The Honors College Connection Experience is a series of events that take place during the Fall semester that are intended to help build community within the Honors College. These events give new students the chance to connect with each other and returning Honors students in a social environment. These events include:
Honors Freshmen Orientation Retreat
H4 is a 4-day orientation retreat for freshmen Honors College students. The theme of the retreat is "Charting Your Course for College Success." As the theme suggests, a successful college experience begins with a good game plan. Part of that plan is understanding what is expected of you as a student, knowing whom to go to for information and advice, and surrounding yourself with peers who will support you throughout your collegiate career. The Honors College is committed to creating positive learning opportunities by encouraging community building, academic excellence, leadership development and WKU spirit!
During H4 freshmen get to know the Honors College intimately. You will meet some of your new Honors classmates, get a jump-start on preparing for your first year and planning for academic success, and learn about scholarship, study abroad and research opportunities. You will also meet the Honors faculty and staff who will help you throughout your collegiate career and the different Honors and WKU organizations that will tell you how you can get involved in Honors and on campus.
Community building is an important component of the Honors College. A variety of activities are offered at H4 to encourage group interaction, such as soccer, relay races, hiking excursions, rope courses, and on-going group competitions. And, of course, camp would not be complete without capture the red-towel, campfires and s'mores!
Picnic with the President
At the beginning of each fall semester President Ransdell and his wife host a picnic at their home for Honors College freshmen. The picnic provides students the opportunity to have fun while getting to know Honors College faculty, staff and students and of course President Ransdell and his wife. You can win a prize during the raffle or play Corn Toss with President Ransdell, all while enjoying a free meal.
BBQ with the Profs
The Honors College sponsors a night of BBQ for freshmen at the beginning of each fall semester. WKU deans and faculty host small groups of Honors students in their homes where they will enjoy a night of BBQ and great conversation. This event gives freshmen the opportunity to meet and talk to their professors and deans in an intimate environment that many students will never experience.
Honors Club Ice Cream Social
The Honors Club hosts an Ice Cream Social every fall where new and old members can meet and greet. The Honors Club leadership team will be there to give out information, answer any questions that you might have about the Honors Club and serve big scoops of Chaney's ice cream. This is your chance to get involved with the social side of the Honors College.
We understand that Honors College students work hard at their academics, but we also understand the need for a little bit of fun. The Honors Club hosts a dance every fall semester called Mix-N-Mingle, where students can let off a little steam and have some fun. Mix-N-Mingle is held in a unique location of campus, such as Lost River Cave or Chaney's Dairy Barn where Honors students dance the night away. This is your chance to meet Honors students from all years!