Living and Learning
Living and Learning Traditions
The Formation Series brings our community together around the love of learning in three engaging lectures each semester. The Formation Series provides an opportunity to discuss what it means to be formed as a whole person, in heart, soul, mind, and strength — the fundamental commitment of our community. Honors Program students can fulfill some of their program requirements by attending. Students who want to earn credit must attend two of the three Formation Series events each semester and write a critical reflection over one of them.
Each semester, the Honors Residential College hosts a few small dinners for students to meet with exciting faculty members and guests. These intimate meals allow for discussion with great minds from a variety of fields.
Twice each semester, before midterms and finals, the Academic Committee hosts a night of studying, essay checking, and pre-med help. Students congregate to enjoy an assortment of cereals while maintaining a joyful working environment.
Providing a reprieve from studying, Mystery Monday is a monthly short story reading group. Given a free copy of the day’s reading which excludes the resolution to the story, participants guess and theorize who the culprit could be. After a rousing discussion fueled by snacks and jokes, the mystery is solved with shock and bewilderment.
Co-Curricular Honors Classes
As members of a residential college, HRC residents have access to a number of co-curricular Honors courses designed specifically for this community. Listed below are the classes that are available to HRC students:
Christian Scriptures and Christian Heritage
Religion 1310 (Christian Scriptures) and Religion 1350 (Christian Heritage) are university-required courses. The HRC is happy to offer an HRC-specific Honors section of the courses, taught by the HRC Faculty Steward in an HRC classroom with HRC students. These section will emphasize reading scripture within the arc of salvation history, and hence will begin with Christ’s mission as the lens through which to understand the whole of scripture. Questions of Biblical interpretation and authority will also be explored.
Morning and Evening Prayer
- Monday through Thursday each week, at 8:30 AM and 9:00 PM, the HRC hosts Morning and Evening Prayer, services in our beautiful Memorial Chapel. Students may earn one of their two required chapel credits (CHA 1088) by joining with their neighbors in centering their daily work in response to God's love. Prayer services are about twenty minutes long and are based on ancient Christian traditions of prayer. To earn credit, students must attend three out of four morning or evening services each week.
For more information about co-curricular classes, contact Courtney DePalma.