Honors College Office of the Provost

Eagle Scholar Newsletter Volume 8 | Issue 8


(De)Stress with your favorite pups!

Join therapy dogs, Moose and Nessie, to de-stress during the middle of your busy week. 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.

December 4 | Cater Hall Back Porch | 4 pm

Pancake Exam Break Time!

Finals can be tough, and you deserve a break! Honors students – join us at the Honors College Student Center (Broun Res. Hall basement), the Tuesday of finals, for our traditional pancake exam break.

Honors staff will be on hand cooking a variety of your favorite pancakes from 9-11 am. Stop by whenever you’d like and take a well deserved mental break!

December 10 | Honors Student Center / Broun Res Hall Basement | 9 – 11 am

Congratulations Sasha & Cat!

Congratulations are in order for Honors students Sasha Cohen and Cat Bryant. These two juniors are candidates for this year’s Miss Auburn title! Well done and best of luck to the both of you!

Save the Date: Career Networking Opportunity in Huntsville

 February 22  | 1 – 4  pm | Hudson Alpha in Huntsville, Ala.Save the date to engage in a career networking opportunity with some of Huntsville’s most dynamic and innovative companies. More information to come in 2020!

Psyched for Success

Giving Gratitude

We are accustomed to worrying ourselves with the future. We often think the life we need is out there—somewhere on the other side of whatever we currently have, whatever we are currently involved in. For college students coming up on the end of a semester this makes perfect sense. The demands of finals, projects, and professional development pull you out of the present moment and into worries, speculations, and preparations for what comes next. 

At times and for brief seasons this is a fine and useful way to live.  However, if we live mainly for the future and in search of what we don’t have, we tend to miss out on the very aspects of our lives that bring us meaning and satisfaction here and now. What’s worse, living our lives entirely in pursuit of something we don’t have can breed frustration, envy, and resentment. 

If this is all sounding familiar to you, one way to reign yourself in and reorient is through the experience of gratitude. Gratitude is a connection emotion. It connects us to those aspects of our present we couldn’t do without. It puts us into touch with the gifts we have already received, the aspects of our lives we deeply appreciate, and personal connections that bring us satisfaction. (Plus, according to research, experiencing gratitude is associated with optimism, life satisfaction, and physical health).

So take a moment and consider those people, places, and things you already have that mean so much to you—those people, places, and things that hold you together, give you meaning, and bring you life. Relish your successes. Reflect on your support networks. Write a letter to someone who has made a significant impact on you. Cultivating these experiences of gratitude can go a long way to pulling you out of worrying about the future and back into what is meaningful here, in the present.

Student Organizations:

Honors Serves School Supply Drive:
Honors Serves is hosting a supplies drive for their project at the Auburn Daycare. The Daycare serves many students whose family lives below the poverty line. Due to scarcity of some resources, we wish to help aid in providing some of the items that will allow the kids to be successful as they begin school. The drive will run from now until December 6th (the last day of classes), and donation bins are located in Cater Hall. Thank you in advance for your generosity during this holiday season. Learn more by reading their flyer or watch the video by Maggie below.

Diversity in Honors:

Student Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Students Needed

Human Development and Family Studies: Adolescent Development Evaluation Team is looking for undergraduate research assistants to work on three research initiatives. To sign up or for more information, review their flyer.

Delta Scholars Program

The Delta Scholars Program is a leadership development program for academically talented and socially conscious college students. Learn more and sign up here.

Faculty: The Honor Your Teaching Course (Re)Design Academy

Eager for the chance to develop your dream course for a group of highly-engaged students? Want to share your passion for research with students who have the skills to meet the challenge? Ready to show students the wonders of a country you love? 

The Honors College is now offering a one-day intensive course (re)design academy intended to provide interested faculty members with the opportunity to hear from the unit’s leadership, current faculty and students, and other on-campus partners about the Honors College curriculum. Participants will learn about best practices in honors education and the logistics of the course proposal process. Faculty participants will also work in teams with faculty developers to begin designing a new, or re-designing an existing, honors course. Deadline to apply is Jan. 1, 2020.

Last modified: December 3, 2019