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2021 CATALYST PROGRAM - AUG. 7 - 19, 2021

Jumpstart your college education by enrolling in C-SC’s Catalyst program.

Incoming freshmen are invited to campus two weeks before the start of the school year to complete a common experience course. By doing so, students get acclimated to campus, make new friends, develop study skills and ease their academic workloads – all before the semester officially begins.


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Students will complete three (3) hours of their general education requirements, build critical study skills and learn to transition to college. The class will meet every day and include mandatory study sessions to process the material learned in class.

Students can choose one of three courses offered:

BIO 112: How the Body Works
BIO 112, ‘How the Body Works’, is a general education science course that builds from your high school knowledge starting at the cellular level, through the tissues, organs, organ systems and finally the organism. If your science knowledge is a bit rusty or you feel like you’ve fallen behind, this is the class for you! First, the textbook is open access - that means it is free and available online for everyone. In this class, the professor will personally walk you through everything you need to know to study for the tests, but if you’re not a good test-taker, guess what: The tests aren’t nearly the biggest part of your grade! The majority of the grade comes from big-ticket assignments like a research paper, a presentation, and homework assignments where you will receive a lot of help and guidance. There is flexibility in what you get to focus on for your research paper: You will be provided with the tools you need to investigate an area of interest to you. Best of all, the critical thinking skills you develop will be foundational to your success in every other class you take!

COM 115: Fundamentals of Speech
COM 115 is an excellent course to help you develop public speaking skills early in your college career. Students who take this course get a tremendous advantage in designing and delivering presentations, conducting research, and addressing groups. Giving oral presentations is a big part of many college classes. Not only will you be ready for this after completing COM 115, but you are going to have fun doing it! In addition to developing presentation and research skills, this course will sharpen your critical thinking and writing.  It  will also raise the caliber of your performance when working as a member of a group. In short, COM 115 is a great way for a new college student like you to sharpen the skills most in demand in ALL your classes here on “the Hill.”

HIS 289: Role-Playing Democracy in Ancient Athens
HIS 289 is a fun and engaging way to satisfy the humanities general education requirement that may appeal specifically to you if you: 1) like history; 2) like performance and role-playing; or 3) are going into fields that put a premium on being comfortable with public speaking and thinking on your feet. Students interested in majoring in history, legal studies, theatre and communication would all find this course particularly appealing.


Dr. Scott Giltner
Dr. Scott Giltner received his B.A. in history from Hiram College before going on to graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh where he earned his M.A. and Ph.D. Since 2005 he has taught at Culver-Stockton College, where he is Professor of History and Chair of the Applied Liberal Arts and Sciences Division. An environmental historian interested in the intersection of race and subsistence, particularly in post-emancipation societies, Scott is a published author. He lives in Quincy, IL, with his wife Heather Keller-Giltner and their three cats, Gus, Bitsy and Lucy.

Heather Keller-Giltner, MA, GCDF
Heather Keller-Giltner received B.A. degrees in English and communication from the University of Illinois at Springfield where she also earned her M.A. in English. She is in the final stages of completing a Ph.D. in Leadership at the University of the Cumberlands, focusing on the way motivational approaches impact student success. Known for her animated teaching style, she enjoys hobbies consistent with her hidden preference for introversion: napping with cats, waking up before most other humans and enjoying tea and coffee in solitude. She and her husband, Scott Giltner, whom she met at C-SC, live in Quincy, IL with their three cats.

Dr. Esa Seegulam
Dr. M. Esa Seegulam is from the Caribbean twin-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. He loves teaching biology courses to majors and non-majors alike and enjoys working with first-generation college students, as he was one when he first came to the U.S. for college in 2002. Dr. Seegulam lives in Canton with his cat Schmutz and spends his free time watching documentaries, cooking and traveling.

Costs include:

Contact Kendall Kirkham or 573-288-6000, ext. 6360 in the Student Success Center to see if you qualify for a partial scholarship.

CANCELLATION POLICY: No adjustment to the tuition charge will be made for drops after Aug. 7, 2021. If a student drops the program before Aug. 20, 2021, the student will be required to move off campus until the official move-in day for the academic year. The last day to withdraw from the program without academic penalty is Aug. 13, 2021, at 5 p.m.


Kendall Kirkham
Phone: 573-288-6000, ext. 6360