Fall 2013 Connections Info
Connections is an academic course specifically designed to ease your transition to Utah State and to prepare you for your college experience. This unique course focuses on developing critical college study skills, time-management techniques, and test-taking strategies, as well as promoting an awareness of the campus and community. Most importantly, Connections allows you to develop a support network of classmates, faculty, and staff to help ensure a successful beginning to your academic experience. It will teach you everything you need to know about becoming an Aggie!
Connections classes have about 32 participants per class. A portion of class time will be spent listening to formal lectures, and a large portion will be spent involving class members in sharing, reflecting, asking questions, and developing learning strategies for the semester ahead. In addition, classes and workshops will be held in many different areas of campus, so you will learn to navigate the campus easily. Pre-semester sessions are held the week before the start of the semester, and two or three follow-up sessions will be held after the semester begins. The follow-up sessions are designed to provide additional support during your transition to the university environment. They provide a good chance to ask more questions, seek resources, and re-evaluate your study strategies for the semester.
What to Bring:
- Student Handbook/Planner (given out at SOAR, remember to bring it back to Connections)
- Becoming a Learner book (given out at SOAR, remember to bring it back to Connections)
- Literature Experience Book: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
- Completed Literature Assignment
- If you will not be 18 when Connections starts, bring a waiver signed by your parents. You can find that waiver at http://usu.edu/connections/pdf/ParentalConsent.pdf. Bring the waiver to Connections check-in.
Registering for Connections
Register for USU 1010 like any other course through the Access system. Make sure you are able to attend the entire time because attendance is part of your grade.
Be sure you already registered in Access (Banner) for USU 1010 University Connections. Check-in takes place Tuesday August 20 from 8-5 in the Juniper Lounge of the Taggart Student Center (2nd floor). It only takes about 15 minutes to check in, and you can come anytime between 8 and 5. After you check-in, take time to visit the "Welcome to USU Fair" in the Sunburst Lounge. There you will receive information about campus and service organizations, employment opportunities, faith communities, local banks and credit unions, and computer set-up assistance.
If you are living on campus you may check-in to your apartment starting Saturday, August 17th from 10a.m.-10p.m. If you are living off campus, please check with your landlord to see when you are eligible to move in. Check-in for on-campus housing will be available August 17-25 from 10a.m.-10p.m. at the area office where you are living. We strongly encourage you to check in on a Saturday or Sunday because the housing staff is limited during the weekdays due to training. There will be signs to help you find your check-in location once you get close to your residence hall.
You can buy your parking permits online now at http://www.usu.edu/parking. During the Connections class, the Aggie Shuttle will be running. No special parking is provided for Connections students, so buy your parking permit prior to August 21 so you don't have to worry about that on the first day of Connections.
To complete the course with an acceptable grade you will be required to fulfill certain assignments. Some assignments require writing, following personal observation and research of topics. Other assignments require you to create checklists of the facts and concepts discussed in class or workshops. All assignments are graded and designed to help you apply information during the semester. Students should be aware that Connections is an academic course and carries the same GPA weight as two credits in a university math or science course. Be prepared to give the Connections assignments your best effort.
Common Literature Assignment
Connections students join in a common literature experience and literature assignment. The 2013 selection is The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, which is available in the USU Bookstore. You are required to the read the book and bring the completed assignment to your first class on Wednesday, August 21st.
Lunch with the Convocation Speaker
If you found the book especially intriguing you might be interested in an opportunity to meet the literature speaker. The convocation speaker will be eating lunch with a select group of Connections students. To be considered for this honor, submit a 350-400 word essay stating why you should be chosen and what questions you would ask. Submit your finished essay to email@example.com by August 9, 2013.
Part of your grade for the class depends on your attendance. Much of the learning that occurs in Connections is a result of participation in class discussions and activities. It is extremely difficult, if not impossible, to recreate a missed class session or workshop. Class for the two credit option begins Wednesday, August 21 at 9 am and continues through Saturday morning. Make sure to attend your follow-up sessions during the first three weeks of the semester.
After classes during Connections week, students are invited to participate in various evening activities.
Wednesday August 21 ~ Associated Students of Utah State University Freshmen Celebration
ASUSU is turning on the fun as they sponsor the “Freshmen Celebration” on Wednesday evening. Be prepared for an evening of games, music, food, dancing, and loads of fun as we welcome our 2013 freshmen to Utah State University!
Thursday August 22 ~ Comedian Magician Tim Gabrielson
Tim’s show has gained both the respect and attention of performers and audiences alike, having appeared on numerous national television shows and for sold out crowds across the country. Tim’s “keep it funny” philosophy is obvious throughout his laugh-a-minute show. He prides himself in providing a clean performance in which he takes it to the line, but never crosses. His wide appeal makes his show enjoyable for all types of audiences.
Friday August 23 ~ Taste of Logan
“Taste” of the Friday night scene. We have over twenty–five local businesses providing food and product samples of their enterprise and various bands playing throughout the evening while students stroll downtown Logan.
Important Information for Connections students under the age of 18
Connections students do many activities outside the classroom. These may include a short hike or walk, riding the local transit system, working at a service project site or even a short canoe float. To participate in these activities, students under the age of 18 must have a parental consent form signed and on file with the Connections office. Please download the Parental Consent form by clicking here. Have your parents complete and sign it and bring it with you to Connections check-in on August 20th.
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