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This Month's Featured Stories  

First-Year Seminars

Preparing Students for Successful College Work

In 1915, the New York Yankees sold for $460,000. If we adjust for inflation since 1915, this would be equivalent to around $10,000,000 today. In 1998, the Yankees sold for $873,800,000.  Why the increase?

This intriguing question will be answered by Dan Zuchegno, lecturer in the department of economics, during his fall FSEM entitled “$ports Today: The Economics of America’s Pastimes.” FSEM’s, or First-Year Seminars, provide an in-depth academic experience for first-year students that is rigorous and engaging. Faculty members select course topics based on their expertise and enthusiasm, such as Zuchegno’s course, which will look at the business of professional and college sports in America today. Students engage with faculty in the exploration of these topics, and develop the kinds of academic skills that prepare them for successful college work, including writing, critical reading and thinking, discussion and debate.

Meet Your AHSS Student Leaders

The 2014-2015 members of the AHSS Student Advisory Council (AHSS SAC) are already hard at work developing programming for their classmates for the year ahead.  Nearly 300 AHSS undergraduate students voted for the incoming leadership council:

  • President: Kristen Powell, junior, sociology
  • VP of Alumni Relations: Neda Kikhia, junior, religious studies
  • Co-VP of Finance: Charlotte “Carter” Brasch, junior, socio-legal studies
  • Co-VP of Finance: Zachary Sanfillipo, sophomore, political science
  • VP of Communication and Social Media: Gabrielle Healy, junior, anthropology
  • VP of Programming and Events: Hannah Szabo, junior, French and international studies

“AHSS SAC is a great way to enrich the academic atmosphere here at DU,” said Kristen Powell, AHSS SAC President.  “This leadership group represents a variety of the programs within AHSS and focuses on learning beyond class time through guest lectures, interest-based programming and extracurricular opportunities. Our goal is to be strong liaisons between students and faculty with the intent of developing programming that increases student opportunity and enriches student experience.”

The AHSS SAC purpose is four-fold: to facilitate communication and relationships between AHSS undergraduate students and faculty through event programming and professional events; to foster increased awareness and visibility of the AHSS identity; to develop a student voice in AHSS event programming; and to be actively engaged in improving AHSS student spirit and university school spirit as a collective whole. This council will work in tandem with the existing AHSS student senators who represent their peers at the University-wide Undergraduate Student Government