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. 



The First Year Experience (FYE) theme for 2014-2015, "Justice, Education and the Lasallian Way", challenges you to question what is right and fair, to determine your own truths and be an active member of our Lasallian community.


Author Visit

Ruth Ozeki, author of "A Tale for the Time Being", visits Saint Mary's on Monday, January 12, 2015.  The visit includes a lecture by the author at 7:30 p.m. in the Soda Center.

Common Reading

2014-2015 Common ReadingThe 2014-2015 FYE common reading is "A Tale for the Time Being" by Ruth Ozeki.  According to The Washington Post, Ozeki's book "combines great storytelling with a probing investigation into the purpose of existence...As emotionally engaging as it is intellectually provacative."

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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