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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 Gateway Hall, forming relationships with students with similar interests that will last for years. Living-Learning experiences provide Honors students the opportunity to explore and learn more about their surrounding community and beyond while fostering a stronger sense of belonging to the Honors College.

Throughout the semester, we will periodically share information about each of the Living-Learning Experiences with details on how to register and participate.  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.  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.  Living-Learning experiences for the Fall 2015 semester can be found below.

Fall 2015 Living-Learning Series

  • Saturday, September 19: Crystal Coast Classic (Emerald Isle/Harkers Island area, NC)
  • Saturday, October 25: A Simply Delicious Living-Learning Experience (Greenville/Ayden, NC)
  • Saturday, November 14: Honors College Fall Fun-Fest (Greenville, NC)
  • Saturday, December 5: Science Sights, Civil Rights, and Holiday Lights! (Greensboro, 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 19, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Emerald Isle/Harkers Island, NC area 

This experience will take you on a journey through the maritime history of Eastern North Carolina.  We will begin by visiting Mr. and Mrs. Ken and Kay Chalk for lunch at their beach house.  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 Harkers Island, NC - a region known for the Shackleford Banks, part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore.  We will travel by ferry to the Cape Lookout Light Station where you will have the chance to climb the lighthouse and also see one of the station's remaining supporting structures, the keeper's quarters.  While there, you will travel aboard the Beach Shuttle to the point of Cape Lookout and visit the Cape Lookout Village Historic District.  After we explore these sights, we will travel back to mainland by ferry so we can board the bus for our return trip to Greenville.

A Simply Delicious Living-Learning Experience

Sunday, October 25, 2015
2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Greenville/Ayden, NC area

This experience will give you a behind the scenes look at two very successful family owned businesses here in eastern North Carolina. We will start our adventure at the StarLight Farm here in Greenville, which is owned and operated by the Boutilier family. The Boutilier family purchased the StarLight farm in 2011 and use their produce to supply their restaurant, StarLight Café. After touring this beautiful landscape, we will travel to Ayden, NC to Simply Natural Creamery, where we will tour the Moye family’s all-natural farm and facility. We will conclude our experience with a taste of their simply delicious ice cream before returning to ECU.

Honors College Fall Fun-Fest

Saturday, November 14, 2015
12:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Greenville, NC

This service experience will allow our students to give back to our Greenville community in a fun and festive way.  We are partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of the Jarvis Club downtown.  Volunteers will begin by escorting the children through a scavenger hunt, stopping at all of the landmarks on ECU’s campus.  Following the scavenger hunt, we will join the children at Mendenhall Student Center for Thanksgiving-related crafts and mini-games including face painting, pumpkin bowling, and much more.  This trip will be possible due to the hard work of our Honors Programming Ambassadors and your participation!  Help us support the growth and well-being of Greenville’s youth! 

Science Sights, Civil Rights, and Holiday Lights!

Saturday, December 5, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Greensboro, NC

We will begin our travels by visiting the Greensboro Science Center where attendees will have the opportunity to experience the wonders of the aquarium, science museum, and zoo! This three-part attraction features amazing animals from around the world along with many interesting exhibits. Students are free to enjoy lunch on their own while at the Science Center.  After this visit, we will travel to the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, located in the former F. W. Woolworth retail store. It was at this location many years ago that four students at NC A&T University sat at the "whites only" lunch counter and began a sit-in movement that sparked a nationwide push for equality. Today, the museum is home to many important photographs, artifacts, and interactive galleries that take you on a journey through American civil rights history. After our guided tour, we will travel to Four Seasons Town Centre where students will have an opportunity to grab a quick bite to eat and enjoy a chance for some brief holiday shopping before we head to our last stop, the Festival of Lights at Tanglewood Park. Entering its 24th season, Tanglewood's Festival of Lights continues to be one of the largest light shows in the Southeast and includes over one hundred displays along a 4-mile route. After traveling through this winter wonderland, we will depart Tanglewood and return to Greenville. Please note: the costs associated with transportation, admission, and tours will be supported by the Honors College. Students will be responsible for their meals throughout the day and any purchases they wish to make at the various stops.


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 Wicked 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., Southern Bank, the Mt. Olive Pickle Factory, and Grady White Boats; providing service to needy and deserving organizations including My Sister's Attic and Greenville Community Shelter; and many more!

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

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