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Honors Events

Mid-Year Celebration

Each December the Honors College hosts an event for the first-year Honors students and Honors students who are graduating mid-year. It is a chance to feature the talents of the students and to recognize our mid-year graduates for their accomplishments in research by finishing either Departmental or University Honors. A very special part of the event is the presentation of the posters from the graduates; descriptions are included in a booklet that presents the abstracts from their scholarly work. This poster display is especially important for the first-year students to view, as they are able to engage with the upperclassmen and see what they will be accomplishing as they continue their work ahead.

Students completing the senior Honors project graduate with Departmental Honors. Students who complete the senior Honors project plus a series of Honors seminars and Honors sections of University Studies classes graduate with University Honors with Departmental Honors.

The Honors Medallion signifies completion of the requirements to graduate with Honors from UNCW and is bestowed on the student by the faculty mentor.

Spring Honors Medallion Ceremony

We have a breakfast in May in which the first official graduation weekend event is held for our Honors graduates. At this breakfast, we recognize our University and Departmental Honors graduates. A very special part of the event is the presentation of their posters in an impressive session; descriptions are included in a booklet that presents the abstracts from their published, scholarly work.

Students completing the senior Honors project graduate with Honors in the major. Students who complete the senior Honors project plus a series of Honors seminars and Honors sections of University Studies classes graduate with University Honors with Departmental.

The Honors Medallion signifies completion of the requirements to graduate with Honors from UNCW and is bestowed on the student by the faculty mentor.

Honors College Awards and Recognition Event

The Honors College is launching a new recognition ceremony to recognize national fellowships recipients, CSURF UNCW Fellowship winners, current applicants to national fellowships, UNCW Distinguished Undergraduate Research Scholars, Wilmington Fellows, and students who have completed the Honors class/seminar requirements this year. It is typically held annually in March.

Honors Beach Sweep at Kure Beach

The first Saturday after classes begin... a tradition since 2001.

Honors Speakers

The Honors College hosts a "Spring Speaker" each year who brings to the campus an important, scholarly discussion that is current and interdisciplinary. Traditionally, prior to the speaker's arrival, a book group open to faculty, staff, and students is sponsored by the College to engage the community in the topic at hand and promote discussion, debate, and opportunities for inquiry.

This year's spring speaker was Rob Dunn!

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Rob Dunn

Past speakers for the Honors College have included: Ms. Cathy Day, Dr. Neil Shubin, Dr. Dan Simons, Ms. Minnie Jean Brown Trickey, Dr. Kenneth Miller, Mr. Richard Leakey, Dr. E.O. Wilson, Dr. Sarah Boysen, Mr. Seth Kramer and Dr. David Harrison, Mr. David Quammen, Mr. Nat Faxon and Mr. Jim Rash, Mr. Paul Loeb, Dr. Paul Zubrin, Dr. Mark Plotkin, Dr. Michael Ruse, Dr. Maeve Leakey, Mr. Charles Mann, and Mr. Ralph Nader.

In addition to the Spring Speaker, the Honors College hosts speakers in enrichment seminars and co-sponsors speakers hosted by campus organizations, departments, schools and Colleges.

Honors Student/Faculty Teas

tea service for honors college faculty student teasThe Student Honors Advisory Council and the Honors Scholars Association host Honors Teas two to three times a year. These opportunities for students to meet faculty and administrators (and vice versa) in a social setting allows for exchange of ideas and creation of connections for more engagement.

Family Weekend and Alumni Events

During Family Weekend and Homecoming, the Honors College welcomes our alumni and students' families to events sponsored by the college! Check the schedules for these great occasions and look for the Honors College's annual social.

Constitution Day Events

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Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholars

The Honors Scholars College and Randall Library at UNCW are soliciting nominations from the Cape Fear Region for the annual Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholar. We will recognize this year’s Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholar for his or her contributions to the Cape Fear region and/or community or communities within the region and invite the individual to deliver the 2017 Schweitzer lecture to the assembled Honors Scholars Freshman class in November. The purpose of this award is to recognize someone in the Cape Fear area who exemplifies the attributes and ideals of Albert Schweitzer. These are individuals who have made a difference to the residents of the Cape Fear area in the areas of medicine, music, or humanitarian efforts, and exemplify the ideals of Schweitzer’s philosophy of “reverence for life”:

Reverence for life affords me my fundamental principle of morality, namely, that good consists in maintaining, assisting and enhancing life, and that to destroy, to harm or to hinder life is evil.  Affirmation of the world--that is, affirmation of the will-to-live which appears in phenomenal form all around me--is only possible for me in that I give myself out for other life. Without understanding the meaning of the world, I act from an inner necessity of my being so as to create values and to live ethically. For in life-affirmation and in ethics, I fulfill the will of the universal will-to-live which reveal itself to me.” (attributed to Albert Schweitzer, September 1965, a week before his death)

If you know of someone you would like to nominate for this year’s award, please send us that name, along with a brief description of the contributions that nominee has made to the Cape Fear Region consistent with the legacy of Albert Schweitzer. UNCW faculty, staff and current students are not eligible for nomination. Please send us your nomination by September 1, 2017 to honors@uncw.edu.

The purpose of this award is to recognize a person in the Cape Fear area who exemplifies the attributes and ideals of Albert Schweitzer. The UNCW Honors College nominates an individual each year to deliver a lecture to the Honors Freshman Seminar class in the fall semester. This person will also be recognized at that time for his or her contributions to the region or community and named the Albert Schweitzer Honors Scholar.