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Honors student, Hannah Utter, receives award in creative nonfiction

Hannah Utter

Honors student, Hannah Utter, receives award in creative nonfiction

Hannah UtterHonors student, Hannah Utter, has been awarded the Western Regional Honors Council Literature Award in Creative Nonfiction. Her creative nonfiction essay was chosen by a faculty committee at the University of Wyoming and will be published in Scribendi—the Western Regional Honors Council’s literary magazine based at the University of New Mexico. Hannah has been invited to attend the WRHC annual conference and award ceremony in Bozeman, Montana, March 2019, to receive her cash prize and recognition.

Run Code – Honors student Kyler Little excels in the classroom and on the track

Kyler Little

Run Code – Honors student Kyler Little excels in the classroom and on the track

Kyler LittleAs a student-athlete, Kyler Little excels in the classroom and on the track, and he’s active in his campus community.

But, he admits, it’s not as easy as it looks.

“It can be a lot sometimes,” said Little, a senior studying computer science, “I can go a little too hard just because I like to do a lot with my time. Trying to participate in all these clubs along with athletics can sometimes be difficult.” » More …

Two researchers, one heart

Two researchers, one heart

Jonathan Kirk.How does one describe the amazing machine that is the human heart? What’s the most appropriate adjective to use? On a gray afternoon this winter, in the airy offices of the Center for Translational Research and Education (CTRE) on Loyola’s Health Sciences Campus, Seth Robia, PhD, and Jonathan Kirk, PhD (Honors ’04)—professors in Loyola’s department of Cell and Molecular Physiology—batted around some ideas. A month prior, Robia had been named the St. Albert’s Day Senior Scientist of the Year and Kirk named the St. Albert’s Day Junior Scientist of the Year for their research into the mechanics of the heart. Each has made it his professional mission to understand exactly how the organ runs and how to ensure that it keeps running for as many people as possible. » More …

Wordplay contributes humor, creativity to writing

Sara Quenzer

Wordplay contributes humor, creativity to writing

Jokes aside, the English language is a huge and diverse system containing over 170,000 words. With the language constantly adapting, that number only grows. In a language so large, word choice is incredibly important for authors as they write because words are able to evoke a range of feelings and emotions.

“Word choice and arrangement is foundational to good writing,” said Annie Lampman, a clinical assistant professor who teaches creative writing in the Honors College. » More …

Honors alumnus, artist, Michael Schultheis returns to WSU to present work in Schnitzer Museum exhibition

Schultheis and sculpture

Honors alumnus, artist, Michael Schultheis returns to WSU to present work in Schnitzer Museum exhibition

Artist and Washington State University alumnus, Michael Schultheis finds dynamic synergies in the languages of math and art. An economist and mathematician, with experience in the academic and corporate worlds, Schultheis employs analytical formulae within his luminous paintings. While the equations themselves offer a form of mathematical purity, Schultheis’ art subjugates this precision into imperfect visions, leaving room for metaphor, storytelling, and beauty. His canvases often have the appearance of chalkboards filled progressively with mathematical notations and three-dimensional geometries, that pay homage to Greek mathematicians Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle, Euclid and Archimedes. Fusing the abstract and observed, the rational and the experiential, Schultheis has forged an interdisciplinary, even holistic, practice, connecting us all in its expression. » More …

Nominations, applications sought for WSU Honors College Faculty Fellows

Nominations, applications sought for WSU Honors College Faculty Fellows

Washington State University faculty members who make significant contributions to the Honors College and its students can be nominated or apply through Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 to become a member of the fourth cohort of Honors Faculty Fellows.

“Exceptional faculty across the university support our mission and have an important impact on Honors College students. Through the Faculty Fellow courtesy title, we are pleased to recognize them publicly,” said Honors College Associate Dean David Shier. » More …

A deeper look inside WSU students undergraduate research experience

Madison Armstrong

A deeper look inside WSU students undergraduate research experience

Madison Armstrong has spent much of her time experiencing the world through research and scientific exploration. To say that she has been involved in an abundance of research experiences, would be a massive understatement.

Armstrong is a senior in the WSU Honor’s College, studying Evolutionary Biology and Ecology, with a minor in Genetics and Cell Biology. » More …

WSU offers veterinary medicine students an accelerated honors program

Claire Stein

WSU offers veterinary medicine students an accelerated honors program

Emily Austin
Emily Austin, WSU Zoology Sophomore

Students who are dedicated to a profession in veterinary medicine can gain early admission to the College of Veterinary Medicine DVM professional program and become a veterinarian in just seven years.

The College of Veterinary Medicine and the Honors College have partnered up to provide an abundance of exceptional opportunities for students over the years. This includes an accelerated seven-year veterinary program through the Honors College. » More …

Happiness as a Skill Offered in Honors

Jon and Gretchen Jones

Happiness as a Skill Offered in Honors

Jon and Gretchen JonesAlumni Jon (’93) and Gretchen (’94) Jones have established a fund in the Honors College at Washington State University to create the Mindfulness-Based Emotional and Social Intelligence (MESI) Certificate in Honors. The purpose of the MESI certificate is to teach happiness as a skill and provide Honors students with tools to improve their performance, relationships, health, and happiness. Through innovative coursework, workshops, local and global community outreach efforts, and guest speakers, the MESI certificate will teach students mindfulness, self-awareness, self-management, empathy, and compassion. » More …

Honors Faculty Fellow Sergey Lapin receives Arete Award from WSU Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life

Sergey Lapin

Honors Faculty Fellow Sergey Lapin receives Arete Award from WSU Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life

Sergey LapinHonors Faculty Fellow Sergey Lapin received the Arete Award from the WSU Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life. The Arete Awards are given annually to three outstanding faculty members nominated by students in the Greek community. Dr. Lapin regularly teaches several popular Honors classes, including a seminar on scientific innovation and interdisciplinarity (HONORS 390), a seminar on Russian language, culture and history (HONORS 380), and the Honors Calculus courses. As one of his nomination letters said, “His honors classes always have a waitlist and if you don’t sign up right when enrollment begins you will not get in!”