2016 Honors Institute Registration Opens Mar. 21

Registration for the 2016 Honors Institute opens on Monday, March 21! This year, we’ll be at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, June 20-25.

Register early for the lowest rate of $895 per person. This fee includes lodging on campus for a week, all meals beginning with Monday’s dinner (except R&R Day) and the Honors Institute program.

“Little did I know that my decision to accept my advisor’s invitation to attend the weeklong institute would be a transformational experience, as I would not be the same person when I returned home,” said Hannah Kiraly, an alumna of the Chi Omega Chapter at Cuyahoga Community College, who attended the 2014 Honors Institute and is now a student at Baldwin Wallace University.

“The dynamic and motivational speakers brought topics to my attention that were explored in engaging seminars and group discussions that taught me to begin to ask relevant questions and not accept everything at face value. I deeply wanted others to have what I had experienced. The experience spurred personal growth that would prove life changing.”

Honors Institute features a full lineup of renowned speakers who will address the 2016/2017 Honors Study Topic, How the World Works: Global Perspectives, in interesting and innovative ways. Speakers and their topics include:

  • Eman Mohammed, Photojournalist, How the World Works: Documenting Gaza
  • Dr. Carmenita Higginbotham, Art Historian, Look Hoos Talking: Why We Can’t Let Disney Go
  • Stephanie Coontz, Family Expert, Author and Researcher, How Love Conquered Marriage
  • Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman, Choir! Choir! Choir!, How the World Works: The Power of Leadership, Collaboration and Community
  • Helen Papagiannis, Augmented Reality Expert, Augmented Human: How Technology is Shaping the New Reality
  • David Kwong, Harvard graduate, Illusionist, Puzzle Creator and Problem Solver, Two Nerdy Obsessions Meet — And It’s Magic!

The lineup will also include a Reader’s Theatre Performance, written and directed by chapter advisor Steve Schroeder, introducing the eight themes of the Honors Study Topic, as well as a visit to Old Salem. View the schedule.

“The Honors Institute experience augments student understanding of learning as multidimensional and not restricted to the classroom,” said Rob Carey, advisor to the Alpha Beta Chi Chapter at Pima Community College in Arizona. “It helps them comprehend connections between their personal beliefs, values and actions.

“These opportunities are important because they break down isolationist barriers to intellectual exchange that may exist within their own communities and regions, even if those areas are culturally and ethnically diverse.”

Attendees will also get a day off — R&R Day — to explore Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and the surrounding areas. See what there is to do.

Morning Yoga for Nerds

Start your mornings at NerdNation 2016 off right with yoga led by alumni Jessica Supinski and Cheryl Betten. The pair will lead a 45-minute yoga session on Friday and Saturday mornings, April 8 and 9, at 6:15 a.m. in room National Harbor 3.

You’ll learn simple yoga poses leaders can use to reduce stress and promote wellness. Come as you are — no prior experience or special attire is needed. All abilities — and all NerdNation attendees — are welcome!

Supinski is a former International Officer from the Alpha Lambda Nu Chapter at the Community College of Allegheny County in Pennsylvania. She is currently a chapter advisor of the Beta Phi Delta Chapter at Renton Technical College in Washington.

Betten is a former International Officer from the Chi Iota Chapter at Burlington County College in New Jersey.

The pair will also lead an Educational Forum on Thursday, April 7, at 1:30 p.m. on “Leadership Lessons from Yoga.” The workshop will explore the lessons of leadership yoga can teach us that can be used at school and throughout our lives. You’ll stretch your mind, your heart and maybe even your body!

A complete list of Educational Forums will be available soon. View the full NerdNation schedule.

Registration for NerdNation 2016 is still open, but hotel rooms are filling up fast! Reserve your room today!