Shepherd University Honors Center
Martin Hall is the home of the Shepherd University Honors Center and is reserved for the work of Honors students. The Honors Center Office (room 101) houses the Honors administrative offices, as well as a study lounge and computer center equipped with tables, lounge chairs, computers, and a printer. A Rambler Card entry system ensures that Honors students have access to the Honors Center 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Martin Hall is also the place that many Honors students call home. The entire residence is reserved for Honors students, and it offers suite-style living, easy access to parking and the Honors Center, and the opportunity to be a part of an active and vibrant community of Honors students.
Students in the Honors Program have the privilege of being able to take as many Honors courses as they like. Honors courses are smaller than regular classes, employ innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and encourage lots of interaction among students and professors. Almost all Honors courses also include one or more field trips each semester.
Special Social Events
Each semester, the Honors Program at Shepherd schedules a variety of social events just for Honors students. These events may include a welcome dinner, visits to different museums, and events in the region. There are other events such as an ice cream social or a night out at the movies in Shepherdstown, midterm neck massages, free breakfasts, a picnic and barbeque in the Fall for Honors students and their families during Shepherd's Family Weekend, and each year students in the Honors Program may get the chance to visit New York City for a weekend.
Honors Spring Orientation
Students who have been accepted to the Honors Program for the fall have the opportunity to experience campus life firsthand. High school seniors attending the orientation are greeted by a "host" student, a current member of the Honors Program, with whom they stay overnight and attend classes the next day.
Shepherd University maintains membership in the Southern Regional Honors Council and the National Collegiate Honors Council. Opportunities to present research, serve on student panels, and attend workshops at the yearly conferences of each organization are available to members in good standing in the Honors Program.
The Honors Advisory Board
The advisory board consists of an elected faculty member from each division, the Honors director, past Honors Directors, a representative from the Residence Life Office, and four student representatives from the Honors Program. The Board meets each month to discuss and evaluate the Honors Program, plan for new events, and collaborate on decisions about policy and procedures.
Honors Student Program Board
The Honors Program Board consists of student officers and committee members who plan and coordinate student activities for the Honors Program. Examples of events organized by the Program Board include skating parties, smoothie nights during finals, study groups, career development sessions, and short field trips.
The Honors Program utilizes a variety of options to encourage students to study abroad. The Honors Center works closely with the English and Modern Languages Department, the History Department, and the International Study Abroad Office at Shepherd University to coordinate international study and travel. Junior and Senior Honors students who remain in good standing and have taken at least 12 hours of Honors courses may participate in the Spring 2013 Honors subsidized study abroad seminar in Costa Rica, a 3-credit, interdisciplinary, cultural immersion course which will include a 10 day trip. The seminar will focus on such issues as language, culture, history, politics, sustainable development, ecotourism, and biodiversity. While in Costa Rica students will have the opportunity to stay with host families and travel to an active volcano, hike through a cloud forest, visit a coffee plantation and trull hatchery, among other activities. They then return and complete a project on a topic of interest with one of those areas.
Shepherd University Honors Listserv
The Honors listserv is designed to facilitate communication among the members of the Shepherd University Honors program. Messages posted to the list go to all members of the program, allowing free and open discussion of topics of interest.