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Campus Life 360 Connections provide mentorship to help new Longhorns navigate their first year on campus. From connections in residence life to learning leadership through entrepreneurship and Student Government, these connections happen outside the classroom where some of the most valuable experiences take place and students can apply their learning to real world activities.

Each Connection is a small, intimate group of freshmen that meet regularly to help bring their UT experience full circle. Students will build a supportive community where they will gain an understanding of academic integrity, leadership, UT Austin's spirit and traditions, and how to find campus resources.

For more information on Campus Life 360 Connections, contact Dr. DeAunderia Bowens at dnbowens@austin.utexas.edu.

Fall 2014

During the fall semester, 360 Connections hosts a variety of events for students to help students explore majors and career choices, learn UT traditions, and interact with faculty. These events are integrated with campus-wide events to give the students an opportunity to explore everything UT has to offer.

Through shared experiences, successful UT students will

  • Build connections with faculty members
  • Develop effective learning strategies
  • Explore academic interests and career opportunities
  • Live the honor code
  • Develop Longhorn Pride

Shared Experiences

Aug. 26 | Gone to Texas | UT Tower & Main Mall
Aug. 18 - Sept. 4 | Learn Your UT Traditions During Longhorn Welcome

Scheduled Events for 2014

August 18-Sept 4: 18 days of UT Tradition and Trivia
Venue: Social Media initiative coordinated by The Office of the Dean of Students
A social media campaign for the class of 2018, highlighting interesting UT traditions and a variety of facts for 18 days.

Monday, August 25 – Sept 2: “Where’s HOOKEM?” Competition
Venue: Online and various venues around campus
Students will be invited to participate in a campus-wide activity via social media.  Clues will be given out to the location of a cardboard cutout of Hook ‘Em and those who find the cutout will be asked to take their picture with it and submit it via twitter, Facebook, or email (#whereshookem) in order to be entered into a raffle for grand prizes. Grand-prize winners will be announced at the Cookout and Concert on the Main Mall on Sept 3.

Tuesday, Sept 2 (5:00pm – 9:00pm): “Explore your campus”
Venue: UT tower tours
This evening will be dedicated to learning more about the campus specifically through tower tours on a first-come, first-served basis.

Wednesday, Sept 3 (5:00pm – 7:00 pm): Cookout and Concert on the Main Mall.
Venue: Main Mall
The Office of the Dean of Students will host a cookout on the main mall along with a concert by the Guild of Student Carillonneurs. The Carillonneurs will showcase their talents and play requests made by faculty, staff and students (earlier in the week through a social media poll #playthetower) while students enjoy food (on a first-come, first-served basis). Hook ‘Em, Smokey the Canon, and Bevo will all make a guest appearance at the cookout so students can take pictures with our campus mascots!

Wednesday August 27 and Sept 3: “Wear your Orange Wednesday (WOW)”
Venue: Social media and all campus
A large marketing campaign will be launched to encourage students to wear Burnt orange as we prepare for the class picture and the Kickoff rally on August 27.  The Office of the Dean of Students will table at the West Mall and Speedway Plaza to hand out free burnt orange t-shirts and create excitement for the class picture.

Take a look at our 2013 Inaugural Longhorn Traditions Week.

Aug. – Ongoing | Create HornsLink profile | Seek membership in the Burnt Orange Society

Sept. 3 | Party on the Plaza | Gregory Gym Plaza

Sept. 10 | Study Abroad Fair | Gregory Gym Plaza

Oct. - TBA | University Lecture Series

Oct. - TBA | Advising Expo

Oct. 11 | TX vs. OU Football Game

Nov. 17-21 | International Week

TBA | IntegrityUT Week

For More Information about the 360 Connections Program: http://bealonghorn.utexas.edu/texas-18/360-connections