Stephen F. Austin State University

Generation Jacks

Generation Jacks

Learn. Lead. Serve. Succeed.

Generation Jacks is a phenomenal, one-of-a-kind program focused on assisting first-generation Freshmen students as they go through their first year at SFA. The students will have the opportunity of taking 3 linked courses together during their first semester at SFA: ENG 131 Rhetoric and Composition, PSY 133 General Psychology PSY 133, and SFA 101 Service-Learning. In addition to taking courses as a cohort or "freshman interest group," the students will have the opportunity of participating in a service-learning project where they will mentor and coach local high school students who are involved in GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs). During their second semester, students will take SFA 110: Career Development, where they will learn how to successfully prepare for professional internships and full-time job opportunities.

Benefits of Generation Jacks:


ENG 131 Rhetoric and Composition (3 credit hours)

Fall 2014

Taught by Dr. Marc Guidry, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal and Applied Arts and Professor of English

Freshman composition is foundational for all students and required for a bachelor's degree. This course will train you to write at a college level in a variety of rhetorical situations, preparing you for writing assignments in other classes and helping you master genres such as resume writing and cover letter writing, which are essential to getting a good job. Reading goes hand in hand with writing as a critical thinking activity, and this course will emphasize analytical reading skills necessary to understanding and using sources for writing. This course will be linked to a special section of PSY 133 and SFA 101 through a common theme-perseverance. There will also be a shared book for all three classes: Paulo Coelho's inspirational novel The Alchemist.

PSY 133 General Psychology (3 credit hours)

Fall 2014

Taught by Dr. Michael Walker, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for Support Services and Associate Professor of Psychology

PSY 133 fulfills the core requirement for social and behavioral science for all majors. PSY 133 is designed as a survey of fundamental principles of behavior, including physiological, perceptual, developmental, learning, motivational, cognitive, social, historical and methodological perspectives of psychology. This section will discuss these issues in the context of positive psychology and the application of basic psychological principles to individual adjustment and growth. This section will address most topics from a perspective of persistence and perseverance through a common reading with the other linked courses.

SFA 101: Service-Learning (1 credit hour)

Fall 2014

Taught by Dr. Osaro E. Airen, Director of Multicultural Affairs

This course is designed to assist you with developing the skills to navigate smoothly and successfully through your first year of college and beyond. You will be learn how to improve your study skills, enhance your test taking ability, and further develop your time management skills. You will also have the unique and exciting opportunity of participating in a service-learning project where you will mentor and coach local high school students who are involved in the GEAR UP Program.

SFA 110: Career Development (1 credit hour)

Spring 2015

Taught by Mrs. Binta Brown, Director of Career Services

This course is required as you prepare for professional internships and full-time job opportunities. Through a process of learning about career planning and implementation, you will gain understanding of yourself and your own career development through exploration, interactive lecture/discussions, case studies, peer career coaching, self-assessment, and homework assignments. You will also learn topics ranging from resources to finding job options, how to effectively search for careers that are personally and professionally satisfying and strategies to enhance your preparedness for employment and being successful after being offered an opportunity.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Marc Guidry & Dr. Michael Walker