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.
The First Year Theme and Book for 2013-14 is Columbine by Dave Cullen.
Students will receive a copy of the book at Coyote Saturday / Monday.