Georgia Collegiate Honors Council Conference- February 27 and 28, 2009
The Honors Program at VSU has lived for two years with the idea that we were going to host the 2009 GCHCmeeting. Many people worked really hard at it. And it was a blast! VSU was complimented by students and honors faculty from all over the state about everything: the organization, the selection of papers and posters, the beautiful Honors House, and the great program. This was truly a proud moment, not only for the Honors Program, but for the Valdosta State University as a whole.
In 2007, Jake Newsome, VP of the HSA (2007-2008) was the person who inspired our volunteering to host the 2009 meeting. This past year, all HSA officers and many members - Kristin Morrison, Laura Simmons, Tim Malone, Matthew Schmidt, Michael Holman, Chris Nish, Ashlie Braswell, Matthew Babcock, Rajiv Villait, Phillip Williams, Danielle Sheffield, Amy Dandron, Helen Burkett, Nikki Mashburn, Emily Rumph, Craig Black, under the leadership of the tireless HSA President Jay Prosser - met multiple times to discuss and plan the arrangements.
On February 27 and 28, 2009, Valdosta State University hosted the annual conference of the Georgia Collegiate Honors Council. Friday February 27, 2009 the Honors House was bursting with students from all over the state during the mixer/ registration session. A jazz quartet under the direction of Joren Cain filled up the background with beautiful music. Delicious sweets, engaging conversation, and a chess board helped created a wonderful time.
Saturday February 28, 2009, after a continental breakfast, Dr. Matthew Richard, the keynotes speaker for the conference, gave a fascinating talk entitled “Culture: The Key to Understanding… Everything.” Shortly after his speech, the students split up to attend and present into the concurrent sessions in which there were forty-eight individual presentations featuring Honors students from across the state. They focused on a multitude of topics and were groups by similarity of subjects. A few examples of these grouping are as follows: Religion and Philosophy, Honors Environment, Religion and Sexuality, Three Studies in Psychology, Science and Health, and Tales of History. There were also three student-lead panels that discussed topics relevant to the education of an honors student. These panels were entitled Technology and Human Futures and Teaching the Great Books, and War, Women, and Literature: The Dead the Displaced and the Powerless. An appetizing lunch was provided by the Catering Services of VSU. After lunch, the annual business meeting has held. Election and recognition of new officers took place at this time. Shortly after the conclusion of the business meeting the student roundtable session began. Topics relevant to the students’ experiences during the conference were discussed. During the same time the directors of the participating institutions held their roundtable devoted to various issues of Honors education at the state level. In the afternoon one more session of concurrent presentation concluded the conference
The following Honors students presented at the conference.
Here are those who came to help:
The staff of the Honors Program worked tirelessly to make all the planning ideas take shape:
Our Secretary Mrs. Jane Robinson was everywhere and did everything - from creating the program and the welcome poster and decorating the Honors House for Friday evening to fixing technology glitches on Saturday morning! All this was done while supervising everybody else who worked on a multitude of different projects.
Our Student Assistants Lani Hollingsworth, Ashlie Braswell, Yvonne Garcia, and our Graduate Assistant Tobi Lovelace stuffed the bags, typed lists, created name tags and did so much more.
If any one of the many people that helped make this event possible were forgotten, please forgive the oversight. Your hard work was much appreciated!
Click here to see the short program of activities that will take place at this exciting event.
Click here to see the names and times of individual student presentations.