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First Year Institute Holds Full Day of Student-Centered Professional Development

Eugene M. McAvoy, dean of academic services and first year programs, welcomes participants to the Thompson Professional Development Center Beneath an iconic campus image  John Belushi in 'Animal House'  keynoter Brian C. Johnson discusses diversity, inclusion and social justice Robert M. Sherfield, a 'D' student in high school, talks about the integral college connections that led to five degrees and authorship of 31 books FYI attendees enjoy a working lunchAbout 50 faculty and staff representing all of Penn College’s eight academic schools and a number of campus departments took part in Saturday’s inaugural event of the First Year Institute: a daylong program of professional development sessions geared toward teaching of first-year students. From financial aid and study skills to classroom management and library usage, topics helped college employees prepare for the questions that are inevitable during students’ transitioning experience. Brian C. Johnson, a Bloomsburg University faculty member and ordained minister, was the keynote speaker; session leaders included Robert M. Sherfield, author of the “Cornerstone” textbook used in Penn College First Year Experience class.

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