So what did you do this summer?

Dr. Weierman attended “Food Politics” Faculty Institute, organized by the National Collegiate Honors Council, which featured visits to the Iowa State Fair, the World Food Prize, and the Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University.  Honors students, get ready for some “Place as Text” pedagogy in future classes!


Leadership/networking weekend w/ Mass Honors Council–first come, first serve

The Mass. Honors Student Council has planned a FREE leadership/networking weekend at Camp Lyndon on Cape Cod Sept. 18-20. This opportunity will be available for the first 25 students who reply—see details below. Please let us know if you want to attend so we can pass along names. We hope you’ll consider participating in this event and that you’re having a great summer!

— Dr. Hood-DeGrenier & Dr. Weierman

Good afternoon Honors Directors!
My Carolynn DeWitt and I am the President for the
Commonwealth Honors Student Committee.  I am emailing you to inform
you of an opportunity has been created for your honors students.
We are inviting 25 students across the Commonwealth to a weekend full
of leadership and networking opportunities. On the weekend of
September 18-20, my board and I are putting on events at Camp Lyndon
in Sandwich, MA. This fun filled weekend will include options for
students to zip-line, kayak, doing a ropes course, archery and much
more! This weekend if completely free of charge for the 25 students.
Food will be provided from dinner Friday evening to breakfast Sunday
morning. Additionally each student participating will receive a free
t-shirt! As the number of occupancy is limited, the student board has
decided to make this weekend a first come first serve excursion. The
first 25 student’s names and their corresponding email addresses,
t-shirt sizes, and food restrictions will be the attendees for this
weekend. If you have any questions, feel free to email me (or call me
at 978-876-3807), and I will answer them to the best of my abilities.
The last day to send your students names that will be attending, as we
need to order their t-shirts weeks ahead of the leadership weekend, is
Friday August 14th. I hope everyone’s
summer is going well and I hope to see your students in a few
Thank you,
Carolynn DeWitt
President of the Mass. Honors Student Council
Vice President of Greek Council
Sigma Sigma Sigma
Kappa Delta Pi

The Month in Review

Recent highlights for the Honors Program included…

-Overnight NYC trip
-Congratulations Day for the Class of 2019
-Conference Practice Dinner
-Celebration of Scholarship and Creativity
-Undergraduate Research Conference at UMass-Amherst
-President’s Dinner and Beast on the Moon.
-On Guard 5K, founded by Julie Broderick (Honors ’14) as part of her Commonwealth Honors Project.

Thanks to all the students and faculty who made these events possible!

3rd Annual On Guard 5K

Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday for the On Guard 5K. Honors graduate Julie Broderick (’14) founded the On Guard Initiative as part of her Commonwealth Honors Project. Tommy Jacobsen, Dr. Jay Mahoney, and the Enactus group did a wonderful job with the local arrangements.



Spencer West, Tuesday 4/11 at 3 p.m.

Don’t miss the incredible speaker our department is co-sponsoring!  Spencer West lost his legs at the age of five, and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro – on his hands – in 2012, to raise $750,000 for clean water projects in Kenya.

Worcester State has the distinguished honor to host him on campus next Tuesday, April 7th, at 3:00 PM in the Sullivan Auditorium.

Check out these two AMAZING videos about Spencer’s story and his climb, and read more below:

– 90 second video about Spencer’s Story:

– And a one-minute clip about his climb:

Spencer West is an internationally recognized visionary, activist, and motivational speaker whose story has been featured on 60 Minutes, the Today Show, NPR, and in Time Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and a wide range of local, national, and global media. He has shared the stage with many Nobel Peace Prize winners and other renowned speakers such as the Dalai Lama, Jane Goodall, Elie Wiesel, Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, Martin Luther King III, and many more.

Spencer’s journey has been marked by obstacles and incredible triumph. Despite having both legs amputated at age 5, Spencer has accomplished incredible feats, including climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro –on his hands – in 2012 to raise over $750,000 for clean water projects in Kenya. He has worked with Free the Children, an international non-profit focused on children’s rights – and the world’s largest network of children helping children – for years, helping to promote their partnered community development projects in over 40 countries.

For more information, please contact Professor White ( or student organizer, Krissy Kenney (

Fall 2015 preregistration!

Read on for all the important details:

Fall 2015 Preregistration


This Week in Honors: sign up for honors events!

Welcome back from Spring Break!

Check out This Week in Honors for all the exciting events in the second half of the semester.

University Keynote Series in the News!

Thanks to everyone who came out to see Anand Giridharadas!

Commonwealth Honors Project makes art accessible to all at WAM!

Honors graduate and CSD major Alison Hickey worked on the clear speech research team as part of her Commonwealth Honors Project.

Read on to learn more about her work:

This Week in Honors

Don’t miss a thing!  Check out This Week in Honors!


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