Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Destination: Massachusetts


From left to right: Madison Camp (Accounting), Lyndsie Beesley (English), Dylan West (Business Administration),  Sidney Lewis (English), Allyson Gregory (English), Talor Stewart (Biology).

Thursday, March 9th, six ECU Honorables joined me at 2 a.m. to embark on a five-day, four-night adventure in Massachusetts.  For all these Honorables, it was a first-time visit to New England, though three (Madison, Sidney, and Talor) also joined me on an Honors Trip to New York City in 2015. When we got back, I asked everyone three questions:  What was your favorite experience on the trip? What was your favorite food? And did you experience any memorable firsts?  Here are their answers:

FAVORITE EXPERIENCE
Madison: The Old Manse (especially the piano playing); Lyndsie: Concord to Lexington trek; Dylan: The Freedom Trail; Sidney: Walden Pond; Ally: Walden Pond and the Old Manse; Talor: The MIT Museum (especially the holograph section).

FAVORITE FOOD
Madison: goat cheese and baby spinach panini at Helen's cafe in Concord; Lyndsie: clam chowder and ribeye hash at Sonsie in Boston and salmon salad at Border Cafe in Cambridge ; Dylan: Cubano sandwich at Sonsie's in Boston and pepperoni pizza at Sorrento's in Concord; Sidney: panini at Helen's Cafe in Concord; Ally:  cheese ravioli at Via Lago in Lexington; Talor: cheese pizza at Sorrento's in Concord.; 

MEMORABLE FIRSTS and MOSTS
Madison: UberPool, clam chowder, hotel room with full kitchen, and coldest walk; Lyndsie: geocache search and hotel room with a dishwasher; Dylan: clam chowder and coldest walk; Sidney: Uber ride, clam chowder, coldest walk, geocache drop-off; Ally:  cross-country trek (Concord to Lexington); Talor: shrimp.

Lyndsie at a replica of Thoreau's desk (in the same room with the real thing) at the Concord Museum.

Starting our walk through Minute Man Park between Concord and Lexington, where Colonial rebels attacked a retreating British Army on April 19, 1775. We ended up walking all the way to Lexington. Before our trip, several of us read Bunker Hill by Nathaniel Philbrick, which offers a blow-by-blow account of the battle.

Paul Revere was captured not far from this spot. According to my cell phone, we walked 9.24 miles on the first day of our trip!

Click the link below to see more pictures from our Honorable adventure.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

2017 Ramadan Research Symposium

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

An Honorable Homecoming

Congratulations to the ECU student body for choosing a very Honorable junior English major Sidney Lewis as this year’s Homecoming Queen!
Senior Communication and Performance Studies major Miranda McNabb and Sophomore Pre-Med major Tyler Whitney organized this year's Honorable Homecoming campaign;“Your Golden Ticket to an Honorable ECU Adventure.” That's Willie Miranda Wonka McNabb leading bright and motivated Honorable Oompa Loompas in the Homecoming parade."

Senior Microbiology major Darby Heard made the front page of the Ada News, working on an Honorable Chalk Art entry. Madison McNeil, a sophomore Biology major from Paden, Oklahoma and Trevor Berg, a sophomore Physics major from Yukon, represented the Honors Student Association as our King and Queen candidates, and we congratulate our Honorable President Talor Stewart, who was a finalist for King.

The featured alum at this year's Honors Homecoming, was Kelli Raefield Randell, who graduated from ECU’s Honors Program in 1992. That’s her in the black top at the right end of the third row. Kelli was a member of the fourth class of Honors Program graduates. While she was at ECU, Kelli represented the Honors Program at Honors conferences in Emporia, Kansas and Chicago, Illinois. For the last 18 years, Kelli has been a math educator in the Texas Metroplex, and she recently made a presentation at a National K-12 Conference in Washington, D.C. Kelli spoke to current Honors students and faculty about the experiences she had when she was in the Honors Program at ECU.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Honors Road Trip Part II: Shakespeare in the Park

After lunch, Honorables regrouped at the park to hang out and unwind.






Everyone has taken their seats. The show is about to start!










Road Trip: OKC, 2016

 Honorables take a tour of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.


After leaving the museum, Honorables split up to grab some lunch!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

2016 Sorting Hat Ceremony

Honorables enjoy a pre-Sorting hotdog dinner.



Colin and Tyler can hardly contain their excitement during the sorting ceremony.



Tie-dying t-shirts!



The newly sorted members of Orenda (and Colin) pose for a squad photo.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

2016 Burkean Parlor


Honorables gather to discuss this year's Summer Read, The Glass Cage by Nicholas Carr.


Thursday, August 18, 2016

Convocation Reception

Students and professors had the chance to mingle after the Convocation ceremony.
We had a wonderful turnout!


Fall 2016 Convocation Speakers

Presenting the speakers for this year's HSA Convocation! We kicked things off with a warm welcome from Dr. Benton and President Hargrave, followed by some enlivening words from Dr. Weir, our 2016 Honors Teacher of the Year.

 We also received spectacular presentations from senior Emily Angell and recent graduate Linzi Thompson-Bhatta, as well as a compelling Convocation Address from Dr. Jessop.
 Our HSA President Talor Stewart closed the ceremony with an inspirational presidential charge.

Thanks to everyone involved for making this year's Honors Convocation a huge success!

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Saturday, July 23, 2016

We're In Good Hands

Presenting the 2016-2017 Honors Officers!


 Talor Stewart - President
 Tyler Whitney & Jacob McCarty (No Picture Availablee) - Vice Presidents
 Ally Gregory - Treasurer
 Colin Saner - Secretary
 Tyler Rhoades - Historian