The 33rd annual Honors Colloquium was held from July 24 – 26 program highlighting The University of Texas at Austin.
After checking-in at the Jester Residential Center, colloquists and their families visited a student services Marketplace, took a guided tour of campus, or explored one of our UT Treasures. Colloquists were welcomed to their cohort by student and university mentors who introduced them to the advising and student support structures at UT Austin. Our Parents and Family Program provided parents and family members with a highlight of our admissions, housing, scholarships, financial aid, and honors opportunities and was held in the beautiful Student Activity Center Ballroom.
The 2014 plenary speaker was Dr. Robert (Bob) Duke the Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor and Head of Music and Human Learning at the Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music, College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas Austin. Dr. Duke is a University Distinguished Teacher Professor, Elizabeth Shatto Massey Distinguished Fellow in Teacher Education and Director of the Center for Music Learning. His research on human learning and behavior spans multiple disciplines, including motor skill learning, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience. Following the plenary, colloquists attended Be a Longhorn, a detailed presentation of the admissions process at UT Austin. Evening activities included the ever-popular Night at the Texas Union featuring chess tournaments, trivia contests, dance lessons, bowling, and movies, followed by late night activities back in the Jester Residential Center.
Friday began with special information sessions including the Honors Program Panel, Life Outside the Classroom, and Financial Aid and Scholarships. Colloquists attended college-level lecture and seminar class sessions taught by over 70 senior faculty members and visited UT Treasures like the Blanton Museum and Nuclear Reactor facility. The day included a meal with UT faculty and students at lunches hosted by our 13 undergraduate colleges and schools. In the evening colloquists were able to explore and experience the resources and services of our Division of Recreational Sports during Forty Acres of Fun at Gregory Gym.
Exploring UT was the agenda for Saturday morning. Colloquists traveled across campus and beyond to participate in activities such as Physics and Chemistry Circuses and the Texas Performing Arts Backstage Tour. Honors Colloquium officially concluded at noon with the traditional closing ceremony where participants reflected on their experience, said farewell to their mentors, and sang the alma mater, Eyes of Texas.