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The National Honors Report Vol. Xxiv, No. 2 Summer 2003 Jul 2003

The National Honors Report Vol. Xxiv, No. 2 Summer 2003

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LEARNING COMES TOGETHER

1. The Age of Discovery and the Age of Transition: Discovery and Research in the New Millennium by William Knox ... l Knox asks us to rethink the idea of discovery in an age when a new discovery one minute becomes old news in the next. What will the future hold in an age of accelerated contact? How are honors programs to respond to such rapid change?

2. Travels with Noah by Brian Adler ... 5 Several journeys with Adler's son, Noah, lead to a discovery about monuments of the intellect as well as existing, physical monuments. "What ...


The National Honors Report Xxiii, No. 4, Winter 2003 Jan 2003

The National Honors Report Xxiii, No. 4, Winter 2003

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ASSESSMENT

Figuring It Out

Introduction

1. "Just a Buzzword?" by Margaret Brown ... 1 In the next article by Ron Dotterer he asks if assessment will still be a hot topic in 2008-and he was writing in 1988. What is the answer?

Why Do It?

2. "Assessment: A Retrospective Look" by Ron Dotterer ... 2 In this article, Ron Dotterer, at that time honors director at Susquehanna University and a member of the NCHC Executive Committee, provides an overview of assessment, which he calls "a new and improved brand name" for evaluation. Assessment, Dotterer asserts, focuses too much on outcomes. This 1988 ...


The National Honors Report Vol. Xxiv, No. 1, Spring 2003 Jan 2003

The National Honors Report Vol. Xxiv, No. 1, Spring 2003

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THE GEOGRAPHY OF HONORS

1. Think, Believe, Act on a Himalayan Scale by Rosalie Otero … 1 In Rosalie Otero's Presidential Speech, she reminds us that we learn through the quest for learning. Setting our sights higher is the challenge of honors: finding a new and different view of the world and getting there with groups more and more diversified and through means expanding to include virtual journeys.

2. Earl Brown: Colleague, Leader, and Friend by Bob Spurrier … 6 A tribute to former Executive Secretary Treasurer Earl Brown upon his reaching the top of his profession, thanks to the assistance ...


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

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

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THE THREE R’S & MORE

RECRUITING

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.

  1. A. PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAMS

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.

B. GRABBING THOSE GOOD KIDS

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.

RESEARCH

A. IN HONORS COURSES

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.

2. ABOUT HONORS

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

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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

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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 ...


The National Honors Report Vol. Xxii, No. 1, Spring 2001 Jan 2001

The National Honors Report Vol. Xxii, No. 1, Spring 2001

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Cover Story

"NCHC Stepping Stones: Imagination, Ideas, Discovery" by Joan Digby …1 In her presidential address, Joan Digby, whose conference was titled "The World of Imagination," has always been interested in the creative process. For Digby, honors education is life-long learning, a honing of skills made possible by honors that allow us to march through those open fields of discovery.

Teaching

1. "Design Your Own Space Mission" by Carol Browning …4 Browning, Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, describes an honors section of a science research for non-majors. A good example of using faculty resources to share ...


The National Honors Report Vol. Xxii, No. 2, Summer 2001 Jan 2001

The National Honors Report Vol. Xxii, No. 2, Summer 2001

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COVER STORY

"Growing More Than Corn" by Daniel Abben, Lynn Cunningham, Shauna Duffy, Julie Kretzmer, Jason McLaughlin, Mary Beth Pistulka, Katy Rose Resnick, Alexa Spencer & Emily Wolf ... 1 Nine honors students from Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa in required two-semester honors colloquium create their own website about multiculturalism and diversity in Iowa. With Katherine "Katie" Fischer, instructor. The philosophy and process (and its many zigs and zags) behind it. Website based on students' individual research topics, which include Orthodox Hasidic Jews in Postville, IA; women's role in Catholic church; militia groups; and minorities in honors programs. Presented at the Upper Midwest Honors Council Conference, Spring 2001, held at North Central College, Naperville, IL.

... Reaching Out to Alumni

1. "Honors Fundraising: A Story of Adoption" by Larry Andrews … 7 Fund-raising at Kent State Honors College, from its dean's brainstorm. Five years now of an honors graduate adopting an honors student working on a thesis. Adoption fee (about $75 ...


The National Honors Report Vol. Xxii, No. 3, Fall 2001 Jan 2001

The National Honors Report Vol. Xxii, No. 3, Fall 2001

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Cover Story

"Highlights" by Rosalie Otero ... 1 From Conference Planner, Rosalie Otero, about the upcoming conference, "Fields of Discovery." Otero says, "[o]ur conference offers fields of discovery to participants in the conference. Honors Programs are sites where we discover new academic fields, explore links between them, and stimulate field-based leaming .... Chicago's diverse ethnic neighborhoods, museums, public art, education and research facilities, and business enterprises invite many fields of exploration that have bearing on honors education." Conference at a Glance by Rosalie Otero … 2

A Special Invitation

1. "2001 NCHC Conference Session on Honors Advising" by Bob Spurrier ... 4 ...


The National Collegiate Honors Council Vol. Xxi, No. 4, Winter 2001 Classics, Ii Jan 2001

The National Collegiate Honors Council Vol. Xxi, No. 4, Winter 2001 Classics, Ii

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1. "Issues in Honors” by Robert C. Angel… 1 Reprinted from The Superior Student Vol. 3, No.4 (May/June 1960): 18-24. A 1960's presentation which raises concerns faced now, forty years later: admission, enrichment or acceleration, for example. Angell poses questions, makes suggestions based on his experience but always puts forth an alternative point of view for consideration. A thoughtful presentation. For newcomers to honors as well as faculty and directors in established programs.

2. "[T]he ICSS 1959” by Joseph W. Cohen… 6 Reprinted from The Superior Student Vol. 2, No.6 (October 1959): 3-5. From an ...


The National Honors Report Vol. Xxi No. 1 & 2, Spring/Summer 2000 Jan 2000

The National Honors Report Vol. Xxi No. 1 & 2, Spring/Summer 2000

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First, The Cover - taken from Damir Sinovcic's mural based on da Vinci's "Man as a Measure of All Things," with special thanks to Lydia Daniel (Director of Honors Institute, Hillsborough Community College); cover design by Stephanie Lucas with Jon Wszalek, and thanks to Joyce Wszalek (Associate Director, James Madison University VA).

1. "The Story Behind" by Lydia Daniel … 1 The director of the Honors Institute shares how the mural came to be. With comments from Damir Sinovcic, the artist.

2. "About Damir's Mural" by Margaret Brown … 2 Students and faculty awed by Damir Sinovcic's mural. Many ...