The Orientation Process

New students complete an orientation to the Academy via Canvas, our Learning Management System (LMS). The orientation modules and assignments provide an overview of the Academy’s history and mission, as well as an introduction to our Learning Management System (Canvas), the Student Portal, the Academic Catalog, Programs of Study, Academic Integrity policies, Library Resources, and Academic Writing in APA style. You will learn about the various resources that the Academy offers to support your success in your academic program and career in sport.

In addition to our orientation for new students, each USSA student is required to complete our Student Services Orientation course annually. This brief orientation is an annual requirement by the U.S. Department of Education. The course modules cover the following areas: Drugs and alcohol, Title IX, Career management, and Financial Aid literacy.

Residential Orientation

Spring 2018 – Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Time Event Location Facilitator(s)
0800-1200 USSA Bookstore/Sport Shop OPEN Sport Bookstore Logistics
0800-0815 Arrival & Check-In Classroom 2 Academics
0815-0830 Welcome to the Academy Classroom 2 Dr. T. J. Rosandich
President & CEO
0830-0915 Introduction of Faculty

Doctor of Education Academic Review
Academic Catalog – Programs Policies and Procedures
Mentorship Requirements
Academic Facilities

Classroom 2 Dr. Stephen Butler
Dean of Academic Affairs


Dr. Fred Cromartie, Director Doctoral Studies
Dr. Brandon Spradley, Director Sports Management
Dr. Bret Simmermacher, Chair Sports Coaching
Dr. Rodney Blackman, Chair Recreation Management
Dr.. Sandra Geringer, Director Sports Studies
Ms. Marcie Boutwell, Director of the Library
0915-0945 Introduction to Student Services

Registration Procedures
Housing / Insurance
Parking Stickers
Building Access Passes
Alumni Association

Academics Seminar Room Dean of Student Services