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Dinner with Direction

Dinner with Direction is a series that aims to expose students to course material in different degree programs to aid students through their journey in declaring a major/minor. Additionally, the series provides students with a sneak peek into electives they can take the following semester in a free and low-pressure environment.

The series will include mini lectures from faculty members from a variety of different UW departments along with a catered meal. Students will get the opportunity to listen and participate in an interactive lecture from a faculty member, ask questions in a comfortable environment, and meet with faculty members and Cowboy Coaches. Students can also get SOAR points for attending. Finalizing our fall 2022 speakers.


Dinner with Direction Events

Tuesday, Sept. 20th: Registration closed.

Tuesday, Oct. 4th: Registration closed.

Tuesday, Oct. 18th: Cancelled

Tuesday, Nov. 1st: Register here!

Tuesday, Nov. 15th: Register here!

Tuesday, Nov. 29th: Register here!


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Dinner with Direction Speakers



Tuesday, september 19th

Can or Should? School Responses to Unsavory Student Speech with Dr. Jason McConnell from the School of Politics, Public Affairs and International Studies. The presentation focuses on the intersection between a student’s right to self-expression and a school’s interest in placing limits on expression. Topics covered include: what makes the school scenario different from other forums, the on-campus/off-campus dynamic, and the confounding factor of social media. Registration closed. 





Tuesday, October 4th

Reading for the Weaver: Cross-Cultural Communication and Material Storytelling -- Based off her recently published digital article, Dr. Nancy Small from the Department of English, will unpack and demonstrate a proposed method of examining handmade items for stories of the people who made them. Used for both academic and layfolks alike, this method offers an opportunity to think about people in different times, locations, and cultural spaces, particularly when we cannot interact with them in person. Her talk will link ideas from rhetoric, literary analysis, and culture studies to demonstrate one version of the multi-disciplinary research that a contemporary English professor does. Registration closed.





Tuesday, October 18th

Dr. Cecilia Aragón will share simple ways to visualize your highest self at UW by setting short-term and long-term goals for academic success. Your highest self is a complementary version of yourself that guides you in life with wise decisions and more care. This is an interactive presentation by using techniques and tools of choosing positive affirmations, connecting with nature, finding mentors, practicing self-care and compassion, and visualizing success. This will help students achieve a sense of leadership, fulfillment, and purpose in selecting their majors and minors at UW. Event cancelled.





Tuesday, November 1st

Food for thought: How Molecules Interacting Creates Life -- Understanding one basic molecular biological process allows us to understand how thousands of life-creating reactions occur in all life forms- from a bacterium, to a carrot, to a fungus, to a human, to a fish, to a grove of aspens, to a mosquito and beyond. Register here!






Tuesday, November 15th

Exploring the Deep - Discovering new seafloor hydrothermal vent fields and the largest faults on Earth with Dr. Barbara John from the Department of Geology and Geophysics. Bringing together over two decades of marine geologic exploration and highlight the multi-disciplinary research linking mineral resources, hazards, and the greatest biodiversity on planet Earth. Register here!






Tuesday, November 29th

Explore a transdisciplinary Capstone research course that pairs students with community farms, downtown public clinics, state public health and environmental labs, and biomedical, food and aggrotech industries. Throughout the process, students write individual NSF-style grant proposals; melding these into a team science proposal. They execute research to test hypotheses. They create videos showcasing their lab and field work. At the semester’s end, students present to a broad audience including community partners and subject matter experts. Through this experience, students master science communication skills, including grant-writing skills. Community partners also benefit from the students’ work and, community partners have been 100% satisfied with the students’ professionalism and potential solutions. Register here! 


Other Student Success Events

Oct. 15-22: Homecoming

Oct. 22: Cowboy Coffee

Dec. 10: Winter Commencement

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