The SMSU Honors Progam is raising funds to take four students to the 2019 National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) Conference in New Orleans. In 2017, Honors Program Director Dr. Brett Gaul took four students to the NCHC Conference in Atlanta. It was such a transformative experience for the students--three of them had never flown before--that Dr. Gaul vowed to make taking students to the NCHC a yearly occurrence. Last year, with the help of generous donors, four students were able to attend the NCHC in Boston. In addition to attending many thought-provoking conference sessions, the students were also able to visit The Freedom Trail and learn more about the American Revolution.
Student travel to the 2019 National Collegiate Honors Council Conference in New Orleans to cover students' airfare, hotel, and ground transportation.
The SMSU Honors Program budget is limited. While the program does receive a modest allocation from the university each year, much of that money is used to take students to the annual Upper Midwest Honors Conference. There, the students present research, attend sessions, and meet other honors students from around the region. Although that experience is also transformational for students, it is not as transformational as travel to the National Collegiate Honors Council Conference is.