2018 Schedule

Week 1 (Aug. 21 & 23): Welcome and Introductions

Class Activities:

  • What is BGS?
  • Introductions: The faculty team and PFs
  • Syllabus and Assignment Review
  • Team Building (in PF groups)

Preparatory Work:

  • Not applicable

Individual Consultation 1: 

  • During weeks 2 – 4, you will meet individually with your PF; the goal of this informal meeting is simply for you to get to know your PF better and vice versa. Come prepared with any questions or concerns you might have about the class, or about your transition into college more generally.

Week 2 (Aug. 28 & 30): Engaged Community Advocacy Workshop: An Introduction to Service, Social Justice, and the Honors Engaged Project with Dr. Trisha Folds-Bennett and Mr. Robby Maynor

Class Activities:

  • Small Group Reflection on “When Trying to Solve Problems Does Not Solve Problems” and “Getting More Than We Give”
  • Introduction to Honors Engaged
  • Restructuring of “service” expectations
  • Information on Honors Engaged applications and placements

Resources:

Preparatory Work:

Week 3 (Sept. 4 & 6): Engaging Diverse Communities Workshop

Class Activities:

  • Class will meet in Addlestone 227
  • Presentation from the Office of Institutional Diversity

Assignments Due:

  • Honors Engaged Partner Fair Scavenger Hunt
    • Download a QR reader onto your smart phone if you don’t already have one.  We recommend “Free QR Code Reader and Barcode Scanner” available via the app store.
    • Use the QR Challenge provided at the partner fair to get to know our community partners.
  • Honors Engaged Application due Sunday, Sept. 9 at noon.

Resources:

 

Week 4 (Sept 11 & 13): MOVED TO WEEK 10: Social Justice and Sustainability Workshop with Dr. Jen Wright

Class Activities:

  • Group Discussions of The Hate U Give
  • Presentation of Social Justice as the 2018-2019 theme of our Sustainability QEP
  • Linking Social Justice to Honors Engaged via the Writing Process

Assignments Due:

  • Complete reading or review The Hate U Give

Resources:

  • Visit the College of Charleston’s QEP and Sustainable Literacy Institute websites
  • Come out to the Honors Engaged Match Party to find out who you will be working with this year: Friday, 9/14, from 3-5 PM in the Lightsey Courtyard

Preparatory Work:

Week 5 (Sep. 18 & 20): Campus Resources Forum: Finding Balance, Ensuring Wellness

Class Activities:

  • Presentations on Mindfulness, Counseling, Substance Abuse, and Sexual Conduct

Assignments Due:

Resources: 

  • Follow this link to a comprehensive list of resources available to College of Charleston students.
  • Center for Student Learning:
  • Counseling and Substance Abuse Services:
  • Mindfulness
    • WATCH this video on the benefits of mindfulness and meditation.
  • Sexual Misconduct and Consent:
    • Check out this presentation on sexual misconduct and consent.
  • Office of Sustainability
    • The ECOllective Student Project Committee (ESPC) at the Office of Sustainability is currently taking applications for committee members. The committee consists of 5-9 students from various backgrounds and majors and meets once or twice a month to review proposals for grants up to $5,000 to fund sustainability-driven, CofC student-run initiatives, such as research, implementation of new sustainable equipment, or event expenses.  For more information, visit their website: http://sustainability.cofc.edu/espc-student-projects/index.php or email Trevor Leach at cofc.ecollective@gmail.com.  The application to become a committee member is live at: http://sustainability.cofc.edu/espc-student-projects/serving-on-the-committee.php (under the ‘serving on the committee’ tab on the website).
  • Transportation
    • Need a ride?  SGA’s got you covered.  Check it our here: https://blogs.cofc.edu/honorshub/2018/09/06/charleston-green-taxi/

Week 6 (Sep. 25 & 27): Undergraduate Research and Creative Affairs (URCA) Forum: An Introduction to Undergraduate Research with Dr. Beth Meyer-Bernstein

Class Activities:

  • Class will meet in the Alumni Center of the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance
  • Undergraduate Research Roundtable
  • Intro to Professor Profile (Final Portfolio element).
    • Profiles will be due in Week 11 for Tuesday sections and Week 14 for Thursday sections.

Assignments Due:

Resources:

Week 7 (Oct. 2 & 4): Academic and Extracurricular Planning Workshop: Evidence and Alignment with Dr. Bryan Ganaway

Class Activities:

  • Advising Workshop with PFs and Honors Faculty
  • Bring a laptop to the workshop so that you may begin future planning and working on your PACE Navigator.
  • Assignment Sheet: PACE Navigator

Resources:

  • List of Majors
  • Visit the BGS Faculty Fair to network with professors and get a head start on your professor profile assignment, research opportunities, and more! Tuesday, October 2nd, 3-5 PM, Stern Center Ballroom

Assignments Due:

Preparatory Work: 

  • Watch and Listen to Dr. Ganaway’s Advising Presentations:
    • To access these presentations, log into OAKS.
      • Once you are in OAKS, go to the “Honors Advising Class of 2022” course home.
      • On the right side of the page, under the “Multimedia Resources” resources channel, follow the “Access VoiceThread for this Course” link.
      • You should now have access to Dr. Ganaway’s presentations.
    • Watch and listen to all three of these presentations. Dr. Ganaway will be available in class to answer any questions you may have.
  • Resource Exploration:
    • Check out the Major Roadmap for your potential or current major.
    • Access Degree Works through MyCofC and explore the interface and tools available (e.g. the “what-if” audit).
    • Explore the website for your major or potential major. Come to class with one thing that you learned or found interesting. This could be a faculty member’s research, a piece of student news, an item from the Department newsletter, or the way the Department tries to “sell” its major.
  • Begin Working on the PACE Navigator
    • Before class, you should look over and begin completing your PACE Navigator.
    • Write down any questions that arise while completing your PACE Navigator. You will have time in class to direct these questions to your PF and/or Professor Ganaway.
    • The PACE Navigator is a working document. It doesn’t have to be completed entirely before class. Don’t let it intimidate you! It is simply a tool to assist you in your planning for the future. There will be plenty of opportunities in class and in your upcoming consultations to address any anxieties or confusion you encounter.

Week 8 (Oct. 9 & 11): Study Abroad and Nationally Competitive Awards Forum: An Introduction to Travel and Funding for Undergraduates with Dr. Anton Vander Zee

Class Activities:

  • Class will meet in Stern Center Rm. 205
  • Study Abroad, Internships, and National Awards Student Panel

Preparatory Work:

Individual Consultation 2: 

  • Between Weeks 7 & 9, you will meet individually with your PF to discuss your PACE Navigator. Bring your PACE Navigator draft and any questions or concerns you have about the formal advising session coming up during Week 9.

Week 9 (Oct. 16 & 18): Freshman Advising Week

Class Activities:

  • This week, there is no formal workshop.  Instead you will be expected to attend an advising appointment with your assigned Honors advisor in preparation for Spring 2019 registration, which begins on November 1st at 8 AM.

Required Tasks: 

  • You must complete the Honors College Advising Form (in pencil) and bring it to your advising appointment.
  • You should go to your Advising Appointment with a complete working draft of your PACE Navigator for your advisor to review.

Assignments Due:

  • Honors Engaged Proposals are due in the OAKS Class of 2022 Advising Folder prior to class. Print out a copy and include it in your BGS binder as well.

Week 10 (Oct. 23 & 25): Social Justice and Sustainability Workshop with Dr. Jen Wright and Dr. Trisha Folds-Bennett

Class Activities:

Assignments Due:

  • Complete reading or review The Hate U Give
  • Upload a complete draft of your PACE Navigator, with any adaptations recommended by your advisor, to the OAKS dropbox.
  • You must print the completed PACE Navigator and include it in your binder.

Resources:

Preparatory Work:

Week 11 (Oct. 30 & Nov. 1): Professional Development Workshop: Understanding Your Resume as a Living Document with the Career Center

Class Activities:

  • Class will meet in the Alumni Center in the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance
  • Resume and Cover Letter Presentation by Career Center
  • LinkedIn Workshop with the BGS Team
    • Bring a laptop and a hard-copy of your resume to the workshop

Assignments Due:

  • Resume draft
  • Professor profile due in portfolio for Tuesday sections

Resources:

Preparatory Work:

  • Spend at least 10 minutes exploring the Career Center Website. Explore some of the available resources. Be ready to discuss these in class!
  • Explore the What Can I Do With This Major? resource. Think about what majors you may be interested and what career fields this major might lead you toward.
  • Go to the Career Planning and Exploration section of the CofC Career Center website and complete the FOCUS career and educational planning system. Instructions for creating a FOCUS account are also available here.
  • Make sure to bring a laptop and a hard-copy of your resume to the workshop.

Individual Consultation 3

  • You will be meeting with your PF between Week 11 and Week 14 to discuss your resume. Bring a completed draft to the consultation.

Week 12 (Nov. 6 & 8): Fall Break

Class Activities:

  • BGS classes will not meet this week.

Week 14 (Nov. 20 & Nov. 22): Thanksgiving Break

Class Activities:

  • BGS classes will not meet this week.

Assignments Due:

  • Professor profile due in portfolio for Thursday sections

Week 15 (Nov. 27 & 29): Final Class: Portfolio Workshop

Class Activities: 

  • Portfolio Review and Workshop: bring in your Final Portfolio in a finalized state. You will have time in class to ask last minute questions and fine-tune your portfolio, but it should be more or less complete by the the time you arrive at the workshop.
    • Portfolios will be turned in for assessment at the end of class.
  • A Word on Evaluations: Students as Partners in Teaching Innovation
    • Please bring a laptop to class.

Assignments Due: 

  • Final Portfolio (bring to class)
  • Evaluations: time will be given to complete official Course/Instructor evaluations as well as a survey created specifically for BGS.

Preparatory Work:

  • Make sure to complete your Honors Engaged First-Semester Reflection.
  • Also, make any final revisions to your portfolio and come to class ready to submit. Again, you will have time in class to ask last minute questions and fine-tune your portfolio, but it should be more or less complete by the the time you arrive at the workshop.

Final Portfolio Process:

Final Portfolios will be due at the end of class on November 27 and 29. Your PF will review your portfolio with BGS faculty and schedule a fourth and final consultation with you between Wednesday, December 5th and Wednesday, December 12th, at which point your portfolio will be returned to you along with some feedback on your first semester in Honors.

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