The Honors College celebrated two important milestones this fall. The incoming first-year class was our largest, crossing the 200 mark for the very first time. We aimed for an incoming class of 180 but the response to our invitations to attend was gratifyingly stronger than we expected, with 204 choosing to come to the Honors College. The other marker of our advance was the fifth-year reunion of our very first graduating class. Members of the Class of 2008 attended Family and Homecoming Weekend in early October. Five of these former students discussed their paths from the Honors College to their present-day jobs, with current students and their parents in attendance. A story in this newsletter provides more detail on the panelists and what they said.
Honors College Welcomes the Class of 2017
On Friday, August 24, members of the Honors College Class of 2017 arrived in Burlington, moved into University Heights North, and began their college career. Students were greeted by upper classmen and staff members who helped unpack cars and carry boxes, books, and bedding to first-year student rooms. After moving in, students spent an evening getting to know their roommates, hall mates and their resident advisors. That Saturday, first year students participated in the college's annual scavenger hunt in the Billings Lecture Hall, before being connected with their Honors College Peer Mentors.
This is the college’s tenth class, and at 204 students it is also the largest class in the history of the Honors College. Students within that class come from 24 states (including 55 students from Vermont), and one student is from India. In addition, the class of 2017 is one of the most diverse classes at the university, and especially in the Honors College: Almost a quarter of the first year students are ALANA (Asian-American, Latino, African-American, Native American and multi-racial) students.
Honors College Sophomore Seminar Curates Museum Exhibit
On September 17th UVM’s Fleming Museum opened its latest exhibit, which was curated by the Honors College Introduction to Museum Studies class during the spring of 2013. "Eat: The Social Life of Food," examines how food is prepared and served, as well as how these practices associated with food reflect our cultural values. Several Honors College students, including Nicole Bull '15, have worked with the Fleming as docents for the show. The exhibit will be at the museum until May 18th.
Honors College Welcomes Class of 2008 Back to Campus
UVM put on its finest fall regalia for a glorious weekend at the beginning of October when we welcomed parents and alumni to campus for Homecoming/Reunions Weekend. It was an especially celebratory weekend for the Honors College as we welcomed back our very first class, the Class of 2008, for their Fifth-Year Reunion. As in past years, we held a reception for parents and guests (including alumni!) followed by a panel of recent Honors College alumni speaking about their experience since graduation and answering questions from the audience. In honor of the Class of 2008, all the panelists this year were celebrating their fifth reunion.
Honors College First-Year Reading Assignment: The Ghost Map
At Orientation this past June, the incoming Honors College Class of 2017 received copies of Steven Johnson's The Ghost Map as their summer reading assignment. Johnson's genre is the medical detective story: there's a devastating disease affecting thousands of people, and someone needs to piece together the clues that will solve the mystery of it. What causes it? (And what, eventually, will cure it?)
Meet the 2013 Honors College Peer Leaders
Each fall, the Honors College Peer Leaders (a group of 16 upper classmen) are on hand to help new first year students get acquainted with all activities and opportunities available on campus. While it's not always easy for first-year students to navigate the university's plethora of academic and extra-curricular opportunities (nor is it easy to adjust to new classes, new professors, and living away from home), the Peer Leaders work with Honors College students to make sure they easily transition to college life and seek out opportunities to find their niche on campus.
New Faces in the Honors College
The Honors College has welcomed three new faculty and staff members to its community. Residence Director Blake Singleton, Student Leadership Coordinator David Anderson, and faculty-in-residence Dr. Todne Chipumuro have already become familiar faces throughout University Heights North as they've created crafting clubs, hosted socials, and worked with Honors College students to build a strong sense of community within the building.
Honors College Alum Teaches, Mentors Students as a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia
Robyn Suarez '12 has spent the past 10 months as an English Teaching Assistant in Malaysia as a part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. In this position she has had an unforgettable year as a student mentor, engaging teacher, and as a cultural ambassador. Her work was recently featured in the Williston Observer.Read more about Honors College alum Robyn Suarez here.