FYE was designed to be a type of learning community that will aid freshmen students in the transition from high school to college life. The class begins with summer reading and then continues on to help the students stay involved and make friendships while learning about environmental issues in a relaxed atmosphere.
One of the most important aspects of FYE is that all of the students taking it are in exactly the same boat as you...incoming freshmen. Whether you feel completely prepared for college life and academics, or you are lost in the neverending sea of students, professors, and (should we mention it??)... scheduling!?!... FYE is a great place to start. You will be broken up into what we call "base groups", which will include you and approximately 5 or 6 other students and a peer mentor (an older and maybe wiser sophomore or junior who just loves to answer questions... whether they are about the exciting books we just read or something out of the blue :-) You will meet with other groups from time to time to discuss what you have come up with in your own group, and once in a while the full class will get together and do something cool (like our in-class discussions with Pulitizer Prize nominee Charles Ryan and acclaimed author Stephanie Mills....more on that later)!!!
Fall Quarter '97 That was when we read Wolf Wars by Hank Fischer and The Lost Gospel of the Earth by Tom Hayden (both great books by the way, in case you're looking for some more summer reading :-)
Winter Quarter '98 We read Doug Peacock's Grizzly Years and Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog that quarter (Also great :-)