STORIES

Kevin Ahern and Patti Duncan named 2017 Honors College Eminent Professors

  The Oregon State University Honors College (HC) has named Kevin Ahern from the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and Patti Duncan of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program in the School of Language, Culture, and Society as Honors College Eminent Professors for 2017. HC Eminent Professor awards recognize the contributions of faculty members […]

Living in and Learning from the Age of the Anthropocene

The human geography of land use. Fiction that wrestles with the effects of climate change. Food scarcity in the 21st century. These seemingly disparate topics all have a home in the Honors College colloquium, The Dawn of the Anthropocene. This course tackles the concept of the Anthropocene—an epoch in the current geological age that is […]

The Physics of Dance, the Art of Geology

On a recent Tuesday morning, Dr. Randall Milstein addressed his class: “Who has a cell phone and can play us some music?” A student volunteered, and Milstein instructed the students to close their eyes. He asked them to draw for one minute—without stopping—with their eyes closed. This isn’t an experimental art course: Milstein is teaching […]

Re-creating the Past, One Game at a Time

When Oregon State University history professors Amy Koehlinger and Marisa Chappell discovered a new way to bring the past to life in the classroom, they immediately started thinking about how perfect it would be for Honors College students. In fall term, 2015, they got their chance, and it was every bit as exciting as they […]

Michelle Inderbitzin and Vincent Remcho named 2016 Honors College Eminent Professors

The Oregon State University Honors College (HC) has named Vincent Remcho from the Department of Chemistry and Michelle Inderbitzin of the School of Public Policy as Honors College Eminent Professors for 2016. HC Eminent Professor awards recognize the contributions of faculty members to the education and mentorship of students in the Honors College. “Dr. Inderbitzin’s […]

Making Maps of Music

Visitors to the third floor of the Learning Innovation Center on Tuesdays and Thursdays during fall term were greeted with some interesting sounds. Tracking these to their source would lead to the Honors College classrooms and Tom Strini’s unique “Soundscaping” colloquium, the latest in the college’s long history of innovative and creative classroom experiences “Soundscaping” […]

Listen, Think, Speak.

If you hear a peal of laughter break the muffled silence of Weniger Hall on a weekday morning, chances are it’s coming from Eric Hill and his Honors Writing students. “I use a lot of humor in my teaching because I think knowledge is entertaining in itself, if you frame it right,” Eric says. Eric […]

John Frohnmayer speaks with Honors College students

On April 8th, 2014 eight Honors College students joined John Frohnmayer, former chairman of the National Endowment of the Arts, for lunch and a discussion about his career and his memoir, Leaving Town Alive: Confessions of an Arts Warrior. Frohnmayer was appointed to the chairmanship of the NEA by President George H.W. Bush in 1989 […]