Fall 2010




Jim Manis


PHONE: 570.450.3189

Office:  A-205

76 University Drive                                                                  

Hazleton PA 18202     


Office Hours: Monday 4:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday 12:00 to 12:50 p.m.

                        Additional hours available by appointment                                                                      



This interactive seminar provides opportunities for you to learn strategies that will support your success as a student at Penn State University. During the semester we will explore, discuss and apply relevant information to the daily activities and responsibilities of a university student. Emphasis will be placed on the development of practical knowledge and skills to assist you toward your academic and career goals.






The seminar provides opportunities to develop competencies in six areas:

  1. Academic survival
  2. Communication skills
  3. Research library skills
  4. Critical thinking
  5. Computer literacy
  6. Personal responsibility






See the list distributed in class. You will be required to read four books from this list, all available from the Hazleton campus library.





Students will


1.      demonstrate their acquisition of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that contribute to effective self- management in the university community through class discussions and the thoughtful completions of chapter activities;

2.      develop problem-solving skills through active participation in class discussions and out-of class presentations;

3.      model the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for effective performance in a group during the facilitation of selected chapter discussions;

4.      develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes to cope successfully in the university and later in chosen career by successfully completing this course, mastering the use of ANGEL, preparing for their next semester and completing the class schedule template.




·        Discussion

·        Exercises/activities

·        Student facilitated discussion

·        Guest speakers and student life presentations

·        Portfolio

·        ANGEL computer program







Students are expected to attend all in-class and out-of -class meetings as indicated on the class schedule. Chronic absences will result in a lower final grade. More than one absence will require an appropriate written excuse.




Due to the nature of discussions involved in this class, it is important that we respect each other’s opinions and values. You are expected to participate in classroom activities and discussions in such a manner as to maximize learning for yourself and your classmates.


Basic Ground Rules:

·        Value differences as strengths

·        One person speaks at a time

·        Laugh with each other – not at each other

·        Maintain confidentiality if requested

·        Have consideration for opinions other than your own

·        No one dominates – everyone participates

·        Keep an open mind – seek to understand others’ viewpoints

·        Enjoy the course!


Beepers and cellular telephones are not permitted to be on in the classroom.  Any exceptions must be approved in advance by the instructor. If they are permitted they must be on silent mode.




This course is designed for you.  Class activities and discussions will focus on behaviors which contribute to a successful and positive college experience at Penn State.  It is important for you to take an active role in your learning.  You may find it difficult or uncomfortable to actively participate in class discussions and small group activities at first.   However, it is one of the most important skills to learn at college.  Remember, you will get out of the course what you put into it.


Please share your needs, concerns, fears, challenges and victories.  The course will be much more rewarding for you.  We at PSU Hazleton take the purposes of this course seriously and are committed to helping you adopt ways of being a successful student.




All students are expected to act with civility, personal integrity; respect other students' dignity, rights and property; and help create and maintain an environment in which all can succeed through the fruits of their own efforts.  An environment of academic integrity is requisite to respect for self and others and a civil community.

Academic integrity includes a commitment to not engage in or tolerate acts of falsification, misrepresentation or deception.  Such acts of dishonesty include cheating or copying, plagiarizing, submitting another persons' work as one's own, using Internet sources without citation, fabricating field data or citations, "ghosting" (taking or having another student take an exam), stealing examinations, tampering with the academic work of another student, facilitating other students' acts of academic dishonesty, etc.

Students charged with a breach of academic integrity will receive due process and, if the charge is found valid, academic sanctions may range, depending on the severity of the offense, from F for the assignment to F for the course.

The University's statement on academic integrity, from which the above statement is drawn, is available at




            The Pennsylvania State University is committed to providing access to a quality education for all students including those with documented disabilities. If a student has a disability and wants to request an accommodation for a course, it is the responsibility of the student to first obtain a University accommodation letter confirming the disability and suggestion appropriate remedies. This letter can be obtained from the Penn State Office for Disability Services (105 Boucke (814) 863-1807) from the campus Disability Contact Liaison. The contact liaison at Penn State Hazleton is Jackie Walters located at The Learning Center (Laurel-105, (570) 450-3005,


            Students are encouraged to request accommodation need early in the semester. Once identified, a reasonable accommodation will be implemented in a timely



 Your course grade will be assessed according to the following criteria:


Participation and attendance                  50 %


Portfolio                                               50 %


Total                                                    100%



NOTE:  Your portfolio will be assessed sevaral times throughout the semester. Criteria include completeness at the time of assessment and basic writing skills, comparable to the standards used in freshman composition courses.


Participation includes attendance at all presentations as they occur during class times and the completion of any assigned work given by either the instructor or the presenter during these presentations.






August 23:   Introduction to class, completion of “Scenario”


August 30:  Class exercises


September 7: Developing PSU Computer Literacy (Brazon) K-1


September 13: Class exercises. Turn in typed report.


September 20: Becoming Involved in Campus Life (SGA and Hilton) K-1


September 27: Class exercises. Turn in typed report


October 4: Academic Integrity-How to Avoid Plagiarism (Waitkus) K-1


October 11: Class exercises. Turn in typed report.


October 18: Handling Stress (Jemo-Kobialka) K-1


October 25:  Class exercises. Turn in typed report.


November 1:  How to Work Effectively in Groups (Muroski) K-1


November 8: Class exercises. Turn in typed report.


November 15:  Navigating Elion (O'Donnell) K-1

November 29:  Career Planning (Maxwell) K-1

December 6: Turn portfolio in for assessment.