Richard Light, an education professor at Harvard, turns a familiar phrase about college on its head. We often hear, "Let's admit the best and brightest and get out of the way." He disagrees. In his book, "Making the Most of College: Students Speak Their Minds," Light says that faculty members, staff and administrators should get in students' ways. He means not just that we need to teach students in the classroom. He means also that each student needs good advice on how to connect classroom learning with emerging interests, thus encouraging an intertwining of the two and making the educational experience much stronger and more satisfying. One of the main ways in which this connection arises is through activities students undertake outside the classroom. Dean Rizvi's Message
Elizabeth Kolbert Plenary Lecture
Elizabeth Kolbert's book Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change might not be the first book you would think to put on your summer reading list. Excellent and engaging though this book is, its look at the incontrovertible proof that the planet is warming might not make the "feel-good" list. But at least 160 people did read the book this summer as they prepared for their first-year Honors College seminar, "The Pursuit of Knowledge." And those same 160 people, now fully vested students of UVMís class of 2014, together with dozens of people from the greater campus community and beyond, showed up to hear the author of the book speak about climate change on September 16 at the Music Recital Hall as the Honors College's Plenary Lecture Series (part of the first-year seminar) got underway this fall.Elizabeth Kolbert Lecture
Move-In: The Honors College Welcomes the Class of 2014
It's a rare sight to see a college campus buzzing with activity at 7:00 on a Friday morning. But a convoy of mini vans, SUVs and U-Hauls turning off Main Street and into University Heights on August 27 could only mean one thing: Move-in day.
That Friday, 160 incoming Honors College students arrived at University Heights North. They are part of the 2,475-member Class of 2014, the second-largest to ever enter UVM. The students in this class come from 40 states and 14 countries. And while they were ready and eager to begin their college careers, they first had to deal with the not-so-small task of moving into their dormitories.Fall 2010 Move-In
New Junior Year Thesis Prep Course
This fall and every semester hereafter, the Honors College will be offering a thesis preparation course to all HCOL students in the Junior year, HCOL 101. The aim of HCOL 101 is to provide HCOL students from every unit on campus with consistent advising on preparing for the thesis project, and to maintain some of the intellectual community they've formed in their first and/or sophomore years in the HCOL. The course also seeks to "demystify" the thesis process, which is often assumed to be intimidating and brutal.
HCOL 101 Thesis Prep Course
2010 UVM Faculty Seminar: Neuroscience Comes to the Honors College
When the first President Bush declared the 1990's the "Decade of the Brain", the idea was "to enhance public awareness of the benefits to be derived from brain research". It worked. Two decades and hundreds of articles and books and PBS specials later, the American public is inarguably much more aware of the fascinating work being done by neuroscientists worldwide. But were those "consumers" equipped to deal with the science? Are the scientists? Summer 2010 UVM Faculty Seminar
UVM Homecoming & Family Weekend Preview
Homecoming weekend, September 30-October 3, is a celebration for the entire UVM community. As Honors College alumni, parents, supporters and current students converge on Burlington for one weekend, it's good to remember that there's plenty going on beyond the walls of University Heights North.UVM Homecoming Weekend