Honors Network News
Tuesday, March 28
In This Issue:

Cultural Fair (Today)
Schwarzman Scholars Info Session: Fund a Global Affairs Graduate Degree in Beijing
March Madness Watch Party
Deadline Approaching: Programming Committee Co-Chairs
Astronaut to Give Public Talk in Honors Hall

GE Kicks Off Its #BalanceTheEquation Mobile Tour at Purdue
Purdue 360 'Diversity Week'
Populism Rising

Urban Youth Activism Course Partners with Hartford Hub to Improve Lafayette Neighborhood
Student Spotlight: Georgia Lawlor
Tuesday, March 28
Torch Tuesday
Windsor Dining Court
Noon-1:00 p.m.

Global Committee's Cultural Fair
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Honors Hall

Wednesday, March 29
Cornerstone Neighborhood Event: Tickets to "Rent" performance and panel discussion
7:30-9:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 30
Schwarzman Scholars Info Session (Funds grad degree in Beijing)
5:30-7:00 p.m.
HCRS 1066

Monday, April 3
March Madness Watch Party
9:00-11:00 p.m.
Honors Hall

Wednesday, April 5
Personal Statement Writing Workshop
6:00-7:30 p.m.
HCRS 1054

Thursday, April 6
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

Are you ready to go global? Cultural Fair TODAY in Honors Hall

  • Take a break and travel the world
  • Enjoy delicious foods from a variety of cultures
  • Learn new customs, explore new ideas and connect with diverse student groups
  • Free hats

Tuesday, March 28
6:00-7:30 p.m.
Honors Hall

Fund a global affairs leadership graduate degree in Beijing

Explore the prestigious Schwarzman Scholars program

This Thursday, you have the rare opportunity to learn about this competitive leadership program from Purdue's first Schwarzman Scholar, Jing Su.

The Schwarzman Scholars program gives the world's best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their skills and professional networks through a one-year master's degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing. It is open to any student, in any major.

Su will join Christian Tanja, a Schwarzman Scholars representative, in answering your questions, explaining the benefits of the program and discussing what it's like to apply through Purdue with the National and International Scholarships Office.  

Thursday, March 30
5:30 p.m.

March Madness Watch Party

Come celebrate the madness of March with the Honors College!  The Campus Outreach Committee has planned a watch party with snacks and games. Stop by to catch the action of the championship game.

It's open to all Purdue students, so bring a friend.  

The more, the merrier!

  • Pizza
  • Chips
  • Cookies
  • Popcorn
  • Drinks

Monday, April 3
9:00-11:00 p.m.
Honors Hall
Act now! Application DEADLINE for Programming Committee Co-Chair positions is THIS FRIDAY!

Think you'd be a good fit for Programming Committee Co-Chair? 

Apply HERE by Friday, March 31 indicating your top two committee choices:

  • Social Committee
  • Global Committee
  • Interdisciplinary Academics Committee
  • Campus Outreach Committee
  • Community Service Committee

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.  Further description of the responsibilities can be found on the application form above.
Astronaut Mary Cleave
Ever wonder what it's like to fly in a spaceship with a Boilermaker?

Come to astronaut Mary Cleave's public talk to find out!

On Thursday, April 6 Mary Cleave will offer an insiders' perspective of space, detailing her experiences as a scientist and engineer at NASA, including two trips on the Space Shuttle Atlantis. 

It begins at 6 p.m. in Honors Hall.

  • Cleave served as a mission specialist on Atlantis, operating its robot arm in 1985 and deploying the Magellan Spacecraft from the shuttle in 1989. 
  • She flew alongside Purdue alum Jerry Ross, a veteran of seven Space Shuttle missions. 
  • Cleave also aided in a range of technical and engineering capacities supporting the shuttle program, including as CAPCOM (capsule communicator) for five shuttle flights.  
  • At NASA, she was responsible for numerous spacecraft exploring the edge of our solar system to the sun's orbit.

During her talk, Cleave will present Honors College student Shovik Bandyopadhyay with a 2016-17 Astronaut Scholarship.  The prestigious award is among the most significant for undergraduates in the STEM fields. Bandyopadhyay is a biology major, conducting research in biomedical engineering.  He will help lead the Thursday discussion with Cleave.

Astronaut Talk
Thursday, April 6
6:00 p.m.
Honors Hall

GE kicks off its #BalanceTheEquation Mobile Tour at Purdue

Making its first of many university stops, the GE #BalanceTheEquation tour invites you to engage with leadership and entry level GE women, to have real and casual conversations around what it's like to be a woman working in science and technology.

In February, GE announced new goals of having 20,000 women filling STEM roles at GE by 2020 and obtaining 50:50 representation for all of its technical entry-level programs.

The RV welcomes all students-- future engineers, entrepreneurs and innovators-- to build a world with equal workplaces and better outcomes for all.

Features of the GE Mobile Tour:
  • 38' RV with interior installations and outdoor lounge 
  • Programming and presentations from school alumni who are now making their innovations a reality at GE
  • Opportunity for students to create collateral which will help in their job search (LinkedIn photo booth and speed mentoring)
GE will have two company officers at the event,  Julie DeWane and Lorraine Bolsinger, as well as 25 GE women (early career to ~25 years with the company and entry level to mid exec to senior exec).

Wednesday, March 29
10:00-5:00 p.m.
Memorial Mall

Explore new perspectives with Purdue 360's Diversity Week

Purdue 360, a diversity-focused student organization, is dedicated to breaking down barriers of all types on campus.  It has arranged an entire week of diversity programming, hoping to make Purdue a welcoming and inclusive space.

Acriema Workshop
Ever wondered what International Students have to go through in order to study abroad in America? Most would tell you that it's a long and arduous process, and involves A LOT of paperwork. 

Purdue 360 hopes to help you understand the hardships of coming to America for many international students, through the Acirema Simulation! 

Tuesday, March 28
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Class of 1950 Lectural Hall, room 224

Meet & Greet
Wednesday, March 29
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Krach Lobby

Culture Carnival
Explore the various cultures represented on Purdue's campus and take part in an open mic night from 6 to 7pm!  With over 30 different cultural and student organizations featured at the carnival, you will be able to learn more about the diversity at Purdue and have a chance to take part in fun activities as well.

Thursday, March 30
5:00-8:00 p.m. 
Krach Lawn

Sexual Assault Awareness
Friday, March 31
11:00-4:30 p.m.
Outside MSEE

Mock Hunger Games
Come participate in the 2nd annual Hunger Games. Tickets are $6 for a single player, $30 for a team of five (you can purchase at the event). Proceeds go to the Boys and Girls Club of Lafayette.

Saturday, April 1
4:00-6:00 p.m.
Memorial Mall

Populism Rising:  The Politics of Mass Immigration in Europe and the U.S.

Join James F. Hollifield, Director of the Tower Center for Political Studies and Professor of Political Science at Southern Methodist University, for this informative and eye-opening lecture.  

Hollifield is considered an authority on immigration, immigration policy, global migration and assimilation into American society.

Tuesday, April 11
6:30 p.m. (reception to follow)
Latino Cultural Center

Urban Youth Activism course partners with Hartford Hub to improve Lafayette neighborhood

There is no denying Lafayette's Lincoln Neighborhood on the city's north end has its fair share of challenges.  Known as an economically challenged area, its residents battle educational disparities, dilapidated homes and other infrastructure problems.  But if you take a closer look, you will also find a strong desire for revitalization and powerful agents of change-the very children who live there. 
HONR 299 students help children with homework at Hartford Hub

Students in the Honors College's  HONR 299 Urban Youth Activism are on a mission to tap into that youthful potential.  They want to make a difference in the lives of Lafayette young people, working not for them, but  with them to remove barriers.

"We invite these kids to talk about their dreams, their goals, their aspirations, how they feel about their community and the things within their community that might be holding them back from realizing those goals," Honors College faculty member Jason Ware explained.

Student Spotlight: Georgia Lawlor

Georgia Lawlor, a sophomore Honors College student in biomedical engineering, has been making use of physics topics both in and outside of the classroom.  In fact, she has transferred these skills and knowledge to two entirely unrelated sectors of her day-to-day life.  

The first may come as less of a surprise. Lawlor works as a student researcher for Professor Eric Nauman, where she studies the forces involved in the use of a tennis racket.  What's more surprising, however, is the way in which Lawlor has used physics in her off-campus  job. You see, Lawlor also works as a gymnastics coach here in the community.

"Gymnastics is mostly based on physics," she explained.  "So the motion and body shapes necessary for performing certain skills make more sense now that I have taken PHYS 172."