Updates, Reminders and Events

See below for details about what is currently going on in The Honors College!

  • Updates
  • Reminders
  • Events


Volunteers for Honors Orientation: noon–5 p.m., Monday, September 3, Pray-Harrold

Honors Orientation for new students will take place from 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM on Monday, September 3, on the second and third floors of Pray-Harrold, and we are looking for students who would like to volunteer to help with this orientation. Volunteers will be assisting with set-up and clean-up, directing foot traffic, passing out information in break-out sessions, and most importantly, answering questions and interacting with the new students. You will receive Honors community service hours for your participation. If you’d like to volunteer, please complete this survey by Monday, August 27 . If you have any questions about this volunteer opportunity, please send them to Mr. Dailey at mdailey3@emich.edu.

Volunteers for the Honors Mentoring Program

Are you interested in being a mentor to an incoming student while also receiving service hours or Honors Leadership Experience credit? Join The Honors College Mentoring Program today!

This is a fantastic way to help incoming students transition to EMU and The Honors College. With your support and guidance, new students can have a more positive and rewarding experience when beginning their collegiate studies. Being a mentor is a great opportunity for you to share your EMU experiences and develop leadership skills. Once you become a mentor, you are eligible to receive service hours toward University and Highest Honors through documented time spent with your mentee or leadership credit for your dedication to being an Honors College Mentor.

To become a mentor for the upcoming school year, please complete this survey application by Friday, September 7. Please contact Madison Trace with any questions at mtrace1@emich.edu.

Volunteer Opportunity at EMUsic Fest: 3–10:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 4, Big Bob’s Lakehouse

From 3–10:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4, SurgeEMU is sponsoring a music festival aimed at illuminating campus, vitalizing Ypsilanti, and providing a space to familiarize the community with local artists. The event organizers hope to foster a shared experience among new students, current students, Ypsilanti locals, and non-residents. All ages are welcome, and the fest is open to the public with a recommended $5 donation. If you’d like to volunteer for this event and receive Honors community service hours, please fill out this survey . For questions, please contact Ariona Kalaj at akalaj@emich.edu .

Volunteer Opportunity with the Office for International Students and Scholars: 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m., Friday, September 14

The Office for International Students and Scholars is holding its annual Social Security Network and Driver’s License Day from 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. on Friday, September 14. At this event, international students and other members of the EMU community can meet with representatives of the Social Security Administration and the MI Secretary of State. Volunteers are needed to assist with paperwork and to monitor driver’s license exams. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email Christopher Van Wasshenova at cvanwass@emich.edu . Students may receive Honors community service hours for this work.



September 4 - Honors Common Read, 3–4:45 p.m.

As you know, members of the incoming cohort of Honors students all read the same book and come together to discuss this book before classes start each year. The 2018 Honors Common Read is the graphic novel, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel. This book is readily available in libraries and bookstores, including Halle Library and EMU’s Bookstore, and copies are on loan at the front desk of The Honors College and the front desk of Downing Hall. If you’re interested, please read Bechdel’s memoir and then join us for a discussion of the book on Tuesday, September 4, in The Honors College Auditorium. Check-in will open at 3 p.m., and the discussion will begin at 3:30 p.m. You can RSVP for the Honors Common Read via this form . Our campus will return to Fun Home multiple times this fall, both at the Honors Star Lecture at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, in The Honors College Auditorium and at a Center for Jewish Studies event at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 1, in the Student Center Auditorium. The latter event, “A Conversation with Lisa Kron,” will feature Kron, who wrote the book and lyrics for the Broadway musical, Fun Home.

September 4 - Honors Ice Cream Social, 4:30–6 p.m.

Following the Honors Common Read on Tuesday, September 4, meet new and returning Honors students while enjoying a frozen treat in The Honors College Reception Hall from 4:30–6 p.m. Please RSVP for the Honors Ice Cream Social.