The Honors College sponsors a variety of intellectual, cultural, and social events. These activities expand the atmosphere of intellectual curiosity and engagement beyond the classroom and foster a sense of community and togetherness for all members of The Honors College.
Student-initiated Groups and Events
Honors students are encouraged to consult with Dean Chang about initiating groups or events during the academic year. In the past, students have initiated several community service projects, an a cappella group, a writing support group, an open-mic night and a Zumba fitness class. Many of these groups and events are ongoing and the creation of new groups or events is encouraged.
Tea with the Dean
Students are welcome to join Dean Chang for tea on select nights in her apartment in Steinmetz Hall.
Several social events are held exclusively for Honors Students each semester. These are organized by Dean Chang and the Honors Event Planning Committee, a committee which helps arrange and implement events. Recent social events include ice-cream socials before finals week, a Holiday Party and an ice skating trip downtown.
Exploring the Campus Events
These lectures are intended to introduce students in The Honors College to activities and programs on the UAlbany campus. Tours of the libraries by the Honors Librarian, tours of the University Museum by the Museum Director, and opportunities to meet writers through the New York State Writers' Institute are featured each year.
Selected professors teaching honors courses are asked to present public lectures in the evening in the honors residence halls. These lectures foster a sense of living and learning in a community of developing scholars. They also offer an opportunity for students to find out more about the areas of interest of professors teaching honors courses.
Performing Arts Center Productions
Students in The Honors College can attend select performances at UAlbany's Performing Arts Center for free. A variety of musical and theatrical performances are available for students to attend.