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Session 7: Connecting with Community


One of the best parts of Lyman Briggs is the supportive community we foster in the college. Below, we'll outline a few of the groups of people who are here to help you adjust to life at MSU and in Briggs, and to support you all the way through to when you graduate and become alumni.

  1. Peer Support Leaders are among the first Briggsies you'll encounter. These 3rd- and 4th- year students support incoming students as they enroll for classes, provide advising assistance, and facilitate workshops for ongoing student success. These leaders also support the Peer Support Mentors.
  2. Peer Support Mentors will be matched with you as we progresss into the Fall semester. These Briggs mentors help small groups of incoming students navigate your first semester of college by hosting group events and one-on-one check-ins.
  3. Peer Learning Assistants (also known as undergraduate learning assistants) are core members of our teaching team at Lyman Briggs College. They assist faculty in providing an enriching and supported educational environment in lectures, recitations, and labs.


There are a number of webinars in available Summer 2021--opportunities to connect with other first-year students and get relevant information.


Lyman Briggs: Fall 2021 Incoming Student Informational Session
Tuesday, May 18, 7:00 p.m. EDT | Recording Link

Learn what to expect this summer. Find out about housing for the fall, expectations for the New Student Orientation experience, and other events this summer to help you engage with the Lyman Briggs community.


Lyman Briggs: Enhancing Your Education
Tuesday, June 22, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Your experience in Lyman Briggs is not just about the incredible classroom and academic experience you will have. It is also about experiential learning, skill development, and career preparation. Our career services consultant will talk about experiences you can have during your undergraduate career that will help prepare you for life after college. Our Assistant Director of Education Abroad and Away will share opportunities to study domestically and internationally, while meeting your degree requirements. We will also emphasize peer leadership experiences available in the college that will enhance your experience as a Briggsie. The more "formal" presentation will be followed with Q&A.



Panel of Current LBC Students
Tuesday, July 13, 7 p.m. EDT

Join us to chat with a panel of current Lyman Briggs students. These students will answer your questions and share about their experiences in the College. This is a great opportunity to get a student's perspective on life as a Briggsie. Come prepared to ask questions, or send them ahead of time to kylie@msu.edu.

LBC Faculty Panel
Tuesday, July 27, 7 p.m. EDT | Zoom Registration Link 

Join us to learn about, and from, a panel of Briggs faculty! Our panelists look forward to answering your questions and sharing why they love to teach in Briggs.

Faculty panelists include:
Dr. Masani, LBC Biology professor
Dr. Parks, LBC History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science professor
Dr. Cass, LBC Chemistry professor
Dr. Edwards, LBC Mathematics professor

Throughout the Summer: New Student Orientation Webinars

  • How to join Briggs Connect
    1. Visit https://msuconnect.msu.edu/hub/BriggsConnect/
    2. Hit the “Join Briggs Connect” button
    3. Log in with your MSU NetID or sign up. (Signing up involves making a profile or linking to LinkedIn)
    4. Then select “Briggs Connect” from the menu of hubs that is presented to you.
    5. Answer a few quick questions about yourself, and you’ll be on your way!
  • How to join the Peer Mentoring Program

    Step 1: Join Briggs Connect

    1. Visit Briggs Connect's landing page (link opens in new window)
    2. Use your MSU NetID to log in
    3. Follow the prompts to create your profile

    Step 2: Join the Peer Mentoring Platform

    1. Visit the Peer Mentoring Program page in Briggs Connect (link opens in new window)
    2. Select ‘Join’
    3. Select your role as a ‘Mentee’
    4. Follow the prompts to create your mentee profile

    Step 3: Favorite your mentor choices

    1. Once you receive confirmation that your profile was approved (usually within 48 hours), return to the Peer Mentoring Program page in Briggs Connect (link opens in new window)
    2. Click on the ‘Mentors’ tab
    3. Browse the profiles of the Briggs Peer Mentors and "favorite" up to 3 mentors you think might match your interests. "Favoriting" a mentor does not guarantee that you will be assigned to their group but it does contribute to our matching process!
  • How can I connect with other Briggs students?

    There's a D2L community called "Briggs Community" which was organized by our Student Advisory Council.

    It includes some student advice, instructor intros, and discussion boards.

    Link forthcoming.


Create a profile in Briggs Connect.


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