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Living-Learning Community

The generous support of Honors College donors and supporters enables our students to participate in a wide range of programs and activities beyond the classroom.  The Honors College provides students with an environment that fosters academic excellence as well as encourages students to learn beyond the classroom.  First-year Honors students live together in Garrett Hall, forming relationships with students with similar interests that will last for years.

Upcoming living-learning experiences and links to registration forms for these activities can be found below.  Students who wish to participate in these programs will have the opportunity to reserve their space as soon as they receive an e-mail notifying them that the event is open.  These experiences are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis and tend to fill to capacity, so students will want to make sure to send their RSVP as soon as possible.  

Spring 2014 Living-Learning Series

  • Thursday, March 6: An Immersive Introduction to Allied Health Sciences (Greenville, NC)
  • Saturday, March 22: Walk on the Wild Side at the NC Zoo (Asheboro, NC)
  • Friday, March 28: Thinking Outside the Jar at the Mt. Olive Pickle Company (Mt. Olive, NC)
  • Saturday, April 5 - Sunday, April 6: High-Flying History with Presidents and Kings (Richmond, VA area)

Honors students who are interested in attending any of these opportunities should complete the online form that correlates to the specific event he or she is interested in attending as soon as possible to reserve a space.  Spaces will be allocated to students on a first-come, first-serve basis until each program fills.  Students are permitted to sign up for multiple events.  We will also maintain a waiting list for each trip if demand exceeds supply.  After completing these forms, students will receive a confirmation e-mail to guarantee the space. 

Events Open for Registration 

An Immersive Introduction to Allied Health Sciences

Thursday, March 6, 2014
2:00 - 4:15 p.m.
ECU Health Sciences Campus - Greenville, NC 

This opportunity allows you to come with us and tour the East Carolina University Allied Health Sciences Building and the various departments, including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physician’s Assistant Studies, and Audiology. For each department, there will be opportunities for you to speak with faculty and staff about admissions and academics, as well as a chance to speak with current students about their experiences in their program. There will also be opportunities to see demonstrations of various equipment in their labs that current students use on a daily basis. There are two possible tour groups that students can choose to be a part of: (1) Physical Therapy and Audiology or (2) Occupational Therapy and Physician's Assistant Studies. Students are asked to register for the event through the online RSVP form.

RSVP deadline: Friday, February 28

Walk on the Wild Side at the NC Zoo

Saturday, March 22, 2014
7:00 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
North Carolina Zoo - Asheboro, NC

What better way to spend Mr. Baxter's birthday than a trip to the zoo!  Take a walk on the wild side and join us for a trip to our very own North Carolina Zoo. The North Carolina Zoo is home to over 1,600 individual specimens that represent 225 species. Every year, around 700,000 people visit the zoo from around the nation. The exhibits are focused on habitats found in Africa and North America, which include the Watani Grasslands, Lemur Island, and the Cypress Swamp, among many other habitats. Since conservation efforts are so important to the North Carolina Zoo, they work to reduce waste and minimize their use of natural resources, as well as participate in international conservation efforts. Students are asked to register for the event through the online RSVP form.

RSVP deadline: Friday, March 7

Thinking Outside the Jar at the Mt. Olive Pickle Company

Friday, March 28, 2014
11:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Southern Bank Headquarters and Mount Olive Pickle Company - Mt. Olive, NC

Have you ever seen Mt. Olive pickles in your local grocery store? Well, this huge company is located in our very own state! We will be taking a detailed tour of the factory, how the facilities run, and what goes into making these famous sour treats. Our friends at Southern Bank, who are already generous supporters of the Honors College, have graciously offered to host us for lunch prior to our tour. This is a great opportunity to have a chance to meet and network with some of the executives from a major corporation and Honors College donors. Students are asked to register for the event through the online RSVP form.

RSVP deadline:  Friday, March 7

High-Flying History with Presidents and Kings

Saturday, April 5 - Sunday, April 6, 2014
8:00 a.m. (Saturday) - 7:00 p.m. (Sunday)
Richmond, VA area

On our annual overnight Living Learning adventure, we are going to Richmond, Virginia, where much of our nation’s history lies. On the first day, you will be taken on a tour of Thomas Jefferson’s famous home, Monticello. Through professionally led tours, you will get an inside look into the life of Thomas Jefferson and his family. There are also tours of the surrounding gardens and landscapes. After a day of presidents and history, you will spend the day enjoying the thrills and attractions at Kings Dominion! Students are asked to register for the event on the online RSVP form.  

RSVP deadline: Friday, March 21

Additional Information

Past sponsored Honors experiences have included overnight excursions to Williamsburg, VA and Charlotte, NC; a performance of Nerds! at the Progress Energy Center; visiting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration lab in Washington, NC; touring both the Brody School of Medicine and School of Dental Medicine; going behind the scenes at the conservation lab for the Queen Anne’s Revenge; visiting local businesses including Metrics, Inc. and Grady White Boats; providing service to needy and deserving organizations; and many more!

The Honors College also hosts an ongoing Leadership Lecture Series. This series allows students the opportunity to meet community members who have dedicated their lives to leadership and service. These community leaders set a wonderful example of what Honors students should strive and work towards in the future. Past speakers have included Dr. Paul Cunningham, Dean of the Brody School of Medicine, and Kristen Dalton, Miss USA 2009 and former ECU honors student.

To view pictures from our many Honors College experiences, please visit our Flickr site.

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