This fall 2011, 340 first-year students participated in 21 First-Year Interest Groups. FIGs are a co-enrollment option designed especially for first-time college students that offers the opportunity to enhance the learning experience at Saint Louis University by surrounding students with peers who share their academic interests.
Saint Louis University offered a handful of learning communities in the past; but beginning in 2007, the University offered a wider range of learning communities and implemented the FIG program. FIGs tend to be a fall-only experience while learning communities are for the full academic year. The number of students participating in LCs and FIGs has continued to grow as the numbers below show.
Totals for fall 2011:
- 772 students in LCs, including first-year students and returning students (compared to 784 students for fall 2010; 771 students for fall 2009; 616 students for fall 2008; and 411 students for fall 2007)
- 340 students in FIGs (compared to 348 students for fall 2010; 288 students for fall 2009; 277 students for fall 2008; and 195 students for fall 2007)
- 713 first-year students in Learning Communities for 2011 compared to 691 in 2010
The Student Involvement Center would like to thank the instructors that have been involved in teaching the FIG courses this fall semester. Their participation is critical to the success of the program. If any FIG instructor's name was inadvertently left off, then please accept their deepest regrets and feel free to contact Susan Fanale, director for Student Involvement Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The fall 2011 FIG instructors were Martha Allen, Nevin Aspinwall, Matthew Bardowell, Lauren Bolland, James Bowen, Robert Boyle, Stefan M. Bradley, David Crossley, Lindsay Dencker, Timothy Dooley, Mary Dunn, Michael Elam, Susan Fanale, Michael Farley, Leanna Fenneberg, Thomas Finan, Cathleen Fleck, Patricia Gregory, Anna Hanavan, Kami Handcock, Michael Hardwick, Kelly Herbolich, Chad Huddleston, David Jackson, Jonathan Jacobs, Christine Keller, Monica Kempland, Virginia Kettenbach, Bruce Kowert, Susan Krieg, Kathryn Kuhn, Belden Lane, Michael McClymond, Evelyn Meyer, David Miros, Elizabeth Neibruegge, Donna Nonnenkamp, Michelle Parrinello-Cason, Jean-Louis Pautrot, Emmanuel Pretila, Richard Quirk, Clyde Ragland, Donna Hawk Reinhard, Brian Robinette, Irma Ruebling, Laurie Russell, Shelley Sawalich, Alexa Serfis, Elena Bray Speth, Derrick Veasey, Nina Westhus, Bonnie Wilson, Amy Wright and Grigoriy Yablonsky.