The Honors College Orientation is held twice a year: prior to move-in for students
joining the Honors College for the fall term and again in the first week of the spring
term for new Honors students for the spring. Honors Orientation is a mandatory program
designed to introduce incoming students to the foundations of undergraduate honors
education, and provides opportunities to:
Learn about important requirements and specialized Honors resources
Meet upper-class Honors students
Begin building relationships with Honors students, faculty and staff members
Orientation for Honors students admitted for the fall will be held on the Wednesday
and Thursday prior to the start of the fall term. This year the program will take
place on the evening of August 19 and all day August 20. A more detailed schedule
will be available in advance of the program. Spring Orientation for students admitted
for the spring term is typically held during the first week of classes.
Fall Honors Orientation is required for incoming freshmen and students transferring
from other institutions. There is no cost to attend. Enrolled incoming students are
required to register online to confirm their attendance at Honors Orientation. Registration is
available via the link above.
Honors Orientation will follow all state, USM, and Return to TU Taskforce guidelines. This
means students will be required to wear masks or face coverings for any in person
portions of the event and social distancing guidelines will be followed. For more
information on these guidelines, please visit the Return to TU website.
Incoming Honors students who elect to live on-campus will be notified of their move-in
date and provided details by the Housing and Residence Life Office. Anyone who is
not an incoming Honors student - including continuing Honors students and other incoming
students living in Douglass House but not admitted to the Honors College - will have
separate move-in dates and times. All students must follow their move-in timeline provided by the Department of Housing & Residence Life.
HONORS COLLEGE READ
A common read is a required part of the Honors Orientation experience in August. This
program provides an opportunity for Honors students to explore issues that contribute
to broad intellectual development while fostering intellectual ties between Honors
students, faculty and staff.
The 2020 Honors College Read is Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American
Dream by Joshua Davis. Students are responsible for securing their own copy of the book.Copies are available for purchase from several online retailers such as Amazon and
ebay, at many independently-owned retailers, and from your local library.
The goals of the Honors College Read are:
Provide incoming students a chance to connect with other students
Provide incoming students simulated classroom discussion experience led by faculty
Provide students with a learning opportunity that relates to the academic expectations
of the Honors College
Create an opportunity for critical thinking and ethical engagement
Honors Read Questions
Discussion questions for the Honors Read will guide your conversation about the book
at Honors College Orientation. Incoming students will prepare a written, typed response
to some, if not all, of these questions. Some questions may only require a sentence
or two while others may need a longer response. Responses will be collected via Blackboard.
What did you learn about the research process?
What do you think the goals of research are?
What were the most significant hurdles that the students overcame in the research
process? Why? Were there different hurdles for different students? Why?
What do you think were the most important factors that led to the students' success?
Why? What were their most significant failures, and why?
Explain how this book impacted (or did not impact) your perspective on America's immigration
controversy and its policies.
Should students, faculty, and staff work to become better allies to those negatively
impacted by the U.S. immigration policies and to individuals and groups that are xenophobic,
discriminatory, and racist? If so, what does that work look like? If not, how should
we seek to gaurantee the human rights of those who face discrimination due to their
citizenship status, racial, ethnic, gender or other identity?
In an interview, Dr. Allen Cameron said "The hardest obstacle they have is low and
wrong expectations." What does he mean by that statement? How does it apply to these
students? How does it apply to Carl Hayden High School? Does it apply to you, and
if so, how?
How do we develop more empathy to those that are different from us, and to those that
are the least, lost, and last members of society? How do we teach empathy to others?
One of the Carl Hayden High School teachers said in an interview that: "It is not
about the robots. It's about the people." What do you think he means by this observation?
How does this book, this story, impact your thoughts on what it takes to succeed in
research? Do you plan to undertake undergraduate research? Why or why not? If so,
what do you think that you most need to successfully undertake research (you may choose
more than one thing)?
Spring 2021 Orientation
Spring Honors Orientation is required for incoming freshmen and students transferring
from other institutions who join TU or the Honors College for spring 2021. There is
no cost to attend. Enrolled incoming students are required to register online to confirm
their attendance at Honors Orientation. Details on Spring 2021 Orientation will be
communicated to admitted students in their decision letter in January 2021.