To complement Honors courses and enrich the experiences of Honors students -- and sometimes just to have fun -- the Honors Program sponsors a variety of cultural and social activities. It is very important for you to get involved as an Honors student as this enables you to connect with your peers, faculty, and staff and introduces you to new cultures and experiences.
Honors Trips and Activities
The Honors Program offers field trips and activities associated with Honors courses, but open to all honors students. These trips and activities expand the academic, cultural, and social experiences of all Honors students.
Activities include training opportunities, pizza parties at which students and faculty discuss some topic of interest.
In the past, Honors students have travelled both near (to Bluffton for Indian food) and far (to Canada for a week of theatre, to Florida to study the Everglades, to Chicago for a week of museums and music, and to Gettysburg National Battlefield for a taste of American history). Destinations in Ohio have included Columbus (for multiple theatre performances and speakers), Ripley on the Ohio River (a key site on the underground railroad), the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Wilds safari park, fossil-hunting sites, Cincinnati to take in a Shakespeare play, and the Toledo Museum of Art.
The activities and destinations are selected based on faculty and on students' interests and desires. Want to have a say in where you go? Contact the Honors Director and get involved!
(Trips inside Ohio are usually paid for by the Honors Program. For trips outside of Ohio students often need to cover some of their own expenses, but these trips are subsidized and available to students at below the actual cost.)
The Honors Program organizes colloquia every spring. The colloquia feature speakers of national, regional or local renown selected by Honors faculty and students. Often a colloquium or seminar will be closely tied to an Honors trip or Honors course. Honors students are always encouraged to suggest topics for the colloquia and seminars. These events are open to anyone on campus or in the Lima community.
Students often develop a strong sense of community from both taking courses and participating in these additional activities with the same core group of students and faculty. Many students report that this community, the relationships developed with other students and faculty, is the most rewarding aspect of the Honors Program.