First Year Reading Experience (FYRE) at UTC
The First Year Reading Experience (FYRE) program at UTC introduces students to the academic and intellectual culture of university life. The program provides a positive reading experience for students, faculty, and staff, one that holds at its core the belief that reading is an integral part of the university experience. Likewise, the program fosters a sense of community among students, faculty, and staff.
Because the selected FYRE book is not intended to be specific to any one academic discipline, students, faculty, and staff find the book and its subject matter a touchstone for reference and discussion across the campus.
The Goals of the FYRE Program
- To provide a common experience for first-year learners to facilitate the transition into UTC's academic community;
- To build an intellectual community among first-year learners, returning students, faculty, and staff;
- To help students make connections between classroom and out-of-classroom experiences;
- To engage students in discussions surrounding current societal issues.
The Benefits of the FYRE Program
- Like other "common reading" programs, FYRE offers a unique opportunity to capture the first-year student prior to their entering the classroom.
- It develops a sense of community across UTC's campus, cultivates a connection to the university, and it feeds intelligent, life-long learners.
- It strengthens our conversations and connects our disciplines/communities across the campus.
- Programming, guest speakers, service-oriented and social activities based on the content of the book combine to allow the students to come away with a sense of unity and commitment to their studies, their peers, and their community.