Twenty-five incoming members of the Classes of 2013 will soon arrive on campus to begin preparation for the academic year. These students will participate in the Summer Institute, an Academic Opportunity Program, from June 28 through Aug. 1.
The Summer Institute is a five-week intensive academic summer program required for all first-time enrolling Opportunity Program students. Students participating in the Summer Institute will take four courses: English and writing; mathematics; critical thinking and psychology; and study skills. Courses are taught by HWS faculty Assistant Professor of English Anna Creadick, Associate Professor of Education Paul Kehle, and Assistant Professor of Psychology Jonathan Iuzzini, as well as Coordinator for Student Services for the Center for Teaching and Learning Sam Vann.
In addition to the academic preparation the students will have this summer, they will become oriented to college life. They will have dinners and lunches with faculty and the deans, and will get to know the HWS and Geneva communities.
The Summer Institute is sponsored by The Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) and the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Education Opportunity Grant Program.
The goal of the Summer Institute, says James Burruto, director of opportunity programs at HWS, is to “prepare and mentor students in a way that will retain and graduate them. The Summer Institute sets the foundation for making a successful transition into HWS through academic preparation in the basic skills necessary for success, and building identity and community as new college students.”
For more information, please visit the Opportunity Programs Web site.
Last year’s Summer Institute class appears in the photo above.