Each semester UHP students and faculty get together to share lunch and great conversations "on the house." In addition, the program also organizes “Fireside Chats” with faculty, typically located at the Scholars LLC residence.
"Food for Thought" luncheon with Dr. Ellen Kittell and Dr. Janice Capel Anderson
--'article' by Marriah Banghart
As a member of the Honors Program, students are able to not only enhance and challenge themselves with Honors courses, but also create relationships with other students and faculty. “Food for Thought” is a classic example of a time when Honors students are able to meet with Honors faculty for lunch and conversation “on the house.” Last Friday, a group of students had lunch with Honors History 101 professor Dr. Ellen Kittell and Honors Philosophy 103 professor Dr. Janice Capel Anderson. Conversation ranged from introductions to courses each of the students are taking to projects that both of the professors were working on. Dr. Anderson is researching and writing articles for the New Cambridge History of the Bible and creating a DVD textbook as well. Dr. Kittell is traveling to Italy next semester to teach a history course through the program USAC. Needless to say, she is excited and even joked about how marvelous it will be to teach a class on the Italian Renaissance in Italy!
During “Food for Thought” conversation focused heavily around current events, from midterms and cramming suggestions to the economy and politics. Students laughed as the professors related shared stories of last-minute paper writing and cram sessions. Students also shared their thoughts and concerns on graduation or the bailout situation on Wall Street. Both Dr. Kittell and Dr. Anderson offered their advice and related their experiences and concerns as well. This particular get-together is just one example of the bond that students create with Honors faculty.
Here’s what one student expressed:
“the lunch today was so wonderful! We talked about politics, bailouts, overseas travel, theatre, sustainable architecture... it was invaluable. Thanks so much for putting that on and offering the free lunch incentive to get these amazing people together!”
As this student notes with such enthusiasm, the “Food for Thought” luncheons provide a chance outside of the classroom to seek advice, have good conversation, and most important, take a break to laugh and think with peers and professors in the Honors Program.