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


Guest Speaker Dr. David Stovall

Since the Spring of 2020, Critical Race Theory (CRT) has been under attack due to distortions and lies about its creation and purpose.  As part of the “Taking a Stand” speaker series, Dr. Stovall will explain what CRT is and its utility in the battle between myth-making and historical accuracy.

This virtual event will take place on Thursday, January 20th. 6:00 – 7:15 PM.

Please register on Eventbrite by clicking 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!



2022 Honors Symposium

Accepting proposals until February 5th at midnight

Do you want an opportunity to showcase your work and receive feedback? The Honors Council of the Illinois Region is hosting its annual symposium over Zoom on February 26th.

Undergraduate students can present their research thesis and receive meaningful feedback. Participating students are even eligible to win awards up to $250 for their presentation. This is not only a chance for students to hone their research and presentation skills but also an opportunity to meet other honors students from the Illinois area with similar interests and career goals.

Students must submit their research proposal and register for the event by midnight on February 5th. The event will be held on February 26th from 9:00 AM to 3:15 PM CT.

For more information on the symposium and how to apply, visit the official website


Welcome Back!

Happy New Year, Honors students and staff!

We hope everyone enjoyed their Winter break and that everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. The start of Winter Quarter 2022 might not be how many of us anticipated, but rest assured that everyone in the Honors program is here to ensure your success and well-being during this period of remote learning. Honors Student Government will still be hosting biweekly meetings over Zoom to discuss future events and to hear the needs of Honors students (more info can be found here). Remote Honors advising is also open for any students wanting to talk through their schedules and needs. Advising appointments can be made through BlueStar Student Support on your Campus Connect page.

HSG is also interested in hearing about how students spent their break! If you have any pictures or fun stories you want to share from break, please feel free to DM them to @hsgdpu on Instagram or email them to hsgdpu@gmail.com. You can also reach out to Honorable Mentions if you would like to write about your experience over break for the Winter quarter edition.

We hope everyone has a fantastic and safe start to the new quarter and the new year!

For more information on DePaul’s COVID-19 protocols and resources, visit: go.depaul.edu/covid

Make sure to also reach out to your individual professors to follow their plans for instruction during the first two weeks of remote learning


Christmas Time in the City- December Events in Chicago

Compared to the neverending slog that was 2020, this year seems to have sped by, but alas, it is somehow December yet again. 

I’ve always loved the holiday season, for a variety of reasons. Being from Ohio, I still feel a nostalgic joy in watching the snow and seeing the individual intricacies of each snowflake as it falls into my hands. I love peppermint, gingerbread, hot chocolate, and all of the seasonal goodies that I might not otherwise enjoy but which bear the charm of impermanence that makes them irresistible. As I have grown older I have become less fixated on the gift element of Christmas and more infatuated with the gooey, sentimental aspects that a younger me would have considered nothing more than schlock. I have yet to turn to Hallmark movies for seasonal entertainment, but my Nat King Cole playlist tells me that it likely will not be long before I make the full transition into a Buddy-the-Elf-esque Christmas aficionado. 

This holiday season is unique for me, though. This year, and I am sure the same can be said for many other students, is my first year on my own. My familial holiday traditions–putting up the tree, baking, deciding to put up lights and then immediately regretting to put up lights–have to be translated to fit my solitary garden unit apartment. This holiday season is undoubtedly different for me, but that does not make it a necessarily solemn event. Chicago has a wide variety of unique December experiences and for anyone who may be having their very first Chicago Christmas, here is a list of fun (college student budget-friendly) activities to make the most of it. 

Zoo Lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo

From 4-10pm each day through January 2nd, the Lincoln Park Zoo will be decked out in Christmas lights and decorations. Tickets are $5, but admission is free every Monday and Tuesday night. The Lincoln Park Zoo also provides specific accommodations for visitors with sensory sensitivities.

For tickets and more info, visit: https://www.lpzoo.org/event/zoolights-presented-by-comed-and-invesco-qqq/

Christkindlmarket 

Christkindlmarket is a traditional German-style Winter Market with locations in both the Loop and Wrigleyville. The outdoor market features local artisans, bakers, and a variety of performers. A Chicago holiday staple, this would be a great place to find gifts for your out-of-town family members and loved ones.

For more information on vendors and locations, visit: https://www.christkindlmarket.com/

Ice Skating

What better way to celebrate the holidays than falling on your face with friends? Even if you don’t have the grace of Nancy Kerrigan, ice-skating is undoubtedly a Winter must. Fortunately, Chicago offers many free opportunities to hit the rink, literally. Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park are both offering outdoor ice rinks from now until March and if you’re heading to Chriskindlmarket in Wrigleyville, Gallagher Way has an adjoining rink that features curling alongside ice-skating.

Winter Flowers at the Garfield Conservatory 

If this is your first time experiencing a Chicago winter (it’s certainly mine!), then perhaps you would prefer an indoor activity. Lucky for you, the Garfield Conservatory currently has a seasonal exhibit, Serenity: Winter Flower Show, running through January 9th. Seasonal flowers like the iconic poinsettias and zinnias are on display in the conservatory’s indoor show house. Admission is free, but reservations are currently required.

For reservations and more information, visit: https://garfieldconservatory.org/

Christmas Carol at the Goodman Theatre

Did you know that DePaul students get a student discount at many of Chicago’s famous local theaters? Among these is the Goodman Theatre, which is currently hosting its annual production of Charles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol. With a student discount, you can see the iconic Christmas show and support local theatre artists for only $10!

For tickets and more information, visit: https://www.goodmantheatre.org/tickets/special-discounts/


Winter Quarter 2022 Update

Hi Honors Students, 

I’m sure most of you are aware of the latest news regarding Winter Quarter classes, but in case you have not seen the email from DePaul’s president: the first two weeks of the quarter (from January 3rd to January 15th) are going to be online. Campus buildings and residence halls will be open during this time, but all classes are going to be remote.* 

This comes as somewhat of a shock, albeit understandable with the unpredictable nature of the newest omicron variant, and is undoubtedly disheartening for many who have enjoyed the return to in-person classes and campus events. After a year and a half of Zoom classes, many students are likely just hoping for a return to some sense of pre-COVID normalcy, a normalcy that for now may have to wait. 

The good news is that, as of now, this is only a two-week commitment and not a whole quarter or whole year declaration. Hopefully, these two weeks will give the university ample time to prepare safety measures and protocol so that students can return to in-person classes for the duration of the quarter. Now more than ever is a time to be extra vigilant in following safety precautions and taking steps to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Since many students are likely travelling this holiday season, make sure to do so safely and responsibly. Please take care of yourselves and others this holiday season, and we look forward to seeing everybody back in January. 

*The Theatre School has said that all rehearsals and shop activities will remain in-person during this time period. 

If you want to see the president’s official statement, visit: https://resources.depaul.edu/coronavirus/updates/Pages/winter-quarter-update.aspx

For more information on DePaul’s COVID guidelines and safety tips, visit: go.depaul.edu/covid