If you're attending the 2019 Annual Conference, there are many ways to get involved. Consider lending your expertise to one of the following opportunities:


Student Fishbowl

Dear honors friends,

I am Jim Ford, and I am Co-Chair (with John Zubizarreta) of the Teaching & Learning Committee. Every year we sponsor the Student Fishbowl, a signature NCHC event in which a group of students from different honors programs and colleges have an honest conversation about their experience in Honors—what they love, and what they don’t. It’s time for me to recruit students for the Fishbowl. I want to find a diverse group of eight outstanding honors students to participate.

The Fishbowl is a tradition, and one of my favorite sessions at the conference. A group of students sit in a circle in the center of the room, facing each other, with a larger group of faculty, staff and other students seated around them. The student “fish” have a conversation with each other about honors, answering a series of questions about their own honors experience—what they love about honors, and what they might change. It’s a fascinating conversation, and one that new honors directors are often encouraged to attend.

I ask you to recommend one student for the panel. These should be students that are definitely attending the conference, and that you believe would present an interesting perspective on honors. Please send me a name and email address for any potential students by October 25 so that I can begin assembling the group. I hope to get a balance of majors, backgrounds, kinds of programs/colleges represented, etc. I will email the students selected to let them know you have recommended them, ask them if they are willing, and let them know everything they need to know. The Fishbowl itself will be on Friday, November 8th at 1 p.m.

I would love to have one of your students in the Fishbowl this year. Either way I hope you will join us in New Orleans, and at the Fishbowl. Thanks for your help.



Master Class Participant

Submit Your Master Class Proposal Here

For Drama, Film, Music & Poetry
Master Class submissions will be accepted through Fall 2019, until full.

Master classes are performance classes in drama, music, poetry, and film and allow for individual or group creative presentations. In all areas, submissions that emphasize the conference theme will be given priority for acceptance. The culminating master class showcase will feature selected presentations from each master class. Applicants for the music master class must submit a recorded audition piece. Applicants for the poetry master class must submit samples of poetry.

  • Drama (Depending on the enrollment, drama students may give monologues or small group scenes.) – The drama master class will be facilitated by Donna Clevinger. Questions should be directed to dclevinger@honors.msstate.edu.
  • Poetry (3 poems required. Poetry participants will have the opportunity to present and to discuss their work.) – The poetry master class will be facilitated by Dr. Mark Yakich, Loyola University New Orleans. Questions should be directed to yakich@loyno.edu.
  • Music (Soloists (instrumental and vocal) and small instrumental ensembles (trios and quartets) are encouraged to apply.) The music master class will be facilitated by Dr. Donzell Lee (Alcorn State University), Dr. Rebecca Sorley (University of Indianapolis), Steven C. Edwards (Delgado Community College), and Dr. Galit Gertsenzon (Ball State University). Questions should be directed to dlee@alcorn.edu.
  • Film – the film master class will be facilitated by Michele Forman, Director of the Media Studies Program at the University of Alabama Birmingham. Questions should be directed to mforman@uab.edu.

General questions regarding the Master Classes should be directed to Brent Register at register@clarion.edu or 814-393-2473.

Audio Visual (AV) is available for Master Classes. All requests must be made at the time of proposal submission. No AV requests made after this submission will be allowed.

Student Moderator

Call for Student Moderators

Student Moderators are a very important part of the NCHC Annual Conference! Moderators are assigned to conference sessions upon review of a student’s application to participate. Responsibilities of Student Moderators include—but are not limited to—the following:

  • Arriving early to assigned General Session room
  • Ensuring presentation room is set up correctly
  • Introducing session presenters
  • Keeping track of time for each presentation
  • Reminding presenters of time frames
  • Encouraging and facilitating discussions following each presentation

  • If you are interested in serving as a Student Moderator at #NCHC19, please fill out an application below. Before you fill out the application, please reach out to your honors director, and verify that your institution will be paying for your conference registration, as well as your travel/lodging in New Orleans.

    If you are a conference presenter, there is a section of the application to indicate the time/date of your scheduled presentation(s).

    Click Here to Apply!

    Directors & Faculty

    Consultants Center

    One of the conference's signature features, the Consultants Center, will be scheduled at various times on Friday and Saturday of the conference. Our attendees appreciate veteran honors directors, faculty, and advisors who share their expertise with conference attendees. We hope that you will volunteer to serve in the Consultants Center. If you are interested, please complete the form below.

    The deadline to submit the form is August 29. If you have any questions about serving in the Consultants Center, please feel free to contact me at lfurry@hccfl.edu.

    Join the Consultants Center

    Thank you for your service to NCHC and your fellow conference attendees.

    Lauren Furry
    Honors Coordinator, Hillsborough Community College

    Poster Judge

    More information coming soon!

    Developing in Honors Facilitator (closed)

    For a number of years, Developing in Honors (DIH) has offered programming on the Thursday of the annual conference. This series has targeted honors directors, faculty, and staff who are established in their positions and seeking new ways of handling curriculum and programs in Honors or dealing with complex and challenging issues in Honors. Traditionally, we have sought topical ideas from the membership and then nomination (self or other) of potential facilitators. This approach has worked well and produced a diversity of topics, as well as given a broader group of individuals the opportunity to lead a session during the conference.

    Last year we adjusted the DIH programming slightly to achieve several goals. We wanted to 1) create substantive opportunities for interaction among NCHC members early in the conference, 2) to provide participants with some tangible tools that they take back to their programs for implementation, and 3) highlight some targeted topics that were related to the conference theme.

    To achieve these goals, we tested a more structured workshop model. The feedback from this approach was positive, so we would like to offer a similar opportunity this year. We will also continue the discussion session model that we have used for a number of years.

    To this end, we have changed the submission process a bit. This year, we ask that you submit a proposal if you are interested in participating in a Developing in Honors session on Thursday, November 7th. Please use the link below to submit your proposal for either a workshop or discussion session by Thursday, April 11th.

    Submit Your DIH Proposal Here

    Proposals will be reviewed and selections announced by Tuesday, April 23rd.

    Jessica Sullins
    Trisha Folds-Bennett

    Co-Coordinators, Developing In Honors

    SIH Consultant (closed)

    Last year was the first time NCHC offered a Student Consultant’s Corner at the Annual Conference, as a part of the Students in Honors (SIH) track. It was quite popular with over 90 students meeting with honors faculty 1-on-1 to get feedback on a resume, CV, personal statement, elevator pitch (introduction) or how to talk about their honors journey with others.

    We are offering this again in New Orleans, during the SIH session on Thursday. The more volunteers we get to staff a 1-hour slot, the better we’ll be able to serve the students who attend the conference. Can you contribute your expertise for an hour during NCHC19?

    Please contact Christina McIntyre at cmcintyre@vt.edu no later than April 20, if you would be interested in volunteering. Indicate if there are topics you feel better prepared to take on or if you are willing to do any one of these. If possible, also indicate which time slot you would be available for: 11am– 12pm; 1pm–2pm; 2pm-3pm on Thursday, November 7.

    Thank you for your participation!

    Christina McIntyre