Personal Development Core

It is Marist's mission to help first year students develop the intellect, character, skills and sense of community necessary to succeed in college and beyond.

The Office of First Year Programs and Leadership Development uses the timeless principles of ethos, logos and pathos (in concert with St. Marcellin Champagnat's Four Pillars of Learning) as a framework when meeting with students individually and when developing programs that help students in their transition to Marist.

Listed below are samples of programs from our PDC, all of which provide useful skills and new ways of thinking for first year students.

Intellect (Logos)Colin McCann Presentation

  • Faculty Supper Series
  • Chemistry Review Sessions
  • Study and Test Taking Tips
  • Registration Trouble Shooting
  • Election Coverage and Presidential Debate Discussion
  • Internship Planning and Preparation
  • Pizza Tables and Commuter Conversations
  • The Benefits of Study Abroad
  • Educational Films and Discussions


Character (Ethos)Etiquette Program

  • SMART Goal Setting
  • Assertive Communication
  • Self-Management Strategies
  • Determining Values and Setting Priorities
  • Self-Esteem
  • Managing Social Media in College and Beyond
  • Managing Relationships


Community (Pathos)Red Fox Rumble

  • Cultural Dinner Series (Visiting Local Ethnic Restaurants)
  • Hudson Valley Appreciation (Commuter Walkway Trip)
  • Red Fox Rumbles
  • Fondue With Friends
  • Civic Responsibility (Election Engagement and Voting)
  • How To Get Involved
  • Sustainability (Participation in Campus Sustainability Week)
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