Each fall begins with the Honors Kick-off Orientation Picnic. Students receive important information about fall Honors courses, contracts, and activities, meet and mingle with fellow Honors students and faculty and enjoy pizza!
Outside of the classroom, the Honors Program provides local cultural and educational enrichment. Honors students have toured the Heinz History Center, Fallingwater, the Andy Warhol Museum and PNC Park. They have attended performances of the Pittsburgh Opera, the Broadway series at the Benedum Center, and the Monday Night Lecture Series at Carnegie Music Hall. Last fall, Honors students and faculty went rock climbing at McConnell’s Mill.
This fall, Honors Students have the opportunity to go rock climbing at McConnells Mill State Park and attend an evening with author Elizabeth Gilbert, whose novel Eat, Pray, Love was made into a major motion picture. In the spring of 2015, students have the opportunity to see the PNC Broadway Across America production of Phantom of the Opera, the Pittsburgh Opera's production of Carmen, and an evening with Sheri Fink at the Monday Night Lectures.
Selected Honors students will be asked to submit their Honors contract projects for presentation at the Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference, held each spring in various cities in the northeast region. Students will be selected based on the appropriateness of their Honors research to the conference theme and on their commitment to academic excellence. The Honors Program will cover the students’ travel costs and conference fees.
Word of Honor Newsletter
The Honors Program publishes the Word of Honor newsletter each semester. The newsletter publicizes the activities and scholarship of our Honors Program students and faculty. Featured in each newsletter will be one Honors student and his or her Honors contract from each of the four campuses, the Honors course offerings for the next semester, and the winning poem from the Word of Honor poetry contest. The Word of Honor is published shortly after midterm each semester and is mailed to Honors students’ home addresses and faculty’s campus mailboxes.
At the end of each academic year, the Honors Program will recognize the academic achievements of Honors students and faculty at the Honors Forum. At this time, Honors students and faculty will be awarded Honors pins, mugs, and leadership awards. Honors cords and medallions will be presented to Honors graduates based on the number of Honors credits earned. Four Honors students will be asked to present their Honors Contract projects, and the two Word of Honor poets will be asked to read their winning poems.