Welcoming First-Year Students to College in the Coronavirus Era

July 08 2020

From 9:00 am until 10:00 am

The first year of college sets the tone for a student’s next four years: students are building important connections and learning how to navigate college life inside and outside of the classroom. Amid the pandemic, there is much uncertainty about what the first-year experience will look like for students. Facilitated by experienced first-year program faculty, this highly interactive discussion will give first-year seminar instructors the opportunity to discuss current concerns and share ideas with other New York Six faculty.


Donna Alvah is Associate Professor and Margaret Vilas Chair of US History at St. Lawrence University, and chair of the Department of History. She has taught in the university's First-Year Program since 2006.

Sarah Barber is Associate Professor of English and Associate Dean of the First Year at St. Lawrence University. Along with her work in SLU’s First-Year Program, where she regularly offers a course called “The Pen and the Knife: Poetry and Printmaking” with her colleague the printmaker Melissa Schulenberg, she teaches poetry and early modern British Literature. Her favorite thing about working with first year students is serving as advisor and helping students as they discover and map their academic paths.

Janet G. Casey is Professor of English and Associate Dean of the Faculty for Diversity and Faculty Affairs at Skidmore College.  Prior to joining the Dean’s Office, she served for seven years as Director of Skidmore’s First Year Experience.  In 2016 she also served as Interim Director of Skidmore’s Opportunity Programs, during which time she ran the Summer Academic Institute for incoming OP students.

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