Event on Greek Religion and Invitation to Pizza Lunch!

You are invited to attend

“What Greek Religion Contributed to Greek (and Our) Culture,”

an illustrated lecture by Jon Mikalson, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Classics, University of Virginia Thursday, October 11, 2012, 6:30-8:00 p.m., at The Elliot School, 1957 E Street (Room B12)

A special invitation:  On Friday, October 12, students, faculty and interested parties are invited to meet the lecturer over pizza lunch between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the History Seminar Room (Phillips 328).  Please RSVP to mwweeks@gwu.edu by Wednesday, October 10, to attend (subject line:  MIKALSON).
Co-sponsored by the departments of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; Fine Arts and Art History; History; Religion; Philosophy; and the Honors Program.
For further information, contact Professor Elizabeth Fisher ( eaf@gwu.edu )

Choose Your Own Adventure: The 4-Year Plan

You’re the Star! 879 Thrilling Endings! Will you double major in Political Science and Spanish? Or will you study abroad for a year and minor in Jazz Studies? As you navigate through GW’s course selection and options for majors and minors, remember that your 4-year plan is entirely dependent on what you want. Which direction will you choose? Whether you want to graduate in three years, study abroad twice, take on five different minors or give the premed requirements a shot, turn to none other than your SPA. 
In addition to completing a 4-year plan (or two, or three…) already, Student Peer Advisors have experience crafting their 4-year plans into living documents that detail their academic goals. If you need any help organizing or brainstorming for your own plan, don’t hesitate to contact the SPA paired with your Origins class or email the SPA account at uhpspa@gwu.edu.
In the meantime, check out this example from UHPer Jenny Hamilton. If excel isn’t your style, try color-coding. UHPers love color-coding. If all else fails, show up to your 4-year plan advising appointment with an interpretive dance. I’m sure Liz would love that.
Four Year PlanFour Year Plan Continued

Note: I am not responsible for any interpretive dance choreography. Consider this a lesson in skepticism.

Graduating this Semester?

Early Birds
Early birds, catching that worm.

It’s not uncommon for UHPers to hit the ground running a little bit earlier than their non-Honors peers.  If you’re one of the early birds, let us know!
For those of you graduating in December, we need your Intent to Graduate Form by Friday, October 12.

The Intent to Graduate Form is an online form that should take you about 5 minutes to complete.
We need you to fill this out to make sure you get counted as a UHP graduate!

Gaga Feminism [Events]

From September 28-October 4, GW’s English Department hosts Professor J. Jack Halberstam as this year’s Wang Distinguised Professor-in-Residence. There are some pretty cool events surrounding, including a public lecture and a book launch of “Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal.”
Check out more over at the always excellent  GW English blog and see the schedule of associated events below.  Continue reading “Gaga Feminism [Events]”

Off on the Road to NACADA

Liz, Catherine, and Jared will be out of the office on Oct. 4th & 5th, because we’ll be in Nashville, TN, sharing our wisdom at the national conference of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).
You might remember that we went off last year to present “Intelligent Internetting: or How I Learned to Stop Excessive Emailing and Love the Blog” at the regional conference in Annapolis, MD.


Turns out that the audience liked it so much, they voted us “Best in Region.”  Not unlike typical dog shows, that means we got invited back for an encore presentation at the national convention.  Or as any GLEE fan would put it:  OMG WE WON REGIONALS YOU GUYS OMG!
We’re happy to talk about our online appointment scheduler, IMs with advisors, snazzy NewsFlash!online formssocial media communities, an active (and often entertaining) blog, and more.  We’re especially happy to share our working philosophy of not spamming students with a constant barrage of emails.
At these conferences, we’re always reminded how lucky we are to get to work with such great students.  #HonorsProblems are the best kind, and a big part of the reason our jobs are so much fun is the fantastic student body we get to work with.

What is RSS and How Do I Get It?

You may have heard about “subscribing” to so-called “RSS” feeds. RSS stands for Rich Site Summary (not Radioactive Swimming Squirrels) and is a way of getting content from web sites that update frequently. Subscribing to an RSS feed allows you to access the newest content from different blogs in a condensed format. Many web browsers such as Firefox and Chrome have an RSS subscription built into their Bookmarks features. You can also get a RSS feed reader for the platform of your choice – be it web browser, desktop, or smart phone!
In order to stay on top of the latest UHP Blog posts and news, you should subscribe to our RSS feed – as well as our other social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook. It’s not like radioactive swimming squirrels will come and get you…

Study Your Passion, Get $500 To Do It [SURE Award]

Did you know that Honors students have the exclusive opportunity to win up to $500 for their research? It’s true!  Apply to the UHP/Sigelman Undergraduate Research Enhancement Award (SURE) and we might just cut you a check.
We know “Undergraduate Research Enhancement” doesn’t sound that exciting (well, to most people at least, but you are UHPers), but what you can actually do with that money is pretty sweet. Some of last year’s winners used it to buy high tech equipment to learn about Climate Change for their class project, figure out childhood speech patterns, or study Christianity and homelessness.  Others — like Jonathan Robinson – combined the money to help him get to a conference in Chicago to present on his work on the Federal minimum wage.  The possibilities are endless, but the deadline to apply this semester is October 26, 2012.

Keep reading for more info, or read about the award here.

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