An early start to academics 2012

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    Kurt Steinbaugh, an instructor in University College, leads freshmen in a discussion of "Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer," this year's summer reading selection. Students start their academic experience by reading a common book during the summer and then discussing its themes during orientation.

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    New students share their thoughts on "Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer," this year's summer reading selection. The book chronicles one woman's efforts to live off the land on the fringes of an urban ghetto.

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    Two Honors College students make a presentation based on research they conducted on Boone, an activity to learn their new community and get introduced to the academic expectations of the Honors College. Twenty groups of three to five students each interviewed community leaders and government and nonprofit agency leaders. They then had about two hours to create an effective presentation to educate their peers.

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    Dr. Dale Wheeler talks with Honors College students during a two-day retreat Aug. 15-16 to help them get acquainted with each other and with their new community of Boone.