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The Big FIG Book is HERE!

Available now! If you haven’t yet received the Big FIG Book in the mail, it can now be accessed online. Follow this link to access the 2015 Big FIG Book SEE YOURSELF IN A FIG

Remember, online sign ups for fall 2014 FIGs begin at 4:00pm on May 15, on duckweb.uoregon.edu.

Feature FIGs for April 17th

Each day, First-Year Programs will be revealing two FIGs for the 2015 year. FIGs are a great way to get connected with faculty and other students. Today, we are highlighting Urban Garden and Exploring Africa! Take a look!

Urban Garden

Urban Garden: This FIG looks at urban agriculture in the context of both the designed and natural environment, using the campus urban farm as a living laboratory.

exploring africa

Exploring Africa: Explore the cultural complexities of contemporary African societies through the complementary lenses of anthropology and international studies.

For a full list of FIGs, click here or check out “The Big FIG Book” for Fall 2015. Check back Monday to find out about 2 more great FIGs for 2015.

Feature FIGs for April 16th

Each day, First-Year Programs will be revealing two FIGs for the 2015 year. FIGs are a great way to get connected with faculty and other students. Today, we are highlighting Art, Culture, and Comics and Global Oregon! Take a look!

Art Culture Comics

Art, Culture, and Comics: The two courses of this FIG will together explore the role of the visual arts in the construction of both fictional and cultural narratives with specific focus on our ideas about gender and self-hood. Many of the primary materials will be drawn from the world of comic-strips, comic books, and graphic novels: modern art-forms that create narratives out of images-in-series.

Carnegie Global Oregon

Global Oregon: This is a residential FIG that lasts throughout your first year. It focuses on ethics in international affairs and in everyday circumstances. The Global Oregon FIG draws upon sophomores, juniors, and seniors from prior years to create a unique group of highly supportive UO students.

For a full list of FIGs, click here or check out “The Big FIG Book” for Fall 2015. Check back tomorrow to find out about 2 more great FIGs for 2015.

Feature FIGs for April 15th

Each day, First-Year Programs will be revealing two FIGs for the 2015 year. FIGs are a great way to get connected with faculty and other students. Today, we are highlighting Culture at the Crossroads and Bella Italia! Take a look!

Culture at the Crossroads

Culture at the Crossroads: This FIG explores the past and present of race and racism in America, as seen through the lens of the deeply influential music of the blues.

Bella Italia

Bella Italia!: This FIG looks at some of Italy’s most exciting contributions to the world including the Renaissance, the Roman Empire, Italian cooking, Italian movies, and, of course, the Mafia.

For a full list of FIGs, click here or check out “The Big FIG Book” for Fall 2015. Check back tomorrow to find out about 2 more great FIGs for 2015.

The Countdown Begins

The Big FIG book will be mailed out this week containing a full list of all First-Year Interest Groups offered in the fall. This means there is only one month until FIG registration takes place on Duckweb at 4:00pm on Friday, May 15th, 2015! Starting Wednesday, we will feature two FIGs everyday from different categories. When deciding what FIG to take, make sure to choose a couple of options. FIGs do fill quickly, and it is best to have a back-up if your number one choice fills up before you get a spot. Questions? Feel free to e-mail our office at figs@uoregon.edu or call at (541)346-1131.

In the works

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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Final projects from the Inside Architecture FIG

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

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

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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 freshsem@uoregon.edu 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.