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Update From Washington D.C. Conference

by   |  04.15.11  |  Honors Events, Honors Student Achievements

On Wednesday, Dr. Stephenson and I met with staff members from the offices of Senator Hutchison and Representative Naugebauer to talk about the importance of undergraduate research. We also took a picture with Rep. Naugebauer and were able to set up an appointment for coffee with Sen. Hutchison on Thursday morning.

I presented my poster on the use and misuse of literally at the Arts & Humanities luncheon, and the Council on Undergraduate Reasearch videotaped my explanation of the project for their publicity materials. Four students with separate projects focusing on the preservation of historical documents were chosen to present their research as part of a panel during the luncheon, and Dr. John Churchill gave a rousing speech about the importance of humanities for our education system and our nation as a whole.

While I had a great time talking about my project to those who walked by, I also enjoyed hearing about the reasearch other students had done. Kendra Van Nyhuis, who set up her poster next to mine, had created a simple, yet comprehensive guide to help a local museum catalog various types of Asian bamboo flutes. Sada Hotovy, whom I had met the day before during the student field trip, worked on the transcription and annotation of poet Carl Sandburg’s notebooks, which up until now have only been seen by a handful of researchers. Another student I met on the filed trip, Mary Caulfield, presented on her work with ancient Latin translations of the writings of Josephus. She was great to have on the field trip to the Folger Shakespeare Library because she was able to translate portions of the Latin text of the Nuremberg Chronicle for the rest of us! We had a wonderful conversations about our projects last night, and she was delighted to find that I knew who Josephus was and understood a little about textual criticism.

Conferences like this are a great opportunity to share your research with an interested audience and meet other students who share your passion for knowledge. This has been a rich experience so far, and I hope that more ACU students will submit their projects to Posters on the Hill and similar academic events in the future.

ACU Honors College Students Present at Regional Honors Conference

by   |  04.14.11  |  Honors Events, Honors Student Achievements

Five ACU Honors College students presented their research at the Great Plains Honors Council’s annual conference April 1st and 2nd in Arlington, Texas. Honors programs from over twenty institutions from five states were represented. The conference began Friday with an opening dinner and an address by Dr. Roy Hawthorne, a Navajo code talker during World War II, followed by a visit to the poster presentations.

On Saturday, the five ACU students presented their papers, starting with Amber Deschamps, senior biology major from Liberty Hill, Texas, who presented research on genetic diversity among populations of a species of shrimp that lives on the Texas coast. Greg Jeffers, junior English major from Sugarland, spoke about female characters struggling against oppression in American literature, while Amanda Arzigian, junior History major from Edgewood, New Mexico, spoke about her experience in managing collections during internships at two different institutions. Amanda Goodall, junior communications major from North Richland Hills, Texas, presented a rhetorical analysis of the reality television show The Bachelor, while Meghan Clark, junior political science major from Olney, Texas, spoke about the important role women are playing in Turkish politics. “Presenting the paper challenged me to make sure that I could clearly explain my research to people who weren’t familiar with my topic,” said Clark. “It also gave me a chance to get feedback from people who don’t know me and can therefore be completely objective when evaluating my research.” Dr. Joe Stephenson, interim dean of the Honors College, and Dr. Chris Willerton accompanied the students to Arlington, each presiding at one of the paper presentation sessions.

After the paper presentations, Dr. Mary Vacarro, professor of art history at University of Texas-Arlington, spoke at lunch about a painting that has recently been determined to be the earliest surviving work of Michelangelo. Conference participants were then able to view that painting, recently acquired by the Kimball, during a field study trip to the Fort Worth museum district. “Exploring the Fort Worth Museum district was a highlight of the conference,” said Amanda Arzigian. “Dr. Vacarro’s presentation helped me to appreciate the great art and architecture I was seeing in a new and more engaged manner.” Students were able to walk between the Kimball, the Modern, and the Amon Carter Museum of American art.

The closing dinner on Saturday featured remarks and an engaging question and answer session with Dennis Maher, a noted Mark Twain impersonator. “Mr. Twain” took questions from Dr. Stephenson on his friendship with his next-door neighbor Harriet Beecher Stowe and from Amber Deschamps on the meaning of life. “Attending and presenting at GPHC was a very positive experience,” said Arzigian.  “I received constructive feedback on my presentation and greatly enjoyed listening to other presenters and participating in conference activities.”

PRESENTERS AND TITLES:

Amanda Arzigian: “Rocks, Papers, and Sometimes Scissors: The Challenges of Collections Management”

Meghan Clark: “The Role of Women in Turkish Politics and Development”

Amber Deschamps: “Population Genetic Study of the Ghost Shrimp Callichirus islagrande

Amanda Goodall: “For the Love of Love: A Rhetorical Analysis of The Bachelor

Greg Jeffers: “Oppression and Rebellion in American Novels: A Political/Philosophical

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Honors Conference Opportunity

0 Commentsby   |  01.11.10  |  Honors College News, Honors Events

    Dear Honors College Students,National Collegiate Honors Council
    I hope your Christmas break was all you dreamed it could be and that your semester is starting well. I’m writing about an opportunity for you to present at the regional conference of the National Collegiate Honors Council. This conference will take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from March 26-28, 2010. See this link for more information: http://gphc2010.com/default.aspx Later in the email, I explain how to be eligible to win a prestigious award and a $200 cash prize, so keep reading.
    There are two types of presentations at this Conference: poster presentations and paper presentations. A poster presentation involves a large tri-fold piece of cardboard which is plastered with the high points of your research. The poster presenter also prepares a brief oral introduction to the research and is available to answer questions. Paper presentations are just what they sound like: a paper that is read out loud. Plan on fifteen to minutes (i.e., six to seven pages). You do not have to read your paper word for word; you can use a power point and/or give an extemporaneous presentation. You will receive more exact instructions from the conference organizers. I am also including some links that will help you prepare.
    Now, for the overachievers who are receiving this email, I want especially to point out the opportunity to apply for the Boe award. Up to eight winners will receive this prestigious, resume-building award, along with an engraved plaque and a check for $200. Four prizes are reserved for those who have earned fewer than sixty hours, and four for those who have earned more. Thus, even if you are a freshman or sophomore, you are certainly encouraged to apply. To apply for the Boe award, you have to submit both an abstract and a 10- to 20-page paper—and the deadline is January 18. We can only submit two papers (no posters) as the nominees of the ACU Honors College. To apply for the Boe award, please send an email to both me (joe.stephenson@acu.edu) and to Stephanie Smith (smiths@acu.edu) with two attachments—your abstract and your complete, polished paper—by January 18. The conference committee will read all submissions and choose two nominees to submit to the conference.
    If the committee does not select your abstract as one of our nominees, you can certainly decide to submit your abstract to the general conference, but do not do so until after the committee has chosen our nominees. (In other words, if you are applying for the Boe award please DO NOT submit an abstract for a general session—yet. You can do so later.) See this link (and the link on that page) for further information about the Boe award. http://gphc2010.com/BoeAwardSubmissions.aspx (Some of the information there tells how ACU will submit our two nominees; for the time being, merely follow the instructions earlier in this paragraph.)
    Thanks for reading this message. We look forward to submitting some high-quality work to the conference. The Honors College will be able to fund a limited number of students with registration fee, hotel rooms, and some meals. I urge you to take advantage of this great opportunity to share your research with a broad audience and enjoy the Tulsa conference.
    God bless,
    Dr. Stephenson
    Interim Dean, Honors College
    Dear Honors College Students,
    I hope your Christmas break was all you dreamed it could be and that your semester is starting well. I’m writing about an opportunity for you to present at the regional conference of the National Collegiate Honors Association. This conference will take place in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from March 26-28, 2010. See this link for more information: http://gphc2010.com/default.aspx Later in the email, I explain how to be eligible to win a prestigious award and a $200 cash prize, so keep reading.
    There are two types of presentations at this Conference: poster presentations and paper presentations. A poster presentation involves a large tri-fold piece of cardboard which is plastered with the high points of your research. The poster presenter also prepares a brief oral introduction to the research and is available to answer questions. Paper presentations are just what they sound like: a paper that is read out loud. Plan on fifteen to minutes (i.e., six to seven pages). You do not have to read your paper word for word; you can use a power point and/or give an extemporaneous presentation. You will receive more exact instructions from the conference organizers. I am also including some links that will help you prepare.
    Now, for the overachievers who are receiving this email, I want especially to point out the opportunity to apply for the Boe award. Up to eight winners will receive this prestigious, resume-building award, along with an engraved plaque and a check for $200. Four prizes are reserved for those who have earned fewer than sixty hours, and four for those who have earned more. Thus, even if you are a freshman or sophomore, you are certainly encouraged to apply. To apply for the Boe award, you have to submit both an abstract and a 10- to 20-page paper—and the deadline is January 18. We can only submit two papers (no posters) as the nominees of the ACU Honors College. To apply for the Boe award, please send an email to both me (joe.stephenson@acu.edu) and to Stephanie Smith (smiths@acu.edu) with two attachments—your abstract and your complete, polished paper—by January 18. The conference committee will read all submissions and choose two nominees to submit to the conference.
    If the committee does not select your abstract as one of our nominees, you can certainly decide to submit your abstract to the general conference, but do not do so until after the committee has chosen our nominees. (In other words, if you are applying for the Boe award please DO NOT submit an abstract for a general session—yet. You can do so later.) See this link (and the link on that page) for further information about the Boe award. http://gphc2010.com/BoeAwardSubmissions.aspx (Some of the information there tells how ACU will submit our two nominees; for the time being, merely follow the instructions earlier in this paragraph.)
    Thanks for reading this message. We look forward to submitting some high-quality work to the conference. The Honors College will be able to fund a limited number of students with registration fee, hotel rooms, and some meals. I urge you to take advantage of this great opportunity to share your research with a broad audience and enjoy the Tulsa conference.
    God bless,
    Dr. Stephenson
    Joseph F. Stephenson, Ph. D.
    Assistant Dean, Honors College
    Assistant Professor of Honors Studies and English
    Abilene Christian University

Deadline Approaching!

by   |  12.03.09  |  Honors College News, Honors Events

Sign up by Dec 11th for this year’s Study America trip (May 16-30, 2010)!

Applications available in the Honors Office (Zellner Hall, rm 100).

The American South--with Honors!

The American South--with Honors!

Book Drives for Better Lives

by   |  12.01.09  |  Honors Events

HC Book Drive Fall 2009

HC Book Drive Fall 2009

Please help us save books from the landfill, and make a difference in the lives of these children!

Show your support by rsvp-ing to our facebook event!

HC Showcase 11/6/09

0 Commentsby   |  11.04.09  |  Honors Events

HC Showcase Luncheon 11-6-09

HC Showcase Luncheon 11-6-09

Interested in studying abroad? Join us this Friday, November 6th, from 12:15 to 1:00 pm in the Adams Center Classroom (just inside the library) for a free catered luncheon. During lunch, honors students Alisha Sneed, Elena Kua, Kelsey Young, Anne Weaver, and Jenny Dodd will share some photos of their experiences abroad this past spring, and we’ll have more info on how to apply for an Honors College Travel Grant if you plan to study abroad in the future.

Any student interested in studying abroad with an HC Travel Grant is encouraged to attend!

To RSVP, please call x2455 or email RSVP2AC@acu.edu by Thursday, Nov 5th!

Nov 2nd Deep Dish: Monstrosity 101

0 Commentsby   |  10.29.09  |  Honors Events

Monstrosity 101

Monstrosity 101

Join us for Monstrosity 101: An In-depth Discussion of Monsters, Vampires, and other Terrifying Creatures!  This event is open to all faculty and students.  As always, our pizza, discussion, and tales of scary creatures are free of charge!

We’re looking for MURDER MOST FOUL!!!

by   |  10.19.09  |  Honors College News, Honors Events

Murder!

We want a Murder!

Are you interested in investigating a MURDER? Have you always wanted to plan “the perfect crime?”  Would you rather read a Sherlock Holmes mystery than your assigned textbook?  Submit a script for this year’s Honors College Murder Mystery Dinner!

The Honors College is now taking submissions for the script for this year’s Murder Mystery!  We’re looking for a script with 9 to 11 characters (though they don’t all have to be suspects), about 35-40 minutes in total length, but with breaks between scenes for different courses of a meal to be served.  For this competition, we’d like you to give us 3-4 scenes of your script which introduce most of your characters, and give us an idea of your writing style.  You should also include a short summary of your plot (but WITHOUT GIVING AWAY THE ENDING in either the scenes or the summary!)  The winning writer will be paid $250 for a complete script, which will be performed at this year’s Murder Mystery Dinner.

All entries must be received in the Honors Office by FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30th!  If you have any questions, or if you’d like more information on the nature of our previous Murder Mystery scripts, please contact Bethany at bethany.scroggins@acu.edu.  Happy sleuthing!

A Night at the “Museum”

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by   |  10.16.09  |  Honors Events

Museum

Join the Honors College  for a night of culture and fun as we head to The Grace to watch a production of Tina Howe’s Museum, Friday, October 30, 2009 at 8:00 PM. Free tickets available on a limited basis. Contact Kelsey Evans at ext. 2769 or by email at kelsey.evans@acu.edu for more information.

HC Showcase, Part 1

by   |  10.13.09  |  Honors Events

HC Showcase: Part 1

HC Showcase: Part 1

Interested in studying abroad? Join us this Friday, October 16th, from 12:15 to 1:00 pm in the Adams Center Classroom (just inside the library) for a free catered luncheon. During lunch, honors students Morgan Negaard, Jessica Lane, and Emily Loper will share some photos of their experiences abroad this past spring, and we’ll have more info on how to apply for an Honors College Travel Grant if you plan to study abroad in the future.

Any student interested in studying abroad with an HC Travel Grant is encouraged to attend!

To RSVP, please call x2455 or email RSVP2AC@acu.edu by Thursday, Oct 15th!