Sophomore Year Opening Dinner
The Sophomore Year Experience begins with the Sophomore Class Opening Dinner, a formal occasion to bring sophomores together as a group, celebrate the start of the academic year, and initiate conversations about vocation. The Opening Dinner is held every September in the KAV. In the summer each rising sophomore will receive an invitation in the mail. Please look for the invitation at your home address and send the response card promptly.
In 2015, 94 percent of student attendees said that the dinner provided a positive "kick-off" to their sophomore year, and 90 percent indicated that the event helped them recognize the importance of the sophomore year for their academic and personal development. Ninety-two percent of students said that the keynote address and/or after-dinner discussions helped them begin and/or continue exploring questions of vocation and life purpose. When asked to identify their main goals for the sophomore year, students indicated particular interest in pursuing internships and study abroad opportunities; forging deeper mentoring relationships with faculty and staff; deciding on majors, second majors, and minors; improving academic success; figuring out who they want to be; and getting more involved in clubs/activities.
Check out what students had to say about the event:
"It was great having dinner with friends and faculty."
"It allowed me to reflect on my first year and kick-start my brain on what I want to do during my sophomore year."
"Very thought provoking and interesting. I enjoyed the speaker and discussion."
"Loved it!! Challenged me to figure out why I am in my major."
For more information about the Opening Dinner, please contact Professor Brian Newsome.