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The National Honors Report Vol. Xxiii, No. 1, Spring 2002 Jan 2002

The National Honors Report Vol. Xxiii, No. 1, Spring 2002

The National Honors Report



1. "Selling People on Honors Education" by Lydia Daniel & Joan Digby … l A challenge to honors folks to promote the value of honors education on the local level. With a generic press release that can be adapted to fit particular honors programs' or honors colleges' needs. How to promote honors as well as a specific program or college. How to buy the new third edition of Peterson's Honors Programs and Colleges. From the co-chairs of the NCHC's External Relations Committee.


2. "A Summer of Excellence" by Gerald T. Szymanski & Stephanie Adamson … 3 Experiencing college life in a supportive atmosphere. Hosted by the Honors College at the University of Arizona for rising high school seniors.

3. "STEP: Seminar for Top Engineering Prospects" by Gayle Hartleroad … 7 A summer program for senior high school students to explore the various disciplines of engineering. A sample of college life in a weeklong experience at Purdue's West Lafayette campus. Includes classroom experiences.


4. "Joining the (Honors) Class?" by Paul Strong … 8 "Who me? Like Groucho, I don't want to be part of any club that would have me for a member." A conundrum for honors directors or deans.



5. "Horror in the Disciplines: Expanding Critical Thinking through a Critically Maligned Genre" by Annmarie Guzy … 11 An example of a seminar topic balancing honors students' specialized disciplinary education with the University of Alabama's goal of providing a well-rounded education. An elective course that encourages students to use their major disciplines as a lens to examine the concepts raised in horror books and films. Example: a fmal seminar paper written by a bio-medical major connecting medical concepts in Frankenstein with current medical practices.

6. "How Honors Programs Can Encourage Student Research" by Cheryl Achterberg … 17 The need for beginning honors students to learn to evaluate research fmdings; to learn to recognize junk science from good science. Honors perfect for teaching students to discriminate between quality and junk as a prelude to their own research. From the dean of Penn State's Schreyer Honors College.


7. "An Exploratory Study: A Comparison of Honors & Non-Honors Students" by Edgar C. J. Long & Stacey Lange … 20 Originally presented at Conference '01, Chicago, revised here. Based on infonnation from Central Michigan University. Another article on vexing problems: How can large public universities provide students with critical intellectual skills; what is an honors student? An on-going problem faced by honors programs and honors colleges.

8. "Results from the SMACOHOP Survey of Small College Honors Programs: Part 3" by Larry Steinhauer … 31 In this, the third article in the series reporting on the results of the survey conducted ...

The National Honors Report Vol. Xxiii, No.2 Summer 2002 Jan 2002

The National Honors Report Vol. Xxiii, No.2 Summer 2002

The National Honors Report

What do they mean?

1. "Numbers, Mountains, and the Supersonic Fly" by Len Zane ... 1 Zane in his Presidential Address (San Francisco, 1996) told us about Mount Whitney, height 14496.811 feet-as Zane says, that's 14496 and 811 thousands of a foot. How do they know, he asks. How? He reminds us to be skeptical of the beguiling effect of numbers. Originally appeared in Winter 1997 issue.

2. "Number Theory" by Margaret Brown ... 6 What can we do with all the reports from NCHC committees, with all of the reports from the NCHC office?

What kind of numbers are ...

The National Honors Report Vol. Xxiii, No. 3, Fall 2002 Jan 2002

The National Honors Report Vol. Xxiii, No. 3, Fall 2002

The National Honors Report

Peaks & Valleys

Those Pesky Parents

1. "Parent to Parent" by P.K.Weston ... 1 Let those parents know what they need to know: inevitable changes in their sons and daughters; practical issues; the program's responsibilities in their children's education. Includes letter to parents & copy of the program outline with notes. Weston says to borrow freely.

2. "From Fred's Mother" ... 5 This letter has been reprinted several times to remind us what honors is all about. Fred's mother says "teach my son." Introduction by Freddye Davy, Hampton University. As always, thanks for sharing this letter, Freddye.

Those Irksome Issues

3. "Honors Work: Teaching, Research & Service" by K. Celeste Campbell ... 6 The three major activities of an honors director. A reminder to directors to work with their institutions in showing the many opportunities they have through honors to enhance their professional standing.

4. "Honors Course Evaluation" by Maggie Hill ... 8 The importance of student evaluations; the availability of summary sheets (no names) for students' use in making decisions about courses. With three examples of forms used by honors students at three universities-La Salle University, Oklahoma State & Mississippi State. From a nominee for student representative to the Executive Committee.

5. "Whose Interests Are We Serving?" by James Tallmon ... 13 Suggesting criteria for conference program selection: off with the trendy; on with the learning. A reminder that topics which seem ordinary to program planners may be new to undergraduates. From the new director of the HonorslLeadership Program at Dickinson.

6. "In Honors Too Long" by Margaret Brown ... 14 Enough philosophy. Looking at what we do instead. Starting there to figure out plans for ...