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College Credit for our Summer Program

Posted by Michael Krom on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 @ 14:04 PM

Faith and Reason college credit summer programI am pleased to announce a new addition to the Faith and Reason Summer Program:  students will have an opportunity to earn college credit. I am excited about this chance to work with the students on a small step toward college graduation.

To be clear on this, most college courses give three credits, and students would earn only one credit for attending the Summer Program.  So, the amount earned toward graduation is very modest. Yet I think there are two reasons for students to take advantage of this: 

  1. To give them a sense of accomplishment and progress toward college goals, 
  2. To provide an opportunity to complete college-level work during the Summer Program, prior to being thrown into a full course load.  

The only requirement for earning the credit for the Summer Program is to write a 3-5 page essay on a topic worked out between myself and the student. Well, there is one more thing: yes, this would cost money in order to get the official credit. The current rate is just under $450 for high school students to earn one credit at St. Vincent.

Faith and Reason Summer Program Commencement

Topics: faith and reason, Michael Krom, summer program

About the Authors

Michelle Gil-Montero is an associate professor of English and director of creative writing at Saint Vincent College. She runs the visiting writers series on campus, oversees the student literary magazine, and serves as guru to aspiring poets on campus. She received her MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 2007, and she has been on the Saint Vincent faculty since that year. She is an active poet and literary translator from Spanish. She is spending part of the 2016-17 school year travelling to Argentina on a Howard Foundation fellowship and Fulbright grant. 

Dr. John J. Smetanka has been a member of the full-time faculty since 1997 and currently serves as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Academic Dean of Saint Vincent College, a position he has held since January 2008. Dr. Smetanka has taught courses in Physics, Astronomy, Chemistry and Geology as well as interdisciplinary seminars. He has published scientific research articles in physics and astrophysics journals, numerous conference proceedings and also works in science education reform and the interaction between science, technology and theology.

Jim Kellam is an associate professor of biology at Saint Vincent College and our resident ornithologist. He received his Ph.D. from Purdue University in 2003, and is taking this semester as a sabbatical. What does that mean? He'll explain in his blog posts.

Dr. Michael J. Urick is Graduate Director of the Master of Science in Management: Operational Excellence program, and Associate Professor of Management and Operational Excellence at the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government. Dr. Urick teaches courses related to organizational behavior, human resources, culture, leadership, diversity, conflict, supply chain, operations and research methods. Professionally, Urick serves on the board of the Institute for Supply Management (Pittsburgh) and belongs to the Society for Human Resource Management and APICS. For fun, Urick enjoys music and, since 1998, has led and performed with Neon Swing X-perience, a jazz band that has released multiple albums and toured portions of the US. He enjoys watching movies, is an avid reader of fantasy and science fiction, and also likes to fence.

David Safin, C'00, has been a lecturer in the communication department since the Fall of 2003, and has served in a variety of administrative roles since the summer of 2004. Currently, he teaches multimedia in the communication department as an assistant professor. 

Dr. Michael Krom received his Doctorate in philosophy at Emory University in 2007 and is currently the chair of the philosophy department at Saint Vincent. He has authored a book on religion and politics and continues to publish works in Catholic moral and political thought. Dr. Krom also directs the Faith and Reason summer program every summer. 

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