News & Events
2012-2013 Academic Year
- Welcome freshmen class of 2012!
2011-2012 Academic Year
- New Honors Course Offerings! This fall two new Honors courses were offered: East Asia Culture & Civilization and British Literature - The Age of Romanticism. In Spring 2012 we have a special Honors seminar titled: The U.S. from a Global Perspective.
- President Armstrong hosted an Honors event this past fall for our new freshmen class! Another event with the President is scheduled on March 6, 2012.
2010-2011 Academic Year
Honors Fall Open House!
An open house was hosted to welcome of new freshmen class on Thursday, September 30th, 2010 from 3:00-6:00 pm.
Honors Program Welcomes New Freshmen Class of 2010
The Honors Program welcomed 160 new freshmen to the program this fall.
Honors Student Board
We have a very active Honors student board this year. They will be working on a variety of issues, including curriculum, community service, event planning, and fundraising. The board meets weekly. For more details, contact the Honors Program.
2009-2010 Academic Year
Honors Program Announces New Pilot Program
The Honors Program unveiled a teaching assistant pilot program in Winter 2010. The goal of program is to capitalize on the power of the uniquely diverse student body in the Honors Program by providing an opportunity for Honors students to take a leadership role in the educational process of lower-division Cal Poly students.
Honors Day was held on Wednesday, June 3. The Honors 2010 graduating class was honored and select student research projects were highlighted.
Humanitarian Service Learning Competition (HuSel)
We are sponsoring a research contest this spring to recognize the compassionate work students and faculty are doing across campus. A list of projects are available online at HUSEL
2008-2009 Academic Year
CSU Honors Research Conference
Five Honors students presented their Honors undergraduate research projects on February 28, 2009 at the annual CSU Honors Research Conference at CSU Sacramento campus. All of the students who attended were enrolled in "HNRS/UNIV 321: Research Methods and Practice" course this past quarter and were also NSF S-STEM scholarships recipients. Three of the students were Freshmen. All of the students are engaged in very interesting research projects funded by CENG, COSAM, and Dean Opava's C3RP grant.
Service Learning Trip to Malawi
This past summer a team of two Cal Poly faculty members and five Cal Poly students traveled to Malawi to evaluate the implementation of their class project on sustainable irrigation practices. Team members included Diane Long, retired Political Science faculty member and team leader, Rod Hoadley, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering faculty member, Social Sciences graduate Kaitlin Chandler, Earth Science graduate Bridget Hill, Animal Science senior Grace Wetmore, and Blayne Morgan, an Environmental Engineering senior.
The idea was developed as the result of a new course series, UNIV/HNRS 491 & 492: Appropriate Technology for Impoverished Communities, which was offered for the first time last Winter and Spring. The course series brought together students and faculty members from various disciplines who shared a desire to help communities around the world. The students studied impoverished communities, world hunger and the causes of poverty, and developed technologies to be implemented in such communities. This particular team's focus was on Malawi, Africa. After discovering that certain villages in Malawi did not have irrigation and could not grow enough food, the group designed a prototype for a bicycle-powered water pump.
Ambassador of Zambia visits the Honors Commons!
Dr. Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika, Ambassador of the Republic of Zambia, took some time on Tuesday, November 14th, to chat with Honors Students. Topics ranged from the current state of affairs in Zambia to a brief history of her education, travels, and experiences. Dr. Mbikusita-Lewanika, a Cal Poly alumna, has visited. the Honors Program for the past four years to help promote a sense of global awareness in Cal Poly's Honors Students.
Dr. Inonge Mbikusita-Lewanika (5th from right) with Honors Students and Faculty