Potsdam Department of Information and Communication Technology
IT 650: International Student Preparation Seminar Summer, 2009
Dr. Anthony Betrus - Instructor
Mr. Joshua Stokes - Assistant Instructor

Credit: Three Semester Hours

Class Dates: August 4th -August 25th, 2009

Time: See daily schedule

Location: See daily schedule

Overview: This course is designed to provide an introduction to the ICT Department. Topics include: introduction to group work,introduction to journal writing, daily living skills, and basic research skills.


Equipment: Students will be expected to have an internet ready laptop computer.

Requirements: Students will keep a written daily journal, including pictures of the days events. Journals will be compiled and evaluated by Mr. Joshua Clark at the writing center. Weekly the journals will be compiled, along with the photos, into a PowerPoint presentation to Dr. Anthony Betrus. Students will be reevaluated at the end of August for continuation in the program.

Weekly Journal - The students will keep a daily journal that records the activities they participate in throughout the day. There is an additional expectation of a written reflection of each day's activities. Appointments with the College Writing Center on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday will be used to make structural, spelling and grammar corrections.

College Writing Center: Students will be expected to schedule appointments at the CWC on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Contact information:  (315) 267-3059 http://

Course Schedule:

Date Activity
Tuesday, August 4th Arrive in Richmond, Virginia
Wednesday, August 5th Keep track of daily activities. Journal and picture taking.
Thursday, August 6th Keep track of daily activities. Journal and picture taking.
Friday, August 7th Arrive in Potsdam, NY at 10:00 p.m. Meet with Josh Stokes and Jen LaPointe (Potsdam Host Family).

Date Activity
Monday, August 10th Presentation of Week 1 to Dr. Betrus, 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, August 11th Meet with Mr. Joshua Clark
Wednesday, August 12th College Writing Center (CWC) Noon-1:00p.m.
Thursday, August 13th College Writing Center (CWC) Noon-1:00p.m.
Friday, August 14th  

Date Activity
Monday, August 17th  
Tuesday, August 18th College Writing Center (CWC) Noon-1:00p.m.
Wednesday, August 19th College Writing Center (CWC) Noon-1:00p.m.
Thursday, August 20th College Writing Center (CWC) Noon-1:00p.m.
Friday, August 21st  

Date Activity
Monday, August 24th  
Tuesday, August 25th College Writing Center (CWC) Noon-1:00p.m.
Wednesday, August 26th College Writing Center (CWC) Noon-1:00p.m.
Thursday, August 27th International Student Orientation - Download Orientation Handbook Here
Friday, August 28st International Student Orientation

Optional Activities:

Pedestrian Safety
Bicycle Safety
US Shopping (Co-op)
US Family Barbeque
Bicycle Repair
Italian Cooking
Wine Testing
Mexican Style Cooking
Pet Bird Care
Computer Construction and Repair
Tour of Potsdam Village
Tour of SUNY Potsdam
Potsdam Farmer's Market
Potsdam Museum (local history)
Local Sporting Events (Soccer, Basketball, Baseball)

Plagiarism: This course adheres to the College's policy on academic honesty as stated in the Graduate Catalog. Plagiarism may lead to grade reduction, course failure, or expulsion from school.

Students with Disabilities:
Any student with a disability needing academic adjustments or accommodations should speak with the professor as early as possible. Students with disabilities should also contact: Sharon House, Coordinator of Accommodative Services at 267-3267, Sisson 112, or e-mail her at for further assistance. All disclosures will remain confidential.

Office Information:
Dr. Anthony Betrus
Office: Dunn 393
Phone: (315) 323-4456

Mr. Joshua Stokes
Office: Dunn 395
Phone: (559) 908-0145

This page created 7/27/09 by Anthony Betrus. Last updated 7/27/09