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					                                                                                                             October 2003



                          H O N O R A B L E
   October
     2003                 MENTION
                              A Publication of The University of Iowa Honors Program
      Honorable

                     Make a friend . . . The                 honors
      Mention is
  published four
     times each
  academic year
  by students of
  The University
                            By
                      Nicole Lukan                   Mentoring Program
Honors Program.      Newsletter Editor
  The newsletter       Do you wish you
  staff welcomes     knew a great place to
      comments,      study on campus? Or
    suggestions,     maybe you are looking
       and ideas.    for somewhere good to
                     eat downtown. Wonder-
 Submissions can     ing about what courses
    be sent to the   to take next semester?
     editor Nicole   Do you just want to
  Lukan at nicole-   meet a new friend? If
lukan@uiowa.edu.     so, maybe the Honors
                     Mentoring Program is
                     for you.
   In This             This program is of-
                     fered for Honors stu-        Honors Luncheon
    Issue            dents looking to learn       Students fill their plates at the lunch welcoming new honors students
                     more about the univer-       at the Iowa Memorial Union in August.
   A message         sity and to enhance their
    from your        college experience. Po-      helps get them in-         through what they are      ever, the goal of the
      Honors         tential mentors or           volved,” he explained.     doing with someone         honors Mentoring Pro-
     Director        mentees fill out a survey      Freshman Mentee          else—it helps them see     gram is for it to be self-
                     of their interests. They     Katie Espersen signed      where they are,” he        perpetuating. “We get
 Check out the       are then matched with        up because she thought     said.                      them together and hope
 spring honors       another student with         the program could assist     The program has been     that they will take it
   seminars          similar interests and        her in adapting to col-    very helpful to sopho-     from there with lots of
                     usually the same major.      lege life. “I wanted       more Kim Groah,            individual meetings.
                       According to Coordi-       someone who I could        Espersen’s mentor. “I      Our ultimate goal is that
   Meet your         nator of Student Pro-        go to if I was stuck on    did it last year and my    people will become
   awesome           grams Michael Brooks,        something or needed to     experience made me         friends,” Brooks con-
  Honors staff       the program has a great      ask a question,” she       want to help someone       cluded.
                     deal of value for partici-   said.                      else,” she mentioned.        If you are interested in
 Find out when       pants. “New students           Brooks pointed out         An introductory meet-    becoming a mentor for
 the new Blank       get the chance to talk to    that there are also ben-   ing was held on Sep-       next year, there will be
 Honors Center       someone who has expe-        efits for the mentors.     tember 14 for student      applications available in
    will open        rience with Honors and       “Sometimes it helps        pairs to meet and get to   early spring.
                     the University and it        people just to talk        know each other; how-
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     A Message from the Director . . .
           Building on the Past
                                                                     the second story with tightly fitted arguments and sturdy con-
                By Alice Fulton                                      trasts, or illuminating your senior research or concert with the
                                                                     open skylight. In all of this you are building on a sturdy foun-
            Honors Program Director                                  dation of past work, and you can turn to experienced scholars
                                                                     to help you with the construction and materials. The intellects
  There are one-story intellects, two-story intellects, and three-   you build in these few years, you will live in and enjoy for
story intellects with skylights. All fact collectors who have no     decades.
aim beyond their facts are one-story men. Two-story men com-           Of course, even a building of the mind needs to have a foot-
pare, reason, generalize, using the labors of fact collectors as     ing somewhere in the real world. We are very fortunate to be
well as their own. Three-story men [and women!] idealize, imag-      anticipating a new home for the Honors Program when the
ine, predict— their best illumination comes from above, through      Blank Honors Center opens this spring. The new Center will
the skylight. —Oliver Wendell Holmes                                 have classrooms that invite and support creative teaching and
  One of the deepest human impulses is to build. When we             seminars. It will have rooms for quiet study and for group
moved out of caves we constructed huts and long houses,              projects, for relaxing together and for recreational reading and
temples and caravansaries, and towers that scrape the sky.           stimulating games. It will provide the hospitality for a wide
Perhaps our most inspiring buildings are the ones we inhabit         range of visitors to join the honors students and for honors
with the mind. The three-story intellects that Holmes describes      students to meet each other.
do not spring out of the air. As you return to your studies this       We wish you the best in your studies this fall and look for-
fall, you are engaged in constructing your own version—              ward to your joining us in this new home. Help us make it a
whether you are still building the ground floor of facts, raising    place of welcome and growth for everyone!


            Honorable Mention
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                             Contact Us:


                                                                         Honors???
                                                                      in Honor s???
Alice Fulton                         honors-director@uiowa.edu
         Director
Robert Kirby                         robert-kirby@uiowa.edu
         Assistant Director
Michael Brooks                       michael-k-brooks@uiowa.edu

Mary Uhl
         Coordinator of Student Programs
                                     mary-uhl@uiowa.edu
                                                                                              Go to
         Program Secretary
Matt Brown                           mdbro@engineering.uiowa.edu     http://www.uiowa.edu/
         Webmaster
Spencer Griffin
         Arts
                                     spencer-griffin@uiowa.edu              ~honors
Allison Heckert                      allison-heckert@uiowa.edu
         Dean’s Scholars/Honor Societies                             and sign up for the Honors
Nicole Lukan
         Newsletter
                                     nicole-lukan@uiowa.edu
                                                                     Listserv, where you can get
Lauren McCarthy                      lauren-mccarthy@uiowa.edu
         Diversity Series                                              the latest on FREE arts
Allison Page                         allison-page@uiowa.edu
         Volunteer Program
Jacek Pruski                         jacek-pruski@uiowa.edu
                                                                       tickets, guest speakers,
         Foreign Relations Council
Andrew Thomas                        andrew-thomas-1@uiowa.edu
                                                                       volunteer opportunities
         Presidential Scholars
Heather Underwood                    heather-underwood@uiowa.edu
                                                                          and so much more!
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Broaden your horizons . . .
Take a Spring Honors Seminar
                                                                       also be of use to those going into law, journalism, or interna-
                   By Nicole Norton                                    tional studies.”
                                                                         For a unique view out of this world, students should take
  The University Honors Program (UHP) is offering seminars             Steven Spangler’s seminar. Spangler (Physics and Astronomy)
in a variety of areas during the spring 2004 semester. Students        will be co-teaching a course entitled “Life in the Universe: Sci-
will have the opportunity to register for seminars in humanities,      entific Bases for Speculation” with UHP Director Alice Fulton.
a seminar in the natural sciences, and a seminar in the social         Students of all ages and areas of study are encouraged to enroll
sciences. These seminars will be approached in ways that strive        and join in questioning the possibility of life elsewhere in the
to be academically and professionally helpful, as well as just         universe. “This class is unique, both in that the whole semester
plain interesting and unique.                                          deals with the scientific context of life elsewhere in the uni-
  Robert Ketterer (Classics) feels that his course “Shakespeare’s      verse, and [in] that it incorporates both the astronomical/astro-
Romans” is one that will be academically helpful to any student        physical perspective and the biological/biochemical perspective,”
interested in Shakespeare and English literature. Ketterer said        said Spangler. “In addition, a class jointly taught by an astrono-
that in addition to discussion of Shakespeare’s plays and po-          mer and a biochemist is unusual.”
ems, students should anticipate “looking at how his ideas about          Sarah Prineas is scheduled to teach an honors seminar that
the Romans and the Roman Empire developed over the course              uses critical thinking and analysis to focus on J.R.R Tolkien and
of his career.” This course is an ideal way to learn about             what his work means to the fantasy genre. “I think students
Shakespeare and his response to the Roman world.                       will find this study academically challenging as well as interest-
  Students with an interest in the religious implications of art-      ing and unique,” said Prineas. While this seminar is sure to ap-
work should consider enrolling in David Klemm’s seminar, “Ro-          peal to students with previous exposure to Tolkien’s work, any
manticism in Thought and Image.” While Klemm (Religious                student with an interest in learning more about fantasy literature
Studies) plans to discuss aspects of both art and theology, he         or Tolkien would enjoy the class.
listed one of his primary objectives as improving students’ “ability     Sophomore Laura Avey, who enrolled in a spring 2003 honors
to interpret modern paintings for their religious meaning.” He         seminar, is one of the many students who have had a positive
also feels that the nature of the course “will give valuable expe-     experience with this program. Avey took a course on fantasy
rience for students who will someday find themselves in gradu-         and science fiction literature. While she was thrilled to be taking
ate seminars.”                                                         a class that piqued her interests, she also said that she really
  First- and second-year honors students interested in a semi-         enjoyed “the fact that Honors seminars are open to everyone.
nar in the social sciences should look no further than Florence        All of my other classes are filled with English and journalism
Babb’s course, “City and Society.” Students can expect to en-          majors. The seminar is a way to meet people of various majors
gage in discussions of timely issues concerning cities from a          but with similar interests. Plus, it is easier to feel comfortable in
cross-cultural perspective and to develop critical reading and         the small group setting of the seminar.”
thinking skills. Babb (Anthropology) said that for students “in-         With the variety of Honors seminars being offered next se-
terested in anthropology and other social sciences, or in social       mester, there is ample reason to take advantage of the small, in-
inequality and human rights, it will be a helpful course. It could     depth, discussion-oriented environment of these courses.


 what do you know about . . .                                            Honor Societies?
                              Golden Key is for juniors and seniors in the top 15% of their class.
                       Mortar Board is for seniors and is based on scholarship, leadership, and service.
                       Omicron Delta Kappa is for students with 60+ semester hours and a 3.35 GPA.
            Phi Eta Sigma is for first-year students with a minimum 3.4 GPA who are in the top 20% of their class.
            National Society of Collegiate Scholars is for first- or second-year students with a minimum 3.4 GPA.

        For more information on the University Honors Program sponsored Honors Societies, check out
                        http://www.uiowa.edu/~honors/students/current/societies.html

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and as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can.” —George Bernard Shaw                      the rest.”—Mark Twain
                                                                                                          some people and astonish
Quote to live by: “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community
                                                                                                          do right. This will gratify
munity projects, and hanging around the Jefferson Building 24 hours a day.
                                                                                                          Quote to live by: “Always
Outside interests: playing guitar, running around in an Ultimate Frisbee game, working on com-
                                                                                                          Jeopardy watching.
Coordinator of Student Programs
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Mike Brooks
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casional rodent that the cats         Quote to live by: “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, what
horses, dogs, cats and an oc-         climbing, and watching movies with my family.
Williamsburg, where he has            Other interests: Teaching in the department of Biochemistry, reading, gardening, biking, skiing,
time outdoors at his home in          Director
Other interests: Spending             Alice Fulton
Assistant Director
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    Your HONORIFIC Staff!
                                                                            Introducing . . .
                                                                                                  http://www.uiowa.edu/~honors
                                                                                                                 October 2003
Matt Brown                                                          Nicole Lukan
Sophomore                                                           Freshman
Major: Industrial Engineering                                       Major: Journalism and Mass Communication
Position: Webmaster                                                 Position: Newsletter Editor
Outside interests: Engineering classes, superhero and ninja         Outside interests: reading, all types of music, Hawkeye sports,
training                                                            spending time with family and friends
Matt says: “If you be keepin’ it real or even if you aren’t,        Quote to live by: “Be who you are and say what you feel
remember that to err is human, but to really foul things up you     because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter
need a computer.”                                                   don’t mind.”—Dr. Seuss


Allison Page                        Heather Underwood
Sophomore                           Senior
Major: Piano Performance            Majors: Social Work, Psychology
Minor: French Literature            Position: Honors Learning Communities Coordinator
Position: Volunteer Coordinator     Outside interests: Dancing, playing sports, reading poetry, being with friends and family,
Outside Interests: Reading, run-    and Hawkeye football.
ning, practicing piano & flute,     Heather says: “Here is my little piece of advice for the Learning Community students. Con-
anything outdoors                   trary to its rather compartmental appearance, your dorm room is not a cage. Get out!
Quote to live by: “Limited be-       Explore and take advantage of the opportunities that this Univeristy has to offer. Become a
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Senior
                                                                     Senior
Majors: Environmental Economics & Policy (Interdepartmen-
                                                                     Major: Management and Finance; Minor: Theatre
tal Studies), Political Science
                                                                     Position: Deans Scholars and Honor Societies Coordinator
Position: Foreign Relations Council Coordinator
                                                                     Outside interests: Management and Organizations research,
Outside interests: Big coffee drinker, mediocre guitar player,
                                                                     24-7, Alpha Chi Omega, and Hawkinson Scholars.
runs some miles from time to time, wishes he rock-climbed
                                                                     Quote to live by: “Strong people make as many mistakes as
more often, loves any cooking that can be done in 15 minutes
                                                                     weak people. The difference is that strong people admit their
or less.
                                                                     mistakes, laugh at them, learn from them. That is how they
Jacek says: “To be (read: to participate in Honors program-
                                                                     become strong.”—Unknown
ming) or not to be (read: to not), that is The Question.”

                                    Spencer Griffin
Andrew Thomas                       Senior
Sophomore                           Major: Theatre Arts
Major: History                      Position: Arts Coordinator
Position: Presidential Scholars     Outside interests: Theater, film, entertainment, the James Gang, Public Space ONE, socially
Liason                              creative entrepreneurship, comedy, tragedy, and you.
Outside interests: Paperback        Spencer says: “Iowa City rocks. Honors Program rocks. Arts rock. Add those together and
Rhino Improv Comedy, Mock           you get YOU. What? It’s true...You, in Iowa City, in the Honors Program,
Trial                               doing Arts stuffy stuff! Get it? No? Then email me at spencer-griffin@uiowa.edu. We’ll
Quote to live by: “Never give       discuss how much you/iowa city/honors/arts ROCKS!”
in—never, never, never, never,
in nothing great or small, large
or petty, never give in except to   Lauren McCarthy
convictions of honour and good      Sophomore
sense. Never yield to force;        Major: Political Science, International Studies
never yield to the apparently       Position: Diversity Series Coordinator
overwhelming might of the en-       Outside interests: Executive Director of the Bijou Cinema, and student orientation adviser
emy.”—Winston Churchill             Lauren says: “Despite my imposing 5' frame, I’m actually quite friendly and thrilled to
                                    share the wonders of the Honors Program with anyone who will listen.”

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http://www.uiowa.edu/~honors

Blank Honors Center Set to
Open in January
                     By Emily Backes

  The Blank Honors Center will be ready to open for the up-
coming spring semester.
  According to Assistant Director Robert Kirby, while there was
damage done to the building during a fire early in the school
year, it still should be ready to move into in early January. “Clearly
we had setbacks but there should be no delay in getting into the
building. We should be able to start moving in on January 5 and
we’re planning to have it open to honors students a full week
before the spring semester begins.”
  Each floor will have several different features that Kirby says
will be very useful for Honors students. There will be a large
                                                                         A computer-generated look at the Blank Honors Center
lobby area at the entrance of the building which can be used to
hold receptions for students in the Honors Program. The first
two floors will each have five classrooms that will be able to             Looking ahead, Kirby expressed hope that students will take
seat up to 24 students each and there will also be an ICN class-         advantage of the many new opportunities the building will offer
room.                                                                    them. “We are really excited about all the different things that
  Kirby went on to explain that the third floor would probably           we’re going to be able to do and we hope that students are
be the floor of most interest to honors students. “The third             going to utilize the several options that will be available to them
floor is the student floor and is the location of the connection to      through the new building,” he concluded.
Daum. There will be several study rooms for students to use
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and we will have computer connections throughout the space               PORCH
so students can bring in their laptops and use the internet,” he         2.STUDY
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said. “There will also be a large lounge which we can use to             3. TUTOR
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bring in guest speakers because it will easily accommodate 40            4. WELCOME
to 50 people.”                                                           CENTER
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  Kirby indicated that several entertainment options will also be        RESTROOM
located on the third floor. “There is a TV/kitchen lounge area           6. LIBRARY
                                                                         STORAGE
that will be equipped with a refrigerator, microwave and boiling         7. ELECTRICAL
water tap for students to prepare food while they’re studying.           CLOSET
                                                                         8. JANITORIAL
This area will also have a VCR/DVD player so there can be                CLOSET
                                                                         9. TELECOM
movie nights and other social activities held here.”                     CLOSET
  Several study resources will also be available on the student          10. WOMENS
                                                                         RESTROOM
floor. “The third floor will also house the Belin library which          11. COPY
will have its own librarian and contain honors theses from pre-          NICHE
                                                                         12. EMAIL
vious years. There will be an ITC on this floor staffed by a             NICHE
monitor who can share resources and let people know what’s               13. STUDENT
                                                                         COMMONS
available.”                                                              14. BELIN
                                                                         FAMILY
  Much of the remaining three floors Kirby said will be used for         RESEARCH
office space. “The fourth floor will be dedicated to administra-         LIBRARY
                                                                         15. COMPUTER
tive offices, student offices and a number of small meeting rooms        CENTER
where a person could defend an honors thesis and such. The               16. CLINIC
                                                                         ROOMS
fifth floor will not be fully utilized and is being set aside for        17. PROPOSED
future development. The Belin Blank International Center for             LINK TO
                                                                         CAREERS
Gifted Education and Talented Development will be located on             CENTER
                                                                         (BELOW)
the sixth floor,” Kirby stated.                                                                          Floorplan of the third level

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                                                                                                                   October 2003

A tradition of triumph . . .
Mock Trial Team Continues to Succeed
  The University of Iowa Mock Trial Program began with the          Reynoldson Award for coach of the year. He was the youngest
vision of determined honors students who wanted to create           individual to ever achieve the award.
something extraordinary. The team had no organizational struc-        During the 2003 academic year, the UI team achieved the most
ture, no financial support, no coaches and no assistants.           successful invitational season ever recorded by a mock trial
  Yet despite early losses, the team refused to stop working. In    team. Captained by Travis McGivern and Steven Moeller, the
1998, as their first season wore on, the team improved enough       team of Joshua Jones, Rachel Madden, Neal Schuett, Laura
to qualify for the national tournament. That qualification left     Schultes, and Sigrid Ulve worked hard throughout the year.
them hungry for more, and they qualified for nationals again in     The words that inspired the 2003 team were, “Clarence Darrow
1999. The original vision became contagious as they continued       once said that inside every great lawyer is a wreck of a poet.
to work hour after hour to realize it. In 2000, the team achieved   And he was certainly right. Individually, you bring to this team
an honorable mention designation at the National Champion-          your unique poetry and, when we put all of that together, we
ship. In 2001, The UI team finished fourth in the nation, achiev-   come up with an epic verse that can be encapsulated in a single
ing a great milestone.                                              word: Victory.” The team went on to finish the national tourna-
  More was yet to come. In the fall of 2002, founding member        ment undefeated, becoming one of only two programs ever to
Beau Brindley went on to the University of Iowa Law School          win back-to-back national titles.
and began to coach his former teammates. That semester, for           The coaching staff continues to grow as members graduate,
the first time the team received financial backing from the Uni-    go on to law school, and try to keep the championship engine
versity Honors Program. In the ensuing year, a team led by          running. Additionally, the entire Iowa coaching staff – coaches
honors student Steven Moeller and teammates Travis McGivern,        Ryan Seelau, Beau Brindley, and Kristofer Lyons – received the
Ryan Seelau, Joshua Jones, Neal Schuett, Melissa Singer,            Reynoldson Coach of the Year award. Coach Seelau became
Michaela Meidlinger, and Laura Schultes, won the coveted na-        the youngest Reynoldson winner of all time.
tional championship. It was the first time that a completely stu-     The Mock Trial Program’s success proves two things: 1)
dent-run program ever won the title. For his efforts during the     dreams do come true when determined individuals form one
season, Coach Beau Brindley was recognized with the W. W.           unstoppable force; and 2) the poetry of victory is the realization
                                                                    of a vision fueled by hard work and determination.




                The Review Corner...
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser
                                                                    and the automobile allowed Ray Kroc to expand a small outfit
                   By Vincent Cima                                  called McDonald’s into a homogenizing culinary force. The
                                                                    beginning also focuses on the industry’s relations with people,
  Growing up in America, most of us have had the experience         examining the plight of its employees and how fast food cor-
of hopping into our family car and going to McDonald’s. While       porations are tunneling into schools in order to advertise to
we may have just wanted the toy, it didn’t stop us from eating      children.
the fries, the hamburgers and the package of cookies. We              The rest of the book examines the fast food industry “be-
saw our parents order food from the teenager behind the             hind the counter,” so to speak. Schlosser visits New Jersey’s
counter. We threw our own Styrofoam and plastic garbage             multibillion dollar artificial flavoring industry, the meat pack-
away. We love our McDonalds, but Eric Schlosser reveals             ing and processing plants that provide the restaurants with
what goes on behind all of those great memories.                    their meat, and the massive ranching operations that raise ani-
  Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation is an engaging mix of inves-         mals to be slaughtered for the industry’s benefit.
tigative reporting and sociological analysis. The book follows        Scholsser’s work is frighteningly informative, regardless of
a simple format, mixing anecdotes and interviews with statis-       how you feel about fast food. After reading Fast Food Na-
tics and broad studies of topics. The first 90 pages are dedi-      tion, either your stomach or heart may jump the next time you
cated to the origins of the fast food industry, how automation      see the Golden Arches.

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http://www.uiowa.edu/~honors



             ABC’s...Taught By Me?
                                                                          room and learned the same material, but when students would
                By Amy Fenneman                                           come to me for help with their midterms or papers, every one
             Former Newsletter Editor                                     of them brought something different. Some people gathered
                                                                          their information from the readings, some from the lectures,
  During the spring 2003 semester, I had the opportunity to do            some from video presentations, some from all. Each person
something I swore I would never do—teach. Because my mom                  approached the assignment from a unique standpoint. All of
was a first-grade teacher, everyone always thought I was go-              these students had taken something away from class, whether
ing to be one as well. And I always said that would never                 intentionally or unintenionally, and were making it their own.
happen. But as my collegiate experience began drawing to a                And it was up to Barbara and me to guide and encourage
close, I realized I wanted to do something unique. Yes, I had             these ideas. Even though I might have known the material,
done internships. Yes, I took fun courses, required courses,              and understood it, it was up to me to make sure each student
and courses I thought would be “real-world” useful. Tired of              did as well. That was an outstanding amount of responsibil-
just sitting in a classroom and doing homework, I was looking             ity. I learned how to communicate the same idea in many
to enrich my education. While doing some research on the                  different ways to accomodate each person’s unique way of
Honors Program, I stumbled upon the Honors Teaching                       learning. This not only helped the students, but also taught
Practicum.                                                                me to communicate more effectively when doing group work
  I found that I met all the requirements, so I met with Profes-          or projects.
sor Barbara Welch-Breder, who agreed to take me on as her                   Of course, I learned so much more during my practicum
Honors Teaching Practicum assistant in the course Cultural                than can ever be put on paper. My time management, com-
History of Television.                                                    munication, organizational, and teamwork skills are just a few
  Barbara and I met several times to discuss my duties. I would           things that improved during my practicum. Also, my respect
hold office hours in the Becker Communication Building, su-               for teachers and professors has increased immensely! Al-
pervise the students’ completion of their viewing journals for            though I still do not think I will follow in my mother’s foot-
the course and conduct the viewing sessions. This was a tele-             steps, I recommend that any Honors Student looking for a
vision class, so students were required to journal about the              new perspective on college to try it on the other side. The
television programs they watched, as well as watch a specified            grass isn’t always greener, but you will learn something on
number over the course. Writing the journal requirements was              the journey over.
harder than I expected—not only did I need to encompass ev-
erything that was required, I needed to make the assignment
clear for the students and touch on everything Barbara wanted
covered. My other responsibilities included tracking attendance,           How Can I Get Involved?
the programs watched, student questions/needs, and topics cov-
ered in discussion.                                                       In order to participate in the Honors Teaching
  The viewing session I conducted was a very big eye-opener               Practicum you must:
for me. I remember all the times when special sessions were                  *be a senior honors student
held outside of other classes I had been in, and I didn’t attend
                                                                             *have taken the freshman or sophomore level
because I thought I could put it off for later. Apparently, many
students in this class thought the same thing! As the time the                GEP course you select to assist and received a B
journals were due neared, all of the office resources disap-                  or better.
peared, while students scrambled to complete their work on                   *attend class regularly and maintain office hours
time. Seeing “my” students struggle to catch up taught me that
procrastination is hard on teachers and students alike.                        If you are interested in the Honors Teaching
  I learned so much more than just what to do and not to do as                 Practicum, visit the Honors Program office to
a student, though. For me, the most fascinating thing was
                                                                                   complete a statement of interest form.
actually seeing how people learn. We all sat in the same class-

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