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FYS 129 seminars are a change from ordinary. They give students the chance to enjoy small-group learning while transitioning to college. They also allow professors to enjoy engaging with students on topics of mutual interest while receiving $1,500 for research support.

Faculty members interested in teaching 129 seminars are invited to submit proposals by April 16. For more information on the seminars, see http://www.utk.edu/freshmanseminar.

“If you are looking for ideas, consider topics that are consistent with the Ready for the World initiative. Or think about building on themes from the 2010-2011 Life of the Mind book: ‘Mountains beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World.’ Topics include Haiti, health, poverty, science, religion and more,” said Sally McMillan, vice provost for academic operations.

For a review of “Mountains Beyond Mountains,” see http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/14/books/a-season-in-hell.html.

McMillan said the Provost’s office will be setting up a Blackboard site where faculty teaching 129 courses can share ideas and find resources for helping freshmen succeed at UT Knoxville. In addition, the Provost’s office will actively recruit students for all FYS 129 sessions.