University welcomes REAL Program, Summer Academy students

University welcomes REAL Program, Summer Academy students

Thirty incoming freshmen will arrive this week to participate in two academic orientation programs: the ninth 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 third year of collaboration for the two programs, which will run July 7 through Aug. 18.

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 through out 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 Brad Pulles and Yolonda Rogers, teaching assistants Daniel Choi, Fuschia Hoover and Hoang Van, and videographer and photographer Christopher Hansen.

Faculty for the 2007 REAL Program and Summer Academy are: Dr. John Abraham, Dr. Mark Ahrens, Dr. Pavel Belik, Bob Collett, Dr. Camille George, Dr. Chris Greene, Dr. Lynn Hartshorn, Dr. Randolph Knoche, Dr. David Lawrence, Talia Nadir, Kathy O’Neil, Dr. Roxanne Prichard, Dr. Kevin Theissen, Dr. Tom Tommet and Dr. Mark Werness.

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

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