An Exchange of Knowledge

Cheyenne Green enjoying the beauty of Greenville, South Carolina.
Cheyenne Green enjoying the beauty of Greenville, South Carolina.

It was a cold, chilly afternoon when we got off the plane in Greenville, South Carolina.  I had spent the plane ride going through what I would be saying in my presentation and the nerves were starting to set in.  Was I prepared enough to do the presentation?  As we got closer to the hotel and closer to my presentation that question became clearer and clearer.  We went through the presentation one more time before our session and my nerves became less and less.  It was my turn and I was ready.

Unlike class presentations, you are not graded on your presentation at a conference.  You make it great so that you and your school are showcased, not because your grade depends on it.  The Southern Regional Honors Conference is a place for an exchange of knowledge where everybody comes together because they want to learn.  Your presentation interests them so they are not a captive audience and the same vice versa.  I was able to choose what sessions I went to, however I was required to go to all UWF presentations.  I went to a WWII presentation and ended up learning about the importance of the Korean War.  I also went to a presentation on Fifty Shades of Gray and another that left me wanting to read the book Lolita.

My favorite part of the conference, however, was the poster presentation.  In a poster presentation, it is just you and the presenter which allows more questions and discussions rather than a short question and answer time after a session.  I ran into posters ranging from the economics behind illegal immigrant workers to how healthy Subway is for you. SRHC was a wonderful experience for me and I would recommend that every honors student should go to a conference at least once in their time in college.

-By: Cheyenne Green, Sophomore

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SRHC: The Campaigning Experience

Snapchat-4355643951114262922 (1)At this year’s SRHC Meeting, I was nominated by the Kugelman Honors Program to take place in the Student Vice President race for the entire council. The Student VP position was the highest position a student can hold, but I had not known that until the time of election itself.

The first thing I had to do was to make flyers and CV’s for the meeting. At each session that I went to, I would pass out the flyers to those who attended. When it came time for the General Business Meeting, that’s when the true campaigning began. All the candidates were posted in front of the entrance, passing out flyers and CV’s like crazy. The rush of people made it hard for each candidate to associate with each person. Then the meeting began, and the business was conducted. Towards the end of the meeting, the voting began. I had no idea that a speech was expected of me, but I managed to pull together a short message. At the end of it all, I had lost the Student VP election to Jessica Doscher of Winthrop University. With a 1/3rd of the voting population from the Carolinas, Jessica’s experience as a Student Representative with SRHC the year before, and with myself being a freshman, all the cards were stacked against me from the start. Nevertheless, she informed me the next day that her margin of victory was extremely slim.

A couple questions have been asked to me since I have come back from Greenville:

Are you disappointed that you did not win the election?

Not one bit. Jessica Doscher was a great candidate for the position and she will definitely have the support from our own council as well as the rest of the SRHC.

Are you going to run for positions in the future?

I am definitely considering it. Even though it is a lot of work to run, I will be looking into positions to run for in the future. However, that is not priority number one for me right now.

All in all, I was an honor to run for this position and to be at SRHC. More importantly, I want to thank the Kugelman Honors Program for this amazing opportunity! The continuous efforts of the students and staff of our program continue to provide opportunities like these for its members.

By: Anthony Noll, Freshman

My Final Conference!

Being a part of Honors hJini 1as provided me with a number of opportunities. I’ve gained leadership skills, I’ve made friends that will last a lifetime, I’ve been able to become civically involved, and much more. I must say though, one of the most enjoyable experiences Honors has provided for me is the opportunity to travel across the nation to conferences. Each conference has a different vibe and normally the groups of people that we meet are each unique.

What makes conferences so special though, is the opportunity to present on a topic you are passionate about. Normally, doing a presentation in class is not fun, most times students dread it, but doing a presentation about something you are interested helps to build up your exjini 2citement and excitement of those attending. My presentation at this conference, focused on the community garden at UWF and the ways that it has involved students in service learning and the impact that can be seen from that involvement. I love the garden, so talking about it and presenting it to people came natural to me. I wanted to show everyone the passion I had for the garden so that they could turn that passion into their own and start similar gardens on their campus. People were intrigued by the work that we were doing in the garden, they wanted to understand more and they wanted to fully understand the ways we were implementing such a successful service learning program. After my presentation ended, I talked to a number of people about why the garden is so important to me on a personal level. Having the opportunity to have intelligent meaningful conversations with people about issues that matter is one of the greatest parts of going to conferences. When you put a group of Honors students and staff in a room and give them a topic that can be debated or discussed with disagreements, the conversation blossoms! Everyone is eager to get their thoughts in but they are also willing to wait and see what others have to say. These are skills that I have been able to bring back to UWF with me. I can sit in a classroom now with my peers and not be afraid to express my feelings, but I have also learned the proper way to do so.

jini 3Conferences are not just all about going to presentations, seeing posters, and having intelligent conversations though. Conferences are about having FUN and bonding with people from your school and other schools! This year’s SRHC did an excellent job of getting students talking, whether it was the awkward but enjoyable salsa dancing, the jungle gym in the children museum with a DJ at the top, or the state breakfast that encouraged you to sit with other institutions from your state, you were always given the opportunity to interact with other students across the region! My goal for this conference was to make the experiences from this conference be the best yet and I think that is just what I did!

By: Jini Curry, Senior

Honors Council President