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University Honors participates in NCHC meeting

Students and staff selected to present workshops.

Students and staff of the University Honors (UHON) Program were selected to deliver workshops at the annual meeting of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC). Each year students from UTC’s Honors Program speak on a variety of topics; again this year they delivered more presentations than any other participating institution.

Gateway to Exploration and Discovery was the theme of the 40th annual NCHC conference, held in St. Louis. Faculty, staff, and student representatives from colleges and universities across the country gathered to discuss issues in honors education and to explore ideas for improving programs and enhancing student learning experiences.

“The four-day conference provided numerous opportunities for students to engage in workshops, idea exchanges, roundtable discussions, and research presentations with other honors students and veteran honors faculty and administrators,” according to Debbie Bell, Assistant Director of UHON. “The opportunity to learn from others and to highlight our own successes at UTC made the conference experience a success for all UTC participants.”

Kelly Jo Fulkerson and Darris Saylors
present at the conference.

Kimberly Mathis: The Gateway to Exploring and Discovering Leadership Opportunities: The Honors Council

Student activities in the honors program involve all students throughout the year. In the fall, students work together to host a Date Auction benefiting a local charity. In the spring, students organize a Spring Showcase to display student talents. These activities maintain student connections despite busy school schedules.

Andy Basler: The Gateway to College: Honors Freshman Orientation Retreat

The Honors Freshman Retreat is designed to introduce students to the program and build cohesion in the freshman class before the semester begins. Activities include team-building exercises, question-and-answer sessions with upper class students, review of expectations for the program, social time, and an introduction to their first honors seminar class.

Charles Phillips: The Gateway to Discovering Your Potential

A key for any honors program is keeping students motivated about furthering their exploration and discovery within their studies. This motivation can be accomplished by offering special privileges and rewards to honors students. These opportunities keep the student interested and active in the honors program through their undergraduate programs.

Darris Saylors: Honors Travel Seminar: Gateway to Exploration and Discovery of World Cultures and Fine Arts

The UTC Honors Program sponsors an annual travel seminar that offers one hour of honors credit and a gateway to exploration and discovery through which students may experience first-hand the culture, fine arts, and linguistic heritage of featured countries. The seminar culminates with a visit to the selected country.

Kelly Jo Fulkerson and Darris Saylors: Student Assistantships: A Gateway for Academic Exploration

Each year the UTC Honors Program offers a limited number of student assistantship positions in which one student assistant and one faculty member are paired based on applications submitted by the professors and interest expressed by qualified students. Student assistants help faculty with proposals, research, conferences, publications, web design, and other tasks.

Jessica Woods and Andy Basler: Autonomy in Action: Gateway to Structuring a Self-governed Student Body

The Honors Council primarily organizes social activities within the honors program, provides community service opportunities, and promotes the program’s presence within the community. The Honors Council allows every student to assume an active role in the enrichment of the program and enhances relationships among students, faculty, and staff.

Gregory O’Dea, Director, and Debbie Bell, Assistant Director: Exploration and Discovery of Prospective Honors Students: Components of an Application Process

For honors programs that seek diversity, student team work, and activities tailored to student needs, certain qualitative application components have great value. The use of application essays, activity résumés, letters of reference, various interview forums and strategies, and active seminar assessment are important aspects of honors program applications.

November 22, 2005

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