Posted on March 31, 2013 - by admin
The BIG PICTURE DISCUSSION at the 2013 NRHC conference in Philadelphia is an innovation of the region begun last year in Baltimore. Reception of the discussion of funding and changing directions of higher education generally, including the growing presence of online education, was positive. This year honors administrators, faculty, and professional staff will come together for big picture issues and their effect on Honors education on Thursday, April 4, 8:30 pm to 10 pm.
The facilitator, Andrew Martino, provides this description of one proposed topic. Another might be MOOCs (massively open online courses). Please add your own suggestions or comments as well (see link below) to help Dr. Martino develop a roadmap for the discussion. Please join us on Thursday evening in Philadelphia at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel.
Posted on March 18, 2013 - by admin
At the business meeting on Saturday, April 6, the membership will be voting on two crucial executive board proposals. The proposals are linked below. The first concerns raising our annual dues, the second concerns changes in the constitution that will allow greater use of online communication for conducting the business of the organization.
Posted on March 14, 2013 - by admin
Developing in Honors: Nuts and Bolts
The 2013 Developing in Honors™(DIH) nuts-and-bolts workshop at the 2013 NRHC council meeting follows the practice of the NCHC by providing a forum for honors administrators, faculty, and professional staff to discuss practical issues associated with honors education. At the regional meeting, our aim is discuss topics of common interest as well as brainstorm solutions to unique challenges. The nuts-and-bolts session is scheduled for Saturday, April 6 from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. (more…)
Posted on March 13, 2013 - by admin
The 2013 Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC) Conference takes place April 4-7 in Philadelphia. This location inspires the conference theme, “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Foundations, Tensions, Mediations. ” Conference planners expect over 400 students, faculty, and administrators to participate in a variety of events in and around the Society Hill Sheraton Hotel. A draft of the conference program may be found here .
An outdoor photo scavenger hunt city for students and a discussion of higher education issues for faculty open the conference Thursday evening. Students return to the hotel to enjoy a pizza social and enter their photos in a contest.
Friday begins with the Honors trademark event, a “City as Text” exploration of Philadelphia. Promising to be another wonderful experience, this year’s “City as Text” is organized in six “city squares.” The conference guests who will facilitate reflections on our city experiences will be senior citizens from the organization “The Best Day Of My Life So Far.” Conference participants will also partake in Philly’s monthly “First Friday” art walk.
The Friday evening banquet keynote speaker is Dr. Lucy Kerman, Vice Provost for University and Community Partnerships at Drexel University. In this role, Dr. Kerman is responsible for providing strategic direction to support Drexel’s vision for strengthening neighborhood communities. College and university leadership in neighborhood community planning and development emerged as a keen interest in the 2012 conference in Baltimore. The NRHC executive board who plan the conference appreciate this year’s local co-hosts, LaSalle University and Philadelphia University, for their efforts to continue this conversation in this year’s “City as Text” and banquet keynote speaker activities.
The NRHC encompasses the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states as well as Puerto Rico, Quebec, Ontario, and the Maritime Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. With over 100 institutional members, the NRHC especially values a student-centered conference. This year primarily students will present a mix of close to 270 papers, interactive sessions, posters, and roundtable discussions. Faculty will lead some workshops, moderate paper sessions, and participate in discussions about higher education and the nuts-and-bolts of Honors administration.
Social events for students occur all three evenings of the conference. In addition to the Thursday ice-breaker scavenger hunt and pizza mixer, Friday evening features a “Game Show Night,” and Saturday evening features a “white out” dance party with black lights and a photo booth. Prizes for some activities will be clothing “swag” contributed by conference attendees. Brent Barge from Lock Haven University and Freda Raitelu from LaGuardia Community College, this year’s student representatives on the NRHC executive board have organized these socials to enhance the student experience of the conference. Students should check out the Facebook page our student representatives manage at NRHCHonors by clicking the Facebook icon to the right.
For more information about the 2013 NRHC conference, please contact the conference chair and NRHC President-Elect Lori Rubeling, email@example.com
Posted on March 23, 2011 - by admin
By Richard England
On autumn nights, golden leaves cling to branches, the last glowing allies of the stars against wintry darkness. Behind a window spilling light, a professor hunches over a stack of papers, alternating between satisfaction and despair. Sometimes, it seems, students will never understand that what is required is to exceed what is required. The paradox beguiles him away from the essays, and he begins to write. Most professors would rather avoid grading a lot of first-year papers. But that, I tell myself, is a mistake. There is much to learn in contemplating their excellences and errors. Take for example, the matter of requirements: examine, consider, and extrapolate. (more…)