Honors students are provided opportunities and skills to succeed as both a student and professional. Many of these opportunities come from outside of the classroom. Students are required to live in Garrett Hall for one year, among the university’s brightest students. Students can also participate in a number of Honors-sponsored volunteer activities, Living-Learning trips or events. Honors students are also encouraged to serve the community outside of the opportunities afforded by the Honors College. One major initiative of the Honors College is the leadership lecture series. Details associated with upcoming events associated with the leadership lecture series can be found below.
Honors College Leadership Lecture Series
Over the past several years, the Honors College has hosted numerous speakers to join us on campus and show our students what being a leader means to them. Our speakers cover numerous disciplines as well as many different walks of life, giving our students an all-encompassing view of leadership.
One leader that truly hits close to home is our very own ECU Football Coach, Ruffin McNeill. Coach McNeill shared with students that no matter where you come from you can be successful if you put your mind to it, through his experiences growing up as a football player as well as his experiences as a football coach himself.
Another speaker who hailed from our ECU community is Dr. John Fletcher, the Associate Provost for Enrollment Services. Dr. Fletcher used this opportunity to go beyond the world of enrollment planning and discuss his hobby of mountaineering. Students learned how persevering a climb up some of the tallest mountains in the world can teach you skills that transfer into your everyday life.
The Honors College can also boast welcoming two CNN Top 10 Heroes in the past two years. Ms. Robin Emmons, founder of Sow Much Good has spent the past 6 years dedicating her life to raising awareness of the inequities in the food system disallowing people from impoverished communities to have access to clean, healthy food. She has worked to change this through many workshops, farm stands, and speaking opportunities. In fall 2014, we had the honor of hosting Ms. Danielle Gletow, the founder and executive director of One Simple Wish, a non-profit organization that works to grant wishes of foster children across the country.
We look forward to sharing more amazing speakers with our community through additional Leadership Lecture Series presentations in the 2014-2015 academic year.