Welcome to the UW-Whitewater Honors Program
To our incoming Honors freshmen and Honors transfer students, welcome to UWW's University Honors Program (UHP). For more information about our program, explore our website and visit the UHP space (Andersen Library 2115) and ask questions of me and the new Program Associate Miguel Aranda. To our returning Honors students, welcome back! If you have not been active in the Honors Student Association (HSA), I encourage you to get involved this year. You'll have a chance to make meaningful, lifelong friendships. Finally, for students already enrolled in UWW but who are not presently in the UHP, you will find eligibility information on the homepage (see Eligibility on the left side bar).
During my first year as the new Director, I look forward to meeting you and working with you both to continue building on the strengths of the UHP and to expand the program in new directions. To achieve these ends, I will be seeking input and assistance from various communities (including Honors students!) across campus.
My other major responsibility this year (and during my tenure) is to promote more diversity and multiculturalism within the program. Luckily, coinciding with this key program objective is the campus-wide Conversation on Race (CoR) to mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of key Civil Rights legislation. Our Honors Program will participate in this historical event in at least two ways: First, through a new one-credit Honors 498, section 5: Conversations on Race, which you may take in fall 2014 and/or in spring 2015. Second, through this year's one-credit Honors 498, section 2: the Common Read, which you should enroll in in Spring 2015. We will be reading Luis Alberto Urrea's Into the Beautiful North, a novel about the timely topic of the flow of undocumented labor from Mexico into the United States. What makes the story rare is that it is told from the perspective of young people in a small Mexican village who risk their lives to travel across the border to find the men who have left their village to seek jobs in the United States. It is deeply enriching, yet accessible book. In addition, Luis Alberto Urrea will be coming to our campus to speak about his novel on December 1 as part of the College of Letters and Sciences Contemporary Lecture Series. I plan to create an opportunity for interested Honors students to meet with the acclaimed author when he comes. Let me know if you are interested in chatting with him.
Finally, to kick the new year off in grand style, all Honors students, including those active in HSA, the two Honors Learning Communities, Phi Eta Sigma members, and students interested in joining the UHP are invited to participate in a fun social/informational event on Thursday, 18 Sept, 5- 8 pm, in UC 275A. Come out and learn about the latest goings-on in the Honors Program and meet other members. I look forward to seeing you there!