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Gen 100 - Camp Gideon

Gen 100: The College Experience

If you're a first-year student taking at least 12 credit hours, you'll be taking Gen 100: The College Experience course, which starts at Orientation and lasts throughout the fall semester.

This program was developed to help ensure the success of first year students in college. You'll deal with a wide range of topics relevant to the college experience which immerse you into the Malone community.

There are two required textbooks for the course. One, The College Experience,  is a compilation of articles and readings from various sources. We will also be reading a book together as part of “Malone Reads," where the whole campus is invited to read and discuss the same book over the course of the academic year. This year's selection is A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Both books will be available in the campus bookstore.

You'll meet with your GEN 100 College Experience class throughout Orientation. In order to know where your class section meets, you'll need to know your section number. When you come to Orientation, you will get a copy of your schedule, and we'll make sure that you know which section is yours!

Each class section will have an upperclassman course assistant (CA) who will assist the instructor and show you the ropes of adjusting to college life. This student will be available in numerous ways to help you throughout your first semester. You'll meet your course assistant at the beginning of Orientation.

We're excited that you're coming to Malone and look forward to the opportunity to get to know you and be part of your experience here!

If you would like more information about the course, please call Marcia Everett at 330-471-8335 or email her at meverett@malone.edu.

What students have to say...

Orientation week at Malone is the perfect way to begin the transition to college! Each day is filled with multiple activities to get you acquainted with other new students and oriented to the mission of Malone. One of my first friends at Malone was my Course Assistant, who was so friendly and helpful with all of my questions about college life. This is what made me want to be a CA, so I could be that friend to new students. 

- Becca Bankert, Music Education Major, CA


"At first everything was very scary and very awkward, but by the time Camp Gideon was over, I fell in love with Gen 100 and my classmates... As a CA now, I want to make the beginning of Orientation as least awkward as I can."

- Joe Cartwright, Exercise Science Major, CA (pictured at right, during "New Student Olympics" of Orientation week - a time in which new students get to have a little fun with their CAs)


Topics Covered in Gen 100 include:

  • Reading in Community
  • Big Questions
  • Integrity
  • Discerning Together
  • The Ordinary as Meaningful
  • Faith Stories
  • How Do I Survive?
  • What's this major I'm Pursuing?
  • For Better or Worse: Christians in Community
  • Relationships
  • Difference, Disagreement, and Conversation
  • What are my Practices and Habits?