Honors Symposia – Alisha Gaines

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On September 22nd, Dr. Alisha Gaines, Assistant Professor of English at Florida State University and author of Black for a Day: Fantasies of Race and Empathy, spoke to UT Honors students. Dr. Gaines’s presentation was arranged and sponsored by the Department of English & Writing as a Scholar’s Symposium and was co-sponsored by the Honors Program. Dr. Gaines discussed some of her work examining efforts of White people trying to understand what it means to be Black in America by trying to pass as Black, typically for a very short period of time.

Coffee Conversation – Dr. Kevin Fridy

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On Friday, September 22nd, roughly 15 Honors students joined Dr. Kevin Fridy in the McKay Hall common room for a coffee conversation. In this more intimate setting, the students discussed, “How are power, privilege, and politics reflected in disaster vulnerability?” Over coffee, tea, and muffins, the students engaged in a conversation about the topic, which was tied directly to the recent experiences all of the participants had with Hurricane Irma.

Honors BBQ Social

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To welcome new Honors Program students to UT, the Honors Program Directors, with the help of the Honors Council and the Honors Office staff, organized a BBQ Social at the new Honors dorm, McKay Hall. The social was catered by Holy Hog BBQ, an award winning Tampa based restaurant. We had a DJ, games, and great food. Over 250 students showed up to enjoy this welcome event.

Making News – Ally Marter

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UT Honors student and Marine Science major, Ally Marter, was recently highlighted on the UT home page for her work this summer with SeaTrek. Marter was the lead biologist for a group of 150 high school students who lived on boats and spent their time scuba diving, sailing, hiking, and studying marine science.

Honors Activities- The Bruce R. Jacob-Chris W. Altenbernd Criminal Appellate American Inn of Court

Eight UT Honors students at the Inn of Court in the main courtroom at the 2nd DCA
UT Honors students at the Inn of Court in the main courtroom at the Second District Court of Appeal

Eight UT Honors students recently began their involvement with theĀ Bruce R. Jacob-Chris W. Altenbernd Criminal Appellate American Inn of Court. Inns of Court are organizations designed to improve the skills and abilities of lawyers, judges, and, in some cases, law students. Thanks to connections UT faculty have with theĀ Bruce R. Jacob-Chris W. Altenbernd Criminal Appellate American Inn of Court, UT pre-law students in the Honors Program are able to attend the Inn of Court.

Faculty member Kristen Foltz recently sent the following about the students’ orientation this semester:

On a personal note, I saw several of them speaking with a few of the judges from the Second District Court of Appeal (2nd DCA) last night. I was very impressed by our students’ professionalism. They handled the pressure beautifully and one judge even encouraged them to apply for internships at the courthouse!