Weekly Digest Emails

12-5-2022

The semester is winding down but we have a couple of activities still on the calendar.

The Honors Executive Council (HEC) has organized an event Friday, December 9th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Grand Salon of Plant Hall. You’ll have a chance to earn 10 Community points by writing letters to the elderly, making blankets that will be donated to the Humane Society, or crafting plarn mats for the homeless. There will also be lots of food, cookie decorating, and a raffle for various prizes, including a Hamilton ticket for next semester. More information here.

Also, if you’d like to earn 10 additional Community points, you can stop by the Honors table at the Sustainable Spartan Market that same day, Friday, December 9th, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm to cut up the plastic bags in preparation for the evening event. More information here.

No sign up is required for either event. Just show up.

Best,

Dr. Cragun
Honors Co-Director


10-27-2022

If you missed out on the Halloween-themed social last night, you should know that you missed an opportunity to perfectly roast marshmallows and paint amazing pumpkins.

Coming up in Honors…

Please note that the symposium that was scheduled for Friday, October 28th, at 4:00 pm (Michael Baker on Financial Shenanigans) has been canceled. We are working to reschedule it.

There are lots of other options for Academic points:

  • Friday, October 28th, at 2:30 pm in room 483 of the new Tech Building, Dr. Jacob LaFond will present, “Invasive Bullfrogs Maintain MHC Polymorphism INcluding Alleles Associated with Chytrid.” (10 Academic points)
  • Friday, October 28th from 7:00 to 9:00 pm is a showing of Les 400 Coups (French film) in the Charlene Gordon Theater. (10 Academic points)
  • Saturday, October 29th, throughout the day there will be various films shown by Francois Truffaut in the Charlene Gordon Theater. (10 Academic points)
  • Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00 pm in the FCA Theatre there is a symposium titled “Brujas: The Magic and Power of Witches of Color,” by Lorraine Monteagut. (10 Academic points)
  • Wednesday, November 3rd from 2:00 to 4:00 pm (2 hours) in the Charlene Gordon Theater there will be a showing of A Tale of Love and Desire (a.k.a. Gagarine). (10 Academic points)

If you’re considering taking a travel study course in spring 2023, we may want to consider a travel scholarship through the Honors Program. Since registration is right around the corner, now is the time to apply for these scholarships.

If you’re under the new curriculum and a sophomore (or under the old curriculum and interested), you should be thinking about your Honors Thesis. If you have any questions, feel free to swing by the Honors Office to talk about the expectations for an Honors Thesis.

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Best,

Dr. Cragun
Co-Director

10-20-2022

Lots of activities and events coming up this week in Honors.

  • Thursday, October 20th, at 4:00 pm in the FCA Theatre, Dr. Julie Nelson will give a presentation titled, “Public Memory.” (10 Academic points)
  • Monday, October 24th, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Charlene Gordon Theater will be a showing of the movie Benedetta. (10 Academic points)
  • Wednesday, October 26th, at 7:00 pm in the FCA Theatre, Ryan Rivas will be presenting on their scholarship. (10 Academic points)
  • Friday, October 28th, at 4:00 pm on the 9th floor of Vaughn, Michael Baker will give a presentation titled, “Financial Shenanigans.” (10 Academic points)

Do note that it is extremely rude to get up and leave in the middle of a presentation. If you cannot stay for the duration of the symposium, do not attend and pick another one. There are plenty of options for you to earn your ACE points this year.

We also have a number of opportunities for you to earn Engagement points this coming week.

  • Wednesday, October 26th, from 8:00 to 9:00 pm there will be a Halloween activity in the McKay Dorm common room. There will be smores, pumpkins, and other activities. There is a cap of 80 for this event, so you will need to sign up here. (10 Engagement points)
  • All next week there are opportunities to use the FabLab for 3D printing. Since there are limited devices, we have set up separate sign-up forms.
    • Monday, October 24th from 10:00 to 11:00 am: sign up here.
    • Tuesday, October 25th from 5:00 to 6:00 pm: sign up here.
    • Wednesday, October 26th from 3:00 to 4:00 pm: sign up here.
    • Thursday, October 27th from 3:00 to 4:00 pm: sign up here.
    • Friday, October 28th from 12:00 to 1:00 pm: sign up here.
    • Saturday, October 29th from 12:00 to 1:00 pm: sign up here.
  • Please only sign up for one slot. 10 Engagement points.

There are also opportunities to earn Community points. The Honors Executive Committee is beginning to collect plastic bags for the Season of Service. They are looking for plastic shopping bags that they will be using to create waterproof sleeping mats for homeless individuals. (NOTE: Please don’t go get some plastic bags just for this. Turn in the ones you or people you know already have.) You can turn in 10 plastic bags for 10 Community points. Please turn in the bags on October 21st from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on the Sykes Lawn (see here) or November 14th through the 18th from 12:00 to 2:00 pm there will be a group tabling in Vaughn to receive your plastic bags.

Finally, we have formalized a partnership with PEACE to award Community points for Honors students who participate in Alternative Break and weekend service trips. If you participate in a weekend trip, you will earn 50 Community points. If you participate in a week-long service trip, you will earn 100 Community points. Check PEACE’s website for upcoming opportunities.

Lots going on.

Best,

Dr. Cragun
Honors Co-Director

10-14-2022

We have two symposia coming up:

  • On Friday, October 14th, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm (2 hours) in the Charlene Gordon Theater is a showing of L’ÉVÈNEMENT / HAPPENING by Director Audrey Diwan. Attending this film and the discussion afterward is worth 10 Academic points. (Sponsored symposium)
  • On Thursday, October 20th, from 4:00 to 5:00 pm in the FCA Theatre, Dr. Julie Nelson will be discussing Public Memory. (10 Academic points)

The deadline to apply for Oxford for spring 2023 is tomorrow, Friday, October 14th. The application is here.

If you’re looking to get some additional Community ACE points, on Friday, October 21st at 4:00 pm, we’ll be taking two vans to Cypress Point Park to do a beach cleanup. You can sign up here. It usually takes between 1 1/2 to 2 hours to do the cleanup and get back to UT. (10 Community Points)

Finally, you can always check your ACE points by going to this website, entering the password (“honors”), and looking for your Honors ID: {Name/ID}. So far this academic year, you have a total of {22-23 ACE Points} ACE points.

Best,

Dr. Cragun
Honors Co-Director

10-6-2022

Here’s what’s coming up in Honors:

  • Today, Thursday, October 6th, at 6:00 pm in the FCA Theatre is a sponsored symposium. It is a short film screening and panel discussion about period poverty and women’s health. You can sign up for this event here. (10 Academic points)
  • Tomorrow, Friday, October 7th, at 4:00 pm in Reeves Theatre there is a roundtable discussion on abortion rights featuring Katie Watson, the author of The Scarlet A. (10 Academic points)
  • Monday, October 10th, at 4:00 pm in Plant Hall’s Grand Salon there will be a sponsored symposium featuring Akshya Saxena, who will be reading excerpts from her book, Vernacular English: Reading the Anglophone in Postcolonial India. (10 Academic points)
  • Monday, October 10th, at 7:00 pm in Plant Park, the Honors Executive Council has organized a game of Ultimate Kickball. (10 Engagement points)
  • Wednesday, October 12th, at 3:00 pm on the 9th floor of Vaughn, Drew McDougall will be talking about his experiences that were funded through the Timothy M. Smith Inspiration Through Exploration Award. (10 Academic points)
  • Friday, October 21st at 4:00 pm, we will be taking two vans to Cypress Point Park to do a beach cleanup. Look for a sign-up for this soon. (10 Community points)

Other opportunities:

  • Friday, October 14th is the deadline for applications to study at Oxford in spring 2023. The application is here.
  • If you’re looking for an opportunity to present your research, the Office of Undergraduate Research and Inquiry (OURI) will be fully funding six students to present at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). The conference is April 13-15th, 2023, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Students will need to apply to NCUR first, by submitting their abstract, and then apply to OURI under the NCUR travel award through Submittable once they have been accepted by NCUR. Students will need their NCUR acceptance letter to apply for the NCUR travel award. Do not register for NCUR until you know whether you were approved by OURI.

As a reminder, here is your unique Honors ID: {Name/ID}. You can use that to check how many ACE points you have so far this year. Here’s the website to check your ACE points. The password is “honors.”

Best,

Dr. Cragun

10-3-2022

Here’s what we have coming up in Honors:

Today (Monday, October 3rd) at 3:00 pm in McKay Hall’s common room there is a Q&A about the application process for Oxford. This is for those who are planning on attending Oxford (the deadline for Oxford applications for spring 2023 is October 14th). You can sign up to attend this here. (No ACE points for attending this.)
Today (Monday, October 3rd) at 5:15 pm in Plant Hall 313 is the Honors Service Subcommittee meeting. If you’re looking to get more involved in the Honors Program, participating in a subcommittee is a great way to do so.
Tuesday, October 4th at 6:00 pm in Plant Hall’s Fletcher Lounge there is a sponsored symposium. David Garlock, a formerly imprisoned individual, will be discussing criminal justice reform. (10 Academic points)
Thursday, October 6th at 6:00 pm in the Charlene Gordon Theatre (Ferman Center) there will be a film screening (short film) followed by a panel discussion about period poverty and women’s health. You need to sign up for this event here. (Attending the event will earn you 10 Academic points.) Also, in conjunction with this, you can earn a maximum of 10 Community points by making a donation of at least 3-5 feminine hygiene products. (Donating more than that will not double your ACE points, but it would be nice.) Kelsey Little will be tabling in the Vaughn lobby October 4th from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm and October 5th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm to collect donations and record the Community points. This is a great chance to earn ACE points.
Friday, October 7th, at 4:00 pm in Reeves Theatre there will be a roundtable discussion featuring Katie Watson, the author of The Scarlet A. (10 Academic points)
Monday, October 10th at 4:00 pm in the Grand Salon of Plant Hall, Akshya Saxena will be reading from her book, Vernacular English: Reading the Anglophone in Postcolonial India. (10 Academic points)
We had to reschedule the 4-square event that was supposed to take place today as a result of Hurricane Ian. I’ll send more information on that event later this week.

Do also note that the deadline for applying for Oxford for spring 2023 is coming up quickly. Applications are due October 14th. The application can be found here.

If you have any questions, you can always reach out to honors@ut.edu.

Best,

Dr. Cragun
Honors Program Co-Director

9-14-22

We have a number of events coming up in Honors. First, the Honors Symposia:

  • September 14th (tonight) at 7:00 pm in the FCA Theater is a sponsored symposium. Erin R. Williams is a “Writer at the University.” Make sure you scan the QR code if you attend.
  • September 16th (Friday) at 4:00 pm is the first Honors Symposium of the semester. The students who attended Oxford in the spring will be describing their experiences. This is a great symposium for those who are considering going to Oxford.
  • September 21st at 4:00 pm in McKay Hall is a Coffee Conversation and Book Chat on the Scarlet A. We still have about 8 books left. To sign up for this, you’ll need to come by the Honors Office (PH 307) to get a copy of the book. (BONUS: It looks like the author, Katie Watson, may be coming to campus later in the semester.)

If you’d like to get more involved with Honors Executive Council, two of the subcommittees have set up regular meetings:

  • September 19th at 5:15 pm in Plant Hall 313 will be the Honors Service Subcommittee meeting. You can sign up for the group chat and learn more here.
  • September 22nd at 7:00 pm in Plant Hall 343 will be the Honors Excursions Subcommittee meeting.

Here’s a bit more about the Honors Service Subcommittee:

The Honors Service Subcommittee focuses on giving back to the community around us, whether it be our local neighborhood, campus, or the environment. We strive to help where we can and want to keep growing in members, opportunities, and the impact we make. This is also a great way to earn ACE points! Whether you are new to the committee, UT, or are a recurring member, we welcome you all and encourage you to be part of the subcommittee! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the chair Michelle Joos (michelle.joos@spartans.ut.edu).

Have a good week.

Best,

Dr. Cragun
Honors Co-Director


Sept 8, 2022

Happy second week of classes!

Before I get to what is coming up in Honors, I want to reiterate that you should subscribe to the Honors Calendar. We found out that the sponsored symposium last night (September 6th) was canceled and updated the calendar just before the event. We keep the calendar up to date with the very latest information.

Here’s what’s coming up in Honors…

On September 13th at 8:00 pm, Honors Executive Council (HEC) will be hosting Tacos and Trivia with catering by Chipotle. The event is capped at 35. To attend you will need to sign up here. The form is limited and will stop accepting responses once it is full. This counts for 10 Engagement points.

September 14th at 7:00 pm in the FCA Theatre there is a sponsored symposium, Writers at the University, featuring Erin R. Williams. This will count for 10 Academic points.

September 16th at 4:00 pm on the 9th floor of Vaughn is the first Honors Symposium of the semester with the students who attended Oxford University last semester presenting. This will count for 10 Academic points.

September 21st at 4:00 pm in McKay Hall is the first Coffee Conversation and Book Club. We’ll be reading and discussing Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law, and Politics of Ordinary Abortion by Katie Watson. To sign up, you’ll need to come by the Honors Office (PH 307) to pick up a copy of the book. There are about 10 copies left. This will count for 10 Academic points.

If you need an added incentive to swing by the Honors Office… Honors students have access to the Honors Lounge, which is across the hall from the Honors Office. There is a code for the door that you can get if you ask in the Honors Office. There are desks, some computers, a printer, and some comfy chairs. It’s generally a quiet place to study if you need somewhere to avoid other people. As a bonus, the first person to swing by the Honors Office to get the code will get their very own Honors mug!

Best,

Dr. Cragun
Honors Co-Director


8-31-22

The first week is underway.

We had a successful social last week with food from Fresh Kitchen, a DJ, and a photo booth.

The first Honors Symposium of the semester is September 16th at 4:00 pm on the 9th floor of the Vaughn Center (Boardroom). The students who attended Oxford in the spring – Lauren Marolf, Alex Piontek, Hope Pohlman, Michelle Joos, Catie Valentino, and Tori Waters – will be discussing their time at Oxford.

There is also a Coffee Conversation & Book Chat on September 21st at 4:00 pm in the McKay Hall common area. The book we’ll be discussing is The Scarlet A: The Ethics, Law, & Politics of Ordinary Abortion, by Katie Watson. The discussion will be led by Dr. Tillman and Lena Malpeli. This event is capped at 20 students as we purchased 20 copies of the book. To sign up, you have to: (a) go to the Honors Office (Plant Hall 307) and sign a form on Carla’s desk and (b) get your copy of the book. The first 20 to sign the form and get the book will be those allowed to attend. Reading the book before the event is mandatory.

Both of the above events count for 10 Academics points.

There are also several “sponsored symposia” coming up. “Sponsored symposia” are different from Honors symposia in that they are organized by some other group on campus but we encourage Honors students to attend and attending sponsored symposia will still get you 10 Academic points.

-September 14th, 7:00 pm in the FCA Theater – Writers at the University with Erin R. Williams

You can see the complete list of symposia here. They are also on our calendar that you can add to yours.

For those who are new to Honors, expect to receive a weekly email from us with information on upcoming events, activities, and deadlines.

Best,

Dr. Cragun
Honors Co-Director


8-25-22

We’ve been busy in the Honors office. While we were engaged in our own scholarly pursuits (we’re both working on new books), we also spent a considerable amount of time getting ready for the upcoming school year.

The fall 2022 symposia are scheduled (more options are likely on the way as well). Please add these to your calendar. (Did you know the Honors Program has a Google Calendar you can subscribe to that will add all of our events and opportunities to your calendar?).

We also figured out a way to let you see your ACE points without having to email us. You can now go here (ACE points reset every year, so you should currently have zero points). There is a password to the website. For now, the password is simple: “honors.” Also, in order to be in compliance with federal laws regulating educational information, we could NOT use your UT ID for this website. Instead, we had to create a unique Honors ID for everyone so your information is effectively anonymous. Your Honors ID is: {}.

Do note that it takes time to update your ACE points. It usually takes a few days to enter attendance information for symposia, Honors volunteering events, and engagement activities. It takes several weeks to enter PEACE volunteering hours (we have to receive reports from PEACE) and symposia information if you watch the recordings. Do not assume that the ACE points interface will be updated within hours of your participation. We enter data as quickly as possible but it does not happen instantaneously.

We also updated the Honors blog over the summer with a new theme and menu structure. Check it out! The Honors blog is where you can find information about the Honors Curriculum, the opportunities available through the Honors Program, and see what students have been doing in Honors.

We’ll be sending out weekly emails and will have more information about activities, opportunities, and deadlines as we finalize the details.

We’re looking forward to a great year in Honors.

Best,

Dr. Ryan Cragun & Dr. Kacy Tillman

Honors Program Co-Directors

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