student on campusFirst Year Seminar (FYS) serves as the launching point into your college journey and the Adams Experience.  Students will choose a FYS course theme of their choice and engage in a unique seminar that will grow their academic skills and interests.  FYS courses will encourage students to explore issues that matter to them, consider big questions, engage and share ideas, challenge assumptions, and grow into successful students.  The FYS program will impact student’s knowledge, skills, and confidence as they begin their college journey through the Adams Experience.

Program Highlights

The purpose of the FYS program is to provide students with a positive and supportive transition into the Adams State University community and equip them with academic and social capital to create meaningful experiences, persistence through their academic programs, and overall success in college.

The vision of the FYS program is focused on teaching first year student practical skills in critical thinking, research processes, time management, communication, self-efficacy, collaboration, lifelong learning, and strategies for success in their college experience and post-college life.



Jess GagliardiJess Gagliardi, Ed.S.
Director of First Year Seminars



Meredith Anderson Assistant Professor

Meredith Anderson, Ph.D.
School of Science, Math, & Technology




Jessica Brown, PhD School of Humanities and Social SciencesJessica Brown, Ph.D.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences




Kent BuchananKent Buchanan, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs
School of Science, Math, & Technology



Kathleen ChavezKathleen Chavez, M.A.
School of Humanities and Social Sciences




Visiting Assistant Professor of NursingMorgan Cummons, M.S.N., R.N.
School of Nursing




 David Gerke

David Gerke, M.F.A.
School of Visual and Performing Arts



kyle glenn

Kyle Glenn, Ph.D.
School of Business




Chayan Lahiri

Chayan Lahiri, Ph.D.
School of Science, Math, & Technology




Melinda Leoce

Melinda Leoce, ABD
School of Visual and Performing Arts




Maria Martinez, Visiting Instructor Human Performance & Phys Ed

Maria Martinez, M.A.
School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences




Chrissy McKinney, M.EdChrissy McKinney, M.Ed.
School of Teacher Education




Katherine "Kat" Parker Learning & Engagement LibrarianKat Parker, M.L.I.S.
Nielsen Library




Trevor TurnerTrevor Turner, M.A.
Director of Student Services




Anthony J. Webb, MA School of BusinessAnthony J. Webb, M.A.
School of Business