Members of the Shenandoah University Honors Program have the opportunity to plan social and educational events such as guest speakers, trips to Washington D.C., film screenings, etc.
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.
Honors students can apply to receive experiential learning funds from the Honors Program. These funds can be used to support any activity that will help you reach your goals while at Shenandoah University. Examples of ways in which students have used these funds include GEL trips, professional organization memberships, research supplies, conference registration fees, and travel for internships or study abroad experiences.
Recent Honors Program Events
During the Spring 2023 semester Honors students hosted several social events to take a break from their academics. February events included a pizza social and a bagel brunch. Students then finished out the semester with an ice cream social just before finals week.
Honors students have the opportunity to attend the VCHC spring conference each year. This conference provides an opportunity for students to connect with other Honors students throughout the state, attend professional development opportunities, and present their current research projects. Two students, Skye Austin and Justus Whittington, each shared posters of their senior research projects.
Honors students enjoyed a relaxing brunch on campus. They ordered breakfast from a local bagel shop and checked in with each other to see how the semester was going.
To kick off the semester, honors students got to meet current and new students in the program around the campfire while making some s’mores! This gave new students the opportunity to talk to current students about classes and anything college.
To celebrate the holiday season, honors students did a grab-bag style gift exchange while enjoying some good food, a warm cozy fire, and jamming to some fun holiday music!
Honors students went to Chasin Axe in Old Town Winchester for a fun night of ax throwing, darts, and good food! Students were able to enjoy time away from the classroom while having fun with friends.
Volunteering at Vaccination Clinic
Spring Semester 2021
Multiple members of the Honors Program have been volunteering their time at the Shenandoah University and Valley Health vaccine clinic held on campus. Depending on their level of experience, students are helping with check in, check out, and even vaccination. This has been a great opportunity for honors students to support their local community and help curb the spread of SARS-CoV-2.