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Welcome Week 2014

Faculty Orientation Guide (FOG) Volunteer Information

Join the fun! Complete the volunteer form to sign up to be a Faculty Orientation Guide for Welcome Week 2014.

Academic Day is a key component of Welcome Week, where incoming students are first introduced to our academic culture through shared experiences with Butler students, faculty, and staff.  Academic Day begins successful academic transitions for our students before the first day of class.  A special focus is the discussion of a common reading, led by faculty and staff who serve as Faculty Orientation Guides.  Students also converse with faculty and staff about expectations in college-level academic work and what constitutes engaged learning.

Faculty Orientation Guides, or FOGs as they are affectionately known, collaborate with Student Orientation Guides (SOGs) to spend Academic Day with an assigned orientation group of students drawn from across Butler majors and programs.  Academic Day is Monday, August 25, 2014.  Approximately 60 faculty and staff will be needed to serve as FOGs.  If you are interested in volunteering, complete a volunteer form by Friday, August 1

Orientation Group Structure for 2014:

Following a successful pilot in 2013, the Welcome Week orientation groups will once again be organized by First Year Seminar class.  (For example, all students enrolled in FYS101 section 01 will be in the same orientation group.) This structure aims to accomplish the following:

  • Foster a diverse mix of colleges, majors, and interests within a small orientation group, averaging just 18 students
  • Build connections with peers who will share a class together in the fall term
  • Model interactive classroom-like discussions with each group
  • Enable a broad array of faculty from all colleges, departments, and academic units to volunteer as Faculty Orientation Guides
  • Develop a sense of wider belonging as diverse faculty and staff welcome new students into the Butler academic community

Components and Objectives for Academic Day:

  • Introduce new students to faculty through informal, out-of-the-classroom interaction
  • Attend the Academic Day Convocation (often featuring the author of the common reading)
  • Lead the book discussion about the selected common reading to connect the book's themes to college and new student transition issues
  • Engage new students in discussion about academic transition, classroom expectations, communication etiquette, and other academic-oriented topics
  • Facilitate the annual CIRP Freshman Survey

Common Reading for 2014:

The common reading for 2014 will be Ties That Bind: Stories of Love and Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps.  Learn more about the book, author, and the Butler University Common Reading Program.

Time Commitments:

  • Read the selected common reading by August 19, 2014.  Upon completion of the volunteer form, a book will be sent to you via campus mail. If other book delivery arrangements need to be made, contact Jennifer Griggs at jgriggs@butler.edu.
  • Attendance at all FOG events (see schedule below).  If you are unable to attend any of the following, please contact Jennifer Griggs at jgriggs@butler.edu for alternative arrangements.
FOG Training Tuesday, August 19, 2014      12:00 - 2:30 p.m., Johnson Board Room, Robertson Hall   (*New FOGs: please plan to stay until 3:30 p.m.) Lunch included
FOG / SOG Planning Friday, August 22, 2014 9:00 - 10:30 a.m., Reilly Room, Atherton Union Breakfast included
Academic Day Monday, August 25, 2014 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Various Locations (Keynote in Clowes Hall) Lunch included


Academic Day and Beyond Materials

Faculty Orientation Guides can use these materials for Academic Day discussions and activities beyond Welcome Week.


 Ties that Bind  Discussion Ideas:

Introduction to StoryCorps: A Lesson Plan (PDF)

Link to the audio archive by theme (ex: Friendship, Identity, Wisdom, Work, Teachers)

Audio: "My basketball teammates were my first babysitters." Wil Smith talks with is daughter Olivia Smith (pg 19)

Audio: "I didn't have any idea as to what to expect" Ralph Catania talks with his "godson" Cole Williams (pg 28)

Audio: "We were about as close as two people who don't know the same language can be." Justin Cliburn talks with his wife Deanne Cliburn (pg 97)

Audio: "We really are two sides of the same heart." Starr Cookman talks with her friend Kylee Moreland Fenton (pg 144)

Audio: "My father was everything to me." Wm. Lynn Weaver story referenced in the Ties that Bind Introduction (pg 9 and pg 172)

Audio: "When I look back, I do realize that I was a little bit too tough." Therest Thu-Nga Nguyen talks with her daughter Nghiem-an Nguyen (pg 176)


Link for all the animations

Animation: "A Good Man" Bryan Wilmoth talks with his brother Mike Wilmoth (pg 122 in Ties That Bind

Animation: "Marking The Distance" Gweneviere Mann talks with her boyfriend (pg 113 in Ties That Bind)

Behind the scenes about the animation: StoryCorps Animated Shorts Featurette (4:30)

Interview with Dave Isay Ties That Bind:The First Ten Years of StoryCorps  on KPCCRadio (1:22:16)


Other Academic Day Resources:

Link to the full Welcome Week Schedule

Full Welcome Week Schedule (PDF)

Academic Day Schedule (PDF)

Design Your Academic Success Activity Packet

Student Reading Habits Lib Guide

Infographic from HERI: The First Year Is A Big Deal

Infographic from HERI: Diversity Promotes Student Success

Infographic from HERI: First Year Students

Activity Ideas for First Year Seminar

Ovid Butler to his son Scot: Letter 1

Ovid Butler to his son Scot: Letter 2

Ovid Butler to his son Scot: Letter 3

FOG/SOG Planning Worksheet

FOG Activity Reimbursement Form