University of Oregon

Wayne Morse Scholars Program

Wayne Morse

The Wayne Morse Scholars program is an excellent opportunity for sophomores and juniors to study public affairs and political science from a different perspective. Scholars will get the chance to attend a “democratic dilemma” seminar by the Wayne Morse Senior Faculty Fellow Dan Tichenor. Additionally, Scholars will be invited to events with distinguished speakers throughout the year. The program is designed to inspire undergraduates to strive to be future leaders in law, business, education, government, journalism, academia, and other fields.

The program is looking for undergraduate sophomores and juniors who excel academically and who have experience in public service to apply. If you are interested, applications are due October 24 by noon.

There is an information session on October 14 at 4 pm in 241  UO Knight Law Center.

For more information please visit http://waynemorsecenter.uoregon.edu/

 

See What Our Faculty is Up to

Food Arts Impact

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Photo of BLT taken from Food Arts Impact blog http://blogs.uoregon.edu/foodartsimpact/2014/09/15/blt-is-one-of-my-favorites/

Julie Voelker-Morris, professor of Portable Life Museum, has started a new blog along with colleagues Kassia Dellabough and Scott Huette from the AAA and AAD departments dealing with the influence of food and its relationship to art on the human experience on individual, cultural, and global levels. The project was started as an addition to a presentation the group is giving at the e-Learning and Innovative Pedagogies Conference on “Stories of Food: How auto-ethnographies of family rituals and celebrations of food increase cultural awareness in an online arts and culture class.” The group is also asking that those interested share stories about the impact food and art play in their lives. To check out the blog or share your stories of “Food Arts Impact” click here.

 

 

#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 once in a eyeopening Freshman Seminar will be offered again this year. Look out for it in the upcoming registration!

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FIG Faculty Co-Leading a Multi-National Study on Sleep Quality and Cognition

JoshSnodgrass_0As we are reminded time and time again, a good night’s sleep is vital to our problem solving, time management, and other cognitive tasks. Professor Snodgrass, a co-author of this study and FIG faculty for Paging Dr. Darwin, has been conducting research along side Theresa Gildner, the project’s lead author, through the Study on global AGEing and adult health (SAGE). Professor Snodgrass praises SAGE, saying

“it will allow anthropologists to explore cultural factors that may contribute to sleeping and health patterns.”

 

In some ways, the study reaffirms findings from smaller studies across the world, but its multinational scope and focus on “aging, particularly dementia and cognitive decline as people get older, and the importance of sleep” is in many ways unique. Additionally, the team’s consideration of cognitive performance across different sexes could provide great insight into how educational accessibility, social support, and sleep quality correspond with cognitive performance.

For more information on SAGE, this study and the team that produced it, please click here.

 

Let the FIGs Begin!

Are You Still Looking For a FIG?

We still have plenty of spaces in a number of different FIGs. A FIG guarantees you a space in two high-demand courses taught by some of the most popular instructors on campus. Connect right away with your professor and a peer mentor in a small class with other first-year students.

Check us out on twitter for an updated list of open FIGs. If you see a FIG you would like to join, call our office at 541-346-1131, and we will be happy to help you. The FIG experience is something we encourage all first year students to have. Some FIGs to consider are:

Art, Culture, and Comics

Art of Expression

Breaking the Wall

Culture at the Crossroads

Digging Up History

Face to Face

Hidden History

Human Hierarchies

Justice Matters

Oregon Outside

Papas o Patatas

Portable Life Museum

Roots of Civilization

Shakespeare’s Stage

Silk Road

Social Progress, Social Change

Speaking in Time

Stories We Tell

Students Without Borders

Urban Garden

Vamos la Brasil!

Visualize a Better World

What’s Art?

 

Already in a FIG?

Great! Make sure to check the “Meet Your FIG” page for your welcome letter. Here you will find your summer assignment to get the ball rolling. You can also find the contact information for your FIG Assistant. Send them an e-mail introducing yourself! Our FIG Assistants love to hear from their students over the summer. If you were not one of the lucky students who met their FIG Assistant at IntroDUCKtion, you will meet your FA as well as your fellow FIGmates during Week of Welcome or WOW. Check your welcome letter to see the time and place of your first FIG meeting. We can’t wait to get started, class of 2018!

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FIGs Get a Special Shoutout in Umpqua Post

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Our office was pleasantly surprised this morning after stumbling upon FIGs in the Umpqua Post! Rachel Lacewell, an incoming Freshman, gives us a “play-by-play” of her experience at IntroDUCKtion.

After shaking off some of her initial anxiety, Rachel chose to sign up for Vamps and Vampires (good choice!), but admits that she had no intention of doing so when she first began registering for Fall 2014. Speaking like a true Duck, Rachel continues:

“[T]hat is the great thing about college; I get to try new things I have never even considered!”

We couldn’t have said it better, Rachel! We’re excited to see you in the fall and hope Vamps and Vampires is everything you hope for, as well as nothing you ever considered!

Click on the link below to learn more about Rachel’s IntroDUCKtion session and how FIGs can be a part of your first year.

http://theworldlink.com/reedsport/opinion/editorial/call-me-a-duck/article_a01fb850-2266-11e4-88fb-001a4bcf887a.html

New Video – “Why FIGs?”

Are you still asking, “What can a FIG do for my first term at the UO?” We recently finalized this video answering that very question. Of course, we at the FYP office know why you should sign up for a FIG, and chances are you heard us list these reasons time and time again at IntroDUCKtion (if you missed IntroDUCKtion, don’t worry the video can help fill you in). This video, however, offers a different take by asking our faculty and FIG Assistants what they find valuable about the program. Hint: they love FIGs just as much as we do!

 

Some news regarding our amazing faculty!

Jennifer O’Neal (left), who works with our Hidden History Freshman Interest Group, receives a national diversity award from the Society of American Archivists. Another Faculty member who has worked with First-Year Programs, Katie Meehan (right), was named a Fulbright Nexus Regional Scholar for 2014-16.

Jennifer O'NealKatie Meehan in Mexico

 

We are so delighted to be working with such accomplished faculty members. Congratulations!

Three Days Until Introducktion!

We hope all of you incoming ducks are preparing yourselves for Introducktion! If you hit a streak of bad luck during our online FIG registration, we are happy to announce that there are still some seats left! Come talk to one of our FIG Assistants (look for the green FA shirts) at lunch on Thursday or in the EMU ballroom on Friday from 9-4.

pie-3partsImportant to note, all FIG lecture classes satisfy general education requirements. There are three subcategories that makeup your major (as shown to the right) and FIGs fit right in. For example, this week’s feature FIG, War and Peace, can help you towards any major because it consists of 4 Social Science credits and 4 credits in Arts & Letters – two out of the three general education fields. Beyond getting you one step closer to your degree, this FIG gives students a great window to explore an additional minor or major by drawing from history and literature to better understand the day-to-day life and culture of Russia.

 

Click on the image below to learn more about War and Peace, the incredible faculty and FIG Assistant

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Are you an incoming first-year student interested in architecture?

Maybe you are interested in design and would love to learn more about how buildings or interiors are created. Is it possible you wanted to apply to the architecture program and hesitated or felt like you would rather explore the program before committing? We have good news for you, then! If you are an incoming first-year student for fall 2014, we have a FIG designed just for your interests. As long as you are not an admitted Architecture Major, you can sign up for the Inside Architecture FIG. this FIG gives you an inside look at the world of architecture and interior design. You will learn how to put together portfolio and meet instructors and students in the program. While you are at IntroDUCKtion, visit First-Year Programs at lunch or during advising for more information.

 

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