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Sophomore News: December 3- December 14

Leadership Development through Civic Engagement: “The minor for all majors”

Are you interested in giving back to your community either at the local, national, or global level while at the same time enhancing your leadership skills?  If so, then consider a minor in Leadership Development through Civic Engagement (LDCE).  LDCE can provide you with the skills you need to become a strong leader while helping to make a difference in society.  The LDCE minor is applicable to any major and requires only 18 credits to complete.  Required courses are PSYC-120 Psychology of Leadership for Emerging Leaders and LEAD-400 Cooperative Education in Leadership Development.  The remaining requirements for the minor allow for you to complete 12 credits in electives.  If you are interested in declaring LDCE minor, please complete the Undergraduate Change of Major/Minor form and deliver the form to College Hall, room 347.

Looking for a Teaching Position: Consider Teaching Abroad

We all know that teaching positions in New Jersey can be hard to come by so consider seeking out alternative job prospects.   One of these alternative career paths is teaching English abroad.  Even though this may seem like a daunting task there are numerous websites available that provide you with information on how to enter this field.

To begin the process, you need to obtain a US passport which you probably have already.  If you do not have passport, you can obtain one by contacting the U.S. Department of State (  Once you have obtained your passport, you can begin searching online for teaching positions abroad at websites such as Dave’s ESL Cafe ( ), Teach Overseas (, or Educators Overseas (    Be sure to research the country and the organization before you accept any teaching position to make sure that it is safe and legitimate.

Taking advantage of opportunities such as these will allow you to see the world and experience difference cultures while getting paid.  In addition, you will also be obtaining added experience that can be applied to teaching positions in the U.S. once you return from teaching abroad.

Freshman News: December 3 – December 14

Consider taking a course over the Winter Session.

Winter courses can provide you with the opportunity to complete your degree earlier than you expected.  MSU offers several classes during the winter session and most of them will satisfy your general education requirements.  You are allowed to register for 4 credits during the winter term and the majority of the winter session classes are offered online or in a hybrid format.   A hybrid class is offered both in online and in a classroom setting, while online courses are available entirely on the computer using the Blackboard format.  To register for a winter class, log into your WESS and change the term from spring 2013 to winter 2012.  You will then have access to courses offered over the winter, but be aware that most academic departments do not offer courses over the winter.   Winter courses run for four weeks so choose a course from your General Education core requirements that you know you can handle in four weeks

Time is Running Out: Register ASAP

Winter and spring registration for freshman students began on Monday, November 12th.  While a majority of you have taken the opportunity to meet with an advisor and register for classes, some of you still have not availed yourselves of this opportunity.   If you have not done so already, please register for your classes as soon as possible.  Classes are filling up fast and you do not want to miss out on getting into class that you need.  If you have a financial hold on your records please meet with a representative in the Bursars Office to discuss how the hold can be removed.  Other holds, such as immunization, parking,

CAST Peer Advisor December Program  

The Center for Advising and Student Transition (CAST) Peer Advisors will be sponsoring their final program for the fall 2012 semester on Tuesday, December 11th.  Peer Advisors will be offering crafting activities from 2:30pm-4:30pm on the first floor of Morehead Hall.  Stop by to relax before the end of semester finals to participate in calming  craft activities.

Major Decisions: Finding the Major or Career that’s Right for You!

IF you are interested in learning more about how to make this decision come to the Information Session for the Explore & Transitions Program.

• Choosing your major is a big decision, especially considering the current economy.

• We’ve come up with a new initiative to help you–the Explore and Transition Certificate program.

• Through a series of structured activities you’ll discover what you like to do.

• You’ll also get recommendations on both majors and careers.

• The process is easy: Register for the Open House to get started. It’s November 28th in Cohen Lounge, Dickson Hall, from 2:30 – 3:30pm.

Sign up here:


Sponsored by
The Center for Career Services & Cooperative Education

The Center for Advising & Student Transitions


Are You Registered?

Today’s is a quick and easy post, involving two questions…

a.) Are you registered?

secondly.) if not, why not?

If you have holds, we can help–come see us in CAST (Morehead 120). If you don’t know what classes to select for spring, we can help you (to a certain extent) with that as well (again, come see us in Morehead 120). If you don’t know what the hell I’m talking about and didn’t know you were supposed to register, we can help with that, too (have I mentioned Morehead 120, yet?).

Questions? Comments? Observations?

get after us – – Morehead 120

Sophomore News: November 05- November 19

 Four Year Graduation Plans:

The Center for Advising and Student Transitions (CAST) has a great resource to keep you on track for graduation.  Four-year graduation plans list the courses required for your major including general education, free electives, major courses, and collateral courses.  They are available at

Using the four year graduation plans when you register for your spring semester classes can help you select the proper courses for your major and allow you to see the order of how these classes should be completed.  When you meet with your academic advisor for spring registration, bring a copy of your majors four-year plan so that you can discuss with him/her how you are progressing in your major.

What you should be taking in your Sophomore Year.

As you begin registering for spring 2013 classes, keep in mind the courses that you should be taking in the second semester of your sophomore year.  You should consider registering for more advanced level classes in you major such as 200 and 300 level courses.  You should also have completed your ENWR105, ENWR106, and CMST101 classes by the time that you register for your second semester classes. Also, consider taking a combination of general education courses with your major courses to evenly distribute your course requirements. You will want to register for at least 15 credits in order to graduate within four years.  In addition, you might also consider registering for an internship or co-op experience to give you an out of classroom experience and taste of the “real world”.

Withdrawal Deadline Extended

If you are considering withdrawing from a course this semester, the deadline to withdraw has been extended to November 14th.  Please meet with an academic advisor before you withdraw from a course to consider your options.

Interested in Becoming a New Student Orientation Peer Leader?

Are you interested in becoming a New Student Orientation Peer Leader? If so, you can learn more about the process by attending an upcoming information session on the following dates.

Wednesday, November 14th       3pm-4pm in UN2007
Friday, November 16th                   10am-11am in DI172
Monday, November 19th              8pm-9pm in Machuga  
Tuesday, November 20th              2pm-3pm CO315
Monday, November 26th              10am-11am PA110
Wednesday, November 28th       3pm-4pm UN2002
Monday, December 3rd                 4pm-5pm UN2009
For more information regarding the Peer Leadership Program, please visit -advising-student-transitions/cast-programs/peer-leadership/ or email:

Freshman News: November 05 – Novemeber 19

On line Resources to Help with your Registration

Now that registration has begun for the spring 2013 semester, there are several online resources available to you to assist you with the registration process.  These resources include:


  •  Schedule Planners: Four-year schedule planners are available on Blackboard under the Community tab in your academic advisors resources.  Schedule planners allow you the opportunity to map out your four years of study at the University.  Use these planners to list the courses you have completed and the classes you plan to take in the spring.  To access the schedule planners:

  log into your Blackboard account

  • Click on the “Community Tab” located at the top of the screen
  • Click on your academic advisors name listed as ______advisees
  • Click on “content”  on the left hand side of the screen
  • Click on folder labeled Scheduled Planning.



  • Academic Department Webpages:  The webpages of the academic departments can provide you with information about majors offered in the academic departments as well as the contact information for the administration, faculty, and staff in the department.    Use this information to contact the chairperson to obtain a permit for adding a course or to find your departmental advisors contact information.


  • Blackboard Community:  Blackboard offers a lot of useful advising resources under the “Community” tab to assist you with registration.  These resources include schedule planners, Gen Ed worksheets, major exploration, etc.  This information can be found under your advisors name in the community tab under content


Spring 2013 Registration Tips

When registering for spring 2013 classes, consider the following advising tips:

  • Enroll in ENWR-106 (if you are currently enrolled in ENWR105) or ENWR105 (If you are currently enrolled in ENWR100).
  • Register for CMST101 if you are not currently enrolled in this class
  • Register for the second course in your World Language requirement, example: SPAN102 or FREN102 if you are currently enrolled in a world language course this semester.
  •  If you are not enrolled in a world language course for the fall 2012 semester, do not start your world language course in the spring since this requirement is sequential.  Wait until the fall 2013 semester to start your language core so that you can finish in the spring 2014 semester
  • Prospective  P-12 teacher certification student s should begin registering for either EDFD200, 220, and 210 now that you have completed ENWR-105
  •  Prospective School of Business  student can consider register for either MKTG-240 or MGMT-231 if you have completed ENWR-105
  • Prospective K-5 teacher certification students should consider registering for  PSYC-101


Career Development Facebook Page now Available

Are up looking for an internship or part-time job? Interested in attending career development workshops?    The Center for Career Services and Cooperative Education has created a Facebook page that will allow you to keep up with events in their office.  This page is a great resource for students in all stages of their major choice and career development and is available at


Withdraw Deadline Extended

The deadline to withdraw from a course has been extended until November 14, 2012.  If you are planning to withdraw from a course please meet with an academic advisor in the Center for Advising  and Student Transitions to go over your academic options before you withdraw.

Time is of the Essence

I wanted to check in with you all about this yesterday, but mother nature seems to be intent upon kicking New Jersey’s butt from a climatology perspective (Frankenstorm wasn’t enough–we also had to play host to a nor’easter? Really? I hope everyone’s family is ok and those of you who are commuters still have power and all the essentials).

have you all seen your advisor yet? Most of you will start to register on Monday, but some of you have early registration priority. Those of you who are declared should really meet with your departmental advisors before you register to get the best info on major-specific course sequencing. I can help a bit, but they are the experts. Those of you who are undeclared should have met with your CAST advisor already, by this point, but if not–come see them soon! We’ll be holding three more group sessions on the following dates and times:

Thursday, November 8 from 4:00 – 5:15pm, in UN 1030

Friday, November 9 from 1:00 – 2:15pm and 2:30 – 3:35pm, in UN 1040

Hope to see you soon

Funk Song Friday – 4th Edition

As everyone get’s their Halloween Costumes together – get ur groove on with Funk Song Friday. Technically it’s not funk but when is there ever not a good time for some Michael Jackson! Enjoy!

Sophomore News: October 22 – November 5

Getting the most out of the Majors/Minors Fair

The Majors/Minors Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24 in the Student Center Ballrooms from 1:00pm to 3:00pm.  This is your opportunity to meet with representatives from the various departments to learn about their programs.  To make the most of this event, you should consider the following tips:

  • Review the list of majors in the Undergraduate Catalog (
  • Click on each major that interests you and read the description of the major. Keep track of the majors that interest you most.
  • Narrow your list to the majors you would most like to learn more about at the Majors Fair.
  • Discover more about the majors on your narrowed list using the Online Catalog and departmental websites.
  • Think about what questions you might want to ask at the Majors Fair.

               Examples include:
               A) Is this a restricted major, do I have to apply to be admitted into this program?
               B) If I have to apply, when do students typically apply and are admitted?
               C) What are the requirements for this major, does it include an internship or research opportunities?

  • While at the fair, have an open mind. You may have specific majors you want to explore, but take advantage of      the opportunity to chat with other programs who aren’t busy. You might discover something new!

To prepare you for the Majors/Minors Fair, CAST will have an information booth set up in the Student Center Lobby on Monday, October 22, from 2pm -4pm.  CAST Peer Advisors will be available to hand out pamphlets with information about the fair and to answer any questions you may have about this event.

To Withdraw or Not to Withdraw- That is the Question

Are considering withdrawing from a class?  If so, you might be interested in the upcoming CAST workshop entitled “To Withdraw or Not to Withdraw” which is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24th and Wednesday, October 31st from 2:30pm-3:30pm in University Hall, room 2004.  This workshop will educate you on everything you need to know about withdrawing from a class and its effects on your academic and financial standing at the University.  Don’t miss this important workshop!

Mid-Term Mayhem:  Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are here to help

It’s mid-term season! Some of you may be experiencing stress during this period of the semester with mid-term test and assignments due this month.  You may even be wondering  if college is all that it is cracked up to be and are considering withdrawing from a class or even the University. 

Before you make any decision that could affect your academics at MSU, you might want to talk to a professional counselor who can help you deal with the anxiety and stress you are experiencing.  Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offer personal and group counseling in ways to deal with test anxiety, reduce stress, and identify and overcome blocks to learning.  The counseling staff is available to teach you how to recognize when you are experiencing stress and what you can do to cope with stressful situations.   CAPS offices are located in Russ Hall and appointments are free, voluntary, and confidential.  To schedule an appointment with a CAPS counselor, please call 973-655-5211 or stop into their offices.

Freshman News: October 22 – November 5

The Majors/Minors Fair: , A chance to learn More about all the MSU has to Offer

On Wednesday, October 24th CAST will sponsor a Major/Minors Fair to be held in the Student Center Ballrooms from 1pm to 3pm.  This is an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about the majors and minors offered at the University.

By the time that you reach your sophomore year, you should either be enrolled in a major or considering a major that you would like to enroll in.  The Majors and Minors Fair is just the event for you if you are undeclared, considering changing your major, or are interested in adding an academic minor to your major.

If you are undeclared, use this time to meet with department representatives to discuss entrance requirements, research and internship opportunities, and careers that are affiliated with the major.   If you are currently in an academic major, stop by to learn about academic minors offered at the university and how a minor can complement or enhance your degree program.

There will be a booth in the Student Center Lobby on Monday, October 22, from 2pm -4pm where CAST Peer Advisors will be providing you information about the major/minor fair.  Stop by ge

The benefits of a Liberal Education: How the General Education Core can enhance your learning at MSU

General Education classes help improve critical thinking and give you the writing skills that employers value in the workplace.  These courses enhance your creativity and help you broaden your worldview by exposing you to different cultures and various forms of artistic expression. 

The liberal arts are a very important part of your education at the University.  They offer you the opportunity to examine national and global issues from various perspectives, improve your analytical writing skills, and learn how the past affects the present and the future.  When selecting your general education classes, there are some things that you should keep in mind. 

  • Select courses that you have an interest in or that you may have enjoyed in high school or as a hobby.
  • Speak to an advisor to see if any of your general education courses also satisfy your major or collateral requirements.
  • Ask yourself how these courses can enhance what you are learning in your major.
  • Don’t be afraid to learn about something new to enhance your world view.
  • Consider linking your general education classes to a minor to enhance or compliment your major.
  • Think of the “big picture” and tie you general education courses to common themes or issues discussed in your major.

Your general education classes should not be viewed as something to get through in order to graduate.  Select these classes based on you interest, major, and future career goals. Keeping this in mind will help you enjoy your general education classes and will allow you to benefit from the knowledge that these courses have to offer.

Withdrawing from a Course? How does this affect you as a Freshman

Want to learn about how withdrawing from a course can affect you as a freshman?  If so, the Center for Advising and Student Transitions (CAST) is sponsoring a workshop to educate you on the consequences of withdrawing. The workshop, “Withdraw or Not to Withdraw” will be offered on Wednesday, October 24 and 31, from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in University Hall, room 2004

The workshop will address the many facets/consequences of making the decision to withdraw from a class.  It’s very appropriate for students who are concerned about financial aid issues as well as the repercussions of staying in a course that may negatively impact their already tentative GPA. While this workshop is specifically targeted at probation students, all students are welcome.