NCHC: The National Collegiate Honors Council annual conference was in Denver, CO. Christina Flaherty and Caroline Toomey presented their research at the Poster Session. It was a smooth trip, we brought back a few ideas for our Program, and we had the opportunity to see a little of Denver.
New York City Trip: This Fall, the trip to New York City included the play Phantom of the Opera. There was a little rain in the morning, but it was an enjoyable day.
Move In: Move in was particuarly smooth this year. We didn't break anything, and the refreshment crew even delivered to dorm rooms!
Summer Reading: First-year Honors students are asked to read How To Win At College to help them prepare for their first semester at Bloomsburg University and as a member of the Honors Program community. This book provides some excellent, relevant, easy-to-read information and several suggestions for academic success. There is a brief quiz associated with this book, and the first six first-year Honors students to answer all 10 questions correctly are invited for dinner at Dr. K.s house. The photos here, from Lanie Guld, show that an Honors student can read this book just about anywhere, even at the Baseball Hall of Fame!
Costa Rica: Katie Nolt spent the Spring semester 2014 in Costa Rica, studying Spanish, culture, and history. Here is a summary of her semester abroad along with a few pictures.
Argentina: Abby Messinger had the opportunity to live and study in Argentina this summer. Here is a summary of her extraordinary experience and a few pictures.
Honors Study Abroad: The PASSHE Honors Summer Study Abroad experience involved a trip to the Canadian Maritimes. The link above provides many photos and here is a link to Karen and Abbey's blogs. More photos here. And even more photos here.
HIS Presentations: The Honors Independent Study presentations were exceptional this semester. Lots of good discussions and interesting topics.
Relay for Life: Our Relay for LIfe Team raised over $1700 this year! There were lots of pre-event fund-raising activities, including trivia nights and a special dinner. Many thanks to Katie Mullen, our Relay for Life chair.
Jamaica Service Trip: The Spring Break trip to Jamaica was very successful. Lead by Dr. Joan Miller, students helped out at a school, a medical clinic, and built a house. The experience was life-changing for many. Our students were superb representatives of the Honors Program and the university.
HIS Presentations: The Honors Independent Study presentations addressed a wide variety of topics. There were some wonderful discussions during the presentations and I believe students learned a great deal conducting original research.
Federal Reserve: Students in Honors Principles of Economics traveled to the Federal Reserve in Washington, DC. They learned about the foundation of the US Central Bank, opportunities in the Federal Reserve, and interacted with policy makers.
NCHC Conference: The National Collegiate Honors Council annual meeting was in New Orleans. Five students presented their research at poster sessions and one discussed her HIS project at an invited session. A spectacular experience. Presentations were superb and the New Orleans culture was unique. More photos: here.
Bloomsburg Community Garden: A group of Honors students helped to clean up the Bloomsburg Community Garden. It was a beautiful Fall day.
Pumpkin Carving: Lots of pumpkins, terrific treats, candles, safety knives, and a Dremel tool. Some great creations. The butterfly pumpkin was voted the best in an informal, very non-random survey.
New York City Trip: This Fall our students had the opportunity to see Spider Man on Broadway and enjoy a beautiful day in the city.
Knoebels: Our annual trip to Knoebles was terrific. The weather was perfect, the ice cream was cold, and the funnel cakes were tasty. The roller coasters and sklooosh were big hits.
Barbecue: The Welcome Back Barbecue was delightful. Many thanks to those returning students for helping with the setup and cleanup. Although there are no pictures from the whiffle ball game, Bryce was not hit by a pitch, and Captain Laura had a difficult time controlling her team.
Scavenger Hunt: The first Honors Program Scavenger Hunt was a huge success. Our first-year students had a wonderful time finding all of the items and answering the questions. The link is to the real-time blog and includes the pictures from all groups.
Move-In: The first-year Honors students moved in on Tuesday, August 20. Our returning crew did a terrific job. We had plenty of carts, controlled the elevator, and the snacks were great.
Wedding: Professor Dave Magolis, HAC Member, ITR Instructor, was married in August. Here are a few pictures from the wedding and reception.
Summer Study Abroad: Music and Media: A Grand European Tour. Bloomsburg University hosted the PASSHE Honors Summer Study Abroad Program this year. After five days of classes on campus, students traveled to London, Salzburg, Vienna, Venice, and Rome.
More photos: here.