TAMIU Students Attend National Collegiate Honors Confab

TAMIU Students Attend National Collegiate
Honors Council Confab in Philadelphia

Three Texas A&M International University students had a rare opportunity to visit the birthplace of democracy at the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Conference in Philadelphia recently.

The three, all top TAMIU D.D. Hachar Honors Students, were juniors Jorge Serrato, Erica Matos, and Rosalie Aguilar. They were accompanied by Dr. Carlos E. Cuéllar, TAMIU D. D. Hachar Honors Program director. (photo)

Students were selected for the opportunity based on GPA, presentation of a paper at the annual College of Arts and Sciences Academic Conference, good standing in the Honors Program and campus and community involvement.

 The theme of the four-day Conference was “Liberty: Foundation for Inquiry, Innovation, and Invention.” Each autumn, the NCHC holds its annual meeting in a major U.S. city, offering students and educators workshops dealing with broad philosophical issues in honors education and pragmatic concerns of honors students and educators.

In addition to attending the Conference, TAMIU students visited the world-renown Franklin Institute, historic Liberty Bell, Constitutional Hall and Gettysburg’s Remembrance Day weekend. The group also had an opportunity to sample the city’s famed Philly cheese-steak sandwiches in South Philly.

The NCHC mission values an atmosphere that promotes academic opportunity and challenge for honors students and faculty.  It maintains that within this intellectual environment, members of honors communities demonstrate integrity, respect, and excellence. 

The organization indicates that through the honors experience, participants realize enhanced personal, social, and intellectual development and recognize the importance of life-long learning and social responsibility. NCHC beliefs and values are reinforced by member institutions, including TAMIU.

For additional information, contact the TAMIU D. D. Hachar Honors Program at 326.2133, visit offices in Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library 418 or click on: tamiu.edu/coas/honors

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The University will close for the holidays at noon on Friday, Dec. 22. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007.

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Spring 2007 classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 16.

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