Programs and Activities
Several program features and activities are designed to ensure that honors students have a rewarding educational experience:
Student of the Month
The Student of the Month program is designed to recognize students for their active involvement and contributions to the Honors Program. Each month, the Student Executive Board (E-Board) selects a student who displays leadership and scholarship, and who goes above and beyond what is required. The E-board also looks for a student who consistently attends Honors Program events and who shows charisma and enthusiasm while at those events. Those who are selected as Student of the Month receive an official certificate as well as some WSSU paraphernalia.
Volunteer Service is an important component of the Honors Program. Over the years, the Honors Program has reached out to the community in many ways. Local service projects and involvement include some the following: Victory Junction Gang Camp, tutoring at local schools, volunteering at the Children's Museum, WSSU campus clean-up, Heart Walk, Blood Drive, penny campaign to provide Thanksgiving meals for local families. One of the Honors Program ongoing service projects is Adopt-a-Street. Twice a semester, honors students walk from campus to First Street to gather and dispose trash. This is a great way to give back to the community!
"The 5 Ps" (Positive Participation Produces Productive People)
The "5 Ps", a program that meets on the third Friday of each month, provides a creative outlet for social development. During these sessions, students often collaborate with one another on honors-related projects. However, the Honors Program feels that it is important for students to be well-rounded, balancing academic requirements with social activities. As such, some of these sessions are designed so that scholars can fellowship with one another while enjoying food and recreational activities. Activities include playing games, watching movies, bowling, etc.
Live and Learn
Live and Learn, a series of programs that take place in the honors residence hall, helps students further develop their individual leadership styles and interpersonal skills. Coordinated by Mr. and Miss Honors Program, this program centers on an intentional learning community that is both experience-based and residence-based. Through interactive programs and activities, students focus on developing skills to enhance students' academic success and to reinforce a variety of essential life skills. Students explore topics of interest, generate inquisitive dialogue and discuss current issues. Not only is the Live and Learn series educational, but it also creates a strong support group among the scholars. Live and Learn is scheduled for the 2nd Tuesday of each month.
S.T.A.R.S. Mentor Program
|Scholars Teaching and Reaching Scholars (S.T.A.R.S.) is the official peer mentor program of the Honors Program. Upper-class honors students are paired with honors freshmen to help provide a smoother transition into the collegiate environment. The pairs meet throughout the semester in to further enhance and explore their "honors identity."|
Students in the Honors Program are encouraged to participate in local, regional, and national conferences: North Carolina Honors Association (NCHA), Southern Regional Honors Council (SRHC), National Association of African American Honors Programs (NAAAHP), National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC)
Study Abroad Opportunities
The Honors Program partners with the Office of International Programs (OIP) at WSSU and with other institutions to offer short-term international travel and study abroad experiences for honors students. Students who participate in honors-related study abroad programs are asked to make professional presentations about their experience at appropriate, relevant university-sponsored events.