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Freshman Focus Program

Why Does the Freshman focus Program Exist?

Education is about gaining knowledge to assist in making good decisions as students are faced with many challenges and choices associated with college. The Freshman Focus Program Series is intended to inform, educate, and stimulate students in ways that are both educational and entertaining. Moreover, it is a platform for an exchange of ideas which can be collectively shared. It is part of the spirit and sense of open inquiry that any college should be cultivating.

Each program represents a different genre and embodies personal growth. Programs range from those that revolve around themes of personal responsibility and self-awareness to a Student Activities Expo that connects students to community participation.

What is the Presentation Series?

The purpose of the Freshman Focus Program Presentation Series is to expose participants to a wide range of ideas and life philosophies. From celebrating diversity to managing your finances, presentations focus on bettering the student transition here on campus. Western New England University does neither endorse nor advocate any of the speakers platforms but rather intends them to promote scholarly discourse and personal reflection.

Fall 2018 Presentation Topics

  • "Just One Drink"

    Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

    Just One Drink is designed to help students avoid making huge mistakes with alcohol by educating them that if you do choose to drink, to be responsible and to make smart choices. The program is done in an entertaining, fun way so that students will listen, laugh, and learn and so that the program will have the maximum impact on students’ lives. It is a multimedia presentation that involves audience participation, music, and comedy.

  • “Rape Culture: A Survivor’s Perspective”

    Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

    Brittany Piper was 20 years old when she was brutally raped by a man pretending to be a good samaritan. Now, nearly eight years later, she refuses to keep silent about this common global human rights issue. A women’s rights scholar and activist who has traversed the globe in the fight against sexual violence and women’s rights, Brittany leads a fresh and authentic discussion on the difficult topic of rape. In her keynote, Brittany sheds light on a dark and vulnerable time in her life, while offering teachable moments along the way. Her personal and moving story, blended with a non-judgmental and healthy dialogue about rape, offers students a meaningful picture of the realities of the rape culture in which we live.

  • “How to Live Mentally Well and Crush it in College”

    Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

    In this 60 minute keynote, author and college mental health specialist, Josh Rivedal talks about his college days in a format that’s visceral and creates an emotional connection between students and the powerful message that it’s okay to talk about mental health and that it’s possible to live mentally well in college and beyond. Students will learn about what mental health is and is not, coping skills, how to reframe failure, and how to help oneself or a friend if in a mental health breakdown or suicidal crisis. Students will also be given a Mental Health First Aid Kit™ and receive local and national resources for student mental health.

NOTICE OF INTENT: The purpose of the Freshman Focus Program Series is to expose participants to a wide range of ideas and life philosophies. Western New England University does neither endorse or advocate any of the speakers' platforms but rather intends them to promote scholarly discourse and personal reflection.

All of the presentations will take place in Rivers Memorial Hall.