Honors Network News
Tuesday, April 4
In This Issue:

Cricket Spitting: An Honors House Challenge
Astronaut Talk
Mapping Disease, Mapping Bodies
NISO Freshman Workshop
Deadline Extension: Programming Committees Co-Chair 

Crossing Borders, Creating Unity
Timmy Global Health's Global Health-A-Thon
54 Shades of Africa
Summer Employment with GERI

Tuesday, April 4
Torch Tuesday
Windsor Dining Court
Noon-1:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 6
Mapping Disease Mapping Bodies
3:30-5:00 p.m.
HCRN 1143

Astronaut Visit: What it is Like to Fly in a Spaceship with a Boilermaker
6:00-7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 7
Cricket Spitting House Challenge
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Honors Hall

Saturday, April 8
Spring Fest
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

NISO Freshman Workshop ( RSVP here by Wed)
12:30-3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 11
Undergraduate Research Symposium
1:00-5:00 p.m.
PMU North and South Ballrooms

How to Run for Office
6:00-7:00 p.m.

Are you brave enough to spit a cricket? 
A Purdue tradition is coming to the Honors College THIS Friday
Want to see Dr. Emily Allen and Dr. Dwaine Jengelley spit a cricket? This is a must watch!


Join your fellow students for an evening of hilarious, insect-filled fun. 


Every Honors College student is invited to try their hand at spitting a cricket (they are food grade, previously frozen).


Those who spit the farthest will represent their Honors House in the quest for the cricket spitting title. We will also have drinks, snacks and other games. 

Friday, April 7
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Honors Hall

Starting tomorrow, you may see crickets scattered around the Honors College and Residences North. If you find a cricket with a red dot or blob, bring it to the event to claim a prize!

The Honors College Cricket Spitting Challenge is a precursor to Purdue's Spring Fest, which begins on Saturday. 

The Honors College will have a tent off the "Hello Walk" on Memorial Mall.  Stop by anytime on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be a photo booth! So, drop by and share a smile.

Astronaut to speak THIS week in Honors Hall

Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear directly from someone who has traveled in space.  

Astronaut Mary Cleave is a dynamic and engaging speaker.  Join her  Thursday, April 6 at 6 p.m. in Honors Hall.  Cleave will detail her experiences as a scientist and engineer at NASA, including two trips on the Space Shuttle Atlantis. 

She will also present Honors College student Shovik Bandyopadhyay with a 2016-17 Astronaut Scholarship, one of the most significant awards for undergraduates in the STEM fields. Bandyopadhyay will help lead the evening's talk.
  • Cleave served as a mission specialist on Atlantis, operating its robot arm in 1985 and deploying the Magellan Spacecraft from the shuttle in 1989. 
Thursday, April 6
6:00 p.m.
Honors Hall

Mapping Disease, Mapping Bodies: Narratives of Disease and Colonialism in Representations of the Zika Virus

Are you an aspiring physician? Biology major? Interested in a career in public health?

Join us as we delve into recent media representations of the Zika virus and the public health responses in Puerto Rico and Brazil.

With visiting scholar Kelly Wisecup, you will consider how these representations (both textual and visual) create relationships among places, bodies and behavior to explain epidemics. 

While we know Zika is spread by mosquitos, the representations of the virus and public health responses reiterate colonial representations of tropical disease and tropical bodies.

Thursday, April 6
3:30-5:00 p.m.
HCRN 1143

Reminder: NISO Freshman Workshop THIS Saturday

In this activity-based workshop, find out how you can set your academic path and career on the right trajectory. Learn about prestigious scholarships and discover if they are in line with your goals. 

Start now to get where you want to be!

Lunch and snacks will be provided. Please RSVP HERE by Wed. April 5 at noon.

Saturday, April 8
12:30-3:30 p.m.

Deadline extended for Programming Committee Co-Chair positions

New deadline: April 7

The Honors College Programming Committees are the central groups for student-led programming and initiatives for both the college and residential honors student community.  

Committees meet once a week as necessary for program planning, Co-Chairs are responsible for organizing and leading these meetings, recording minutes from meetings and sending out action items to the group.  

Apply HERE and indicate your top two committee choices:
  • Social Committee
  • Global Committee
  • Interdisciplinary Academics Committee
  • Campus Outreach Committee
  • Community Service Committee

Crossing Borders & Creating Unity

Students enrolled in Dr. Natasha Duncan's course Crossing Borders took a trip to the U.S.-Mexico border to learn ab out immigration through a non-profit organization called BorderLinks.

Students will speak about their experiences and share photos from their trip.

After the discussion, everyone is invited to create a Unity Quilt that represents solidarity with our immigrant communities in Greater Lafayette and Purdue University.

  • Food and drinks will be provided

Monday, April 10
5:00-8:00 p.m.
Purdue Latino Cultural Center (600 N. Russell)
Timmy Global Health hosting first-ever Global Health-A-Thon

Aiming to bring an interdisciplinary perspective to global health challenges, Timmy Global Health is hosting its first-ever Global Health-A-Thon. Sign up with a team, propose a realistic solution to a global health challenge and win prizes.
All majors and disciplines are encouraged to join because global health is influence by a number of complex factors. 

Join Purdue's Timmy Global Health Chapter to tackle these world-wide challenges.

Sunday, April 9
1:00-5:00 p.m.
Lilly G401

54 Shades of Africa  

Get ready for a spectacular night of history, culture and diversity. 

The African Student Association is seeking to increase awareness about diverse African traditions, cultures and arts; while building community pride among Africans and social cohesion between Africans and non-Africans.

This event will include:
  • Live African music
  • Dance performances
  • Henna
  • Spoken word performances
  • Cultural artifacts
  • Cultural demonstrations
Light refreshments and food will be provided at 6 p.m. in the Robert L. Ringel Gallery, STEW. Doors & red carpet open at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 8
Show begins: 7 p.m. Fowler Hall
Formal Dress

Summer employment with the Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) 

The Gifted Education Resource Institute (GERI) is currently accepting applications to be a course assistant for this summer's camp. This internship would entail you assisting in a classroom during the day (8:30-11:30am and/or 1-4pm). 

You would receive very similar training to the teacher and counselor programs, and a certificate verifying your training and duties, which could be used in your future endeavors. This would be a volunteer position. It is a great way to gain experience working with gifted students! If you have a good experience with us this year, you may be strongly considered for a paid position in the future. More information is provided within the application.  If you're interested, please email Ophélie Desmet at odesmet@purdue.edu.

APPLY NOW (Deadline: April 15)