On the eve of the start of fall 2015 classes, the Office of Enrollment Services hosted a New Student Convocation in the Sen. Ted Hickey Ballroom in the University Center. The event served to welcome both entering freshmen and new transfer students and introduce them to a university tradition known as the Common Read. The Common Read program is a collaborative effort from University Success 1001 and the Freshman Writing Program. All freshmen will read this in their English course and their University Success 1001 course.
This year's Common Read selection is Aunt Alice vs. Bob Marley, the story of a young man growing up in New Orleans' Seventh Ward, the struggles he faces and the people and events that shape his development. Author Kareem Kennedy describes the story as one of both despair and triumph. The novel was created through Kennedy's participation in the Neighborhood Story Project and is published by the University of New Orleans Press.
In addition to the introduction of the Common Read, attendees heard welcoming remarks from Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John Nicklow and Vice President for Student Affairs Brett Kemker. Awards were also presented by the Office of First Year Experience and Alpha Lambda Delta First Year Honor Society to recognize the First Year Advocate winners for the previous academic year. The First Year Advocate award for a faculty member went to Kim Williams, associate professor in the Kabacoff School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration. The staff award went to Dale O'Neill, director of the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership.