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PTV: Prologues, Transitions, and Viewpoints

Students at orientation.

Prologues is a unique program focusing on academics and emphasizing interaction, integration, and connection with faculty. You will be introduced to Detroit Mercy professors from various disciplines who will discuss academic success in college. Next, you will attend special sessions to hear from faculty in your specific major. The time spent alongside members of the University's faculty will help prepare you for the rigors of academic work.

Participation in Transitions will give you a good foundation to begin college life by developing personal identity and interpersonal relationships with current Detroit Mercy students and the University community. You will participate in activities to create awareness of personal value and a sense of community and connectedness. At Detroit Mercy, we want great things for our students, which starts with a successful transition to college.

Viewpoints is a day-long introduction to the city's remarkable social and cultural environments that will help you understand the needs of the city and its residents and develop the leadership skills necessary to address those needs. You will spend a few hours at one of several Detroit social services agencies such as Focus:HOPE, Crossroads, the Catholic Worker, or Habitat for Humanity engaged in service learning.

You will then take a guided walking tour of Detroit's downtown area and its landmarks. You will learn how the city has begun a residential and commercial revitalization process that will take Detroit into the future. A highlight of the tour is a visit to Pizza Papalis in Greektown.

PTV is scheduled for August 22-25.

Common Read

Don't forget about the Common Read selection. During PTV you will participate in discussions about the book. You will also have assignments in your fall English courses for ENL1300 and ENL 1310 based on the Common Read.

Horizons retreat

Horizons is a three-day, two-night experience away from the distractions and busy-ness of everyday life.

Students will be allowed to move into their residence halls before leaving for the retreat on the Sunday before PTV. We will return to campus in time for the start of first-year student orientation. Horizons itself will take place at an off-campus retreat center. The format of the retreat involves listening, reflecting, small and large group discussions, free time and fellowship-building.

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