In This Issue...
From the President
Dear NCHC Colleagues:
My first message as your president focuses on the past instead of the future; it looks back to last month's national meeting in Boston, where over 2,000 members of the honors community joined together for five days of robust conversation about our work. I was particularly struck by the energetic discussion in the hallways, the creative thinking in so many sessions, and the passion and generosity evident in the actions of faculty, staff, and students working to make our organization stronger. Thank you!
The 2018 conference was particularly notable for many new and innovative programs, including:
- PSIH (Professional Staff in Honors), which drew on the talents of administrative staff members in our community
- First-Time Attendee Welcome Program, which offered new participants mentoring opportunities and a first-night dinner program
- Story Slam, which starred NCHC members and novelist Andre Dubus III
- A modified DIH program, which employed an extended workshop format in the morning
- Students in Honors Workshop Sessions, which gave students the opportunity to get explicit feedback at the conference on resumes/vitae, elevator pitches, and mock interviews
- "Small Teaching for High-Achieving Students," a post-conference workshop by teaching/learning expert James Lang that was oversubscribed
- A civic engagement workshop by polling expert Rachael Cobb, whose opening plenary offered a debrief of the midterm elections less than 48 hours after polls closed.
The plenary talk by Nikki Giovanni was also remarkable and a highlight for many conference attendees, according to surveys.
The work of the 40-person conference planning committee over these past eighteen months showed up in the robust programming, while the expert and committed support of the national office staff and meeting planner Julie Holm to actually execute the vision was simply outstanding.
I look forward to working with you next year to help advance the cause of honors education and support your efforts on your home campus to create remarkable and transformative learning experiences for your students. I am eager to join you in helping students understand—to evoke Adrienne Rich's comments in her 1977 convocation speech to the women of Douglass College—that the "most affirming thing" we can do for learners is "demand" they push themselves further, to show them "the range" of what they can do.
I hope your semester is coming to a productive close and that you find time to spend some of the holiday season relaxing with friends and family.
Dean of the Honors College and Interim Provost / Westminster College
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Thank you to all who voted in the 2018 NCHC Election!
There were a total of four hundred eighty-one (481) valid weighted votes received for the Student Board of Directors, and four hundred eighty-two (482) valid weighted votes received for all other matters, with the following results:
Suketu Bhavsar, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Laurie Smith Law, Iowa State University
Professional Board of Directors:
Andrew Cognard-Black, St. Mary's College of Maryland
Leah Creque, Morehouse College
David Jones, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Student Board of Directors:
Olivia Fuson, Creighton University
Aline Webb, University of New Mexico
Proposal to amend NCHC Bylaws to create a tiered dues structure for institutional membership:
Proposal to amend NCHC Constitution and Bylaws concerning membership definitions and voting rights:
Proposal to add an additional student member of the Board of Directors with a one-year term:
Congratulations and welcome to the new members of the NCHC Board of Directors!
Holiday Hours Reminder
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From our NCHC18 Sponsor, Phi Kappa Phi
Why Join? Examining the Value of Collegiate Honor Societies
The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi was again pleased to serve as a sponsor of the 2018 NCHC Annual Meeting, in particular the Developing in Honors track. You may remember passing our table... we were the ones handing out brains.
Throughout our many conversations with conference attendees, we were able to answer a question often asked by prospective members: "Why should I join an honor society?"
Of course, the most obvious benefit of membership in an honor society is academic recognition. But as we like to say at ΦΚΦ, membership is more than a line on a résumé.
In addition to the honor that comes with saying you are among the top students on campus, legitimate honor societies offer several benefits that can assist students in their academic careers and far beyond.
Many of the benefits that bolster the value of honor society membership include:
- Awards and grants (For example, ΦΚΦ distributes nearly $1 million each year to members through our robust award programs.)
- Career resources
- Leadership opportunities
- Partnership discounts
Beyond examining the benefits of membership, be sure to carefully research the honor society in question before accepting its invitation. (See our article in the December 2018 NCHC newsletter for tips on determining the legitimacy of an honor society.)
About Phi Kappa Phi
Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Membership is by invitation only to the top 10 percent of seniors and graduate students and 7.5 percent of juniors. Faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction also qualify. Each year Phi Kappa Phi awards nearly $1 million to qualifying students and members through graduate and dissertation fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, funding for post-baccalaureate development, and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. For more information, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.
Congratulations to Dr. Lydia Daniel, and to Hillsborough Community College!
Colleagues say Dr. Daniel's strong leadership, wisdom, generosity, and devotion to honors education has changed the lives of countless two-year college students who have gone on to distinguish themselves at senior universities and in impressive careers.
To many of us, Dr. Daniel is most known as one of the most active leaders in both SRHC and NCHC -- even serving as president of both organizations. She was also honored as a member of the 2010 Class of NCHC Fellows.
College names honors program after founding director (staugustine.com)
UReCA: Issue 3 is Live!
Issue 3 of UReCA is officially published. The NCHC Undergraduate Journal of Research & 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: www.nchc-ureca.com
Final Call for HIP Submissions
Note from Editor Ada Long: I will be unavailable December 19 through January 3. I will acknowledge all submissions and initiate the review process as soon as possible thereafter. I apologize for the inconvenience.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below you will find the editorial policy and submissions guidelines. The list of Editorial Board members, instructions for abstracts and key words, and a style sheet for NCHC journals can be found 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.
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.), employing internal citation to a list of references (bibliography).
All submissions to the journals must include an abstract of no more than 250 words and a list of no more than five keywords.
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 email@example.com or, if necessary, 850.927.3776.
Abstracting and indexing services providing coverage of HIP are Academic OneFile; Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Educational Curriculum & Methods and Educational Psychology & Administration; Current Abstracts; Education Abstracts; Education Index; Education Research Complete; Education Source; Educator's Reference Complete; ERIC; InfoTrac; and OmniFile Full Text Mega. Current and back issues of HIP are available in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Digital Commons repository: https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/natlcollhonors/ and for purchase on the NCHC website (nchchonors.org).
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