First-Year Experience

The First-Year Experience at Rocky Mountain College provides new students with broad academic and experiential programming. Our programming fosters collegiality and builds community.

The First-Year Experience

First Year Experience

 

The First-Year Experience theme for 2019-2020 is "Self and Society." In their First-Year Experience, students will read literature, engage in discussions, and attend events that explore complex relationships between individuals and various communities to which they belong and with which they interact. 

Students will explore questions, such as:

  • How do we define the "self" in a world of multiple and shifting personal identities?
  • How do we identify the sources of our personal values and beliefs, and how do we keep ourselves open to the growth and development of these beliefs and values?
  • What are our individual responsibilities to urgent matters of local, national, and global justice?

Objectives 

By participating in the First-Year Experience, students will:

  • Learn about the various academic programs on campus
  • Identify and utilize campus resources for student success
  • Participate in service learning projects that foster a sense of campus community, while giving back to the local community
  • Participate in campus events, such as musical performances, faculty keynote lectures, the Common Read, art exhibits, and Coffee & Conversations.

Expectations

Students in the First Year Experience Program are expected to:

  • Bring their RMC student IDs to events
  • Attend all FYE programs with their TAs
  • Arrive on time and stay until the end of the event
  • Turn all cellphones, laptops, and other personal electronic devices off during the event
  • Act in a mature, respectful, and courteous manner

First Year Experience

 

First Year Experience Calendar

September

Month of September:  Online Bystander Intervention Course

Monday, September 9, 7-8:30 p.m.: Active Shooter Training, Fortin

Tuesday, September 10, 6-7:30 p.m.: Coffee & Conversations in Fraley Lounge (attend one during the semester. Email your reflection paper to your TA).

Monday, September 16, 7-9 p.m.: Sex & The Law Presentation, Losekamp Auditorium

Monday, September 16, regularly scheduled class time: ETS Exams

Tuesday, September 17, regularly scheduled class time: ETS Exams

*Online Administration (Pilot Program) for the following sections: Section 10 – Plunkey; Section 12 – Reynolds-Dyk; Section 14 – Kunsa.

Tuesday, September 20: Sign up for a Service Saturday. Mandatory for all freshmen. Sign up at http://bit.ly/rmc19ss.

Tuesday, September 24, 6-7:30 p.m.: Coffee & Conversations in Fraley Lounge (attend one during the semester. Email your reflection paper to your TA).

Saturday, September 28, 9 a.m.: Service Saturday. Environmental Focus. *All students must complete one day of service in the fall semester.

Monday, September 30, 7-8:30 p.m.: Losekamp: Financial Literacy

October

Thursday, October 3, 7-8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church: Common Read Keynote Address. Montana Poet Laureate Lowell Jaeger.

October 3, 4 and 5, 7:30 p.m., Losekamp Auditorium: RMC Production of Lowell Jaeger’s “Someday I’d Write This Down.”

Saturday, October 5, 1 p.m.: Service Saturday. Senior Focus. *All students must complete one day of service in the fall semester. 

Week of October 7: Freshmen Set Up a Meeting With Your Academic Advisor 

Tuesday, October 8, 6-7:30 p.m.: Coffee & Conversations in Fraley Lounge (attend one during the semester. Email your reflection paper to your TA).

Monday, October 15, 7 p.m.: Coffee & Conversations in Fraley Lounge. Topic: Columbus Day and Indigenous People (attend one during the semester. Email your reflection paper to your TA). 

Tuesday, October 22, 6-7:30 p.m.: Coffee & Conversations in Fraley Lounge (attend one during the semester. Email your reflection paper to your TA).

Thursday, October 24, 4-6:00 p.m.: RMC Art Walk. Attend the RMC Student Show in Tech Hall. Meet the artists. Enjoy food and beverages.

October 26, 9 a.m: Service Saturday. Child Focus. *All students must complete one day of service in the fall semester. 

November

Tuesday, November 5, 6-7:30 p.m.: Coffee & Conversations in Fraley Lounge (attend one during the semester. Email your reflection paper to your TA).

Monday, November 11, 7-8:30 p.m.: Coffee & Conversations in Fraley Lounge. Topic: Honoring Veterans (attend one during the semester. Email your reflection paper to your TA).

Tuesday, November 19, 6-7:30 p.m.: Coffee & Conversations in Fraley Lounge (attend one during the semester. Email your reflection paper to your TA).

November 23, 9 a.m.: Service Saturday. Poverty Focus. *All students must complete one day of service in the fall semester.

Saturday, November 30 through Saturday, December 7: Log into the First Year Experience Moodle course and complete the course survey.

December

Tuesday, December 3, 6-7:30 p.m.: Coffee & Conversations in Fraley Lounge. Topic: College Admissions Scandals: Education and Privilege (attend one during the semester. Email your reflection paper to your TA by December 5).