The 32nd annual Honors Colloquium was held from July 18 – 20, 2013. Nearly 600 rising high school seniors enjoyed the 3-day 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 2013 plenary speaker was Dr. Rob Crosnoe, the Elsie and Stanley E. (Skinny) Adams, Sr. Centennial Professor in Liberal Arts and a faculty member in the Department of Sociology, Population Research Center, and Department of Psychology (by courtesy). In his talk, The Science of Adolescence and Young Adulthood, Dr. Crosnoe examined how dramatic changes in American culture have led changes in how adults view young people, and what this lengthening of the teenage years means for youth entering college today. 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, karaoke, 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 Brackenridge Field Laboratory 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 Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium 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.