University welcomes REAL Program, Summer Academy students

University welcomes REAL Program, Summer Academy students

Twenty-nine incoming freshmen arrived last week to participate in two academic orientation programs: the 10th annual REAL Program, sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs Office of Multicultural Student Services, and Summer Academy, sponsored by the Division of Sciences and Mathematics.

This year will mark the fourth  year of collaboration for the two programs, which will run July 7 through Aug. 16.

REAL Program and Summer Academy students live on campus for six weeks, attending college-level courses taught by UST faculty in math, science, English, computers and more, as well as workshops hosted from departments across campus. Students also participate in the UST Orientation and Registration, and enjoy fun, social activities throughout the Twin Cities.

The focus of the REAL Program is to provide U.S. students of color and those with immigrant status with academic preparation, leadership and network opportunities, as well as work experience in a professional work setting.

Summer Academy is designed to increase the number of undergraduate students of color and women seeking and completing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the University of St. Thomas.

Dr. Susan Chaplin serves as the program director for Summer Academy, and Tara LaFerla serves as the program director for REAL Program. Program staff include hall director Katie Olson, peer advisers Lauren Miller and Daniel Choi, teaching assistants Choi, Fuschia Hoover and Paul Nyombi, and videographer and photographer Kevin Held.

Faculty for the 2008 REAL Program and Summer Academy are: Dr. Todd Lawrence, Dr. Chhaya Patel, Kathy O’Neil, Bob Collett, Talia Nadir, Dr. Joe Brom, Dr. Jayne Ditty, Dr. Christopher Green, Dr. Randolph Knoche, Dr. Tony Lewno, Dr. Mark Werness, Dr. Kevin Theissen, Dr. AnnMarie Thomas and Dr. Dayius Turvold.

To learn more about the REAL Program, contact LaFerla, (651) 962-6461.

To learn more about Summer Academy, contact Chaplin, (651) 962-5223.