Students from six institutions took part in the first annual PASSHE Honors Development Conference, organized and hosted by Lock Haven University’s Global Honors Program.
LHU hosts 1st annual PASSHE Honors Development Conference
March 29, 2012
On Saturday, March 24, 2012, Lock Haven University’s Global Honors Program organized and hosted the first PASSHE Honors Development Conference on its campus. Thirty-seven students and five faculty directors from Honors Programs at California, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, and Slippery Rock participated in interactive workshops, roundtable discussions, and individual presentations.
The featured keynote speaker was Lock Haven University Trustee Ms. Virginia Roth, President of PPO&S marketing firm. Ms. Roth engaged the participants in an exchange of emotions and social interactions on a variety of “Touchstones” in one’s life.
Closing remarks were given by Mr. John Blough, 2010 LHU Global Honors alumnus, on “Why Honors Works.”
LHU Honors Program Director Dr. Jacqueline Whitling noted, “The event was a great opportunity for honors students across the system to network, share successes, and discuss creative ways to improve upon honors education.”
Brent Barge, Student Associate Director for Program Development and Leadership stated, “The LHU Global Honors Program is very proud to have hosted the inaugural PA Honors Development Conference. Every student and director in attendance was able to learn about other Honors Programs and Colleges across the State System, which will set the path for growth as a state-wide Honors system in the future. I look forward to being a part of future installments of the PA Honors Development Conference.”
Chris Brittain, Graduate Assistant, also noted, “If this conference demonstrated anything, it was that Honors Programs are one of the most important facets in higher education. That we were able to assemble six PASSHE schools to meet exclusively in the interest of Honors Development, especially given these difficult economic times, shows the relentless ambition that Honors students and directors maintain toward improving our organizations.”
For a complete schedule of events, please go to http://www.lhup.edu/honors/hdc/PaHDC_Tentative_Program.pdf.
Lock Haven University is a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE), the largest provider of higher education in the commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 250 degree and certificate programs in more than 120 areas of study. Nearly 405,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.