Helpful Information for Plan II Parents
What is Getaway ?
Plan II Freshman Getaway is usually held on the second Friday of the fall semester. We strive for 100% participation of the Plan II first-year students.
Entering first-year students, Plan II directors, advisers and student peer advisers travel off campus for a BBQ dinner, music, entertainment, swimming, volleyball, basketball, piñata, water balloon battles and other games.
Transportation: Air-conditioned buses usually leave at 4:10 pm from Littlefield Fountain. The ride takes about 20 minutes. Buses will return students to Littlefield Fountain at around 9 pm.
The $30 fee covers transportation, dinner and supplies.
- Encouraged: Comfortable, casual clothes. Shoes or sandals. Bathing suit & towel. Bug Spray. Your game face.
- Prohibited: Alcoholic beverages, any other illicit substances, money or valuables (there are no lockers).
- Buffet dinner featuring Texas-style barbecue and vegetarian options.
There will be an early September date after which no refunds will be approved.
It's quite a bargain at $60 ($30 for the Getaway and $30 for a LIFETIME membership in the Plan II Students Association. Mail in the form(s) and check to the Plan II Honors office or bring the form and check (or cash) with you to Orientation.
What is P2SA ?
The Plan II Students Association (P2SA) is the umbrella organization for all Plan II student groups. P2SA uses the ONE-TIME $30 LIFETIME membership fees collected from entering Plan II first-year students to fund Plan II student organizations. P2SA maintains communication between Plan II students and Plan II student organizations. The group is responsible for many social and academic events throughout the year, including the Freshman Getaway, Freshmen Voltaire's Coffees, Winter and Spring Voltaire's and Voltaire's Cinemas and the Mr. Plan II pageant.
What is Freshman Convocation ?
Convocation is a required event for all Plan II Honors First Year students. The Plan II director, Professor Michael Stoff, special guest speakers and Plan II Students Association co-presidents address the students and welcome everyone to Plan II Honors. Representatives from all the Plan II Honors student organizations (from the Broccoli Project drama group to the Undecided news blog) will be there to help you get involved and busy.
The Convocation begins at 7:00 pm. Most World Literature cohorts will have dinner together prior to Convocation.
Students are excused only for illness, scheduled classes or labs or for Texas Exes scholarship dinners.
What are Voltaire's Coffees ?
At the beginning of each Fall semester, freshmen and Peer Advisors meet in small, informal book discussions with some of the most acclaimed professors at UT—a part of a Plan II tradition called "Voltaire's Coffees."
The Voltaire's reading lists are posted on the Plan II website for the incoming fall first-year students. sometime in June. Plan II first-years are encourage to choose one or more books to read. The registratin for the VCs usually begins in late July.
Plan II students in the P2SA choose the sponsoring professors, who in turn choose the books to discuss. The P2SA co-Academic Chairs handle the scheduling and registration for the VCs. The result is a delightful mix of books, ranging from the sublime to the entertaining, covering all areas of study, and a discussion that promises to be illuminating. If the book listed has a translation, please buy the one specified, as different versions can give different impressions. The ISBN (International Standard Book Number) is noted for recommended editions. Where no ISBN is noted, choose among the most readily-available editions.The VC's will occur during the first few weeks of classes each semester; a few of them will meet before classes even begin.
What is the Plan II Freshman Facebook ?
That darn Mark Zuckerberg! Plan II Honors (and many other majors, colleges and universities) had facebooks long before FaceBook existed on the web.
The Plan II Facebook is not published. The photos are only available to other Plan II first-years, the P2SA officers and Plan II faculty and staff. It helps students get to know each other and helps our directors and advisers get to know the students quickly. It is distributed electronically to the incoming freshman students, the faculty teaching Plan II freshman classes, the Plan II staff and advisers and the Plan II Students' Association officers and peer advisers when it's complete—which is just about the time that classes begin each fall.
But there ARE Plan II FaceBook groups (on the web-based FaceBook social network). That's one of the ways our student groups communicate and students contact each other directly. Each freshman class will have a "Plan II Class of 20XX" FaceBook group. There are also generic Plan II Honors FaceBook and Plan II Alumni FaceBook groups.
Plan II first-years are encouraged to join the group for their class year and the Plan II group.
What is Plan2News ?
Plan2News is a twice-weekly electronic newsletter sent via email to every current Plan II Honors major. Students may not opt out of Plan2News, although some to opt not to read it.....usually to their regret.
Plan2News will include information on classes, special class opportunities, internships, scholarships, parties, study abroad opportunities, information sessions on everything from study abroad Maymesters to "how to apply to transfer into the McCombs School of Business," campus jobs, career advising and interviews and much, much more.
Parents can access all this information. The Plan2News is archived on the website in PDF format at News>Plan2News
What is FERPA ?
FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, is a federal law that pertains to the release of and access to student educational records. The law, also known as the Buckley Amendment, applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the US Department of Education.
If a student wishes to sign a waiver allowing a Plan II adviser to discuss the student's academic record with his/her parents, the student must come to the Plan II Honors office and see an adviser. The form will be kept in the student's file and will be valid for one year. The student must sign a form each year the student wishes to waive the FERPA privacy rights. (More information is availabe in the Plan II Parents' Handbook. See link to the right.)