Honors College Office of the Provost

Eagle Scholar Newsletter Volume 8 | Issue 15


Ask an Honors Advisor

This week your Honors advisors have set aside time to have a Zoom chat with you! Each of our advisors will be speaking about different topics in a drop-in style format. Students are welcome to pop-in and ask a question in the chat box. These sessions will each last an hour.

Honors Peer Academic Coaching

In an effort to continue to offer Honors Peer Academic Coaching virtually, we have integrated our coaching services into Advise Assist. To schedule a remote coaching appointment, students can login to Advise Assist and select “Honors Peer Academic Coaching” as their appointment type. Students will then be prompted to select a subject. For example, “Honors Calculus I Peer Academic Coaching.” Once the appointment is made, students will receive an email confirming their appointment and a Peer Coach will reach out via email to provide the Zoom link for their appointment time. Coaches will be available for appointments every Tuesday and Thursday from 5 – 7 pm.

Fulbright Information Session

Students who wish to travel abroad, work, live with and learn from different cultures as a Fulbright U.S. Student are encouraged to attend a virtual Fulbright Scholarship information session on Monday, April 6 at 3 pm CST. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. This event is open to all Auburn University juniors, seniors, graduate students, or anyone with future interest in applying. 

All About the Journey

Students from all academic disciplines are individually mentored and supported through the prestigious scholarship application process. These awards will not only help fund your advanced undergraduate or graduate studies, but raise your visibility among academic peers. Alex Sauer, coordinator for scholarship and research, is here to help you along the way. Read Justin’s story about his NPS application process.

Become a Fall 2020 Peer Academic Coach!

HONR 3007-002 (CRN: 18053) – 3 credit hours

The goal of the seminar is to provide an opportunity for Honors College students to support their peers on their journey toward academic success. Academic coaches provide tutoring and mentoring to fellow Honors students in a variety of subject-specific courses. Students in the course are responsible for hosting weekly coaching sessions (2 hours per week) and should be prepared to help students in their given subjects by reviewing the course material, preparing additional study materials, and serving as a mentor for Honors students attending sessions.

 The deadline to apply is Friday, April 17!

Honors Congress Exec Sign-up

Congress is extending their elections deadline to this coming Sunday, April 5th. Students can apply for President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasure.

Honors Ambassadors Applications Now Open

Embodying the best the Honors College has to offer, these Honors students are chosen to represent the college through numerous recruitment events, as well as to help prospective students with any questions they may have concerning the Honors College. 

Miller Writing Center

The Miller Writing Center office will continue to support students, faculty, and staff with writing and writing instruction. The Miller Writing Center will offer online appointments and University Writing administrators will contribute to faculty support efforts lead by the Biggio Center. They will continue to be available for one-on-one consultations through email. Please access this resource to see the full details of their COVID-19 plan.

Psyched for Success!

Coping During a Time of Uncertainty 

These are unprecedented times for everyone.  If you find yourself feeling confused, anxious, uncertain, stressed, or any other emotion—you are not alone. With the rapid changing situation surrounding COVID-19, many have found their daily lives uprooted, routines altered, and futures feeling uncertain.  Here are some general recommendations to help support your mental and emotional health during this challenging time: 

Stay physically distant but socially connected. While the decision that students should not return to campus for the remainder of the Spring semester was made with everyone’s health and safety in mind, it is also recognized this may result in losing physical contact with one’s social support network in Auburn.  However, it is still important to maintain social connectedness during this time.  

Consider virtual ways to hang out, including Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp video calls, or Skype. Most of these platforms allow group conversations as well. Consider scheduling remote coffee dates, study sessions, or just time to hang out and talk.  

If virtual chats aren’t your thing, take the time to check-in with friends and classmates via text message or email.  

Monitor time spent on social media. While this can be a great way to keep in touch, it can also lead to greater feelings of loneliness and “fear of missing out.” 

Establish a routine amidst the uncertainty. Almost everyone’s normal routine has been disrupted during this time and things continue to change on a day-to-day basis. It may feel difficult to establish a routine during these frequent changes, but creating a rough daily schedule can be helpful for maintaining good mental health.  

Try to stick to consistent sleep and wake times.  

Develop a general schedule for your day, including when you will accomplish certain tasks or engage in activities. 

Eat regular nutritious meals and snacks.  

Continue to engage in regular movement, as you are able.  

Lean into your coping skills. This is a time when your coping skills might get the most practice. Reflect on what has worked for you in the past (no need to recreate the wheel) or take time to write out a list of coping skills to have on hand as needed. Some ideas for effective coping include: 

Utilize meditation. Several apps, including calm and headspace, are offering free services currently.  
Draw or color.  
Read something for pleasure.  
Go on a walk or a hike.  
Monitor your consumption of the news. 
Reach out to friends and family.  

Please check out the Auburn University A Sound Mind website, dedicated to mental and emotional self-care during COVID-19: http://studentaffairs.auburn.edu/a-sound-mind/mental-and-emotional-self-care-during-covid-19/ 

Some other reputable and useful links related to mental health and COVID-19: 

Honors College Research Fellowship Application Now Due April 15th

The Honors College Research Fellowship Program has extended the fellowship deadline to April 15th. This fellowship offers support to Honors College students for research and research-related travel. Interested students will need to apply for this opportunity along with their faculty PI/mentor. Please contact Alex Sauer if you have any questions

Career Workshops

The University Career Center has pre-recorded sessions for the topics we were planning to cover during our Honors College Career Workshops. Please find links below to a Lecture on Interviewing and Business Etiquette.

Honors College Student Awards Deadline Approaching!

Nominations or self-nominations are welcomed from Honors College students, faculty, and alumni. To be eligible for these awards, a student must be classified as a senior (completed 90 hours) with a minimum 3.2 GPA. Please submit the following materials in a single pdf document labeled last name, first name, award via email to Dr. Tiffany Sippial (Director of Honors College) at tat0004@auburn.edu no later than April 16:

1. Letter of Nomination
2. Résumé or CV
3. Contact information for three (3) references.
Awardees will be recognized at the annual spring Honors College graduation ceremony.

Honors College Student Awards:

Edward Gentle III Award: Awarded to a graduating Honors College student in recognition of his or her outstanding scholarship, mental attitude, and leadership qualities over the course of his or her career in the Honors College. To be eligible for the award, the student must complete the entire Honors curriculum, which includes the Senior Capstone Experience.

Meritorious Service Award: Awarded to the Honors College student whose dedicated service to our local, regional, or national community best embodies the Honors College mission to “serve others with compassion.”

Distinguished Research Scholar Award: Awarded to the Honors College student whose distinctive research record best embodies the Honors College mission to “pursue truth with courage and conviction.”

Wayne and Louise Crews Award: Awarded to the Honors College student whose contributions to the Honors College embody the full spirit of the Honors College mission to serve others with compassion, to pursue truth with courage and conviction, to honor the diversity of human experience, and to participate in the creation of a more just world.

Non-Student Awards:

Honored Alumni Award:
 Awarded to a graduate of the Honors College whose contributions to the Honors College, to Auburn University, and/or to our broader world embody the full spirit of the Honors College mission to serve others with compassion, to pursue truth with courage and conviction, to honor the diversity of human experience, and to participate in the creation of a more just world.

Jane and Sherman Pitts Volunteer Leadership Award: Awarded to an outstanding volunteer who graciously gives their time, talent, and resources back to the Honors College.

Let Us Know!

We know as Honors students you are making a difference in the world – and we want to know about it. We are gathering students to feature on our social media for during the summer semester. To be featured emailed the Honors Communication Department and let us know how you are Honoring Your Dreams!

Last modified: March 31, 2020