Honors Events Fall 2014

Honors Events for the Fall 2014 semester are listed here.  Events are added throughout the semester, so check back occasionally to see what events are occurring soon.  If you have questions about any of the events, ask Professor Haugaard.

Monday, August 25
8:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area
  Getting Ready to Study Like Fury  All first-year honors students should attend one of these events (they occur today, Tuesday, and Wednesday).  The focus will be on organizing your week and your semester as a way of encouraging excellence in your academic work.  Tonight is for students on the first floors of Steinmetz and Melville.  Students who cannot attend on the night for their floor should choose one of the other two nights and attend then.  Honors students not living in honors housing, and all honors commuting students, should attend if possible - choose the night that is best for you.

Tuesday, August 26
8:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area
  Getting Ready to Study Like Fury  All first-year honors students should attend one of these events (they occur yesterday, today, and Wednesday).  The focus will be on organizing your week and your semester as a way of encouraging excellence in your academic work.  Tonight is for students on the second floors of Steinmetz and Melville.  Students who cannot attend on the night for their floor should choose one of the other two nights and attend then.  Honors students not living in honors housing, and all honors commuting students, should attend if possible - choose the night that is best for you.

Wednesday, August 27
8:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area
  Getting Ready to Study Like Fury  All first-year honors students should attend one of these events (they occur Monday, Tuesday, and today).  The focus will be on organizing your week and your semester as a way of encouraging excellence in your academic work.  Tonight is for students on the third floors of Steinmetz and Melville.  Students who cannot attend on the night for their floor should choose one of the other two nights and attend then.  Honors students not living in honors housing, and all honors commuting students, should attend if possible - choose the night that is best for you.

9:00 Professor Haugaard's apartment.  Dessert Reception for first year students in Steinmetz 103, Steinmetz 104, and Melville 107 (first-year students who are not in The Honors College and living in Steinmetz 103 & 104 are welcome to join their honors-college friends at dessert).

Thursday, August 28
9:00 Professor Haugaard's apartmentDessert Reception for first year students in Steinmetz 105 and Steinmetz 106 (first-year students who are not in The Honors College and living in Steinmetz 105 & 106 are welcome to join their honors-college friends at dessert).

Monday, September 1
8:00 Steinmetz Zen Zone.  Yoga.  Professor Bruce McEwen is back for his third year of weekly yoga practices on Monday nights in The Honors College.  Honors students receive one honors-event credit for attending one or more yoga sessions.  Students are encouraged to attend weekly, or as often as they would like.  Bruce is particularly good with introducing people to yoga who have never done it before, and the yoga Bruce teaches is low-impact noncompetitive.

During this first week of the semester, Bruce will lead two yoga practices: one tonight and one on Wednesday.  Each honors student is invited to attend one of these sessions - but please only one.  That will split the usual large number of students who attend the first week into two groups of manageable size.  After this week, yoga will be on Mondays only.

Can you miss the first week and start during the second week or later on in the semester?  Absolutely, new students are welcome any week.

Tuesday, September 2
9:00 Professor Haugaard's apartmentDessert Reception for first year students in Steinmetz 201 and Steinmetz 202 (first-year students who are not in The Honors College and living in Steinmetz 201 & 202 are welcome to join their honors-college friends at dessert).

Wednesday, September 3
8:00 Steinmetz Zen Zone.  Yoga.  See the note above.

9:00 Professor Haugaard's apartmentDessert Reception for first year students in Steinmetz 107 (first-year students who are not in The Honors College and living in Steinmetz 107 are welcome to join their honors-college friends at dessert).

Thursday, September 4 
5:15 PM, University Library, Basement Level, Cobb Room Order or Chaos: Tour and Explore the Library (1 hour)  Tour of the University Library for Honors College students. Get a head start and valuable tips on finding resources to navigate the University Libraries in person and virtually.  Understanding how the University Libraries differ from libraries you have used in the past will help you use your library research time more efficiently.

9:00 Professor Haugaard's apartment.  Dessert Reception for first year students in Steinmetz 203 and Steinmetz 204 (first-year students who are not in The Honors College and living in Steinmetz 203 & 204 are welcome to join their honors-college friends at dessert).

Friday, September 5
3:30 PM, University Library, Basement Level, Cobb Room Order or Chaos: Tour and Explore the Library (1 hour)  Tour of the University Library for Honors College students. Get a head start and valuable tips on finding resources to navigate the University Libraries in person and virtually.  Understanding how the University Libraries differ from libraries you have used in the past will help you use your library research time more efficiently.

Monday, September 8
8:00 Steinmetz Zen Zone.  Yoga.  Professor Bruce McEwen teaches low-impact, noncompetitive yoga each Monday night in The Honors College.  As Bruce says, "Take a 1 1/4 hour holiday from the stresses of being a student" during our weekly yoga sessions.  New students welcome any week.  

Tuesday, September 9
8:00 Steinmetz Activities Center
  Get Involved!  Second-, third-, and fourth-year honors students who are in clubs and organizations across our campus will be on hand to describe their group and answer questions from first-year or second-year honors students who might be interested in joining that group.  It is a great way to learn about student groups on campus and to choose one or more to join.

9:00 Professor Haugaard's apartmentDessert Reception for first year students in Steinmetz 205 and Steinmetz 207 (as with all events, first-year students who are not in The Honors College and living in Steinmetz/Melville are always welcome to join their honors-college friends at events). 

Wednesday, September 10
9:00 Professor Haugaard's apartment.  Dessert Reception for first year students in Steinmetz 206 and Steinmetz 208 and first-year honors students on the second floor of Melville (first-year students who are not in The Honors College and living in Steinmetz 206 & 208 are welcome to join their honors-college friends at dessert).

Thursday, September 11
Cancelled: University Library, Basement Level, Cobb Room Order or Chaos: Tour and Explore the Library (1 hour)  Tour of the University Library for Honors College students. Get a head start and valuable tips on finding resources to navigate the University Libraries in person and virtually.  Understanding how the University Libraries differ from libraries you have used in the past will help you use your library research time more efficiently.

9:00 Professor Haugaard's apartmentDessert Reception for first year students in Steinmetz 301 and Steinmetz 303 and Melville 307 (first-year students who are not in The Honors College and living in Steinmetz 301 & 303 are welcome to join their honors-college friends at dessert).

Friday, September 12
3:15 PM, University Library, Basement Level, B48  Focus on Library Tools: Databases (JSTOR, Science Direct, MLA International Bibliography) (1 hour)  Use databases and other tools to find valuable research materials and quality scholarly sources for your assignments.  This database session or one of the other database sessions may be particularly helpful to students in Professor Haugaard's TCPY110 course as they complete their major assignment for the course. This session’s focus is on JSTOR (humanities and social sciences), ScienceDirect (science, technology, social sciences)  and the MLA International Bibliography (Literature).

Monday, September 15
8:00 Steinmetz Zen ZoneYoga.  Professor Bruce McEwen teaches low-impact, noncompetitive yoga each Monday night in The Honors College.  As Bruce says, "Take a 1 1/4 hour holiday from the stresses of being a student" during our weekly yoga sessions.  New students welcome any week.  

Tuesday, September 16
5:30 University Art MuseumDirector's Tour of the Summer Exhibit.   Janet Riker, the Director of the University Museum, will give a special tour of the summer exhibition to students in The Honors College.  Meet inside the Museum at 5:30.  For more information on the exhibit, see http://www.albany.edu/museum/exhibitions/20140708_mrk.shtml

9:00 Professor Haugaard's apartment.  Dessert Reception for first year students in Steinmetz 302 and Steinmetz 304 (first-year students who are not in The Honors College and living in Steinmetz 302 & 304 are welcome to join their honors-college friends at dessert).

Wednesday, September 17
9:00 Professor Haugaard's apartment.  Dessert Reception for first year students in Steinmetz 305 and Steinmetz 307 (first-year students who are not in The Honors College and living in Steinmetz 305 & 307 are welcome to join their honors-college friends at dessert).

Thursday, September 18
9:00 Professor Haugaard's apartment.  Dessert Reception for first year students in Steinmetz 306 and Steinmetz 308 and Melville 306 and Melville 304 (first-year students who are not in The Honors College and living in Steinmetz 306 & 308 are welcome to join their honors-college friends at dessert).

Friday, September 19
3:15 PM, University Library, Basement Level, B48  Focus on Library Tools: Databases (Web of Science, Business, PAIS International) (1 hour)  Use databases and other tools to find valuable research materials and quality scholarly sources for your assignments. This database session or one of the other database sessions may be particularly helpful to students in Professor Haugaard's TCPY110 course as they complete their major assignment for the course.  This session’s focus is on Web of Science (science, technology, social sciences), Business Complete (business), and PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) (public affairs).

Monday, September 22
7:00 PM, University Library, Basement Level, B48  Focus on Library Tools: Databases (Web of Science, Business, PAIS International) (1 hour)  Use databases and other tools to find valuable research materials and quality scholarly sources for your assignments. This database session or one of the other database sessions may be particularly helpful to students in Professor Haugaard's TCPY110 course as they complete their major assignment for the course.  This session’s focus is on Web of Science (science, technology, social sciences), Business Complete (business), and PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) (public affairs).

8:00 Steinmetz Zen Zone.  Yoga.  Professor Bruce McEwen teaches low-impact, noncompetitive yoga each Monday night in The Honors College.  As Bruce says, "Take a 1 1/4 hour holiday from the stresses of being a student" during our weekly yoga sessions.  New students welcome any week.

Tuesday, September 23
8:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area.  Honors Lecture: Professor Haugaard.  As part of his ongoing series of lectures on personality theories, Professor Haugaard will talk about the psychoanalytic theories of Sigmund Freud. 

Monday, September 29
7:00 University Library, Basement Level, Cobb Room Order or Chaos: Tour and Explore the Library (1 hour)  Tour of the University Library for Honors College students. Get a head start and valuable tips on finding resources to navigate the University Libraries in person and virtually.  Understanding how the University Libraries differ from libraries you have used in the past will help you use your library research time more efficiently.

Thursday, October 2
4:15 PM, University Library, Basement Level, B48  Focus on Library Tools: Databases (JSTOR, Science Direct, MLA International Bibliography) (1 hour)  Use databases and other tools to find valuable research materials and quality scholarly sources for your assignments.  This database session or one of the other database sessions may be particularly helpful to students in Professor Haugaard's TCPY110 course as they complete their major assignment for the course. This session’s focus is on JSTOR (humanities and social sciences), ScienceDirect (science, technology, social sciences)  and the MLA International Bibliography (Literature).

Monday, October 6
6:00, Steinmetz Lecture Area (note the earlier-than-usual time)Course Preview.  Professors teaching honors courses during the spring semester will make short presentations about their courses and answer questions from students.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the honors courses that will be offered next semester.  (Note: in past years, we have had two course preview nights; this semester we are having only one.)

8:00 Steinmetz Zen Zone.  Yoga.  Professor Bruce McEwen teaches low-impact, noncompetitive yoga each Monday night in The Honors College.  As Bruce says, "Take a 1 1/4 hour holiday from the stresses of being a student" during our weekly yoga sessions.  New students welcome any week.

Tuesday, October 7
8:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area.  Two Presentations: Study Abroad and Community Service. Vickie Robertson, Honors College Senior and Student Assistant in the Study Abroad Office, will talk about the variety of ways that honors students can study abroad.  Vickie will also talk about her study-abroad experience in Chile last year and how she is using that experience as the foundation for her senior honors thesis.  Amanda Boyd, a member of the first group of honors college graduates, will talk about a community service program she heads in the School of Social Welfare that focuses on tutoring local high school students: The Liberty Partnerships Rising Stars Program.  It may be possible to earn academic credit through this program.

Tuesday, October 14
8:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area.  Honors Lecture: Professor Barney.  Professor Barney (Department of English) will talk about some of his current scholarship on the rise of zombie movies during the past decade or so.

Thursday, October 16
4:15, Campus Center Room 375 (please arrive by 4:10 - there will be sign-in sheets near the door or look for Professor Haugaard or someone else looking official or honors-like).  New York State Writers' Institute: Jacinda Townsend and Tiphanie Yanique, fiction writers.  Presentation by fiction writers: Jacinda Townsend is the author of a first novel, Saint Monkey (2014), the tale of two best friends raised in hardship in rural Kentucky whose lives take different paths. In a starred Booklist review, Donna Seamon said, “This is a breathtakingly insightful, suspenseful, and gorgeously realized novel of cruelty and sorrow, anger and forgiveness, improvisation and survival, and the transcendent beauty of nature and art.”  Tiphanie Yanique is the author of a first novel, Land of Love and Drowning (2014), a family saga set in the Virgin Islands. Spanning sixty years from 1916 to the 1970s, the novel follows three generations of the Bradshaw family as they experience love and death, wealth and ruin, hurricanes, racism, and a rapacious tourist industry.  Born and raised on St. Thomas, Yanique is the author of the story collection, How to Escape from a Leper Colony (2010), winner of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award.

Monday, October 20
8:00 Steinmetz Zen Zone.  Yoga.  Professor Bruce McEwen teaches low-impact, noncompetitive yoga each Monday night in The Honors College.  As Bruce says, "Take a 1 1/4 hour holiday from the stresses of being a student" during our weekly yoga sessions.  New students welcome any week.

Tuesday, October 21
4:15, Assembly Hall, Campus Center (please arrive by 4:10 - there will be sign-in sheets near the door or look for Professor Haugaard or someone else looking official or honors-like).  Poets in Conversation: Edward Hirsch, Kimiko Hahn, and Marie Howe. Edward Hirsch is the author most recently of A Poet’s Glossary (2014), a monumental reference work about poetry’s devices, forms, and techniques  Kimiko Hahn is the author most recently of Brain Fever: Poems (2014), a collection that explores the poet’s experiences as a woman, wife, mother, daughter, and artist in the light of her personal fascination with neuroscience and the latest findings of cognitive research.  Marie Howe, current New York State Poet (2012-2014), was the creator of “Poetry in Motion Springfest,” a 2014 partnership with New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and the Poetry Society of America.

Thursday, October 23
8:00, Steinmetz Lecture Area  Honors Lecture: Professor Wittern-Keller.  Professor Wittern-Keller (Department of History) will discuss some of her current research in the area of movie censorship.

Monday, October 27
8:00 Steinmetz Zen Zone.  Yoga.  Professor Bruce McEwen teaches low-impact, noncompetitive yoga each Monday night in The Honors College.  As Bruce says, "Take a 1 1/4 hour holiday from the stresses of being a student" during our weekly yoga sessions.  New students welcome any week.

Wednesday, October 29
8:00, Steinmetz Lecture Area  Honors Lecture: Professor Lang.  Professor Lang (Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences) will discuss some of her current research on the polar vortex.

Friday, October 31
8:00, Steinmetz Underground.  Halloween Party.  Come for some cheap candy and other snacks.  All in costume get credit for attending an honors event.  Special recognition for suites presenting the best costumes.  Additional bonus points will awarded (providing that I can find the list from August). 

Monday, November 3
8:00 Steinmetz Zen Zone.  Yoga.  Professor Bruce McEwen teaches low-impact, noncompetitive yoga each Monday night in The Honors College.  As Bruce says, "Take a 1 1/4 hour holiday from the stresses of being a student" during our weekly yoga sessions.  New students welcome any week.

Thursday, November 6
8:00, Steinmetz Lecture Area  Honors Lecture: Professor Scheck.  Professor Scheck (Department of English) will discuss some of her current research.

Sunday, November 9
4:00, Performing Arts Center (meet us in Steinmetz at 3:40 and we'll walk over together, or meet us at the PAC at 3:45).  The Choral Hour.  The University-Community Chorale and University Chamber Singers perform.  Sign up for a free ticket on the sheets taped to the windows near the sign-in sheet area in Steinmetz.  If the list is full, additional students can sign up at the bottom of the list and receive a free ticket if they are available.  Everyone gets an honors credit for attending, but if all free tickets are given away., other students will need to purchase them ($3).

Monday, November 10
8:00 Steinmetz Zen Zone.  Yoga.  Professor Bruce McEwen teaches low-impact, noncompetitive yoga each Monday night in The Honors College.  As Bruce says, "Take a 1 1/4 hour holiday from the stresses of being a student" during our weekly yoga sessions.  New students welcome any week.

Thursday, November 13
8:00, Steinmetz Lecture AreaHonors Lecture: Professor Lifchitz.  Professor Lifchitz (Department of Music) will present some of his current scholarly work as a composer in his lecture: "The composer: academician, entrepreneur, or entertainer?"

Monday, November 17
7:00, Performing Arts Center Recital Hall (meet us in Steinmetz at 6:40 and we'll walk over together, or meet us at the PAC at 6:45).  University Jazz Ensemble.  The mid-size ensemble presents a concert of popular jazz standards.  Sign up for a free ticket on the sheets taped to the windows near the sign-in sheet area in Steinmetz.  If the list is full, additional students can sign up at the bottom of the list and receive a free ticket if they are available.  Everyone gets an honors credit for attending, but if all free tickets are given away., other students will need to purchase them ($3).

8:00 Steinmetz Zen Zone.  Yoga.  Professor Bruce McEwen teaches low-impact, noncompetitive yoga each Monday night in The Honors College.  As Bruce says, "Take a 1 1/4 hour holiday from the stresses of being a student" during our weekly yoga sessions.  New students welcome any week.

Monday, November 24
8:00 Steinmetz Zen Zone.  Yoga.  Professor Bruce McEwen teaches low-impact, noncompetitive yoga each Monday night in The Honors College.  As Bruce says, "Take a 1 1/4 hour holiday from the stresses of being a student" during our weekly yoga sessions.  New students welcome any week.

Monday, December 1
8:00 Steinmetz Zen Zone.  Yoga.  Professor Bruce McEwen teaches low-impact, noncompetitive yoga each Monday night in The Honors College.  As Bruce says, "Take a 1 1/4 hour holiday from the stresses of being a student" during our weekly yoga sessions.  New students welcome any week.

Sunday, December 7
4:00, Performing Arts Center (meet us in Steinmetz at 3:40 and we'll walk over together, or meet us at the PAC at 3:45). Holiday Concert.  Department ensembles (Chorale, Chamber Singers, Symphonic Band, Jazz Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra) are joined by student groups (Serendipity, Earth Tones and Pitch Please) for a concert celebrating the season.  Sign up for a free ticket on the sheets taped to the windows near the sign-in sheet area in Steinmetz.  If the list is full, additional students can sign up at the bottom of the list and receive a free ticket if they are available.  Everyone gets an honors credit for attending, but if all free tickets are given away., other students will need to purchase them ($3).

Monday, December 8
7:00, Performing Arts Center (meet us in Steinmetz at 6:40 and we'll walk over together, or meet us at the PAC at 6:45). Twenty Drummers Drummin' The University Percussion Ensemble is joined by one or more area ensembles for a concert of percussion music … some holiday, some not.  Sign up for a free ticket on the sheets taped to the windows near the sign-in sheet area in Steinmetz.  If the list is full, additional students can sign up at the bottom of the list and receive a free ticket if they are available.  Everyone gets an honors credit for attending, but if all free tickets are given away., other students will need to purchase them ($3).

8:00 Steinmetz Zen Zone.  Yoga.  Professor Bruce McEwen teaches low-impact, noncompetitive yoga each Monday night in The Honors College.  As Bruce says, "Take a 1 1/4 hour holiday from the stresses of being a student" during our weekly yoga sessions.  New students welcome any week.

Tuesday, December 9
8:00, Steinmetz Relaxation Floor Relax!  Professor Haugaard will lead a session of relaxation and guided imagery.  Bring a pillow or yoga mat if you would like.