More than 100 first-year College students will arrive on the Sewanee campus Aug. 11 for Discovering a Sense of Place — Upon and Beyond the Domain, a new interdisciplinary course. Their arrival is 10 days ahead of PRE-Orientation, and almost two weeks before orientation begins for all new students. These students will move into Cannon, Hoffman, St. Luke's and Benedict Halls.
Discovering a Sense of Place — Upon and Beyond the Domain was conceived and will be carried out by seven faculty members, along with 22 student mentors, with a goal of enhancing the first-year experience and helping students feel at home at Sewanee more quickly. It is a rigorous program of academic, social and geographical exploration that invites students to enlarge their understanding of what a “sense of place” might mean in diverse and ever-widening contexts.
The faculty members leading Finding Your Place are Virginia Craighill, Chris McDonough, Deb McGrath, Jim Peterman, Bran Potter, Gerald Smith and John Willis. This year’s program is a pilot project funded by the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; the course will last into the fall semester and will include outdoor and community-based studies as well as diverse readings and lecture-discussions.
A total of 200 new students will be on campus by August 21 for PRE-Orientation, including many of those who participated in Finding Your Place. “PRE” is a three-day outdoor and community-service experience that allows freshmen to become familiar with Sewanee’s 13,000-acre Domain and get to know other students. All new College students will be on campus by Saturday, Aug. 24, for Orientation.