Texas Tech University

First-Year Experience Program

A unique program at Texas Tech, the Honors College First-Year Experience (FYE) Program is designed to assist our new Honors students to transition smoothly and successfully into university life.

As part of the FYE Program, Honors students take one of our diverse and engaging FYE courses, each taught by a fantastic professor in a small group setting of 18-20 students. They will also gain a built-in community through an attached Learning Community Group (LCG), taught by two upper-classmen who function as peer Mentors in guiding their students though the first semester adjustment period and in integrating them fully into the Honors and Texas Tech communities.

FYE Mentors assist their students with finding and utilizing campus resources and introducing them to the many involvement and enrichment opportunities within Honors. Moreover, the LCG is a safe space in which to introduce the vocabularies of difference and multiplicity, to engage in difficult dialogues with other students in their very first semester, so that they can continue to hone, develop, and refine their communications skills during their college careers. The Special Topics discussions aim at giving students the vocabulary needed to deal with issues they will face in a diverse and nuanced global society with courage and integrity.

On this page, please find links to a more detailed description of the program, links to the FYE course listings for the upcoming fall semester, a calendar and overview of our LCG Session Calendar, and a link to our Resource site for FYE students.

Please email the FYE Coordinator, Sarah Timmons with any questions you might have.



Mentor Bios


ARCH 1311-H01 / HONS 1101-H01

Kristen Haertling

Majors: Management, German

Hometown: Los Alamos, NM

Involvement: Delta Sigma Pi, Texas Tech Women in Business, German Club, Alpha Lambda Delta, Eta Omicron Nu (HON), Bayless Elementary Mentoring Program, The Texas Tech University String Orchestra


Kristen Haertling

Meghan Robertson

Majors: Environmental Engineering

Minors: Math, Civil Engineering

Hometown: Katy, TX

Involvement: Chi Epsilon, Tau Beta Pi, Tech Triathlon, Honors Thesis


Meghan Robertson

CHEM 1307-H01 / HONS 1101-H08

Kelissa McCullar

Majors: Microbiology

Minors: Theatre Arts, Chemistry

Hometown: Lubbock, TX

Involvement: Honors Lunch Discussion


Kelissa McCullar

Kathryn Green

Majors: Human Development & Family Studies (Pre-Occupational Therapy)

Minors: Psychology

Hometown: Houston, TX

Involvement: HON (Eta Omicron Nu) Officer, Honors Study Abroad, Honors Ambassadors, Honors Bayless Mentoring Program, Off-Campus Employment (YWCA Childcare)


Kathryn Green

Robyn Olona

Majors: Biology

Minors: Chemistry

Hometown: Albuquerque, NM

Involvement: Mentor Tech


Robyn Olona

 

 

 

CLAS 2304-H01 / HONS 1101-H02

Caroline Claassen

Majors: Math

Minors: Spanish, English

Hometown: Baytown, TX

Involvement:


Caroline Claassen

Demetri Mosca

Majors: Biochemistry (Pre-Med)

Minors: Biology

Hometown: Spring Branch, TX

Involvement: Honors Book Club, Honors Tutoring Corp, Honors Lunch Discussion, Texas Tech Biochemistry Society, American Medical Student Assocation (AMSA), Bayless Elementary School Mentoring, Alpha Lambda Delta & Phi Eta Sigma Honor societies


Demetri Mosca

ECO 2302-H01 / HONS 1101-H03

Jazmin Solano

Majors: Marketing

Hometown: Sunray, TX

Involvement: Bayless Elementary Mentoring program, ISA Ambassador, Honors Lunch Discussion, Intramural Tennis, Honors Study Abroad trip to Paris


Jazmin Solano

Allison Baas

Majors: Kinesiology

Minors: Biology

Hometown: Roanoke, TX

Involvement: TTU Catholic Student Association, Raider Awakening, Women of Faith, TTU Pre-Physical Therapy Club


Allison Baas

ENGL 2305-H01 / HONS 1101-H04

Kelsee Smith

Majors: Kinesiology

Minors: Spanish

Hometown: Shallowater, TX

Involvement: Raider Sisters for Christ, Shallowater Collegiate Scholars, Redeemer Church


Kelsee Smith

Sarah Wanjura

Majors: Food Science (Pre-PT)

Minors: Chemistry

Hometown: Lubbock, TX

Involvement: President's Select, Catholic Student Association


Sarah Wanjura

ENGR 1315-H01 / HONS 1101-H06

Momina Mujahid

Majors: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Rawalpindi, Pakistan

Involvement: Honors Ambassador, Society for Women Engineers, Bayless Elementary Mentor 2015, Red Raider Orientation Counselor 2015, Honors Undergraduate Research Scholars Program


Momina Mujahid

Nathan von Roeder

Majors: Chemical Engineering (Pre-Med)

Minors: Biochemical Engineering

Hometown: Snyder, TX

Involvement: Kids Beach Club, Study Abroad in Seville, Spain, Bayless Elementary Mentoring program, American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AICHE)


Nathan von Roeder

ENGR 1315-H02 / HONS 1101-H07

Celina Luckevich

Majors: Computer Engineering

Minors: Math

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Involvement: Study Abroad, Formula 1 SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, TTU Student Branch


Celina Luckevich

Ryan Conner

Majors: Environmental Engineering

Hometown: Lubbock, Texas

Involvement: Texas Tech Terry Scholars, Terry Scholars Mentor, TTU Intramural Sports, Society of Environmental Professionals


Ryan Conner

GEOG 2300-HS1 / HONS 1101-H09

Haven Middleton

Majors: Nutrition, Math (Pre-Professional Health)

Hometown: Lubbock, TX

Involvement: Baptist Student Ministry, Pre-Professional Health Program


Haven Middleton

Marilyn Mathew

Majors: Cell and Molecular Biology

Hometown: Austin, TX

Involvement: Center for the Integration of STEM Education Research (CISER), Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), American Medical Student Association (AMSA), International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM), Eta Omicron Nu (HON), Honors Undergraduate Research Scholars program (URS), Classical Indian Dance Performer and Instructor


Marilyn Mathew

HDFS 2322-H01 / HONS 1101-H11

Lauren Henderson

Majors: Biology (Pre-Dental)

Minors: Chemistry, Business

Hometown: Crandall, TX

Involvement: Pre-Dental Society, Health Occupation Students of America


Lauren Henderson

Madeleine Blundon

Majors: Marketing and Management

Minors: Advertising

Hometown: Spring Branch, TX

Involvement: Alpha Chi Omega Sorority, TTU Panhellenic Director of Programming, Bayless Elementary School Mentor, Rawls College of Business Ambassador, Texas Tech Athletics Ambassador, Editor in Chief for The Odyssey, Gamma Beta Phi Fraternity, Study Abroad (Florence, Italy)


Madeleine Blundon

HIST 2300-H01 / HONS 1101-H13

Justin Salgado

Majors: History, Political Science

Minors: Agricultural Leadership

Hometown: Pecos, TX

Involvement: Eta Omicron Nu (HON), Honors College Book Club, Catholic Student Association, Bayless Elementary Mentoring Program


Justin Salgado

Sidney Henderson

Majors: Accounting

Hometown: Dallas, TX

Involvement: Raider Helping Others, Women in Business, Black Student Association, Accounting Leadership Council, Multicultural Business Organization, National Association of Black Accountants, Lauro Cavazos & Ophelia Powell-Malone Mentoring Program Protégé Advisory Committee Leader


Sidney Henderson

HIST 2301-H01 / HONS 1101-H10

Hunter LoCascio

Majors: Accounting

Hometown: Idalou, TX

Involvement: President's Select, Young Conservatives of Texas


Hunter LoCascio

Keri Hays

Majors: Nutrition

Minors: Biology, Chemistry

Hometown: Deming, NM

Involvement: Bernard Harris Pre-Medical Society, Eta Omicron Nu (HON), UMC Volunteering, Alpha Lambda Delta & Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies, National Society of Collegiate Scholars


Keri Hays

HONS 1301-H01 / HONS 1101-H12

Taylor Gore

Majors: Energy Commerce

Hometown: League City, TX

Involvement: Student Business Council, Rawls College of Business Ambassadors, Student Government Association, Kappa Kappa Gamma


Taylor Gore

Michael Cort

Majors: Mechanical Engineering

Minors: Math

Hometown: Las Cruces, NM

Involvement: Honors Lunch Discussion, Texas Tech Ski and Snowboard Club, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Alpha Lambda Delta & Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies


Michael Cort

HONS 1301-H02 / HONS 1101-H15

Ahmad Awwal

Majors: International Economics

Minors: French

Hometown: Lubbock, TX

Involvement: Eta Omicron Nu (HON), Red Raider Orientation Counselor, Honors College Student Assistant, McLane Teammates Reading Program 2015


Ahmad Awwal

Elena Sokolich

Majors: Marketing

Hometown: Sugar Land, TX

Involvement: Raiders Helping Others, Vice President, Sigma Phi Lambda


Elena Sokolich

HONS 1302-H02 / HONS 1101-H18

Farah Mechref

Majors: Biochemistry

Minors: Arabic, Biology

Hometown: Lubbock, TX

Involvement: Student Government Association, Eta Omicron Nu (HON), President's Select, Honors Ambassadors, Muslim Student's Association, Women's Leadership Institute, American Medical School Association (AMSA)


Farah Mechref

Theo Winter

Majors: Cell and Molecular Biology (Pre-Med)

Minors: Chemistry, Spanish

Involvement: Bernard Harris Pre-Medical Society, African Students Organization, Student Government Association, Clinical Shadowing Internship at TTUHSC, American Medical Students Association (AMSA)


Theo Winter

HONS 1303-H01 / HONS 1101-H14

Parth Patel

Majors: Microbiology

Minors: Chemistry

Hometown: Austin, TX

Involvement: South Asian Student Association, Ronald McDonald House Volunteer, Honors Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS), Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS)


Parth Patel

Lauren Kriss

Majors: Public Relations

Minors: Business

Hometown: Cedar Park, TX

Involvement: Chi Omega Fraternity, TechPR, Alpha Lambda Delta & Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies


Lauren Kriss

HONS 1303-H02 / HONS 1101-H21

Stephanie Kopanski

Majors: Biochemistry (Pre-Med)

Minors: Psychology, Spanish, Biology

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Involvement: Honors Lunch Discussion, Honors Tutoring Corps, Study Abroad (Mexico), TTU Biochemistry Society, Honors Book Club, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Delta Pi, Texas Tech Undergraduate Research Society, Alpha Lambda Delta & Phi Eta Sigma Honor Societies, American Medical Student Assocation (AMSA)


Stephanie Kopanski

Alex Bukowski

Majors: Psychology, Economics

Hometown: Lubbock, TX

Involvement: Honors Book Club, Honors Lunch Discussion, Tech Pokemon Club


Alex Bukowski

HONS 1304-H04 / HONS 1101-H16

Ryan Clark

Majors: Electrical Engineering

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Involvement: Tech Activities Board Concerts Coordinator, Honors Study Abroad in Italy


Ryan Clark

Brooke Johnson

Majors: Agriculture & Applied Economics

Minors: Legal Studies

Hometown: Fairfield, TX

Involvement: Texas Tech Terry Scholar, Bayless Elementary Mentor, President's Select member, Tech Officials Association member, The Block and Bridle Association member, The Agriculture and Applied Economics Association member, 2016-2017 CASNR Agri-Techsan, Honors Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URS), Study Abroad (Seville, Spain)


Brooke Johnson

HONS 1304-H05 / HONS 1101-H17

Zachary Patton

Majors: Natural Resource Management

Hometown: Garland, TX

Involvement: Conservation Biology, Range Wildlife Club


Zachary Patton

Heather Campbell

Majors: Finance, Accounting

Hometown: Frisco, TX

Involvement: Finance Association, Zeta Tau Alpha


Heather Campbell

HONS 1304-H06 / HONS 1101-H25

Arianna Avalle

Majors: Marketing, English

Minors: International Studies

Hometown: Verzuolo, Italy

Involvement: Eta Omicron Nu (HON), Global Techsan-Daily Toreador Staff Writer, International Student Council (Planning committee member), Delta Sigma Pi Professional Fraternity (Historian)


Arianna Avalle

Walker Carson

Majors: Animal Science (Pre-Med)

Hometown: Turkey, TX

Involvement: Student Government Association, Block and Bridle, Raiders for Service


Walker Carson

HONS 2406-H01 / HONS 1101-H19

Valerie Gardner

Majors: Environmental Engineering

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Involvement: Alpha Omega Epsilon, Society of Environmental Professionals, Eta Omicron Nu (HON), Society of Women Engineers


Valerie Gardner

Sabra Williams

Majors: Biology

Minors: Nutrition

Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Involvement: Global Brigades, Raiders Helping Others, American Chemical Society


Sabra Williams

HONS 2406-H02 / HONS 1101-H20

Sara Sorge

Majors: Microbiology

Minors: Chemistry

Hometown: Wichita Falls, TX

Involvement: Terry Scholars Organization, Sigma Phi Lambda, Honors Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URS), Student Government Association - Arts & Sciences Senator


Sara Sorge

Arsheen Rajan

Majors: Biochemistry, Microbiology (Pre-Med)

Hometown: Mumbai, India

Involvement: Phi Kappa Phi Student Vice President, Eta Omicron Nu (HON), Biochemistry Society, Honors College Ambassadors, Volunteer at the Burkhart Center for Autism, Honors Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URS)


Arsheen Rajan

MATH 2300-H01 / HONS 1101-H22

Christine Saso

Majors: Accounting

Hometown: Lubbock, TX

Involvement: Goin’ Band from Raiderland, University Concert Band, Tau Beta Sigma (Band Service Sorority), Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Gamma Sigma - International Business Honor Society


Christine Saso

Wesley Engel Colquitt

Majors: Music Education

Hometown: Dallas, Texas

Involvement: Goin' Band from Raiderland, Symphonic Band, University Concert Band, Bayless Elementary Mentor, Eta Omicron Nu (HON), Kappa Kappa Psy, Matador Singers, Court Jesters, Student Telecounselors


Wesley Engel Colquitt

PHIL 2310-H01 / HONS 1101-H23

Nadia Hogan

Majors: Accounting, Finance

Hometown: Aledo, TX

Involvement: Texas Tech Transfer Ambassador, Kappa Delta Sorority Officer, Gamma Beta Phi, FYE Mentor, Habitat for Humanity, South Plains Food Bank, Friends of the Library with the Lubbock Public Library


Nadia Hogan

Claudia Hernandez

Majors: Psychology (Pre-Optometry)

Hometown: Lubbock, TX

Involvement: Kappa Delta, Texas Tech Twirling Line, Panhellenic Programming Cabinet, Catholic Student Association, Pre-Optometry Professionals Society, Big Brothers Big Sisters


Claudia Hernandez

PSY 1300-H01 / HONS 1101-H24

Amanda Miller

Majors: Biochemistry

Minors: Biology and Psychology

Hometown: Frisco, TX

Involvement: Eta Omicron Nu President (HON), American Chemical Society, Double T Health Corps, TTUHSC Volunteer, Therapeutic Riding Center, Honors Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URS)


Amanda Miller

Sabiha Armin

Majors: Biology (Pre-Med)

Minors: Chemistry, French

Hometown: Lubbock, TX

Involvement: Eta Omicron Nu (HON), Honors College Ambassadors, Phi Kappa Phi, Mortar Board, Summer-Accelerated Biomedical Research Program (SABR)


Sabiha Armin