Dr. Jen Wortham and Dr. Abe Miller took their pathways students on a walk through Tampa using the Riverwalk. The Riverwalk is a great way to explore downtown Tampa while simultaneously enjoying scenic views of the Hillsborough River and The University of Tampa. Pathways courses help UT students adjust to Tampa and give them a number of engaging opportunities to learn.
On October 30th, Dr. Abe Miller from UT’s Health Sciences and Human Performance department, took a group of Honors students to collect scorpions. Dr. Miller is an expert on scorpions. He provided a good background on scorpions, illustrated how they luminesce under a black light, and provided instruction on how and where to spot them. We were a little worried that we might not see any after our first foray netted us only a wolf spider. But the next trail we tried was bountiful. Within 45 minutes we caught 15 and let another 5 or so get away.
On October 13th, the Honors co-Directors, Dr. Kacy Tillman and Dr. Ryan Cragun, took a group of Honors students to St. Petersburg to visit the Chihuly Collection at the Morean Arts Center. The Chihuly Collection was beautifully arranged and fascinating to see. After viewing the collection we attended a demonstration on glass blowing that lasted for about 45 minutes, watching one of the resident artists create an original work.
On Saturday, September 29th, 20 Honors students picked up trash at Cypress Point Park. While we have been picking up trash at Cypress Point Park for over a year now, there is now a sign noting that the Honors Program at The University of Tampa has officially adopted the park:
The Honors Program @ UT started off the academic year with a social to welcome the new Honors students. With catering from Fresh Kitchen, live music, and games, close to 350 new and returning students showed up at McKay Hall on Thursday, August 23rd to enjoy good food and to get to know other Honors students.
To wrap up the year and give Honors students a break as they studied during finals, the Honors Council organized a final social in McKay Hall’s common room on April 29th. They ordered food from Fresh Kitchen, had games for people to play, and a DJ. Over 200 students showed up.
Dr. Jen Wortham had her HON 102 students participate in the Leadership Challenge Course. The Leadership Challenge Course provides students with opportunities to work together to try to overcome challenging obstacles. Dr. Wortham includes some snapshots of what the students learned using the GroupMe app. Some of the comments from students:
I learned that groups work better when we can communicate well. – Laura Montgomery
I learned to always listen to others’ ideas and try them even if you don’t think it will work. – Maddy Lucas
I learned that you need to look at things from multiple perspectives to solve problems. – Lauren Koelln
It’s easier to balance everything by working together. – Emily Brooks
It’s important not to give up when a plan isn’t working but to be creative in finding a better solution. – Caroline Vocatura
Sometimes you have to step back and make a game plan before attempting to solve a problem. – Allyson Hicks
It’s not always necessary to have a designated leader in a group. – Madeleine Matolak