Seminar educates freshmen with ‘Jeopardy’

The Quality Enhancement Plan hosted a freshman seminar with a twist in Lee Hall on Tuesday. 

The seminar, “Exploring Ideas of Critical Ethics,” used “Jeopardy” to create awareness on ethics and information. The freshmen were split into two teams, and questions included several aspects of ethics, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the National Survey of Student Engagement survey.

This was the last seminar in a series designed to educate and encourage freshmen.

Genyne Boston, director of QEP, moderated the seminar.

“I want them to understand what ethics are,” Boston said. “How autumnally they will find themselves in ethical situations. Whether it is as a student or autumnally on a job, what they might consider an innocent prank will cost them their livelihood.”  

Wesley Snipes was the celebrity used to express the notion. Snipes not paying his taxes exemplified non-financial ethics.

Kevin Lee, a third-year business administration student from Palm Beach, Fla., was one of the hosts in the game. He said students were excited to play.

“The individuals that did come in, I saw that they were very into it,” Lee said. “They were very enthusiastic and really competitive.”

Lee felt the students learned about Florida A&M and the acronyms used on campus during the game. SACSCOC was an acronym that puzzled many of the freshmen in attendance.

Jovonee King, a first-year business administration student from Tampa, played on the winning team, which won by 100 points.

“Before, I wasn’t really aware of the acronyms for SACSCOC and MEAC,” King said. “But ‘Jeopardy’ was an entertaining way to explain it.”

King knew most of the information before the event but said she still had a great time and learned two new acronyms.

Boston said it’s important for freshmen to acquire knowledge at FAMU, such as what SACSCOC is.

“It’s important for them to understand that that is our accrediting agency, and there are certain standards we’re expected to adhere to as an institution of higher learning,” Boston said. “It was a lot of misunderstanding around on what probation meant.”