The Parker-Adams Year is a freshman learning community designed to foster academic and personal success during the first year at BAMA. The program integrates classroom and residential experiences through a one-credit course each semester (AS 101/102), social activities and cultural events. Participants have access to dedicated faculty and staff who assist with academic advising, personal challenges, campus involvement, and career readiness.
Students experience a community that promotes
- Academic Achievement
- Leadership Opportunities
- Service Learning
- Career Preparation
Opportunities & Resources
The first year of a student’s college career is extremely important, and the Parker Adams Year is designed to help students succeed and achieve their goals. Below is a list of opportunities and resources available to Parker Adams students:
- AS 101/102 Compass courses
- academic advising and registration
- experiential learning planning and preparation
- social and cultural events
- service projects
- peer mentors
Dedicated faculty and staff advise and support Parker Adams students. Dr. Larry Bowen, a math professor, is the faculty-in-residence at Harris Hall who provides invaluable guidance. The Director of Academic Advising for Arts & Sciences, Ms. Cathy Elliott, advises students and prepares them for registration. Students who seek internships and other experiential learning activities can meet with the program director, Ms. Pamela Derrick, to explore opportunities.
Parker Adams Fellows
Parker Adams Fellows are students who have completed the program and provide peer advisement to freshmen. They organize various events throughout the year such as the PA Day at the Lake, Murder-Mystery Dinner and movie nights.
Registration is available online and during BAMA Bound. There are no extra fees for participation in this program.