Events and Opportunities
Focus on Excellence events 2012-13
CHARLOTTE HAWKINS BROWN & CIVIL RIGHTS MUSEUMS,February 9, 2013
ANYTHING GOES, March 20, 2013
MOREHEAD PLANETARIUM and SCIENCE CENTER,September 15, 2012
LEGALLY BLONDE, THE MUSICAL, October 7, 2012
A BALANCHINE CELEBRATION,October 20, 2012
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN,November 7, 2012
JEKYLL & HYDE,January 12, 2013
Archived Items for 2010-2011
Welcome Back Honors - August 22, 2010 (4-6:30)
Freshman Welcome - August 27, 2010 2-4 at Massey House (President's residence)
Annual Fall Honors Program weekend trip- September 24-26, 2010 to Ocracoke, NC
Visiting and exploring Ocracoke Island on a beautiful fall weekend was an extraordinary experience. The ferry ride over to the island began our weekend of adventure. Blackbeard's Lodge had oodles of charm, out of the way nooks for doing homework or quiet reading, helpful owners and staff who masterfully accomodated our large group. Thanks to our mini-courses, we learned our island status as dingbatters with Dr. Grathwohl, did some investigating (and a little racing) of fiddler and ghost crabs with Dr. Lindquist, delved into sustainability, erosion, and climatical issues facing the island with Prof. Fieselman, created art to personally express our Ocracoke experience with Prof. Pearce, pieced together the historic and current trends in rural American education with Prof. Dick, and we went beyond the myths to understand how the pirate personna was born with Dr. Vitarbo.
Archived Items for 2009-2010
Fall 2009 Honors Weekend Trip - September 18-20, Charlottesville, VA.
The Honors Program had an incredible time in Charlottesville VA this year! Our accommodations at Triple C Camp gave us some great bonding experiences. Even Dr. Mulvaney, our director, did the high ropes course! Becoming one with nature with Professor Hyde, learning the ethics of revenge with Dr. Benko, getting to the roots of American Painting and sculpture with Dr Boyles, modeling nature with Dr Manning, becoming violently smittin’ with the golden ratio with Dr. Mulvaney, Steven Gaddis, and Dr. Hendrix, finding out that Jefferson is a dirt-y business with Dr Powell, and learning about our forefathers and foreign policy with Dr. Martinson was both intriguing and exciting. Not to mention all the beautiful things we saw and did at Monticello! We will be talking about this trip for years to come!
Freshman Reception at Dr. Hartford's - August 28, 2009
Honors Welcome Picnic at Pullen Park - August 17, 2009
The Institutes at Georgetown University: Live. Learn. Intern. The dynamic Institutes at Georgetown University combine rigorous courses for academic credit with competitive internships, leadership development activities, site briefings and lectures led by prominent policy experts. Students live in furnished apartment located in Washington, D.C., and are enrolled as full time students at Georgetown University. Past opportunities have included programs focusing on political journalism; business and government affairs; and philanthropy and voluntary service.Honors students will be alerted to new opportunities, including those through the Institutes at Georgetown University, through the Honors Blackboard site, which serves as the Honors community bulletin board.
Honors 25th Anniversary Bash - April 25, 2009
Meredith College Honors Program celebrated its 25th anniversary with mini-courses, lunch, and, of course, stunt.
All previous and current honors students and directors were invited to attend this pne day event.
Click here to see photos.
Zoo Trip - March 28, 2009
The Honors Program sponsored a trip (opened to the entire campus) to the zoo. We attended a lecture about Bio-fuel production & Compost
Facility and visited the Rehabilitation Center. Click here to see photos.
Graduation photos, May 2007 click here!
Presidential Scholars trip to the Great Southwest, Janaury, 2007
The Grand Canyon...Sedona...Petrified Forest...Painted Desert...Zuni Pueblo...El Morro
National Monument...Acoma...Albuquerque...Sante Fe...Need we say more? Itinerary
Black Mountain Honors Trip
We had a great time in Black Mountain! White water rafting with Dr. ODekirk...learning about the history of mountain music with Dr. Novak...the roots of North Carolina cuisine with Dr. Fountain...native and invasive plants with Dr. Swab...Carl Sandburg with Ms. Britt. Leslie Norman even made us proud with her winning entry in the 26th annual World Gee Haw Whimmy Diddle competition. Now that is an Honors trip!
Archived Honors Activity Schedules, 2006-2007
Honors Freshman Birdhouse Blitz Two days after moving into their new homes on campus, Meredith College’s newest Honors students participated in a service project that will help generate new homes for others.
Meredith’s freshmen Honors students teamed up with Meredith’s Habitat for Humanity chapter for a “Birdhouse Blitz,” in which they built 34 birdhouses in one night. The birdhouses were sold for $25 each, with the funds raised benefiting Habitat for Humanity. A picnic supper and bluegrass music by our own faculty band rounded out the event. Click here to view a slideshow.
Itinerary for 2006-07 Fall Honors Trip
Pictures from the trip are available in the Scrapbook
Schedule for the 2006-07 Focus on Excellence (FOE) Series
Presidential Scholars Traveling to the American Southwest, January 2-8, 2007
Presidential Scholars trip to London, January, 2006
Presidential Scholars started the year by boarding a flight to London, England on New Year's Day 2006. We enjoyed lots of London theater (Billy Elliot was a favorite!); toured Windsor Castle and the charming village of Windsor; Hampton Court Palace (favorite home of Henry VIII); the Tower of London; the British War Rooms; the Globe Theater; the Tate Millbank Museum; the British Museum; and Westminster Abbey. We capped our weeklong adventure with High Tea at the Ritz, and somehow still found time to enjoy a bit of the London nightlife. It was a whirlwind tour that left all with plenty of stories to share as we returned in time for the first week of class.
Fall Honors Trip, 2005: "Williamsburg….Sisterhood of the Traveling Minds"
Honors students and Teaching Fellows traveled to Williamsburg, Va., for a weekend of sisterhood, learning and lots of FUN! We dining in the historic Christina Campbell Tavern; studied "Newton on a Roller Coaster" at Busch Gardens with Meredith physics Professor Bill Schmidt; "Potions, Prescriptions and Insanity" with Dr. ODekirk of the psychology faculty; "Manners and Mores of Colonial Literature" with Drs. English and Taylor; and investigated "Jamestown CSI" with Heidi Fletcher and John Kincheloe. The brave of heart even toured Williamsburg in corsets and other traditional 17th and 18th century garb with Dr. Diane Ellis! We rounded out the trip with a James River cruise and a trip to the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
Class of 2005 Graduation Breakfast Photos -- These photos are posted on a commercial site so that you can order prints. The username is firstname.lastname@example.org. The password is the same as the one we have been using for honors photo accounts (hint: Remember our favorite bus driver in Annapolis?). If you need the PW, just email Dr. Edwards (email@example.com).
Hilton Head Trip, 2005
In February 2005, Honors students traveled to Hilton Head Island and coastal Georgia on a trip hosted by Dr. Maureen Hartford. They studied the history, people, and ecology of the "The Old and the New South".
Annapolis Trip, 2004
Each year, the Honors Program sponsors a weekend trip for students and faculty. There are several mini-courses to choose from to focus the learning experience, and the trips allow for students among the different classes to get to know one another better.
Graduation Breakfast 2004
Each year, the Honors program holds a breakfast for the graduating Honors seniors and their families before commencement.
Celebrating Student Achievement 2004:
Undergraduate Research Conference at Meredith, 2004
Twenty Honors students presented the results of their research at the college's day-long focus on undergraduate academic achievement on April 22. Featured were Honors theses, summer undergraduate research projects, work done as Honors contracts, group presentations, and posters.
Outer Banks Fall 2003
Each year, the Honors Program sponsors a weekend trip for students and faculty. There are several topics to choose from to focus the learning experience, and the trips allow for students among the different classes to get to know one another better.
Focus on Excellence
Each year Honors students participate in Meredith's "Focus on Excellence" series. This array of cultural activities may include meals with the Meredith President or visiting speakers, off-campus trips to touring Broadway musicals or dance concerts, private tours of exhibits at the North Carolina Museums of Art or History, or jaunts to Washington D.C. or Colonial Williamsburg.
Distinguished guest speakers and performers have included Nobel laureate in Medicine Dr. Gertrude Elion (1990), poet Dana Gioia (1993), ethnobotanists Dr. Mark Plotkin (1995) and Dr. Wade Davis (1997), the Native American women's a cappella trio Ulali (1996), coastal ecologist Dr. Orrin Pilkey (1999), crusading African-American journalist Chuck Stone (2000), and Nobel Prize winner Elie Wiesel (2003).