Get Involved in the Honors College

Every part of Westminster College’s Honors College is designed intentionally to support you and your education. Every course, trip, research project, and event will enhance your college experience. You are encouraged to take an active part in Honors, as student participation is welcomed in all facets of the Honors College. Available opportunities include:

  • Employment as a student associate (5–7 paid positions that help run the Honors College in the areas of co-curricular programming, marketing and publicity, tech support, and diversity initiatives)
  • Serving as a peer mentor to help guide incoming honors students through their first year of the program (25–30 positions for upper-class Honors students with extensive experience in the program)
  • Attending regional and national Honors conferences
  • Attending honors-sponsored lectures, meetings, and events
  • Participating in the student-run Honors newsletter (Honorable Mention)
  • Participating in the Student Honors Council

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Honors Newsletter: Honorable Mention

The Honors College newsletter, Honorable Mention, is published once a semester. It is designed, written, and published entirely by Honors student editors, writers, and photographers. The newsletter features Honors College news, Honors student and faculty profiles, updates on the work of the Student Honors Council, answers to important questions, and announcements about new courses, awards, and funding opportunities. The publication is sent to all Honors students and their families, Honors faculty, Honors alums, and staff and administrators connected to the Honors College. It is also occasionally sent to Westminster College's Board of Trustees and other friends of the college.

Students who are interested in working on the newsletter (or have story ideas) should contact the editors. These editors work very hard to produce a high-quality publication, which has won an award in the NCHC national newsletter competition on five separate occasions, including 1st place in 2010 (Kansas City) in the "student-produced" newsletter category.

View the Fall 2021 Issue

Student Honors Council

The Student Honors Council represents the interests of all Honors students, meeting regularly to discuss ways to improve the Honors experience for students. An elected Honors student president and vice president—who also have voting privileges on the faculty committee that oversees the Honors College—run the council in addition to 3 other officer positions. Responsibilities of the Student Honors Council include the following:

  • Act as a liaison to the Honors Council
  • Discuss student concerns in the Honors College
  • Propose new program initiatives
  • Originate new course ideas and lobby professors to offer specifics Honors courses
  • Help generate ideas about topics and speakers for Pizza with Profs and other lecture series
  • Administer the Profs Pick the Flick film series
  • Organize academic and social events of interest to Honors students
  • Create continuity in student leadership within the Honors College
  • Help establish program identity and community among Honors students
  • Provide leadership opportunities and training for Honors students
  • Mentor incoming Honors students
  • Represent the Honors College at public events or gatherings that require an Honors student presence

Chelsea Anowi, President

Chelsea Anowi

Chelsea (‘22) is a psychology major with an emphasis in the cognitive sciences. With the help of the McNair Program, she is preparing to go to graduate school in 2022. In addition to being a peer mentor for the Honors College, Chelsea works at the Giovale Library and is a consultant for the Quantitative Research and Analysis Coalition. She plays the violin in the Westminster Chamber Orchestra and enjoys going on walks, listening to 19th-century audiobooks, and baking treats for her friends.

Yovie Saiz Rodriguez, Vice President

Yovie Saiz Rodriguez

Yovie (’23) is a psychology major with a minor in justice studies with plans to pursue a law path. She is a peer mentor for the Honors College and an office assistant for the Office of Admissions. Yovie also helps the campus BIPOC community as the program coordinator of Raíces Unidas. As a Legacy Scholar and first-generation college student, she strives to advocate for her fellow peers and amplify their voices. During Yovie’s free time, she loves hiking, paddleboarding, and exploring places with her family and friends.

Nina Asef, Treasurer

Nina Asef

Nina Asef (‘23) is a sociology major aiming towards a pre-law career path. She is passionate about raising the voices of the minority community. Nina’s goal is to create a unified and inclusive community at Westminster and everywhere around her. Nina actively participates as a representative of the Class of 2023. Some of her favorite things to do are art, spending time with her family, and doing makeup.

Ashton Marcoux, Secretary

Ashton Marcoux

Ashton (‘22) is double-majoring in marketing and management while completing her Honors certificate. Ashton works for the Office of Marketing, Communication, and Events, assisting with various public relations and marketing projects for the college. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and playing with her kitten, Prince. As the Student Honors Council Secretary, Ashton wishes to create a space for LGBTQ+ Honors students to foster a beautiful community outside of the classroom. Ashton is so excited to work with the campus community in person this year.

Emily Hill, Historian

Emily Hill

Emily (’24) is a political science major with a minor in justice studies. She is involved with the Honors College as a peer mentor in addition to being the Student Honors Council historian. Emily is also a Legacy Scholar and works as an office assistant for Student Health Services and Student Disability Services’ Testing Center. Outside of her many roles on campus, Emily can be found reading, writing, drinking coffee, or spending time with her friends and family.

The Student Honors Council fund provides stipends to Honors College students to help offset the cost of investigating graduate schools. Email the dean of the Honors College ( for information on how to apply for these $500 grants.

Katherine Metcalf Nelson Writing Awards

To encourage and recognize excellence in written work in Honors courses, the Honors College gives cash awards to the best essays written annually in 4 different categories: first-year seminar, sciences, social sciences, and the arts. The Honors Council also chooses from among those winning papers a “Best Honors College Essay of the Year,” the writer of which receives an additional cash award. Awards are announced at the annual spring Honors banquet and winners have their names engraved on a plaque that hangs in Nunemaker Place.

2019–20 Award Winners
  • Kathryn Jensen, “Work Becomes Play and Play Becomes Work (and Murder)"
  • Lienne Cupal, “The Fairest of Them All” (winner of the Best Essay of the Year Award)
  • Samantha Paredes, “The Neglect of Reason throughout History”
  • Sophie Caligiuri, “The Joke's on You: How The Dark Knight Portrays the Societal Benefits of Crime”