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Co-Curricular Programs

The co-curricular model of the FYE program is designed to support the FYS curriculum and to support incoming students through their transition to Otterbein. The programs and events are designed to encourage student engagement in campus life and to help connect students to campus resources and services. Instructors are expected to devote one quarter of the course (can include both in and out of class time) to co-curricular programming.

Signature components of the FYE co-curricular model include:

  • Workshops: The workshops will focus on topics essential to first year student success such as Career Development, Study Abroad, an Overview of the 5 Cardinal Experiences, Financial Literacy, and Safety on campus. FYS instructors can choose how many or which of the workshops that they would like to require their FYS students to attend. Workshops may be existing campus programs, but those that receive special FYE program distinction will work to support the mission and goals of the FYE program.
  • Custom Programming: Given the specialized nature of the FYS courses, we also recognize and support the needs of unique co-curricular programming. Many departments on campus work to provide programs and services that meet the needs of students and complement the academic mission of the university. Therefore, FYS instructors will be encouraged to collaborate with departments and staff on campus to develop and implement customized co-curricular programming for their course. A sample list of custom programming can be found in the campus resource guide.
  • Campus Events: An important part of becoming connected to campus life is attendance and participation in campus life. Instructors are encouraged to ask students and peer mentors to attend one or more campus events individually, or as a class. An updated list of FYE approved campus events will also be included in the co-curricular program guide.
  • Common Book: The Common Book will remain a signature first year experience for students. The Common Book will continue to feature a fall convocation and multi-day visit with the author and supplemental programming. Common Book programs and events will be scheduled throughout the academic year and will be listed on the FYE program guide.
  • Transition Programs:
    • Orientation: Orientation will lay the foundation for a successful Otterbein experience, both socially and academically. During this time students will begin to gather resources and to make connections that will help them to be successful at Otterbein.
    • New Student Weekend: During New Student Weekend FYS sections will meet twice. Both meetings will be lead primarily by the Peer Mentor

The Center for Student Involvement will develop a co-curricular program guide that will be found on the FYE website. FYE approved workshops and events will be listed and updated as events and programs are added throughout the year.

Instructors are expected to devote one quarter of the course (can include both in and out of class time) to co-curricular programming. The co-curricular programs are designed around the themes below.

  • Weeks 1-2: Connections (August 29-September 10)
  • Weeks 3-4: Traditions (September 11-24)
  • Weeks 5-6: Success (September 25-October 8)
  • Weeks 7, 8, 9: Relationships (October 9-29)
  • Weeks 10-11: Community (October 30-November 12)
  • Weeks 12-13: Perspectives (November 13-November 26)
  • Weeks 14-15: Celebrations (November 27-December 10)

Ideas for co-curricular integration with the FYS course:

  • Have students identify a set of workshops or campus events that are of particular interest to them during their transition to Otterbein. Ask students to provide a one-page reflection and ask your peer mentor to provide feedback.
  • Have your peer mentor develop an activity or facilitate discussion related to the theme for the week(s).
  • Ask your students to make an appointment with the Academic Support Center, or invite a staff member in before midterms to talk about study skills.
  • Attend the Common Book convocation with your FYS class.
  • Ask your students to attend a Common Book program and write a reflection connecting the book and the program or event they attended.
  • Work with your library liaison to set-up an orientation session at the library.
  • Utilize your campus resource guide to identify an office or department that can come into your classroom to present on a topic or resource that connects to your course or that you feel is important for your students’ success.
  • Reserve a computer lab and have your peer mentor work with your students on developing their ePortfolio

/Contact FYE

The Center for Student Success is your contact for FYE and is Located at 172 W. Main Street (Nestled between Tau Delta and TEM, Across from the Science Center)

Office Hours
M-Th: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

p / 614-823-1624


Kate Lehman/Jennifer Bechtold, Assistant Deans for Student Success