Reflecting on the 2022 Honors Ball

As I’m sure everyone in the Honors program is aware, after weeks of hype-building and email-sending, the Honors Student Government hosted this year’s Honors Ball last Friday, April 8th. This was the first Honors Ball to be held since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, breaking a two-year absence. For many in HSG, myself included, this was their very first time planning or attending an Honors Ball. 2019’s Honors Ball, themed “Monochromatic Disco”, was all but a forgotten memory.

Thus tasked with planning the ball, and thereby reintroducing it to Honors students, HSG wanted to go all out. It would be the social event to end all HSG social events. This Honors Ball would be the biggest of all, and it would mark a triumphant return to in-person gatherings and celebrations. But with many of us not having any sense of the framework for an Honors Ball, we worried that this might prove to be a daunting task.

HSG’s homemade photo-op

As this past Friday demonstrated, however, our fears were unfounded. The number of people in attendance outnumbered those who RSVP’d for the event, exceeding 100 people in total. This is by far the greatest turnout HSG has seen for any of its social events this year and blows past Honors Ball attendance out of the waters. If we were intent on redefining the Honors Ball, then I’d say we achieved our goal. Students arrived fully decked out in old prom dresses and tuxedos, fitting perfectly with the “Night on the Red Carpet” theme of the event. They sang and danced through the night, notably communing in a group rendition of Olivia Rodrigo’s “good 4 u” that I was lucky enough to witness from a bird’s eye view.

This event of course could never have taken place without the help of the Honors faculty and the Chartwell’s staff who helped cater and set up the event. The 2022 Honor’s Ball was a collaborative experience, and I’d like to acknowledge the planning and work that went into the event–from the managers of Cortelyou Commons to Blue Demon Theatre (who so generously donated their lights to us). Thank you everyone for attending and helping out with the event! May next year’s ball rise up to meet this one (and I’m sure that it will)!

Our lovely e-board thanks you for coming!

If you have any photos from the Honors Ball that you’d like to share, either contact us at or send them to the Honorable Mentions team at

Speaker Event with Andrea Cilliers

Hello Honors students and staff,

The Honors Program is having its first co-sponsored speaker event of the Spring Quarter this Thursday, April 14th. Presented by DePaul’s Center for Students with Disabilities, the Career Center, A4, and the School of Public Service, guest Andrea Cilliers will be coming to speak about her experience working in the federal government and provide guidance for anyone interested in pursuing a similar career. Cilliers is currently the Disability Program Manager for the U.S State Department, so this is a great chance for students with a passion for disability rights and public policy to learn about the field and possible career tracks.

The event will be held over Zoom on April 14th at 7:00 PM CST.

Visit here to register for this event

What is Honors Distinction?

In my previous post explaining Honors Points and what they mean, I mentioned that these points can help students along the pathway to Honors Distinction. But what exactly is Honors Distinction, and why should you work towards it?

Honors Distinction is a 3-Tiered Title

In order for an Honors student to achieve Honors Distinction, that student must first meet these three qualifications:

Honors Partnership

Partnership is the first step students can take towards achieving Honors Distinction. Students can earn Honors Partnership by accumulating 10 Honors Points through attending various Honors events and participating in Honors activities. As a partner, students then have the chance to run for Honors Student Government or to work in the Honors office. Partners can also present their work at the annual Honors Conference.

Honors Leadership

Leadership is the second step students can take towards achieving Honors Distinction. To receive this title, a student must serve in a leadership position in the Honors program. This can be as an HSG officer, an Honorable Mentions editor, an Honors employee, or an Honors mentor. Students are automatically eligible for leadership positions after earning Partnership and can run for office in the Spring of each year. See our current list of board members here.

Honors Scholarship

Honors Scholarship is the third and final step to reaching Honors Distinction. A student reaches Honors Scholarship after either presenting a paper at the Honors Student Conference or by completing a senior thesis. Students do not need to have obtained Leadership as a prerequisite for earning a Scholarship, but they will need to have earned Partnership.

What are the benefits of earning Honors Distinction?

Only a small portion of Honors students, between 5-10%, graduate each year with Distinction. To have earned Distinction on top of completing the rigorous Honors curriculum is an extraordinary feat. At graduation, students who have earned Honors Distinction wear a unique cord along with the standard Honors cord, and they are individually celebrated at the Senior Gala. Students with Distinction will soon also be permanently commemorated with a plaque bearing their name. The Honors Program is a chance for high-achieving and ambitious students to work alongside and form meaningful relationships with a large team of in-field professionals and student peers. Students who go above and beyond in participating in the Honors community are making the most of their experience and helping to build a flourishing academic community.

Honorable Mentions Winter Quarter 2022

The latest edition of Honorable Mentions, the quarterly Honors newsletter, has officially arrived! This quarter’s issue introduces the program’s newest academic advisor, talks about what Honors Student Government has been up to behind the scenes, and gives some fun suggestions for the goings-on in the city! As always, huge kudos to newsletter editors and designers Julia Matuszek and Ben Stumpe as well as to all of the students who contributed!

An Introduction to Honors Points and Partnership

“What’s the deal with Honors Points?”

This is a question that many students in the Honors Program inevitably find themselves asking during their college careers. Some following questions may include: “What can I do with Honors Points that I’ve earned?”, “How do I know how many Honors Points I have?”, “Is there a required number of Honors Points I need in order to graduate?”, or, “Is it possible to lose Honors Points?”

The Honors Program may seem intimidating or confusing to both under and upperclassmen. I know this is true for me, as my introduction to the Honors Program was complicated by the onset of COVID-19 and a pivot to virtual schooling. Over the past year, I have noticed that many of my Honors peers seem to share confusion when it comes to getting the most out of being in the Honors Program. To answer these questions and to provide guidance for the next generation of Honors students, I will be starting an explanatory series on the blog that seeks to demystify the program and its offerings. 

What are Honors Points?

Honors Points are essentially a record of the number of Honors activities and events in which you have participated. For every event, the Honors Program notes your attendance and gives you a corresponding point. Ways in which Honors students earn points, many times without even knowing it, are by going to Honors Student Government meetings, attending service or social events, contributing to the Honorable Mentions newsletter, or by seeing a visiting speaker. 

What can students do with Honors Points?

As you participate more in the Honors community, you will accumulate Honors Points. After reaching 10 points, you receive something called Honors Partnership. As a partner of the Honors Program, you are eligible to run for Honors Student Government, apply for employment in the Honors office, or serve as an Honors Mentor. Partnership also means you can present your academic work at the Honors Student Conference. 

How do I know how many Honors Points I have?

This has recently become extremely easy! On D2L, all Honors students should be able to access the Honors Program Points course page. Here, you can see a record of the events you have attended and the points you have earned thus far. This will continue to be updated and will serve as a living document for all Honors students. If you’ve already received partnership, you should also be able to see a separate D2L course page informing you of this. 

Do I need to earn Honors Points to stay in the program?

Honors Points are not a requirement for Honors students. There is no minimum number of Honors Points that students need to graduate or stay in the Honors Program. That being said, receiving Honors Points allows students to form closer connections with Honors faculty and get more out of their Honors experience. Honors Points also allow students to graduate from the program with Honors Distinction. 

Can you lose Honors Points?

Honors Points stay with you for as long as you are in the Honors Program. They are accumulative; you cannot “spend” them nor do they reset each year. For as long as you are an Honors student, you can only ever gain Honors Points. 

Hopefully, I have concisely answered some of your questions surrounding Honors Points. If you ever have questions or concerns regarding Honors Points, feel free to reach out to us at the Honors Blog or to your respective Honors advisor. Participation in the Honors Program is a great way to expand your education and to form meaningful relationships with other students, so I encourage you to go out there and start earning them! We love to see students participating and contributing to our bustling Honors community!

For more information, visit the Honors Points page on the blog

On Ukraine: Upcoming Event from the International Studies Program

Hi Honors Students,

As many of you are aware, these past few weeks have been tense and painful in the realm of foreign affairs. With Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine, many outside the conflict are left frightened and reeling by the first intra-continental war in Europe since WWII. DePaul’s International Studies Program will be holding a virtual panel to discuss the recent invasion of Ukraine and the history of tension between Russia and NATO. The event is co-sponsored by the Political Science Program and the Grace School of Applied Diplomacy.

The event will be held on Tuesday, March 8th at 4:30

The event will be held over Zoom

HSG Partners with BeTheMatch

This quarter, HSG’s service committee is continuing its collaboration with BeTheMatch. BeTheMatch is an organization that connects patients in need of bone marrow transplants with a global network of potential donors. Not only do they help connect people to potential bone marrow matches, but they also contribute to blood cancer research aimed at finding a cure to cancers like Leukemia and Lymphoma.

HSG has partnered with BeTheMatch in the past, and they’re excited to be working with the organization again. This Thursday, February 24th, the HSG service committee will be joining DePaul’s BeTheMatch chapter at its tabling event. Students can drop by to hear more about the organization and do a cheek swab to see if they’re a compatible donor for anyone in BeTheMatch’s registry. Honors students who participate will receive an Honors point!

You can find the BeTheMatch table at the Student Center on February 24th, from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

For more information, visit the BeTheMatch website.


First-Year Program Writing Showcase

There’s an exciting upcoming opportunity for DePaul students to share their work!

The First-Year Program Writing Showcase gives students the chance to present work from their writing classes to a committee of DePaul professors and faculty members. Submitted works will receive constructive feedback and be posted on the Showcase’s website to reach a wider online audience. Students also have the chance to win a $50 prize for their submissions.

Students can submit work from FYSW 102, WRD 102, WRD 102x, WRD 103, WRD 103x, WRD 104, WRD 104x, LSP 110, LSP 111, LSP 112, LSP 120, HON 100, HON 111, or HON 180. Types of submitted work can be digital portfolios, multimedia projects, essays, fieldwork reports and interviews, or group projects. The work must be from Spring 2021 or later.

Submissions are due by April 1st, 2022. Recognized submissions will be honored at an event on May 18th, 2022.

For more information on how to submit work and what to expect from the showcase, please visit:

DePaul Events for Black History Month

Happy Monday, Honors students and staff!

In honor of Black History Month, DePaul will be hosting a series of events dedicated to honoring Black history, building community, and working towards an anti-racist future. These events will be hosted around campus through the month of February by different organizations and all students are invited to attend.

Monday, February 7th

Confronting Anti-Blackness on Campus

5 PM over Zoom

Wednesday, February 9th

Honoring the Legacy of the Big Savoy Five

8 PM in the Wintrust Arena

Thursday, February 10th

Decolonizing Black Mental Health

2 PM in O’Connell Hall, Room 300

Monday, February 14th

Celebrating Black Love

5:30 PM in O’Connell Hall, Room 300

Tuesday, February 15th

President’s Annual Book Club

10 AM in the Lincoln Park Student Center, Room 120 A/B

Wednesday, February 16th

Black DePaul History

5 PM in the Lincoln Park Student Center, Room 314 A/B

Friday, February 18th

Afrobeats Listening Party

12 PM in O’Connell Hall, Room 300

Monday, February 21st

Homage Black History Exhibit

11 AM-5 PM in the Lincoln Park Student Center, Room 120 A/B

Thursday, February 24th

The Black Pacific Islander Experience

4 PM in O’Connell Hall, Room 340

Friday, February 25th

Techno is Black. Techno is Queer.

6 PM over Zoom

Saturday, February 26th

Black Leadership Institute

10 AM-2PM in the Lincoln Park Student Center, Room 120 A/B

For more information, visit

Speaker Event with Sarah Schulman

There’s an exciting upcoming opportunity for members of the Honors community!

Sarah Schulman, author of the book Let the Record Show: A Political History of ACT-UP New York 1987-1993, will be coming to campus to speak about her new book and answer questions from students. The Honors Department is happy to co-sponsor Sarah Schulman along with the LGBTQ Studies and American Studies programs.

Students have the opportunity to participate in the event in person–which will be held in Room 154 of the Student Academic Center–or synchronously over Zoom. Students will earn one Honors point for attending.

For those participating through Zoom, please pre-register using this link: