Honors Program Student Council
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President Rebecca Cunningham
Major: Biological Sciences
Activities/Interests: Undergraduate research, Honors Societies (Tri-Beta Biological, Hester, GSE), Intramural Sports, St. Leo's Newman House
Vice-President Ryan Richardson
Activities/Interest: Online Editor for the Murray State News, Office of Recruitment worker, Intramural Sports
Treasurer James McCallon
Activities/Interests: Honors Program Office Worker, Intramural Sports, Remote Sensing Research
Secretary Carli Whittington
Activities/Interests: Tri-Beta Biology, GSE, Chemistry Honors Societies, GSP-CC, St. Leo's Catholic Church
Sergeant-at-Arms Kristina Herrera
Major: Chemistry with Math Minor
Activities/Interests: SMACS Treasurer, Gamma Sigma Epsilon Treasurer, Chemistry TA
As the student government organization for the Honors Program, the Honors Program Student Council (HPSC) serves as an advisory board to the Honors Program director. Our primary goal is to create a community for MSU honors students through five committees.
Our philanthropy committee organizes the annual Kickballin’ for Books to raise money for the International Book Project, an organization which has sent 5.8 million books around the world. This committee also organizes smaller philanthropic ventures throughout the school year. In the past, the we have participated in Humane Society fundraisers, Up Til Dawn for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Relay for Life and various philanthropic events hosted by Greek organizations on campus.
The goal of the public relations committee is to increase the Honors Program’s presence on campus through the website, brochure and printed media for events. The public relations committee allows our students to acquire experience in technical writing, photography, poster making as well as publication experiences.
Both our men’s and the women’s sports teams do extremely well in the independent divisions of all five sports played in intramural sports at MSU. The Honors Program Student Council teams play softball, flag football, volleyball, basketball and soccer, all of which have separate seasons throughout the school year. Through our fundraising, HP students can play for free and receive discounted team jerseys.
The fundraising committee is an essential part of our Council because these efforts fund our participation in campus activities as well as our off-campus excursions.
From movie nights to holiday parties to trips to Mammoth Cave, the social committee is vital to the Honors Program community. In the fall, we host a Halloween party, the HP Thanksgiving Pheast and Dirty Santa Christmas party open to all HP students. In the spring, we host a Pi Day party, a Spring Formal known as Pegasus Prom and the end-of-the-year Toga Party Grill Out on the Quad. There are girls’ and boys’ nights as well as monthly movie nights in the Honors Program Student Lounge.