Freshmen Inducted Into Honors College

On Sunday, October 8, members of the 2017 freshmen class were inducted into the Honors College at Auburn University.

The program included a special presentation by new Auburn University President, Dr. Steven Leath, Honors College Alumnus, Azeem Ahmed, Auburn University Alumnus and CEO of Atlantic Capital, Doug Williams, and Acting Director of the Honors College and Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Constance Relihan.

Student hosts, Kailey Beth Smith and Carter Williams, guided the inductees and guests through an afternoon of speaker experiences and observations culminating in the conferring of the Honors College lapel pin.

Much like the medal bestowed at graduation, this pin signifies membership within the Honors College.

The Honors College medals and pins are not only emblems of membership, but they also serve as recognition of the achievements and the rich undergraduate experiences that students receive here at Auburn University. Students should take pride in these items as they are a physical embodiment of their time and hard work.

 

Homecoming Success!

Congratulations are in order to the Honors Congress for placing third in this year’s Homecoming Float contest. The float, with an image of Cater Hall on one side and Samford Hall on the other, was built with the help and support of the Kappa Alpha Order fraternity, Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, and the Phi Mu sorority. Abby Bridges was the float chair and created the initial design. Not only did the float feature hand-drawn and painted images of iconic Auburn buildings but also a three dimensional version of a rolled Toomer’s tree, Aubie, and a papier maché Gus Malzhan. The group started planning for the float at the beginning of the fall semester and built it the two weeks leading up to Homecoming.

View images of this year’s winning float.

The Homecoming Float contest is held by ODK, Omicron Delta Kappa, The National Leadership Honor Society at Auburn University. Floats were judged on the Friday before the Homecoming game and the winners were announced during the game.

 

First Year Honors Students Welcomed During Frenzy

First-year Honors College students are invited to start their college career with a day of fun, fellowship and food during the Honor College’s annual Freshmen Frenzy. Hosted by the Honors College and the student organizations within the Honors College, Freshmen Frenzy is a time to incoming students to meet their fellow Honors College students, learn more about Honors College organizations, and enjoy carnival like games and food during Auburn University’s Welcome Week.

The event will be held Friday, August 25th, from 4:30-6:30 pm in the Upper Quad Greenspace. Read more about your hosts and the organizations participating in this year’s frenzy.

National Prestigious Scholarship Information Session Planned

The Honors College will host a national prestigious scholarship information session Thursday, August 31st from 1-2 pm in the ePortfolio Studio located on the 2nd floor of RBD Library.

The session will highlight various prestigious scholarship opportunities available to students on the Auburn University campus such as the Fulbright, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Udall, Rhodes, Marshall and Truman, to name a few. Learn more about the various scholarship opportunities and to read stories about recent recipients.

Undergraduate as well as graduate students who meet certain academic qualifications and who are U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for these awards

For additional information about prestigious scholarship opportunities, contact Paul Harris in the Honors College.

NSF Graudate Research Information Session Planned

The Honors College and the Miller Writing Center will host an information session on the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program on Tuesday, July 11 from 1-2:30 pm in the Caroline Marshall Draughon Auditorium located on the ground floor of RBD Library.

U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are pursuing a research-based Master’s or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field are eligible to apply.

More information about the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship program.

Applications are not yet open, but students can familiarize themselves with the respective programs to better prepare for the application process. For more information, contact Paul Harris at or Ken Thomas in the Honors College.

Honors College and the Miller Writing Center hosting National Prestigious Scholarships Information Session

The Honors College and the Miller Writing Center will host a national prestigious scholarship information session Wednesday, June 7th from 1-2 pm in the Writing Commons located on the 2nd floor of RBD Library.

The session will highlight various prestigious scholarship opportunities available to students on the Auburn University campus such as the Fulbright, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, Udall, Rhodes, Marshall and Truman, to name a few. Learn more about the various scholarship opportunities and to read stories about recent recipients.

Undergraduate as well as graduate students who meet certain academic qualifications and who are U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for these awards

For additional information about prestigious scholarship opportunities, contact Paul Harris in the Honors College.

Barker named Faculty of the Year

The Honors College Faculty of the Year Award is given annually to an outstanding Honors faculty member for “going beyond the normal classroom duties to find ways to motivate and enhance the students’ learning experiences.” Faculty members considered for this award are nominated and voted on by the Honors College student body.

This year the Honors College and Honors Congress will present the award to Dr. Lewis Barker during the Honors College Medal Ceremony on May 5.

Dr. Barker has most recently taught Honors Introduction to Psychology, as well as contracted non-honors classes for honors credit such as Behavioral Neuroscience and the Psychology of Learning.

A few of his nomination statements include:

“I’d like to nominate Dr. Lewis Barker who teaches Honors Intro to Psychology in the Fall. This is his last semester at Auburn before retirement, and I don’t think there is a more fitting way to send off the best professor I have ever had.”

“This man truly understands what sets honors students and courses apart from the rest. His class is one which requires diligent effort and a heathy work ethic, but unlike so many professors, he does not see the word “honors” and think more work of the same difficulty. His honors course is taught in a different way from anything else I have ever taken and develops a far deeper understanding of material. It is tailored to a student already assumed to be hard working and well read, and therefore skips the tedious elements of “proving you want the grade” which many other professors require.”

“At the end of this semester, I will have 23 honors hours, but this course truly stands out to me. Dr. Barker is funny, captivating, brilliant, insightful, kind, understanding, and knowledgeable. I enjoyed his class so thoroughly that I begged him to let me into another of his classes this semester, and despite my lacking the prerequisite, he graciously welcomed me. He has worked with me patiently to make up assignments when I was ill and never passes up the opportunity to teach should it arise- even if that means differing from his perfectly organized syllabus. He makes students want to learn and feeds their thirst for knowledge instead of forcing facts down their throats.”

“Dr. Barker also incorporates readings from academic journals into his course to expose students to a new type of learning. Each reading is followed by a creative reflective response to promote synthesis and understanding over reiteration. This man is an incredible teacher by nature and an even better professor. Because of him, I am now a psychology minor, but more than that, I am a better learner and student all around. He deserves this award.”

(Biography provided by Auburn University College of Liberal Arts)

Lewis Barker received his BA in psychology from Occidental College in Los Angeles and an MA and Ph.D. from Florida State University. He taught for 28 years at Baylor University in Texas where he was Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience. He chaired the Department of Psychology at Auburn from 2000-02 where he is currently Professor of Psychology.

Over his career he has taught 18 different undergraduate courses, 9 graduate courses, and 5 labs. Introduction to Biopsychology, first taught in 1974, was among the earliest freshman-level course offering in evolutionary and physiological psychology in the U.S. He has numerous publications and book chapters, two edited books in the general area of human and animal learning, a textbook in learning, a textbook in general psychology, one unpublished screenplay, and one unpublished novel. Barker is married, has three adult daughters and two grandchildren.