Welcome to all of our new students, and welcome back to returning ones!  The past couple of weeks have been jam packed with activities to start off the new school year.  ,
New Honors students had their Honors orientation on Friday morning, August 21, where they learned from Prof. Cwilich about the various opportunities offered by the program and how to get involved.  They also met members of the Honors Student Council, who encouraged them to get involved in the council.
Freshman Orientation
Then, on Sunday, August 22, First Time on Campus students attended the Welcome to the Freshman Honors Experience event in the Sky Cafe, where they met Honors faculty, including those teaching the four sections of Freshman Honors Experience this semester, in order to begin the academic year in conversation with their peers and faculty about a timely subject, which we will revisit during the semester: counter-terrorism, domestic and international surveillance programs under the Bush and Obama administrations, and their relationship to human rights, privacy rights, and democracy.  Students were sent relevant articles to read before the event in order to fuel the conversation, so that they were able to get involved in a discussion about current issues.

First Year on Campus Panoply

And to round off orientation week, First Time on Campus students from the Yeshiva College, Stern College, and Syms Honors Programs, as well as Dean’s Scholars, met for a Panoply Extravaganza on Wednesday, August 26th, featuring trivia games and dessert.  New Honors students from both campuses enjoyed a fun evening in Stern College’s Koch Auditorium making  friends, which was a great way to start off the year for our new students!
The Honors Program then hosted our yearly Welcome Luncheon for all Honors students on September 2nd, where both new and returning students sat down with Honors Program staff and the Honors Student Council for a discussion about what’s new in the program and to learn about upcoming events and opportunities.  Students enjoyed pizza while participating in a discussion about what they would like to see or do in the upcoming year.
Welcome Luncheon
 

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