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First Year Engagement Activities: Aug. 3-14

In the coming weeks, the Newhouse Undergraduate Advising Office will be hosting several activities on Zoom just for first year students. Feel free to drop in!

Meet your Academic Advisor!
Monday, August 3
3 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
Come and meet your Academic Adviser and learn about the supportive services they offer.
Last Names A-E: Alison Fredericks
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Last Name F-Le: Richard Mendez
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Last Name Li-Ro: Brad Stalter
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Last Name Ru-Z: Kristin Cutler
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Résumés and Internships and Networking: Oh My! Where to Start with the CDC
Tuesday, August 4
3 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
Is thinking about internships and jobs overwhelming? It doesn’t have to be! Hear from the Career Development Center about what you can be doing now to set yourself up for future success.
Presented by career counselor Danielle Harvey
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What Every First-Year Newhouse Student Should Know
Wednesday, August 5
5 p.m.–5:45 p.m.
Come and chat with rising sophomores from the Newhouse School. They will talk about their first-year experience and answer questions about life at Syracuse University and the Newhouse School.
Panelists: Sophomores Toby Aronson, Diamond Bradley, Sofia De La Grana, Taylor Huang, Daisy Leepson and Jordan Pierre
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Broken Hearts and Luggage Carts: True Tales of TV News
Thursday, August 6
3 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
From getting pulled over doing 113 MPH at 4am, being in the eye of a hurricane, sacrificial roosters flying through a plane’s cabin to how to get your first job by schmoozing your way through the employee entrance. And some videos!
Presented by broadcast and digital journalism professor of practice Les Rose
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Getting Involved with Campus Media
Friday, August 7
3 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
Learn all about Orange Television Network (OTN), the student campus cable television station
Orange Television Network general manager Andy Robinson
Zoom Meeting Room

News You Can Zoom: Reporting and Anchoring in the Age of COVID
Monday, August 10
3 p.m.–3:45 p.m.

COVID-19 has forced newsrooms to adjust to deliver content to viewers. Broadcast and digital journalism professor of practice (and former news anchor) Shelvia Dancy shows how Newhouse is preparing the next generation of broadcasters to write, edit and produce weekly newscasts from their homes — even though students (and sources) are spread across the nation.
Presented by broadcast and digital journalism professor of practice Shelvia Dancy
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Snapchat, Spectacles and 3D Storytelling
Tuesday, August 11
3 p.m.–3:45 p.m.

How does visual and mobile storytelling change when the tripod is your head, the camera is on your face, and two cameras see in three dimensions just like your eyes do? Learn about how Snapchat’s Spectacles can be used to record and share first-person perspectives for journalism, entertainment, and social media. This session will be interactive using Snap spectacles, with the ability for participants to view content on their mobile phones in real time.
Presented by magazine, news and digital journalism professor Dan Pacheco
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Grammar. Really?
Thursday, August 13              
3 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
The Grammar Competency Test–what it is, why you’ll take it, and how to do well on it.
Presented by Roy Terry
Zoom Meeting Room

A real ‘UP’ house, …and other stories you just gotta see.
Friday, August 14
3 p.m.–3:45 p.m.
REAL “UP” HOUSE…stories you never may have seen but I’ll share where I have been on the company dime including the land of Key Lime…and playing cards in the back of Obama’s campaign plane…adventures, insane.
Presented by broadcast and digital journalism professor of practice Les Rose
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Newhouse New Student Opening Weekend Events: Aug. 21-23

Newhouse Welcome Drop-In for New Students
Friday, Aug. 21
9 a.m.-1 p.m.
You will join your peer adviser and advising group of three or four other first-year students, to meet faculty and staff and pick up some fun Newhouse swag. We will be assigning your small group a 30-minute time period to visit us safely outside in tents around the Newhouse complex.  Your peer adviser will be sharing your assignment time in the coming weeks. 

Dean’s Virtual Welcome
Friday, Aug. 21
3 p.m.-4 p.m.

Dean Mark Lodato will officially welcome you to the Newhouse School, introduce you to key faculty and staff, and kick off the fall 2020 semester.

Academic Advising Virtual Sessions
Saturday, Aug. 22
9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Our advising staff will conduct small group sessions throughout the day, so your peer adviser will let you know when and how to join. Newhouse Academic Advisers will give an overview of your requirements and answer question and then you’ll meet virtually with your peer adviser to learn how to navigate MySlice and make any necessary schedule adjustments. Dual students will have advising sessions in both their colleges. 

The Newhouse Grammar Competency Test (GCT)
Sunday, Aug. 23
1 p.m. -1:30 p.m.
The Grammar Competency Test (GCT) will assess your understanding of American English grammar and usage as you enter the Newhouse School.  Students will be given 80 minutes to complete the test.  Instructions regarding this online test will be sent to students prior to opening weekend.

Classes begin on Monday, Aug. 24
For more information on first-year student events at Syracuse University, you can check out the University’s First-Year and Transfer Programs webpage.

COM 107: Communications and Society

All incoming Newhouse students will take the introductory COM 107, Communications and Society, this fall.
This class is a shared experience that touches on all of the varied media forms you’ve come to study at Syracuse University.
Spend time paying attention to the world around you. Consume news on different platforms and outlets so you can compare and contrast stories, especially if social media sites like Facebook and Twitter deliver much of your news.

You’ll have the Daily Orange free when you’re on campus. Come to school knowing something about the complex issues surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, including its spread, its impact on the world economy, and its disruption of employment, education and medical care; government relief efforts for citizens and businesses affected by coronavirus; risks to the 2020 presidential election from foreign interference, gerrymandering and voter suppression; extreme partisanship among concerned American citizens; police actions and racial strife driven by deaths of people of color such as George Floyd and Breonna Taylor; protests in Hong Kong; and current trade disputes with China. More big stories will surely reveal themselves over the course of the fall semester.
Regularly visit any trustworthy website curated by professional editors exercising professional news judgment (such as The New York Times, Washington Post, ProPublica, Buzzfeed News, CBS, etc.). You may also want to visit websites of foreign news producers such as the BBC or China Daily, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, or sites from around the world. Access these sites directly and not through secondary links and sources.

On your National Public Radio station or online, listen on occasion to “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” and “Weekend Edition.” Listen not only for content, but also particularly for how sound is used to tell the story effectively to audiences who only hear the news.  

Notice how effectively (or not) your local news organizations cover your community and reflect its diversity in print, TV, radio or online.
University students all over the world are familiar with social media–Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, etc.  In this first-year class, we’re fortunate to virtually welcome students from different countries with a variety of experiences in social media.  If you use a different international media networking site, consider how it may be different from or similar to those in the U.S. This unique perspective will be an asset to our class discussions and to your career development. 
Read a variety of mainstream and alternative magazines (hard copy and online). Explore The Atlantic, Vanity Fair, New York,  National Review, truthout.com, Mother Jones, etc.  Look at varied sites comparing and contrasting how they’re covering the key issues and events unfolding this summer.

Newhouse Grammar Competency Test (GCT)

The Grammar Competency Test (GCT) will assess your understanding of American English grammar and usage as you enter the Newhouse School and will be administered online Sunday, August 23 and again in October for those who did not successfully pass the first time. The examination does not emphasize grammar terms; instead, it consists mostly of questions that reveal your ability to detect errors and properly apply the rules of Standard American English that you learned in middle and high school.

For questions and concerns please feel free to contact Professor Brad Gorham at bwgorham@syr.edu or Roy Terry at roterry@syr.edu

As you prepare to take the GCT, keep in mind that last-minute “cramming” is seldom beneficial; however, careful review and practice during the weeks before the test can lead to success. Fortunately, handbooks, workbooks, and websites are available to help you. The following list is not exhaustive, but it includes print and online resources that many have found useful.

Guides and Handbooks
These grammar guides and handbooks contain definitions, explanations, and examples.  Some include brief exercises.   

Barrett, Grant. “Perfect English Grammar: The Indispensable Guide to Excellent Writing and Speaking” Berkeley: Zephyros Press, 2016. 
This is a companion to Lisa McClendon’s workbook (see below). Barrett’s little volume explains the basics of English grammar but lacks the exercises found in McLendon’s companion workbook. Terms and concepts and clearly defined and well-illustrated.

Casagrande, June. “The Best Punctuation Book, Period: A Comprehensive Guide for Every Writer, Editor, Student, and Businessperson,” Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2014. 
In this engaging handbook useful in all SU courses requiring formal writing, the author describes the punctuation rules of Standard American English and the specific conventions preferred by the AP, APA, MLA, and University of Chicago styles. 

Collins, Tim. “Correct Your English Errors: Avoid 99% of the Common Mistakes Made by Learners of English,”  2nd ed. New York: McGraw Hill Education, 2018.
Those for whom English is a second language will find this guide especially useful.  It deals with the rules of grammar but puts special emphasis upon common issues of diction (word choice), syntax (word order), and idiomatic usage. 

Elliott, Rebecca. “Barron’s Painless Grammar,” 4th ed. New York: Barron’s Educational Series, 2016. 
Although many of its examples and illustrations are designed to appeal to middle- and high-school students, this volume is nevertheless valuable as a review of grammar for college-level users. 

Lester, Mark, and Larry Beason. “The McGraw-Hill Handbook of English Grammar and Usage,” 3rd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2018.
The authors provide good explanations with illustrations of both correct and incorrect practices.  About two thirds of this volume is devoted to finding and correcting mistakes.

Woods, Geraldine. “English Grammar for Dummies,” 3rd ed. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2017.
Written in a light-hearted, engaging style, Woods’ handbook is one of the more thorough guides to effective writing now available.  Note: She does not give attention to the peculiarities of AP style, so some of what she says regarding punctuation does not apply to much of one’s writing in the Newhouse School.

Workbooks
The workbooks listed here all provide definitions and explanations but in their content are heavily weighted toward exercises and quizzes that reinforce learning.

McLendon, Lisa. “The Perfect English Grammar Workbook,”  Berkeley: Zephyros Press, 2017.
Following the same outline as Barrett’s Perfect English Grammar, this workbook, which has been selected as the required text for COM 101 for the spring 2021 semester, contains both explanatory definitions and exercises.  The exercises are brief and to the point, and they provide unambiguous examples to help users apply grammatical principles. 

Woods, Geraldine. “English Grammar Workbook for Dummies,” 3rd ed. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2018.
In some ways similar to the author’s handbook in the same series, this volume is filled with exercises and answer keys that include helpful feedback.  Included with the book is access to online quizzes that can help you test your understanding.

Straus, Jane, Lester Kaufman, and Tom Stern. “The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation,” 11th ed. Hoboken: John Wiley & Sons, 2014.
This compilation of explanations and exercises focuses upon the grammar issues most of us find most troublesome.  

Thurman, Susan. “The Only Grammar & Style Workbook You’ll Ever Need: A One-Stop Practice and Exercise Book for Perfect Writing,” Avon, MA: Adams Media, 2012.
Although the Only in its title is an overstatement, Thurman’s book is a good source of exercises that address a broad range of grammatical issues.  Her guidance is dependably wise.

Web Resources
Three online resources have been widely used by students at the Newhouse School.

Grammar Bytes!
This popular website, created by Robin L. Simmons, Professor of English and Humanities at Valencia College, describes itself as “Grammar Instruction with Attitude.”  Continually growing with the addition of new handouts, exercises, videos, and PowerPoint presentations, it has become an extraordinarily accessible tool for students seeking a better understanding of how our language works.

The Punctuation Guide
A one-stop online compendium of punctuation rules and advice, The Punctuation Guide is easy to use, concise, and authoritative. 

Purdue Owl
Purdue University’s Online Writing Lab provides assistance with a multitude of the issues college-level writers face. For its grammar discussions, click on “General Writing” on the site’s home page. 

Other Grammar Resources
Two other relevant study helps are available to you in PDF form.  To receive them, simply email Professor Roy Terry at roterry@syr.edu.  

“Frequently Confused Words and Expressions.” 
This compilation lists homophones and frequently misconstrued terms that Newhouse students have identified as troublesome for them.  Several of these appear on the GCT.

“Irregular Verbs in Standard American English.”
Most of us struggle with at least some irregular verbs.  All that are used in American English are included here, and when past tenses and past participles can have multiple forms, those preferred by standard dictionaries are identified.

COM 117: Multimedia Storytelling

Half of our incoming students will take this skills-based class in the fall, and half in the spring semester. 

COM 117 is a required introductory production course for all Newhouse majors. In this course, you’ll work in teams to produce a variety of short films that tell three different kinds of stories: stories that persuade, stories that document, and stories that entertain. Basic story structure is taught, as well as how to write and prepare stories for multimedia production. You’ll learn digital videography and editing for sound and picture. Whether you see yourself as a photojournalist, a screenwriter, an advertising executive, a television director, a public relations manager, an investigative reporter, or a graphic designer, you need to understand how to use story concepts and the tools of storytelling to communicate to an audience. You’ll be assigned a lab time to edit, mix, and finalize your projects. You will be given time in class to screen productions to your fellow students and hear their feedback.

For this production class, you must have a laptop computer that is no older than four years old (2016), with at least 16GB of RAM and 128GB of free drive space. It should have a minimum operating system requirement of either the macOS Sierra (10.12.x) or Windows 10.

Students who enroll in production-level courses (e.g., AR, VR, Photography, Design and Video Editing) tend to have portable computers with screens no smaller than 15″, equipped with 32GB of RAM and a 512GB solid-state drive.

Each student will be required to have their own smartphone no older than four years old with a working camera and microphone. Additional film production apps specific to your OS will need to be purchased once class has started as this class will also use smartphones as the camera of choice.

Audio and video editing require a lot of memory, and you’ll need a substantial space to store your assets and projects. A portable hard drive will make it possible for you to work on your projects efficiently. We require no less than a 1 TB portable drive and recommend a 2TB drive since this is more cost-effective and is a tool you will use throughout your years at Newhouse. It should be USB 3 and Thunderbolt-enabled. You’ll find some recommendations on our website.

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Professor Seth Gitner can address any questions at smgitner@syr.edu.

Technology Requirements

To ensure you can actively engage in your course work at the Newhouse School, you will need to have access to equipment that meets the following requirements:

• A computer that is no older than 4 years old (2016), with at least 16GB of RAM and 128GB of free drive space
• Minimum operating system requirements: MacOS Sierra (10.12.x) or Windows 10
• A portable 1TB hard drive or larger with USB3 and Thunderbolt connectors to store files on
• A smart phone no older than 4 years old with a working camera and microphone

Note: Students who enroll in production-level courses (e.g. AR, VR, Photography, Design and Video Editing) tend to have portable computers with screens no smaller than 15″, equipped with 32GB of RAM and a 512GB solid state drive.

If you are looking to purchase a new computer we encourage you to go through the manufacturer (e.g. Apple, Dell, HP) or the SU bookstore.

When purchasing a new computer it is recommended to invest in the manufacturer’s extended warranty coverage to provide phone support and repair service options while at school.

Students are also encouraged to consider obtaining personal belongings insurance coverage for personal property and any equipment in their possession. Please refer to the university partner Haylor, Freyer & Coon, Inc for additional information.