Honors Program Events

The Honors Program is extremely active in service to the community, and, while we do not require it, we encourage all students to become involved in the various service opportunities offered through the program. The service opportunities in any given year vary, as they are often ideas that come from the students themselves, but below are some of the ways Honors students have been serving their community.

Service Opportunities

Every other month, on the second Saturday of the month, a small group of students travel to Chicago to prepare meals and serve them to individuals who are in a program that helps them move from homelessness to stable shelter and employment.
Once or twice a semester the Honors Program will take part in a “build day” for this organization that builds or remodels homes for people in need. We spend a full eight hours working on everything from carpentry to dry wall to painting.
A few times a year a group of students visits this temporary home for women and their children fleeing domestic violence. We provide and cook food for the evening and make crafts with the children.
Every holiday season students in the Honors Program buy present for the children at this group home for children. In addition, we often visit the home, spending time with the children there.


In addition to the above service opportunities, Honors Students have gone to animal shelters, attended Feed My Starving Children events, and even picked up trash in nearby parks.  In addition, every year we run a drive of some kind, for on campus donations of clothes, toys, or food.

Individual events will be listed as they become available.

Feed My Starving Children                                         

Thursday, February 18 - Evening

Many of you are familiar with this organization, which packs food for children in developing countries, to give them the nutrition necessary to survive.  This particular organization is religious, so we should be clear here that the Honors Program’s involvement is based on the humanitarian aid the group provides, and not on supporting any particular religious view.  The groups is quite welcoming to all and, while they pray a Christian prayer over the food, they are quite considerate in providing an opportunity for people uncomfortable with the prayer to step aside briefly.  This outing is just a few miles away so people will get their on their own or via carpool, no transportation will be provided by the program.

Elgin Crisis Center                                                          

Friday, March 4 from  3:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. 

We have been partnering with the Elgin Crisis Center for several years now.  The center is a refuge for women fleeing their homes, usually due to domestic violence.  We cook meals for the women and their children and hang out and make crafts with the kids.

Inspiration Café                                                              

Saturday, March 12 from 3:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Every other month, on the second Saturday of the month, we take about 4-6 students to the Inspiration Café.  Here we prepare meals and serve them to people who are in a program designed to help homeless people get on their feed by helping them get job skills as well as to  find housing and employment.

Special Olympics                                                            

Sunday, April 17 – All day

We will be volunteering to help set up and run the events for the Special Olympics Spring Games.   

Feed My Starving Children                                         

Wednesday, April 20 - Evening  

See the explanation above for the FMSC event.

Cultural Events

Honors Students also participate in at least one cultural outing each semester.  Usually, in the Spring semester, this is an outing to the Shakespeare Theatre, and in recent years, we have attended the Lyric Opera or Steppenwolf Theatre in the fall semester. The Honors Program covers most of the cost of these outings for the students, so as to remove any barriers to participation.

Individual events will be listed as they become available. 

Outing to the Field Museum                                     

Saturday, February 13  - All day

We will be partnering up with the International Students Club, and possibly other clubs as well, to go to one of the free days at the Field Museum in downtown Chicago.  We will likely go by train, so students will need to buy their own ticket.  We may also buy tickets to a special collection at the Field, but we will cover that cost for you.

Shakespeare Theatre  - Othello                                               

Thursday, March 10 from 3:30 p.m. –  until later evening

This is out largest trip of the year, and we will take more than thirty students down to see the play.  We will all travel by bus, and students will simply have to bring money to cover their own dinner (roughly $25 if you want to eat with the group in the restaurant; less if you just want to grab something in the food court next to the restaurant), as well as $10 to hold your spot.  The $10 will be given back to you when you get on the bus.

Honors Variety Show Honors Variety Show       

Friday, April 22 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

This is our big fundraiser for the Lydia Home, a group home for children who have been removed from their homes.  This is your chance to shine and to cheer on your fellow students, alumni and community members as they strut their stuff.  If you can sing, dance, do some magic, play an instrument, make with the funny, or have any other talent you want to put on display, or you know someone who does, make sure you contact Professor Tomasian to sign up. There will also be other volunteer opportunities related to the event – but most of all, we want to make sure we pack the house.

Other Events

Tomasian’s Transfer-Palooza                                    

Friday,  Feb 5th at 1:00 p.m.,  L 200

Professor Tomasian will host a workshop on writing essays for transfer school applications and on putting yourself in the best possible position to get accepted to the school of your choice.

Representative from Columbia University         

Tuesday, February 9 at 11:00 a.m., F 310

Thinking of transferring to an Ivy League or other highly competitive school?  Come and learn some tips about creating a strong application.  Think there is no way you could get into or afford such a school?  Come and find out that Columbia and schools like it may be more possible than you think.  (We even have a recent Harper Honors Program Grad there right now!)

HCIR Student Symposium                                           

Saturday, February 27 at NIU - All day 

The Honors Program is part of the HCIR, the Honors Council of the Illinois Region.  Each Spring this group holds a student symposium, where students in the various Honors programs present their academic work.  We encourage you to sign up right away by emailing honors@harpercollege.edu if you want o present some work from one of your classes or just to attend.

Trip to Elmhurst College                                              

Friday, April 1– All day

This is our first group college visit.  Since many of you may be applying to Elmhurst College, and perhaps even for the Elmhurst College Transfer Scholarship (a full-ride scholarship), we thought we would take people to the college for the day, and we will arrange for a tour while there.

Phi Theta Kappa Induction Ceremony                  

Wednesday, April 6 from 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Many of you are in the Honors Program but will also be joining PTK this semester.  We encourage you to accept your invitation to become a member of PTK when you receive it (which should be around Feb. 10th).  We also encourage you to RSVP to the induction ceremony and to bring some friends and family to watch as your accomplishments are celebrated.