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Honors Weekly Update

Honors College News – 3/6/17 – 3/13/17


New! This Week! Honors College Showcase

Monday March 6th, 4:30 to 6:00 pm
Simplot A-C in the SUB
Don’t know what classes to take in the Fall? Need more information before you decide? We have a solution! Please join us at the Honors College Showcase this Monday from 4:30 to 6:00 pm in Simplot A-C in the SUB to learn about the up-coming Honors Fall course offerings. This event is a great way to gain information about the courses directly from the professors so that you can make informed decisions. We hope to see you there!

Submit to the 2017 President’s Writing Awards!

Win substantial prizes and have your written work featured on our newly expanded President’s Writing Awards website. All contest categories are open to writing produced for undergraduate coursework at Boise State from Spring 2016 through Spring 2017.
Two prizes will be awarded in each category: first prize, $200; second prize, $100.
Visit  to complete the submission form and upload the file with your submission. Deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 13, 2017. Direct all inquiries to

Fulbright Workshop

Tuesday, March 14th at 12:00 p.m. OR 4:30 p.m. (Two identical sessions are being offered)
Driscoll Hall Lobby
Have you considered applying for Fulbright?
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards fully-funded grants for study, research, or English Teaching Assistantships in more than 140 countries.  As a Fulbrighter, you would foster cultural exchange as you meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of your host country.

Come learn more at a Fulbright Workshop.  For more information, contact Emily Jones ( or Kate Huebschmann (

Peer Mentor Applications!

Due by Wed., March 15th 4:30pm
Submit hard copy to Driscoll Hall
The Peer Mentor position is designed connect first year Honors students to experienced upperclassmen. Peer Mentors foster relationships by connecting first year students to campus resources including but not limited to the Honors College, academic advising, student organizations, and other campus resources.  Peer Mentors also facilitate classroom discussions based on Honors 198. Peer Mentors earn 2 Honors credits that can count towards your Honors Foundation credits.

Passport Events

This Week! Former Ambassador Derek Shearer- Coming to Terms with Reality: The Emerging Trump Foreign Policy (Passport, Signature)

Tuesday, March 7th, 12pm-1pm
SUB Hatch AB
Derek Shearer, Director of the McKinnon Center for Global Affairs at Occidental College, served as Ambassador to Finland when the Embassy hosted the Clinton-Yeltsin summit in Helsinki.  Previously he was a fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute and the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. He also served as a foreign policy advisor to Vice President Al Gore and to Senator Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaigns. Ambassador Shearer also served as Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce in the Clinton Administration, where he helped establish the National Economic Council. He has co-authored a book, Economic Democracy, and published numerous articles, as well as lectured on public diplomacy around the world.

This Week! Dr. Finstuen’s Documentary Screening (Passport, Signature)

Wednesday, Mar. 8th, 6 p.m.
Skaggs Hall, Micron Business and Economics Building
Please join award-winning filmmaker Martin Doblmeier and producer Andrew Finstuen, Dean of Boise State’s Honors College for a pre-screening of their documentary film, An American Conscience: The Reinhold Niebuhr Story. The film airs nationally on Public Television in April. 
The screening at Boise State is a part of a thirty-city national tour, which includes stops in 
New York City, Boston, Chicago, St. Louis, Atlanta and Los Angeles. View the trailer.

Niebuhr rose from a small Midwest church pulpit to become the nation’s moral voice — an
American conscience — during some of the most defining moments in American history.
Reinhold Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer remains one of the most quoted writings in American literature. Yet Niebuhr’s impact was far greater, as presidents and civil rights leaders
like Martin Luther King Jr. often turned to Niebuhr’s writings for guidance and inspiration on the most volatile political and social issues of the 20th century.

This Week! Honors College Hockey Night Out (Passport, Social)

Friday, March 10th, 7pm
Century Link Arena, downtown Boise
Come watch the Idaho Steelheads take on the Cincinnati Cyclones with the Honors Student Association! Tickets are $16 (cash or check made out to Boise State University) and include a hot dog, drink, and chips. Please bring your payment as soon as possible to the Honors College Front Desk in Driscoll Hall! UPDATE: TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT.

Pi Day! (Passport, social)

Tuesday, March 14th, 2:30pm
Driscoll Lobby
Come join HSA in celebrating PI DAY! We will be bringing in a judge for a pie tasting contest, so bring your HOMEMADE pie to be entered (No store-bought pies will be accepted for judging, but are still welcome at the event)! There will also be a Pi recitation contest! Winners of both the pie tasting and the pi recitation will receive a Boise State Bookstore gift card! Join us for the fun in Driscoll lobby!

Unique Opportunities

This Week! What is Fascism?  A Historical and Ideological Exploration

Thursday, March 9

Albertsons Library 201C
Dr. Joanne Klein, History Dept.
Americans across the political spectrum have flung accusations of “Fascism” toward the other. But what is fascism? Where did it come from? How does it manifest differently as a movement, a government, and an ideology? Come hear a Modern European Historian break down what it is, what it is not, and how to know it when you see it.  Feel free to bring your questions about fascism, including comparisons past and present—and about resistance movements to fascism (what worked, what did not work, and why).

We are here for you!

Call, email or swing by if you have any questions or need any assistance!
Enjoy your week!

-The Honors College Staff