As part of the growth of the Honors College we are so excited to announce that we will have a new home on campus. Starting this Fall, the Honors College will be located on the 2nd floor of H.M.S. Richards Hall. The new space will house the administrative and teaching staff of the Honors College, the Center for Law and Public Policy, the Center for Global Programs, the Honors College Student Officers, and more. Work is being done to have the space ready for an official welcome in September.
Richards Hall was constructed in the 1930s and is one of the oldest and most iconic buildings on campus. We can’t wait to transform the 2nd floor into a terrific space for Honors College students and the wider WAU community. Stay tuned for details!
Photo: Honors College students stand on the steps in front of H.M.S. Richards Hall. Photo taken during our March 2020 ‘On Campus’ Retreat.
New course for Summer focuses on Innovation (July 2022)
The Honors College is offering a new (and FREE) course for students this summer. ‘Introduction to Innovation’ is a unique class being taught by Commander Andy Howell. Commander Howell spent much of his career working on innovation issues for the United States Coast Guard. Take a look at the official course description:
HNRS 194 – Intro to Innovation will provide students an introduction to the concepts and skills related to innovation and entrepreneurship. How did Neflix become a household name overnight? What’s the origin story of your phone’s digital camera? Students will learn about what it takes to develop breakthrough ideas, including risk-taking, leadership, and strategic communications. Students will review real-world case studies detailing triumphs and failures of billion-dollar companies and world governments, while also taking part in activities that will introduce a variety of skills highly-prized in today’s job market.
CAPITALMUN 2021 in the books! (April 2021)
On Thursday, April 8, delegates from schools all over the country (plus 2 from overseas) participated in the 3rd CAPITALMUN conference sponsored by the Honors College at Washington Adventist University. Due to COVID restrictions, the event was held virtually for the first (and hopefully last) time. After an inspiring Keynote address by Matteo Mirolo, student delegates engaged in debates ranging from education disparities around the world during pandemics and times of conflict to international cooperation strategies in the peaceful uses of outer space. CAPITALMUN is an MUN conference designed for high school students that is run by students at WAU. For more information, visit capitalmun.org or contact the Honors College at email@example.com.
CAPITALMUN 2021 set for April 8 (April 2021)
The 3rd CAPITALMUN conference will take place on Thursday, April 8 using a virtual platform for the first (and hopefully last) time. This year we are thrilled to welcome schools from outside the DC area for the first time. In fact, this year marks the first time we will welcome a school from outside of the United States as part of our conference. Please visit capitalmun.org for more information about the conference. We’ll have a full report at the conclusion of the event.
Honors College and The David Jones Research Center hold Lecture by Paul Hills (March 2021)
Paul Hills, a noted expert on British poet and artist David Jones, gave a lecture that was sponsored and organized by the WAU Honors College and The David Jones Research Center (which is housed within the Honors College). A video of the lecture can be seen below.
Honors College Launches ‘Month of March Physical and Mental Health Challenge’ (March 2021)
The pandemic is making it hard for some students to do what is needed to maintain both physical and mental health. The Honors College student officers are addressing this by launching our March Physical and Mental Health Challenge — a series of daily ‘challenges’ designed to help students think about activities that will help their overall health. Based on the idea of ski-slope categories, there are four levels of participation: Green, Blue, Diamond, and Black Diamond. For much more on the Challenge and how it progresses throughout the month, check on the Honors College Instagram page @wauhonorscollege.
Virtual Engagement Opportunities Help Honors College Students Stay Connected (February 2021)
Socializing with friends has been difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Honors College is trying to make it a bit easier by launching a series of virtual engagement opportunities for our students, with each designed to be a quick ‘check-in’ that lasts 15-20 minutes. Here are some of our weekly ‘engagements’:
- The Immortal Poets Club: turning “dead poets” into immortal ones by giving breath to the works of poets who are no longer with us.
- Monday Night Dinner – Food for the Soul: weekly conversations about whatever is on your mind.
- Late Night Snacks: meets each Thursday night at 10pm and is a change to talk with other students about papers, projects, or other course work.
- Politics Cafe — This Week in Washington: an early Friday morning event where we talk about what happened in DC this week. Bring your own coffee because we meet early…7:45 – 8:00am!
- Let’s Talk About Time: a get together to talk about time management and how to make the most of the hours in each day.
- Social Hour: just like the name implies, this is a weekly get together to chat and talk with no real structure or plan. Meets each Friday afternoon and is a great way to end the week.
Honors College MUN Program Helps Academy Students Attend International Conference (January 2021)
In January of this year, 14 Columbia Union Academy students attended The Hague International Model United Nations Conference (THIMUN). Participation in the conference was organized by the WAU Model United Nations program. The conference was virtual this year, but it was still a terrific event and opportunity for all those involved. Read a full write up of the experience on the main WAU website
Conversation with the Chief of Staff of the United Nations Office in Geneva (December 2020)
The Honors College was pleased to welcome David Chikvaidze, the Chief of Staff of the United Nations Office in Geneva, to the WAU campus (virtually) to help celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations. Dr. Chikvaidze spoke about the role of the UN in today’s world and argued why international organizations are needed now more than ever. Dr. Chikvaidze was also a guess speaker for an international relations course taught by Dr. Jonathan Scriven earlier in the month. The event was held as part of the WAU Center for Global Programs, which is housed within the Honors College. If you missed it, watch the interview below.
Honors College and David Jones Research Center Welcome Rowan Williams, Former Archbishop of Canterbury. (November 2020)
The Honors College was honored to host an event celebrating the 125th birthday of British poet and artist David Jones. The guess speaker was Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury. Professor Bradford Haas, the Director of the Honors College at WAU, coordinated the event in his dual role as the Director of the David Jones Research Center, which is housed within the Honors College. If you missed the event, you can watch it below.
Honors College Classes Welcomes Rep. Jamie Raskin to Class
Maryland Congressman Jamie Raskin (D) joined Dr. Scriven’s ‘Elections 2020’ class for a 30 minute Q&A with students. ‘Elections 2020’ is a Honors College course that spent the entire semester studying and analyzing local, regional, and national elections during the 2020 election cycle. Congressman Raskin represents Maryland’s 8th Congressional district, the district that includes Washington Adventist University. Raskin is also a resident of Takoma Park, so he’s a neighbor for us. Because it’s 2020, Raskin joined the class via Zoom.
Honors College Hosts ‘Immersion Weekend’ on Campus (October 2020)
During a typical Fall semester, Honors College students spend one weekend in October at a retreat facility off campus. It’s a chance to get to know each other, dig into some of the Honors courses students are taking, spend some time in the outdoors, and make plans for the upcoming year. Fall 2020 was different. This year, due to our virtual learning semester, we flipped the tables on our Honors Retreat weekend and instead invited students to come to campus for a weekend. For some of our Freshman, it was the very first time stepping foot on campus.
The weekend was a lot of fun and a huge success. We followed social distancing and other COVID protocols, of course. But we were still able to hike at Sugarloaf Mountain, enjoy terrific food set up in the parking lot (Thai take-out, anyone?), experienced some ‘in person’ classes, and generally enjoy the company of friends, both old and new.
Dr. Benjamin Baker Discusses the Black Millerites as Part of Adventist Archives Lectureship (October 2020)
The Honors College was pleased to welcome Dr. Benjamin Baker to be the 2nd guest speaker for the Adventist Archives Lectureship, an event held in October in collaboration with the Seventh-day Adventist church Office of Archives, Statistics, and Research. Watch the presentation below if you missed it.
WAU Celebrates Constitution Day with Journalist Errin Haines (September 2020)
In honor of Constitution Day held each year on September 17, the Honors College organized an interview with award winning journalist Errin Haines of The 19th, a news organization that focuses on women and gender issues. 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. The interview was organized through the WAU Center for Law and Public Policy, which is housed in the Honors College. You can watch the full interview below.