Taking Flight February 2015 A Word from the Student Board… As recruiting season kicks in high gear, we will need all the help we can. If you can give us 20 minutes or a day, the Recruiting Committee could definitely use your help. Our biggest recruiting event is coming up on February 8. We will be hosting high school seniors and showing them what the Honors Program is all about. Please contact Ms. Loden if you would like to help. We will also need people that will be able to send emails or make phone calls to honor student prospects. As we try to grow our program, we need numbers behind us. Last semester we had our first ever Pumpkin Patch. Our hope is to make this an annual event. The funds from this event will help us start a study abroad scholarship. As many of y'all know it may become required for honor students to travel abroad. We may have more fundraisers in the future to help us build this fund. If you have any ideas or know a vendor that can help, please email me at [email protected] We are excited for our first honors meeting of the semester on February 2. The Student Board has decided to change the format a little bit. We want these meetings to be more interactive, engaging and help build community. February’s meeting will feature fun games and will be in the Convocation Center (where the basketball games are held). We will use the first 15 minutes to make announcements and the rest will be reserved for games. We want you to want to come to the meetings, but we also want you to benefit from coming to them. We will have a survey after the meeting to see if you liked the new format. If you have any comments, suggestions, or ideas please let one of the board members know. Get ready for game night! I hope everyone's semester is going well, and keep up the good work! -Erica Cioti Upcoming Events Feb. 2: All Honors Gathering Feb. 4: Doris Goodwin Lecture Feb. 7: Expanding Your Horizons Feb. 8-9: Honors Overnighter Feb. 13-March 1: The Merchant of Venice Feb. 20: Careers a la Carte Feb. 22: St. Lawrence String Quartet Concert Feb 24: Pecha Kucha San Antonio Please visit the Honors Event Calendar on Blackboard for more interesting and cool events! Angus Says: “Become published! Send your stories and pictures for the newsletter to Ms. Loden.” First Annual Pumpkin Patch A Big Success Recruiting Coordinator Erica Cioti, with significant help from Karly Brightwell and their crew, organized our first fundraiser for a study abroad scholarship fund. The Pumpkin Patch, held in conjunction with the Alumni Office’s Trunk or Treat event, offered an array of activities for kids to spend a little time on campus having fun in their Halloween costumes. Our volunteers provided many games, face painting, balloon animals, and pumpkin patch photos and families participated in a raffle for several vendor offers. The final amount raised was $354, including a generous donation from the Cioti family and a matching donation from BP. Considering that this first event had virtually no publicity and we couldn’t accept credit cards, we are optimistic that the Pumpkin Patch can become a significant fundraiser. This money will go to scholarships for study abroad programs to encourage our students to take advantage of the many opportunities to learn in a different cultural setting. A BIG thank you goes to Erica for taking the initiative to develop an event to help students who want to have an international experience but need financial assistance. We plan on offering the first scholarship later this spring for the fall semester. Be ready for next year’s Pumpkin Patch! Alumni children will be looking forward to seeing you with new tricks and treats! Alan Amaya and Cailyn Crossland enjoyed a nice evening at the San Antonio Zombie Run! Decked out in full zombie fashion, those two ran a grueling 5.1k obstacle run masquerading as the “undead.” February Careers a la Carte Think you might want to own your own business? Going to run your own medical office? Want to understand how research works in business or how companies use PR to make themselves look good when things get bad? The February program will look at a variety of topics: market research, marketing and public relations, entrepreneurship. Both our guests own their own businesses. Nitin Sharma, is president and founder of Gold Research, a market research firm. Gold Research has a client list that includes emerging companies as well as Fortune 100 companies. Mario Ochoa is co-owner of Sammis & Ochoa and a UIW alumnus. Sammis & Ochoa is a public relations firm with clients across a wide range of industries plus the City of San Antonio. S&O has internship opportunities, by the way. Bonus! The Honors Program provides lunch from Central Market. The luncheon will be held Friday, February 20, from 12-1pm. Sign up on the wiki or email Ms. Loden your RSVP. Alumni Corner This is the first installment of a new feature: Alumni Corner. The goal is to put a spotlight on the activities and achievements of our honors graduates. The information will fulfill a dual purpose: to keep alumni informed on each other’s news and to inspire current students. To be meaningful we need news and current email addresses of our alumni from our wonderful former students to keep the area filled. So email Ms. Loden your updated email addresses and news you’d like to share. We’ll keep you in the loop with old friends! Speaking Engagements People on the Move Mollimichelle Cabeldue and Annalisa Moore will be guest speakers at this year’s Honors Symposium, to be held on Saturday, March 28. Alumni will receive more information on this event in early March. We hope to see more alumni there; and we’ll get you on the evaluator list! Our first pre-pharmacy students, Andrew Fierros and Jessica Jennings, received their Doctor of Pharmacy degrees in May 2014 from the UIW Feik School of Pharmacy. They are both employed by Walgreen’s in south Texas locations. Three cheers for these two who carried the banner for the Honors Program into the Feik School with grace and academic excellence! We will be adding more alumni to our events as time goes on and would like to start a speaker list. Let us know if you would are interested in being a guest speaker. We are looking for speakers at the Welcome Ceremony for the incoming freshmen and their families, at the honors overnighter, and at an All-Honors Gathering. Or perhaps you might want to host a career hour or help students secure an internship. You might have your own idea to contribute to the program: just let us know! Alumni Blog Do you like to write? Do you always have something to say on everything? We are considering the start of an online blog that we would link to the UIW Honors website. Content might include reflections on current events in the big world or on a situation or an event in your own life, and encouragement/advice to others in their efforts. We’ll make it so readers can comment, of course! However, it would require a couple of dedicated contributors to make it work. One idea is to have two alumni alternate postings for a twice a month blog. Each contributor would post monthly: one on the first and one on the 15th, for example. If you’re interested in participating, email [email protected] with your ideas in what your content might include and how consistently you would be able to post. Taylor Fox (BA Cultural Studies, 2011) earned a Master of Science degree in Library Science from North Texas State University in December 2014. She is in her third year of employment at the UIW Mabee Library as the Interlibrary Loan Specialist. Maybe she’ll have time now to revive her band, Tiny Fox. Annalisa Moore (BS Mathematics, 2013) earned a Master of Science in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering at UT-Austin in December 2014. She is now facing the realities of full-time employment in her new job with BNSF Railways as a Technology Services Management Trainee in Fort Worth, Texas. Auriel Vokolek (BS Nursing, 2013) was inducted into the United States Air Force on November 7, 2014 as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force Nurse Corps. Congratulations on jumping through those admissions requirements successfully! Jennifer Caldwell (BA English, 2013) entered a Master of Arts program in Communication Studies at St. Mary’s University in January 2015. Courtney White (BS Biology, 2014) is in the BioMedical Engineering Master of Science program at Mississippi State University starting January 2015. Ryan Zapalac (BA English and BA Philosophy, 2014) began his studies at the UT School of Law in fall 2014. He is rooming with Matthew Gunst (BS Biology, 2012) who is doing his clinical work in Austin as part of his MD program at the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston.
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