The University Honors Program (UHP), in conjunction with the Honors Leadership Council (HLC), hosts a variety of events and activities specifically for honors program students each semester.
These events range from academic to cultural to social and everywhere in between.
"Honors events have been a large part of building an incredible community of fellow students who support, encourage and motivate each other both inside and outside the classroom while making memories that are sure to last a lifetime! These events have helped established strong roots in numerous friendships which is yet another foundation for my success here at school, as well as beyond graduation!"
Karina Eyre '17
These events are opportunities for honors students to hang out, have fun, relax, and meet other honors students. Some examples of recent social events include:
- Ice Cream Socials
- Raft trips
- Movie Nights
- Swing Dancing
- Corn Maze
- Harry Potter Night
- Talent Show and Open Mic Night
- Formal Dances
- Ice Skating
- And more!
“One of my favorite honors events was the camping trip, where we spent 30 minutes trying to light a fire, had to cut and dry our own wood, used synthetic motor oil trying to keep the fire going, slept between two tarps, and made gooey s’mores. It was a fun time in the outdoors with the honors program.”
Aaron Eliason '18
The service projects and events give honors students a chance to volunteer together as a group and give back to their community. Some examples of honors service projects and events include:
- Walking at Relay for Life
- Volunteering at the Idaho Food Bank
- Hosting a Lionel Hampton Jazz Fest site
- Leading blood drives
- Painting houses with Paint the Palouse
- Fundraising for KIVA
- And more!
For more information on these opportunities, see Community Engagement.
The Looking Glass is a creative and academic publication produced by the University Honors Program biannually. The publication is created by honors students and features entirely student work. Among the talent featured in The Looking Glass is poetry, short stories, essays, research papers, photography, art and more.
For more information on this opportunity, see The Looking Glass.
Fireside chats provide a chance for students to discuss a variety of topics with different faculty on campus in a small group setting.
Some examples of topics that have been discussed include:
- “Science: So few women, so many men”
- “Thinking with a pencil”
- “Robo prof? The future of teaching and learning in the digital age”
- “Taming the mind/body monster: Stress and its effect on your brain”
- “Growing up under communism”
- “Dying with Dignity: Medical issues and ethics as patients near the end of life”
- “Sharpshooters, gun missionaries and ghosts: Myths and fact making in the American West”
- And more!
TTM groups are groups of 5-8 students and a facilitator or leader who meet once a week to discuss “things that matter.”
The topics of the discussions vary from week to week, group to group. Questions are posed by the students.
TTM groups are intellectual experiences overlaid with personal development, social and community building experiences.
The discussions tend to be deep and meaningful, rather than the small talk found in many casual everyday conversations.
Some topics discussed include:
- Love, happiness and the concept of a soul mate
- Perfectionism and achievement
- Religion and spirituality
- Passion, vocation, meaning and purpose
- Stress and maintaining balance
- Fear and our irrational mind
- Family, home, relationships and friendships
- Growth, change and taking risks
- The journey of life and finding the right path
Students have the opportunity to sign up and join a TTM group during honors student orientation each year.
"My advice to any Honors student is to get involved in TTMs! They were easily my favorite part of my academic career at UI, and I know that they had a huge impact on who I have become today. One of my favorite memories will always be sitting on Alton's back porch during the summer evenings while having great discussions with fellow Honors students - and I never would have had that opportunity if it wasn't for the Honors Program. "
Mickinzie Johnson '15
Biology and Animal Science
Idaho Falls, ID
“One of the most important things an educational institution of any kind can offer is the sort of insightful and captivating discussion on topics that affect human beings from all walks of life. It’s easy to get caught up in the tests and the grades and to forget that although we leave our universities with a degree, the degree isn’t always the most important part of college. Exploring the world through the eyes of others, being challenged to rethink our preconceptions about how the world works and growing into an educated human being is equally as important as solving an equation. TTM groups provide an avenue to do exactly this: to discuss these ideas about every subject imaginable in an environment completely free of judgment, and offer a place to critically think about every topic imaginable.”
Alyssa Ertel '17
Chemical Engineering and Chemistry
The honors book club consists of a small group of students that enjoy reading.
The group decides on books, reads them and meets every other week for discussion.
Book club discussions are very similar to Things That Matter group discussions, except that they are based around the books being read.
Some examples of books that the honors book club has read in the past include:
- House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski
- Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
- The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
- The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
- Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Honors students have the chance to meet weekly and learn to play Bridge.
Bridge is a trick-taking card game, played by four players in two competing partnerships.
It can be a fun, challenging and rewarding game to play.
“Bridge allowed me to network with people outside of my own class by doing something enjoyable and fun. The best part was that there is no pressure from the other students to look a certain way or do a certain thing. It was always about the game and getting to know the people playing it.”
Lorraine Mottishaw '17