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 The All-College Honors Program: OΚΣ

 

 

 Calendar of Activities:   2008–2009   2009–2010   2010–2011

ΟΚΣ (Omicron Kappa Sigma or OKS) means "the circle of wisdom" and is the honor society of the All-College Honors Program at Westminster College.

 

As the All-College Honors Program cultivates the life of the mind and a spirit of service, it also promotes and supports activities that foster a sense of community while enriching the liberal arts experience. These activities are meant to build a community of Honors Scholars who demonstrate intellectual vitality and academic rigor, and to provide opportunities for exceptional students to gain a deep appreciation of the multiple dimensions of knowledge.

 

Below is a calendar of activities for Honors Program that are designed to fulfill some of its goals.

 

Eating Outside the Bun

Three times each semester, we will be "Eating Outside the Bun" to get a taste of an extra-American culture through small group research and through eating at a restaurant serving that particular culture's cuisine. The purpose is not only for enriching our knowledge of other cultures but also for fellowship among Honors Scholars.

 

In preparation, you will form small groups among you to do some basic research on various aspects of the particular nation or ethnic group: history, religion(s), music, art, literature, and cuisine. All should reflect on the significance of the nation or ethnic group in our world and for our education. Each group should share the research results en route to the restaurant; on the way back, we should reflect on the experience of "Eating Outside the Bun."

 

Feel free to contribute your ideas for how to get the best out of this activity (e.g., cuisine suggestions).

Musings at Mugsies

From time to time during the semester, we will gather at Mugsies, the neighborhood cafe with free Wi-Fi, for "Musings at Mugsies." With coffee, tea, other beverages, and snacks, we will hold casual discussions about academic and non-academic matters that are significant in your life and in the life of our nation or the world, e.g., Westminster's mission statement, the global economy, your ideas about enriching and improving the Honors Program. Musings at Mugsies is intended to be something like the (intellectual-philosophical) salons of the 17th19th centuries.

 Calendar: 2009 Fall  


Date


Activity

 


Notes

 

Sep 1

  Welcome back, Honors Scholars!

Sep 10 R

OΚΣ (a.k.a. OKS) picnic & meeting

Where: New Wilmington Borough Park (at the pavilion), on other side of Market St. from Old 77

When: 5:45 p.m.–8:00 p.m.-ish

 

Be there by 5:45 p.m. or meet at 5:30 p.m. at the McKelvey entrance (quad side) to walk together with others.

Oct 8 R

OΚΣ meeting

Where: Miller Board Room (in McGill library)

When: 9:30 p.m.

Oct 9 F

Musings at Mugsies

Where: Mugsies

When: 2:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.(-ish)?

Oct 13 T

Eating Outside the Bun: India
Destination: Sri Venkateswara Temple & India Garden restaurant (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

NB: decent casual clothes

Leave from McKelvey entrance (street side) at 5:15 p.m.

 

Please be prepared to report or share five things you found out about India that you didn't know before:

 

economics, history, politics

literature, music, religions

food

Oct 22 R

Musings at Mugsies

Where: Mugsies

When: 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.(-ish)?

Nov 5 R

OΚΣ meeting

Where: Miller Board Room (in McGill library)

When: 9:30 p.m.

Nov 13 R Eating Outside the Bun: Tailand
Destination: Thai Place (Wexford, Pa.)

Leave from McKelvey entrance (street side) at 6:00 p.m.new

 

Please be prepared to report or share five things you found out about Thailand that you didn't know before:

 

economics, history, politics

literature, music, religions

food

Dec 12 Sa OΚΣ meeting & Christmas party

Where: Miller Board Room (in McGill library)

When: 3:00 p.m.

Dec 15 T

Musings at Mugsies

Where: Mugsies

When: 3:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.(-ish)?

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

 

 Calendar: 2010 Spring  


Date


Activity

 


Notes

 

Feb 8 M

Musings at Mugsies Where: Mugsies
When: 3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m. (and beyond)

Feb 21–23

Honors Lecture (canceled)

Lectures (and classes?) by Prof. Fr. Phillip Linden, professor of theology, Xavier University, New Orleans, LA

       Feb 21 Su

Vespers sermon / lecture

Where: Wallace Memorial Chapel

When: 7:00 p.m.

Title of sermon: TBA

       Feb 22 M

Chapel talk

Where: Wallace Memorial Chapel

When: 11:40–12:10 p.m.

Title of talk: TBA

  Lunch with Prof. Fr. Linden

Where: Lindley Dining Room

When: 12:30 p.m.

  Public lecture
reception in the lobby

Where: Beeghly Theater

When: 7:00 p.m.

Title of lecture: TBA

Feb 23 T

OΚΣ meeting

Where: Patterson Hall 132

When: 7:30 p.m.

Mar 25 R

Eating Outside the Bun: Brazil
Destination: Green Forest Churrascaria (Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Leave from McKelvey entrance (street side) at 5:30 p.m.


economics, history, politics:

literature, music, religions:

cuisines:

Apr 22 R

Eating Outside the Bun: Japan
Destination: Asuka Japanese Cuisine (Boardman, OH)

Leave from McKelvey entrance (street side) at 5:30 p.m..

 

economics, history, politics:

literature, music, religions:

cuisines:

Apr 2324 F-Sa

WC Undergraduate Research & Arts Celebration

Attend, observe, and support fellow researchers and presenters (presentations may provide ideas for your own research, especially for your Honors Project).

 

Apr 23: 3:104:10 p.m. & 4:205:20 p.m.

Apr 24: 8:0011:00 a.m.

Apr 29 R

Honors Banquet at 2 Tomato Banquet at 5:45 p.m (NB: appropriate attire)
leave campus at 5:15 p.m.

Welcome new Honors Scholars into the 2013 cohort
Retrospect of second year & prospect of 20102011

May 2 Su

Supper with Pres. and Mrs. Dorman

Supper will begin at 5:30 p.m.

 

Be at the Dormans' residence before 5:30 p.m.

Have a great summer!

 

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(Albert Einstein, 1921, in response to Thomas Edison’s opinion that a college education is useless)

 

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(G. K. Chesterton)

 

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(Ecclesiastes 1.18)

 

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(Yoda [Star Wars V: Empire Strikes Back])

 

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