Honors College Office of the Provost

Eagle Scholar Newsletter Volume 8 | Issue 3


2019-2020 the Year of Cuba

The AU Office of International Programs is hosting a free lunch conversation on all things Cuba. A number of Honors College students who have experienced the Honors College Study & Travel trip to Cuba will speak on their experiences and take your questions about their trip to this amazing country.
September 18 | AUSC 2310 | 11:45 am

Research Fellowship Application Now Open

The Honors College Research Fellowship program offers support to Honors College students for research materials and other related support as well as research-related travel. For questions contact Alex Sauer, coordinator for scholarship and research.

Let Loose with Moose and (de)Stressy with Nessie!

School got you stressed? Homesick for your family pet? Need an excuse to take some down time?Join therapy dogs, Moose and Nessie, to de-stress during the middle of your busy week. Building in time for self-care and relaxation are key components of stress management and furry friends don’t hurt either. Counselors from Student Counseling & Psychological Services along with the Honors College welcome you to take some time to pet puppies, enjoy refreshments, and learn more about self-care and stress management at Let Loose with Moose and (de)Stressy with Nessie.

September 18 | Cater Hall Back Porch | 4-5 pm

Honors College Film Series

Honors College Film Series was developed to highlight contemporary issues in America.

Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life & Times of Katrina Gilbert 
This film tells the moving story of a year in the life of one mother whose daily struggles illuminate the challenges faced by more than 42 million American women and the 28 million children who depend on them. 
(source: IMDb.com)

September 18 | Haley Center 1403 | 2 pm

Warning: This Drug May Kill You
An unflinching look at the devastating effects of addiction through the stories of four families whose lives have been decimated by addictions that all began with legitimate prescriptions to dangerous painkillers.
(source: IMDb.com)

September 23 | Eagle Residence Hall | 8 pm

Inequality for All
A documentary that follows former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich as he looks to raise awareness of the country’s widening economic gap.
(source: IMDb.com)

September 30 | RBD Library 3129 | 2 pm

Honors College Alumni Conversations

Katherine Maddox Davis: Fighting Human Trafficking in Kolkata with International Justice Mission
Honors College alumna Katherine Maddox Davis is a litigation associate for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, D.C. where she represents corporate clients in high-stakes disputes. Her pro bono practice focuses on federal criminal defense cases involving consumers, shareholders, and foreign governments.

September 27 | Cater Hall 119 | Noon
*Bring your lunch

Cater Porch Talk: Dr. George Flowers

Cater Porch Talks are your opportunity to hear from high-level administrators at Auburn University. Our next Cater Porch Talk features Dr. George Flowers, dean of the Graduate School.

October 1 | Cater Hall Front Porch | 3 pm

Alternative Fall Break

Spend a day of your fall break with the Honors College and the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind. 

October 10 | Talladega, ALSign-up by October 4, 2019

Psyched for Success

Navigating Homesickness

We have all heard it before: college is the time of your life! Though college is indeed full of exciting opportunities and relationships, it also comes with the challenges of transitioning away from home to a new phase of life. Homesickness is thus a common experience during the college years, and it can extend beyond the feelings of missing parents. Many long for the comforts tied to home—time with family, a beloved pet, familiar routines, or the closeness of old friends.  Some anticipate the difficulties of leaving home, whereas others feel surprised by homesickness because they looked forward to independence and change. Homesickness might not disappear immediately, but below are a few suggestions for coping over time:

Know that your experience is normal and acknowledge your emotions. 

Keep a check on comparisons: Some personalities thrive in the new and changing, and others take time to develop a sense of connection and comfort in a new environment. Remember that you are not alone, even though others might experience change differently.

Balance is key: Schedule a trip home to look forward to, but also allow yourself time to remain in Auburn over the weekends to experience campus life. Though family and friends are only a phone call or text away, try to be intentional about phone time so you can be more open to new experiences.

Prepare for difficult moments: Returning to campus after holidays or missing a yearly tradition can be difficult. Prepare for these times by doing something for yourself, or inviting a friend to grab dinner.

Cultivate home away from home: Create a comfortable living environment, and explore town to find new favorite places. Identify things you miss about home that you could enjoy here—from activities to routines with friends.

Remember that help is available: Student Counseling and Psychological Services provides support if homesickness is hard to manage, or if the transitions of college interfere with daily functioning. You can find more information on our website: http://wp.auburn.edu/scs/

Congressional Awards

Feel up to a challenge? The Congressional Awards offer young people the opportunity to set a personal goal and achieve it. There are multiple levels within the program areas of volunteer service, personal development, physical fitness, and exploration. There is a one-time registration fee that the Honors College will cover with proven financial need. For more information contact SuzanneHunter or Ken Thomas.

Student Organizations

Honors Congress: Ice Cream Social! Join the Honors Congress of the front porch of Cater Hall for a cool treat!September 23 | Cater Hall | NoonHonors Serves: Honors Serves has a number of weekly projects, check out their page on AUInvolve.

Let’s have Flunch!

Today the SGA launches Flunch, an initiative designed to foster better relationships between students and faculty/staff members. In collaboration with Tiger Dining, Flunch will provide a meal, free of charge, to a student and faculty/staff member, and up to two guests, for purposes such as discussing job opportunities or tips for academic success. Students may request two Flunches per semester.For more information or to set up a Flunch visit: aub.ie/Flunch

Around Campus

COSAM: Encouraging Future Leaders in Math Speaker Series with Ria Persad September 23 | SCA 101 | 6 pmRead the flyer

College of Liberal Arts Career DaySeptember 26 | Alumni Center | 1 – 4 pmOver 300 internships available. Learn more by visiting:aub.ie/clacareerday

Last modified: September 17, 2019