News from NCHC | November 2018

In This Issue...

#NCHC18 Wrap-Up & Photos

2018 NCHC Election

Disaster Relief During This Giving Season

2018 Award Winners

Partners in the Parks 2019

Place as Text Faculty Institutes 2019

UReCA: Issue 3

Call for HIP Submissions

GEICO Member Benefit


To all our NCHC colleagues that were able to join us in Boston for the 2018 Annual Conference, thank you! With nearly 2,100 members of our honors community in attendance, NCHC18 was one for the record books. Deep dives into topics from student mental health to classroom curricula, program growth to budget management, international engagement to local civic action, and much more were brought forward in workshops, panels, small group discussions and large open forums. Attendees had opportunities to explore Boston's culture and history outside the conference space, connect with personal insights and stories at the Open Mic Night and Story Slam, and to let loose with the Student Party and NCHC After Dark. We hope you returned to your campuses with a renewed energy for honors education, new ideas and project to propel you forward in 2019, and encouragement to get involved in your national honors community through NCHC.

Our annual conference is only possible through the hard work, support, and commitment brought forth by our members - those who organized, those who volunteered, and those who attended. Thank you for making NCHC18 an event to remember!

Click here to view photos from NCHC18!

2018 Election

As a valued member of NCHC and the honors education community, an important way to make your voice heard is by voting in the NCHC Annual Elections. Please take a moment to review the candidate statements submitted by those members running for the NCHC Board of Directors positions, available now on the NCHC website. You will also find further details about casting your vote on the 3 additional proposals that require the attention of the membership.

As a reminder, all paid members of NCHC will receive an email with their personal link to vote in the 2018 Election (from the Big Pulse online voting system) in their inbox on Monday, December 3rd. Voting opens at 6:00 AM CST on Monday, December 3, and closes at 12:00 PM CST on Monday, December 10th.

If you have questions concerning this vote or process, please contact the NCHC office at

Disaster Relief During This Giving Season

In the wake of several natural disasters this fall, our hearts and minds are with our NCHC members affected by these tragedies. If you are inclined during this season of giving, you can visit to locate ways to do the most good. Under "hot topics", you'll find charities linked to the most recent events, including the California wildfires and Hurricane Michael.

Congratulations to NCHC's 2018 Award Winners!

NCHC Founders Award

Dr. Joan Digby, Long Island University (LIU Post)

2018 Class of NCHC Fellows

Steven Engel, Georgia Southern University

Jerry Herron, Wayne State University

Melissa L. Johnson, University of Florida

Rae Rosenthal, The Community College of Baltimore County

Laurie Smith Law, Iowa State University

Sam Schuman Award for Excellence
at a Four-Year Institution

Dr. John Zubizarreta, Columbia College

Ron Brandolini Award for Excellence
at a Two-Year Institution

Dr. Eddie Weller, San Jacinto College

NCHC Award for Administrative Excellence

Stacey Wanta, St. Norbert College

2018 Student of the Year
(4-Year Institution)

Autumn Barszczowski, Point Park University

2018 Student of the Year
(2-Year Institution)

Amanda Garrod, Cleveland State Community College

Freddye T. Davy Scholarship

Nadira Ali, Washington State University

Nathanael Linton, Pace University

Amber Bland, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

John J. Hanigan Scholarship

Elisha Jaeke, St. Norbert College

Portz Interdisciplinary Research Fellowship

Isis Garcia-Rodriguez, Suffolk University - $5,000
Project Title: "Effects of Legal Status on Parent-Child Relationships and Well-Being"

Benjamin Moran, Texas Christian University - $5,000
Project Title: "ReWire Movement Method as Therapeutic Practice for Performers/Dancers with Cerebral Palsy"

William Gloster, University of Central Arkansas - $1,000
Project Title: "The Abandoned Landscape of the Summer Olympic Games"

Ciera Hammond, California State University, San Bernardino - $1,000
Project Title: "The Psychology of Political Efficacy and Its Unanticipated Effect on Youth Voter Turnout"

Alyson Smith, Augusta University - $1,000
Project Title: "The Relationship Between Christianity and PTSD Illustrated Through 19th- and 20th-Century Literature"

NCHC Portz Scholars

Thomas Boudreaux, High Point University, "The Applications of Deep Neural Networks to sdBV Classification"

Jessica Garland, University of Denver, "Corporate Bodies Politic: How Corporations are Leveraged in a 'Third Space' of Struggle Between the American Settler State and Native American Communities"

Jessica McMeans, Mt. San Jacinto College, "The Birth of Venus: Reconsidering the Origins and Meanings of the Venus Figurines"

Megan Swoger, Kent State University, "Analysis of the Prevailing Practice of FGM in the Upper West Region of Ghana: Are International Laws and Domestic Policy Effective in Eradicating FGM Within the State?"

NCHC Newsletter Awards

Student - Print

1st: College of San Mateo, Labyrinth

2nd: California State University Long Beach, The Honor Code

3rd: Pierre Laclede Honors College at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, Brain Stew

Faculty/Administrator/Student - Print

1st: University of Maine, Minerva

2nd: Louisiana State University Roger Hadfield Ogden Honors College, Quadrille

3rd: Middle Tennessee State University, Areté

Student - Electronic

1st (tie):California Polytechnic State University, Honors Program Newsletter

1st (tie): Oral Roberts University, The Gestalt

3rd: DePaul University, Honorable Mentions

Faculty/Administrator/Student - Electronic

1st: Indiana State University, Honors College Newsletter

2nd: Texas Southern University, Freeman Honors

3rd: Manhattanville College, Castle Voices

2018 Faculty Poster Winners

Innovating in the Areas of Honors Advising, Housing and Living and Learning Environments, or Program Administration:

John Emert, Ball State University

Developing New Honors Course Materials, New Courses, or New Modes of Teaching:

Monica VanDieren and Hyla Willis, Robert Morris University

Revising and Revitalizing an Existing Honors Course:

Zachary Wooten and Matthew Pierlott of West Chester University of Pennsylvania

2018 Student Posters: SPUR Awards
(Sloane Prize for Undergraduate Research)

Art & Visual Media:

1st: Cynthia Panzella, Augusta University

2nd: Daniel Pemberton, Lamar University

Arts & Humanities:

1st: Rachel Smith, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

2nd: Darby High, Columbus State University

3rd: Jillian Decker, Walsh University

Business, Engineering & Computer Science:

1st: Arthur Oenning Fagundes, University of Texas at Tyler


1st: Jacob Holland, University of Central Arkansas

2nd: Stephanie Guzman, Ramapo College of New Jersey

Education & Pedagogy:

1st: Lexi Rager, Youngstown State University

2nd: Richard Meyer, Angelo State University

3rd: Maida Walters, Northern State University

Environmental Sciences, Conservation, & Green Technology:

1st: Gabrielle Baillargeon, Roger Williams University

2nd: Kikelomo Ogunsemone, Augusta University

3rd: Katie Lober, Washington State University

Health Sciences:

1st: Savannah Seely, University of Texas at Tyler

2nd: Andrea Korvela, Northern State University

3rd: Saba Saidi, Andrew Szendrey, and Madeline Taddei, Northeastern University

Natural Sciences & Mathematics:

1st: Zachary Howard, Washington State University

2nd: Syed Medi Husaini, Monmouth University

3rd (tie): Parker Adamson, Angelo State University

3rd (tie): Austin Baggetta, Northeastern University

Social & Behavioral Sciences:

1st: Michelle Lobermeier, St. Norbert College

2nd: Kristhy Bartels and Allyson Lowitz, Northeastern University

3rd: Brittney Stubbs, East Tennessee State University

4th: Jonathon Prehn, Elmhurst College

Social Justice:

1st: Garrett Snedeker, Washington State University

Partners in the Parks 2019

There are two PITP projects that take place in early 2019! Registration and scholarship applications are now open for the following projects. The remainder of 2019's projects will open on December 1!

Big Bend National Park : December 27, 2018 – January 2, 2019

Cedar Breaks National Park : January 18-21, 2019

PITP Scholarship Application

Place as Text Faculty Institutes 2019

Stay tuned in the coming days for online details and registration for 2019's wonderful opportunities with Place as Text! NCHC Faculty Institutes are development opportunities for honors and non-honors faculty and administrators who wish to incorporate interdisciplinary and field-based elements into their courses and programs. The City as Text™ experiential strategies of the Institute include reflective practices and projects adaptable to study abroad, service learning, student orientations, campus assessments, and professional development workshops as well as honors courses in any discipline. Identifying and transferring principles of integrative experiential learning are important goals of every Institute.

Cooperstown: Baseball and Other Past Times (May 15-19, 2019)

Detroit Renaissance: Challenges and Choices (June 5-9, 2019)

CAT Master Class: Uncovering the Cultural Gumbo That Is New Orleans (November 3-6, 2019)

UReCA: Issue 3 is Live!

Issue 3 of UReCA is officially published. The NCHC Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity is nationally recognized and sponsored by the National Collegiate Honors Council. The only student-led and peer-reviewed journal for undergraduates, UReCA features research and creative works submitted and edited by undergraduate students from across the nation. To view the new issue, as well as to find more information about submissions and student editor applications, please visit the UReCA website:

Call for HIP Submissions

Honors in Practice is accepting submissions for Volume 15 (2019). The deadline is January 1, 2019. Submissions and inquiries should be directed to Ada Long at

Below you will find the editorial policy and submissions guidelines. The list of Editorial Board members and a style sheet for NCHC journals are listed on the Publications page of the NCHC website.

Editorial Policy for Honors in Practice

Honors in Practice (HIP) is a refereed journal of applied research publishing articles about innovative honors practices and integrative, interdisciplinary, and pedagogical issues of interest to honors educators. HIP employs a double-blind peer review process. Authors should include discussion of how central ideas and practices may be applied in campus settings other than their own, and the thesis should be located within a larger context such as theoretical perspectives, trends in higher education, or historical background. Essays should demonstrate awareness of previous discussions of the topic in honors publications and other relevant sources; bibliographies of JNCHC, HIP, and the NCHC Monograph Series are available on the NCHC website.

All submissions to the journals must include an abstract of no more than 250 words and a list of no more than five keywords.

Submissions and inquiries should be directed to: Ada Long at

Submission Guidelines

We accept material by e-mail attachment in Word (not pdf). We do not accept material by fax or hard copy.

If documentation is used, the documentation style can be whatever is appropriate to the author's primary discipline or approach (MLA, APA, etc.), but please avoid footnotes. Internal citation to a list of references (bibliography) is strongly preferred, and the editor will revise all internal citations in accordance with MLA guidelines.

There are no minimum or maximum length requirements; the length should be dictated by the topic and its most effective presentation.

Accepted essays are edited for grammatical and typographical errors and for infelicities of style or presentation. Authors have ample opportunity to review and approve edited manuscripts before publication.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to Ada Long at or, if necessary, 850.927.3776.

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