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First Year Seminars at Drake: Home

Useful resources for First Year Seminar instructors and students.


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Student Learning in First Year Seminars

Welcome to FYS Resources @ Drake

Welcome to the First Year Seminar Resources page. Here you'll find information about Drake's First Year Seminar program, including information on the FYS Information Literacy Project, the FYS Writing Project, Critical Thinking in the FYS, information for particular FYS sections, selected library resources that will be useful for FYS instructors, and a collection of FYS syllabi.

Useful Resources at Drake

These are Drake resources FYS instructors may find helpful and wish to share with their students.

  • Alysa Mozak, Coordinator for Sexual Violence Response

    The Coordinator is available to serve as a resource for a student who has experienced interpersonal violence and sexual misconduct, and at the student’s request, will make referrals to confidential and non-confidential campus and community agencies.  Role is to also advise the Dean of Students or the Director of Human Resources (Title IX Coordinator) of known complaints of sexual misconduct. Coordinator can act as student’s personal representative/advocate within university procedures at student’s request. You may contact Alysa via email ( or at (515) 271-4141.

  • Mandi McReynolds, Service Learning Coordinator 

    Service-Learning is a significant pedagogy that can be used to fulfill Drake University's mission to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship. For the past twenty years, research has shown service-learning fosters one of the best experiential and collaborative-learning environments for students, faculty, staff, and the community. Service-Learning is designed to link service to learning outcomes in order to deepen the student's development process. It goes beyond charitable work and "doing good." It is a partnership, meeting a community need, while building the knowledge and skill sets of students. You may contact Mandi via email ( or at (515) 271-2338.

  • Michelle Laughlin, Director of Disability Services ( or (515) 271-1835)
  • Counseling Center, (515) 271-3864
  • Writing Workshop  ( or (515) 271-2729) 

    The Writing Workshop, on the second floor in Howard Hall, serves undergraduate, graduate, and law students who are writing papers and need assistance with individual assignments. The emphasis of the one-on-one tutoring session is not to fix but to devise actions that the individual can take to improve and to start dealing with writing problems or questions individually. This is a free service to all Drake University students.

    The Writing Workshop can help with: evaluating habits of reading and writing, learning new strategies appropriate for a particular writing or reading task, making sense of assignments and assigned reading material,  coming up with ideas, revising sentence style; resolving problems with word choice, grammar, etc., revising organization, argument, viewpoint or perspective, overcoming writer's block. Students may sign up for an appointment online.

    Elizabeth Robertson coordinates the Writing Workshop. You may contact Elizabeth directly at of (515) 271-3806.

  • Academic Dishonesty Policies

    Academic Dishonesty Policies:  In cases of suspected academic dishonesty, faculty should use the procedures and policies of their home school/college.  Faculty without a home school/college, should use the policies of the College of Arts and Sciences, substituting the Associate Provost for the Dean of Arts and Sciences. 

  • Research Guides

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