University Keynote Series in the News!

Thanks to everyone who came out to see Anand Giridharadas!

https://wp.worcester.edu/eNews/a-conversation-about-culture-clash-forgiveness-and-two-americas/

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: https://wp.worcester.edu/eNews/docents-clear-speech-ensures-art-appreciation-by-all/

This Week in Honors

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Honors House selection: Friday, 2/20 at 1 pm

Just a friendly reminder about the Honors House Room Selection tomorrow (Friday, 2/20 at 1 pm in Sheehan Hall 109).  We’re glad to see so much interest and excitement about Honors House!  We’ve had a lot of questions, and so we wanted to remind students about the procedures to avoid disappointment and confusion.

Please see your room selection guide for details about opting into Honors House.  Honors House is only for honors students in good standing (in other words, you can’t pull friends from outside the program into your apartment).  There are 6 apartments set aside for Honors House in Wasylean Hall, and each apartment has 6 beds.

Complete groups of 6 will get priority.  Individual students may attend the selection session and may be able to join an incomplete group.  The apartments are either all men, all women, or mixed-gender (with same-sex bedrooms).

Please contact Jim Mournighan (jmournighan@worcester.edu) with any housing questions.  Please contact Dr. Weierman (kweierman@worcester.edu) with any questions about your honors status.

Check out the latest “This Week in Honors” message!

Don’t miss a thing: read the latest edition of “This Week in Honors.”

These weekly newsletters will replace our monthly flyers so you can get the most timely, updated information!

Consider applying to be a Presidential Ambassador!

The President’s Office is currently accepting applications online for the Presidential Student Ambassador Program.  This is a terrific opportunity to become more engaged with the university as well as to learn valuable leadership skills. We know our honors students are some of the best at WSU, so we think many of you would be great candidates for this program!

To learn more and to apply, visit the Presidential Student Ambassador Website (http://www.worcester.edu/Presidential-Student-Ambassadors/).  Applicants must meet the qualifications/eligibility.  Online applications must be submitted by February 27, 2015. The selection committee will review all applications and students will be notified if they are selected for an interview with the committee. Interviews will begin the week of March 23, 2015 and acceptance letters will be sent out April 24, 2015.

Please consider applying for this opportunity! If we can be of any help in the application process, don’t hesitate to ask.

— Dr. Weierman & Dr. Hood-DeGrenier

NYC details: sign up Thursday, 2/12!

We hope you will join us on our annual overnight trip to New York (March 28th-29th).   We will leave early on Saturday morning and return late Sunday evening.
As always, we will stay at the very nice Crowne Plaza Times Square hotel.  This year’s trip includes free time on Saturday, a group Italian dinner (optional),  and a trip to Liberty Island and Ellis Island on Sunday.  Please note that the hotel, bus, and Liberty Island/Ellis Island tickets will be paid for by the Honors Program; the program will also subsidize the group dinner. You’ll need spending money for food, subways, additional activities, etc.

Sign up: Thursday, February 12th in the Honors Lounge (LRC-218)

7:30 a.m.: priority registration for Honors students in good standing (GPA and events) who have never attended the NYC trip before

8:00 a.m.: registration for Honors students in good standing (GPA and events) who have attended the NYC trip in previous years.

Procedures:

-You must sign up in person.  If you cannot attend the signup, then please email Dr. Weierman that morning to get on the list.

-We will also keep a wait list for the trip.

-There will be two lists: trip sign up and suggested roommates.

-Don’t worry if you don’t have a roommate: we will find you one!  And while we will do our best to accommodate all roommate requests, we can’t promise to keep all groups together.

-Please be sure to check your calendars in advance: make sure you don’t have family, work, school, or sports conflicts.  This is a serious commitment.
-The library’s front doors open at 7:30 a.m., but you can get in the building earlier through the first floor entrance on the side of the LRC.

-We will notify travelers about their status via email as soon as we’ve vetted the list.

Please write to Professor Weierman (kweierman@worcester.edu) with any questions.  We are looking forward to a fabulous trip!

Scholarship Information Session rescheduled: Thursday, 2/12

Need money for college?

The Worcester State Foundation awards more than $250,000 in scholarships each year, and Honors students are always competitive applicants.

Please join Louise Taylor (University Advancement) and Karen Woods Weierman (Honors/English) for a discussion about the application process and the best strategies for a winning essay.

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

1-2 p.m. (please feel free to arrive late/leave early as needed)

Sullivan 119

Please be sure to submit an RSVP form to earn honors event credit.

New Honors event: African American Read-In!

The Department of English and the Office of Multicultural Affairs invite you to the first annual Worcester State African American Read-In, the Blue Lounge, 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, February 4th.

Since 1990, the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Black Caucus of the NCTE have sponsored a national African American Read-In in February as part of Black History month.

Stop by any time to share your reading from any work–poem, story, novel, speech, sermon, autobiography– by an African American author. Stop in at any time to read or to listen and discuss these works in a casual, friendly atmosphere where anyone can read a short selection by a favorite African American writer. Light refreshments available

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