of health. The main focus will be on making healthy eating choices to invest in a healthy and successful future. Discussions will include how the body is made up of the nutrients we obtain from food, the impact of ‘brain foods’ on learning and how what we eat influences the way we feel and react, prevention of the ‘Freshmen 15’, and learning how to cope with planning your own meals and fitting fast food in a healthy diet. The effect of sleep quality, physical activity, alcohol and drug use as well as social and emotional wellness on physical health will also be included in this course.
Meets Monday, June 28, and Tuesday, June 29, 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Instructor: Ronette Lategan-Potgieter, PhD, Assistant Professor of Practice in Health Science
Learning Styles, Study Techniques, and How to Do Well in College: Separating the Memory Science from the Pseudoscience
Are 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 Tuesday, June 29; and Wednesday, June 30, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Michael Eskenazi, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology
Want to Be a Sports Business Star? Here’s How
Sports is not just about the action on the field – what happens off the field can make or break your favorite team or player. In discussions among executives from a wide spectrum of sports, you will learn what it takes to be successful in the multi-billion-dollar sports industry. Stetson’s Business Law, Professional Sales, and Sport Business faculty will lead the discussions among the executives and also talk with you about how Stetson’s course offerings can contribute to your success in the business of sports.
Meets Monday, June 28, and Tuesday, June 29, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Instructors: Elizabeth Galloway, JD, Assistant Professor of Practice in Business Law, Chair of Specialty Programs Department; Sara Gramata, MBA, Assistant Professor of Practice in Sport Business; Director of Sport Business Program; John Riggs, DBA, Professor of Practice in Marketing; Director of Centurion Sales Program.
Becoming a Stetson Pre-Health Student
This 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, July 1, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Instructor: Michael King, PhD, Professor of Biology
Food: The Best Form of Medicine or the Slowest Form of Poison…?
The course will focus on the impact that the foods we choose to eat have on our health, performance and longevity. Six interactive sessions will be presented: The ultimate healthy eating cheat sheet with a food label challenge.Micronutrients as game changers in health with creative ways to sneak in micronutrients in the diet. Body weight and how it affects health risk with a nutritional risk assessment case study.Rethink your drink, with a carbohydrate, fat and caffeine search amongst popular drinks. Fast food made healthy with a three-minute meal challenge.Aging starts at birth – what does the science say about dietary choices and aging?
Meets Monday July 5, and Tuesday, July 6, 10:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Instructor: Ronette Lategan-Potgieter, PhD, Assistant Professor of Practice in Health Science
Hatters Assemble: Superheroes, Media and Identity
Superhero(in)es are everywhere we turn, from amusement parks, streaming platforms, and movie theatres to T-shirts, toys, and Internet memes. In this short course, we will engage with these ultimate pop culture staples and powerful symbols of collective identities and worldviews. Our first stop will be to discuss why fictional superhero stories matter for everyday life, politics, and culture. Specifically, we will ask if superhero movies offer a model for a new and more inclusive society or if they simply repackage dominant culture and promote the status quo. As we dig deeper into superhero multiverse and debate this provocative question, we will pay close attention to the role race, gender, and sexuality play in the most popular superhero movies. Finally, we will close our exploration with a question if pandemics will bring the Age of Superheroes to a close or promote its rebirth. Materials: Subscription to Disney+ (optional)
Meets Monday, July 12, through Thursday, July 15, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Instructor: Jelena Petrovic, PhD, Associate Professor, Communication and Media Studies
Shhh...You Can’t Say That! The Critical Role of Free Speech in the College Experience
With everything from the firing of newspaper editors and reporters to the de facto censorship of Dr. Seuss and other authors, free speech has been on the decline in recent years. Data suggests that students are increasingly afraid to speak openly on controversial topics, lest they be judged negatively by their peers or professors. Much of this comes, not from the government (de jure censorship), but from within institutions such as academia, journalism, and big tech companies such as Facebook and Twitter (de facto censorship). However, the college experience is built around the free exchange of ideas, the willingness to challenge even popular moral narratives, the civil engagement in debate and the primacy of data over opinion or anecdote. This course will discuss the primary role of free speech in the academic environment and help students to foster a culture of free exchange of ideas, even ideas that may deeply offend them.
Meets Thursday, July 15, 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Unlocking the Best of You: The Elements, Myths, and Truths of a Successful College Transition
College can be the most exciting and most rewarding time of your life; however, it can also be a very demanding, emotional, and challenging time of your life. In this open-dialogue course, we will explore both the academic challenges and personal challenges young adults may encounter in college and how to OVERCOME those challenges. The prime focus of this three-hour per day, four-day, engagement course is to develop strategies that work for YOU because every one of us learns differently, thinks differently, behaves differently, reacts differently, etc. In this multi-day course, I will use recent anecdotal evidence from my own and my college friends’ experiences, as well as the experiences of my students to facilitate discussions on the topics below: Scheduling and time-management skills.
Meets Monday, July 19, through Wednesday, July 21, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Instructor: Matthew Shannon, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry
Money, It’s a Gas...Personal Finance and Your Life
Did you know? A recent Gallup poll found that only 32% of American households maintain a household budget. “A budget is telling your money where to go rather than wondering where it went” (Dave Ramsey). This course introduces personal finance habits and disciplines as a tool to achieve financial goals and manage stress. The course covers personal finance topics, including credit cards, car loans, mortgages, budgeting, debt, savings, investments, and financial expectations. Students will read and discuss select topics from “Financial Peace Revisited” by Dave Ramsey.
Meets Monday, July 19, through Thursday, July 22, 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Matthew Imes, PhD, Assistant Professor of Finance
Your Journey to Study Abroad
This experience is for any students interested in studying abroad! The earlier in your college career 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, scholarships, travel etiquette, health and safety issues, intercultural learning, thinking ahead to the on-site experience, and more. This virtual experience will combine group discussion, guest speakers, reflection activities, and interactive online experiences (e.g. virtual study abroad and culture experiences, connecting with current Stetson students who have studied abroad).
Meets Tuesday, July 20, and Thursday, July 22, 11:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Instructor: Paula Hentz, MEd, Director of International Learning