This year, the Honors Program at JSU is very excited to be hosting a Hunger Banquet. Sponsored through a non-profit organization called Oxfam, a Hunger Banquet raises awareness about the realities of world hunger. The Hunger Banquet will take place on Tuesday, November 27th at 6:00PM at First Baptist Church of Jacksonville.
The event itself is a dinner, but unlike most banquet dinners, guests won’t be sure whether or not they’ll get enough to eat.
Each participant will buy a ticket prior to the event. When the night of the event arrives, participants will be randomly put into groups. These groups directly reflect the breakdown of the world’s poverty population. Then, each person will recieve a meal typical of someone who lives in the poverty level that their group represents. Some people may eat pasta at tables while others eat rice on the floor—it’s all determined by luck of the draw.
Throughout the dinner, seats shift as situations arise. A narrator will continue to present imaginary circumstances for participants that very well might affect someone living in poverty around the world. Just as no one knows where they will be seated in the beginning, no one knows what might change as the night goes on. By the end of the event, participants have been educated about world hunger through experience. This event allows people to see a glimpse of what life is like for those living in poverty—not by walking a mile in their shoes, but by eating a meal at their table.
Anyone who wishes to attend the Hunger Banquet can buy a ticket for $10 (either through PayPal or with cash in Room 104 Martin Hall at JSU; Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30). Those who purchase tickets online must keep the receipt/screenshot of the payment in order to participate in the Hunger Banquet. Those who purchase tickets with cash will receive a physical ticket, which they must bring on the night of the event.
All of the proceeds from this event will go toward Oxfam’s efforts to fight hunger in communities around the world.
The Jacksonville State University Honors Program officially renamed their campus headquarters the J.E. Wade Honors House in a ceremony on Tuesday, October 24.
The name honors Dr. J.E. Wade, the former head of the JSU Honors Program. Wade served as a dean for thirty years at JSU before retiring on Jan. 1, 2017.
“I’m really glad that we got the chance to honor Dean Wade with this ceremony and that students finally got to meet him in person,” Honors Program Co-President Katie Peyton said. “He’s done so much for our program, and he deserves a token of thanks.”
That token was a ceremony – and a shiny plaque bearing his name that will hang in the Honors House – that renames the house in his honor after he secured it for the program’s use in 2009.
“The Athletes have a special place, the Greeks have a special place, and I felt like [Honors Program Students] deserved a place,” Wade said during the ceremony.
The house provides many benefits to honors students, providing students with practical uses like printing services and a meeting space as well as a place for leisure. The basement is equipped with a pool table, couches and a T.V. for student use.
Under Wade’s leadership, the Honors Program blossomed, growing from just eight students in 2009 to a full-fledged program with over 500 members as of Fall 2017.
The JSU Board of Trustees originally approved a resolution to rename the Honors House in Wade’s honor at its meeting on January 23.
The house, which is located on 11th Street across from Stone Center, now bears the fresh new moniker “J.E. Wade Honors House” on its sign out front.
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Daniel Mayes, Staff Writer
Six JSU students were selected to present at the annual Southern Honors Conference (SRHC) in Asheville, N.C. last weekend. The students, Hannah Leonard, Katie Cline, Margaret McCrina, Sawyer McKay, Alex McFry and Megan Wise, travelled to Asheville to deliver their presentations at the event, which took place on March 30 through April 1.
“The SRHC was such a wonderful experience!” said Leonard, a freshman secondary education math major, who presented “The Wife of Bath: Sandwiching Society.” “I went in not knowing what to expect or anyone around me, but met some of the kindest people along the way, was thoroughly impressed by the amazing talent my collegiate peers possess and discovered the beauty of Asheville.”
The event, which had over 700 attendees, was sponsored by University of North Carolina Asheville. SRHC received over 400 applicants for presentation positions, and the six JSU students were among only 250 that were selected to participate.
Dr. Lori Owens, the Honors Program director, and Mrs. Janet Whitmore, the Honors Program coordinator, also attended the conference as administrators.
“I geeked out about two of my favourite things and wrote about Shakespeare and the Welsh because I’m a nerd,” McCrina said. “It’s great that they let people like me, with topics that probably aren’t going to appeal to a lot of people, come and have this great experience.”
The students developed their presentations for honors and honors-by-contract classes at JSU. Professors then nominated the students and their presentations were submitted to SRHC.
There were a wide variety of topics presented at the conference, from the expected to the quirky.
“I really enjoyed being in an academic environment where people were genuinely interested in the same things I was,” said Sawyer McKay, a junior English major whose presented “Search Your Feelings: Wordsworthian Spirituality in ‘Star Wars’.” “Instead of being met with a chorus of crickets, I got responses from people in the audience that were thoughtful and interesting.”
SRHC changes location and theme each year. This year, the theme was “Diving into Diversity.”
“This conference was one of the most eye-opening experiences I’ve had while attending JSU,” said Alex McFry, a senior integrated studies major and filmmaker who presented his short film, “Miss Fortune.” The film follows a young LGBT man named Taylor as he comes to terms with finding himself after ending a bad relationship. “In light of HB2 [the “bathroom bill”], the Southern Regional Honors Council decided to host the conference in North Carolina this year. The theme, Diving into Diversity, was so fitting of the current political climate. Asheville was a breath-taking city full of people who embraced their diversity to the fullest extent. As an artist and filmmaker who grew up in the south, this was refreshing. This conference broke every stereotype of the “old-south” that I’m so used to hearing.”
Senior Megan Wise was the only student to have participated in the conference in 2016, when it was hosted in Orlando. This year, she presented “From Pitch to Production, an Inside Look at Entertainment Pre-Production and Workshopping.”
“I was so glad to have the opportunity to present at the SRHC again this year.” Wise said.” It’s such a unique collegiate event. It’s so inspiring for me as a filmmaker to get to talk to people about their roles as movie audiences and educate the masses on the tips and tricks of the industry. Asheville houses such a diverse set of people, and it was so refreshing to be surrounded by celebrated differences and passions.”
For more information on the Honors Program at JSU and how to become a member, visit their page on JSU’s website.
JSU students interested in traveling or studying abroad are in luck. This year, JSU is offering several study abroad trips. These trips give students the opportunity to travel all over the globe to a variety of countries. Most trips have been held in past years, allowing students to learn a lot and tour many historic sites such as the Coliseum, the Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City, Shanghai, a 2000 year old restaurant in China, and other incredible places in history.
By studying abroad, students get the opportunity to experience a brand new country with different and new outlooks, new customs and activities. Most people that take these trips find that by immersing themselves in the education system of a different country is the best way to experience and understand the people, traditions, and culture of that country. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right trip is a very important factor. Luckily, JSU offers students many different options.
The JSU history department is sponsoring one trip to Rome trip this year. There are currently three seats available. They will be traveling from May 6 to May 27. Students interested can contact Dr. Donald Prudlo at email@example.com.
If you want to travel to Italy but would rather study the art rather than the history, the JSU art department is also hosting a trip to Florence, Italy during the summer. This trip will take place from May 6 until June 26. For further information, contact Professor Jauneth Skinner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The JSU Honors Program is hosting their annual trip to study at Taizhou University in Linhai, China. This trip has been held each year since the summer of 2012, and has been a great success in the Honors department.
Yet another trip students can experience is a trip to Japan in the summer through a program offered at our partner school: Kansai Gaidai University. This course is a 6-week program offered by the Asian Studies Program at Kansai Gaidai, located between Kyoto and Osaka. The deadline for applications will be March 20. More information and the application can be found on the JSU website.
If none of these trips spark interest, never fear—there are a few more study abroad trips available through JSU’s consortium with the University of Southern Mississippi. There are a variety of different locations to travel and study. For more information about these, you can contact Dr. Joe Delap at email@example.com.
On October 21 the 11th floor of the Houston Cole Library held some of JSU’s top students and teachers and tested their knowledge to see who could reign victorious in the JSU Honors Program’s annual Honors Bowl.
There were eight teams made up of both teachers and Honors students. The Honors Bowl is similar to Scholars Bowl competitions in that teams compete against each other by answering questions covering various topics such as biology, history and mathematics.
The event was made up of five rounds, with five questions each. Each question covered a different category.
After a question was asked, the teams would have two minutes to write down their answer. In addition to the answer, the teams would have to write down a point value of either five, 10, 15, 20, and 25 points, and each point value could be used only once.
Each team also had a “lifeline” available, in which one team could copy the answer from any other team.
After each round, teams were given a worksheet with multiple questions to fill out in a limited amount of time.
At the end of the five rounds, the top four teams moved on to the finals.
Unlike the previous rounds, the final rounds consisted of team members using buzzers to answer the questions first, as well as more worksheets.
The finals consisted of two teams: The Minecrafters, and Jenny and the Bets.
Jenny and the Bets emerged victorious. Dr. George Cline, one of the team members of Jenny and the Bets, was quite pleased with winning. “It’s fun! It’s always fun,” said Cline.
According to Honors Program Coordinator Janet Whitmore, the Honors Program is headed up by the Elite Honors Scholars.
The Elite Honors Scholars are students that have been awarded the Elite Honors Scholarship, which is the highest scholarship possible at JSU. “This event tonight was to bring the entire Honors Program in with the Elite Honors Scholars… We are trying to do more activities to bring them all together.”
No prizes were awarded. Instead, the teams compete for the sake of competition.
For membership in the Honors Program, students must have above average ACT scores, maintain a GPA of at least 3.0 and be currently taking honors classes.