Meet Hilary Tanner!
Hello, my name is Hilary Tanner! I am a Senior working toward a Business Management Major, Finance Minor and International Peace & Security Certificate. This is my fourth year in HSAB, my second year as an Executive Board member and my first year as Vice President. I greatly enjoy working with the Peer Program as well as participating in HSAB activities and volunteer opportunities.
I am so enthusiastic about this year because I am newly involved with several organizations on campus: Omicron Delta Kappa, PALS, and the Peer Teaching Assistant Program. Last spring I was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa, an Honors Society on campus, and I look forward to getting to know the rest of the members. In the near future I will begin mentoring a middle school student in Waterloo through PALS, a group that is new to UNI this year. What I am most excited about is my new position as a Peer Teaching Assistant (PTA) for a Cornerstone class. Not only do I get the chance to work with new students, I am able to learn from the professor, Dr. Janopoulos, and all of the fantastic PTA coordinators.
When I’m not busy on campus you might find me at Jimmy’s Johns, where I work part-time. I also like to read, watch movies, and make crafts. If I’m not in Cedar Falls, I’m in my hometown: Davenport, Iowa. Family is my first priority and I love spending time with my parents, brother and three wonderful dogs.
Meet Sam Bass!
Hi! My name is Sam Bass!
I am a junior English major from Boone, IA with minors in Creative Writing-Fiction and Women & Gender Studies. My goal is to someday be a professor; my emphasis would be writing, 20th Century British Literature, or Gender in Literature.
I serve as the faculty board Representative for the HonorsStudent Advisory Board, and I am so in love with the honors program. As an aspiringprofessor, I love any program that promotes a life-long love for learning.
I am also madly in love with UNI. I cannot pinpoint a specific memory that is my favorite, but I sincerely love the interactions I have had with every student, employee, professor, or administrator at this university. It's such a unique atmosphere and I hope to someday give back to this amazing institution, whether that be through financial donations or through any successes I have. Let me know if you have any questions about anything; I always love to help! :)
Meet Amanda Arp!
Hello everyone! My name is Amanda Arp. I am a Junior English major with a minor in Professional Writing. I am a writing tutor here at UNI, and last year I was even a peer teaching assistant for the Cornerstone course. My goal is to one day be a professor of English. In order to help achieve this goal, it has been one of my priorities to keep my grades high throughout college. Sometimes it is hard to balance classes and a social life, but I’ve had plenty of experience so I manage it.
As an Honors student, I have appreciated the benefits of being enrolled in small-sized Honors classes. These Honors classes have helped me to learn and grow as an individual. I have also enjoyed attending the events hosted by the Honors Student Advisory Board (HSAB), especially the Honors Hayride and the Honors Picnic. I am currently an executive member of HSAB and as the Communications Coordinator for HSAB I will help coordinate blog posts, posters, and other communications for the group.
In my spare time, I enjoy listening to country music, especially songs by Keith Urban and Taylor Swift. I also enjoy singing in the Women’s Chorus choir here at UNI. One of my favorite pastimes is reading, especially works by authors like Tamora Pierce. I also like to make crafts and hang out with my friends and family.
Coming to college at the University of Northern Iowa has been one of the best experiences of my life thus far, and I look forward to spending another two years at this wonderful university.
Meet Sarah Crim!
My name is Sarah Crim. I am a Junior from Boone, Iowa. I am studying Sociology with minors in Psychology and Family Services. After graduation, I plan on returning to UNI to study Student Affairs with the hopes of working at a university. I currently work in the Office of Financial Aid as a Financial Editor. I am involved in HSAB, CATS (Connecting Alumni to Students), and the UNI Friends of the Museum Board. I am the oldest of three girls, and my sisters and I are very close. My dad was in the military, so I have lived in six different states and attended twelve different schools before I graduated high schools. I love Chinese food, Harry Potter, and my dog with all of my heart. I have loved every minute of my time here at UNI. I especially love Panther football and my Camily. My favorite places on campus include the Dome, Campanile, and the top of the Union. I am looking forward to helping HSAB grow and meeting all of the wonderful new members! I have met some of my best friends through the honors program and honors classes that I have taken. I hope to help other members have the same rewarding experience that I have had!
Meet Bryce Wehling!
Meet Bryce Wehling!
The Three P’s of Profs n’ Pizza
Poems, a professor, and pizza were the three p’s of the Honor’s Student Advisory Board’s (HSAB) Professors with Pizza. Roughly fifteen honor’s students gathered on the night of Wednesday, March 7th at 5:30 pm in the Honor’s Cottage for this installment of Profs n’ Pizza featuring English assistant professor Dr. Jeremy Schraffenberger. Dr. Schraffenberger presented a brief lecture over the poetry and life of James Hearst, an Iowan native and poet.
Dr. Schraffenberger began to speak about the life of James Hearst, and it was easy to see the passion he has for Hearst’s life. He brought this passion into his teaching speaking about Hearst’s early life and how he was more than Iowa’s regional poet. Hearst’s eventual fame as a poet may have never have occurred had it not been for his accident during 1919, when he broke his neck while jumping into Cedar Fall’s own Cedar River. For the rest of his life, he was forced to rely on others to help him. His dependence led to him permanently living on the family farm, which was located in what now is Cedar Falls, with his brothers. Hearst was able to occasionally help with the farm work, and it was during this period of his life that Hearst gained that deep commitment to farming that would come to define his poetry. Eventually, however, he could no longer do even this and ended up working as a professor at the University of Northern Iowa. Hearst married late to Miss Carmelita Calderwood, but they never had children.
Dr. Schraffenberger had the honors students read several of Hearst’s poems, including earlier poems such as “The Reason for Stars” and “Voices,” as well as later, more mature poems such as “Plowman,” “The Vine,” and “Landscape-Iowa.” The earlier poems were not as well developed, lacking the contemplative attitude of his later poems. For example, Hearst’s very early poem “Voices” was a less well developed poem that used redundant imagery of a sailing ship and expressed his desire to leave Iowa. “The Vine,” a more mature poem, did not use a redundant rhyme scheme as he described a farmer pulling a strong weed out of the ground, which was a metaphor for the farmer’s, as well as all farmers’, connection to the earth.
Dr. Schraffenberger then let the students know that he was willing to answer questions, and so student Theresa Luensmann asked Dr. Schraffenberger if “Hearst wrote any poetry before his accident?” Dr. Schraffenberger replied that he really only became a writer of poetry after his accident. Another student, Jessica Clark, asked him, “What aspect of Hearst’s poetry makes it good and famous?” Dr. Schraffenberger answered her by saying that Hearst was famous because he was an Iowan farmer poet, but was good because his poetry was complex and able to transcend his farming roots.
Scott Anderson Visits Campus
On Thursday, February 23, University of New Mexico professor Scott Anderson visited the Kamerick Art Building to help teach classes and give an artist lecture. Scott Anderson is a very successful artist known world-wide; he has had shows everywhere from Chicago to New York and Parris to Berlin. In his lecture he discussed his influences from other artists and his own life and his process as an artist.
When starting a painting, Scott finds that he often follows a pattern of a process. He usually works from a photo that he has taken or a found photo as a blueprint. However, he does not copy the photo exactly, he uses it as the base idea only; often times he says that he even pushes himself away from that original blueprint anyway.
He often finds inspiration from history. He finds progression/change through time to be intriguing. An example of a work of his that shows this progression is Funeral which depicts a Viking Funeral that looks futuristic as men stand in futuristic dress, but historical simultaneously as they send a Viking ship in flames to sea. He also draws influence from historical famous artists, in particular: Robert Rauschenberg. Anderson had a special interest in the way Rauschenberg would take images that by themselves can imply strong narratives but Rauschenberg placed them in ways that they lose that meaning and just become part of the painting. This is something that Anderson, too, has mastered in his own works. His identifiable imagery gets well mixed into a confusion of interior/exterior spaces and geometric patterns. Anderson’s works seem chaotic, but really they are quite compositionally masterful.
The first year in college is a period that can be a difficult transition for first-year students. Here at the University of Northern Iowa, first-year students can enroll in a new course this year called the Cornerstone course. This course is unique because it is a first-year course that is also a two-semester course. During the course, the students are taught ways to improve their writing, speaking, communication, and dealing with college skills. The professors of the Cornerstone program are aware of the difficult transition first-year students can have and do what they can to help their students. But is what they are teaching effective? That is what I have set out to find out. As a Cornerstone teaching assistant, I assist my professor in helping the students. I am also an honor’s student, and so I decided to create a project that evaluated the learning that the students have gained through their group projects in their second semester of their two-semester course.
My project will compare what the professors of the Cornerstone program want the students to learn about working in groups to what the students actually have learned. The goal of my project is to help the professors to understand what they, and the experience of being in a Cornerstone course group, have been able to teach the students what they should have learned. If not, then the results will help the professors to improve their teaching next year to attempt to focus more on those areas that were not learned as well as other areas of group learning.
NISG and Honors Connect
It is Northern Iowa Student Government election time again! The crazy two weeks in February when you can’t even walk through the Union without getting pieces of paper, buttons, and even candy shoved into your hand from one of the Student Body President or Vice President hopefuls. Chris Miller already pointed out the importance of Campbell Hall in these elections on the NISGElections.com blog, noting that Campbell is the most active residence hall and votes in large numbers. Three of the last 4 winning tickets have had a Campbell connection.
It’s worth noting that perhaps the two most active houses in Campbell, Rainbow and Panther Den, are the male and female Honors clusters. Looking further, we see a trend of Honors students in NISG positions. Jake Rudy, 2009-2010 Student Body Vice President, current President Spencer Walrath and Vice President Ian Goldsmith, current Director of Public Relations Morgan Johnson, and candidates KaLeigh White, Jordan Bancroft-Smithe, and Beth Monnier all have a place in the University Honors Program.
President Walrath credits much of his current involvement to Honors Program, noting that “junior year I took the Honors Idea of a University course and became intensely interested in the inner workings of UNI”. He also stated that the Honors Student Advisory Board (HSAB) was the first student group he joined on campus, and that it launched his involvement in other organizations. Walrath gives great credit to the effect of planning things like the Last Blast (formerly known as the Honors Ball) and volunteer efforts through HSAB: “The experience that I gained …was essential to leading NISG”.
Former Vice President Rudy believes that “the Honors program allows students to meet and engage with students from every background … it prepares prospective student leaders to work with a student body that has interests and needs as diverse as the UNI campus is.” Rudy also noted that a majority of the campaign team that worked with Adam Haselhuhn and himself were Honors students, which reinforces the idea of Honors students’ high level of involvement. A large portion of Spencer and Ian’s campaign team were also Honors students. Rudy chose the Peer Leader program as his favorite experience in the Honors program because of several lasting relationships he built.
Looking at this, it’s interesting to think about the effect the Honors Program can have on NISG. Does having an Honors connection give you an advantage because of the high degree of involvement from Honors students, or from the increased preparation in leadership it provides? It seems as though the Honors Cottage is a great place to find many of our student leaders in one place, from senators to executive members of clubs to the Student Body President and Vice President. Will this trend continue this year? Will the Honors candidates use their connections and experiences from the program to their advantage?
I know that I’m proud to be a part of an organization that creates so many student leaders on campus. I wish the best to all candidates in this election, and I hope that they will all use the experiences they’ve had so far, whether in the Honors Program or elsewhere, to prove to us all that they have what it takes to lead at UNI. I encourage all students, Honors and otherwise, to stay informed on this election, and to vote.