Wednesday, August 27, 2014

We have lunched!

Thanks to all who turned out for the Honors lunches on Tuesday and Wednesday with Drs. Peters, Benton, Nicholson-Weir and Andrews. We had a sign-up sheet on Wednesday. If you came on Tuesday, send us an e-mail ( so that we can add to your point total.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

9th Annual Honors Convocation

Thursday, August 21st at 3:40: Meet outside Knight and follow the man in the kilt!

2014 University Honors Convocation
Ataloa Theatre
August 21, 2014 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Steve Benton, Director, University Honors Program
Dr. John Hargrave, President, East Central University

The Honors Experience
I.                  2014 Honors Teacher of the Year:
Dr. Marc Klippenstine, Associate Professor, Psychology
II.              Undergraduate Research and Engagement
Catherine Phipps, Senior, Biology
Linzi Thompson, Senior, Chemistry and Environmental Health Science

Convocation Address:
Dr. Adrianna Lancaster,
Dean of Linscheid Library and Distance Education

Presidential Charge:
Chelsi Norris, President, Honors Student Association

Please stay for a brief reception to be held after
today’s ceremony in the lobby of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Representing at Tiger Streak

Alan Dennis wore Honors black well, Chelsi Norris made a fine HSA sign, and the Tiger Nation got its first glimpses of ECU from A to Z.

I saw Honors Students in leadership positions at many booths, and some, like Rotaract President Linzi Thompson, even dominated the mechanical bull . . . for a while.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Honorable Wedding Bells!

The ECU Honors Program congratulates Honors Faculty and ECU Honors Committee member Dr. Lorraine Latimore on the joyous occasion of her marriage to Bill Jones, July 25, 2014.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Honors Program Is In Good Hands

But is Trevor?
Chelsi Norris (HSA President), Abigail Savage (Community Branch Co-Leader), Erin Awtrey (Vice President), Elizabeth Keck (HSA Historian), and Trevor Sutton (Mentoring Branch Co-Leader), met on Friday and Saturday to plan Honors Program events for the coming year. Ask them how excited they are about the year ahead! (And ask the women what it is about Trevor that makes you just want to pick him up.)

Monday, April 28, 2014

Points! Points! Points!

This Spring, we have had 50 engagement points possible from attending these events:
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 - Honors Lunch #1
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - Honors Lunch #2
Thursday, January 23, 2014 - Honors Research Workshop
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 - State of the Union Address
Tuesday, January 30th - The Ramadan Research Symposium (2 points)
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - French Film Festival Feature: Monsieur Lazhar
Friday, February 7, 2014 - French Film Festival Feature: Chicken with Plums (2 points)
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - Jim Stovall Lecture “Yes, You Can”
Friday, February 14, 2014 - ECU Theatre presents:  School House Rock
Friday, February 14, 2014 - French Film Festival Feature: Rust and Bone
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - “Bookapalooza”
Friday, February 21, 2014 - French Film Festival Feature: Amour
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - Honors Road Trip to the Samurai Exhibit at the Kimbell Museum of Art in Fort Worth (2 points)
Thursday, February 27, 2014 - The Midwinter Band Concert
Friday, February 28, 2014 - French Film Festival Feature: Farewell, My Queen
Thursday, March 6, 2014 - Fahrenheit 451 (2 points)
Thursday, March 6, 7, 8 2014 - A Very Potter Musical (1 point maximum)
Tuesday, March 11 - Tuskegee Airmen
Monday, March 31, 2014 - Requiem
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - Go Global! Event
Thursday, April 3, 4, 5, 2014 - Scissortail Writing Festival (5 points maximum; 3 points on Friday the 4th, 1 point on Thursday&Saturday)
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 3rd Annual Lockmiller Lecture in Art History                                                   
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - ASA Fundraiser for “Education Deprived Children”
Thursday, April 8, 2014 - Honors Research Workshop
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - Viewing of “The Butler” followed by a discussion with Ms. Patricia Bush in CBCC
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - Ada Arts and Heritage Center: Guest Artist Concert, Dr. Kenneth Bohannon
Friday, April 11 & Saturday, April 12, 2pm & 7:30pm – Charles Herman Theatre (Blackbox Theatre): ECU Theatre presents Major Barbara
Monday, April 17, 7:30pm – Ataloa: Spring Band Concert
Monday, April 14, 5:30pm  – Wintersmith Park: HSA Caucus and picnic. (2 points)
Thursday, April 17, 7:00pm – Trinity Baptist Fellowship Center: African & Caribbean Students’ 3rd Annual Fusion Night
Monday, April 21, 7:30pm –  St. Joseph Catholic Church: The University Chorale Spring Concert
Monday, April 21, 7:30pm – St. Joseph’s Church: Chorale Concert
Tuesday, April 22, 3:30pm  – Chickasaw Business & Conference Center: Honors Showcase. (2 points)
Tuesday, April 22, 6:00pm – Spring Banquet
Tuesday, April 22, 7:30pm – Ataloa: Percussion Ensemble
Friday, April 25, 11:30am – CBCC Foundation Hall: George Nigh Luncheon
Friday, April 25, 7:30pm Collage Spring Dance Concert
Saturday, April 26, 7:30pm Collage Spring Dance Concert
Sunday, April 27, 3:00pm – AAHC: Josh Coats Senior Recital

Monday, April 28, 1-2 p.m. – EQ4 Film Festival (point-scoring opportunity for students not enrolled in EQ4 this semester)

Of the events you attended, which ones were the most valuable to you?  Let us know!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Road Trip, Destination: Samurai

On Wednesday, February 26th, thirty-one Honors students joined Drs. Benton, Hada, Nicholson-Weir, and Peters on a border-crossing quest to Fort Worth to explore "Samurai: Armor From The Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection" in the new Renzo Piano Pavilion at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth (we also checked out the permanent exhibition). Along the way, we lunched at the Genghis Grill.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Honors Night at the French Film Festival

Friday, February 7th was Honors Night at ECU's Fourth Annual French Film Festival. The evening began with a performance on the Persian Tar by Neal Callen Clarke, accompanied by his daughter Faith. Dr. Sarah Peters then introduced the featured film selection--Chicken with Plums, based on the graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi (in the novel, the protagonist plays a Persian tar; in the film, he plays a violin). After the conclusion of the film, books, DVDs, Persian sweets, art, dining gift certificates, and a recipe for chicken with plums--with ingredients (sans chicken) were given to a dozen lucky film goers. Finally, the the International Student Connections Club welcomed film goers to an "International cafe," serving dishes native to Nepal, while the Clark family performed music on the Oud and drum.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

At the Ramadan Research Symposium

The Second Annual Dr. Raniyah Ramadan Symposium featured speakers from the field of neuroscience, including:
  • Dr. Rheal A. Towner, an associate member and director of the Advanced Magnetic Resonance Center, member of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and member of the Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience. Dr. Towner spoke on "Advances in Magnetic Imagining to Help Diagnose Primary Brain Tumors: A focus on Pre-Clinical Evaluations."
  • Dr. Beverley Greenwood-Van Meerveld, director of the Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience, Presbyterian Health Foundation Professor of Neuroscience, professor of physiology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and VA Career Scientist.Dr. Greenwood-Van Meerveld spoke on "Visceral Pain: It’s All in Your Head." 
  • Dr. Nawajes Mandal, Mandal is an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and member of the Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience at the OU Health Sciences Center. Dr. Mandal spoke on "Understanding Retinal Degeneration." 
  • Niran Hadad, the recipient of the Ramadan Undergraduate Research Scholarship at ECU. Hadad spoke on "Mechanisms of Stress-Induced Bladder Dysfunctions." 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Engagement Opportunities, Spring 2014

This semester's seven Honors-incentivized, university-sponsored academic, fine arts, and cultural engagement opportunities are:
1. The Ramadan Research Symposium (Tuesday, January 30th)
2. Honors Night at the French Film Festival (Friday, February 7th)
3. Honors Road Trip to the Samurai Exhibit at the Kimbell Museum of Art in Fort Worth (Wednesday, February 26th)
4. Aquila Theatre Presents:  Fahrenheit 451 (Thursday, March 6th in the Ataloa)
5. Honors Night at the Scissortail Creative Writing Festival (7 pm, Friday, April 4th in the Estep)
6. Honors Student Association Caucus and Election (Monday, April 7th)
7. Honors Spring Showcase (Tuesday, April 22nd).

Other upcoming engagement opportunities:
1. Thursday, March 6-7-8: A Very Potter Musical.
Support our fellow honors student, Zach Garcia, as he portrays Harry Potter in A Very Potter Musical, which he is also directing and producing. The musical will be in the Dorothy Summers Theatre. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 on March 6th and 7th. On the 8th ,the doors open at 8 p.m., and the show begins at 8:30. Admission is free to everyone. It promises to be magical; don’t miss out! Pick up a point by going while you’re at it!

2. Thursday, March 11 at 7:00: Tuskegee Airmen.
Have the privilege of welcoming Colonel Charles McGee, USAF, Retired, one of the WWII Tuskegee Airmen, as the featured speaker for the 6th Annual Louise Young Diversity Lecture! The lecture will take place in the Ataloa Theatre. Colonel McGee was a part of the first African-American groups of aviators in the second World War. He went on to serve in Korea and Vietnam as well and is a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor. The event is free and open to everyone, and a book signing will follow.

3. Wednesday, March 12th at 5:30:  International Dinner

Additional 1-point Engagement Opportunities Offered So Far (13 points so far)
Tuesday, January 21, 2014- Honors Lunch #1
Wednesday, January 22, 2014- Honors Lunch #2
Thursday, January 23, 2014- Honors Research Workshop
Tuesday, January 28, 2014- State of the Union Address
Tuesday, February 4, 2014-French Film Festival Feature: Monsieur Lazhar
Friday, February 7, 2014-French Film Festival Feature: Chicken with Plums
Thursday, February 13, 2014- Jim Stovall Lecture “Yes, You Can”
Friday, February 14, 2014- ECU Theatre presents:  School House Rock
Friday, February 14, 2014- French Film Festival Feature: Rust and Bone
Tuesday, February 18, 2014- “Bookapalooza”
Friday, February 21, 2014- French Film Festival Feature: Amour
Thursday, February 27, 2014- The Midwinter Band Concert
Friday, February 28, 2014- French Film Festival Feature: Farewell, My Queen

How to Score Points
1. Attend a university-sanctioned academic, fine arts, or cultural event on campus: 1 point
2. Two hours of community service above the four required hours: 1 point
3. Publish something in Originals, ECU’s literary journal: 1 point
4. Attend an Honors-incentivized academic, fine arts, or cultural event on campus: 2 points
5. Win a scholarship to the Nigh Leadership Academy: 5 points
6. Make a presentation off-campus at a regional academic event: 5 points
7. Make a presentation off-campus at a national academic event: 10 points
8. Publish an original academic article in regional journal: 10 points
9. Publish an original academic article in national journal: 20 points

Have a question about whether an activity or event is a point-scoring opportunity? Let us know!

Monday, November 4, 2013

The End of Night

On November 14th, over 180 audience members packed the Estep to listen to James Madison University’s Dr. Paul Bogard's talk on his book The End of Night. After the reading, several Honors students went to dinner with Dr. Bogard.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Eat, Drink, and be Scary

On Thursday, October 31st, Honors students gathered for a "Disturbed" Brain Games viewing and brief talk with Honors sciences professor Dr. Ken Andrews. After the viewing, Honors students made their way to the Academic Engagement Center for a discussion over snacks and a costume contest. Macy McDonald as the "Ringmaster" walked away the victor of the costume contest and $31 richer thanks to the generosity of the Dobbs family.

Clayton Worsham, Alexa Engles, Alan Dennis, and Jaylea Lillard as "Scooby-Doo and the Gang"

Emily Davis as "Raggedy Anne"
Macy McDonald as "The Ring Master"

Ashley Huhman as "Hippy Chic"
Felicia Doyle as "Batgirl"

Saturday, October 5, 2013

2013 Honors Homecoming

On Saturday, October 5th, 31 Honors students gathered after the ECU Homecoming Parade to listen to featured Honors Alumnus Audrey Myers and newly elected Honors Alumni Board President Kristen Bishop speak about their experiences in Honors and their journeys and accomplishments since graduating from ECU's program.