The First Year Theme & Book serve to model intellectual engagement and to develop a sense of community among first-year students and the campus as a whole.
Each year the college selects a First Year Theme to tie together a common reading - the First Year Book - and a series of campus events. First-year students are asked to read the First Year Book before they arrive on campus in the Fall. Events at Fall Orientation, often including a panel presentation and student-led discussions about the book, kick off the First Year Theme. Other events, which can include guest speakers, films, debates, theatrical productions or special menus in the dining hall, continue throughout the year.
David Quammen’s Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic has been selected as the College of Idaho’s 2014-15 First Year Book.
David Quammen will be the inaugural Henberg Environmental Lecturer in the spring of 2015. Copies of the book will be provided to all incoming first-year students at orientation this summer. The College of Idaho First Year Experience program will host a faculty panel presentation and student-led discussions of the book during Welcome Week this Fall. Additional programming, including a film series will be planned for the Fall.