Rain won’t stop the HC from celebrating spring! A quick location change from lawn to indoor event space and the fun was back on track.
Students, staff and faculty enjoyed good food, good company, board games and a photo booth!
As is tradition at the HC spring picnic we recognized outstanding students for their dedication and contributions to the HC community. Winners are nominated by HC staff and receive a monetary award.
This year we recognized three recipients of the HC Outstanding Student Employee Award: Emily Swanson, Hamza Molvi & Alec Westbrook.
- Hamza Molvi
Hamza serves as an HC student designer and leads HC social media efforts. He effectively communicates and confirms information, is easy to work with, is pleasant, and friendly. Hamza provides professional details to all he touches. Thank you for your excellent work, Hamza!
- Emily Swanson
Emily has served as lead staff person in the SLUG for the past year and a half. She did an excellent job keeping the SLUG well-staffed and running smoothly. Her professionalism and warm smile will be missed by us all. Thank you, Emily and congratulations on your graduation!
- Alec Westbrook
Alec is a dedicated employee and student ambassador. He arrives on time and stays to the last minute. He readily volunteers for events and for prospective student visits. In his senior ambassador roll he demonstrates leadership and dependability. Thank you, Alec for you all you do!
This year’s recipients of the HC Outstanding Student Service Awards are Trisha Chau and Dillon Koch (Cook)
- Trisha Chau
Trisha has been a student leader within the honors college since she arrived on campus. She has served in leadership roles within the Honors College Student Association, the HC Student Leadership Circle and has served on the HC Curriculum Committee. Trisha has given a considerable amount of her time to bettering the Honors community and has worked this past year to assist with connecting students to career tours. Trisha has truly made the Honors College better through her service. Thank you Trisha!
- Dillon Koch (Cook)
In her role as student ambassador, Dillon has been steadfast, reliable and professional. Also working as an OSU tour ambassador and an RA in West Hall, Dillon has been a great connector for the HC with campus partners and was able to draw on her collective knowledge of OSU overall when communicating with prospective students and families. In addition, Dillon hosted room tours of West Hall and provided video testimonials for the HC study abroad programs. Thank you, Dillon for all you have done for the Honors College over the years and congratulations on your Graduation!
The Honors College also recognized the Honors College Student Association (HCSA) for their hard work and dedication to providing engagement opportunities for HC students throughout this academic year. HCSA was essential in the planning and implementing events like Midnight Breakfast, quarterly study breaks, Trivia Nights, Spring Family Weekend, and various service opportunities.
The 2017/18 HCSA executive officers were vital to the success of the organization, and many will continue to serve in leadership positions for this upcoming year. Thank you HCSA executive officers!
Seth Thomas, President
Jane Myrick, Vice President
Susmita Padala, Administrative Chair
Victoria Houdeshell, Treasurer
Hamza Molvi, Public Relations Chair
Eyrn Reeder, Public Relations Chair
Katie Bodner, Service Activities Chair
Delany Smith, Service Activities Chair
Sarah Litwin, Academic Activities Chair
Trisha Chau, Professional Development Activities Chair
Megan Williams, West Hall Liaison
Maja (Maya) Engler, West Hall Liaison
Patrick Callagy, Sackett Hall Liaison
Tucker Cochenour, Sackett Hall Liaison
2018 Outstanding Professor Award
Each year, HC students are given the opportunity to nominate Honors Faculty that have shown dedication to teaching excellence and have gone above and beyond teaching to help students learn and succeed. The Honors College Student association selects winners from the nominations.
2018 nominees are:
Prof. Rick Colwell
And this year’s winner is Professor Doug Clark !
Professor Clark was nominated by one student, and here is what the nominator had to say about him:
“I took Civil Rights Movement and Policies (PS375H) with Professor Clark and I found he encouraged open discourse, depth of analysis, and nuance of opinion. He took a genuine interest in the ideas and lives of all of the students in the class. I grew in my own understanding of the subject, my ability to compare ideas with other students, and my ability to articulate what I believe.
Professor Clark took the time to meet with me in the term after I took the class to return my final paper and discuss its strength and weaknesses. I felt he knew me well enough to identify my passion and identify ways for me to refine my skills. I appreciated the way he invested in my learning beyond the course itself and into my goals for graduate school and economic policy.”
Outstanding Course of the Year
In addition, this year the HC introduced the first ever HC Outstanding Course of the year to recognize some of the excellent classes offered. From the list of courses that were nominated, the Honors College Students Association then voted for the winner.
The 2018 Outstanding Course is: HC 407: Commodities to Cafes taught by Professor James
This course was nominated by one student, and here is what the nominator had to say about it:
“This course offered a unique look at the food and produce industry at all levels by a hands-on approach. The material is incredibly engaging when you are able to interact with industry professionals face-to-face and ask them questions about how our food gets to us from the beginning. It is an all-around fantastic course with an engaging and knowledgeable instructor”
Congratulations to all of the 2018 HC award winners!