The University of Texas at Tyler will hold New Student Convocation and social events for its 2011 freshman class this month, Ona Tolliver, assistant vice president for student affairs and dean of students, announced.
Scheduled events are as follows:
Friday, Aug. 19: Freshmen will move into on-campus housing
Saturday, Aug. 20: The Office of New Student Programs will host an all-freshman social event in the University Center.
Monday, Aug. 22: Fall 2011 classes begin.
Tuesday, Aug. 23: The UT Tyler 2011 New Student Convocation will be 6 – 7:30 p.m. in the University Center theater. All freshman and transfer students are invited to attend.
This year’s convocation speaker is award-winning author Yann Martel. Martel’s 2001 fantasy adventure novel, Life of Pi, was given to every freshman as part of the UT Tyler 2011 Freshman Summer Reading Program.  In the book, protagonist Piscine Molitor “Pi” Patel explores issues of spirituality and practicality. After being shipwrecked, he survives 227 days while stranded on a boat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger.
Aug. 22 – 26:  The university’s welcome week, Patriot Palooza, provides all students with concerts, free food, movies and other social activities.
Friday, Aug. 26: The Office of New Student Programs will partner with the Office of Community Relations to host an all-freshman Day of Service 2 – 5 p.m.
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