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Honors & Go Big Read

First-Year Honors Student Fall Retreat

Honors Student Organization (HSO)

UW Forensics

Honors On-Line Newsletter

The 2013-2014 Go Big Read selection is A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki. The Honors Program will host a special luncheon with the author on Tuesday, October 29 at 12: 15 in Gordon Dining and Event Center.
After hosting an honors-only Common Book Program from 2002-2009, the L&S Honors Program now encourages its students to participate in the annual, university-wide Go Big Read, a program introduced to the university in 2009. As a supplement to Go Big Read programming, and in the tradition of its former Common Book event, the Honors Program now annually sponsors an honors only experience in conjunction with the campus-wide Go Big Read: an informal discussion -- often over a meal -- with the author of the Go Big Read selection, allowing honors students to interact with the author in a smaller setting and discuss the issues raised by his or her book. For more information about Go Big Read and the UW's book selections, please visit the university Go Big Read website.
The 2013 First-Year Honors Student Retreat will take place on Saturday, October 5 at Union South. Registrations forms are due by Saturday, September 21.
Each fall, the Honors Program hosts a one-day retreat for incoming honors students. The event features break-out sessions on a range of topics, from major exploration to research opportunities to university life, and gives students a chance to meet university faculty in an informal setting. Attend the retreat to ...
  • Learn how faculty became interested in their disciplines and which obstacles and opportunities they encountered on their varied paths to becoming successful scholars
  • Get answers to questions on a variety of subjects
  • Talk with top scholars about how and why they do their research -- in the humanities as well as in the social and natural sciences
  • Discover the meaning and intent behind a liberal arts education
  • Learn that it is okay to be undecided about a major or career!
  • Meet other honors students and members of the honors community
  • Exchange information with experienced students and faculty about courses and the "ins and outs" of life at UW-Madison
  • Have fun!
The retreat is $15 and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. First-year students are emailed information about the retreat and a registration form at the beginning of the fall semester. 
The HSO runs several events throughout the year, including the "Wednesdays at Washburn" sessions, which invites faculty to speak about their research and academic interests to honors students in an informal setting. Visit the HSO webpage to read about their upcoming events! 

The Honors Program sponsors the UW Forensics team and proudly displays the team's trophies in the library at Washburn! If you are passionate about public speaking or looking to try something new, check out the forensics team website for news, tournament information, event descriptions and information on how to join. 

Each week, the Honors Program sends out a newsletter filled with upcoming honors events and deadlines, in addition to academic, co-curricular and service opportunities for students of all majors and interests. If you are a member of the Honors Program, you should automatically receive this newsletter; if you are not receiving it, please contact us at (608) 262-2984 or by email at honors@honors.ls.wisc.edu.
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