As part of the first year experience a theme is selected to provide social and academic construct by which you will base your learning in and outside the classroom. 

  2015-2016 FYE Theme

The First Year Experience (FYE) theme for 2015-2016, "Faith", challenges you to examine your own beliefs, engages you with others' concept of faith and begin to probe the multiple perspectives of faith at a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts College.


Author Visit

Roland Merullo, author of "Breakfast with Buddha", visits Saint Mary's on Tuesday, January 26, 2016. 

Common Reading

Breakfast with BuddhaThe 2015-2016 FYE common reading is "Breakfast with Buddha" by Roland Merullo.  According to The Louisville Courier Journal, Merullo's book is "A laugh-out loud novel that's both comical and wise...balancing irreverence with insight."

We look forward to exploring the book with you upon your arrival at Weekend of Welcome.  You will discuss the book with classmates living within your residence hall.  These book discussions, facilitated by student leaders, model the Collegiate Seminar experience and act as an introduction to shared inquiry at Saint Mary's.  You, the newest member of our Saint Mary's community, will be making inquiry come alive in the classroom!  


First Year Reading Residence Hall Discussions

Led by student leaders, residents engage in discussions about the first year reading with programmatic efforts centered on the first year theme. Program is intended to introduce students to concept of learning at Saint Mary's occurring both in and outside the classroom.

Learning Outcome(s):

Engage in College programs and activities.

Cohort identity centered on a first year theme and common reading.

Engagement with the concept of personal and social responsibility.

Engage in focused reflection.

Sponsoring Department: Residential Experience and New Student & Family Programs

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