Every part of the Honors College is designed intentionally for our students. We want every class, trip, research project, and event to enhance your college experience. We encourage you to take an active part in Honors and welcome student participation in any and all facets of Honors at Westminster.

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How to Participate in Honors

  • Honors College newsletter, Honorable Mention (editors, writers, and photographers)
  • Student Honors Council (five officer positions)
  • Honors College student associates (5–7 paid positions)
  • Peer mentoring program (20–25 positions to mentor incoming Honors students)
  • Regional and national Honors conferences
  • Honors writing awards
  • Attendance at Honors-sponsored lectures, meetings, and events

Honors Newsletter: Honorable Mention

The Honors College newsletter, Honorable Mention, is published once a semester. It is designed, written, and published entirely by Honors students. 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 classes, 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.

Student Honors Council

The Student Honors Council represents the interests of all Honors students. An elected president and vice president—who also have voting privileges on the faculty committee that oversees the Honors College—run the council. Responsibilities of the Student Honors Council include the following:

  • Act as a liaison to the Honors Council.
  • Discuss student concerns in the program.
  • 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.

Elaine Sheehan (‘18)
President

Elaine Sheehan Elaine is a junior majoring in English. She loves getting involved on campus and meeting people throughout Westminster's small community, but especially appreciates the connections she’s made through her involvement in the Honors College. Elaine has been a writer and editor for the Honors newsletter, Honorable Mention, since her freshman year and is eager to increase student involvement by recruiting many new writers (and future editors) during the upcoming year. In her free time, Elaine loves going to the theater (or participating in the productions), rock climbing with friends, or enjoying the mountains she calls home.

Elaine is excited to continue her involvement with the Honors College through the Student Honors Council. Her goal for this year is to spread awareness of the incredible opportunities available to Honors students and maintain the tight-knit community during this exciting time of growth. She wants every Honors student to take advantage of and enjoy the opportunities offered by the college as much as she has.

Holden Rasmussen (‘18)
Vice President

Holden Rasmussen Holden is a senior philosophy student at Westminster. Currently, he is working on an independent research project through the Honors College. This coming year he will be applying to graduate programs in philosophy and, potentially, the Fulbright Scholar program. On campus, Holden has filled a variety of roles, including ASW Senator, resident advisor, research assistant, ethics bowl co-captain, supplementary instructor, and principal bassoonist for the Westminster Chamber Orchestra. In his free time, Holden enjoys reading, listening to music, and trail running.

Holden is excited to connect Honors students together outside of the classroom this year. He hopes to encourage thoughtful and invigorating conversations at SHC events. He also hopes to involve students in the exciting developments taking place in the Honors College in the near future.

Julie Norman (‘20)
Treasurer

Julie Norman Julie Norman is a sophomore and treasurer for the Student Honors Council. She’s studying music and pursuing a custom major in mathematical economics. In the future, Julie hopes to pursue a PhD in economics and to further build her harp teaching studio. On campus, Julie participates in a wide range of activities. She is the president of Mock Trial, history club officer, resident advisor for summer housing, and a performer in many of Westminster’s music ensembles. She’s currently working on a research project with Honors professor Sean Raleigh, analyzing the possible economic implications of the United States State of the Union Addresses. Julie is also working with the Start Center to organize Westminster’s first disabled student orientation and to start a chapter of the National Disabled Honors Society on campus.

Julie is an enthusiastic individual who’s always up for a challenge and a good laugh. She loves podcasts, movies, and is a self-proclaimed foodie. As an SHC member, she wants to create a smooth transition to the Honors College and create a welcoming environment for lateral-entry students by integrating the Honors community into the rest of campus.

Max White (‘20)
Historian

Max White Max is a sophomore from Magna, Utah. Max is currently studying Economics and minoring in philosophy with the hope of attending law school in the future. In addition to being on the Student Honors Council, Max is also a resident advisor, an Honors peer mentor and the vice president of Westminster's Mock Trial team.

Max is excited to be more involved with the Honors College and looks forward to fostering the growth of the Honors community through events and activities. As historian, Max hopes he can capture and document the memories that make the Honors College unique.

Diana Khosrovi (‘20)
Secretary

Diana Khosrovi Diana is a sophomore from Boise, Idaho. An aspiring lawyer, she is majoring in public health and minoring in philosophy. Diana most enjoys the supportive environment that epitomizes the Westminster student body and as such, she enjoys getting involved in many different clubs and activities across campus. For example, Diana is serving as a Presidential Ambassador, is involved in both the Ethics Bowl and Mock Trial community, enjoys running the Griffins Taekwondo club, and is a resident advisor.

As secretary for SHC, Diana is excited to record the monumental transition that the Honors community is going through. Diana would love to see Westminster’s Honors community grow and she plans to utilize her activity in the different sectors of student body life here at Westminster as a means to put a face to the Westminster Honors community both for the rest of the Westminster student body and the off-campus community.

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

Honors Book Awards

To encourage and recognize excellence in written work in Honors seminars, the Honors College gives cash awards to the best essays written annually in four different categories: humanities, sciences, social sciences, and special topics & cross-listed classes. 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.

2016–2017 Awards
  • **Elaine Sheehan, “The Evolution of Queer.”
  • Carolyn Janecek, “The Paradigm of Suppressing Human Passions and Calling it Objective.”
  • Tim Lindgren, “Challenging Objectivism and Framing Partial Impartialities.”
  • Tim Lindgren, “A Mad Civilization or Civilizational (Dis)content.”

The Honors Council, in conjunction with the Honors dean, will also select a paper to submit for the NCHC's annual Portz Scholar competition, which is the national competition for best undergraduate writing in Honors programs. Three winners of Portz awards receive $250 each and are recognized at the NCHC's national convention. Typically, that paper will be selected from an upper-level Honors Book Award paper or an essay generated from an Honors Independent Summer research Grant.

**Best essay of the year award.