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Students Attend Northeast Regional Honors Council Annual Conference

April 8, 2014

Three students from the Honors Program in the School of Arts & Sciences attended the Northeast Regional Honors Council's annual conference, which took place in Niagara Falls this year, April 3 to 6. The conference theme, "Standing on the Edge: Challenging Boundaries and Power," asked students to think about the natural border between the United States and Canada that Niagara Falls represents, from its role in the Underground Railroad to the environmental questions that continue to plague it today.  

Joining hundreds of students and faculty from throughout the Northeast, senior Regina Alvarado, English major and biology minor, accompanied sophomores Catherine Baudendistel, a psychology major, and Michelle Goyke, who is majoring in Communication Arts.  Students took part in the annual "Place as Text" exploration, getting to know the host city in a full-day exploration on Friday, as well as took in a range of roundtables, lectures, panels, students mixers, and the presidential luncheon. On Saturday morning, Michelle and Catherine presented the session "The Borders of Sanity: Do We Really Need that Xanax?" which was based on their work from their fall Honors seminar, "American Anxieties," which was taught by New York Times bestselling memoirist Daniel Smith, author of "Monkey Mind: A Memoir of Anxiety."

An affiliate of the National Collegiate Honors Council, the NRHC is an organization of students, faculty, and administrators dedicated to the support of undergraduate honors learning. Honors students at The College of New Rochelle are required to maintain a minimum GPA of 3.3 in their first two years, and 3.5 thereafter. To graduate with an Honors diploma, students must complete eight Honors experiences, and demonstrate leadership and service to the program.