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Launchpad Workshop Fall 17

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21 October 2017— Our bi-annual workshop series continued this past Saturday as Reynolds Honors students attended an academic workshop facilitated by Launchpad, the VCU School of Education Graduate student group. This year’s workshop focused on transfer and students listened to presentations on Writing Successful College Essays, Finding Scholarships, Application Time Management, as well as a one-on-one Peer Mentoring session. Reynolds Honors student Meghan Clancy enjoyed the one-on-one sessions with LaunchPAD officer Holly Whittenburg, who provided guidance to hone in on what makes her story unique and ways in which she could emphasize her individual voice in her application essay. Another Honors student, Kofi Riddick, agreed that “the Launchpad Workshop was extremely informative and provided [me]with ample tools to assist in my journey” as he looks to transfer to a four-year university. Kofi also thought that the graduate students were helpful and brought many aspects of the transfer process to his attention. The collaboration with LaunchPAD has been a successful venture, and the graduate students hope to expand workshop times and offerings in the coming semesters. 

2017 VCHC Fall Conference 

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Reynolds Honors students attended Virginias Collegiate Honors Council Fall Conference this past weekend at Virginia Tech on October 13th -14th.  Current Honors students Kofi Riddick, Meghan Clancy, Madeleine Kerns, Na Le, and Grace Swal talked with faculty from the Virginia Tech Honors College, took a tour of the campus and helped plan 2018 VCHC Spring Conference, which will be part of the larger Southern Regional Honors Council conference being held at Northern Virginia Community College in Spring 2018. The students also connected with former Reynolds Honors student, Alexander Nwogu, who is now pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at Virginia Tech. He spoke to the students about his experience on his first semester and his transition transferring to Tech. The conference brought together faculty and students from Honors programs across the state, including VCU, Virginia Weslyan, Radford, and Old Dominion University.  

Honors Orientation Meet & Greet Event Kicks off Fall Semester

15 August 2017—The Honors Program held its Fall Orientation Meet and Greet Event on Tuesday. This semester, the program welcomes 32 new Honors students, for a total of 71 students. Dr. Ashley Bourne-Richardson welcomed attendees, along with President Dr. Gary Rhodes, who recognized Honors students as academic leaders at Reynolds. Scholarship Manager Nichole Page overviewed scholarship opportunities that the Reynolds Honors Program provides. She also mentioned the Annual Scholarship luncheon hosted this spring and encouraged scholarship recipients for opportunity for a meet-and-greet with donors. Attendees also heard from Honors Student Representative Donald Cooper, who spoke on behalf of the Honors Student Group and encouraged new students to join this initiative. Finally, new students had the opportunity to talk with current Honors students and faculty during the “Q and A” session. Honors students Jeremiah Meadows, Meghan Clancy, and Donald Cooper answered questions and gave advice, along with multiple Honors faculty members. Other highlights included confirmation that the Guaranteed Admission agreement between Reynolds and James Madison University has officially been approved. For interested students, the 2017 VCHC Fall Conference will be held on October 13 – 14 at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. And new this year, the Reynolds Honors Book Share (Facebook Page) for students who have completed an Honors course and want to share your books, or if you’re taking an Honors class and need books, sharing can now be coordinated through this page. Looking forward to a great semester with our new and returning Honors students. 

Reynolds Honors Students Attend VCHC Spring Conference

Honors Students Attend VCHC

10 April 2017--Four Reynolds Honors students attended the annual Virginias Collegiate Honors Council Spring Conference this past weekend, held at Old Dominion University on April 7-8.  This year's conference theme was "Adventures in Honors" and, fittingly, the opening sessions on Friday were held at the Virginia Zoological Gardens, which provided a great setting for the student service learning project that created enrichment items for zoo animals.

The conference featured multiple panels of student presentations from Honors students across the state from both four year and two year institutions. Students Meghan Clancy, Sierra Peterson, Joshua Briere, and Jeremiah Meadows were able to attend multiple panels featuring traditional student paper presentations, as well as poster presentations and artistic performances by students.  Meadows, a first semester Honors student, was selected to present his paper "Personhood for Sentient Non-Human Animals and Sentient Artificial Intelligences: A Demonstrative Argument" at the conference, and won one of just five awards in the category of Best Academic Presentation, out of 55 total students, mostly from four year institutions. He received a certificate of recognition and a cash award of $200. Honors students are encouraged to attend this conference as a way to learn about professional academic conferences, as well as make connections with Honors faculty and students from other Virginia institutions. 

VCHC student award winners with President Daniel Roberts. Jeremiah Meadows appears seventh from left.

VCU Graduate Student Group Holds Academic Workshop at Reynolds

25 March 2017--The partnership between the Reynolds Honors Program and LaunchPAD, a VCU graduate student group, continued this past Saturday with a well-attended academic workshop featuring presentations from several graduate students in VCU's School of Education. VCU graduate students planned and delivered sessions on Academic Writing, Life Balance, and a small group tutorial session. LaunchPAD's mission is to help doctoral students advance their academic skills in publishing and pedagogy, and the emerging partnership with Reynolds allows graduate students to practice their teaching skills as well as helping introduce undergraduates to academic discourse and practice.  In attendance along with students from the Honors Program, were members of PTK, and Reynolds Student Ambassadors and LEADS. Reynolds Honors student Rahel Solomon appreciated the one-on-one sessions because she "was able to ask about and learn from the personal experience of [doctoral student Michael Schad]." Another Honors student, Donald Cooper, "liked hearing about how my undergraduate work could transition into graduate studies." Cooper also enjoyed the tutoring session, in which he was able to talk with graduate students about the focus of an upcoming project.  LaunchPAD organizers Amanda Hall and Holly Wittenberg were enthusiastic about the potential for continuing these events, citing the mutual benefits for both VCU and Reynolds students. 


Richard S. Reynolds Foundation Announces Major Gift for Honors Endowment

2 March 2017--The Honors Program at Reynolds hosted a successful showcase event on Wednesday evening, featuring faculty-students teams discussing current Honors projects with members of the College and Foundation boards, as well as many major college benefactors. The highlight of the evening was the announcement of a major gift from the Richard S. Reynolds Foundation which will start an endowment for the Honors Program to support the scholarship funding our Honors students receive. Richard "Major" Reynolds and Dorothy Reynolds Brotherton, brother and cousin, respectively, of the college's namesake, J. Sargeant Reynolds, were on hand Wednesday night to announce the gift as trustees of the foundation. Faculty attending included Professor Karen Layou (Geology) with Honors student Jordan Bock, Professor Gayle D;Andrea (Sociology) with Honors student Jeremiah Meadows, and Professor Travis Anthony (Biology) with Honors student Kinga Dankowska.



Honors Science Students Hold Successful End-of-Semester Seminars

9 Dec 2016--Honors students in Chemistry 111 and Biology 101 held seminar events to present their final presentations and posters, reflecting a semester of intensive research and inquiry. Professor Jelsa Varughese's Chemistry course invited science instructors and student to their Green Chemistry Seminar, highlighting projects that explored interdisciplinary approaches to sustainability. The seminar focused on student research into green and sustainable chemical solutions and technologies. Professor Karen Neal's Biology class held an Honors poster event, showcasing the scientific posters that student learned to create in order to display their findings. Both projects provided Honors students a chance to practice for professional academic presentations, and to appreciate the variety of topics explored by their peers. 




Reynolds Honors Students Attend Virginia Council of Graduate Schools Information Day 

HonVCGS4 Nov. 2016--Reynolds Honors students Kate Klokova and Clay Cade attended the 2nd Annual VCGS Graduate Studies Information Day hosted by The College of William & Mary. This event was designed for undergraduate students interested in attending graduate school and working toward a degree beyond their Bachelors. Headliners at the workshop included keynote speaker Dr. Anne Charity Hudley, who is a professor of linguistics at W&M, and the Provost of William & Mary Dr. Michael R. Halloran. This event aims specifically at underrepresented students in an attempt to acquaint participants at both 4-year and 2-year institutions with the array of graduate programs across the state of Virginia. Students attended 2 workshops of their choice, geared toward Arts & Humanities, STEM, and Social Science fields, in which both faculty and current graduate students offered panel discussions and answered audience questions. Klokova, who is finishing her A.S. in Business at Reynolds, is pictured at left listening to one of the graduate student poster sessions outlining her experience with graduate studies in neuroscience at the University of Virginia. 

Honors Student Selected for Workshop at NASA

NASAaguero3 Nov. 2016--Reynolds Honors student Johana Aguero has just returned from a week long workshop at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Aguero, an Engineering student, was selected to participate in NASA's Community College Aerospace Engineers workshop. Participants began with a two month, on-line preparation course, culminating in a project paper. Then, community college students from across the country were flown to Kennedy Space Center in Florida for the onsite visit. Participants stayed at the Space Center for a week, and were divided into teams competing to design, program and budget a new rover for a specific mission. They enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of the facilities, met a team of engineers who worked on the shuttle program, and talked to the director of the space center and four-time astronaut, Rob Cabana.  Aguero called the experience "amazing," having applied because she "has always wanted to work for NASA." She plans to continue her engineering studies after transfer in the hopes of fulfilling the goal. 



Honors Student Presents Research at Virginia Herpetological Society Fall Meeting

HonorsDankowska22 Oct. 2016--Reynolds Honors student Kinga Dankowska was invited to present research form her Honors Biology 102 project at the Virginia Herpetological Society's Annual Fall Meeting this past weekend. Kinga is a second semester Honors student, and she is working on an Honors contract in Biology 102 this semester with Professor Travis Anthony. She and Professor Anthony have worked to designing a project to track eastern box turtle movements and habitat use around the Parham Road Campus and surrounding suburban neighborhoods and parks starting next spring. Kinga has been learning to use mapping technology and using ecology skills learned from Biology 102 to identify important habitat for this species. This meeting is an informal regional gathering of herpetology experts and novices from Virginia, Maryland, D.C., and North Carolina. This was an excellent opportunity for Kinga to gain experience presenting in an academic setting and to meet professionals in this field, and the Honors Program congratulates her on her fine work!


Honors Students Rock the Virginia Geological Field Conference

VGFC8 Oct. 2016--Not even Hurricane Matthew could stop Reynolds Geology students and faculty from participating in the 46th Virginia Geological Field Conference (VGFC) on Saturday, October 8!  The VGFC is a state-wide organization of professional, academic, and amateur geoscientists who gather annually to take in the geology around the Commonwealth.  Honors students Kate Klokova and Jordan Bock joined geoscience professionals from across the state on this year’s field trip, which explored the effects of modern and historical sea-level change on sedimentary deposits of the Coastal Plain of Mathews County.  Reynolds geology professor, Karen Layou, was a co-leader of the trip, along with Pete Berquist of Thomas Nelson Community College, Rowan Lockwood of the College of William and Mary, and Rick Berquist of the Virginia Division of Geology and Mineral Resources. 

Reynolds Hosts VCHC Fall Conference

3 Oct. 2016--The Virginias Collegiate Honors Council held their Fall Conference here at the Parham Road campus from Friday Sept 30 through Saturday Oct. 1. This conference brought together Honors faculty, administrators and students from diverse institutions across the state, including VCU, Virginia Tech, Old Dominion, Virginia State, Virginia Wesleyan, Emery & Henry, and Northern Virginia Community College. Reynolds Honors students were able to meet and talk with Honors students form a number of other institutions, and contribute to the planning discussions for the Spring conference and the yearly service project. Students were moved by a presentation from VCU adjunct faculty member and doctoral candidate Amanda Hall, who spoke about community engaged service learning and provided a clear model for students to follow in creating their own projects. Students also had a workshop on preparing for academic presentations, taught by Reynolds faculty Dr. Beth Bensen (English) and Dr. Karen Layou (Geology). Students and Honors administrators work toward preparations for the VCHC spring conference, which typically offers a showcase of 70+ student presentations, and will be held in April 2017 at Old Dominion University. 

Honors Orientation Meet & Greet Fall 16

18 Aug. 2016--In anticipation of the beginning of fall semester,t he Reynolds Honors Program held its second Orientation Meet & Greet event, welcoming 31 new Honors students. President Gary Rhodes addressed the new Honors students, congratulating them on their significant achievements.  Students also heard from Dr. David Loope regarding the importance of academic achievement and from Marianne McGhee of the college's advancement office, to discuss the scholarships available to Honors students. Many students from the first Honors cohort in spring 16 were also on hand to speak about their experience, the value of Honors, and challenge new students to help define the program as it grows. 


Honors at Reynolds Preview Night

PreviewNight13 June 2016--the Honors Program was represented at Reynolds Preview night on Monday at the Downtown Campus.  Program Coordinator Ashley Bourne-Richardson was on hand to greet prospective high school students along with new Student Ambassador and Reynolds Honors student Alex Nwogu, pictured here. The event allowed departments from across the college to speak with interested high school students who plan to attend Reynolds in the Fall. Two Honors Program students will be Student Ambassadors this fall, Alex and Pelayo Malgarejo, ensuring that Honors is well-represented at upcoming summer orientations (SOAR) and student events throughout the year.




Summer Outreach Team Works on Honors PR, Marketing, and Orientation Planning

BirthdayDL9 June 2016--Honors students are coming together this summer to learn about public relations, marketing, and event planning, all in an effort to help spread the word about the Reynolds Honors Program. The students will be working with professional across the college this summer to help design marketing materials and create strategies for public relations to help shape the image of the new program here at Reynolds. And of course, they're having fun and eating pizza as well. Students Kate Klokova and Daniel Longest, pictured here, celebrate Daniels' birthday at one of our Outreach Team meetings. 





Reynolds Honors Students Tour VCU Honors College

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20 Apr. 2016--Reynolds Honors students were invited to tour the VCU honors College facility and visit the Undergraduate Research Fair currently underway. Two current VCU Honors students led a tour of 11 Reynolds Honors students across the VCU campus. Students were also able to browse poster sessions at the annual Undergraduate Research Fair, where nearly 40% of the presentations are come from students in the VCU Honors College.  Students were treated to lunch in the VCU Honors student lounge, and were able to converse with the Honors Academic Coordinator and other program representatives about their questions and future plans. Reynolds Honors finalized an agreement this spring with VCU which allows our Honors graduates a pathway into the VCU Honors College. Our partnership with VCU Honors promises many great opportunities, and we look forward to more campus visits as the program grows. 



Honors Students Volunteer at Science Night

16 Mar. 2016--Reynolds Honors students helped make the annual Science Night event a huge success, serving as ushers, handing out programs, and directing attendees throughout the evening. 7 committed Honors students volunteered to assist event coordinator Prof. Karen Neal and staff an Honors table. Jordan Bock, Ekaterina Klokova, Jeffrey Fricker, Clay Cade, Shanta Jackson, Candice Walling and Diana Castro were key in keeping the event running smoothly and representing honors at Reynolds. A BIG thank-you to these service-minded students.


Honors Community Hour Explores Critical Service Learning with Amanda Hall

26 Feb. 2016--The Reynolds Honors Program is excited to host Amanda Hall, from VCU's Division of Community Engagement, who will be speaking about her approach to critical service learning and her experiences organizing such efforts in the area. Exposure to service learning is often a major emphasis Honors programs, but as Ms. Hall notes, such efforts often end up seeming like passive transactions that offer students little opportunity to engage and learn about the root causes of the problem at hand. Critical service learning emphasizes researching the issue and the community  before deciding upon what kind of efforts will be needed, and involving the people who are most impacted by the issue, taking into account their voices, concerns, and ideas so that the service project is truly a collaborative and a meaningful effort. Amanda has years of experience organizing such efforts here in Richmond,  and we look forward to hearing from her on Wednesday March 2.


Honors Community Hours Welcomes VCU Honors College

12 Feb. 2016--On Wednesday Feb. 17th, advisers and students from VCU's Honors College will join us for a special extended Community Hour from 12-2pm. Our guests have planned a panel discussion about the offerings at VCU and their experiences in the Honors College. They are also prepared for an extended question and answer session with our Honors students who may be interested in transferring to VCU. This event will be a great opportunity for Reynolds Honors students to make connections with our neighbors at VCU and look ahead to transfer.


Honors Community Hour to Host VCU Humphrey Fellow Recipient

4 Feb. 2016--The Reynolds Honors Program is excited to announce that during the Feb 10th Honors Community Hour event, we will host one of the 2016 VCU Humphrey Fellows, Dr. Natasa Tomic, who will be speaking about her home country of Bosnia, her role as a medical rehabilitation specialist, and her experience with international education. This provides an exciting opportunity, and I hope many of you will be able to join us in welcoming Dr. Tomic. Explore the full biographies of this year’s Humphrey Fellows here—they are an amazing group. Many thanks to Dr. Ghazala Hashmi, who coordinated this event through the Center for Faculty Engagement. 


Honors Community Hours Set for Launch Jan. 20th!

14 Jan. 2016--The Spring 16 Honors Community Hours will begin on Wednesday Jan. 20th, from 12-1pm in Burnette Hall rm. 257.  Students and faculty will be treated to a pizza and salad lunch. The first community hour will be a time to get to know each other, share our first week experiences and discuss our plans for Honors this semester. We'll discuss forming a student group, student representatives for the Honors Committee, and planning future community hours events--but mostly plan on coming to get to know your fellow Honors students and faculty. This room will be our home base for the rest of the semester during community hour. 


Honors Orientation "Meet & Greet" Event Nov. 19th

17 Nov. 2015--Reynolds will host an Orientation "Meet & Greet" Event on Thursday Nov. 19th for the first official group of Reynolds Honors students. Dr. Gary Rhodes will join us to welcome the incoming students, along with our Academic Vice President Dr. David Loope, representatives from the scholarship office, and two Reynolds graduates who are now at the VCU Honors College. Students, faculty and other Reynolds staff who have been involved in putting this program together will come together to meet each other and prepare for this exciting new program at Reynolds. Food will be provided, and the event will be held in the first floor conference room of the Workforce Development Center (rm. 100) from 4-6pm.   


Deadline Extended!

5 October 2015--The Honors Program Steering Committee is pleased to announce that that the deadline for applications to the first semester of the Honors Program has been extended to OCTOBER 19th. There is still time to apply and receive the substantial benefits reserved for Honors students, like substantial additional scholarship funds, smaller class sizes, priority registration, invitations to special events, and more! Please go to "How to Apply" on the Honors web page to get started! 


Now Accepting Applications!

1 Sept. 2015 -- Honors at Reynolds is now accepting student applications. The on-line application form is available in the "How to Apply" page of this website. Applications are due by October 10. The first group of Honors students will be able to register for our first designated Honors courses in Spring 2016, and will receive additional scholarship funding and priority registration. Please direct any questions to the Faculty Honors Coordinator, Ashley Bourne-Richardson


Preparation for Fall 2015

10 AUGUST 2015 -- Preparations are underway for the Fall opening of the Honors Program at Reynolds.  The on-line application will be available beginning Sept. 1 for students who want to apply to be a part of the first Honors cohort. Honors classes will begin in Spring 2016, and students accepted to the program will be eligible for priority registration this fall. There are many exciting benefits planned for Reynolds Honors students, including extra scholarship funds! Check back for updates on additional funding for Honors students.  There are multiple options for students interested in Honors courses: apply to the Honors program and complete the full curriculum, or apply to take a single Honors class in the discipline of your choice by filling out a course permission form.  Faculty are getting ready for the next Honors 101 workshop and are submitting course syllabi for the first crop of spring 16 Honors classes. As you plan your upcoming academic year at Reynolds, we hope hope you'll consider making Honors classes a part of that plan. 


Honors 101 Faculty Workshop

18 JUNE 2015 -- Over 40 Reynolds faculty gathered to attend the first Honors development workshop, created by the Center for Faculty Engagement. The workshop focused on the vision for Honors at Reynolds, the four pillars of Honors curricular and course design, and assessment of Honors courses. Additionally, Reynolds welcomed Meghan Homer, Dr. Faye Pritchard, and Dr. John Aughenbaugh from the VCU Honors college, who joined us for a presentation and Q & A session. The CFE will offer a repeat session of this workshop on August 13th.


Scholarship Funding for First Honors Cohort

1 JUNE 2015 -- The Office of Institutional Advancement is pleased to announce that students who are accepted for the first semester of the Honors program in Spring 2016 will receive the following scholarship funding: 50% of total tuition & fees covered for Spring 2016 and 100% tuition and fees covered for the subsequent 3 semesters (to end Spring 2017). Scholarship funding will be offered for full time students accepted to the Honors program, and is dependent on continuing enrollment and students remaining in good standing in the program.

Honors at Reynolds Established 

1 MAY 2015 -- In March 2015, the President’s Executive Council approved the creation of an Honors program, to begin classes in January 2016.  Faculty will take the first of two planned development workshops on June 18, 2015, and will prepare to submit applications and Honors course plans at the beginning of the Fall Semester. The Honors program will begin recruiting students and soliciting applications in early fall, and expects to make admissions decisions in October 2015.  The first cohort of Honors program students will begin their coursework in January 2016.