Welcome Week 2010
Honors Welcome Week kicked off on Thursday, September 2nd. First Year Honors students were treated to an ice cream social on the green of International Village – their new home! Over 60 upper-class honors students joined in to welcome them to Northeastern.
The Honors First Pages Panel kicked off the academic year on Friday, September 3rd. Three professors including Prof. Patricia Sullivan from English, Prof. Ferdi Hellweger from Engineering and Prof. Dennis Miller from Music discussed the First Pages selection Zeitoun from their own academic perspectives. Students then broke out into smaller groups to discuss the book in a more intimate setting.
After a morning and afternoon of academic programming, on Saturday, September 4th, the entering honors class was bussed to our Ashland Campus to participate in a day of team-building by climbing the ‘giant’s ladder’, sailing through the trees on the ‘flying squirrel’, and solving puzzles in the ‘ultimate game’.
Our Annual Induction Ceremony was held on Sunday September 5th. We were joined by honored guests Executive Vice Provost Susan Powers-Lee, Associate Vice President of Enrollment & Dean of Admissions & Marketing Ronne Patrick Turner, and Associate Dean of Cultural and Residential Life Bob Jose. Two upper-class honors students gave our incoming class words of wisdom and advice, physics major Emily Batt and behavioral neuroscience student Ryan St. Pierre-Hetz. Each student received their honors pin from the stage and enjoyed a reception after the ceremony.
Dave Eggers visited the First Year Class at Matthews Arena on Tuesday September 7th to talk about his latest book, First Pages selection Zeitoun. Prof. Maureen Kelleher joined the conversation onstage and over 400 students stayed to meet Dave and get their books signed!
Our last event, the Honors Outreach Project was held on our National Day of Service – September 11th. Over 531 first year student joined 58 upper-class students to provide over 3,000 hours of service around the city of Boston. Daniel Johnson, the Executive Director of 826 Boston (an outgrowth of Eggers’ 826 Valencia Project) was the keynote speaker. He spoke to the volunteers about the value of their service and how he was able to help 826 grow.
Special thanks to Sara DeRitter, Andrew Olson, and Nick Ryan from the Center for Community Service for putting the day together for us! They were able to secure 25 sites for our largest Honors Outreach Project to date.
We are excited to welcome our new class and can’t wait to see what the new academic year brings!