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TRANSFORMING RELATIONSHIPS and Academic CONNECTIONS

There is more to college than how well you perform in the classroom. A great college experience is bigger than that. The First-Year TRAC program will immerse you in a range of challenging and rewarding experiences, all designed to help you get connected and create a pathway to success.

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AS PART OF YOUR FIRST-YEAR TRAC YOU WILL

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First Year TRACS :: Lion Camp

Lion Camp

Lion Camp is a three-day comprehensive orientation program for new students at A&M-Commerce. This program occurs the week prior to the first week of school. Lion Camp introduces students to:

  • A&M-Commerce Facilities
  • Student Services
  • Signature Student Activities
  • Lion Traditions and A&M-Commerce History
  • Academic Expectations

To sign up for Lion Camp, please ask your Orientation Leader at a New Student Orientation session.

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First-Year TRAC: FLC Class and Scholarship

First-Year Leadership Class

Are you an incoming student with demonstrated high school excellence who is interested in being active and engaged in the community and academics?

You could be eligible for the First-Year Leadership Class and a $2,000 scholarship for your Fall and Spring terms during your first year.

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SIGNATURE COURSES

Faculty across disciplines apply to teach signature courses that highlight their knowledge and passion for a specific subject area. They are designed to introduce you, a new college student, to a life of intellectual curiosity, and introduce you to full-time faculty members immediately upon arriving at A&M-Commerce. Signature courses include peer mentor cohorts led by upperclassmen.

As part of your signature course experience, you will participate in The Lionizing, a culminating semester-end event where you will present a project from the course in the genre of the instructor’s choice.

Fall 2022

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Business, Society and Unfettered Thought

Guclu Atinc, Associate Professor of Management

Explore the critical thinking skills needed to manage the increasingly integrated, interdependent and complex relationship between business and society. Through discussion and breakdown of case studies, you will use knowledge gained in this course to solve societal and organizational problems in a socially responsible and ethical manner and gain the ability to successfully communicate solutions across audiences.

The Graphic Past

Cynthia Ross, Assistant Professor of History

Explore award-winning graphic novels, their depiction of four key historical events of the twentieth century, and related themes in world history. Events include the bombing of Hiroshima, the Holocaust, the Iranian Revolution and European colonialism in Southeast Asia. You will learn about building visual narratives and use this knowledge to create your own mini-graphic novel around a key theme explored in this course. No drawing expertise needed!

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Learning How to Think Critically

Brandon Randolph-Seng, Associate Professor of Management

Examine the effects of attitudes, values and logical fallacies on critical thinking and problem-solving. Using the knowledge gained through this course, you will confront real-life situations to better understand the varied levels of the critical thinking processes.

#LivingYourBestLife

Sharonda Pruitt, Assistant Professor of History

Explore your personal history, where you are currently and where you want to go beyond college. You will learn more about yourself and how your prior educational experiences and current college experience will shape your future and career by exploring the community you left behind, what your life will look like in college and imagining your life after graduation.

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Great Texts and Great Conversations

Mark Menaldo, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Liberal Studies

You will be introduced to a timeless core text that will open you up to a larger world. Through guided reading and discourse, you will dive deeper into perspectives and thoughtful discussion that the chosen text provides. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to have more thought-provoking discussions as a result of the material covered.

Spring 2023

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Wizarding World of Harry Potter

George Swindell, Instructor for the College of Innovation and Design

Use the universe created in Harry Potter to explore areas of self-identity, social issues, personal relationships and more. From psychological aspects of self-exploration and philosophical discussions of good vs. evil through seven books, nine movies and a Broadway play, you will discuss the lessons learned in this series and how those lessons can apply to your own life.

Humor in the Humanities

Christian Hemplemann, Assistant Professor of Computational Linguistics

Discuss major historical, social, psychological and communicative concepts through the positive and negative aspects of humor. In this course, you will learn to develop critical thinking habits and greater analysis and value judgements by learning to write your own jokes. As a result, you will have a greater understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of humor and how it relates to the larger world.

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The Power of Stories and Words

Josh Thompson, Professor of Early Childhood Education

Young children bring tremendous capacity and energy to the task of learning their first language. The work you do during your first year of college replicates this as you begin to shift toward adulthood. You will use the experiences during your first year to master certain ways of learning and knowing, from academics to self-awareness of your own learning processes that will help you succeed in cultivating your own life of the mind.

The Economics of Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Jared Pickens, Assistant Professor of Management and Economics

Study popular, relevant issues and unconventional topics to better understand the economic forces around you in your daily life. Through varied discussions that apply economic theories to discrimination in the workplace, healthcare interventions, criminal justice, mental health and gambling, among others, you will have a broader appreciation for the impact and power of economics and its connection across all majors and areas of interest.

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Great Texts and Great Conversations

Mark Menaldo, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Liberal Studies

You will be introduced to a timeless core text that will open you up to a larger world. Through guided reading and discourse, you will dive deeper into perspectives and thoughtful discussion that the chosen text provides. Upon completion of this course, you will be able to have more thought-provoking discussions as a result of the material covered.

Spring 2022

Wizarding World of Harry Potter

George Swindell, Instructor, College of Innovation and Design

Fly into the magical world of Harry Potter to discover areas of self-identity, social issues, personal relationships and more.

The Power of Stories and Words

Josh Thompson, Professor of Early Childhood Education

This course on early language acquisition seeks to inform you about the work of language in creating the ways one thinks and knows and carries on in the world.

The Economics of Sex, Drugs and Rock’n’Roll

Gregory Lubiani, Assistant Professor of Economics; Asli Ogunc, Associate Professor of Economics; and Jared Pickens, Faculty in Management and Economics

This course leverages popular and relevant issues for you to relate to economic concepts for an enhanced understanding and ability to apply theory to unconventional topics that affect your community.

Creating Dreams: Coping Skills

Benjamin May, Associate Professor of Social Work

This course is designed to teach you behaviors that improve coping skills to make you more successful by finding your true career, building a positive support system, improving health and movement, finding fun and productive hobbies and linking to self-defined spiritualism.

Cowboys and Cowgirls

Bob Williams, Professor of Agriculture, Food and Family

This course revolves around the history of the cowboy culture in the American West, especially the Southwestern U.S. culture, traditions, food customs, stereotypes, myths, legends, competitive events and fashion.

The Great Conversation: Reading Core Texts

Mark Menaldo, Associate Professor of Liberal Studies

This course exposes you to a liberal arts education through close reading and discussion of a core text. A great conversation requires a great text to help open you up to a larger world. Through the close reading of a core text, your intellectual curiosity will take flight; it will attune your taste for beautiful works; and it will challenge you to think about life’s moral dilemmas.

Through a timeless and timely core text, you will ask yourself how you should live your life and make decisions that affect your life and the lives of others. Despite the many differences and perspectives that exist among students, the world they discover for themselves is a common one. This class emphasizes close reading, thoughtful discussion and intensive writing. Spring 2022: Plato’s Republic.

Fall 2021

Star Lore

Cheri Davis, Planetarium Director

Learn about star lore, discover and recognize constellation patterns, understand how to navigate the night sky, explore what is in a name, and discuss pop culture influences such as Harry Potter and other literature.

Where Are You? Finding a Space in Public Space

Andrew Baker, Assistant Professor of History

From the suburban shopping mall and the football stadium to the front yard and the A&M-Commerce campus, the places we inhabit shape our lives and reflect our cultural values. Ultimately, you will propose ways to reshape the campus community by refashioning part of its built environment.

Must Love Dogs

Sandra Kimbrough, Professor of Health and Human Performance

Explore how the relationships between humans and dogs have changed in the last 100+ years and learn hands-on about dogs who help individuals.

Girls in STEM

Rebecca Judd, Associate Professor of Social Work

This course seeks to introduce females to coding while interacting with a personal robot and examining the human-robot relationship. The course provides experiential learning activities in the use of technology in human service sectors.

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Learning How to Think Critically

Brandon Randolph-Seng, Associate Professor of Management

We will examine the effects of attitudes, values, logical fallacies and thinking errors on critical thinking and problem-solving. Assignments will require your to apply your skills to real-life situations and to understand the levels of the critical thinking process through problem-solving activities.

Humor in Humanities

Christian Hempelmann, Associate Professor of Computational Linguistics

You will reflect on positive and negative aspects of humor, including your own, and also learn how to write jokes as one way of understanding the fundamental mechanism of humor.

Business, Society and Unfettered Thought

Guclu Atinc, Associate Professor of Management

You will gain an understanding of the role of business in society, the capacity to use knowledge to effectively analyze, debate and solve societal and organizational problems in a socially responsible and ethical manner, and the ability to successfully communicate potential solutions across audiences.

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Peer mentor

Your mentor group is part of your signature course and the piece of TRAC that holds it all together. Each mentor group will serve 25 students. These mentors are paid undergraduate students who will be trained to help us:

  • Deliver student success content related to navigating college, goal setting, time management, resiliency and more
  • Create cohorts within the freshman class
  • Guide students to resources on campus
  • Guide students to First-Year TRAC events hosted by various offices
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  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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