Each semester, Honors Institute students have many opportunities to have meaningful, full college lives. From clubs to educational lectures to social events, each activity is designed to build leadership, to encourage personal and academic growth, and to develop the spirit of teamwork within the Honors Institute.
An overview of the semester's events is listed in the fall 2015 schedule of optional activities. This list is updated often, so be sure to check back for the most current information.
The following are ways you can get involved in the Honors Institute.
Honors Ambassadors are veterans of the Honors Institute. Honors Ambassadors are selected each year to promote the Honors Institute to the community and to welcome new students to the Institute. Honors Ambassadors help recruit at college nights in the local high schools, contact new Honors Institute students to welcome them, assist in the planning and implementation of Honors orientations, and act as liaisons between the Honors student body and the Honors staff.
Areté is dedicated to fostering educational opportunities and a spirit of community service within the Honors Institute student body. Each semester, Areté hosts events such as Big Friday and Honors Symposia. Monthly community service projects, such as Adopt-a-Road and volunteering at the Lowry Park Zoo and McDonald Training Center, are student driven. All Honors Institute students are members of Areté. Member meetings are held monthly during Big Friday and other events are listed on the schedule of optional activities. Meet your 2015 - 2016 Officers and Board Members.
Harvard National Model United Nations
Can you imagine yourself speaking with students from Brazil, from England, from countries around the world? Have you envisioned yourself in Boston walking the Harvard Square? Honors Institute students have had these experiences when they were selected to be a members of the Harvard National Model United Nations delegation.
Honors Institute students have the opportunity each year to compete for delegate positions. Honors Institute students make application and are selected on a competitive basis to represent the Honors Institute and Hillsborough Community College as Harvard National Model United Nations (HNMUN) delegates. From October through February, our delegates study in preparation for the event when they assume roles of UN representatives from an assigned country. Each February, the Honors Institute delegation to the HNMUN prepares for and travels to Boston for participation with colleges and universities from around the world in the resolution of important global issues.
Can you imagine traveling with your classmates on an overnight train from Hanoi to Supa where you'll meet indiginous peoples from that region? What about hiking through the Amazon in Peru? Perhaps dancing traditional folk dances in Russia? Through the years, many Honors Institute students, alumni, and professors have experienced these activities and many more during the annual International Trip. From Ecuador to Greece, from France to Hungary, there is no limit to where you may travel in the Honors Institute.
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) is an invitation-only honor society for the highest achieving college freshmen and sophomores. The NSCS Chapter at HCC is made up of Honors Institute students who are dedicated to scholarship, leadership, and community service. Meetings are held during the monthly Big Friday events. Meet your 2015-2016 NSCS Officers.
Partners in the Parks
Partners in the Parks (PITP) is an experiential learning program, sponsored by Southern Utah University and Cedar Breaks National Monument in partnership with the National Collegiate Honors Council. PITP explores the history and value of the U.S. National Park Service during a comprehensive week of camping, exploration, and multi-faceted education within one of the national parks. Seminars led by university faculty and park personnel include historical, scientific, cultural, and other important areas unique to a given park. Participants may study art, architecture, engineering, ecology, geology, anthropology, astronomy, or public policy; practice nature writing, journaling, meditating, or cooking; develop leadership and communication skills; learn to appreciate differing points of view and politely challenge others' perspectives. Projects also take advantage of the exciting recreational opportunities in the parks to broaden the participants’ understanding of the overall value of the national parks to our country and its citizens.
Learn more about Partners In The Parks and check out the proposed project sites at http://www.partnersintheparks.org/.
All Honors Institute students are encouraged to participate in our annual Ropes Course team-building experience. Held at the beginning of the fall semester, the Ropes Course is a great way to make new friends, challenge yourself to new heights, and learn to work as a team with your fellow Honors Institute students. This activity is open to all Honors Institute students.
Ropes Course Stars
Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese internal martial art that is practiced today by over 200 million people around the world primarily for relaxation, stress relief, and health benefits. Tai Chi involves slow, gentle, and stately movements which are taught as part of a form. Learning Tai Chi provides a wonderful tool for handling the stresses of college, work, and the 21st Century world. Our Tai Chi class introduces the first section of the long form of Yang style Tai Chi, the most popular style of Tai Chi practiced today.
A limited number of students each semester will have the opportunity to participate in this extra-curricular class, taught by Honors Institute professor Dr. John Ball. New and returning students are welcome; returning students each semester continue to progress through the 103 movements of the long form while honing their techniques. Availability for this class is on a first come, first served basis.