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2/18/2010 - As part of the Ford Lecture Series, the institute hosted a documentary movie night for all for Ford students. The evening's screening was Food Inc. by Magnolia Pictures. A large screen was set up in Upper Baldwin Hall and students laid on big pillows and sleeping bags. Popcorn, drinks, and snacks were provided to all in attendance. The movie was followed by a brief discussion.
From the Director's Desk
Welcome to the Alumni section of our new Web site. If you look through our Web site you can learn about our most recent Honors events and find descriptions of current Honors classes. Your feedback and suggestions for improvement are welcome!
Although we still adhere to the basic format of four required Honors courses plus a thesis, the number and diversity of the classes has grown to the point where this year we are offering 20-plus different Honors sections and we now have over 60 theses produced each year!
If you are ever in the neighborhood, please stop in and say hello. Now that Epworth is torn down the Observatory really stands out. We have redocorated the Honors Library to a more comfortable lounge/study area. Our more than 250 Honors students use the old Observatory as their second home—having 24-hour access works very well for them.
I would also like to discuss with you meaningful ways to involve you in our program and have you share your ideas and expertise with current students. Why not drop us a line or a note on Facebook?
Dr. E. Dale Kennedy Director
Current Honors Students
Welcome! This page serves as the home for all current undergraduates on track to earn Albion College Honors or Departmental Honors . In this area, you will find information regarding events and requirements that specifically address your needs. Honors now has a Facebook page - join us today!
Fall 2015 Events
Saturday, August 29 - 1st Years Retreat at Michindoh in Hillsdale, MI
Haunted House/Ice Cream Parlour - TBA
Euchre Tournament - TBA
Trivial Pursuit - Students vs. Professors - TBA
Chicago Trip - TBA
Midnight Dessert - Last day of classes
UPCOMING SPRING 2016 EVENTS
DSP Dinner Reception - TBA
SPRING BREAK - TBA
Ski / Snowboard / Tubing Trip - TBA
Cultural Trip?? TBA
Note Writing to Prospects - TBA
Elkin Isaac / Honors Convocation - Thursday, April 22
Midnight Dessert - TBA
Honors Face Book Page - Join us today!
Current Honors Student Research and Projects:
Shelby Fox-Purrier ‘16 For my FURSCA (Which is just researching for my thesis) I am looking into how the introduction of chemical weaponry in WW1 changed the way things were done tactically. So this summer I'm travelling to France and Belgium to do some hands on research, plus then I'm spending the summer here at Albion reading scholarly works to compile a Historiography paper and to find additional primary source documents.
Nick Webster ‘15 This summer I worked at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida as part of an undergraduate research program. I'm going to be looking at a genetic mutation that is highly correlated with Alzheimer's disease. When I come back for the fall semester, I'm going to be starting a thesis looking at a method of binding specific cell types, a project that could have many implications in the medical field
Cassie Ward ‘15 This summer I worked on Campus on a FURSCA project. For my project I will be exploring the genre of the picture book, striving to learn more about the history of the genre, and to understand the ways picture books create a formal relationship between image and text. The ultimate goal of the project is to propel my own understanding of the relationship between word and image and to use that understanding to complete a picture book of my own. The book that I create will be shaped by the research into both literature about picture books, and my analysis of already published books. The book will be a demonstration of my deeper understanding of the relationship between text and image, displaying insight into the ways that they work with and inform one another.
Kathleen Casbeer ‘17 I'm finishing up a research poster on the history of Albion's chemistry department. I've been working closely with the chairs of the chemistry department and the library archivist. I get to research with original material in the archives every week! My poster will be shown at the upcoming Elkin Issac symposium.
Audrey DeGroot ‘15 I'm researching the history of Albion (town and college) through the historic negatives in the archives. I'll be making contact prints of over 300 glass negatives. Then I'll be scanning them in to create digital copies and printing out digital negatives. These digital negatives I will turn into large format Van Dyke Brown prints. The final step will be researching the best images and writing up blurbs about their significance. It will all be displayed in a month long exhibition in Bobbitt at the end of July!
Andrew Zimmer ‘15 Thanks to the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Program at Albion, I had the incredible opportunity to go abroad- in scenic Scotland, nonetheless! Having spent more than 3 months here I must say it's been more than an unforgettable experience; and it's only getting better- my trip across Europe starts with this semester's end on May 7th! In my time here I've made friends with locals, fellow American travelers, and other University students from all around the world. Once a week all the international students get together with the International Society for food, fun, and a night out on the town. Only at this time are students from all over the world together in one place and spending time with one another; it's not uncommon to talk globally about political differences or questions regarding one another's culture at large- a lot of playful finger-pointing at such events is welcomed. There are few instances in a person's life where one can feel so globally connected with such a culturally diverse group of people. I can't help but think that these are some of the memories that I will forever cherish in my heart. I can't wait to return to Albion, but I certainly am grateful for the opportunity of having such an experience.
Patrick Buck ‘15 This semester I am taking 2 units of thesis research credit with Dr. Timothy O'Neill in the history department on pre-modern Chinese schools of political philosophy. This is part of the research for my honors thesis that I have been working on since last summer when I did a FURSCA project with Dr. Midori Yoshii on the history of English-language biographies of Mao Zedong. I also did a unit of directed study with Dr. O'Neill last semester on the Legalist (in Chinese, "Fajia") school of Chinese political philosophy. I will do FURSCA again this summer for 5 weeks under Dr. O'Neill researching the history of the application of the Legalist school's ideas ancient Chinese state and first imperial dynasty of Qin (from 355-206 BCE). Afterwards I will be at Middlebury College studying in a Chinese language-intensive program.
In the fall, I will write my honors thesis under Dr. Geoffrey Cocks in the history department on Mao Zedong's intentional fostering of comparisons in Chinese media during the late Cultural Revolution (1971-1976) between himself and China's first emperor, Zhao Zheng, who reigned as king of the western Chinese state of Qin (from 246-221 BCE) and then as emperor of the first Chinese empire (from 221-210 BCE).
Patrick Lopez ‘16 I'm currently working on a thesis regarding Russian strategic interests in the Middle East. While the genesis of the thesis predates the Crimean situation, it's really added some weight to my argument. Basically I'm trying to prove that the US shift away from Europe and the Middle East represents a disengagement, and that disengagement will create a power vacuum in the Middle East. Russia has the right combination of military might and political will to fill that power vacuum.
The thesis will include in depth explorations of Russian diplomatic ties to major players in the region, particularly how their influence on Iran and a growing influence with Israel might bring stability to the region. The Russians certainly believe that this is their century, and I'm exploring how that vision is being fulfilled.
Christopher Herweyer ‘17 I am currently working on a research project, through the history department, detailing one of the houses belonging to the college. The house, 501 Michigan Ave., was for forty years, the home for Albion's President. I am going to be presenting on this house at the Elkin Isaac Research Symposium, as well as presenting my information to members of the history department and other administrators of the college.
Alex High ‘15 This summer, I did an internship at the Binder Park Zoo. I will be an animal care intern, which basically means I get to do rotations among all of the different animals as a keeper-in-training. I will also be able to do a rotation in the vet hospital! I'm very excited for this opportunity, it's a dream internship for me! :)
Megan Sheridan ‘16 I am currently working with Dr. Rohlman in researching the structure and function of DNA and RNA apatamers (polymer chains) and their binding to the cell surfaces of Aspergillus fungus. This research will aim to create a method of early-detection of Aspergillus fungal infections and prevent establishment of the fungus in patients with suppressed immune systems. I will be working this summer with him through FURSCA at the University of Michigan, and will be continuing research next fall to hopefully complete a thesis on data collected.
I have also been working for Dr. Chase through the Student Research Program, and his research on the cultivation and movement of domestic animals of the ancient Indus society. I have created diagrams of various bones in domestic animal species of interest that may be used to compare the bones and any possible trends. I am currently finishing my second year in the Student Research Program with Dr. Chase.
I have been participating in diversity events under the Umbrella Organization as the Officer of Public Relations for the Muslim Student Association, where we have successfully increased the number of events and participants in our association, and started as a Teaching Assistant for Dr. McCaffery's Advanced Synthesis chemistry lab this semester.
Megan Wickens ‘15 I’m a junior in the Honors Program, so right now I’m beginning the process of writing my thesis. When I say “beginning,” I really do mean the very beginning; I don’t exactly have a topic yet! But this summer I will be doing an internship in London! For two months, I will do neuroscience research with some “Britons.” Hopefully, this research will become the basis for my thesis. And if it doesn't, that will be okay too. I’m an assistant in Dr. Wilson’s behavioral neuroscience lab, so I’m also considering using my experience there to write my thesis. We use earthworms as an animal model to study escape and avoidance learning. It’s cool because the learning that earthworms do is highly conserved across other species. It’s like finding the simplest, most direct way to answer a big question: How do animals (including humans!) learn to expect something they don’t like, and take action to avoid it? Apart from science, I spend much of my time here running cross country and track. It keeps me busy, but I've made so many great friends. I wouldn't have it any other way. Go Brits!
Paul Stewart ‘16 I am currently studying Economics and Management with an emphasis in Accounting and a Gerstacker Minor. I will be participating in two accounting leadership programs this summer. Currently serving as General Manager of WLBN Radio, I have have restarted the radio station and built several connections between Albion's station and other college stations. In January of this year I became an F.C.C. licensed amateur radio operator and now serves the community as a storm spotter for the National Weather Service and emergency communications responder for the A.R.E.S.
The Honors Program congratulates the following seniors who have completed their honors thesis:
Econ & Management
Honors at Glasgow University
The Prentiss M Brown College Honors Program now offers a unique study abroad opportunity in conjunction with the University of Glasgow, Scotland. The University of Glasgow was founded in 1451 and is an internationally recognized institution with prestigious programs in the sciences and humanities.
The Honors semester at Glasgow University will allow you to complete an Honors course elective, "The Ideas and Influences of the Scottish Enlightenment: 18th to the 21st Centuries."
The University of Glasgow has created a unique course for our Honors students. Using major figures and ideas from the Scottish Enlightenment, Honors students will see how those ideas continue to be important in intellectual and cultural life in the 21st century. Interdisciplinary perspectives from art/aesthetics, religion, philosophy, politics/economics, and science will inform this course. The institutional model is the traditional Oxbridge model of public lectures and small group seminars. Leading scholars will provide over-arching ideas in the public lectures, which are then further developed through discussion in small group seminars/tutorials.
Take an additional 2-3 courses in your major or minor
The University of Glasgow has both breadth and depth in most undergraduate majors. Science, pre-med, and pre-vet Honors students will have access to a sophisticated range of disciplines and courses. Fine and liberal arts majors as well as business will have an exciting variety of course options. All Honors at Glasgow students will have access to level 3 and some level 4 courses not usually available to other study abroad students.
More unique opportunities for Honors at Glasgow:
Chance to study at an internationally recognized university
Be a member of a unique "Honors at Glasgow" program
Special cultural immersion events for Honors students both inside and outside the classroom
Possibility of service learning or internships
Meeting some of the 3,000 other international students from 24 countries around the world
Meeting, becoming friends with Honors students from our consortium member institutions in the U.S.
Travel in the U.K. and the European continent
Living in a "different" but accessible culture
Honors students may enroll either for fall or spring term through International Programs.
All scholarships and federal loans apply toward tuition. Albion tuition and room charges apply plus an off campus administrative fee of $1,020 per term. $1,300 for self-catered meals is recommended.
From a current student that is there now:
I've been at the University of Glasgow for a little over a month now, and I just wanted to write to thank Albion Honors for making the Principia Consortium program available to myself and other honors students. I couldn't have chosen a better way to spend my semester! I love living in Glasgow, and my Scottish Enlightenment class offers a great taste of Scottish history and culture. It's a really valuable class that I'm grateful to have the opportunity to take. We've gone on two field trips as a class, and I've met some great people.
In addition, the University of Glasgow offers a lot of day trips and weekend trips geared towards international students so that they can experience the best of Scotland. During orientation week, I had the option to go on a trip to Edinburgh, which was fantastic - though not quite as wonderful as Glasgow! Last weekend, I went on a trip with a friend of mine to Dundee, Stonehaven, and Aberdeen. At Stonehaven, we stopped at Dunnotar Castle, which is surrounded by absolutely stunning scenery that's unlike anything I've ever seen back in Michigan.
Best of all, however, is the sense of independence I've gained and the knowledge that the world is so much bigger than I previously realized. I remember thinking that students who had studied abroad were exaggerating when they raved that the experience will "change your life." It does. I love the freedom to walk the City Centre if I'm in the mood for browsing the shops, plan day trips with my friends, and go beyond what I'm comfortable with. I've tried haggis, Irn Bru, and shortbread. The little differences - chip-and-pin machines, slang, the Glasgow rain - take a short bit of getting used to, but they made me realize that some elements of my day-to-day life that I take for granted are, in fact, distinctly American. My mind has become more open.
All in all, if a student has the chance, they should most definitely study abroad. This has been one of the best experiences of my college career.
The Honors Council comprises a group of volunteers who work to make their Program more responsive to student needs. In the past, Council members have advised on core requirements and recruiting strategy, run Coffee Hours and the Midnight Desserts, and discussed numerous other topics affecting Honors students. The Council welcomes new members. We currently meet Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. in the Observatory Classroom. Pizza and pop are served.
Honors added another fine arts course to the schedule. There is no information on this class currently–it is not technically been approved, but we do know it is being taught by the new choral director.
We still need a moderator and room hosts for the symposium–we need 6 venue hosts and one more room moderator. Reneé will be sending an e-mail out shortly.
Honors needs students to come to info sessions this Friday in the Observatory for the Junior visit day. Sessions will be at 2:15 PM and 2:55 PM.
Travel/research proposals are coming in–we have 2 so far–the deadline is April 20th.
The freshman retreat will be held on September 8. The 1st Council meeting next semester (August 28) will focus only on the retreat. Suggestions for the retreat: Bring more and/or bigger water bottles OR clearly emphasize that everyone bring their own water bottle ,which can be refilled at the center.
There will be a volunteer opportunity at Victory Park this Saturday to replace mulch. There’ll be a picnic afterwards. Reneé sent out an e-mail with details.
Last Council meeting is next week–we want Pizza Hut stuffed crust pizza, pepperoni and cheese
New Business: Things to discuss next year: Honors formal? Welcome back dinner?
Close: 5:38 PM
Honors Council 4–3–12
Open 5:13 PM
Honors courses and schedules for the fall are out. Everyone is preregistered and actual registration started yesterday. Hopefully, once people start registering, we'll be able to figure out if we need more classes.
The euchre tournament was last week. Only 3 students showed up, but thanks to Dr. Kennedy, they were able to play a few games. For social events next year–should we choose a different time and date? More to be discussed next fall.
Renée needs moderators and room hosts for the Elkin Isaac Symposium. Renée sent out an e-mail asking students to volunteer and if she's short volunteers, will be asking for counsel volunteers next week.
Dr. Kennedy had the idea for a bookshelf in the honors computer lab. She got this idea from the bookshelf in the education Institute. Books don't necessarily have to be textbooks; they can also be recreational books, like the ones in Olin. We should look into asking honor students if they will donate the textbooks that the bookstore won't take back or any old books that they would be willing to part with.
(In response to the fact that many of the novels in Olin are romance novels and someone on Council calling those books trashy summer reads)
"Life's too short to leave trashy novels to the summer" - Chris
"HELL YEAH! I like the way you think!" - Paige (I happen to love romance novels)
Midnight Desserts will be Thursday, April 26 from 11–1 AM
Green Day is tomorrow in the nature center from 5–7 PM
Renée will be sending out a senior survey soon. Seniors, please respond to it! There might even be a prize!
Some hybrid approach to insisting that students take their Honors classes in their first 4 semesters at Albion and saying they can take them whenever
Courses reserved just for freshman
Scheduling has been an issue in the past . . . Offer night classes?
Reserve just some spots for freshman in classes
Trivial Pursuit vs. the Professors this Thursday at 7pm!
Walking Challenge – not everyone picked up their pedometers. Boo Honors :p
DASP is this weekend. Renee could use the help of Honors students at the reception Friday from 6-8pm in Upper Baldwin. Also, she could use students on Saturday in the science atrium from 9-10:30am and all day in the Observatory. Either location will have prospective students and their parents. So come on out!
Eddie proposed discussing creating a new set of rules for Honors council to use instead of Robert's Rules. (Yeah – like we actually use those LOL). Honors' Rules of Order . . . hilarious suggestions ensued.
Interview Day went well – there were about 28 people that interviewed
Digitized Honors Theses – it would be cool to let people have access to them off campus. A lot of people thought it would be cool to be cited as a source in someone's paper and they want to make it as easy as possible for that to happen
Game night on Thursday – Get Excited!
Trivial Pursuit – Yay for Mark Bollman and Dr. Balke! Renee – could you email Aaron Miller, Nels Christenson, Jeff Cocks, James Ball, Drew Dunham, Susan Connor and Donna Randall about joining in? We know that some of them probably will say no, but they were personally requested to attend by the Honors Council and that might mean something! Also, we heard there might be Disney Trivial Pursuit? Awesome
If you ordered a pedometer (of if you didn't) pick one up. Renee has some left and we want to make sure they get used!
Admitted Students Day, February 20th:
Parents and students aren't going to spend the whole day together – freshman ( and everyone really) thought that was a great idea.
There is a session for student to come learn about/talk to Honors from 2:15-4:05. Anyone who would like to come can come and talk to prospectives!
DASP reception in Upper Baldwin form 6-8. Come talk up Honors to the prospectives and eat some yummy food!
There was a discussion about whether this might be too formal an event with the name tags and purple and gold necklaces, with it being in upper Baldwin. But let's see how this year goes, get some feedback and go from there!
Middle school tour – Not happening, let's face it (Chris)
Thesis Class Time Change? Renee – can you send out an email seeing who is interested in taking the class next semester and then let Dale know? She wants to make sure it's scheduled at a time when the most number of students can take it!
Ski Trip – SO MUCH FUN!! We totally need to make this a yearly thing.
Interview Day – Honors has 30 interviews set up.
All Fun Events: Hold these at 7pm
For Game Night: Monopoly!, Apples to Apples, Poker, Phase 10, Golf
Letters of Acceptance – send those puppies out ASAP!
Renee – For the 100 day walking challenge – send out an email and see if people are interested. If so, then let's get them a pedometer. Amount of interest will dictate if we are going to be able to make a team.
Going to begin digitizing the theses and put them on some sort of hard drive . . . or something. Technical talk = right over my head.
If people in Council put their pop cans back in the closet, Renee will turn them in and put that toward getting more pop!
Theta is collecting can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Foundation. There will be a container of some sort in the Observatory. Support Theta and the Ronald McDonald House!
Next week: We want to talk about professors we want to teach in Honors next semester – so bring your ideas!
Ski Trip FULL and there's even a waiting list! There may be no tubing due to lack of snow. Darn
Admitted Student Day – Monday, February 20th (Probably an informal afternoon session)
DASP Dinner/Reception – Friday, February 24th (Cool appetizer things like pulled pork sandwiches and stuff – need people to volunteer to help out!)
Elkin Isaac/Honors Convocation – Thursday, April 15th (need people to volunteer to help out being room hosts and moderators – it's fun and the presentations are interesting!)
Look into Thursdays for stuff: Trivial Pursuit v. Professors (aka Mark Bollman) was received very well. There was also an interest in Euchre or Game night too. Look into Feb 16th or 23rd or March 15th or 22nd.
"Mark Bollman is a large repository of random facts" ~ Nick H.
"Nice word, Nick" ~ Michelle
Going to see local plays in Jackson or Marshall? There are some Albion faculty that do the theater in Marshall. Maybe looking into going to support them?
Hi Dale! Went around and said our names, majors, etc.
Ski Trip: We have enough people to go, but could still use more. So email Renee if you and friends would like to go. $10 for all you're getting is a great deal.
"Bollocks!" [In reference to lots of people showing interest in a ski trip and then hardly anyone signing up] ~ Chris
Thank you to everyone who helped with Student Athlete day! Dale asked what sorts of things we could bring up that would entice prospectives. Council said: current student's personal stories about good Albion experiences, what makes Albion special and unique, how Albion helps you find things that you love that you might not have known about before entering college and might not have had the opportunity to pursue at a different, especially a bigger school, Albion can cost less than a state school – we are good about financial aid, have prospectives walk around by themselves, find classes, etc so they get a feel for what it would be like when they are on their own, people at Albion bend over backwards for you and unlike at a lot of schools, that doesn't change once you're a student.
"We have lots of funsies" ~ Nick A.
Middle School Tour?
In the future, potentially plan a senior party of sorts. Everyone's invited but it honors the Honors seniors.
Maybe a trip to an Ice Rink?
Katie K. and The Bridge are trying to get an interfaith "Labyrinth" put on campus. Petition will be out soon. Sign it and show support!
Habitat for Humanity – Thursdays at 12:30pm in the Alumni Conference Room ( #rd Floor KC). Major fundraising going on this semester. Stop by or look out for info on builds and activities and such!
Cycling Club Anyone? Look out for more info on that as well.
Honors Council 11/2/11
*Approved Minutes (Council discussed it and they think it would be nice to add “Thank You Paige” back to the Approve Minutes line. They are so sweet
*Visit Day on Nov. 4th – Need volunteers for a 2:15 info session. Renee will send out an email.
*Rocky Horror went well – people had fun. We need to make sure that we let Renee know if you can’t go to Honors events and if we hear people talking about not being able to go, encouraging them to email as well, so that as many people as possible get the chance to enjoy Honors events
*Mug order back on - yay for getting mugs in 2 weeks! Thanks Renee for working on that for us!
Ski Trip to Timber Ridge –Official Date – February 4th. Cost will be $10/student whether you rent equipment or not (just to keep it simple). So far 60 people showed interest so it should be a blast! With that kind of interest, Renee should look into getting a bus. Also seeing what school vehicles are available or that date. Briton Bus maybe? If people have lots gear, they will need space to store it. We just need to explore our options!
New Honors Director process is going well. Dean is hopeful that things will be settles in a few weeks!
*“I do have limits . . . believe it or not.” ~Dean
*There are LOTS of letters to stuff for Honors. I’ll be working on it hardcore Thursday and Friday. Renee is hosting a letter stuffing party in the Honors lounge upstairs tomorrow (11/3) from 2-4pm. There will be food!
*Since the new Admissions mini-viewbook thing kind of sucks (gray, dead trees, yeah) we need to put a new Honors newsletter together ASAP. Email Renee with idea for stories or students to feature. Or with any submissions!
*“People will read this and think ‘they have an observatory . . . and eat’.” ~Dean (commenting on the new viewboolet)
Renee resending email about letter to the Browns – make a special emphasis on seniors and even juniors (aka upperclassmen) submitting letters, please
We had 2 students come to the Visit Day info session on Saturday. But that was a good turnout in relation to the total number of students that came. Need students to come to another session on Friday, Nov 4th at 2:15pm in the Observatory – thanks!
ROCKY HORROR!! Bus drivers: be at the Observatory at 6pm to get buses/vans and all participants be there BY 6:15. Paige is running this show so don’t mess up!
Mug order was cancelled because of image issues. Council suggested contacting Brandon asking for a “Vector Graphic Rendering” or a “.png file” of the Honors crest. Evidently these are images that can easily be resized and not be pixilated. Also, a last resort would be a black and white .png file. These are easier to create than colored one. Contact Eddie B. and Preston A. if help is needed with this. They offered their expertise in this. Thanks guys!!
Ski Trip: There were a couple options but we decided that in the interest of not breaking the bank a day trip to Timber Ridge would probably be the best option. So Renee if you could finalize some numbers on a potential day trip there and then send out an email asking who in Honors would be interested in such a trip next semester, just to get some numbers. Will discuss this again in council after finding out about interest.
After being thanked for the first time this semester by Chris for taking council minutes, the council voted to add “Thank You Paige” back to the weekly agenda. Because although I AM getting paid, a simple thank you is always greatly appreciated
After meeting closed, a few council members were just sitting around, conversing and Robert P. said, “I always thought cooties was the kid’s equivalent of an STD”. Thank you for that gem, Rob
Renee has gotten 4 letters to send to the Browns – pretty good, but will always accept more. No true deadline, but sooner rather than later. And if you write a letter, you will get one of the new Honors mugs. “Do it for the mug. Or don’t. Just do it” ~ Dean
We need volunteers for the General Visit day on Saturday (10/22). Our session is at 1:10. Come if you can please!
Final Verdict: NO Coffee Hour
Middle School: Most likely getting torn down, but we would still like a tour, so Dean will talk to Mike Franzen ASAP and try to schedule one for during Council ASAP. Then we can at least discuss potential ideas with the knowledge that they might only ever be ideas. But we should send out a mass email when we go to the Middle School because a lot of people in Honors might be curious about it.
Josh would like a GPS to take with him when he drives to Rocky Horror and Dean has one he can borrow. Renee– could you please bug Dean and remind him to get that GPS to you so you can get it to Josh when he drives on the 28th?
Tye-Dyeing – 7 people showed up. There was yummy cider left over for council. Win.
Chicago is SOLD OUT – there is a waiting list
Carmina Burana was cancelled L “We had to cancel Carmina Burana because I can’t pronounce it” ~ Dean
We need to compile a list of certified Honors drivers that we can email specifically when we need drivers for events – Thanks Josh J
Need people to write a letter for Honors or a blurb for the Honors newsletter – doesn’t need to be Honors related, just want to know what Honors students are doing.
On recycling Honors “swag”: “It used to be an ashtray – now you can drink out of it.” ~Dean
Courses: Mysteries of the Brain is being taught next semester again. 12 courses listed so far, which is what we have this semester. Might get a few more. Going to have a coffee hour sort of deal for professors to talk about course descriptions, etc. More details to come.
10/26, 8-9pm in Norris 102 - Dean giving a lecture on how to find summer jobs/internships in Biology, the resources that are available, etc. It’s good information for any major though, so anyone interested should attend.
“An escaped mental patient on a motorcycle” ~ How Dean described the way the mother and daughter who watched him try to get a bee out of his glove once probably viewed him
No meeting next week even though will be back from Fall Break. Next meeting: 10/19
Laser Tag – Josh Eggen will drive a van (14) and Dean’s van will fit 8 so that’s 22 potential spots
Carmina (opera) on 10/21 - $10 deposit
Dean asked students to write letters about Honors classes that we will periodically send to the Browns’. We also need an Honors newsletter by the end of the semester. If you write a letter, you will get a free ceramic mug.
Ceramic Mugs – Sent Renee link to mug we liked
The Michigan Theater in Jackson has cool programming that is usually fairly cheap. Honors should look into these events and see if we can drum up some interest in going to them since some of the money usually goes towards the renovation of the theater which is totally awesome, for the record.
Global Medical Brigades is going to have a fundraiser one day a week where if you order Hungry Howie’s Pizza – GMB gets 10% of the proceeds. Honors students should support GMB and get pizza!
Chicago: Leave at 8am – get in around 11 local time; 3:30 – take bus to Second City for the 4pm show; after show, bus takes us back downtown for a few more hours for dinner, etc. Back to campus by midnight Rocky Horror: Josh Eggen will drive – Yay!
Zap Zone: Just want to play laser tag for a few hours, so book a couple hours in the evening for our grout to play. Nov 18th (Friday)
Tye-Dying Party: Shiorts will be $5; Jill or Marie needs to send an email to Renee that she can forward to Honors
Swag: There is a lot of interest in nice, ceramic coffee mugs. They might be expensive, but since there is a lot of interest, it will be a good investment and students will be willing to pay more for them because they are of nice quality. Chelsea painted a nice image of everyone walking around campus with their Honors mugs – it was cool.
Old Business: Middle school tour – still moving out all the old books, furniture, etc. Want to take a tour as soon as possible. Have it during council meeting time.
Spring Courses: Jess Roberts AND Nels teaching course next semester, Balke’s course, Printmaking (Honors will have at least 6 seats reserved for us), Hagner, Saltzman’s Negotiation class, class on Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Gender and International Relations – 11 courses so far – We will have as much as this semester or more.
New Business: Revived Albion Cost Saving List for a bit – ahh memories Can we start putting the minutes on the Honors website again? Sunday, 9/25 from 1-6pm – Middle school clean-up – email Al Pheley if going to help. If allergic to dust, Al suggests you don’t help out. “I’m allergic to lifting heavy objects” – Dean
Honors Council Meeting 9/14/11
For Chicago Trip – Seeing Second City 4pm show – Laugh Out Loud
At least 8 people very interested in going to see Carmina Burana in Detroit on 10/21. Send out general email to see if any other interest. Also, because of the price of the tickets, make this a “deposit then get money back on showing up” sort of deal – so that the people that say they want to go are actually committed.
Laser Tag – Dean says Lansing’s Zap Zone is the best, so Renee – could you look up group rates and other special deals so we can discuss it at next meeting, please? Also look up birthday rates – Dean will totally say it’s his “birthday”, if necessary. For this event, we thought mid-late November considering all the events already planned for October
NO pens Look into the prices of nice, ceramic mugs – no plastic Also look into water bottle prices – not cheap plastic ones – just so we can see out options
Tye-dying party for Honors shirts – Jill McManaman and Marie Brown have offered to head this up. Thanks guys! October 2nd at 4p in the Victory Park Pavilion. Would like to have food: cider doughnuts, milk and cookies (to give it a fall feel). Renee – could you reserve the pavilion for that day please? J
Reminder about helping move things out of the middle school on 9/15 from 4pm to late evening. Renee already forwarded email to Honors.
Festival of the Forks on 9/17. Dean’s description: “There’s a parade – typical small town USA sort of thing. There’s tons of food and there’s lots of BBQ”.
Honors Council Minutes 9-7-11
Honors needs to bring bug spray since we’re outside for the skits
Need bigger water bottles and MORE. We need to stay hydrated. Especially at the paintball courts. Make a note on the schedule for people playing paintball to bring water with them
Great morning food - thanks Renee! J
Leave at 10am and cut out the free time before lunch
Give the leaders more info and structure for the meeting where they “talk about Honors” What do you want covered here? Because it is almost an hour long session . . .
Skits were GREAT! We need to NOT give groups certain skits themes. Just let their creativity run!
Chicago – tentative date November 5th, 2011 (check school calendar to make sure no major academic conflicts):
In the past – “Cupid has a heart-on” (Dean – Make sure you say THAT right)
Not interested in the Looking Glass show, so look into other options
Navy Pier Shakespeare Theater (Robert suggested – says their shows are funny)
Look into other options
Go see Rocky Horror at Miller Oct 28-29th. LOTS of interest in this
Boyne probably too expensive. Look into staying at hotels nearby. Also look into Knub’s Knobs. Probably 55 people max for the trip. Honors can maybe cover all the cost, maybe only some. Need to do more research on options and pricings. If we go, we now have a creative name thanks to Robert Longtin ~ Enhanced Learning in Frigid Environments
People also very interested in laser tag. Look into pricing and potential dates.
Carmina Burana at the Detroit Opera in October – Look into prices, the possibility of some people going to that?
Honors needs certified bus drivers! Maybe send out an email about people getting certified. Letting them know that if they drive for an Honors event, they will be compensated somehow. Also stress that the certification process is not really hard. Maybe talk about it in the email to make people more amiable to the process?
Once the papers are finalized, we need to take a tour of the middle school to get our creative juices flowing with ideas about what to do with it. Tour will be during council time in a couple weeks.
Robert: Have you seen the movie “Accepted”? Dean: My guess is that it’s about a bunch of college kids who get murdered.
Glasglow Rep was here today. Left lots of info with Honors. Have some GREAT programs for Pre-Med people. Also, they have a professor named Quentin Fog, which Dean thinks is the coolest name for a professor ever.
New Business Snowboarding and Snow Skulpting Club will need people to help build half-pikes and snow creations this winter. Get excited!
Spring Honors Classes are in the works. Ideally we’d like 16 classes total. But we have some definites so far and we’re learning about more as the semester progresses