On May 20, 2019, the Honors Program sponsored a poetry reading by Diana Arterian.
The event was held from 3:00-4:00 in the Haugland Commons on Lane’s main campus. Students who attended received a free copy of Diana’s book, Playing Monster : Seiche.
Diana read many poems from this collection followed by some poems from her current project, a manuscript of poems about Agrippina the Younger. She described the research she conducted for this project, including a trip to Rome.
After the reading and Q&A session, students stayed on to have their books signed and to talk with the poet.
Things are on the move! 24 students attended a joint Honors Program Orientation and PTK Meeting. Huge thanks to Casey Reid for joining me as a PTK advisor when she already has a long list of responsibilities at the college in her role as Writing Center Coordinator. Together, we facilitated this event.
Students pick up agendas, wrist bands, info cards, etc. at the start of the meeting.
With plenty of food set out in the Haugland Commons, we reviewed the criteria for completing the Lane Honors Program. A key point was the new option for attending three academic/cultural events as a way to fulfill this requirement.
Then we discussed the newly reopened Sigma Zeta Chapter of PTK, our need to elect officers for next year, and the importance of raising campus awareness about PTK. Due to the shut-down of the chapter for a couple of years and the general lack of visibility, many students receiving the email invitation to join PTK think it is a scam. We are recruiting students to serve as PTK Ambassadors to help let people know that this is a legitimate and beneficial organization to join.
Casey Reid explaining the responsibilities of each PTK officer.
Students had until Friday, May 10, 2019 to submit paragraphs expressing their wish to run for office and their qualification to hold office. Casey and I will create a ballot this week and then hold a meeting to announce the election results.
The All-Oregon Academic Team (AOAT) Awards Luncheon was held at Chemeketa Community College; however, the day didn’t start there! Our two students, Holly Kolodziejczak and Sabrina Piccolo, started their day at the State Capitol Rotunda for a photograph with Governor Kate Brown. Then they travelled over to Chemeketa CC for the lunch, and I met up with them there. President Marge Hamilton, Vice President Paul Jarrell, Board of Education Member Susie Johnston, and Director of Public Affairs Brett Rowlett all attended the event.
The awards luncheon is sponsored by Phi Theta Kappa and the Oregon Community College Association.
It began with a buffet lunch followed by the presentation of the AOAT members who came to the stage one college at a time. President Hamilton presented Holly and Sabrina with their medallions.
Holly receives her medallion from President Hamilton.
Sabrina receives her medallion from President Hamilton.
President Hamilton with our AOAT Members!
We then listened to three amazing student speakers. Finally, we wrapped up with a few closing remarks and headed back to Eugene. Lane Community College was well-represented by these outstanding students! Thank you, Holly and Sabrina!
Now that we have the Honors Program and PTK Sigma Zeta Chapter back up and running, we’ve been able to nominate two students to the All Oregon Academic Team after missing this opportunity in the recent past.
This team is sponsored by the Oregon Community College Association. As explained on their website:
“The All-Oregon Community College Academic Team, a part of the national All-State Community College Academic Team program, recognizes high achieving two-year college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society. Phi Theta Kappa, community college presidents and community college state associations sponsor All-State Community College Academic Team ceremonies in 38 participating states.”
Our two nominees are outstanding students who are in the Honors Program, are PTK members, and also tutor in the Writing Center.
Both nominees are excellent representatives of Lane Community College and very deserving of this honor!
This week, Casey Reid and I organized an information session for the Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa. Nine people attended our event. In addition to serving as an information session, this event fulfilled the honors orientation requirement for students in the program.
At this event, we reviewed the benefits of these two honors opportunities, the requirements for each, and the ways in which participating in both could be especially beneficial for students planning to transfer to four-year schools.
We also introduced students to the Honors Librarian, Claire Dannenbaum (far right) and the Honors Writing Tutor, student Sabrina Piccolo (third from right):
A highlight was presenting Sabrina and Holly Kolodziejczak (second from right) with their honors medallions for successfully completing the Honors Program!
And of course, we had lots of snacks!
Casey and I will be offering several more information sessions before the end of this academic year, hopefully in our soon-to-be-realized Honors and PTK Student Lounge!
Starting in September 2018, we brought back the Honors Program and have made a lot of progress creating opportunities for students!
This year, we are offering the following honors classes:
- ANTH 102_H: World Archaeology
- ART 115_H: Basic Design
- BI 101_H: General Biology
- COMM 111_H: Fundamentals of Public Speaking
- COOP 280_H: Co-op Ed: Service Learning
- ENG 105_H: Introduction to Literature: Drama
- ENG 106_H: Introduction to Literature: Poetry
- WR 121_H: Introduction to Academic Writing
- WR 122_H: Composition: Argument, Style and Research
- WR 227_H: Technical Writing
- WR 242_H: Introduction to Imaginative Writing: Poetry
Partnering with Phi Theta Kappa
The Director of the Writing Center, Casey Reid, and I are now the advisors for Lane’s Sigma Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. We will be bringing the chapter back in winter of 2019! Honors students can hold leadership positions in PTK to fulfill their experiential learning requirement. Also, we will hold workshops for both Honors and PTK to help students build and maintain ePortfolios, create research posters, and develop their resumes.
We reinstated our agreement with Portland State University’s Honors College. Students completing our program can transfer directly into their college as juniors.
We are in the process of reinstating our agreement with Southern Oregon University’s Honors College.
We are also in conversation with the University of Oregon’s Clark Honors College, which is interested in developing a transfer agreement with us.
Watch for more details on these last two agreements and other developments in 2019!
The students in the Capstone Seminar are engaged in a group research project in preparation for a panel presentation in Week 9. The panel will be part of the college’s newly expanded Undergraduate Research Fair.
As part of their work, they met with Holly Kolodziejczak in the new Michael Rose Writing Loft. Holly is a writing coach employed by the Lane Writing Center. She is also an honors student and completed the Capstone Seminar last year.
The students asked questions, and Holly also offered various tips based on her group’s experience in the seminar. This conversation was so much more productive and seemed to have a greater impact than simply having me and my co-instructor, Stacey Kiser, offer advice.
The students will present their research findings at 2:00, May 30, in the Center Building’s Hoagland Commons on Main Campus.
On Wednesday, I met with Executive Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences Jennifer Frei and Executive Dean of Student Affairs Kerry Levett to discuss the Honors Program. The meeting was at Jennifer’s invitation, and both she and Kerry wanted to figure out how to maintain a scaled back version of the Honors Program and an active Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) chapter. We decided to bring the issue up in a meeting that Stacey Kiser and I had scheduled with the President, Interim Vice President, and Jennifer on Thursday morning to discuss expanding undergraduate research at Lane.
When Jennifer, Stacey, and I met with President Marge Hamilton and Interim Vice President Jane Harmon on Thursday, we began by discussing undergraduate research at Lane. Both Marge and Jane were very supportive of expanding this high impact practice for Lane’s students and directed us to move forward with the work.
Before we could bring up the Honors Program, however, Marge brought it up. She made it absolutely clear that she wanted an Honors Program and a PTK chapter at the college and would support bringing both of these honors opportunities back for students.
I’ll post more information in a few weeks after attending the initial planning meeting scheduled for early April. For now, it’s time to celebrate!
HONORS IS BACK!
This term, we did not have the enrollment to run the HON 201_H Invitation to Inquiry Seminar. The class is a prerequisite for the HON 202_H Capstone Seminar in the spring, and it is also required for program completion. We waived these requirements so that the students can still take Capstone and finish the program.
I felt, however, that the students who had signed up for the class were missing one of the key opportunities of being in the program. In place of the seminar, I’ve arranged for independent study (HON 298_H) with these students to try to approximate some of what they would have been able to do in the seminar.
The independent study class is only one credit, so I’ve needed to be sensitive to workload. The primary requirements for the class are:
- several one-hour, discussion-based meetings during the term
- readings on critical thinking and on the role of Western research in colonization
- building an ePortfolio
While it’s not a perfect solution, I do think that the students will be better prepared for Capstone.
I also have to say that it has been so much fun meeting in my office and having discussions about the readings! Each time, I’m reminded that one of the benefits of honors education is that honors students teach each other and the students and instructor all learn.
I’ve been waiting to post until there was more clarity about whether a scaled down version of the Honors Program would be allowed to continue. I can share what I know at this point.
Last fall, the administration considered having the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) advisor for our Sigma Zeta Chapter also do a small amount of program administration.
To date, however, the new PTK advisor has not been hired and the program coordination has not been aligned with PTK work.
The existing honors classes continue to be offered this year so that current honors students can finish the program.
More as I know it . . .