Registration is now open for the 2014 Honors Institute, to be held June 16-21 at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Honors Institute is a special experience that provides perhaps the best opportunity to learn what Phi Theta Kappa is really all about. There’s an intimacy to Honors Institute that, through a limited number of attendees and small seminar group discussions, fosters learning and friendship.
“Honors Institute is all about student success,” said Susan Edwards, Phi Theta Kappa’s Dean of Academic Affairs and Honors Programs. “Our program affords members and advisors the opportunity to engage in interdisciplinary inquiry, raise their global awareness, and experience deep learning.”
Register before May 16 using the new online submission form to receive the lowest rate of $895 per person. Attendance is limited to approximately 500 people and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The registration fee covers lodging in a campus residence hall, dinner Monday evening, all meals on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, and breakfast on Saturday.
Honors Institute is often called the “crown jewel” of honors programming. It is a special week of intense study of the 2014/2015 Honors Study Topic, Frontiers and the Spirit of Exploration, that can and often does directly impact the success of a chapter. Features of the event include internationally recognized speakers, small group seminars, educational field trips and experiential activities.
“It gives the students the opportunity to grow academically without the stress of a grade,” said Dr. Mary James, advisor of the Upsilon Eta Chapter from Florida State College at Jacksonville. “Since it is an open discussion format, it allows the students the chance to develop a technique to express themselves. I have seen some personal growth in students as well as in myself.”
The 2014 Honors Institute speakers are:
General Session 1: Patrick Lee as Captain William Clark – Lee is a professional speaker, actor and writer who has written a series of 21 articles about the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
General Session 2: Nina Tandon – Tandon is a tissue engineer and a Senior TED Fellow studying electrical signaling with the goal of creating “spare parts” – artificial hearts and bones – for human implantation and/or disease models.
General Session 3: Dr. Ray Arvidson – Arvidson is head of NASA’s Planetary Data System Geosciences Node and is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at Washington University.
General Session 5: Ken Ramirez – Ramirez develops and supervises animal care programs, staff training and development as well as public presentation programs for the entire animal collection at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.
General Session 6: Dr. Sylvia Earle – Dubbed a “Hero for the Planet” by Time magazine, Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, author, lecturer and Phi Theta Kappa alumna.
General Session 7: Pokey LaFarge – LaFarge is a musician, songwriter, bandleader, entertainer, innovator and preservationist whose well-rounded arsenal of talents has placed him at the forefront of American music.
General Session 4 will take attendees on a visit to the St. Louis Arch and Gateway Museum and the Old Courthouse, in addition to a riverboat ride along the Mississippi River.
Thursday, June 19, is R&R Day, giving attendees the opportunity to explore St. Louis on their own. Participants are responsible for the cost of any meals, trips, tours and admission fees on R&R Day.