Many of you know Katie as the exceptional RD of Lyon Hall and now she is also serving in the role of Program Coordinator for Honors. Her immediate focus will be on advising and so look for emails from Katie as she will start with making sure our juniors are on track. Katie will also serve on the Honors Steering Committee. I’m excited to have Katie in this new role as we look to strengthen the connections between res life and the rest of the Honors Program. If you see Katie then welcome and congratulate her.
Welcome back and hopefully you had a productive and relaxing break. Honors has a busy first week to the semester and here is what you should know:
- Tickets, $15, for the Ottawa trip go on sale on Tuesday Jan. 26, noon hour, Six Mile Creek Room. The trip is an all day trip to Ottawa’s Winterlude on Saturday Jan. 30. Skate on the world’s largest skating rink, check out the ice sculpture competitions or play in North America’s largest snow playground. At the same time Ottawa is home to a number of great museums.
- We have an info session on Thursday January 28, noon hour, T101. Learn about the Partners in the (National) Parks Program. Honors will help fund your participation in these week long experiential learning opportunities at one of this years national park locations. Take a look at this video from Alexis Lanza’s trip to Sequoia National Park last summer: VIDEO
- Get on your calendar: the Honors Alumni Panel on Friday February 26 at 4:00 in T101. The panel will consist of Melissa Littlefield ’00, Jesse Katen ’05, and Lily Shafer ’08. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with a few Honors Alumni and learn from their experiences. We also want our Alums to feel welcome with a large crowd.
As we head into finals week, I want to take a moment to thank as many people as I can remember for making Honors what it is. Thanks to Pat Spencer for working with so many students to create meaningful civic engagement opportunities and David Flanagan for the work he does with taskstream (you’ll really appreciate this some day). Thanks to Kelsey Fons for organizing the Honors trips and events, Yena Seo for taking care of all sorts invisible tasks that are important, and Sam Guter for making Honors social media and communication superb. Thanks to Dylan Schoch for keeping the computes and printers running and for also doing those invisible tasks that keep Honors running. Thanks to the Honors Faculty for your great courses and the time you spend with the students.
Thanks to all the Honors students that engage in classes, trips, and events. It is your energy, enthusiasm, thoughtfulness, and kindness that creates the community that is IC Honors. Thanks to the Honors Student Advisory Board for, well, your advice. Lastly, thanks to all of you who read my emails.
Good luck on finals and enjoy winter break. Our posts over break will slow down, but not stop as we look to keep you engaged. If you have something you think Honors students might enjoy, then let me know.
Move in day is now complete. This is a good time to relax a bit and take a look at the Honors Calendar of Events. All of the major events are listed on our calendar. We have a busy first week with the bigs and littles pairings followed by the welcome pizza party on Tues. We will be selling tickets for the whitewater rafting trip on Wed for the Sat trip.
Move in day is now only a week away. When you get here stop by and check out the new space for Honors Headquarters. We are not far from the old space so it will be easy to find. Tom’s office is now M218, the lounge is in M217 and the hallway, there is a door to access some tables outside, the computer lab will be in M216 (by the middle of September), and Dylan (Honors Support Staff) is in M215. The key card access will be on the door to the space. There is a plan to decorate the walls that should be complete by the middle of the semester. It is a nice improvement.
Today is the first IC Giving Day ever. Please take a moment and learn more about it. http://www.icgivingday.com/