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There is more to college than how well you perform in the classroom. A great college experience is bigger than that. The First-Year TRAC program will immerse you in a range of challenging and rewarding experiences all designed to help you get connected and create a pathway to success.

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First Year TRACS :: Lion Camp

Lion Camp

Lion Camp is a three-day comprehensive orientation program for new students at A&M-Commerce. This program occurs the week prior to the first week of school. Lion Camp introduces students to:

  • A&M-Commerce Facilities
  • Student Services
  • Signature Student Activities
  • Lion Traditions & A&M-Commerce History
  • Academic Expectations

To sign up for Lion Camp, please ask your Orientation Leader at a New Student Orientation session.

A&M-Commerce campus full of people for the Lion Camp.

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Book In Common

Spare Parts book cover.

Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream

Author: Joshua Davis

The Book in Common initiative, funded by the president’s office, is an ongoing study for A&M-Commerce freshmen meant to bring students together to learn in an environment that fosters discussion and reflection as they navigate their first year of college.

Importance of the Book in Common

Through the Book in Common program, freshman students across all majors, as well as faculty, are unified with the study of one book that’s chosen to provoke deeper thought and engaging discussions. In this setting, they are allowed to be both the students and the teachers as they collectively learn from one another.

Importance of the Book for Freshmen

The Book in Common is chosen because of its cross-disciplinary ability to make us think, discuss and understand the world in new ways. Faculty, staff and the larger community can take part in discussions of self-discovery, justice and social change that have been thematic elements of prior book selections.

Key Events

Book in Common events are open to all university faculty, staff, students and the public.

  • To be Announced

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Peer mentor

Your mentor group is the piece of TRAC that holds it all together. Each mentor group will serve 25 students. These mentors are paid undergraduate students who will be trained to help us:

  • Deliver student-success content like goal setting, time management, note taking, study skills, et cetera
  • Help create cohorts within the freshman class
  • Help guide students to resources on campus
  • Deliver content for a book all freshmen will be required to read
  • Guide students to First-Year TRAC events put on by various offices
A group of people sitting down in a circle listening to a therapist.

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Faculty across disciplines apply to teach signature courses which highlight their knowledge and passion for a specific subject area. They are designed to introduce you, a new college student to the life of the mind and introduce you to full-time faculty members immediately upon coming to the A&M-Commerce.

Students enrolled in Signature Courses will participate in “The Lionizing,” a culminating semester-end event where they will present a project from the course in the genre of the instructor’s choice.

Fall 2021

Star Lore

Cheri Davis, Planetarium Director

Learn about star lore, discover and recognize constellation patterns, understand how to navigate the night sky, explore what is in a name, and discuss pop culture influences such as “Harry Potter” and other literature.


Where Are You? Finding a Space in Public Space

Andrew Baker, Assistant Professor of History

From the suburban shopping mall and the football stadium to the front yard and the TAMUC campus, the places we inhabit shape our lives and reflect our cultural values. Ultimately, students will propose ways to reshape the campus community by refashioning part of its built environment.


Must Love Dogs

Sandra Kimbrough, Professor of Health and Human Performance

Explore how the relationships between humans and dogs have changed in the last 100+ years and learn hands-on about dogs who help individuals.


Girls in STEM

Rebecca Judd, Associate Professor of Social Work

Introduce females to coding as they interact with a personal robot and examine the human-robot relationship, provide experiential learning activities in the use of technology in human service sectors.

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Learning How to Think Critically

Brandon Randolph-Seng, Associate Professor of Management

We will examine the effects of attitudes, values, logical fallacies, and thinking errors on critical thinking and problem-solving. Assignments will require students to apply their skills to real-life situations and to understand the levels of the critical thinking process through problem-solving activities.

Brandon Randolph

Humor in Humanities

Christian Hempelmann, Associate Professor of Computational Linguistics

Students will reflect on positive as well as negative aspects of humor, including their own, and also learn how to write jokes as one way of understanding the fundamental mechanism of humor.


Business, Society & Unfettered Thought

Guclu Atinc, Associate Professor of Management

Students will gain an understanding of the role of business in society, the capacity to use knowledge to effectively analyze, debate, and solve societal/organizational problems in a socially responsible and ethical manner, and the ability to successfully communicate potential solutions across audiences.


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Contact Us

  • P.O. Box 3011
  • Commerce, TX 75429-3011
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