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The FYE 101: Succeed at the G program is designed to help new students transition successfully to academic and student life at UNC Greensboro. Students will connect with the UNCG community, campus resources, and opportunities, while developing skills essential for academic success, and begin their journey to discover their own purpose and potential at the G.

FYE 101: Succeed at the G is designed to address the key transition points that new students encounter throughout their first year at UNC Greensboro while framing the information relative to the student population.

There are three student learning objectives tied to FYE 101: Succeed at the G, all of which are intended to help students connect today and excel tomorrow. The learning outcomes are achieved through meaningful assignments, readings, and in-class discussions and activities. For more information, view a sample syllabus [PDF]. This sample syllabus provides a breakdown of topics covered in FYE 101. Some sections, such as transfer sections, tailor content to make it more applicable to their transition.

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  1. Connect with the UNC Greensboro Community
    As a result of this course, students will…
    1. Form strong social connections by developing positive relationships with peers, staff, and faculty to develop a sense of belonging
    2. Understand the vast array of support services and resources available and experience meaningful exposure and use of these resources
    3. Build an affinity for UNC Greensboro through engagement and understanding of the university’s mission and vision, history, traditions, and values
  2. Foster Academic Success
    As a result of this course, students will…
    1. Learn academic skills and techniques that lead to developing successful college students and maximizing academic success
    2. Engage with campus resources and opportunities that contribute to their learning and success both within and beyond the classroom
    3. Use critical thinking and critical reflection skills to improve academic performance
  3. Engage in Personal Development
    As a result of this course, students will…
    1. Explore their sense of purpose, meaning, and direction as they begin their college experience
    2. Practice self-reflection and self-exploration
    3. Connect personal interests, values, and strengths with potential academic majors, goals, and career paths

Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) primarily serve new students as advocates, teaching assistants, and mentors in a section of the FYE 101: Succeed at the G course. This course aims to equip students with the tools and resources to be successful in college. PALs have the distinct leadership opportunity to help the students in their class section transition to college, get connected to campus resources, and establish a sense of belonging here at UNC Greensboro!

PALs love helping new students transition to UNC Greensboro. Their roles add such value to the FYE 101: Succeed at the G experience!

  • 97%……..of students believed that their PAL genuinely cared about them as a student
  • 100%…..of PALs had a positive experience and would recommend the position
  • 100%…….of PALs reported having a positive relationship with their FYE Instructor
  • 100%…….of PALs reported having a high level of satisfaction in their role
  • 100%……of PALs agreed that they were properly equipped to do their jobs well

If you are interested in being a PAL in the future, please visit our webpage to learn more about the position.

Thank you for your interest in, and support of, the PAL program. Please contact Mackenzie Radford of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience, at mrwinslo@uncg.edu if you have any questions.

FYE Instructors are UNCG faculty, staff, and graduate assistants that are committed to the success of our new students. FYE Instructors serve as educators, resources, and representatives for UNCG. Working closely with their Peer Academic Leader (PAL), FYE Instructors strive to create lasting connections and impactful learning experiences for their students.FYE instructor opportunity, describes the position and gives statistics from previous instructors

We want FYE instructors to have an experience that is just as rewarding for them as it is for their students. Here are some statistics that show the impact of our FYE Instructors:

  • 91% of FYE Instructors believe they benefit from serving in this role
  • 99% of students believe their FYE Instructor demonstrates excellence in teaching
  • 82% of FYE Instructors would recommend this role to a colleague

FYE Instructors benefit by engaging in the following aspects of their position:

  • Teaching a thought-provoking curriculum that furthers student growth and facilitates classroom conversations about important topics
    • “FYE 101: Succeed at the G supports students through their transition to UNCG by providing them with opportunities to connect to campus resources, develop academic skills, and learn more about what it means to be a member of the UNCG community. “ - 2019 FYE Instructor
    • 98.4% of students said they had a positive experience in FYE 101 (2020)
  • Stay connected to the student experience by developing relationships with new undergraduate students and mentoring Peer Academic Leaders
    • “My PAL was instrumental in fostering class discussion through fun activities. Outside the classroom, she maintained close contact with students. In this manner, she learned about class dynamics that needed to be changed to best serve students. Outside the classroom, she also learned about difficulties some students experienced to connect them with dedicated resources.” - 2019 FYE Instructor
    • 100% of PALs said they formed a strong connection with their FYE Instructors (2020)
  • Expand the network of faculty and staff, by building a community of learners with campus colleagues 
    • “I love the FYE program because of the strong sense of community it creates and the impactful connections one creates with other professionals. We learn more about each other as instructors and advisors.” - 2019 FYE Instructor
    • 82% of FYE Instructors would recommend this role to a colleague
  • Engage in professional development opportunities that will develop an awareness and understanding of first-year students and classroom dynamics that can be brought back to their department
    • “[Professional development] gives us excellent preparation that provides us with the opportunity to make lasting and valuable connections with other FYE instructors, and exchange ideas and best teaching practices” - 2019 FYE Instructor
    • 91.4% of FYE Instructors felt better prepared to support students after engaging in training (2020)
  • Compensation is provided based on your academic qualifications and department. Please contact Emily Wiersma, Associate Director of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience, at e_wiersm@uncg.edu for more information.

FYE Instructors take on responsibilities both inside and outside of the classroom. The time commitment may fluctuate based on the week, but instructors can expect the following responsibilities:

  • Teaching and facilitating a class for up to 3 hours per week
  • Lesson planning and preparing for class
  • Grading assignments and providing timely and appropriate feedback
  • Providing ongoing student support by answering emails, meeting with them outside of class, etc.
  • Supporting and mentoring your PAL
  • Actively engaging and learning with your fellow FYE Instructors through ongoing development opportunities

FYE Instructors are expected to partake in the following professional development opportunities:

  • FYE Instructor Pre-Institute, April 29(New Instructors only)
  • FYE Instructor and PAL Meet and Greet, April 29, 4pm
  • FYE Instructor Institute, May 12-13(multiple days)
  • FYE Instructor Fall Kick-Off Training, August TBD
  • Weekly 1 hour meetings with their PAL
  • Bi-weekly development with FYE Instructors, Fridays TBD
    • While FYE Instructors are welcome to attend all bi-weekly developments, they are required to attend at least one per month

In addition to the commitments for all FYE Instructors above, FYE Instructors currently pursuing a graduate degree are also expected to participate in:

  • Graduate School Teaching Assistant Training, August TBD 
  • Class observation with the FYE Team, 1-2 times throughout the fall semester
  • Shadowing at least one class session of another FYE instructor
  • Participation in FYE Instructor mentoring program
  • Bi-weekly meetings with fellow FYE Instructors pursuing a graduate degree, Fall Semester Dates and Times TBD
  • FYE Instructors pursuing a graduate degree are required to attend all of the bi-weekly FYE Instructor developments listed above

We welcome anyone who is interested in serving as an FYE Instructor to apply; however, we do have a standard set of qualifications for this position:

If you are a UNC Greensboro staff or faculty member interested in becoming an FYE Instructor, below are the requirements for consideration:

  • A master’s degree from a relevant field
  • Approval from your direct supervisor

If you are a UNC Greensboro graduate student interested in becoming an FYE Instructor, below are the requirements for consideration:

  • 18 program credit hours completed by the time of instruction
  • Approval from a direct supervisor, if holding a graduate assistantship or teaching assistant position

If you are a graduate student interested in being an FYE Instructor but do not meet all of the requirements above, please contact Emily Wiersma, Associate Director of New Student Transitions and First Year Experience, at e_wiersm@uncg.edu about the possibility of serving as a co-instructor.

FYE Instructor applications for the 2021-2022 academic year are now closed. Thank you for your interest in the role. Please contact Emily Wiersma, Associate Director for First Year Experience, at e_wiersm@uncg.edu if you have any questions about the position.

UNCG holds a national leadership position in student success, having been named first in North Carolina and in the top twenty among public institutions nationally for social mobility, a measure of graduation rates for low-income students. UNCG is relentlessly committed to helping students from all backgrounds realize their fullest academic and professional potential. Reporting to the Office of the Provost, the Division champions student success campus-wide through centralized leadership in academic advising, curricular innovation, new student transitions, and direct support of student learning. UNCG has developed a comprehensive first year experience program for new students. Below is the story of why FYE 101: Succeed at the G is crucial to the success of new students and the impact on new students.

Hear what the Fall 2020 cohort had to say about FYE 101: Succeed at the G.

Course Evaluations
Transfer Student Evaluations
Peer Academic Leaders (PALs)
FYE Instructors
Campus Partner Workshops

Each year, New Student Transitions & First Year Experience recognizes select individuals who made a significant impact on the FYE 101: Succeed at the G program. All nominations are submitted by our FYE Instructors and PALs, which makes these awards truly special because the winners were selected by their peers. Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit nominations, and congratulations to all of our nominees.


2020 - 2021 "The Natural" FYE Instructor Award
Zoe Palomaki, Graduate Apprentice for Student-Athlete Services

"The Natural" award is for a first-time FYE Instructor who went above and beyond in their role, and served as a shining example of what the position can be at its best. According to the many individuals who nominated her, she “infused so much care and detail in her approach to engaging and educating her students”. In FYE Instructor professional development sessions, she was “always the one sharing new and brilliant ways” to engage students and a peer FYE Instructor wrote “I learned so much from her sharing out. I’ll use some of the approaches to assignments and strategies used in class moving forward in future semesters“. As a campus partner someone wrote that they “admire her knack for advocating for her students without stepping on their agency as individuals”. The title “rockstar” has been used multiple times to describe her, and her teaching has been described as “innovative”, “impressive”, and “thoughtful”. One nominator even wrote that they “genuinely wished I was a first student taking FYE 101 with her”, and others even mentioned her “Toffee Tips” where she creatively used her dog to help teach her students!

2020 - 2021 "The Expert" FYE Instructor Award
Robert Barker, Assistant Dean of Students and Director of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

"The Expert" award is for a returning FYE Instructor who went above and beyond in their role, and served as a shining example of what the position can be at its best. With numerous nominations, it is evident Robert Barker had an impact both inside and outside of the classroom, as they described his “fun-loving personality” and his “capacity to care… by making sure he reached out to each student and made sure they knew that they had him to go to for anything”. His PAL shared that their students “came into class looking forward to it” because they knew they would leave “with a smile on their faces”, and that “during an extremely hard semester… he helped us to escape from the harsh realities of the outside world, even if just for 50 minutes twice a week… allowed us to see a little light in dark times”. A fellow FYE Instructor described him as “my go-to guy” and went on to say “the only way I survived my first semester as an FYE instructor was because of” him. As FYE Instructors, others can look to him to offer “great advice and tips on how to make my semester easier and keep my students engaged”. It is clear Robert Barker “created a really supportive in class and out of the class environment that I’m sure his students were grateful for”.

2020 - 2021 Peer Academic Leader of the Year Award
Deymaris Zambrana-Soler, Senior, Sociology Major

With nominations in several categories tonight, it is clear Deymaris Zambrana-Soler had an impact across the FYE team. According to one nominator, Deymaris Zambrana-Soler “is always so full of life and joy. She brings such a spark to the program and to UNCG as a whole. She cares so much about the students as well as her peers.” Her peers described her impact as stating “When I first met her I felt this aura of care and passion for helping others.. She exceeded (her) role with just the amount of support she put out to everyone.” Another nominator wrote “She’s the best. That’s all I can say. Words cannot begin to encompass her spirit, energy, and dedication to the job”. Other words used to describe Deymaris Zambrana-Soler were “genuinely caring”, “committed”, and that “she is an incredible example of the attitude of a PAL”.

 

2020 - 2021 "Lead by Example" PAL Award
Joshua Burns, Senior, History Major

The "Lead by Example" award is for a PAL whose actions speak louder than words. This PAL may be either an out-in-front or a behind-the-scenes leader, but regardless, their presence is felt in and out of the classroom and they are known for their quality work. According to one of his nominators, Joshua Burns “always was finding ways of making his students feel like they belonged, helping them come out of their shells slowly, but surely.” Another nominator wrote" he was always in the group chat being friendly, wanting to help, and encouraging wherever he needed to.” We are looking forward to Joshua Burns continuing to lead by example as PAL Captain for this upcoming year.

 

 

2020 - 2021 "Helping Hand" PAL Award
David Nguyen, Sophomore, Communication Studies Major

The "Helping Hand" award is for a PAL who consistently demonstrates a solid work ethic, proactively seeks out opportunities to help others, and is a true team player at heart. According to his nominators, he “shined in his role as a PAL! He has taken every opportunity to be part of videos, discussions, and more to welcome our new Spartans to UNCG and the FYE 101 program.” One nominator wrote “he is very passionate and knowledgeable about his role and all the resources that UNCG provides. He provides wonderful words of wisdom as he motivates our students and others.”

 

 

2020 - 2021"Spartan Spirit" PAL Award
Mikala Hopson, Senior, English Major

The "Spartan Spirit" award is for a PAL who is committed to the FYE 101: Succeed at the G program, committed to student transition and success at UNCG, and embodies what it means to be a Spartan. According to her nominators, Mikala Hopson “loves UNCG and loves being a PAL, and it is extremely evident in all that she does”. Words such as “warm and welcoming personality, incredible spartan spirit, and passion” were mentioned. One nominator went on to say, “I learned so much working with her and I know our students did too. She went above and beyond for her students all the time.”

 

 


Previous Award Winners



“The Natural” FYE Instructor Award
2018-2019 Brittany Jellison, Assistant Director of Career & Professional Development
2019-2020 Lindsay Davis, First Year Experience Graduate Assistant

“The Expert” FYE Instructor Award
2018-2019 Kathleen McGirty, Assistant Director of the Elliott University Center
2019-2020 Dr. Lake’ Laosebikan-Buggs, Co-Curricular Initiatives Administrator for Student Affairs

Peer Academic Leader of the Year Award
2018-2019 Destiny Harrison
2019-2020 Lex Lee



“Lead by Example” PAL Award
2018-2019 Manuel Valdez Perez
2019-2020 Hailey Paivanas

“Spartan Spirit” PAL Award
2018-2019 Korin Norton
2019-2020 Brian Garcia

“Helping Hand” PAL Award
2018-2019 Olivia Tarpley
2019-2020 Mikala Hopson



MY PAL MADE ME FEEL AT EASE & A PART OF THE UNIVERSITY VERY QUICKLY. BEING A FIRST GENERATION STUDENT, TRANSITIONING INTO COLLEGE LIFE WAS A LITTLE HARD & CHALLENGING BUT SEEING HOW [RELATABLE] MY PAL WAS & HOW SHE WAS WILLING TO TALK TO US & GIVE US ADVICE ON THE OVERALL COLLEGE EXPERIENCE. I… TO REPRESENT THE FIRST GENERATION STUDENTS, BECAUSE I KNOW HOW DIFFICULT & EMBARRASSING IT IS TO ASK PEOPLE BASIC QUESTIONS ABOUT COLLEGE, & I WANT TO SHOW STUDENTS LIKE ME THAT IT IS NOT EMBARRASSING OR  DIFFICULT TO ASK QUESTIONS TO LEARN BECAUSE THAT IS WHY WE ARE IN SCHOOL.

Marcus Perkins

Peer Academic Leader

MY EXPERIENCE AS A STUDENT LEADER SINGLE-HANDEDLY CHANGED MY CAREER TRAJECTORY. I AM INCREDIBLY PASSIONATE ABOUT SUPPORTING STUDENT LEADERS, AND [WANT TO] HELP A PAL RECOGNIZE THE CAREER POTENTIAL OF THIS POSITION. MY HOPE IS TO ASK MY PAL TO IDENTIFY THEIR AREAS OF SKILL, AND ANY SKILL GAPS THAT THEY'D LIKE TO FILL, AND ALLOW THEM TO SHINE IN THIS ROLE… I WOULD WANT MY PAL TO FEEL LIKE A TRUE PARTNER WITH ME IN THIS ADVENTURE!

Megan Walters

FYE Instructor

I want to help new students find their place at UNCG and take advantage of the amazing resources, programs, jobs, and events it has to offer. I want to make sure their first year at UNCG is the best it can be. I want to be a PAL because I want the new students to love UNCG as much as I do.

Mikala Hopson

Peer Academic Leader

CREATING AN INCLUSIVE AND WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT IS ESSENTIAL TO THE SUCCESS OF THIS COURSE. WE ARE NOT ALL THE SAME, WE ALL WANT AND NEED DIFFERENT THINGS TO BE SUCCESSFUL, SO "ONE-SIZE FITS ALL" WILL NOT APPLY. I AM COMMITTED TO CHALLENGING STUDENTS TO LOOK AT THIS EXPERIENCE THROUGH MULTIPLE CONTEXTUAL LENS, AS THEIR INSTRUCTOR, I WILL CONTINUE TO CHALLENGE MYSELF TO DO THE SAME WE WELCOME DIVERSITY IN ALL FORMS, WITH THE UNDERSTANDING THAT THE NEED TO "BELONG" IS SO IMPORTANT IN ALL OUR LIVES.

Dr. Lake' Laosebikan-Buggs

FYE Instructor

I want to be able to share my experience by sharing what I have learned helping other new students find their path earlier on. Something as simple as just being a friend or lending a helping hand if they do not have one. It only takes one person to make an impact on someone's life, and that's what happened to me. After one UNCG upperclassmen reached out to me, my college experience completely changed! I hope to do that with others. I also want to be able to give tips on how to build connections with professors and how to succeed in class.

Sofia Robinson

2019 Peer Academic Leader

Not only did the content that we discussed in class greatly impacted my college experience, but so did my FYE Instructor and PAL. The material really helped me adjust and reach out on campus and I grew close with my FYE Instructor as well as my PAL! This made me feel more comfortable during my transition to college!

FYE 101 Student

Fall 2018

The biggest takeaway from this class was the huge amount of resources here at the school. It proves that success is at our fingertips, we just have to take it.

FYE 101 Student

Fall 2018

I feel more comfortable in my skin as a result of FYE 101. I was able to speak with different people about my perspective, while also expanding my views about the world.

FYE 101 Student

Fall 2018

Every resource I’ve learned from FYE 101, I’ve passed onto my friends. They’ve told me that they wish they could’ve gotten the same information as I did. So I would most definitely recommend the class, as it gives an essential understanding in order to be successful at UNCG.

FYE 101 Student

Fall 2018
This is my favorite class and I am going to miss my FYE instructor and my PAL. They inspired me to be a better student. I am so glad I was in this class, and it is one I'll never forget.

FYE 101 Student

Fall 2018

I was able to gain insight on different resources around campus to help with my transition to the G. In class, we also talked a lot of character strengths and weaknesses and I was able to start working on some of my weaknesses, in order to begin the process of transforming into the best version of myself. I also enjoyed meeting people in class who were going through similar challenges that I was because we were able to help each other out. We also got to experience things not every freshman was able to and learn advantages and smart habits we can take and utilize throughout my college years and even when I’m in my career.

FYE 101 Student

Fall 2018

FYE 101 taught me about a lot of academic opportunities and resources on campus at UNC Greensboro, and now I feel prepared for any academic challenges I may face in the future.

FYE 101 Student

I possess total confidence for my future at UNCG solely because of this course.

FYE 101 Student

I am so thankful for this course and absolutely recommend it for all first-year students. It helped me grow as an individual and helped me form strong relationships that I did not expect to have.

FYE 101 Student

This class has helped me view myself in a whole new light and has changed me for the better. I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow here and can't wait to continue to do so here at UNCG.

FYE 101 Student

The reflections and assignments that I did in this class really helped me with finding out more about myself and what major would be the right fit for me.

FYE 101 Student

My FYE Instructor did a phenomenal job and I am so grateful to have had them this first semester! They really worked hard to make sure each and every one of us had a positive experience.

FYE 101 Student