Honors Students Attend VCHC Conference

Posted: April 10, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Last month, Mack Holt, director of the Honors Program in General Education; Devon Hodges, associate director of the Honors Program; and Noreen McGuire, director of University Scholars, accompanied 12 honors students to the Virginia Collegiate Honors Council (VCHC) annual student conference, hosted by Hampton University. Students from honors programs throughout the state attended.

A group of first-year honors students from George Mason–Genevieve Valentine, Tara Ellison, Josh Grinnell, Cynthia Burke, Kim Davis, and Lynn Scharf–presented a seminar on how HNRS 110: Introduction to Research prepared them to do academic research and explained what they discovered in their respective papers. Maya Johnson, a second-year honors student, gave a presentation of her paper, “Home in Mira Nair’s Film Mississippi Masala,” which she wrote last fall in HNRS 240: Reading the Past.

Three second-year honors students who are also University Scholars–Amanda Vance, Matt Haslinger, and Shireen Gujral–gave a presentation on the annual Coldstream retreat, during which first- and second-year scholars participate together in a mountain retreat designed to foster a sense of community. The retreat is planned by the second-year students, who act as mentors to their first-year counterparts. The seminar at the VCHC conference was well received, and the University Scholars program has since been contacted by several participating institutions asking for information on setting up similar programs on their campuses.

Two other second-year honors students–Eena Kapoor and Baisakhi Roy–served as moderators for several of the student panels, and Maya Johnson was elected vice president of VCHC for the upcoming year as a write-in candidate. George Mason University will host next year’s VCHC conference in March 2001.

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