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Wrapping Up Winter Term 2020

With the pandemic impacting people around the world, the college moving all spring instruction online, and the people of Oregon being ordered to stay home to prevent the spread of the virus, it seems like a good time to reflect on some of the positive things that happened for students in the Lane Honors Program this winter.

We added two new classes:

  • ENSC 183_H Aquatic Cultures (fulfills a lab science requirement)
  • PS 297_H Environmental Political Science.

We also plan on at least three new classes next year:

  • CH 243_H Organic Chemistry
  • MATH 243_H Introduction to Probability and Statistics
  • PSY 201_H General Psychology.

We renewed our transfer agreement with Portland State University’s Honors College. Southern Oregon University’s Honors College will work with us unofficially while they try to build capacity to accept more transfer students. The agreement is on hold while they work on how to accommodate a much larger cohort than they currently have. University of Oregon’s Clark Honors College continues to work on ways to admit transfer students. Their restructuring will be complete in fall and will provide ways for students to transfer in as sophomores. I’ve asked them to find ways for our students to transfer in as juniors rather than paying UO tuition for three years instead of two.

We also held an orientation this term with 13 students attending. Claire Dannenbaum, the Honors Librarian, joined us to discuss the many ways she supports honors students through the library.

We took a wonderful field trip to UO’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and then to Noisette Bakery for lunch and to see Claire’s art exhibit.

After many years, I’m happy to say we are now planning on circulating an honors newsletter! Honors student Kyla Ramsey has accepted the position of editor, and publication is set for later in spring.

More posts coming soon. In the meantime, stay safe and stay well!

Field Trip!

On Friday, February 21, we headed out on an art field trip. Students met on campus and then we carpooled to the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon.

Meeting in front of the museum.

The museum had several excellent exhibits, including “By Looking Back, We Look Forward,” by Roger Shimomura and “The Usual Suspects” by Carrie Mae Weems.

The Roger Shimomura Exhibit

After spending time at the museum, we went to Noisette Bakery to see an exhibit by Honors Librarian Claire Dannenbaum.

Noisette Pastry Counter

Claire joined us for the field trip. While we ate, she shared information about her work and answered questions.

Claire’s Bio

You can follow Claire on her blog!

Community Events

Our program regularly invites the honors students to attend campus and community events, and we ask students to try to attend at least one per term. We recognize how much learning takes place outside of the classroom, and we also want to enrich our students’ college experience as much as possible. Events range from lectures to the upcoming screening of the award-winning documentary, A2-B-C, about the Fukushima nuclear disaster (more on that in a later post) to art talks and art exhibits. For instance, last year we attended art talks by J.S. Bird and Julie Green. We recently heard Lane art faculty members, Kathleen Caprario and Gabriella Soraci, discuss their current exhibit, Constructed Dreams, at the LCC Art Gallery. Kathleen also teaches our honors Basic Design class.

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Kathleen Caprario (left) and Gabriella Soraci (right)

These kinds of activities are, as Theresa A. James suggests, “an important means of creating close ties among the participants of the honors program and between the honors program and the community” (A Handbook for Honors Programs at Two-Year Colleges, 62). They also expand students’ awareness of the many opportunities available to them and encourage students to seek out these experiences on their own or with their peers. Realizing that these events are vital aspects of the college experience not only impacts students’ time at a community college. It increases their chances of seeking out these kinds of opportunities on university campuses when they transfer.

There are challenges, of course, to getting students to attend the events, especially at a two-year college commuter campus. Students don’t live on or near campus, and many of them commute by bus. They are also balancing jobs, families, and other commitments, which makes attending events more difficult. Turnout at off-campus venues has been low so far. On-campus events have been more successful because they are held at different times, allowing students to select the events that fit their schedules. In the upcoming year, we’ll work toward increasing the number of these opportunities so that students will find it easier to participate in at least one per term.