News from the Honors Program

Highlights for 2012-2013

Honors graduates five students in 2012-2013.

Congrats to Farah Abu-Safe, Robert Lee, Karina Razo, Jesse Pierce, and Tabitha Brown (not pictured).














Jacqueline Jones named Honors faculty of the year for 2012-2013! 

Professor Jones was selected by Honors Program students (pictured left).

Jesse Pierce named outstanding Honors student for 2012-2013!

Jesse was selected by Honors faculty.



Honors sponsors kickoff event for Marshall Islands 2013

The Marshall Islands themed semester was a rousing success!  Dr. Jessica A. Schwartz, a post-doctoral fellow at Columbia University, was our featured speaker who presented:  "Radiation Sounds: Marshallese Music and Nuclear Silences."  Members of the MCCJC danced and sang and members of the First Marshallese Full Gospel Choir sang the RMI national anthem and performed a second song that got audience members dancing (some better than others) in the aisles. Visit our Marshall Islands Semester 2013 Facebook page for more photos.


Honors Student Council Members

Christina Miller and Aaron Kindle volunteered to represent Honors members. If you have concerns you want to voice student-to-student, talk to Christina or Aaron


Honors faculty member Sabrina Chesne serves as Interim Director, Fall 2012

Professor Sabrina Chesne, a long time honors faculty member and student favorite, stepped in and took over leadership of the Honors Program while Dr. Brown was on sabbatical.  The Program never missed a beat as Chesne revised the Learning Outcomes, composed and formulated an assessment strategy (a huge deal), bought T-shirts, and started the Honors Student Council, among other things.  Thanks Professor Chesne for ALL your HARD WORK and dedication to Honors.


Jones selected as Golden Eagle

Congratulations to Honors Program member Aaron Jones for being selected as the Golden Eagle award winner for Sept. 2012.  Yay Aaron!


Honors Students go "tourist caving" and bat hunting 

In Fall 2012, Interim Honors Program Director Sabrina Chesne bravely led students to War Eagle Cavern. The group viewed bats and a miniature unicorn?  The group also enjoyed a hearty lunch at the Bean Palace at War Eagle Mill.


Highlights for 2011-2012

 Honors Program Graduates recognized at Awards Ceremony, commencement

Honors Program Grads Nathan Argent, Jeni Conner, Elizabeth Gibbon, Jesse Greenhill, and Mitchell Reynolds were recognized during the May 4, 2012, Academic Awards Ceremony. In addition to being HP Grads, all five students were also selected as Outstanding Graduates in their respective degrees:  Nate and Jeni for Associate of Arts, Jesse for AA, General Studies, Elizabeth for Associate of Science, WCOB Transfer, and Mitchell as Associate of Science. Additionally, Jesse was named the Distinguished Graduate for the 2012 class and spoke during graduation. Congratulations to all of you!

 Honors Program Graduate and 2012 Distinguished Graduate Jesse Greenhill speaks during commencement


Jesse speaks at commencement, left, and Dr. Brown, Mitchell, Jesse, Elizabeth, Jeni, and Nate pose for a photo at the Academic Awards Ceremony.


Honors member wins BOT and AATYC scholarships

Congratulations to D'Etta Stephens-Mason for being selected as the Board of Trustees Scholar for 2012-2013 and the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Schools academic award winner. At right D'Etta poses with Sr. VP for Learning and Provost Dr. Steve Gates, far left, and BOT members Joan Clifford, and Rick Clifford during the AAC on May 4th. D'Etta attended the AATYC meeting in Hot Springs in the fall of 2012 where she officially received her award.

Honors faculty and students recognized at end-of-year reception

Congratulations to Honors faculty Sabrina Chesne and James Laughton for being selected as the 2011-2012 honors faculty of the year! 

Congrats also goes to Jesse Greenhill for being selected by honors faculty as the outstanding honors student for the year.  I'm sure Jesse is thinking, "if I had a nickle for every award....." or maybe, "I wish I had a nickle for every award!"


Honors attends Foundation Gala, Greenhill speaks, again

Honors Program members Mitchell Reynolds, Farah Abu-Safe, Jeni Conner, and Jesse and Bay Greenhill gather before the fundraising event in March, 2012. Jesse was the featured student speaker at the event.       


Honors, Service-Learning sponsor University of Massachusetts' Dr. Marc Prou for Haiti Awareness Week

Dr. Marc Prou, Director of Africana Studies and of the Haiti Today summer Study Abroad Program and Professor of Africana and Caribbean Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, presented “HAITI in the Global Context” in March at NWACC.  Plans for partnering with Prou on study abroad to Haiti are in the works.


Honors students win Golden Eagle, honored at BOT meetings

Jesse with Dr. Becky Paneitz, college president

Dr. Huggard and D'Etta at the BOT meeting

Honors students Jesse Greenhill and D'Etta Stephens-Mason (photos above) and Jerri Dalrymple (photo below) were recognized at Board of Trustee meetings on campus in Spring 2012 for winning the Golden Eagle award. Honors student Amanda Dias-Jayasinghe (photo below, right) also won the award for November 2011. In addition to being a member of the Honors Program, Amanda is currently a 10th-grader at Bentonville High School.

Honors Faculty Publishes BookDr. Huggard gives an overview of his book during a book signing event in the Honors classroom.

Dr. Chris Huggard, service-learning coordinator and former-Honors Program coordinator, was recently recognized for having published a book, Santa Rita del Cobre: A Copper Mining Community in New Mexico, from the University Press of Colorado. Dr. Huggard, who has published extensively on the environmental history of the West, co-authored the book  with former-miner and native of Santa Rita, Mr. Terrence M. Humble.  



Honors sponsors 4th annual Themed Semester

Honors once again sponsored the college-wide themed semester in spring 2012. The focus was Ireland. 

Dr. Thomas Kennedy discusses the Book of Kells during a presentation.

Dr. Thomas Kennedy gives an overview of Irish history in Ireland 2012's first presentation, left, and NWACC Prof. James Laugton speaks on Irish racial stereotyping, right.

 Fall 2011 Trip to Tulsa Museum

Honors took a semester trip to Tulsa to the The Shephardess, by Bouguereau [Philbrook, Permanent Collection]Philbrook Museum in the fall semester.  

Students viewed artwork and special Christmas displays at the beautiful Philbrook.




Of note:  kudos to Frank "forget about it" Manasseri received an invitation to apply for the non-traditional writers scholarship at Yale University. Though we hope Frank sticks around NWA, congratulations Frank! 




Highlights for 2010-2011

Congratulations to the 2010-2011 Honors Program Graduates: 

Mary Anna Davis, Sharon Fox, and Mark Dillard

Sharon and Mark are pictured left at graduation and Mary Anna on the honors trip to Greece.

Congratulations to Sharon Fox for winning the  Coca-Cola Academic All-Star Scholarship, 2011

Sharon traveled to New Orleans to receive the national award which provides a scholarship that Sharon will use while studying at the UA to complete her BA.  While in New Orleans Sharon spent her brief spare time visiting plantations on River Road with Dr. Brown.

Congratulations to Mark Dillard for winning the AATYC Academic Challenge and BOT Scholarships in 2010

Mark was recognized at the AATYC dinner in Hot Springs with other winners from two-year colleges around the state.  The AATYC Academic Challenge Scholarship provides a full ride to the Arkansas university of Mark's choice to complete his BA.

 Students and faculty recognized at the annual Honors end of year reception

  • Jesse Greenhill & Sharon Fox were named the Outstanding Honors Program students, 2010-2011
  • Prof. Sabrina "the Chez" Chesne was chosen as Outstanding Honors Faculty, 2010-2011.


Honors sponsors 3rd annual Themed Semester on Native America, Spring 2011

The Native America Semester was a huge success!  Thanks to all the participants and attendees!  Dr. Chris Huggard's World Civ II students once again took the lead on a service-learning project in the Spring. Led by team-leader D'Etta Mason, the team raised awareness of the Cherokee people and raised money for the Cherokee Immersion School and Heritage Center. The project is on-going through 2011-2012. See the Service Learning page for more information.


  • Honors Program Spring 2010 Field Trip

Honors students along with Dr.'s Brown and Huggard traveled to Tulsa and visited the Gilcrease and Philbrook Museums. Pictured from left are, Dr. Brown, Mary Ann, Mark, Alex, Lacey, Tes, Kevin, and Amy. Dr. Huggard snapped the photo.

Dr. Huggard's photo of the group at Philbrook