Each fall begins with the Honors Kick-off Orientation Picnic. Students receive important information about fall Honors courses, contracts, and activities, meet and mingle with fellow Honors students and faculty and enjoy pizza!
Outside of the classroom, the Honors Program provides local cultural and educational enrichment. Honors students have toured the Heinz History Center, Fallingwater, the Andy Warhol Museum and PNC Park. They have attended performances of the Pittsburgh Opera, the Broadway series at the Benedum Center, and the Drue Heinz Lecture Series at Carnegie Music Hall. This fall, Honors students and faculty went rock climbing at McConnell’s Mill.
This spring, Honors Students have the opportunity to attend an evening with author Sapphire, whose novel Push inspired the movie Precious, at the Drue Heinz Lectures and a PNC Broadway performance of Shrek the Musical.
Selected Honors students will be asked to submit their Honors contract projects for presentation at the Northeast Regional Honors Council Conference, held each spring in various cities in the northeast region. Students will be selected based on the appropriateness of their Honors research to the conference theme and on their commitment to academic excellence. The Honors Program will cover the students’ travel costs and conference fees.
Word of Honor Newsletter
The Honors Program publishes the Word of Honor newsletter each semester. The newsletter publicizes the activities and scholarship of our Honors Program students and faculty. Featured in each newsletter will be one Honors student and his or her Honors contract from each of the four campuses, the Honors course offerings for the next semester, and the winning poem from the Word of Honor poetry contest. The Word of Honor is published shortly after midterm each semester and is mailed to Honors students’ home addresses and faculty’s campus mailboxes.
At the end of each academic year, the Honors Program will recognize the academic achievements of Honors students and faculty at the Honors Forum. At this time, Honors students and faculty will be awarded Honors pins, mugs, and leadership awards. Honors cords and medallions will be presented to Honors graduates based on the number of Honors credits earned. Four Honors students will be asked to present their Honors Contract projects, and the two Word of Honor poets will be asked to read their winning poems.