University of Oregon

Hands Up Hip-Hop Awareness Concert

Hands-Up-Final-FlyerYou all may remember the UO Hip-Hop Jam last term. We are proud to sponsor another fantastic music event from one of our FIG Assistants, Desmond Harvey (AKA Dez Anthony) this term. He is teaming up with other students to bring the Hands Up Hip-Hop Awareness Concert to the University of Oregon campus.  The aim is to bring awareness for the victims of police brutality. Join them on Thursday, February 26th in the EMU Ballroom at 7:30pm for a night of music and solidarity. Proceeds from donations and raffles will go toward the Civil Liberties Defense Center.

See more about last term’s Hip-Hop Jam in the video below.

Congratulations to the First Annual FIG-posium Participants!

In January, First-Year Programs applauded the work of Freshman Interest Groups this year with a brand new annual celebration.image11

Students and FIG Assistants gathered in the gallery space of the Museum of Natural and Cultural History to share projects, stories, and food.

We saw videos, posters, children’s books, and more.


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A few examples of children’s books from the Thinking About Teaching? FIG


The Visualize a Better World FIG finished their term with poster projects about food.


Lastly, the gallery space at the museum was beautiful!

A big thank you to the Museum of Natural and Cultural History for hosting us.

Look out for the next FIG-Posium in 2016!

Apply to be a FIG Assistant!

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FIG Assistant applications are now live! The FA position offers exceptional undergraduate students the opportunity to be leaders and mentors to first-year students participating in a FIG. To learn more about the position and download an application visit our student jobs page.

Applications must be turned in to 470 Oregon Hall by 5pm Friday, January 30th.

Deadline Extended for First-Year Seminar Proposals


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Interested in proposing a First-Year Seminar for the 2015-2016 school year? The deadline for proposals has been extended to this Thursday (1/15/15). Interested faculty can learn more information about the proposal process here. First-Year Seminars are an important part of the first-year experience. They assist first-year students in making connections with faculty members as well as their peers. Questions? Please contact First-Year Seminar Coordinator Drew Brandel at or 541-346-1136.

FIG Faculty Member on Research Team to Study Link Between Physical Violence and Stress Hormone in Women

FIGs may have ended for the year, but our faculty members are still hard at work in the classroom and in their research. Professor Josh Snodgrass from the JoshSnodgrass_0Paging Dr. Darwin FIG is currently studying the link between daily cortisol levels in women and their exposure to interpersonal violence. The Oregon Youth Study began its longitudinal study starting in 1983 starting with young boys ages 9 and 10 who come from a lower socioeconomic status and live in neighborhoods with higher rates of juvenile delinquency. The study then followed these subjects through life and conducted a couples’ study once the subjects began romantic partnerships at ages 17 and 18. To learn more about the study and professor Snodgrass’s research click here.


First UO Hip Hop Jam is a Big Hit

On November 23rd the Hip Hop & Politics of Race FIG held University of Oregon’s first ever Hip Hop Jam featuring local artists displaying an array of talents from dance crews and djs to spoken word and live painting. The FIG usually goes to see a hip hop performance, but this year they decided to organize their own event and make it open to the public. The Emerald covered the event and created a video featuring our own FA Desmond Harvey and faculty member Loren Kajikawa. Click here to see the video.


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Register for a Winter Term Freshman Seminar!

Registration for winter term is coming very soon, and that means you have another chance to enjoy the Freshman Seminar experience. Here’s what you need to know!IMG_7962

Q: What Freshman Seminars can I take next term?

A: This year’s winter Freshman Seminars include topics like the evolution of warfare, teenage life in books and movies, American popular music, and several others. As you plan your schedule, take a look at all of the Freshman Seminars offered next term.

Q: I found a Freshman Seminar that I want to take winter term! How do I register?

A: You can register for Freshman Seminars starting Wednesday November 26th at 3pm on Duckweb.

Q: Am I eligible to take a Freshman Seminar?

A: You are eligible to register for a Freshman Seminar if you graduated high school in 2013 or 2014 AND are in your first year of college. First-year students who have sophomore standing due to AP or college credits taken while they were in high school are eligible to register. Transfer students and international students who have college credits from another college or university are not eligible to register for a Freshman Seminar.

Q: I’m not really sure what a Freshman Seminar is. How is it different from other classes?

A: Freshman Seminars are smaller than many classes you will take as a freshman because they are limited to a maximum of 23 first-year students. Freshman Seminars introduce first-year students to thought-provoking, unique subjects in an instructor’s special area of interest. They are designed to promote faculty-student and student-student interaction, focusing on writing, communication, and critical thinking.

Q: Who should I contact if I have questions about a specific Freshman Seminar or the program in general?

A: Please call or email Drew Brandel, the Freshman Seminar Coordinator, at (541) 346-1136 with any questions you may have. You can also stop by our office at 470 Oregon Hall.

Remember to register for a Freshman Seminar on Duckweb on Wednesday November 26th at 3pm!

October Outings!


The beautiful fall colors mixed with the crisp autumn air make for Octobers in Oregon to be a wonderful setting to explore. FIGs were very busy for the first half of the term. Whether it be venturing out to Portland to look at the famous Japanese Gardens, or staying on campus to watch some cool documentaries, the students, FIG Advisers, and Faculty members have been out and about enjoying the fall season. Check out what these FIGs have been up to!    On the top left, COLLEGE: A Screwball Comedy is navigating a corn maze at a farm nearby.

Blog postThe picture on the top right shows the Connected Characters FIG in the Portland Japanese Garden with their FIG Faculty, Professor Goble. The bottom left picture shows students in the Oregon Outside FIG on the Oregon coast during their annual camping trip. Last, the bottom right picture is FA Nicole Guzoleck picking out some cute pumpkins at the Saturday Market in Downtown Eugene.

Freshman Seminar Professor Earns Art Educator of the Year Award

Lisa Abia-SmithHeadShotThe First-Year Programs team would like to congratulate Dr. Lisa Abia-Smith, one of our own veteran Freshman Seminar instructors, on her award as Art Educator of the Year award through the Oregon Art Education Association (OAEA).

We are very proud of the work Dr. Abia-Smith contributes to the Eugene community through her work at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and the several courses she teaches here at UO.

This term, a full class of first-year students is exploring Writing for Art/ Art of Writing with Dr. Abia-Smith in her fall term Freshman Seminar. Please find more information about her recent award through the link below.

#TBT- Food Connections- You are What You Eat

Today we are throwing it back to November of 2010 when Professor Galen Martin took his freshman seminar, Food Connections- You are What You Eat- PPPM 199, to his very own farm near Eugene to give the students some hands on learning about how to understand exactly where their food comes from. This eye-opening Freshman Seminar will be offered again this spring. Look out for it in the upcoming registration!

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