Honorspalooza set for May 8; Honors Program applications available for fall

For the IV Leader

The Honors Program has had many activities this semester and will cap off the semester with Honorspalooza from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 8 in C-325/326.

All are welcome to attend, and refreshments will be served. If students are curious about the Honors Program, coordinator Nora Villarreal said this event is a great chance to see the program in action.

In other highlights from the semester:

  • New members accepted were Shane Stearns, Elizabeth Frizol, Rebecca Sabo, Leah Kuhn, Yameria Church, Missy Nink, Emma Crockett, Josh Doerle, Alexandria Braboy, Marissa MacKenzie and Anthony Catalanello.
  • Yameira Church was awarded the Spring Entrance Essay Scholarship ($500). Each new member is automatically eligible for this award; essays were judged by Professors Delores Robinson and Kimberly Radek.
  • The Honors Program offers other scholarships for achievements in Community Involvement, Campus Leadership, and Experiential Learning, the three pillars of the program. These scholarships will be awarded later in the year.
  • Three members of the program, Nora Burch, Jennifer Wick, and Ashley Gonzalez, recently spoke at the Academic Honors Banquet as Honors Program representatives, and all three will complete the program this semester. They will all receive the designation of Honors Scholar on their transcripts.
  • Current Honors courses in progress: Honors Orientation (HON 1001), taught by Professor Adam Oldaker; Honors Sociology (SOC 1000-75), taught by Professor Jared Olesen, and Honors Portfolio (HON 1002), taught by Professor Villarreal. A new course, Honors Project, will be rolled in fall 2013 and be led by Professors Oldaker and Villarreal.
  • About 40 members, faculty, and family attended the spring field trip to see Julius Caesar at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Members also had a chance to explore, shop, and eat at Navy Pier. A trip to the Illinois Shakespeare Festival is planned for the summer.
  • The Honors Program isĀ  accepting new applications for the fall 2013 semester. Anyone interested can contact Nora Villarreal for more information (224-0331, office A-308; [email protected]). Some benefits of the program include scholarships, tuition waivers, career guidance, resume boosters, enriched course work, field trips, recognition at graduation and on transcripts, personal exploration, and transfer opportunities.

More information is available at www.ivcc.edu/honors.