Honors Events 2013/14

The Honors College holds many educational and social events each semester.  The events for the fall semester are listed here.

Friday 9/20
7:30 Performing Arts Center Recital Hall Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre In Serenata Italiana Baritone Patrick McNally, tenor Chris Lucier, mezzo-soprano Brooke Larimer and soprano Rachel Schmiege provide a taste of Italy performing popular Neapolitan arts songs and arias. Meet in the lobby of Steinmetz at 7:10 or the lobby of the PAC at 7:15. Signups for free tickets are in the basement of Steinmetz.

Monday 9/23 
9:15  Steinmetz Zen Zone Yoga!  Bruce McEwen will lead another session of yoga.  New students always welcome.

Tuesday 9/24
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 work of several family-systems theorists. Families often function as systems of interdependent individuals, and how families function can influence the development of many behaviors in individual family members. We will discuss how who you are has been influenced by the role(s) that you have in your family.

9:00  Professor Haugaard's apartment  Dessert Reception  For first-year honors students in Steinmetz 203 & 205.

Wednesday 9/25
9:00  Professor Haugaard's apartment Dessert Reception  For first-year honors students in Steinmetz 207.

Thursday 9/26 
5:45 University Library, Basement Level, B48  Focus on Library Tools: Databases (Scopus, Business, JSTOR) (1 hour) Use databases and other tools to find valuable research materials and quality scholarly sources for your assignments.  This session’s focus is on Project Muse (humanities, social sciences, cultural and gender studies), Scopus (sciences and social sciences), and education databases such as Education Full Text.

Friday 9/27 
9:00 Steinmetz Card Parlor  Euchre! Come and learn how to play the card game Euchre. We’ll play for a while, once people have gotten the basics. It is a game with partners. Come with a partner if you have one, or come by yourself and we will pair people together.  The rule will be that you and your partner have to play at a table with a set of partners who you do not know. That way, people in The Honors College get to know others in The Honors College.

Monday 9/30
9:15  Steinmetz Zen Zone Yoga!  Bruce McEwen will lead another session of yoga.  New students always welcome.

Monday 10/7
6:00 (note earlier-than-usual-time) Steinmetz Lecture Area  Spring Honors Course Preview - Session 1.  Professors teaching honors courses next semester will give a short presentation on their course and answer any questions about it.  Professor Haugaard will send out a list of professors attending the Monday and Tuesday session a few days before the events.  Students can attend one or both sessions, those attending both sessions will receive two honors events credits. 

9:15  Steinmetz Zen Zone Yoga!  Bruce McEwen will lead another session of yoga.  New students always welcome.

Tuesday 10/8
4:15  Science Library, Standish Room (third floor)  T. C. Boyle, Fiction Writer (Sign in will be in the Standish room. Be sure to arrive no later than 4:10 to sign in.) T. C. Boyle, “one of the most inventive and verbally exuberant writers of his generation” (New York Times), is the bestselling author of fourteen novels and nine short story collections. Boyle’s novels include San Miguel (2012), Drop City (2003), The Road to Wellville (1993), and World’s End (1987).

6:00 (note earlier-than-usual-time) Steinmetz Lecture Area  Spring Honors Course Preview - Session 2.  Professors teaching honors courses next semester will give a short presentation on their course and answer any questions about it.  Professor Haugaard will send out a list of professors attending the Monday and Tuesday session a few days before the events.  Students can attend one or both sessions, those attending both sessions will receive two honors events credits. 

Monday 10/21
9:15  Steinmetz Zen Zone Yoga!  Bruce McEwen will lead another session of yoga.  New students always welcome.

Thursday, 10/24
4:15  Science Library, Standish Room (third floor) Goli Taraghi, Iranian Fiction Writer (Sign in will be in the Standish room. Be sure to arrive no later than 4:10 to sign in.)  Goli Taraghi is a highly regarded Iranian fiction writer. Her newest work in English translation is the story collection, The Pomegranate Lady and Her Sons (October 2013). Azar Nafisi (Reading Lolita in Tehran) described the book as, “... original and universal, filled with passion, curiosity, empathy, as well as mischief—definitely mischief.”

Friday 10/25
3:15 University Library, Basement Level, B48
Focus on Library Tools: Databases (JSTOR, Project Muse, MLA International Bibliography) (1 hour)  Use library databases to find valuable research materials and quality scholarly sources for your assignments. JSTOR and Project Muse are two databases that cover multiple subjects including history, anthropology, arts & sciences, women’s studies and more. Bring a research topic on these subjects or in the humanities for hands on work.

7:00 Performing Arts Center Recital Hall George Seror III This classical guitarist will perform a solo recital featuring works of Bach, Tarrega, Albeniz and more. Meet in the lobby of Steinmetz at 6:40 or the lobby of the PAC at 6:45. Signups for free tickets are in the basement of Steinmetz.

9:00 Steinmetz Card Parlor  Euchre! Come and learn how to play the card game Euchre, or sharpen your Euchre skills if you learned the game at our last session. We’ll play for a while, once people have gotten the basics. It is a game with partners. Come with a partner if you have one, or come by yourself and we will pair people together.  The rule will be that you and your partner have to play at a table with a set of partners who you do not know. Just like we do with yoga, everyone can earn one honors credit for our Euchre nights - no matter how often you attend.  If you attended an earlier Euchre session some and help others learn, or just enjoy yourself for a bit before heading off for other weekend activities.

Monday 10/28
8:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area
  Honors Lecture: Professor Magnus.  Professor Magnus (Department of Philosophy) will talk about some of his current scholarly work in his lecture "Natural kinds and the fate of Pluto." When astronomers defined the word planet in a way which excluded Pluto in 2006, was it a reflection of what the world is like or just a decision about how to use words? In philosophical terms, is planet a natural kind or just a word that humans introduced? As with many philosophical questions, the answer is: Some of both, and it gets a bit complicated.

9:15  Steinmetz Zen Zone Yoga!  Bruce McEwen will lead another session of yoga.  New students always welcome.

Tuesday 10/29

5:30  University Art Museum  Honors Museum Tour Janet Riker, the Director of the University Art Museum, will conduct a special tour of the fall exhibit for students in The Honors College.  Meet inside the Museum at 5:30.  There is more information about the fall exhibit available on the museum website.

7:00 Performing Arts Center Recital Hall Art Songs From Latin America Mezzo-soprano Anna Tonna and pianist Max Lifchitz join forces to explore the vast and diverse art song repertoire from throughout Latin America performing works by composers from Argentina, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela. In advance of the concert, Ms. Tonna will offer a master class and meet-the-artist session on Monday, October 28 from 2 to 5pm. Meet in the lobby of Steinmetz at 6:40 or the lobby of the PAC at 6:45. Signups for free tickets are in the basement of Steinmetz.

Friday 11/1
3:00-5:00 Recital Hall, Performing Arts Center  Documentary Film Debut: Trailblazers in Habits  Professor Ng (Departments of Women's Studies and History), who has taught honors courses in the past, will debut her new documentary.  Trailblazers in Habits is an intimate portrait of a group of American nuns, the Maryknoll Sisters, who have accompanied the disenfranchised in their struggle for social justice. By turns tragic and joyous, yet always inspirational, this insightful documentary is a revealing portrait of these courageous women. The film weaves together the nuns’ own affecting accounts of imprisonment and personal struggle with rare archival footage and poignant reminisces from the beneficiaries of their work. A moving and absorbing chronicle that spans 100 years and several continents, this film celebrates the intelligence and tenacity, the love, compassion and generosity of these early feminists.

Monday 11/4
9:15  Steinmetz Zen Zone Yoga!  Bruce McEwen will lead another session of yoga.  New students always welcome.

Tuesday 11/5
4:15 University Library, Basement Level, B48 Focus on Library Tools: Databases (Abstracts in Anthropology, America: History & Life, PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) (1 hour) Use library databases to find valuable research materials and quality scholarly sources for your assignments. Characteristics of these databases will be highlighted to show troubleshooting techniques (efficiently finding full text) and searching multiple databases at once. Bring a research topic from one of your classes for hands on work.

Monday 11/11
9:15  Steinmetz Zen Zone Yoga!  Bruce McEwen will lead another session of yoga.  New students always welcome.

Tuesday 11/12
8:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area  Honors Lecture: Professor Broadwell.  Professor Broadwell (Department of Anthropology) will discuss some of his current research in his talk "Does language determine our emotions?"

Thursday, 11/14
8:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area  Energy Day Presentation.  Amanda Colley, a rising second-year honors student, will present a program on renewable energy.  Amanda writes: Come join us to hear about Jeff Freedman's intriguing research on how weather and climate change affects the availability of renewable energy.  Also, learn about an awesome and easy way to use renewable energy at home!

Monday 11/18
7:00 Performing Arts Center Recital Hall University-Community Jazz Ensemble A host of performers showcase their vocal and musical talents as part of their developmental studies. Meet in the lobby of Steinmetz at 6:40 or the lobby of the PAC at 6:45. Signups for free tickets are in the basement of Steinmetz.

9:15  Steinmetz Zen Zone Yoga!  Bruce McEwen will lead another session of yoga.  New students always welcome.

Tuesday 11/19
8:00  Steinmetz Lecture Area  Honors Lecture: Professor Jain.  Professor Jain (Department of Physics) will talk about some current research that he and others at UAlbany have joined in his talk "The Higgs Boson and Physics at the Large Hadron Collider."  The talk is designed for non-physics people - so anyone with an interest in learning a bit more about particle physics is welcome.

Wednesday 11/20
8:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area  Honors Lecture: Professor Cohen.  Professor Cohen (Department of Art History) will talk about some of her current research.

Monday 11/25
9:15  Steinmetz Zen Zone Yoga!  Bruce McEwen will lead another session of yoga.  New students always welcome.

Monday 12/2
9:15  Steinmetz Zen Zone Yoga!  Bruce McEwen will lead another session of yoga.  New students always welcome.

Tuesday 12/3
8:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area  Honors Lecture: Professor Londono.  Professor Londono (Department of Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latino Studies), will be presenting some of her current research.

Thursday 12/5

8:00 Steinmetz Lecture Area  Honors Lecture: Professor Ramos.  Professor Ramos (School of Social Welfare) will talk about some of her current research focused on stress and coping (particularly relevant, perhaps, for students who will be taking finals beginning next week).

Sunday 12/8
4:00 Performing Arts Center Main Theatre Holiday Concert Music Department ensembles (Chorale, Chamber Singers, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble and Symphony Orchestra) are joined by student groups (Serendipity and Earth Tones) for a concert celebrating the season. Meet in the lobby of Steinmetz at 3:40 or the lobby of the PAC at 3:45. Signups for free tickets are in the basement of Steinmetz.

Monday 12/9
9:15  Steinmetz Zen Zone Yoga!  Bruce McEwen will lead another session of yoga.  New students always welcome.

Tuesday 12/10
8:00 Steinmetz Relaxation Area  Relax!  As the semester draws to a close and finals loom, it is time for a little relaxation.  Come learn some relaxation skills and participate in some guided imagery exercises.  Bring a pillow if you'd like.