A new year, a familiar welcome

Incoming L&S Honors students gathered on Bascom Hill for a group photo.

On the morning of Tuesday, September 5, over 400 incoming L&S Honors students gathered for an academic orientation with Honors Faculty Director Jenny Saffran, and other Honors Program staff. Students received advice that can help them in their first semester and beyond, including reminders to branch out, go to office hours, and check in with friends and family. They also learned more about the Honors Program mission, upcoming events, and opportunities to apply for funding. Following the Honors orientation, students joined other L&S incomers at the Memorial Union terrace. Finally, for a formal welcome to UW–Madison, hosted by Chancellor Jennifer L. Mnookin and the Office for Student Transition and Family Engagement (OSTFE), students hiked over to the Kohl Center. This Wisconsin Welcome event featured performances by the UW Marching Band, a chance to grab a free copy of the 2023 Go Big Read, and a welcome from university leaders, including Chancellor Jennifer L. Mnookin herself!

To end the first week of classes, the Honors Program invited new and returning Honors students to join a “fall kickoff” on the lawn outside Washburn Observatory. Over 70 students enjoyed conversation with peers and Honors staff, lawn games, and complimentary shaved ice with a variety of flavor options from the Kona Ice truck. The start of the fall semester can be a stressful time of transition, so the event also offered students a chance to relax and spend time with trained therapy dogs from the Dogs on Call organization.  A huge thank you to the Dogs on Call coordinator, volunteers, and Honors staff who made this event possible!