Lewis Launch

Lewis 2025, we have liftoff!

Join us for your official launch into the Lewis Honors College, August 16-18. This orientation will allow you to explore your new living and learning spaces and make connections with the faculty, staff and peers who will be joining you on your honors journey. You'll also receive a few pro tips for navigating life on campus and will learn about the events and opportunities that await you in your first semester as a Lewis Honors student. 



Monday, Aug.16

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Move in to your residence hall

4 - 5 p.m. - Meet Your Peer Mentor and Group Members in Gatton Student Center AND Parent/Family Meeting with College Staff in the Lewis Scholars Lounge 

6 p.m. - Dinner at The 90

7 p.m. - Campus Tours

7:30 - 9 p.m. - Late Night with the Dean and the Lewis Honors College Showcase at the Gatton Student Center 


Tuesday, Aug. 17  

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. - Breakfast at The 90

9 - 11:50 a.m. -  Student Engagement Fair at the Gatton Student Center

11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Lunch at The 90 and Champion's Kitchen

2:30 - 4 p.m. - Faculty/Staff Meet and Greet at the Gatton Student Center

5 p.m. - Dinner at The 90

6:30 p.m. - Peer Mentor Group Games in the Honors Quad.


Wednesday, Aug. 18 

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. - Breakfast at The 90

9 - 9:45 a.m. - iPad Showcase with Dean Bryan at the Gatton Student Center

9:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Center for Personal Development Overview & Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Interpretation at the Gatton Student Center

2:30 - 5 p.m. - Carnival in the Honors Quad



What is Lewis Launch? 

Lewis Launch is the official student orientation program for newly admitted students in the Lewis Honors College. Over the course of three days, you'll get to know the Lewis Honors College and all the people that make it so special.  

Is Lewis Launch mandatory? 

Students are expected to attend this Orientation, but we understand that many are also participating in other UK programs. If you have conflicts, please let us know by contacting 859-323-7561.

What about housing? Food?  

As a participant in Lewis Launch, you will have access to your assigned residence hall on the morning of Monday, Aug. 19. The Lewis Honors College is happy to provide this early housing access at no additional cost to Lewis students participating in Lewis Launch. We recommend signing up for your move-in appointment as early as possible and utilizing the move-in tips and checklist provided on the UK Big Blue Move-In page. 

You won't go hungry! During Lewis Launch, all meals will be provided in The 90, the dining commons located to the right of Lewis Hall. The 90 provides a variety of meal options to accommodate your dietary needs. 

I am a member of both the Lewis Honors College and another LLP and my orientation schedules overlap. Can I attend both Orientations?

The Lewis Honors College is working together with all LLPs that have Honors students.  We would like for you to enjoy the benefits of attending sessions from both orientations as your schedule allows.

Is this going to be one of those Kumbaya/trust fall kind of things?  

No, we don't think so. But you'll have to trust us... All the content in Lewis Launch is designed to prepare you for a successful first year in the honors college. We'll take time to familiarize you with our faculty and staff, academic resources, and opportunities to be involved on campus. 

Who should I contact with questions about Lewis Launch? 

Please contact Kondwani Phwandaphwanda (Dr. K.) at Kondwani@uky.edu or 859-323-7561.