By: Kasey Andrade
From November 11th-15th, eight members of the Honors Student Congress traveled to the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) conference in Chicago, Illinois. This year’s conference was themed “Make No Little Plans” and celebrated NCHC’s 50th anniversary. At the conference, Honors Student Congress Executive Board members Adam Costa, Ed Bachta, Kasey Andrade, Danielle Dupuis, and Jamie Wild presented on the HSC leadership succession plan, while fellow Executive Board members Emily Wiegand, Ashleigh Bell, and Bethanie Carvin presented on how the HSC Service Committee has become a powerhouse within the congress. In addition to these student presentations, Honors Director Teresa King and English Professor Ellen Scheible presented on the themed cluster of interdisciplinary first year seminars and Honors Administrative Assistant Amy Couto presented on creating student employment positions with purpose.
Aside from presenting at the conference, HSC members and BSU Honors representatives were able to attend a wide variety of
sessions, ranging from Honorable Mentions: Using Social Media to Promote, and Define a College Honors Program to What Honors Students Want from their Honors Program/College: A Research Based Study. Bridgewater students and faculty were also able to attend sessions that directly related to the BSU Honors Program’s core values, with presentations focusing on leadership and diversity.
Away from NCHC, attendees had time to discover the gems of the “windy city;” from trying the famous deep dish pizza to seeing many of Chicago’s iconic landmarks, including Navy Pier, Millennium Park, and “The Bean.” While exploring the city students stopped at the Willis Tower Skydeck and stepped out onto the glass ledge almost 1,400 feet above the ground! The conference culminated with the 50th Anniversary Gala, which featured a performance by the world-renowned improv group, Second City! Overall, NCHC was an amazing and incredibly rewarding experience that none of the attendees will forget!