Rachelle LeBlanc SAS'12 Posts Live from Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference

MediaLibrary#4303Rachelle LeBlanc SAS'12 is a communication arts and English major and a member of the honors program at The College of New Rochelle. She posted from the Northeast Regional Honors Council (NRHC) Conference in Baltimore, MD from April 12-15, 2012.

The NRHC is an organization of students, faculty, and administrators dedicated to the encouragement and support of undergraduate honors learning. To learn more about the NRHC, click here. Click here to view the Conference's Program of Events.

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Sunday, April 15, 2012MediaLibrary#5659
6:08 p.m.

We're all home and back on campus now, but I find us to be left with some of the best memories from our time at CNR so far. We had so much fun in Baltimore, the conference was a great experience that we all are thankful to have been given. So I give a thank you to CNR and Dr. Bass for sending us.

I'm going to miss Baltimore and the beauty it holds, the city was entirely my style and I could see myself going back to stay... maybe one day soon. There's so much history, culture, and art buried in the city that I recommend to everyone to visit at least once. You've read all about the conference through my blog so check out the city and adventures on CNR's Facebook page. Thank you everyone!

Sunday, April 15, 2012MediaLibrary#5658
10:18 a.m.

Today is the last day of the conference and we just had a few more things to do before we left. Cassie started up the morning with an LGBT poster board that she had used as her honors colloquium thesis last year. There were very few gay rights posters or presentations this whole weekend so Cassie was a pretty good hit this morning. Kristina, Regina, and Alissa joined a round table discussion about the difficulties and benefits of balancing sports and honors. Now we're getting ready to say goodbye to another year at the Northeast Regional Honors Conference and to Baltimore.

Pictured here (l-r): Kristina Nilaj SAS'13

Saturday, April 14, 2012MediaLibrary#5657
5:06 p.m.

This morning was the start of the round tables, poster sessions, and workshops. Cassie and Regina had their round table first thing this morning as part of the "honors and pride" table. They pitched an activity entitled "Coming out Stars" that challenges students in the honors programs to be aware and understand the coming out process in the LGBT community.

We then moved on to the paper sessions which were really interesting and many were very good. The first one we attended was centered around Harry Potter and Twilight. One I found most intriguing was independent Hermione versus male-dependent Bella. I went on to listen about theories of Kafka and Poe inspired short stories.

To finish off the afternoon I joined in on a political poem and prose workshop where I learned about the Baltimore native Adrienne Rich and her poetry. During the workshop we ended it with a little political poetry writing. I channeled my feminist mind into my poems.

More photos will be up on the CNR Facebook so check them out!

Saturday, April 14, 2012MediaLibrary#5656
1:03 a.m.

After our excursion around West Baltimore all morning on Friday we headed back to the hotel for a lecture from Baltimore Sun journalist Gil Sandler. After the lecture, we ran into Dr. Bass who turned us right around and sent us back out the door to explore the city more. Don't get me wrong, we didn't mind! She sent us to the American Visionary Art Museum, and to get there we thought we might take a bike ride along the harbor. The bikes were adorable but the seats weren't so comfy, so we walked instead. There were many installations to see outside the museum and a few open buildings to walk through, so we didn't even go inside and just enjoyed everything there was to see outside.

After we got back to the hotel, Cassie, Alissa, and Regina went downstairs to join a flash mob going on, which ended up surprising everyone during the dinner banquet. We ended the night with a lot of good performances at the conference's open mic night. We left at midnight even though it was still going strong. We need to wake up at 6:00 a.m., and it's coming quickly! Tomorrow starts the presentations and workshops so stay tuned!

Pictured above (l-r): Regina Alvarado SAS'14 and Alissa Sciommeri SAS'14 start the flashmob!

Friday, April 13, 2012MediaLibrary#5655
12:25 p.m.

This morning Cassie, Regina, Alissa, and I went on a tour of west Baltimore. We had done a some exploring yesterday so we already knew the area a little bit. We stopped and explored the B&O railroad museum, the Orioles Stadium, the Bambino's house, and Edgar Allen Poe's house! We were all so excited to go to Poe's house on Friday the 13th, especially with The Raven film coming out soon. But when we got there we came to find it was closed. We were a little disappointed but we took some time to do a little thinking and horror writing on the front steps.

We continued on our tour to pass the Lexington Market and the Hippodrome (performing arts center) and ended with a delicious lunch at Edo Sushi on the harbor. Cassie insisted on continuing the tradition of getting sushi at each conference. So for any of those reading this- that'll go next year, make sure you get sushi one day during the trip.

Sometime tonight some of us will possibly be starring in a flash mob! Stay tuned for photos of that. :)

Pictured above (l-r): Regina Alvarado SAS'14 and Alissa Sciommeri SAS'14 at the Orioles Stadium.

Thursday, April 12, 2012
11:43 p.m.

Tonight was our ice breaker night at the NRHC. It was our chance to meet new people, explore the city and be be creative all in one. Everyone who joined in tonight was separated into groups and given a list of "clues" that we all needed to find and take a group photo with. But the fun in the game was getting crazy with the photos with fun poses and including the locals and other tourists. Then we sent our photos to the coordinator who will be choosing winners tomorrow.

The five of us from CNR were completely split up but we all still had fun and got a chance to mingle with other schools. I even ran into one of my friends from Monroe! I have no pictures of tonight's adventure but I'll have plenty more tomorrow. Good night!

Thursday, April 12, 2012MediaLibrary#5654
5:48 p.m.

Hello Baltimore! Dinner was a new experience for us all tonight. Dr. Bass had us step out of our comfort zones and try tapas! We had a perfect spot on the balcony at La Tasca to ourselves with a beautiful view of the harbor and the USS Constellation, which was in use from 1797-1853. We tried empanadas and gambas, and loved the food so much we order a second plate of each!

Pictured here: Regina Alvarado SAS'14 in front of the USS Constellation.

Thursday, April 12, 2012MediaLibrary#5653
12:59 p.m.

After a grueling three hour train ride on the Amtrak we finally made to Pennsylvania station in Baltimore, MD! The city has character. No, really, in all honesty Baltimore is beautiful and I'm really jealous of their green trees. I'd trade green for the brown ones we still have in New York. The Hyatt is a sight to see as well with its glass walls and artsy outside staircases. More pictures to follow!! This weekend is packed with things to keep us busy so I will have plenty of photos. Tonight we have a photo scavenger hunt- no rules just photography! I'm excited for the chance to explore Baltimore through the lens of a camera.

Pictured here (l-r): Kristina Nilaj SAS'13, Cassie Irons SAS'12, Alissa Sciommeri SAS'14, and Regina Alvarado SAS'14.