Events

One of the Honors Program objectives is to help students embrace and build a culture of service and learn social responsibility.

Service opportunities are provided by the Honors Program Officers and administrative staff to ensure ample opportunities are available. All program members are given the opportunity to suggest new service ideas.

Fall 2019

Jacksonville Boys & Girls Club – Every Friday, Honors students visit the Boys & Girls Club in Jacksonville, Alabama. Students organize games, crafts, or other fun events for the children. This semester, the Honors students donated their time and provided plastic eggs and candy to hold a special Easter Egg Hunt! 

The Serving Table – On the fourth Saturday of each month, Honors students participate in Jacksonville First United Methodist Church’s Serving Table. The Serving Table is a free lunch and available for everyone in the Jacksonville community. Students help serve the meal and fellowship with those that come. 

Rockin' P Animal Shelter – The new animal shelter in town was having their open house and needed a few helping hands to make it happen. Honors students gathered one Saturday to assist the staff with the open house and visit with the puppies that will soon be ready for adoption.

Halloween at Legacy Village – Students prepared Halloween cards and goodie bags for the residents at Legacy Village Nursing Home in Jacksonville, Alabama. One afternoon, Honors students visited with the residents and gave out the cards and bags we prepared for them!


Spring 2019

Jacksonville Boys & Girls Club – Every Friday, Honors students visit the Boys & Girls Club in Jacksonville, Alabama. Students organize games, crafts, or other fun events for the children. This semester, the Honors students donated their time and provided plastic eggs and candy to hold a special Easter Egg Hunt! 

The Serving Table – On the fourth Saturday of each month, Honors students participate in Jacksonville First United Methodist Church’s Serving Table. The Serving Table is a free lunch and available for everyone in the Jacksonville community. Students help serve the meal and fellowship with those that come. 

Valentines from the Heart – In February, Honors students gathered at the Jacksonville Public Library to make cards for the local nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other senior programs.


Fall 2018

Jacksonville Boys & Girls Club – Every Friday, Honors students visit the Boys & Girls Club in Jacksonville, Alabama. Students organize games, crafts, or other fun events for the children. Some of the favorites from this semester are two-hand-touch football games, outdoor board games, and basketball! 

The Serving Table – On the fourth Saturday of each month, Honors students participate in Jacksonville First United Methodist Church’s Serving Table. The Serving Table is a free lunch and available for everyone in the Jacksonville community. Students help serve the meal and fellowship with those that come.  

Toy Drive – The Honors students arranged a Toy Drive to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Birmingham, AL. Boxes were set up around campus for the JSU community to drop their donations in.


Spring 2018

Jacksonville Boys & Girls Club – Every Friday, Honors students visit the Boys & Girls Club in Jacksonville, Alabama. Students organize games, crafts, or other fun events for the children. 

The Serving Table – On the fourth Saturday of each month, Honors students participate in Jacksonville First United Methodist Church’s Serving Table. The Serving Table is a free lunch and available for everyone in the Jacksonville community. Students help serve the meal and fellowship with those that come.

Valentines from the Heart – In February, Honors students gathered at the Jacksonville Public Library to make cards for the local nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other senior programs. 

Facilities & Maintenance Appreciation – Our facilities and maintenance department worked tirelessly during the tornado relief efforts. Honors students made ornaments and plaques with slices of the fallen trees. This was a great way to show our appreciation to these men and women!


Fall 2017

Jacksonville Boys & Girls Club – Honors students visit the Boys & Girls Club in Jacksonville, Alabama. Students organize games, crafts, or other fun events for the children. Some of the favorites from this semester are two-hand-touch football games, outdoor board games, and basketball! 

The Serving Table – On the fourth Saturday of each month, Honors students participate in Jacksonville First United Methodist Church’s Serving Table. The Serving Table is a free lunch and available for everyone in the Jacksonville community. Students help serve the meal and fellowship with those that come.

Toy Drive – The Honors students arranged a Toy Drive to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Birmingham, AL. Boxes were set up around campus for the JSU community to drop their donations in.

Harvest Fest – JSU has a Harvest Fest each October for the community. The Honors Program set up a station to give candy to the children that came dressed for Halloween!

Book Drive – Honors students distributed plastic bins across campus where the JSU community could drop off book donations for the Anniston Islamic Center.

Maintenance & Facilities Appreciation – Honors students made goody bags for the maintenance and facilities staff  to show their appreciation for their hard work.

League of Animal Welfare – Honors students visited the League of Animal Welfare in Anniston to take the dogs for a walk at the park.

Christmas Caroling – Honors students brought holiday cheer when they visited the local nursing homes to sing with the residents.


Fall 2016

Jacksonville Boys & Girls Club – Honors students visit the Boys & Girls Club in Jacksonville, Alabama. Students organize games, crafts, or other fun events for the children.

The Serving Table – On the fourth Saturday of each month, Honors students participate in Jacksonville First United Methodist Church’s Serving Table. The Serving Table is a free lunch and available for everyone in the Jacksonville community. Students help serve the meal and fellowship with those that come.

Harvest Fest – JSU has a Harvest Fest each October for the community. The Honors Program set up a station to give candy to the children that came dressed for Halloween!

Christmas Caroling - Honors students brought holiday cheer when they visited the local nursing homes to sing with the residents.

Fall 2019

Chick-fil-A Spirit Night – The Oxford Mall Chick-fil-A allowed Honors students to come welcome their customers and clean the eating areas! All customers that visited Chick-fil-A for our Spirit Night helped the Honors Program with expenses for social events!

McSpirit Night for the Honors Program – The Jacksonville McDonald’s allowed Honors students to come serve their customers! All customers that visit McDonald’s this night are helping the Honors Program with expenses for social events.

Honors Semi-Annual Trivia Bowl – Each semester, the Honors Program hosts the Trivia Bowl on campus. All aspects of the event are created and ran by the Honors students! JSU students and faculty can participate in the Trivia Bowl on a team with up to five members.


Spring 2019

McSpirit Night for the Honors Program – The Jacksonville McDonald’s allowed Honors students to come serve their customers! All customers that visit McDonald’s this night are helping the Honors Program with expenses for social events.

Honors Semi-Annual Trivia Bowl – Each semester, the Honors Program hosts the Trivia Bowl on campus. All aspects of the event are created and ran by the Honors students! JSU students and faculty can participate in the Trivia Bowl on a team with up to five members.

Honors Escape Room – Honors students design and host an escape room each spring. This semester, the theme was Mad Scientist’s Lab! Members of the Jacksonville community and JSU students can participate in this event.


Fall 2018

Honors Semi-Annual Trivia Bowl – Each semester, the Honors Program hosts the Trivia Bowl on campus. All aspects of the event are created and ran by the Honors students! JSU students and faculty can participate in the Trivia Bowl on a team with up to five members.


Spring 2018

Honors Semi-Annual Trivia Bowl – Each semester, the Honors Program hosts the Trivia Bowl on campus. All aspects of the event are created and ran by the Honors students! JSU students and faculty can participate in the Trivia Bowl on a team with up to five members.

Honors Escape Room – Honors students design and host an escape room each spring. This semester, the theme was XXX. Members of the Jacksonville community and JSU students can participate in this event.

Cupcake Stand – Honors students baked cupcakes and sold them at the TMB Student Center this semester! This fundraiser helps fund social events for the Honors Program members.


Fall 2017 

Honors Bowl – Each year, the Honors Program hosts the Honors Bowl on campus. All aspects of the event are created and ran by the Honors students! JSU students can participate in the Honors Bowl on a team with up to five members.

Honors Haunted House – The students in the Honors Program turned the Honors House into a haunted house during Halloween! The Jacksonville and JSU community were invited to participate. The proceeds from this event go toward the Honors Program social events.


Fall 2016

Honors Bowl – Each year, the Honors Program hosts the Honors Bowl on campus. All aspects of the event are created and ran by the Honors students! JSU students and faculty can participate in the Honors Bowl on a team with up to five members.

Fall 2019

Honors Welcome Event – To kick off each fall, the Honors Program has a meet and greet event for all Honors students. This semester, students played board games and got to meet Honors instructors before Freshman Convocation. At this event, we take our annual group photo!

Painting Night – Honors students gathered in the Honors Center for a mid-week canvas painting night!

Halloween Semi-Formal – Honors students came in their best costumes and enjoyed hot chocolate, fellowship, and Halloween movies.

Thanksgiving Potluck Picnic – There is no better way to appreciate the quad than with friends and food. Honors students gathered on their blankets to enjoy the fall weather, finger foods, and fellowship.


Spring 2019

Movie Night – Honors students gathered for a night of popcorn and fellowship while watching The Princess Bride.

Honors Gatsby Formal – Formal was held at the Silver Lakes Golf Course Clubhouse this year. Honors students came in their formal or Gatsby attire and enjoyed a night of dancing and fun. Hors d'oeuvres and desserts were served when students needed a dancing break!


Fall 2018

Honors Welcome Event – To kick off each fall, the Honors Program has a meet and greet event for all Honors students. This semester, students played board games and got to meet Honors instructors before Freshman Convocation. At this event, we take our annual group photo!

Craft Night – Honors students gathered in the Honors Center for a mid-week craft night. They made pillows out of t-shirts, decorated mason jars, and painted!

Potluck Picnic – There is no better way to appreciate the quad than with friends and food. Honors students gathered on their blankets to enjoy the fall weather, finger foods, and fellowship.

Halloween Party – Honors students came in their best costumes and enjoyed a bonfire on a cool, fall evening. Daniel and Holly came in their best couple costume and won desserts from Dairy Queen!

Christmas Party – What better way to celebrate the end of the semester (and the end of finals) with hot chocolate, popcorn, and games?! Honors students celebrated the fall semester and ended it with an afternoon of fun!


Spring 2018

Movie Night at the Honors House – Honors students gathered at the Honors House for a mid-week movie night.


Fall 2017 

Honors Murder Mystery Semi-Formal – Honors students attended Murder Mystery at The Alumni House to fellowship and solve the mystery!

Christmas Party – A cold, winter evening at the Honors House means hot chocolate and pancakes! Honors students enjoyed this time together before school ended for the holidays.

In Fall 2018, Honors Program weekly meetings were introduced to encourage a sense of community among members, in addition to the University Honors (UH) participation courses. These meetings feature a JSU-affiliated guest speaker and topics based on surveys and suggestions by the program members. These weekly meetings are organized by the current 32 JSU Honors Scholars. The speakers and topics for the meetings are from diverse fields and backgrounds to encourage the interdisciplinary nature in Honors.


Fall 2019

Mr. Jason Mallet, Coordinator of the International House and Study Abroad, presented on the large variety of study abroad opportunities available to students in the spring, summer, and fall 2020 semesters!

Dr. Cynthia Connor and Dr. Barbie Norvell, came to speak about their Italy study abroad tour that is being offered May 2020. At this meeting, students wrote encouraging cards to the students that will be going on the tour.

Miss Mariana Alvarez, Honors Program member and JSU Honors Scholar, gave a presentation on her study tour experience to Colombia. She answered questions about her experience, but also about study abroad in general!

Dr. Lori Hill, Dr. Kelly Paynter, Mr. John Upchurch, and Ms. Karlie Johnson all presented on their Univeristy Honors (UH) courses that will be offered in Spring 2020.

Dr. Ben Gross, Professor of Political Science and UH Instructor, spoke to students about his new upper-level University Honors (UH) course on Comedy and Democracy that will launch in Spring 2020.

Dr. Chang-Hyun Kim, Professor of Business and UH Instructor, gave a presentation on his new upper-level Univeristy Honors (UH) course that will begin in Spring 2020. The focus of his course is "Turning Ideas Into Action: Creating Innovative and Breakthrough Products and Services."

Mr. Chandler Cupp, Honors Program member, gave encouragement to program members toward the end of the fall semester. Chandler represented JSU's Baptist Campus Ministries and invited all students to attend their celebrations each Tuesday evening.

Dr. Cynthia McCarty, Professor of Economics, presented on personal finance and financial management, a very popular topic among Honors Program students!


Spring 2019 

Dr. Tim Lindblom, Dean of the School of Science, presented on the Undergraduate Journal, Aletheia, and how Honors students can publish one of their original scholarly works in this journal.

Dr. Andrea Porter, Director of Graduate Studies, informed our students about the new Faster Master’s Program and the specific ways Honors students can take advantage of this  program.

Mr. Jesse Stewart, college pastor with Engage Student Ministries, brought encouragement to our Honors students.

Mr. Jim Brigham, Chief Financial Officer of JSU, presented tips on personal finances, retirement, and savings.

Dr. George Cline, Professor of Biology, brought a few Alabama critters to teach about the diversity of Alabama Biology!

Dr. Betsy Gulledge, Associate Dean of the School of Health Professions and Wellness, informed our Honors students on the JSU Nursing Programs and opportunities for the field of nursing.

LTC Cory Roberts gave the Honors students information on the ROTC department and opportunities to get involved with ROTC.

Dr. Kelly Gregg, former Professor of Biology, informed students on a service opportunity in Jacksonville, The Garden of Eatin’.

Kortni LaRue, Honors student and member of the Leadership House for Women, presented on the benefits of the Leadership House for Women program and how our Honors program women can become part of the program.

Dr. Tommy Turner, Dean of the School of Education, gave an overview of the School of Education and showed the variety of careers our graduates have now.

Dr. Staci Stone, Dean of the School of Arts and Humanities, informed our Honors students about the upcoming study abroad opportunity in London.


Fall 2018 

Mariana Alvarez, Honors student and JSU Honors Scholarship recipient, presented on her experience in the Spanish study abroad program in Columbia.

Ms. Jimmeka Leverette, with Career Services, came to help our Honors students learn how to build a great resume.

Ms. Cassie Ward informed our Honors students how they can gain a competitive advantage when applying for jobs.

Laci Gurganus, Honors student and JSU Honors Scholarship recipient, gave an overview on her experience in the Honors and Biology study abroad program in Costa Rica.

Mr. Earl Warren advised students on how to help with university development.

Mr. Daniel Hightower, college pastor with Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), came to bring encouragement on how to find rest during busyness.