“This New Year, I Want to be More Social!”- Mission Accomplished

This past January, the Honors Council Social Committee hosted two events. The first event, the Honors Welcome Back Event at Gallery Night, took place in downtown Pensacola as the first annual spring welcome back event. Honors Council had a booth where current students spoke to Pensacola citizens about our program, as well as Kugelman Honors Alumni, getting them reacquainted with the program and providing them with UWF and Honors swag. Social Committee also had a booth where we offered s’mores-flavored hot chocolate and Krispy Kreme donuts to warm everyone up on that chilly night. The Welcome Back Event culminated with the Gallery Night Gauntlet, a team based photo challenge around downtown Pensacola where students searched for paintings, people, and landmarks. Highlights included: a videoed fight scene with cannons, finding local and out-of-town artists, finding a painting of a cat wearing glasses, swing-dancing with someone in period-accurate clothing, along with another forty-some items to find.

Freshmen and upperclassmen socialize while enjoying Gallery Night.

Personally, I had an amazing time getting to interact with all of my fellow Honors students, as well asmeeting several Honors alumni. The Gauntlet was extremely fun as our knowledge of downtown Pensacola and our endurance were put to the test. My favorite item had to be the cannon fight scene; pretending to shoot my teammate was hilarious, and to make it even better, several of the passersby could not stop laughing at our fight. First place in the Gauntlet ended in a tie between the team of Caleb Pascoe, Quinton Fallon, and myself, and the team of Bayla Bessemer and Abigail Megginson. Each winner received a miniature canvas-easel trophy, hand-painted by members of the Social Committee.

During the second Social Committee event of the month, the Extreme Gingerbread Building Competition, competitors strived to build the best gingerbread house out of graham crackers, chocolate or vanilla frosting, and assorted candy. The holiday spirit proved to be infectious as anyone that passed by the competition site would stop for a couple minutes to admire the ongoing construction, to offer advice to the competitors, or even build their own extreme gingerbread house.

I had a great time at this event and loved working with Jade Jacobs. Even though our house fell apart multiple times we never let it get us down, and in the end we had a completed gingerbread house that we both felt really proud of. Awards were aplenty and included specialty awards as well as first place and runner-up. Phillip Billings received the award for the “Most Authentic” Gingerbread House, for his candy cottage would have made the witch from Hansel and Gretel green with envy. Lauren Meadors and Payne Ray were awarded the “Most Art” Gingerbread House with their car wreck/natural disaster piece, fit to be a set for a CSI episode. Adam Morris, Kameron Bethell, and Owen Munro were awarded “Runner-up” for their snow-covered church with a hanging Hershey kiss steeple bell. Jade Jacobs and myself won “First Place” for our House of Cards-inspired art

RA Payne Ray and Honors RA Lauren Meadors show their creative side during the Extreme Gingerbread Building Competition.

installation piece with an attached gummy bear playground. Overall, the Extreme Gingerbread Building Competition was a great success that brought out friendly rivalry amongst the Pace Hall residents and led to a sweet treat for everyone as they got to eat their final projects after the judging was completed.

January proved to be a great month for the Honors Council Social Committee, and the following months look to be just as bright with an upcoming Chinese New Year party, a tie-dye event, and many others, along with Honors Formal, to look forward to.

Author: Jerrad Havemann, first-year student & mechanical engineering major

Honors Halloween Fear Festival

This year, Pace Hall residents and honors commuter students were invited to participate in a Halloween door decorating contest. Doors ranged from scary to adorable, to incredibly elaborate- and they all looked fantastic. Room 244’s door, decorated like a cyclops peeking through, won first place in the competition. 

The annual Kugelman Honors Program Halloween Party took place on Oct. 16, 2015 with the theme “The Addams Family.” Social Committee spent weeks preparing for the party by making the decorations, planning the menu, and delving into the deepest darkest parts of Pinterest for new ideas. Guests arrived dressed in their costumes, ready to compete in the costume contest. There were two separate contests: Honors Core 1 students competed for extra credit in Dr. Lanier’s class and upper level honors students competed for fun. Winners included: Mermaid Man, Barnacle Boy and the Dirty Bubble, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,and a slice of birthday cake. The party started with the serving of “worms” (spaghetti dyed black), garlic bread (to ward off the vampires), rice krispie pumpkins, and other Halloween themed treats.

Party goers could pose for a picture with the Addams family while listening to spooky music and enjoying the creepy decorations all over the auditorium. Both the Halloween party and the door decorating contest helped students get in the mood to be scared!

Written by: Mallory Bouck, freshman

Aloha to the New Year in Honors

On Sunday, August 23rd, the Honors Social Committee hosted  a “Welcome (Back)” barbecue for Pace Hall residents, as well as incoming 11880506_10203321408234827_3734441089356416908_nand returning Honors students. The party was Hawaiian luau themed, featuring pineapple barbecue chicken, leis, and Hawaiian shirts. All UWF students were encouraged to attend this event put together by the Honors Program.11933483_10203321407714814_5474552559335783092_n

“Attending the event was a good, relaxing thing to do before the first day of school,” said Leonie Dupuis, Honors freshman, noting the calm, friendly atmosphere. “Honors students were able to relax and get to know each other better over good food and games, which included Corn-Hole and Ultimate Frisbee. Some students even took the chance to bring out their instruments. The fundraising committee had a great chance to inform students on upcoming events. Many students remarked on how good the food was, and how nice it was to finally relax after the frenzy of move in day.”

Hopefully the feeling of unification students felt during the barbecue will carry on through the rest of the year. Make sure to give a huge thanks to Meg Hossler for all the hard work and planning she put into the barbecue. If you wish to help her plan the next big upcoming events, the social committee meets at 4-5 pm on Tuesdays in Pace Hall.

Bayla Bessemer, Freshman


Building the Yellow Brick Road

A real life Yellow Brick Road is just one of the amazing features that Social Committee is bringing to formal.
A real life Yellow Brick Road is just one of the amazing features that Social Committee is bringing to formal.

This year’s formal theme is Oz: Emerald City and the Honors Social Committee has been working hard to prepare everything for the big date. Over the past couple of months Social Committee members have brainstormed ideas and then creatively created those ideas. Members have been putting their arts n crafts skills to work as they create the many decorations needed for formal. From painting to creating tissue paper flowers, students have been putting their art skills to work and creating incredible masterpieces. Things like the yellow brick road and field of poppies have been recreated and will be use to decorate the Commons Auditorium on the night of formal. Members have spent hours creating decorations that will create an Oz: Emerald City atmosphere for all those in attendance. Over the next couple of weeks members will continue to put the finishing touches on their decorations and also work to prepare the food and drink selection for formal. Attendees can look forward to good food and fancy drinks that will be served. The auditorium will be transformed into Oz itself after the members of the social committee finish their spectacular handmade decorations.

By: Meg Hossler, Freshman

Pirates of Penzance

Jessica Farrell, Senior, and Jeramie Gow waiting for the opera to begin.

One of the most looked forward to events on the social calendar for honors is Opera Night, where students get to come together to enjoy a mock tail party and witness the Pensacola Opera. This year’s Opera was Pirates of Penzance and ten students got to experience this delightful comedy together at the Saenger Theater in downtown Pensacola. We got to take part in a cultural experience that most college students don’t get to see very often and expand our experience past school plays or musicals into the world of opera. The experience itself, watching gentlemen parade around in tuxedos and listening to women sing higher than you would think possible, is always breathtaking. Everyone that attended this year loved the story and the music, especially since it was all in English! Because of the timing of the Opera at the end of Spring Break, we didn’t have our mock tail reception and are saving it for this year’s formal. So even if you missed the opera, we’ll bring a bit of the magic to you in Emerald City.

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UWF students are all dressed up to enjoy this years opera.

-By: Jessica Farrell, Senior

          Honors Council Vice President