Honors Network News
Tuesday, August 15
In this issue:

A Welcome From the HLC
Class of 2021 Welcome Orientation
2017 Solar Eclipse Viewing Event
Society of Arts and Letters Seeking Members
Welcome Home Celebration

UPRISE looking for toy-testers, reviewers for Engineering Gift Guide
Call for Papers: Indiana Academy of Social Sciences
Honors College Seeking Ambassadors

Get to Know Us: Kristina Bross, Associate Dean of Research and Creative Endeavors
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
  --Margaret Mead (Cultural Anthropologist)

Sunday, August 20
Class of 2021 Welcome Orientation
2:30-6:30 p.m.
Honors Hall

Thursday, August 24
Society of Arts and Letters (Inaugural Meeting)
HCRN 1143
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Friday, August 25
Welcome Home Celebration
8:00-10:00 p.m.
Honors Hall

Sunday, August 27
Cornerstone Neighborhood Welcome
6:00-8:00 p.m.
HCR South Lawn

Tuesday, August 29
Leadership Involvement Fair #1
7:00-9:00 p.m. 
Steam Lab

Wednesday, August 30
Leadership Involvement Fair #2
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Steam Lab
A welcome from the HLC

As we begin a new semester here in the Honors College, the Honors Leadership Council wishes to send out a word of welcome.

This student group represents your interests in community discussions, advises the dean on matters impacting students and helps set the trajectory of student leadership initiatives for the academic year.  

It consists of an Executive Board which is made up of a member from each undergraduate disciplinary college at Purdue and a general council of representatives from each of the other honors leadership groups or specific populations within the Honors College community. 

The HLC Executive Board holds weekly office hours and "Coffee with the Council" sessions throughout the year. Come chat about your honors community, leadership positions and information related to your disciplinary college. HLC office hours are in the study nook off the side entrances to Honors Hall.

Class of 2021 Welcome Orientation

All first-year students are invited to join the Honors College faculty and staff for an official welcome into the Honors College! 

Don't miss this fun kick-off event. It's a great opportunity to make early connections with your professors and learn more about how to maximize your time here in the college.

There will be three sessions (2:30, 4:00 and 5:30 p.m.).  Attendance will be based on alphabetical grouping, please see more information in email communication.

Sunday, August 20
2:30-6:30 p.m.
Honors Hall
Join fellow Boilermakers in viewing the 2017 solar eclipse 

Purdue Astronomy Club is hosting an event for the solar eclipse occurring on Aug. 21, 2017. Solar eclipse glasses will be passed out to students before the event and during the event at the south end of Purdue Memorial Mall. 

A telescope with a solar filter will also be set up for those without eclipse glasses. 

If the weather does not permit viewing the eclipse outside, STEW 314 will be reserved and a live stream video will be shown and glasses will still be passed out. Students can learn about safe viewing practices and what an eclipse is. Please join us on Purdue Memorial Mall for this special event!

Monday, August 21
12:00-4:30 p.m.
Memorial Mall
Society of Arts and Letters looking for members

You're invited to e xpand your creative horizons by meeting other Honors College students with a passion for arts and literature. 

The society (SAL) will meet regularly with some meetings dedicated to discussion of work by an established writer or artist and others dedicated to discussion of original work by SAL members. 

At our inaugural meeting we will focus on establishing a steering committee consisting of those interested in participating, establishing meeting times for the semester and confirming the structure and purpose of future society meetings. 

Please email Dr. Adam Watkins ( aewatkin@purdue.edu) if you are interested in becoming a member but cannot attend.

Thursday, Aug 24
HCRN 1143
4:30-5:30 p.m.

Welcome Home Celebration

Welcome week isn't a first-year only tradition! Mark your calendars for the Honors College Welcome Home Celebration Aug. 25.

This event (with live music and games) is for ALL years. Come see how we party in the HC.

Friday, August 25
8:00-10:00 p.m.
Honors Hall
UPRISE looking for toy-testers, reviewers for Engineering Gift Guide

Purdue's Engineering Gift Guide was created in 2014 with the goal to help inform parents, educators and other gift givers about which toys, games, books and apps promote engineering thinking and/or design. Each year companies and publishers submit hundreds of products to be reviewed with the hopes of being included in our guide. 

The program is looking for  a team of students interested in playing with/reading and reviewing toys, games, books and apps. Students must have a strong work ethic and writing ability. The job also requires students to attend on campus and community review events when their schedule allows. 

Other skills/experience that would be beneficial but not required: engineering, graphic design, photography, videography, InDesign, worked with young children, studying in an engineering or STEM field, social media, editing

  • $9-10 per hour based on experience
  • Schedule: 8-10 hours - 8 of which must regularly be completed in the 3rd floor WANG hall lab space (M-F between 8-5 p.m. each week). You may choose which days and times work with your schedule, however it must be divided into at least 2 hour blocks of work time.
  • To apply send resume and cover letter to:
M. Terri Sanger
Research Data and Community Coordinator
INSPIRE Research Institute for Pre-College Engineering
Seng Liang Wang Hall of Engineering, Rm. 3506
516 Northwestern Avenue,
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Share the experience, become an Honors College ambassador
2016-17 Honors Ambassadors
There's still time to apply to represent your scholarly community as an Honors College Ambassador.

You will be an integral part of Honors College recruitment, interacting with prospective students, alumni and the larger Purdue campus while honing your leadership skills.

Like giving tours? Speaking to high school students? Promoting places and activites you love? 

E mail Mindy Hart, Honors College Recruitment Manager, at  mindy@purdue.edu
(First-year students are welcome to apply)

Indiana Academy of the Social Sciences calling for papers
A valuable, local opportunity to present your research 
This conference (October 13 at Wabash College) is an opportunity for professional development and networking.  Proposals for research paper presentations are being accepted in the areas and sub-areas of the social sciences, including but not limited to the following:
  • anthropology
  • business
  • criminology
  • economics
  • history
  • geography
  • psychology
  • political science
  • sociology
  • environmental studies
  • gender studies 
  • urban studies
  • international studies.
Undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in Undergraduate Poster Sessions. Poster sessions are  an opportunity for undergraduates engaged in research in the social sciences to share their research with  students and faculty.
  • Deadline extended to Aug. 31 
  • Click here for more information and submission instructions  
Get to know us: 
Kristina Bross
Associate Dean of Research and Creative Endeavors

Dr. Kristina Bross is offering new take on a series of old texts.  In her just-published book,  Future History: Global Fantasies in Seventeenth-Century American and British Writingsshe looks at 17th century works as a type of early science fiction.  

"My research took me to the Newberry Library in Chicago, the Huntington Library in Pasadena, California, the Bishopsgate and British Libraries in London, and our own Purdue Special Collections and Archives, where I found an original copy a book by William Lilly, a "judicial Astrologer" from the times when astrology was still considered a science," Bross said.  "It was  published in 1651 edition filled with margin notes made by a reader over 300 years ago."

Dr. Kristina Bross

Bross, an associate professor of English and the Honors College's Associate Dean of Research and Creative Endeavors, plans to bring some of that scholarship into the "Science Fiction and Fantasy" class she is teaching in the English department this fall. Her students will be analyzing 20th and 21st century works and considering how the genres intersect with regionalism.

"Everything we read or watch is arguably 'Midwestern' in some way," Bross added. "I'm hoping to recruit an undergraduate research assistant to help construct and publish a website of Midwestern speculative fiction." 

In her role with the Honors College, Bross helps guide students through the completion of their scholarly project.  She wants to inspire students to reframe their thinking about what undergraduate research can be.  While the term often brings visions of lab work, Bross says the pathways to research are broad. Whether you are a chemistry, communication, English or engineering major, she believes research is a doorway to explore a variety of topics in myriad ways. You could complete your scholarly project working with solar panel technology in a laboratory setting, or by completing an art installation on Memorial Mall. Students are limited only by their imaginations, she says.