Monday, March 19, 2018

Destination: Chicago, 2018

From left to right: Dr. Sarah Peters (Honors Student Association Faculty Sponsor); Jiajun Lin (Business); Elsa Moseley (Political Science); Erin Dempsey (Biology); Sidney Lewis (English; above); Robin Clymer (Physics, below); Tyler Whitney (Biology); Darby Heard (Biology/Studio Art).

Friday, March 16th, seven ECU Honorables joined me and HSA faculty Sponsor Dr. Sarah Peters at 6:45 a.m. to embark on a four-day, three-night adventure in Chicago. This was the first Honors Journey for six of the students and the second for Darby, who went on our 2016 trip to San Francisco, and the third for Sidney, who was on our trips to Massachusetts in 2017 and New York City in 2015. The hero of the day was Honors faculty member Dr. Preston Draper who drove us to DFW and picked us up at midnight three days later.

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:  Darby: Seeing the musical Hamilton at the CIBC theatre (honorable mentions: the Chicago Architecture Foundation tour; the Devil in the White City tour; and a free day spent exploring the city and shopping for fancy pens with Dr. Peters); Tyler:  Hamilton! (honorable mention:  Devil in the White City Tour); Robin: Hamilton! (honorable mention: seeing "Dream Freaks Fall from Outer Space" at the Second City comedy club); Sidney Lewis: the Devil in the White City Tour, the American Writers Museum, and seeing the start of Route 66--also trying many new foods!; Erin:  the massive, intense St. Patrick's Day celebration; Elsa: Hamilton! and the Devil in the White City Tour; Jiajun: Hamilton, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the American Writers Museum; Dr. Peters:  Hamilton! (honorable mention: The Art Institute, the American Writers Museum, running around with Darby on Monday--especially the not-losing-her-phone-at-Chipotle part).

FAVORITE FOOD:  Darby: Cajun food at Heaven on Seven and Greek food at the Greek Islands restaurant in Greektown; Tyler:  a breakfast sandwich with doughnuts in the place of bread, and the saganaki (flaming cheese) and potatoes at Greek Islands; Robin: everything at Greek Islands, especially the psarasoupa; Sidney: the Chicago-style deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati's, the Chicago-style hot dog at Portillo's, and the best breakfast of her life (!) at Lou Mitchell's; Erin: the deep dish pizza at Malnati's; Elsa: Hong Kong/Cantonese-style food in Chinatown and the deep dish pizza at Malnati's; Jiajun: the Hong Kong/Cantonese-style food in Chinatown (especially the shrimp dumplings and Hong Kong-style roast duck); Dr. Peters: Heaven on Seven and its assortment of hot sauces ("it's food and a project!") and everything at the Greek Islands.

MEMORABLE FIRSTS AND MOSTS:  first taxi ride (Tyler); first subway ride (Sidney); most steps in a day (Tyler); first doughnut sandwich (Tyler); first Greek restaurant (Tyler, Sidney); first Chicago-style deep dish pizza (Tyler, Sidney, Erin, Robin, Elsa);  first St. Patrick's Day celebration (Sidney); first Chicago-style hot dog (Sidney and Erin); first live Improv show (Erin, Robin, and Elsa);  first fountain pen purchase (Darby); first serial killer tour (several); first architecture tour (several); first time to lean out of a skyscraper (Elsa and Jiajun at the John Hancock Building's 94th floor Tilt!), first time to try Hong Kong-style Chinese food (Elsa), nicest hotel room (Elsa and others); first time seeing a TSA agent use an xray on a banana (Dr. Peters); first time to use a typewriter (Elsa and others); first time seeing a river dyed green (everyone!).

Friday, September 22, 2017

Road Trip: OKC and Norman, 2017

At the Myriad Botanical Gardens, prior to the Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park performance of "Hamlet."
At the Fred Jones Museum of Art.

After Prof. Batzloff gave us a tour of public art on the Norman campus and Dr. Chubb gave us a tour of the Ledbetter House designed by Harvey Goff, we headed to "Das Boot Camp" for a German food dinner.

Monday, August 21, 2017

An Honorable Solar Eclipse Time Capsule

"Eclipse chromatique no. 1" (1973) by Martha Botho
The next solar eclipse in this part of the world will be on April 8, 2024.  That's almost seven years from now.  Where will you be then?

Wherever you are, you may remember the today's solar eclipse. If you do, you can come back to for a glimpse of the person you are now and get a measure of the distances you've traveled during that time.

In the comment section below, ECU Honors students are invited to write about any and all of the following:
a) your current hopes/dreams/goals with regard to where you will be and what you will be doing on April 8, 2014;
b) an account of the things in the world today that trouble you and the things that inspire you;
c) any aspect of your life in which you would like to experience greater development and growth.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

12th Annual Honors Convocation: 2017

This is the first time we've had a drum corps!

This is also Dr. Pierson's first march as ECU's President!

Honors seniors voted Honors Student Association Faculty Sponsor Dr. Sarah Peters (that's her, in the middle, in her maroon gown) as the 2017 Honors Faculty member of the year.

Above: Elsa Moseley, Brayden Battershell, Robby Grotts, and Keegan Moore. Brayden's super power is his ability to walk around campus with his eyes closed without bumping into anyone or anything.
At Convocation, sophomore Biology major Kate Draper talked about the marine and estuarine science internship she completed over the summer at the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore,through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program.

Senior Education major Jessica Petty spoke about her life-changing summer experience at the Isla Mujeres Ethnographic Field School on Isla Mujeres in Mexico

In the reception following the convocation, Robby Grotts had some questions for Kate about her experience in Maryland.

Elsa Moseley (on the left) talked to Jessica and to Sierra Rankin about Elsa's junior year abroad in Limoges, France.

Dr. Carl Gilbert, Dean of the College of Health and Sciences, showcases his Biology humor with Brandi Trujillo and Noah Deering.

Kassie Batt gets some quality time with President Pierson while Chance Zernicek ponders a future as the President's clarinet-wielding bodyguard.

Megan Green and Dr. Mark Klippenstine, chair of ECU's Department of Psychology, reflect on

Skye Norman and Dr. Errol King dig in with Convocation keynote speaker, Dr. Kate Lang, the new dean of ECU's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.