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 Spring 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
Katie Valdez

Katie Valdez

Katie is a senior McNair Scholar majoring in justice studies. Aside from her role as Student Honors Council president, Katie works for the Honors College as a first-year peer mentor coordinator, throws javelin on the Westminster Track and Field team, and has also been actively involved with the Feminist Club and Latinx Club. As someone who is deeply committed to justice and human rights, Katie plans to dedicate her life to fighting injustice. As Student Honors Council president, she hopes to continue the work of building a more inclusive honors program. In her free time, she enjoys having meaningful conversations, spending time with friends and family, and developing new hobbies!

Lia Baez
Vice President

Lia Baez

Lia is a senior majoring in political science in the pre-law track, with a minor in global studies. She has seen a lot and lived a lot alongside her community, so she's always wanted to make a change in the world and make it a more equitable and just place for all who live in it. In addition to her participation in the Honors College, she has been actively involved in the Dumke Center for Civic Engagement, the Black Student Union, and the Legacy Scholars program. She loves spending time with her family, the beach, good food, and good music.

Juli Sandhu

Juli Sandhu

Juli is a sophomore majoring in economics and minoring in Spanish. In addition to working in Nunemaker as the Honors College's hospitality coordinator, Juli also works at the Writing Center as a consultant. She aspires to use her business background to bring economically feasible solutions to common environmental concerns, particularly in the developing world. Juli hopes to maximize the Honors College's resources for students' needs and their passions. In her spare time, she enjoys rock climbing, skiing, and hiking with friends!

Sophie Caligiuri

Sophie Caligiuri

Sophie is a junior pursuing the Honors degree. She is majoring in philosophy with a minor in English. On campus, Sophie works for the Honors College as the diversity coordinator. She also works for the Dumke Center for Civic Engagement as a civic connections coordinator, is a writing consultant at the Writing Center, and is a first-generation student in the Legacy Scholars program. In her free time, Sophie enjoys reading, hanging out with family and friends, road trips, dancing (badly), and learning new things. As the Student Honors Council secretary, she hopes to ensure that the honors program is an inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, and she is excited to serve you this academic year!

Brynlie Green

Brynlie Green

Brynlie is a sophomore majoring in English and justice studies. She’s involved in the Honors College as the Student Honors Council historian and as a peer mentor. She can also be found on campus as the ASW sophomore class senator, serving on the ASW Clubs Board, cheerleading on the Spirit Team, and as a research assistant in the Office of Advancement. Brynlie is also the Westminster representative on the UserveUtah Youth Council, where she is planning a project to serve potential first-generation college students, and as a Legacy Scholar. In her spare time, she can be found reading, drawing, and 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”