The Honors Mentoring Program Presents: Cradles to Crayons Drive

With the start of a new school year just passing, many of us likely have extra school supplies lying around. Why not put this unused supplies to use by donating it to a great cause? The BSU Honors Mentoring Program is partnering with Cradles to Crayons to collect new and gently-used books and children’s items. Cradles to Crayons is a wonderful organization that provides children from birth through age twelve with essential items that will help them grow and develop in all areas. All children who benefit from Cradles to Crayons are living in homeless or low-income situations and are given the necessities they need free of charge. The mission of the organization is to help all children “thrive – at home, at school, and at play.”

The Honors Mentoring Program kicked off the drive on September 1st by holding the “Cultivating Engaged Citizen Scholars” Welcome Week Institute. During this time new honors students were able to meet and get to know their mentors while decorating donation boxes for the book/supply drive. Between the two sessions 60 people participated and made the event a great success, not only by decorating collection boxes to disperse throughout the campus, but by also bringing in a great deal of donations!

You can help by donating books or new school supplies to one of the many donation boxes spread out around campus! Boxes are located in the Honors Center, Art Building, Tillinghast Hall 340, Conant 431, and Hart 315. Books needed include board books, picture books, easy readers, early chapter books, young adult books, foreign language books, and baby books ages 0-2. Please no family, religious, or holiday books. School supplies being requested include markers, pencils, folders, notebooks, and activity and coloring books. Donations will be accepted now thru September 30th.

Donate today to help a child in need have the fundamentals for success!

To learn more about Cradles to Crayons, visit their website at www.cradlestocrayons.org.

-K. A.

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See You Soon My Gnomies!

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With the school year coming to a close there are a few things our fellow gnomies can expect for next year! In the fall the Honors Student Congress and Honors Mentoring program will be presenting at the NCHC Denver conference. We will also have the Honors Fall book club where we will be discussing the autobiography I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai on Saturday, September 27,2014.

The Honors Program looks forward to highlighting other student and faculty successes as well in the upcoming semester. We want to wish you the best of luck with finals and a wonderful summer break! We can’t wait to keep you updated will all that the fall semester will bring. See you soon my gnomies!

-C.A

This Week In Honors

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The Honors Program held their Honors Spring Dinner this past Tuesday. We honored our graduating seniors, handed out our first Honors Outstanding Student Award to Jennifer Drake, and awarded Ellen Scheible with the Honors Outstanding Faculty Award. Dr. Scheible then gave a speech explaining her journey of how she got to where she is today. It was clear that Dr. Scheible is so incredibly passionate about what she does here on campus. The students that introduced Dr. Scheible also exhibited what a positive impact she has had on so many students’ lives.

We also held our first Honors Dance after the dinner.  The theme was masquerade, students were provided with a mask, or could bring their own. In the next few weeks we will have a few other events occurring as well so make sure to continue to watch out for our posts on the blog as well as Facebook and Twitter!

-C.A

Ellen Scheible: Honors Outstanding Faculty Award Winner

We would like to congratulate Dr. Ellen Scheible for receiving the Honors Outstanding Faculty Award! Dr. Scheible is one of our amazing English faculty here at BSU. She will be recognized at the Honors Spring Dinner coming up next  Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 5:30pm-7:30pm in the RCC Ballroom. Read below to get know Dr. Scheible a little better,

How does it feel to be selected for the Outstanding Faculty Award?

I feel very appreciated and humbled by the award. I am especially grateful that the students were involved in the process of selection. It makes it that much more special.

What do you like most about teaching Honors courses?

I like the challenging atmosphere of having Honors students in the classroom because they always keep discussion moving at a rapid pace. I really like how funny and charismatic most Honors students are.

What type of research projects do you like to mentor?

I mentor projects on Irish studies, British modernism, gender and sexuality and gothic literature.

What are some of your hobbies?

I like to read contemporary Irish fiction on my kindle. I just started working out with a trainer and really like it. I also cook a lot because my parents own a restaurant. My specialty is crab cakes.

What are some of your research interest?

I’m currently researching the way Irish nation post 1922 is mapped onto the female body in 20th century Irish fiction.

What is your favorite food?

Cheese but particularly creamy cheeses, European cheeses like Manchego and little foods like tapas.

What is your favorite ice-cream flavor?

If it’s gelato coconut, if it’s Milkshakes from McDonalds strawberry, but regular ice-cream mint chocolate chip and Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia.

Thank you to Dr. Scheible for taking her time to speak with us, and for her hard work and dedication towards the BSU community!

-C.A

Interview With Honors Outstanding Student Award Winner

As we mentioned before Jennifer Drake is the winner of this amazing award! Below is the interview we carried out with her so our honors community could get to know her a little better.

Name, Major:

Jennifer Drake, Special education severe disabilities and music.

What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment at Bridgewater so far?

I feel that my greatest accomplishment is becoming involved on campus.  Becoming apart of many extra-curricular activities, such as BSU Buddies and CPDC, has helped me to really grow as a person as well as further my knowledge and experiences in the areas that I am passionate about.

How has the Honors Program impacted your BSU experience?

The honors program has provided me with many opportunities to broaden my education and knowledge.  It has allowed me to further investigate and research those areas that I am curious and passionate about.  It has allowed me to come out of my shell and to expose me to many new experiences that I wouldn’t have otherwise been aware of, such as writing an honors thesis or presenting my work at a research conference.

If you could choose one field other than your own to work/major in, what would it be?

Social work

If you could transplant BSU to anywhere in the world, where would it be?

California

If you had to cross one item off your “bucket list” today, what would it be?

To do humanitarian work in a third world country.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?’

Cake batter

What would you include in your ideal sandwich?

Grilled cheese and tomatoes

What animal do you feel most captures your personality? Why?

I feel a monkey most captures my personality because I am very active and always enjoy going on an adventure.

If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, famous or not, who would you invite?

Fania Fenelon, Dorothea Dix, Luke Bryan

Once again congratulations to Jennifer Drake!

-C.A

Finalist: Honors Outstanding Student Award

Brittney Connery was another one of the wonderful finalists chosen for The Honors Outstanding Student Award. Although Brittney was not ultimately selected she exemplifies the values of the Honors Program very strongly. It is truly an honor to be a finalist for this award. Below is the interview we coordinated with her,

Name, Major:

Brittney Connery, Social Work

What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment at Bridgewater so far?

My greatest accomplishment at Bridgewater has been finding myself.  While my instinct was to answer, “Thesis!  The thesis!  I actually pulled off that thesis!” the reality of my accomplishments at Bridgewater has been much bigger than any research, analysis, or writing.  I came in as a 24 year old kid with a broad idea of what I wanted to be and where I wanted to end up.  But, what I ended up doing was finding out who I’m supposed to be and what I’m supposed to do with it.  I think that’s a pretty phenomenal accomplishment – one that I hope all people have the opportunity to do at some point during their life.

How has the Honors Program impacted your BSU experience?

Being a part of the Honors Program at BSU has pushed me out of my comfort zone and challenged me to push myself beyond what I thought I had the skill set or even the motivation to do.  I’ve never thought of the Honors Program as a stepping stone to higher accolades or a necessity for success.  Instead, for me, it’s been a space for opportunity – one where I have come face to face with my own expectations, considered future regret, dared myself to go all the way, and been given the chance to meet some of the most amazing mentors and supporters along the way.  All in all, it’s impacted my experience at BSU in invaluable ways – ones I certainly never considered.

If you could choose one field other than your own to work/major in, what would it be?

Super hard question!  I think I would have to go with Music.  I’m not insinuating that I have any musical talent whatsoever because I most certainly do not.  However, I do have a genuine appreciation for music – not just the final product but the creative process and the special souls who find a way to share themselves and their world (often ours as well) through it all.  So if I were to switch it up, I’d aim for just a glimpse of personal involvement in what I think is magical about music – the creative process.  Until then, though, I’ll stick with social work where the passion and the magic is just as amazing; yet it’s more acceptable to be tone-deaf. 

 If you could transplant BSU to anywhere in the world, where would it be?

California – without a doubt!   I would pack up the home that I have found here at BSU and bring it to my “home-home” back in Southern California.

If you had to cross one item off your “bucket list” today, what would it be?

Honestly, I’d start a family.  Just saying that makes me feel old and boring, but I’d do it in a heartbeat – skip over all the “responsible” things that need to be done to ensure stability and all that good stuff, give my adrenaline-filled ziplining turn to someone else, and send another individual to Australia.  If I could cross just one item off the list, it’d be starting a family of my own. 

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Ben&Jerry’s Red Velvet Cupcake.  But not a bowl of it – a pint, please!  Is this a good time to disclose that I’m pretty sure I’m lactose intolerant?  Either way: pint, please!

What would you include in your ideal sandwich?

Turkey, Swiss, Lettuce, Tomato, Mayo and Mustard on white bread.  But what makes it ideal is some ranch dressing to dip it in.  Don’t judge me.

What animal do you feel most captures your personality?  Why?

I’d have to say the penguin.  However, only the smaller breeds of penguins because those or the ones that live in more temperate regions and I don’t do incredibly well in the cold.  More importantly, penguins are superbly adapted to aquatic life and I swam competitively for 11 years so I am a huge fan of how they basically spend 50% of their life on land located near water and the other 50% literally in the ocean.  Besides, I’ll never be too old for the ‘Slip and Slide’!

If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, famous or not, who would you invite?

Stevie Nicks, Mark Twain, and my wife.  I just think that Stevie Nicks is one of the coolest people ever and I’d love to talk about poetry, musical expression, the 70s, and pretty much anything Fleetwood Mac related.  I’d also like to spend some time with Mark Twain just to discuss Huckleberry Finn.  Not necessarily the story of his adventures, but the ideology behind Huck’s concept of ‘sivilization’ vs. ‘civilization’.  I’m telling you, it’s the key to everything.  And, as cheesy as it may seem, I would totally still choose to have dinner with my wife because she makes me laugh, she listens to my non-stop talking, and she’s my other half in this world where I’d rather be whole. 

Thank you Brittney for sharing all of this with us!

-C.A

 

Finalist: Honors Outstanding Student Award

McKayla Hoffman

McKayla Hoffman was a finalist for The Honors Outstanding Student Award. While she was ultimately not selected she is  a student that exemplifies the values of the Honors Program, including academic excellence, leadership, civic engagement, social justice and/or diversity.  Thirteen Honors students were nominated for this award, so it is truly an honor to be a finalist in this group of highly talented and exceptional students. That is why we would like to take this moment to honor McKayla and post below the interview we conducted with this wonderful finalist,

Name, Major:

McKayla Hoffman, Anthropology (concentration in Public Archaeology)

What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment at Bridgewater so far?

I hesitate to call this an accomplishment, but I’d say it’s been my greatest honor to be a conversation partner and a writing fellow for ELL (English Language Learners) at Second Language Services and the Writing Studio. Hearing their inspiring stories about immigrating to the U.S. has humbled me a great deal, and I look up to them for their incredible propensity to learn and thrive under great pressure from their families and society. Their accomplishments are my accomplishments.

How has the Honors Program impacted your BSU experience?

Being involved in the Honors Program has helped me tremendously with becoming more responsible, organized, and motivated when it comes to academics. Writing an honors thesis has been a difficult process, but it’s wonderful to receive the support of our Honors Program community. The students, staff, and faculty have all been really compassionate, and the extent to which they reach out to us and get to know us individually has made my years at BSU far better. Thank you, BSU Honors Program!

If you could choose one field other than your own to work/major in, what would it be?

It’s hard to imagine doing anything else other than archaeology, but I’d have to say marine biology—humpback whales are my favorite animal, and I find marine ecosystems really interesting!

If you could transplant BSU to anywhere in the world, where would it be?

Egypt, ideally, but until things calm down, definitely Paris, France!

If you had to cross one item off your “bucket list” today, what would it be?

I would absolutely love to travel down the Nile to Tel-el Amarna and see the remains of Amarna, the city that pharaoh Akhenaten built!

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Black raspberry chocolate chip. Forever.

What would you include in your ideal sandwich?

Definitely your typical Thanksgiving sandwich with turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and mayo—but I’d need some bacon on it to make it complete.

What animal do you feel most captures your personality? Why?

Hands down, I’d be a chipmunk, and here’s why. During the summer of my freshman year, I did my first archaeological field school, and in an attempt to avoid the hovering wasps (and because I was a panicky mess), I would do a chipmunk-like gesture with my hands and scurry away. Now, my friends call me “Chipmunk” more often than McKayla!

If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, famous or not, who would you invite?

I would be the happiest person alive if I could share a meal with Lady Gaga, pharaoh Akhenaten, and his first wife and iconic ancient Egyptian figure Nefertiti. That would be interesting…

We would like to thank McKayla for taking her time to speak with us and wish her well on all her endeavors throughout BSU!

-C.A