Members of the CAS Honors Program have the opportunity to plan social and educational events such as guest speakers, trips to Washington D.C., film screenings, etc.
CAS honors students also are encouraged to plan events in conjunction with honors students at neighboring colleges and universities.
Honors Study Abroad Opportunities
Honors students are also encouraged to make time to participate in experiences such as a study abroad program, a Global Experiential Learning (GEL) trip, and experiential learning experiences provided by other organizations such as Partners in the Park.
Shenandoah has a home tuition semester abroad model for all of its partner programs, which means that you are billed Shenandoah’s regular comprehensive tuition fee which covers your tuition and room and board at one of our partner universities.
Partners in the Park
Partners in the Park is an outdoor experiential learning program organized by the National Collegiate Honors Society. Each year different national parks throughout the country offer semester-long courses that allow you to explore the resources available at the park. The program includes both urban (e.g. Boston Harbor) and more remote (e.g. Glacier National Park) locations. Scholarships are available from both national and regional honors council sources to help with registration and travel costs.
Recent CAS Honors Program Events
During the COVID-19 quarantine honors students gathered online to chat and try out their drawing skills prior to finals week. Everyone had a great time catching up with each other and their drawings aren’t half bad either!
A small group of Honors students enjoyed a fun trip to Whitetail Resort for an afternoon of snow tubing followed by a pizza party. Everyone loved the mental break and had a chance to meet a few of the program’s newest members.
Shenandoah had the opportunity to host the VCHC on campus this fall. This conference brought together honors students and faculty from eleven schools around Virginia, including Virginia Tech, James Madison University, and Northern Virginia Community College. The itinerary held a theme of diversity throughout the day. Students and faculty discussed possible honors program events, research projects, and fundraising ideas planned by students, for students. This was a great chance for SU honors students to have discussions with honors students from other schools and collaborate unique ideas, which we can implement into our own program.
I was able to meet and connect with many new students attending different colleges, which was a great experience.”
Kim Sequenza ‘22 | CAS Honors Program Secretary
The officers organized a program-wide retreat to Shenandoah’s Cool Springs campus. It was a relaxing weekend where the new members were welcomed into the program by the existing members. They enjoyed food and s’mores over a campfire, playing games, and hiking. Shenandoah’s Cool Springs campus is a great environment that offers many outdoor recreational activities to all of its students.
Virginias Collegiate Honors Council (VCHC) Spring Conference
At the beginning of April, four Honors Program students had the opportunity to accompany Dr. Rodgers to the Virginias Collegiate Honors Council Conference. The conference is held biannually at James Madison University for colleges and universities with Honors Programs. During the conference, Dr. Rodgers and student representatives attended the VCHC Emerging Honors Scholar of the Year and VCHC Honors Scholar of the Year award presentations and addresses, flash talks and oral presentations, artistic presentations, and a keynote address will be presented by Associate Professor of Political Science, Abe Goldberg. They attended a presentation on Philanthropy project and The Reading Road Show presented by Assistant Director of Children and Youth Services, Jolynne Bartley. The VCHC Conference is a great networking opportunity for SU Honors students to meet, discuss, and learn from Honors students and professors from other schools.
Rise Against Hunger Service Event
Students of the Honors Program dedicated their time on Martin Luther King Day to volunteering with fellow peers in Shingleton Gym at the Rise Against Hunger volunteer event. A team of Honors Students along with other SU studen
ts, faculty, and staff packaged meals that would be sent to developing countries in order to help end world hunger. Overall, a total of 15,000 meals were packaged in the two hour timespan that was spent in the gym. Rise Against Hunger faculty estimated that at this rate, we could eradicate world hunger completely by the year 2030.
Shenandoah University recently had the pleasure of hosting Dr. K. David Harrison, Associate Provost and professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore College. While on campus, Dr. Harrison attended lunch with students, led a film class discussion , and gave a research presentation to FYS students. Later that evening he participated in a Q&A after a public showing of his film at the local Alamo Drafthouse Theater. During his presentation, Dr. Harrison discussed the importance of language diversity and lessons that can be learned from endangered languages around the world. He emphasized that the loss of these languages will have severe consequences for their speakers, culture, and science. Honors students learned about the methods and technologies Dr. Harrison and his team are using around the world to preserve and learn from the native speakers of rare and endangered languages.