Honors Network News
Tuesday, August 8
Welcome to a new year in the Honors College!

For those of you just joining our scholarly community, the HNN (Honors Network News) is a weekly email newsletter designed specifically for our students. Instead of sending multiple emails with college/other news each week, the Honors College compiles all of our updates in one place for your convenience. 

In the HNN, you will find:
  • Important academic announcements
  • Event and program descriptions
  • Opportunites to explore (leadership positions, research roles, internships, study away)
You will receive the HNN each Tuesday morning.

You will also find Honors College information on our social media channels, where we run contests, share student stories and deliver event updates. Please connect with us to ensure you're fully informed.
If you have a news item you'd like featured in the HNN, questions or comments email Communications Manager Lindsay Perrault at lindsayperrault@purdue.edu

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."    -- Nelson Mandela
In this issue:

House Hurrah
HCR Community Activity
Welcome Home Celebration

Honors College Seeking Ambassadors

Get to Know Us: Dean Rhonda Phillips

Sunday, August 13
First-year Student Move-In (REVISED)
1:00-6:00 p.m.
***Please note the times for move-in have been revised by the university. HC move-in is now 1-6 p.m.***

House Hurrah
8:00-10:30 p.m.
Honors Hall

Monday, August 14
HCR Community Activity
7:00-10:00 p.m.

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

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
Get to know your Honors House with the House Hurrah

This event, packed with fun social activities, is our residential house welcome.

Your Honors House is an intellectual and social community that will enable you to forge stronger connections with faculty and each other. In a nod to the Honors College icons of the forge and torch, the houses are named after forgeable metals.  Each will have a separate meeting time:
  • Copper       8:00 p.m.
  • Palladium   8:30 p.m.
  • Platinum     9:00 p.m.
  • Silver          9:30 p.m.
  • Titanium    10:00 p.m.
During Sunday's House Hurrah, each house will meet in Honors Hall to learn all about your scholarly community and what to expect in the Honors College and Residences. Come  meet fellow students and the Faculty Honors Preceptors who will be leading your throughout the year. 

You will:
-Get an overview of house events for the semester
-Learn your house chant
-Enjoy a tasty snack
-Receive information about the house competition
-Get energized for the coming year. 

Sunday, August 13
8:00-10:30 p.m.
Honors Hall
HCR Community Activity

Prepare yourself for a grand Purdue scavenger hunt and T-shirt design contest! 

This fun evening will have our new students venturing all over campus and the Honors College and Residences to learn about Purdue.

We can guarantee you'll discover a few things that might surprise you!  This event will begin on your residential floor.  At 9 p.m. everyone will converge in Honors Hall.

Monday, Aug 14
7:00-10:00 p.m.

Welcome Home Celebration

Festivites will really get rolling on Aug. 25, when the Honors College celebrates the new year with ALL of our students (first-years through seniors).

Please join us for live music and games. 

This is a great opportunity to catch up with friends, make new ones, and connect with staff and faculty.

Friday, August 25
8:00-10:00 p.m.
Honors Hall
Honors College seeking new ambassadors

2016-17 Honors Ambassadors
Are you outgoing and enthusiastic about the Honors College experience? Would you enjoy gaining critical leadership skills, while sharing your experience with prospective students, alumni and the Purdue community?

The Honors College is looking to add a few new ambassadors for 2017-18.

Honors Ambassadors are student leaders who are dedicated to serving and representing Purdue Honors College.  As an ambassador, you will promote the college and its opportunities through recruitment, high-school visits, campus tours, special events, community service projects, speaking engagements and more. 

Interested? Please email Recruitment Manager Mindy Hart at mindy@purdue.edu. (First-year students are welcome to apply)

Get to know us: 
Dean Rhonda Phillips

As you walk through the Honors College and Residences, you will find most faculty and staff doors wide open. We hope this open-door policy will spur new ideas, thoughtful discussion and enhanced feelings of community. Remember, Not all learning happens in the classroom; it could happen in a hallway!  

Don't hesitate to talk with your professors. They love to discuss their research and can help guide you in your scholarly journey as an academic mentor.

To help you get to know our team, we will occassionally feature articles about faculty members and their research. If you're interested in their field of study, use this information to strike up a conversation. They may be looking for undergraduate researchers to assist them in their work.

We begin with Dean Rhonda Phillips.

In addition to leading our scholarly community, Dean Phillips is a busy researcher.  She focuses on issues of sustainability, economic development/planning and community well-being.  Phillips is currently working with a team of Honors College students on the "Happy West Lafayette" project. 

Her team helped an international organization roll out an app-based survey to track the happiness levels of local residents. The research will reveal what residents need to feel more content in their daily lives.  It will also provide valuable feedback to the city regarding its amenitites. Eventually, the data could be used to inform public policy and guide decisions about how resources are allocated.

In September, Phillips will travel with her team of Honors College students to present their findings at the International Society for Quality-Of-Life Studies conference in Innsbruck, Austria.

Phillips is the author or editor of 24 books and a three-time Fulbright recipient. As a Fulbrighter, she worked with local communities in Northern Ireland and Panama on development projects.