Alumni 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
Honors 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!”
Involved student receives Undergraduate Rising Star Award
Nam Nguyen, a Washington State University international business and marketing student, has been awarded the Region V Undergraduate Rising Star Award from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).
Nguyen received the award this month during the NASPA Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education’s Western Regional Conference in Sacramento, California. » More …
The WSU Ethics Bowl team at the Northwest Regional competition at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma on Nov. 10th, coached by Honors faculty member Nathan Nicol.
The WSU Ethics Bowl team (“The Kantsequentialists”) competed at The Northwest Regional Ethics Bowl Tournament this past Saturday, November 10. This year it was held at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. The event was a great success in every respect except, well, winning. We did not win this year. The team from Whitworth (“The Philosoraptors”) won this year. Nevertheless, we had three hard fought matches, many interesting discussions, and met some nice folks on the other teams. On Sunday, we had an excellent brunch where several parents came to join us, and the rest was all tranquility.
Honors College Students Named September Student-Athletes of the Month
Washington State football’s Hayden Schmidt and soccer’s Emma Dahline have been named the Academic Services Student-Athletes of the Month for September 2018.
A redshirt junior safety on the field, Schmidt (Mount Vernon, Wash.) is academically a senior majoring in mechanical engineering with a minor in Spanish. He is enrolled in the Honors College and a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon. Schmidt has a 3.73 grade point average, which he’s balanced while earning IFC Greek of the Year in 2017. » More …
Honors Assistant Clinical Professor Annie Lampman named NCHC Poetry Master Class facilitator
Professor Annie Lampman will lead the Poetry Master Class at the 2018 National Collegiate Honors Council conference in Boston, MA, November 7-11. NCHC Master Classes offer small, arts-based, performance workshops in Drama, Film, Music, and Poetry. Select honors students from across the nation work with expert facilitators and fellow honors students at the NCHC conference each year, honing their craft, learning new techniques, networking, and finally presenting at a culminating Master Class Showcase event. » More …
Learning another language has networking, cultural benefits all students should embrace
As a freshman entering college, I was excited for the opportunity to take new and interesting classes that were not available to me in high school.
Even though I took four years of Spanish and received credit through a college-in-the-high-school program, I decided during orientation to enroll in Italian 101. I loved taking Spanish, but I’ve been interested in the Italian language and culture since childhood, and I knew taking it at WSU would be a valuable and enriching experience. » More …
Honors alumni presents thesis at American Psychological Association meeting in San Francisco
2018 Honors College graduate Hayley Masterson presented her honors thesis at the American Psychological Association meeting in San Francisco in August. Hayley worked with Honors Faculty Fellow Dr. Phyllis Erdman (WSU College of Education) and Dr. Lori Kogan (Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine) in the 2nd cohort of the Human-Animal Interaction Collaborative (HAIC) between the honors colleges of WSU and CSU. Hayley graduated in microbiology and her honors thesis (“Animal Loss and Grief Experience of Pet Owners: How to prepare pet owners for the end of life process”) received “Pass with Distinction.”