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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.  

Fall 2014 Living-Learning Series

  • Saturday, September 6: Crystal Coast Classic (Morehead City/Atlantic Beach area, NC)
  • Saturday, September 27: Bragg About our Troops (Fort Bragg/Fayetteville, NC)
  • Saturday, October 18: Standing on Fair Ground (Raleigh, NC)
  • Saturday, November 8: Giving Back to Greenville (Greenville, NC)

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 

Crystal Coast Classic

Saturday, September 6, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Morehead City/Atlantic Beach, NC area 

This experience will take you on an extensive journey through the maritime history of Eastern North Carolina.  We will begin by visiting Fort Macon State Park.  With five sides built of brick and stone, Fort Macon consists of twenty-six vaulted rooms.  Although the dangers of naval attack on the coast of North Carolina are now remote, in the 18th and 19th centuries, the Beaufort region was highly vulnerable.  Blackbeard and other pirates were known to have passed the Beaufort Inlet while wars during the Colonial Period provided a constant threat of coastal raids.  After visiting the Fort Macon, we will provide you with a complimentary lunch at one of the area’s top restaurants – compliments of Mr. and Mrs. Ken and Kay Chalk.  Mrs. Chalk is the chair of the Honors College advancement council and she is responsible for this generous hosted lunch.  Following lunch, the group will travel to the NC Aquarium to see thousands of aquatic animals that make their home near the shores of North Carolina.  We will also receive a behind the scenes tour of the aquarium to include visits to food preparation areas, animal holding areas and labs, and an overhead view of the Living Shipwreck.  The group will travel by ECU bus with a departure time of 9:00am and an estimated return time of 6:30pm.  We have a full day planned, but we know that you are going to enjoy every moment!  Transportation, lunch, and admission to the various attractions is included.  If you would like to come aboard, please complete the online RSVP form to register for this event.

RSVP deadline: Friday, August 29

Bragg About our Troops

Saturday, September 27, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Fort Bragg/Fayetteville, NC area

Named for Confederate General Braxton Bragg, Fort Bragg is a major instillation of the United States Army.  It was founded on September 4th, 1918 and covers 251 square miles.  The base is the proud home of the US Army Airborne Forces and Special Forces.  More than 55,000 military service members and 12,000 civilian personnel work at Fort Bragg, with about 25,000 family members living on post.  Students will visit the Airborne and Special Forces Operations Museum to first learn about the fort’s history and important role in protecting our nation.  Lunch will be provided with members of the military at the base.  Finally, students will be provided an inside look at what life is like within the walls of Fort Bragg during a guided tour.  This is a great opportunity for any student interested in military operations as well as North Carolina history and industry.  It is also a wonderful opportunity to support our troops.  The group will travel by ECU bus with a departure time of 8:00am and an estimated return time of 5:30pm.  Transportation, lunch, and admission to the museum is included.  If you are interested, please complete the online RSVP form to register for this event. .

RSVP deadline: Friday, September 12

Standing on Fair Ground

Saturday, October 18, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Raleigh, NC

Raleigh, North Carolina serves as the capital of our great state.  In this city, leaders gather to discuss our future while people visit to celebrate our past.  Two major attractions that incite both natives and tourists alike are the North Carolina Executive Mansion and the North Carolina State Fair.  Our day will begin with a tour of the Executive Mansion, home to Governor Pat McCrory.  If you look carefully, you may notice that the house holds many priceless items of North Carolina history.  In addition, it is a primary location for events and meetings.  Afterwards, students will have lunch in Raleigh with friends of the College.  Following lunch, students will travel to the Raleigh fairgrounds to visit the N.C. State Fair.  This event brings together thousands of North Carolina residents to shop, dine, and entertain one another in a celebration of our wonderful state.  Last year roughly 930,000 people swarmed the fair grounds to see for themselves what the NC State Fair has to offer. The group will travel by ECU bus with a departure time of 9:00am and an estimated return time of 7:00pm.  Transportation, lunch, and admission to the fair is included.  Please note: students are responsible for purchasing their own ride tickets and other items once at the fair.  If you are interested in joining us for this mid-semester study break, please complete the online RSVP form to register for this event. 

RSVP deadline: Friday, October 3


Additional Information

Past sponsored Honors experiences have included overnight excursions to Richmond, VA, Williamsburg, VA and Charlotte, NC; a performance of Nerds! at the Progress Energy Center and Once at DPAC; 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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