Maintaining an Honors Community During the Pandemic

As the new term began, I noticed an increase in messages from students in the Honors Program and Phi Theta Kappa. I also noticed more students joining both groups. Given that everyone is studying and working from home, the physical college is closed to everyone but the few employees who must be on campus to do their jobs, and all spring events have been canceled, it’s not surprising that students are looking for ways to connect.

So far, I’ve taken several steps to support the students and help them feel less isolated and more focused on their goals:

  • starting a new Lane Honors Program blog and a new Phi Theta Kappa blog;
  • using blog posts, email, and social media to share information about publication and volunteer opportunities;
  • working with students to research their transfer schools, curate their ePortfolios, and polish up their resumes; and
  • developing with Casey Reid a short workshop on building their first CVs based on an earlier workshop that Casey had created.

Later this term, we will hold an online orientation for new honors students, as well.

I’m so impressed with these amazing students. Regardless of sheltering at home, losing jobs or working new shifts, and moving to a remote instruction learning environment for all of their classes, they are persevering. They are, as always, inspiring!

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