First Year Welcome Week
The University Honors Program established the Honors Welcome Week initiative in 2006 as part of our movement toward enhancing the goals of an Honors Living Learning Community. Honors Welcome Week is characterized by a series of linked events that bring together various on-campus members of our Honors community for the common goal of welcoming new students to campus and introducing them to the opportunities and challenges of an Honors university experience. Members of the on-campus community involved in Honors Welcome Week include faculty, administrators, staff and upper-class Honors students. Some of these events include a social with upper-class students the night of move-in, the First Pages Faculty Panel, breakout sessions, and the Honors Induction Ceremony.
First Pages is designed to establish a sense of common knowledge and purpose as Northeastern University students move into their first year. Started in 2006, the goals of the project are to present a challenging and engaging text which will provide insight into an important issue and bring faculty, administrators, staff, Honors student mentors, and new students together outside of a traditional classroom setting. Honors students attend an interdisciplinary panel of Honors Faculty and participate in breakout groups prior to a talk given by the book’s author.
Each spring, the Honors Program recognizes the importance of advanced coursework and undergraduate research and the impact it has on students’ careers. As part of our enhanced curriculum, Honors students are encouraged to conduct a Junior/Senior project in their major which is presented at a poster display session.
The first Annual Honors Evening began in the Spring of 2004 and continues to be an exciting event. Each year, students and their faculty advisors gather with the Honors community to celebrate and recognize their research.
Pizza and Professors
One Tuesday a month, an Honors professor meets with Honors students to have an informal talk about a special topic of interest. This is a great opportunity to get to know Honors professors, learn something interesting, and grab a bite of pizza!
Honors Outreach Project
The Honors Outreach Project is the civic engagement arm of the Honors Program. All Honors students are welcome to join in any outreach project, including as group leaders for the fall outreach project during Welcome Week.
First-Year and Sophomore Leadership Retreats
The Honors Program recognizes that leadership is not simply an innate quality. Students need the proper tools to develop their understanding and individual style of leadership. To this end, the Honors Program hosts two yearly Leadership retreats for first-year and second-year students. Students attend speakers and participate in a wide range of leadership exercises.
Welcome Back Nights
Every semester, the Honors Program welcomes its upperclass students back to campus with a festive Welcome Back Night. Students enjoy an evening of food, games, and Stump Trivia™ hosted by Honors staff.
Senior Fall Dinner
The Honors Program celebrates its Fall graduating seniors at the end of every Fall term. Graduating seniors are invited to a formal dinner to be recognized for their accomplishments and contributions to the Honors Program.
Senior & Parent Reception
Every Spring, the Honors Program hosts a reception for its graduating seniors and their families at Northeastern University’s beautiful Fenway Center. Our guests enjoy a fine menu of food and drink as they celebrate the successful conclusion of their undergraduate studies.
Sponsored Cultural Events
Living in the Boston area creates a world of opportunity to explore the culture and flavor of the city. The Honors staff offers subsidized tickets to various events throughout the school year, so that students may take advantage of what Boston has to offer.
These events include trips to the theatre for plays and musicals, the ballet (Boston Ballet’s The Nutcracker is a yearly sellout), and concerts at Symphony Hall by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Past events have included the musicals Book of Mormon, Avenue Q, Billy Elliot, the plays The Glass Menagerie, War Horse, Two Gentlemen of Verona, the operetta Pirates of Penzance, as well as the annual Boston Ballet production of The Nutcracker.
The Honors Program also facilitates excursions to the many Boston museums. Last year, students participated in a tour of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, as well as attended a screening of Lena Dunham’s Tiny Furniture at the MFA and a talk by Jason Wu at the ICA.
Event listings are posted on the Honors website, and in the Honors Office. Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Checks only, please (No cash; No Husky Card). An Honors student can buy one ticket per event. Students interested in attending events should plan on buying tickets on the first day they are on sale. Many events sell out quickly!