Students Participate in the Northeast Regional Honor Council's Annual Conference


Kristen Diaz SAS’11, Darianna Parra SAS’11, and Cassandra Irons SAS’12, participated in the “Resurgam, I Will Rise Again,”  the Northeast Regional Honors Council’s annual conference in Portland, Maine, which began on March 31, 2011. The students presented their research on thematic panels on April 2 and at the poster session on April 3.

The conference theme embraces the Portland city motto, celebrating its re-birth since destruction at the hands of the British during the American Revolution and again by a series of fires in the 19th century.  Students began their conference with a full day exploring Portland’s maritime heritage as part of the City-as-Text program.  They also took part in numerous student mixers, the “First Friday” Portland Art Walk, and explored Casco Bay on a sunset cruise.  A highlight of the event was the keynote address at the Presidential Luncheon, which was given by Dr. Samuel Merrill, Director of the New England Environmental Finance Center in the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine.

The students, from the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, were accompanied by Honors Program Director and Associate Professor of History, Dr. Amy Bass. More than 350 students from more than 68 colleges and universities, such as Ithaca College, Syracuse University, the University of Maine, St. John’s University, and Temple University, attended.

In order to be in the CNR Honors Program, students must maintain a minimum GPA 3.3 their freshman/sophomore years, and 3.5 thereafter.  To be graduated with an Honors Diploma, students need to complete eight honors experiences, as well as demonstrate leadership and service to the Honors Program throughout their four years.  According to the NRHC’s home body, the National Collegiate Honors Council, of which CNR is an institutional member, more than 300,000 college students are currently enrolled in honors programs in the United States.  This number represents a mere 3.5 percent of the estimated nine million students in this country today.   Established in 1966, NCHC is an organization of college and university faculty, students, administrators, and others committed to honors education.

Information about the conference, including the full program, can be found here.