Thanks to a connection of UT Professor Shelly Crosby, several UT Honors students along with some of the Honors Program office staff got to visit the Hillsborough County Medical Examiner’s Office. We learned quite a bit about what the office does, from how many bodies they process in the course of a day (between 5 and 10) to the variety of drugs that are screened by the toxicologists. We even got to witness part of an autopsy. It was an extremely informative visit.
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.
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!
Dr. Kacy Tillman, Associate Director of the Honors Program, accompanied members of the Honors Council and several Honors students to the Courtney Campbell causeway on Earth Day to participate in a trash pickup.
A number of Honors students recently spent the day at the Ringling in Sarasota. The Ringling is a combination of several museums, including the Museum of Art, the Circus Museum, the Tibbals Education Center, and Ca’ D’Zan. The Ringling is named after John Ringling of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The students visited all of the museums and even took a tour of John Ringling’s home on the gulf.
The UT Honors Council – the student Honors Program organization – recently adopted Cypress Point Park for trash pick up. This weekend was the first trash pick up. Over 50 students participated in the cleanup.