University of Vermont

The Honors College

Message from the Dean

Abu Rizvi

The Honors College's residence at University Heights North (UHN) serves to create an academic community. UHN has our offices, classrooms, and public meeting areas. Our students find here ten resident advisors, a first-year mentor, a writing tutor, three resident faculty members, the residence hall and Honors College staff, and faculty members. Last week, the classrooms were full; they housed the eight sections of the first-year seminar, "The Pursuit of Knowledge," and fourteen sophomore seminars on topics as varied as health, Thoreau, robotics, gender, environmental politics, archeology, Darwin, and cryptography. These curricular offerings in UHN were complemented by co-curricular and community-building events: an ice-cream social and a Hall Council meeting on Tuesday, a writing tutorial for first-year students led by an HCOL senior on Wednesday, a plenary lecture by Psychology and Neuroscience professor Bill Falls, giving a personal and professional perspective on his research, on Thursday, a free mini-concert by musician Marta Gomez and her band on Friday, and, on Saturday, an excursion of HCOL mentors and their first-year mentees to the Burlington Farmers Market. What about Sunday and Monday? Sundays will have get-togethers of a group of students who knit, known as the KnitWits, and Mondays feature a book club, led by resident Profs. Guillermo Rodriquez and Maeve Eberhardt, which is currently discussing a book "When Languages Die." In this newsletter, you will see other aspects of the residential learning community at UHN.

Residential learning is central to the experience of the nearly 400, mostly first-year and sophomore, students who live in UHN. We will soon, though, welcome other members of the Honors College community to UHN. Joining us this coming Saturday, for Family and Homecoming Weekend, are parents, family members and alums. At a time when 156 outstanding first-year students have just joined us, it is particularly gratifying to see some of those at the other end of their college careers, namely our recent graduates, return to discuss their experiences following graduation. I call your attention to the Homecoming tab on the right side of this newsletter to learn about these graduates, who have already distinguished themselves in their jobs and graduate educations.

Enjoy this newsletter. As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

Last modified October 01 2009 09:10 AM