First Year Welcome Week
The University Honors Program established the Honors Welcome Week initiative in 2006 as part of our movement toward enhancing the goals of an Honors Living Learning Community. Honors Welcome Week is characterized by a series of linked events that bring together various on-campus members of our Honors community for the common goal of welcoming new students to campus. Some of these events include a social with upper-class students the night of move-in, the First Pages Faculty Panel, breakout sessions, and the Honors Induction Ceremony. Members of the on-campus community involved in Honors Welcome Week include faculty, administrators, staff and upper-class Honors students. Welcome Week introduces incoming students to the opportunities and challenges of an Honors university experience.
First Pages is designed to establish a sense of common knowledge and purpose as students move into their first year in the University Honors Program as members of the Honors Living Learning Community. Started in 2006, the goals of the project are to present a challenging and engaging text which will provide insight into an important issue and bring faculty, administrators, staff, Honors student mentors, and new students together outside of a traditional classroom setting. The text is the foundation for a series of programming events during Welcome Week.
Each spring, the Honors Program recognizes the importance of undergraduate research and the impact it can have on students’ careers. As part of our enhanced curriculum, Honors students are encouraged to conduct a Junior/Senior project in their major which is presented through a poster display.
The first Annual Honors Evening began in the Spring of 2004 and continues to be an exciting event. Each year, students and their faculty advisors gather with the Honors community to celebrate and recognize their research.
Pizza and Professors
One Tuesday a month, an Honors professor meets with Honors students to have an informal talk about a special topic of interest. This is a great opportunity to get to know Honors professors, learn something interesting, and grab a bite of pizza!
Sponsored Cultural Events
Going to school in the Boston area creates a world of opportunity for students to explore the culture and flavor of the city. The Honors staff purchases tickets to various events throughout the school year to allow students to take advantage of what Boston has to offer. Ticket costs are subsidized by the Honors Program and allow students to attend these events at far below the average cost of a single ticket.
These events include trips to the theatre for plays and musicals, the ballet (Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker is a yearly sellout), and concerts at Symphony Hall by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Past events have included the musicals Avenue Q, Mamma Mia, and The Riverdance, the popular long-running show Blue Man Group, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and The Taming of the Shrew.
Event listings are posted on the Honors website, and in the Honors Office. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Checks only, please (No cash; No Husky Card). An Honors student can buy one ticket per event. Students interested in attending events should plan on buying tickets on the first day they are on sale. Many events sell out quickly!