On September 27th, Gina Duncan from Equality Florida spoke to UT Honors students. Her presentation focused on how progress towards equality for transgender Americans has been slowed dramatically by the Trump administration.
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.
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.
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.
Eight UT Honors students recently began their involvement with the 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 the 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!