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. 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. For me, as a second-year, 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: https://condor.depaul.edu/writing/programs-workshops-fyp-writing-showcase.html


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 https://resources.depaul.edu/newsline/sections/debuzz/Pages/Black-History-Month-2022.aspx?utm_campaign=Daily_02012022&utm_medium=email&utm_source


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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/let-the-record-show-an-evening-with-author-sarah-schulman-tickets-255628420487


Planning the 2022 Honors Ball

The Social Committee leaders of HSG are currently setting the plans in motion for the biggest Honors social event of the year, the Honors Ball!

This will be the first year since quarantine that the Honors program has held its annual Spring Quarter ball, an Honors-wide party held in DePaul’s Cortelyou Commons with dancing and snacks, and, most importantly, FUN!

Since the Honors Ball is such a big event for the program and since many of us on HSG haven’t had the opportunity to attend one before, the Social Committee wants to hear student ideas for themes and is looking for help putting the event together.

If you’re interested in working on the Ball, or if you have ideas for the theme/what’d you like to see at the Ball, please fill out this form for the Social Committee: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSea3M2WHy6AlzzRy1UK1ajceUoeIP_E_e2a3QOS4YJ2fmeiuw/viewform

More information should be coming out soon once a theme is decided and COVID protocols are established. We hope to see you all there this Spring!


Online Feedback for the Honors Program

Hi, everyone!

As you know, the Honors Student Government is organizing an open forum for members of the Honors community to voice their opinions and propose future changes for the program. We understand that not everyone may be able to attend the event or that some might not feel comfortable sharing their opinions publicly, so HSG has created an anonymous online form for anyone in the program to fill out. We greatly appreciate your participation as we are always striving to meet the needs of students and we need your feedback to make that possible.

The form can be found here: Honors Feedback

If you ever have thoughts on the Honors program or Honors-affiliated events that you would want to share, please feel free to reach out to the blog editors. More on how to do that can be found here


Spring 2022 Experiential Learning Courses

This Spring, DePaul is initiating HumanitiesX, which will give students the opportunity to tackle society’s most pressing issues through hands-on, project-based experiences.

From Spring 2022 on, HumanitiesX will provide three experiential learning courses every Spring quarter for students centered on an annual theme. The theme for 2022 is immigration and migration. All of these courses count for the Experiential Learning credit requirement.


Children Seeking Asylum: Creating Digital Media to Support Human Rights
Prof. Chi Jang Yin, Art, Media & Design / Prof. Maria Ferrera, Social Work
ART 395/MSW 450 – M/W 1-2:30
This course will engage students in understanding the experience of children and families seeking asylum in the US
in the current sociopolitical climate. With the help of our community partner, the Midwest Human Rights
Consortium (MHRC), students will develop a critical, transdisciplinary understanding of the asylum process and
create digital media deliverables (i.e., short videos and website content) that promote social justice.

Geographies of Displacement: Migration and Immigration in Atomic-Age Art
Prof. Kerry Ross, History / Prof. Yuki Miyamoto*, Religious Studies
HST 322/REL 305 – Tu/Th 2:40-3:50
This course explores how people and communities affected by the trauma of migration, war, and discrimination
communicate their experiences and negotiate their identity through art. We will explore historical examples of relocation, internment, and the forced migration of Japan’s colonized subjects, examining the social, political, and religious components that are played out in people’s displacement. In partnership with the Japanese Arts Foundation, students will design and build objects and content for a commemorative ceremony at the Garden of the Phoenix in Chicago’s Jackson Park.

*For a past review of Yuki Miyamoto’s HON 104 class, go here

Publishing Oral Histories About Immigration and Immigration Rights
Prof. Amy Tyson, History / Prof. Chris Solis Green, English
ENG 376/ENG 377/HST 389 – M/W 11:20-12:50 (on-campus hybrid)
This course explores how to amplify immigrant stories to advance the goal of rights for the undocumented. In
partnership with our community partner, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC), students will gather, edit,
and publish a digital anthology of oral histories from BPNC’s network of activists. Students will learn about the
experiences of those working on the ground for immigrant rights and immigration reform, as well as engaging in the
practice of gathering oral histories and preparing them for publication.

For more information on HumanitiesX and these courses, visit humanitiesx.depaul.edu


Honors Open Forum

For anyone who has ever been to an Honors Student Government meeting, you know that we are constantly looking for student feedback and trying to devise new ways to improve the Honors program to best meet everybody’s needs. In our continued mission to ensure students get the most out of their Honors experience, HSG has planned an open forum event to be held after our meeting on Friday, January 21st. Students that attend the forum will be able to talk directly with the Honors faculty and propose changes they would like to see made to the Honors program in the future. We would love to see as many people there as possible! The event will be held in Room 103 in the Arts and Letters Hall and there will also be a chance to Zoom into the forum for those who would like to participate remotely. More information will be coming out soon from the Honors Student Government president, Elizabeth. See you then!