February 2012 Archives

From Dickens to Irving to Huxley to Adams to King to Kingsolver to Coelho, books are entering the UMass Lowell Honors Library each week as donors participate in the Honors Buy a Book Campaign. For each $50 donated to the Honors Scholarship Endowment Fund, a book is recommended by an Honor Student. The honors program then acquires the book and also vaults $75 into the endowment fund due to a 50% match program that will end this June. "Time is of the essence if we are to take full advantage of the match program", said Dr. Jim Canning, director of the UMass Lowell Honors Program. 

Both the student and the donor will have their names placed on a book plate that is affixed to the inside front cover of the book. In this way, students can leave their name in the Honors Library forever. Donors may request a dedication or a memorial as well. 

Students are free to take the books out of the library anytime they wish, including breaks and summer vacation. "We have now hit the 50 book mark, and we hope to acquire 1,000 books in total. That is an ambitious, but worthy goal. It can be done if everybody pitches in."  Depending upon the size of the donation, donors can name entire book collections or have their names engraved on a plaque mounted on a wall of the library.

If you are interested in making a donation email: James_Canning@uml.edu or you can go to the UMass Lowell Advancement website and select Honors in the pull down menu.
You've heard the question before: Who is John Galt? We hope that you know the answer to that one. How about Who is Susan Hockfield? or Who is Alan Kay? or Who is Donald Norman? How about Sarah Kuhn? Rosalind Pickard? Seymour Papert? Moshe Safdie? Google them. These accomplished scientists have each penned a short essay that reflects upon and then captures the inquisitiveness of their youth. They each came up with their own writing prompt: What We Sort is one. What We Sense is another. What We Play, What We Build, and What We Model are three more.  So here is the deal. The UMass Lowell Commonwealth Honors Program invites Honor Students to sign up for the first ever Write and Bite to be held on Thursday, March 29 from 12:00 noon - 1:30 pm. Lunch will be provided. While you eat, you will interact with Psychology Professor, Dr. Sarah Kuhn, of HyperGeometric Knitting fame and you will share your own personal essay with your own writing prompt. First, if you are interested, we will send you the scientists's essays. You read them and see the pattern. Then you create your own. This first ever, Write and Bite is purposely held immediately after vacation week so you will have lots of time to read and reflect. That is what it is all about. Are you game? Dr. Kuhn will provide more instruction as we get close. But, why not obtain the essays now and read one or two of them a week. Read them twice. Read them out loud. Read them to a friend. Then you just might be ready for that creative moment. If interested, email jim@cs.uml.edu. One more thing. It would be great to have at least one honors student from each College participate. Why not you? Honor students think outside the box and they relish a challenge and a chance to create and receive feedback. If you wait until you have the time, you will never do it. Rewards come to those who engage.

Honors Students Get Linked In

Professional career consultant, Kim Bilawchuk, from UMass Lowell's Career & Co-op Center, gave a presentation to twenty honors students regarding the proper use of the social media tool called Thumbnail image for kimb1.jpgLinked In. Kim emphasized the need for all students to become more "professional networking" savvy. Kim's talk was part of the Eames Hall weekly speaker series. All honors students are encouraged to attend whether they reside in Eames Hall or not. Pizza was provided! It is a great way to meet some new friends and stay connected to the honors program. Honors Faculty liaison, Dr. Bridget Marshall, organizes and runs the speaker series for the Spring 2011 semester. The talks also feature a free drawing to all those in attendance. This week a student won a gift certificate to the Egg Roll Cafe. Talks usually last about 45 minutes to an hour. Shown in the photo are: Kim Bilawchuk, Honors Student and Philosophy major Peter Steere,and Honors Student and Exercise Physiology major Robyn Cirielo.
On Feb.13, 2011, a good and informative time was had by all as forty UMass Lowell Commonwealth Honors Students attended Dining and Dressing For Success. The event was run by UMass Lowell's Career & Co-op Center. During the evening students were treated to a four-course meal and instruction on how to be. Where do you not put your elbows? What do you do with a used napkin when you get up from your chair? How do you pass the bread basket? Thumbnail image for dining1.jpgStudents were led by career development professional Anne Apigian who talked the students through the mine fields of fine dining. Anne was ably assisted by a host of other professional staff as one staff member sat at each table to help re-enforce the tips that were being given.

Prior to dinner, students participated in a meet and greet networking session as they practiced how to mingle, engage in cordial conversation, and introduce themselves. Faculty and staff were in attendance to help fill out the crowd. 

Students met new classmates over a served meal that started with soup, then salad, then the entree, and finally the dessert. Wine glasses were filled with sparkling grape juice. 
Ray Grinnell's 2011 honors thesis was chosen to be the first honors thesis to be hard-bound by the UMass Lowell Commonwealth Honors Program. His thesis entitled, The Mole that Roared, or, E.M. Forster: Of Moles and Men, was chosen since Ray himself was the first ever UMass Lowell honors student to win the ray face pic 3f.jpgprestigious title of Portz Scholar. Each year, the National Collegiate Honors Council conducts a national competition with every Honors program in the country invited to enter one honors thesis. Ray entered his and he was one of three authors to receive the title of 2011 Portz Scholar. 

Ray was duly recognized as he received massive applause from over 1600 attendees of the National Collegiate Honors Council Convention held this past year in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ray, who majored in English, greatly values the contributions given to him by his thesis advisor, Dr. Todd Avery and Dr. Liana Cheney, head of the Cultural Studies Department.

The UMass Lowell Commonwealth Honors program has started the process of hard binding theses: past, present, and future so an honor student's work can be archived and displayed with honor itself. An honors thesis will be bound with a hard black cover and gold trim down the spine. Very nice.

We encourage all honor students to produce such high quality work. 

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