February 29, 2012

HSURP Applications

The HSURP application is now available on the Honors College website. The deadline to have your application done will be March 6, 2012. The deadline for recommendations will be March 12, 2012. Please do not contact mentors about your interest in their project. After the deadline, those chosen for an interview will be contacted. The application can be found at https://www.pubapps.vcu.edu/honors/forms/research/hsurp/application.aspx

Fulbright Information Session – English Teaching Assistantship (ETA)

Interested in teaching English abroad during the 2013-2014 academic year? Mr. Jeff Wing, Director of the National Scholarship Office, will be holding a Fulbright ETA information session on Wed, March 7 @ 4pm in Room 572 at The Honors College (701 W. Grace St.).
English Teaching Assistantships are offered in many countries worldwide.
In most cases, ETAs:
• Are placed in schools or universities outside of capital cities
• Are assigned various activities designed to improve their students’ language abilities and knowledge of the United States
• Are fully integrated into the host community, increasing their own language skills and knowledge of the host country
• May pursue individual study/research plans in addition to ETA responsibilities
ALL interested students are encouraged to attend. While you must have a bachelors degree by August 2013 to apply for the 2013-2014 academic year, under class students are also encouraged to attend the information session and learn more about Fulbright ETA opportunities. For more information, visit: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/thinking_teaching.html . If you have questions, please email HonorsNSO@vcu.edu.

February 23, 2012

Attention August 2012 Graduates!

If you are planning to graduate this August, your Honors dossier is due April 1. Students are strongly advised to attend a dossier workshop to improve the likelihood of their dossiers being accepted. Information on the dossier can be found here. There is no Honors College ceremony for August graduates but students are welcome to walk in the May ceremony if they have nine or fewer credits to complete in the summer session. If you would like to walk in the May ceremony, be sure that Ms. Homer knows this so you are included on the guest list and on important update emails.

Attention Fall 2012 Graduates!

If you are planning to graduate in Fall 2012, your dossier is due August 1, 2012. However, the Honors College first needs your name if you’re intending to graduate so please be sure to email Ms.Homer by Monday, February 27, if you are planning to graduate in Fall 2012 (December).
You do not need to provide any additional information; only your name is needed at this time. If you will be graduating in Fall 2012 and still need an Honors core course, it is critical  that you earn first-day Honors registration for Fall 2012 class sign-up.  Be sure that you are attending the Berglund seminars and have enrolled in an Honors course for the 2011-12 academic year.  Don’t forget to attend Passport Checks to ensure that you are coded correctly in the system and will be able to register as early as possible.

February 22, 2012

Pre-Registration Advising Information for FRESHMEN

It’s that time of year again! Each semester, the Honors College sets aside a few weeks for “pre-registration advising.” During this time, students come in to discuss their plans for the upcoming semester. Below you will find information on signing up for these appointments including penalties for missing you appointment.

FRESHMEN APPOINTMENTS

All freshmen are required to come in for honors Pre-Registration Advising.

Sign- Up between February 6 and March 16.

· Sign up through myVCU portal, except for AFO students and Social Work students (see below).
· You must schedule at least 2 days in advance.
· Sign up early before slots fill up.
Appointments will actually take place between February 13 and March 23.
AFO and Social Work students are special cases:
· AFO and Social Work students are unable to sign up online and must call the Honors College to schedule with their Honors adviser.
Need to reschedule?
· Call the Honors College. You cannot cancel online.
Penalties for Missed Appointments:
· Fail to schedule: You will be put on hold and you forfeit first-day Honors registration and cannot register until you meet with your adviser. The earliest you would be able to meet with your adviser is March 28, after Honors registration has begun.
· Miss a scheduled appointment: You will be put on hold and you forfeit first-day Honors registration and cannot register until you meet with your adviser. The earliest you would be able to meet with your adviser is March 28, after Honors registration has begun.

PREPARING FOR ADVISING

Honors advising is a collaborative process. Honors students are expected to come to their advising appointments prepared, with a written list of requirements they have yet to fulfill and any questions they might have. In order to keep track of requirements for graduating with University Honors, students should consult the graduation worksheet appropriate for their semester of entry, which can be found on the Advising section of our website. Students are expected to take notes during their advising appointment, as their advisor’s notes stay in their file. Please consult the Honors Advising Syllabus for detailed instructions on how to prepare for advising. Students should read and complete each step carefully and thoroughly.
NEED TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FALL 2012?
If you need to schedule a standard appointment to discuss other matters, please call our office and schedule over the phone; do not sign up online.
If you have questions about this process, please call our office: 804-828-1803.

Pre-Registration Advising Information for UPPERCLASSMEN

It’s that time of year again! Each semester, the Honors College sets aside a few weeks for “pre-registration advising.” During this time, students come in to discuss their plans for the upcoming semester. Pre-Registration Advising is available to all upperclassmen but it is not required, unless you are a sophomore or junior in the Guaranteed Admission Program or the Preferred Applicant Track (see below). Below you will find information on signing up for these appointments including penalties for missing your appointment.

UPPERCLASSMEN APPOINTMENTS


Sign-Up between February 6 and March 16.

· Sign up through myVCU portal
· You must schedule at least 2 days in advance
· Sign up early before slots are full
Appointments will actually take place between February 13 and March 23.
Need to reschedule?
· Call the Honors College. You cannot cancel online.
Penalties for Missed Appointments:
· Miss a scheduled appointment: You will be put on hold and you forfeit first-day Honors registration and cannot register until you meet with your adviser. The earliest you would be able to meet with your adviser is March 28, after Honors registration has begun.
· G-Med and Pref-App Sophomores and Juniors Who Fail to Schedule: You will be put on hold and you forfeit first-day Honors registration and cannot register until you meet with your adviser. The earliest you will be able to meet with your adviser is March 28, after Honors registration has begun.
PREPARING FOR ADVISING
Honors advising is a collaborative process. Honors students are expected to come to their advising appointments prepared, with a written list of requirements they have yet to fulfill and any questions they might have. In order to keep track of requirements for graduating with University Honors, students should consult the graduation worksheet appropriate for their semester of entry, which can be found on the Advising section of our website. Students are expected to take notes during their advising appointment, as their advisor’s notes stay in their file. Please consult the Honors Advising Syllabus for detailed instructions on how to prepare for advising. Students should read and complete each step carefully and thoroughly.
NEED TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT THAT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH FALL 2012?
If you need to schedule a standard appointment to discuss other matters, please call our office and schedule over the phone; do not sign up online.
If you have questions about this process, please call our office: 804-828-1803.