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Lily Assaad Reports on Her Trip to Brazil

by   |  12.02.10  |  Honors College News, Honors Student Achievements

Lily’s story shows the unique ways that Honors College travel grant money can be used to enrich the learning experience of an Honors student.

Her story:

This summer, my honors travel grant played a prime part in allowing me to visit Itu, Brazil with 4 other friends, for a month of mission work. Very quickly, I noticed that this wasn’t going to be a typical mission-trip. It was going to challenge and stretch me, allowing me to experience what it meant to adopt a missional lifestyle every single day, rather than to just go perform an act of kindness for acouple of weeks before returning to my original lifestyle.

This was my journal entry on the third day:

“Dear Lord, it’s only the third day but you’ve already taught me so much! In the good situations and the hard situations, you have taught me. I came with a typical ‘what’s in it for me’ mission trip in mind, but you have turned my expectations upside down. This is not a self-consumed, group-building, temporary spiritual-growth trip. We are not treated like little children and this is not the high school-kind of mission trip I am used to. This is being separated from the friends you came with and are comfortable with, with the ultimate goal of loving others and serving them with all we’ve got. THEY’RE the priority, not our safety or personal growth. I love it. I’m learning to, at least. We’re placed right in the center of two missionaries’ every-day lives for the sole purpose of furthering the ministry of the Lord. We’re placed in really hard situations and in the midst of poor Brazilian homes and have to learn to grow-up, depend on our creativity and wisdom to succeed, our efforts, and Jesus. We’re never told how or what to do. Ever. That’s our decision to make, as responsible, young adults. And our growth in God and fire for him? We have to learn how to acquire our own faith and rekindle our heart for him through personal perseverance, not through depending on someone else’s faith to sustain us. In a nutshell, we’re learning how to live everyday lives of ministry while holding on to God and finishing our chores and responsibilities as students or employees. Don’t’ give us fish – teach us how to fish.”

It was just another day in Itu, when I got woken up by the sun shining into my eyes, at 6 am. I looked next to me, and my Brazilian sister, Milena, had already started getting ready for school. I got up off the floor, moved her mattress to it’s usual spot behind the sofa, rolled up my sleeping bag, and just sat in the serene living room, reading my bible and talking to Jesus about how joyful and peaceful my heart was feeling. After 45 minutes, I entered the dark room that Clara, Milena’s sister, was sleeping in. I quietly opened up my extremely organized suitcase (it needed to be, since It was my closet for the month), grabbed shorts, a t-shirt and a sweatshirt, and changed quickly before either of her parents had the chance to enter the room. As soon I was done, Mi’s “mae” (mom) called me out to breakfast. Just like she does every morning, she had set out a hot cup of tea, a slice of cheese, an a small roll of fresh bread for me to eat before heading out of the house. Even though her mae, pai and I had a quiet breakfast together (since I didn’t know Portuguese), I still felt our spirits connect, each morning. Thank God. As I headed to the door, her mom called out good-bye and gave me a look of pure love and wished me a pleasant day. I couldn’t ask for anything more beautiful. As I started following the well-worn 20-minute route to the house of my Brazilian best-friend, Bah, I just marveled at how beautiful the streets, the weather and the homeless people, still sleeping, all were. I was sweating by the time I reached Bah’s house. On queue, she invited me in, gave me a glass of water, and excitedly started singing along to her favorite song, “feijões e arroz” (beans and rice). Eventually, her, Sarah (her roommate) and I all started on our 20 minute walk to Ali and Mark’s house to start preparing for the days activities, cleaning the house, cooking the meal for “xicxou” (fancy feast), the homeless lunch that they open their house for on Fridays. While I started washing the dishes and re-organizing the living room (which had 4 or 5 guys crashing in it the night before), Bah started preparing the towels and bathrooms so that the xicxou community could shower. Alison Roche and Ashley Musick, my friends from ACU, would later collect all the homeless people’s clothes and start soaking, washing and hanging the clothes up, while Josh Love and Aaron Shaver, ACU community-members, would be laughing with or kicking the ball around with some xicxou guys. As I Ali and Mark called us all around the picnic table in the front yard to pray over the beans and rice, I marveled at the beauty of a community where Brazilian and American, young and old, rich and poor, black and white, educated and uneducated, homeless and settled came all together to celebrate love and life, to sacrifice and share everything, and to be woven tighter into the fabric of God’s beautiful family.

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!

Cartoon Colloquium Spots Still Available!

by   |  11.13.09  |  Honors College News

Cartoons & Modern Culture

Still need a colloquium for next semester?  Try your hand at cartooning!

To sign up, email Stephanie at smiths@acu.edu today!

Congrats to Katherine Sinclair!

0 Commentsby   |  11.05.09  |  Honors College News

Our own Katherine Sinclair, junior English major from Abilene, was recently featured as one of the ACU website’s Study Abroad Spotlights:

“When Katherine Sinclair thinks of what she misses most from her Study Abroad trip to Oxford, England, she pictures the lens of a camera.

“‘I miss the picture-perfect moments,’ she said. ‘I really enjoy just seeing beauty everywhere.’

“An avid amateur photographer, Katherine had plenty of subject material in Oxford and in the surrounding countries she visited during her semester abroad. Impressive architecture, glorious scenery and diverse cultural experiences provided her with multiple opportunities to see beauty through the viewfinder of her camera. And the memories she has saved with the click of a shutter will stay with her always.”

For the complete spotlight story on Katherine, click here.

Congrats to Dr. Willerton!

0 Commentsby   |  10.26.09  |  Honors College News

Dr. Chris Willerton, Honors College Dean

Dr. Chris Willerton, Honors College Dean

A new book by ACU Press features chapters by two ACU professors, Chris Willerton and Al Haley. The book is entitled The Word in the English Classroom:  Best Practices of Faith Integration and is edited by Jamie Dessart and Brad Gambill.

“In this book, editors Jamie Dessart and Brad Gambill have brought together English professors from across the spectrum of Christian higher education, inviting contributors to reflect on how faith and scholarship intersect in their particular academic areas and Christian traditions. The authors represent a broad range of Christian faith and a variety of specializations within the field of English, including composition and rhetoric, creative writing, literature, and media studies.

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“They write honestly and specifically about their work, confessing successes and failures, intentional plans and accidents that flopped or initiated new ways of thinking. As you read each chapter, you’ll gain another view of what it can mean to negotiate faith in the classroom, as the authors share reflections on courses and lessons they’ve taught. Many of us are still working to understand how faith and scholarship should collaborate in our classrooms. This volume offers an important look into current practice in order to promote even further development for the future.”

For more information on this publication click here.

Monday News 10-26-09

by   |  10.26.09  |  Honors College News

HC News: Monday, 10-26-09

HC News: Monday, 10-26-09

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 message from Dr. Ron Morgan in Oxford, England

by   |  10.15.09  |  Honors College News

Dear ACU Honors College Students,

I am writing you on a sunny October morning from a café that looks onto the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Seville, Spain.  How exciting it is to be in Europe any time of year!

Speaking of Europe, the ACU Study Abroad Program and Honors College invites you to be part of the inaugural semester of ACU’s new Semester in Germany program in Spring 2010.  There are a number of scholarships on offer to reduce the financial cost to you of spending a semester abroad.  If you are an Honors student who was a candidate for an ACU Presidential scholarship, but did not receive one, the Admissions Office offered you a Study Abroad voucher worth $1,500 when you came to ACU.  That offer still applies.  To sweeten that offer, the Study Abroad office is offering yet another $1,000, while the Honors College is offering you a further $500 travel stipend for the Semester in Germany (see Bethany Scroggins’ email of 9/09/09).

This will be a special semester.  The smaller numbers will make for a close student-faculty community and an intimate setting for exploring deep issues that emerge from the region’s political, intellectual, and religious history.  Our group travel will include various important sites in Germany and the Czech Republic, as well as several days in Croatia and perhaps other regions of the former Yugoslavia.  Your study of history and international studies will be closely linked to our examination of Christianity in culture.

What a great opportunity this will be to learn an important European language and to engage with German people, institutions and communities of worship.  While in Germany, students will take 16 credit hours, including German language courses.  The courses offered include:

BIBL 212.S3 Christianity and Culture

BIBH 380.S3 Survey of Church History

FLGE 111/112.S3 Elementary German I and II

FLGE 221/222.S3 Intermediate German I and II

HIST 472.S3 Renaissance and Reformation

HUM 240.S3 Music and the German Imagination (Fine Art Credit)

INTS 240.S3 A Mighty Fortress: A Study of German People and

Culture (Social Science Credit)

INTS 241.S3 Introduction to Global Studies (1 hour credit)

Please contact the Honors College and/or the Study Abroad Office (Ad Building 124) right away to explore this opportunity.

We’d love to have you as part of our first little band to spend a semester in fascinating Germany and central Europe.

Auf wiedersehen.

Dr. Ron Morgan, Director of ACU in Oxford (and leader of ACU in Germany for Spring 2010)

Congratulations to Kendra!

0 Commentsby   |  09.22.09  |  Honors College News

Kendra Gregory

Kendra Gregory

We are very pleased and proud to announce that Kendra Gregory (senior ENVR and SPAN double major, minors in BIOL and CHEM and Honors College student) was just notified she won the 2009 Academic Excellence Award from Ag Workers Insurance (http://www.agworkers.com/academicaward.html).

Ag Workers is a mutual insurance company providing coverage for agriculture professionals in Texas.  They are GREAT supporters of students and agricultural programs across the state.  On occasion after occasion they have funded events for our students at ACU and at functions our students have participated in at other colleges and universities with ag programs across the state.

This is the first time Ag Workers has extended this award.  They hope to present the award to Kendra on campus before the end of October.