Honors Network News
Tuesday, January 22
In this issue:

Visiting Scholar: Dr. Joshua Marshack
LAST CALL: Honors Mentor Program Applications Due
Get Ahead of Third Year: Bootcamp for Second Years

TONIGHT: Programming Committees Callout
Honors College Launches 'Mentor Me' Program
Disability Resource Event
'Spread the Love' Seeking Volunteers
SDO Study Tables
Life on Mars: Short Story Reading Club
Community Organizing Institute

Morning Yoga
Academic Pressure Discussion Hour
Meditation Mondays

Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference
Moderate a Session of Oral Research Presentations
Grants Available for Community Service Projects

Be Well Boilers
Stress: Work Hard, Play Hard

"Find the good. It's all around you. Find it, showcase it and you'll start believing in it."
- Jesse Owens, Track & Field Legend

Honors College programming can enhance your personal and scholarly development. Challenge yourself to attend at least one activity each week. 

Invest in Yourself!

Tuesday, Jan. 22
Torch Tuesday
11:30-12:30 p.m.
Windsor Dining Hall

Programming Committees Callout
6:00-7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Jan. 23
Disability Resource Event
7:00-8:30 p.m.
HCRN 1145

Thursday, Jan. 24
Life on Mars: Story Reading
4:00-5:00 p.m.
Reading Room

SDO Study Tables
6:00-8:00 p.m.
HCRS 1054
Friday, Jan. 25
Yoga Fridays
9:00-9:30 a.m.
HCRS Reading Room

Saturday, Jan. 26
Community Organizing Institute
10:00-4:00 p.m.
Monday, Jan. 28
Monday Meditation
9:00-9:30 a.m.
HCRS Reading Room

Academic Pressure Discussion Hour
Noon-1:00 p.m.
HCRS Reading Room

Honors College welcomes Visiting Scholar, Dr. Joshua Marshack

We are welcoming our next Visiting Scholar this week, Dr. Joshua Marshack. In the classroom and in the field, Marshack uses primates as a jumping-off point to...
  • Study the evolution of social behavior
  • Elucidate the origins of status changes in humans
  • And to challenge biological determinism and scientific racism

He enjoys working with students seeking answers to big questions about the past to be better prepared to shape our future. Join Dr. Marshack for one of two events this week:


Public Talk: Reifying Inequality by Amplifying Scientific Noise

January 28 | 1:30-2:20 p.m. | Honors Hall

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Myth-busting workshop 

January 29 | 2:30-3:45 p.m. | HCRS 1066 


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Visiting Scholars: What to expect the rest of the semester

We have a robust offering of events featuring experts from a variety of fields headed to the Honors College this winter and spring. Please take note of which scholar fits your interests and invest in yourself by attending their sessions. 

Specific details/session times will be posted in upcoming HNNs.

Torch Logo
Shannon Murray (late Feb.)
Guitar Jam Session

Simon Park (mid March)
Nano-Composite Sensors

Ishmael Hope (early April)
Alaska Native Storytelling

Colson Whitehead (mid April)
The Underground Railroad

Barry Wellman (mid April)
                        Aging, Health & Social Networks
Last call: Application deadline THIS FRIDAY for Honors Mentor program

The Honors Mentor Program is a competitive, credit-bearing leadership development opportunity, which provides an inclusive environment for students to experiment with team building and mentorship strategies. Honors Mentors take ownership of their leadership, provide a meaningful service to first-year students, and have a profound influence on the Honors community.
The online application for new candidates is now available via the Mentor Program WEB PAGE .

Please review THIS PAGE if you want to learn more about the program and the roles that mentors play before applying.
**Applications are due by end of day, Friday, Jan. 25th**
Get Ahead of Third Year: Bootcamp for second year students

This bootcamp is an investment in yourself and one of Purdue's investments in you. 
You'll take away the essential elements of...
  • how to gather the right summer and fall experiences.
  • how to be a leader who creates real change.
  • how to create the personal narrative you want to project AND link it to important global challenges.
  • how to build academic and professional relationships.
  • how to be an interesting conversationalist during professional receptions.
Anthony Cawdron, Westwood Event Coordinator, House Manager for President of Purdue and Adjunct HTM Faculty, will teach you to balance a plate and glass at our mock professional reception. 
Melissa Gruver from Civic Engagement & Leadership Development will talk about leadership that matters.
Stephen Roach from Center for Career Opportunities will discuss networking.
Veronica Schirm from Purdue's National and International Scholarships Office will show you how to articulate your own personal trajectory.
Paige Rudin, fourth-year Purdue student, Boren Scholar, and Truman Scholar, will elaborate how to link your experiences for your target audience.

The bootcamp is set for Saturday, Feb. 2 from 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the East Faculty Lounge, Room 240, in the Purdue Memorial Union. 

                      ***You must RSVP HERE to attend before 1/24/2019***
HAPPENING TONIGHT: Programming Committees callout

Learn more about how to develop leadership, organizational, and design skills by joining one of the four Honors College programming committees as they plan events for your Honors College community. 

Committees meet weekly and focus on different themes:
  • Campus Outreach
  • Community Service
  • Global Engagement
  • Interdisciplinary Connections

6:00-7:00 pm
Honors College launches 'Mentor Me' program 
Boilermaker Special

The Mentor Me program will incorporate several activities that will bring alumni and students together in hopes that they will establish mentor/mentee relationships.

There will be three "Speed Networking" sessions. These will involve at least 10 alumni in-person or virtually. Students will have 7 minutes to talk with each alum. Each student and alum will have a pre-session documents to guide them through the session. 

Think of each alum as a potential mentor!

Dates set for Speed Networking:
January 29           6:00-8:00pm                      8 virtually and 2 in-person
February 12        6:00-8:00pm                       8 virtually and 2 in-person
March 26             6:00-8:00pm                       8 virtually and 2 in-person

Location: HCRN 1143
-Please RSVP HERE so you can receive pre-networking information.
-Students will have the bios of each alum prior to the event.
-At each station there will be a list of 2-3 topics that the alum is an expert on.
-Students will be encouraged to create an elevator speech about themselves.
Diversity Matters Series: Disability Resource Event

Are you a student with a disability? Want to connect with other students with disabilities? Are you not disabled, but interested in learning how disability can impact college for students? 

Come out to the Student Diversity Officers' resource event for all disabled students. We'll be covering both physical and non-physical disabilities. 

We'll discuss the issues and experiences of disabled students on campus from both the vantage point of a disabled student and abled student, so we can also learn how to be better allies. We'll also be offering resources and tips to improve the lives of disabled students on campus. 

Join us to learn more about disability and how we can make an even better space on campus for students with disabilities.

Wednesday, Jan. 23
7:00-8:30 pm
HCRN 1145
'Spread the Love' seeking volunteers

Spread the Love will be an event in the Honors College North Building on Sunday, March 31.

The event is to encourage love of self, neighbor, and community. Volunteers will help to run booths at the event, such as stress ball making, planting flowers, and origami.

Volunteers may also supervise the food area, game room, or relaxation station. We will be giving out free t-shirts to all our volunteers and would love for them to enjoy the event for themselves before or after their time slot. 

CLICK HERE to sign up!
SDO Study Tables

Join the Student Diversity Officers in weekly study tables at the Honors College! 

Take part in an inclusive and distraction-free work environment and create connections with peers of various disciplines from ALL parts of the Honors College.

Starting Jan. 17
6:00-8:00 pm
HCRS 1054
Life on Mars: A short story reading club

Join Honors College Professor Kristina Bross to discuss short stories about the exploration and colonization of Mars, from near-future realism to the fantastic.  

Tea and snacks provided!

Club members will tackle a quick, imaginative short story---just 15-20 minutes to read---and then on Thursdays we'll have an open discussion of its ideas, images and imaginations for the future.

The first 10 students to sign up will receive a free copy of the anthology Life on Mars: Tales from the New Frontier.
Questions? Contact Professor Bross at bross@purdue.edu
Thursday,  Jan. 24
4:00-5:00 pm
HCRS Reading Room 
LAST CHANCE to register:
Civic Engagement & Leadership Development's Community Organizing Institute (COI)

It's easy to talk about social change, but how does it actually happen? 

**You must register by TODAY**

Community Organizing means building and growing meaningful relationships with people in our communities based on shared values and common concerns. The COI will equip you with the tools to build relationships and power to effectively bring about social change. 

The institute consists of interactive small group activities, large group discussion, and a working lunch for participants to practice their one-to-one skills. Topics covered include: 

  • Building Power
  • One-to-one interviews
  • Organizing my Community
  • Campaign Planning
  • Facilitating Meetings
  • Working with Media
  • Intro to Nonviolent Direct Action

Cost: FREE 


REGISTER HERE  (Deadline to register is January 22 at 11:59 p.m.) Questions? Email leadership@purdue.edu or call 765-496-2450

Saturday, Jan. 26
10:00-4:00 pm
Morning Yoga: Fridays in the HCRS Reading Room

The Honors Wellness Committee is hosting morning yoga sessions on Fridays from 9:00-9:30 a.m. 

It will be a relaxed atmosphere and offer a great end to your week and/or positive start to your weekend. 

No previous experience is needed.
Yoga mats will be provided.

9:00-9:30 a.m.
HCRS Reading Room
Academic Pressure Discussion Hour

Everyone experiences academic pressure. However, it can sometimes seem like you are the only one!   Come and talk about it with your peers and Dr. S-S. 

This is a time for sharing strategies, learning from others, and connecting. 

Academic Pressure Discussion Hour will run on Mondays throughout the semester (through April 22). 

Bring your lunch-and maybe a friend too! 

Note: It's okay to leave early or come late.

Monday, Jan. 28
Noon-1:00 pm
HCRS Reading Room
Monday Meditation

The Honors College Wellness Committee is hosting a weekly guided meditation session led by Honors Advisor Ethan Johnson.

The hope is to provide a space for you to start your week off grounded and centered. 

The event will be every Monday  at 9 a.m. in the Reading Room, and will last approximately 30 minutes (you can leave early if needed). 

The sessions are designed for beginners, and participants are encouraged to dress comfortably and bring friends. Please let Ethan know if you have any questions ( john2395@purdue.edu ).
9:00 am
Reading Room
Present your work: Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference

The 2019 Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference is an opportunity for students to showcase the scholarly work and creative endeavors they have been engaged in at Purdue. The 2019 Conference will include a day of oral presentations (April 4 from 1-4 pm) and a day-long poster symposium (April 9).

The deadline for submitting a paper for oral presentations is  February 4, 2019, and the deadline for submitting an abstract for a poster is March 1, 2019. The conference will be held April 4-9, 2019 in Stewart 214.

CLICK HERE for more info, or to submit.
Moderate a session of oral research presentations 

There is an exciting leadership opportunity for Honors College students to moderate a session of oral presentations at the upcoming Purdue Undergraduate Research Conference on April 4 th
Not only will being a chair at a research conference stand out on your CV, but also many honors students present their scholarly projects at this conference, so it is a nice preview of what to expect. 

The work is simple. Chairs will convene the session, introduce the speakers, keep track of the time, and then close the session. Each session is one-hour long and the judges will be honors college faculty.
Here are the time slots available (you can sign up for more than one session, if interested):

Thursday, April 4, 2019
  • 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
 Email Professor Zahra Tehrani at ztehrani@purdue.edu to s ign up.

Grants available for community service projects 

Purdue's Office of Engagement provides grants to students or student organizations for work on community service learning projects. 

Applications for fall semester projects must be submitted online by Feb. 7.
This program's goal is to expand the community involvement of Purdue students in partnership with communities, nonprofit agencies, schools and governmental bodies.

The application and guidelines for the Student Grant Program for Community Service/Service Learning Projects can be FOUND ONLINE

Applicants will be notified no later than March 1. Inquiries can be directed to Lisa Duncan, Purdue Office of Engagement, at 765-494-0899 or llduncan@purdue.edu.

Be Well Boilers
Be Well Boilers
Tip #19: Stress

Work hard, Play hard

- Play is an essential part of a healthy life. If we are always working, we will become more and more stressed until we can no longer function.
- However, sometimes we get so stressed that our response is to ignore our problems and play more often (e.g. binging Stranger Things on Netflix instead of writing a term paper). This approach can lead to a vicious cycle that will continuously cause us more and more stress.
  • This week break that cycle. Plan out your next few days with your phone's calendar. For example, make a note of when you want to work and when you want to play... & stick with it! If you do, you will likely get more done with less stress.