The course of US astronaut Scott Kelly’s life was changed by reading a book. So it was especially fitting that Kelly, a UT alumnus who spent an unprecedented year in space about the International Space Station, spoke to freshmen during the annual celebration of Life of the Mind, a shared reading experience that is part of First-Year Studies 100.
First Year Studies News
Scott Kelly, the US astronaut who recently returned from a record-breaking year in space, will help launch the 2016-17 academic year UT by speaking at the annual Welcome Week Life of the Mind celebration at 5:30 p.m. Monday, August 15.
First-Year Studies is seeking nearly 200 discussion leaders for the 2016 Life of the Mind program.
In the spirit of Halloween, freshmen are embracing the ghoulish holiday in a creepy, crawly way. The popular First-Year Studies course It’s a Bug’s Life, taught by entomology and plant pathology professor Jerome Grant, examines how insects have shaped our world and influenced our lives through movies, television, art, literature, and even food.
First-Year Studies is now accepting proposals for 129 Freshman Seminars to be offered during the spring 2016 semester. These seminars are designed to connect students with UT faculty through an engaging topic early in their academic career.
This week, the first nineteen students graduate from the Volunteer Bridge program, UT’s innovative dual-enrollment program with Pellissippi State Community College.
Professor Anne Smith has a good picture of how some students transition to college life at UT. For three years, she taught a First-Year Studies 129 course on photography called Capturing Your Transition to College.
First-Year Studies is seeking nearly 200 discussion leaders for the 2015 Life of the Mind program with the incoming first-year class.
First-Year Studies is now accepting proposals for 129 Freshman Seminars to be offered during the spring semester. These one-credit seminars are small, discussion-based courses that allow the professor to design a class around a topic of personal interest. Faculty instructors must be tenured or tenure-track. Faculty will receive research stipends for their participation in the program.
The Life of the Mind Program is seeking suggestions for its 2015–16 common reading selection for first-year students. A Ready for the World initiative, Life of the Mind is a component of First-Year Studies 100, a required online course that helps first-year students develop the right mindset for the college experience. As part of the course, students read the Life of the Mind book, submit a creative response, participate in a small-group discussion session, and attend a lecture by the book’s author.