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Salon Descriptions | Spring 2014

First-Year Salons

Every first-year student is required to enroll in a section of this 1-credit-hour course. Below are descriptions of the sections available to you.

First-year salons focus on academic advising, reflection on learning and development of the learning portfolio. In addition, students explore healthy decision making, diversity and their own well-being in order to establish themselves as lifelong learners.

 Second-Semester FreshmenTransfers | Seniors

Salons for First-Semester Freshmen

SN 101A: Beautiful Souls | Appl, Cynthia

Inspired by Eyal Press' book of the same name, we will learn about individuals who risk and sometimes lose everything in order to do what is right. Do these people have extraordinarily heroic natures different than those of most human beings? Or are they simply ordinary people of extraordinary conviction? Do each of us have the capacity to show such courage when facing moral dilemmas, even at great personal cost? We will explore these and more questions and their implications for the moral dilemmas we may face in our own lives. 

 Salons for Second-Semester Freshmen

SN102 A Well-Being | Bailey, Cassy

Well-being is not just about being happy, wealthy, or healthy. This course will explore the "five essential elements" to well-being, which include career, social, financial, physical and community well-being. Successful students will complete the Gallup's online well-being finder and commit to one positive change in a five essential element category. At the end of the class, students should have a better understanding of what makes a life worthwhile and how well-being affects a person, friends and family, and community.

SN102 B Circle of Life: Creating Balance with Disney | Clounch, Teresa

Well-being is not just about being happy, wealthy or healthy. This course will explore the "five essential elements" to well-being, which include career, social, financial, physical and community well-being, through the lens of Disney movies. Successful students will complete the Gallup's online well-being finder and commit to one positive change in a five essential element category. At the end of the class, students should have a better understanding of what makes a life worthwhile and how well-being affects a person, friends and family, and community.

SN102 C Flourishing | Coward Bucher, Carrie

Flourishing is the study of personal well-being that focuses on optimizing physical, emotional, and mental health. Flourishing goes beyond the concept of wellness as the absence of sickness to explore the many ways in which we experience gratitude and joy. In this class students will use readings on mindfulness, compassion, and community to explore their own personal values and to shape their own future choices.

SN102 D Food and Well-Being | Hays, Eric

This course will look at the role food has played in American society from pre-Columbian times through the present. The goal of the course is to provide you with information that will help you make healthy choices when selecting what food to eat.

SN102 E Work–Life Balance | Woodbridge, Cynthia

Salon 102 is a one-semester common course taken after SN101. This course provides students with an opportunity to explore their own understanding of balancing their work requirements with their other interests in a dynamic and interdisciplinary environment. Over the course of the semester we will explore some of the common concerns of college students. By the end of the course students will have developed their own understanding of what it means to live a fulfilled, well-balanced life.

SN102 F The Challenge | Clark, Carolyn

Want to help yourself and others? In this course we will investigate ways to improve our well-being and challenge ourselves to integrate what we learn into our lives. We will also reach out into the community and mentor young adults with disabilities.

SN102 G The Pyramid of Success | Phillips, Davy

This course will examine John Wooden's "Pyramid of Success" to help understand the philosophical building blocks of personal success and well-being. Through activities, discussions, common readings, and class projects, students will learn to prioritize the elements of success and well-being and build their own personal "pyramid" block by block, where each block is a crucial principle contributing to lifelong achievement in all areas of life.

SN102 H Intellectual Fight Club | Posler, Brian

This course is designed to build skills and to foster a sense of community among students at Baker University. Our salon will improve critical thinking by using the backdrop of current intellectual fights. We will examine ourselves in relationship with others when we disagree. How do we define them and us? How do we communicate with those who differ? What may be gained by looking at issues in more complex ways? How can we handle the stress that intellectual fights create?

SN102 I Wellness | Allen, Kathy

Wellness theme

 Salons for Transfer Students

SN 201A Transfer Salon I: Beautiful Souls | Appl, Cynthia

Inspired by Eyal Press' book of the same name, we will learn about individuals who risk and sometimes lose everything in order to do what is right. Do these people have extraordinarily heroic natures different than those of most human beings? Or are they simply ordinary people of extraordinary conviction? Do each of us have the capacity to show such courage when facing moral dilemmas, even at great personal cost? We will explore these and more questions and their implications for the moral dilemmas we may face in our own lives.

SN 231A Transfer Salon II | Gibb, Ryan

 Salon for Senior-Level Students

The senior inquiry seminar invites students to apply ethical theories, fine-tune critical abilities, and propose change in the world. In the senior year, students build up to a formal presentation of their own, original work.

SN 401A Next Moves | Wade, Susan 

The summit salon, to be taken during the next-to-last semester, will focus on preparing students for life after Baker. Students will concentrate on identifying strengths and goals related to career choices, creating a career marketing plan, building interviewing skills and job-seeking tools for future employment, graduate or professional school. Discussions will include the role of social media as a professional, financial stability and building community. The summit salon is a graded course.

SN 401B Life After College: Servant Leadership | Emel, Susan

This course will look forward to life after Baker and discuss best practices for entering that world after graduation.