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Dear Scholars,

Congratulations on receiving the Susan T. Buffett Scholarship!  We are delighted that you have selected UNL to attend and we look forward to meeting you in the fall. All recipients of the Susan T. Buffett Scholarship who choose to attend UNL for college automatically become members of the William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community, or “Thompson Scholars” as our students are known on campus.  The goal of the W.H. Thompson community is to foster the achievements and potential that earned you the Buffett Scholarship.  We aim to support your academic, personal, and social development through a variety of opportunities, programming, and classroom experiences.

As a W.H. Thompson Scholar, you will have to meet both Buffett Scholarship and W.H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community requirements in order to maintain your scholarship through future semesters.

Generally, in addition to maintaining at least a 2.0 GPA, you will be required to register for W.H. Thompson classes and attend extracurricular W. H. Thompson workshops and activities throughout your first two years as a scholar. First year scholars are required to participate in a peer mentoring group. These requirements are explained in greater detail below.  Please read on for further information and for guidance on the first steps to take as you begin preparing for the fall semester.

Classes: As a W.H. Thompson Scholar, you will be required to enroll in three W.H. Thompson courses your first semester, one of which is a W.H. Thompson Scholars First Year Seminar.  These courses are similar to your other college courses except that they are reserved exclusively for W. H. Thompson Scholars and are smaller than many of your other classes so you can work more closely with your faculty and get to know other students in your classes. Most of the designated courses meet the UNL Achievement Centered Education (ACE) general education requirements for all majors across campus. You will choose which courses to take at New Student Enrollment this summer with the assistance of your academic advisor and W.H. Thompson Scholars staff.

The W.H. Thompson First Year Experience Seminar: All W.H. Thompson scholars must take this seminar during their first semester at UNL and it will count as one of your three W.H. Thompson courses in the fall.  The seminar will provide you with a weekly opportunity to strengthen both your academic skills and social network.  Weekly topics will address habits and behaviors essential to success in college, including time management, study skills, goal setting, campus resources, and leadership. 

New Student Enrollment (NSE):

Please visit http://nse.unl.edu/ and click on the freshmen icon.  Dates for NSE are based on your major. If you are undecided, select The Explore Center as your college of choice.  NSE dates run from mid-June to mid-July. It is an all-day program from 7:00 am to 4:15 pm. Please choose one of the dates that works best for you. If you are co-enrolled in another program (for example: Honors, Engineering, ROTC, etc.) on these dates their representatives will be available for consultation.

There are a few things that you need to follow up on before New Student Enrollment:

1)       Complete the Advising Inventory. This document is required and will assist each advisor in preparing for the advising session during NSE. For more information visit http://nse.unl.edu/freshmen.aspx and select Advising Inventory tab.

2)       Complete Placement Exams. Placement Exams are essential to proper placement in courses at University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Please take the time to take the necessary exams before going through New Student Enrollment. http://nse.unl.edu/placement-exams.aspx

3)        Submit Pre-Registration Health Requirement Forms: http://health.unl.edu/healthrequirement/nsestudents

4)       W. H. Thompson Scholars Program Expectations: http://www.unl.edu/wht/2014-2015%20UNL%20W.H.%20Thompson%20Learning%20Community%20Program%20Expectations.pdf

5)       Check out the W.H. Thompson Scholars homepage at http://www.unl.edu/wht for more information on our community.

Housing: Scholars who live in University Housing their first year will be assigned to W.H. Thompson Learning Community floors in Harper Residence Hall (unless an exemption is granted by the W.H. Thompson Scholars staff).  If you have requested a roommate, this person is welcome to live with you in Harper. For additional information, please visit: http://www.unl.edu/wht/housing.shtml

Programming: Our community aims to nurture students’ personal development, so in addition to taking W.H. Thompson classes, scholars are required to attend workshops throughout the year that address important life and academic skills.  These workshops typically last less than an hour and offer guidance on a variety of topics, from resume writing to stress management to financial planning.  We offer many workshops throughout the year, and you will be able to choose those that interest you the most.

Social Life: Many of our students consider our community to be a home away from home and your social success and health in college is of the utmost importance to us.  We offer many social events throughout the year and involve all of our first-year scholars in a peer mentoring program.  You will be assigned to a peer mentor group which will be led by a second-year or upper-class W.H. Thompson scholar who knows firsthand what it’s like to be new at UNL and who can help guide you toward useful campus resources. 

We will go over this information again, and in even greater detail, at the W.H. Thompson First-Year Scholars Orientation, which will take place on Saturday, August 22nd, from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm.  For now, please put this date on your calendar as it is a mandatory meeting for all scholars.

The staff and students of W.H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community are so very pleased that you will be joining us in the fall.  Again, we wish you a heartfelt congratulations on your scholarship and high school graduation as well.  We’re looking forward to getting to know you and welcoming you to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln!

Sincerely,  

 Ms. Kelli King
kking11@unl.edu or (402) 472-5523
Director
W.H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community 
 Dr. June Griffin
jgriffin4@unl.edu or (402) 472-1886
Faculty Coordinator 
W.H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community