Honors Program Student Council
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President Rebecca Cunningham
Major: Biological Sciences, Minor: Chemistry
Activities/Interests: Undergraduate research, Honors Societies (ODK Vice President, Tr-Beta Biological, Hester, GSE), Intramural Sports, St. Leo's Newman House
Vice-President Hannah O'Daniel
Major: History, Minor: Anthropology
Activities/Interest: Honors Societies (ODK President, Alpha Chi President, Phi Alpha Theta History), Intramural Sports, Project Mentor
Treasurer Laura Boden
Major: Accounting and Finance
Activities/Interests:Intramural Sports, Student Alumni Association, Project Mentor, Accounting Society
Secretary Kadie Kinnis
Major: Pre-Veteranary Science
Activities/Interests: Alpha Lamda Deta Honors Society, Pre-Vet Club, White Residential College Council
Sergeant-at-Arms Rob Lewis
Major: Wildlife & Conservation Biology
Activities/Interests: The Wildlife and Fisheries Society President, Undergraduate Squirrel Research, Hunting, Fishing, and Flying
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 event to raise money for various local charities. 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.