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Skidmore College
Honors Forum

HFC - MINUTES  -- Monday, October 5, 1998


Michael Arnush, Sue Bender, Phil Boshoff, Steve Hoffman, Allison  Kupfer, Amelia Rauser, Anita Steigerwald, Chris McGrath


Emily Levy, Jon Ramsey

The Meeting began at 9:00 am, President's Conference Room

The previous minutes were corrected and then approved by the Council

  1. Michael reports that the Curriculum Committee has approved six of the  seven courses that were presented to them. Two courses require additional  attention by the faculty:  AH115 (needs clarification to shift to a 14-week  syllabus); EN213 (needs clarification on the honors content of the course - specifically, requires a syllabus)

  2. A brochure outlining all the events the Honors Council has scheduled or  co-sponsored will go out in the mail to all faculty and students this week.

Report from the Committees:

  1. Social Activities

    • Allison and Anita met with members of the HF Social Committee. They are planning a number of activities.  The members are gathering information for  various events to report at the next meeting:

    • List of activities:  Coffee house featuring student poetry, fiction, music; field trip to Boston Museum of Fine Arts to see Monet exhibit; LS1 study session for first-year students; holiday gala; faculty luncheon series, and a NYC trip for the spring.

  2. Alumni

    • Steve met with members of the Alumni Committee.  They discussed projects for the year

    • intellectual sessions

    • corporate head hunter/spring break

    • volunteer

    • sponsor vacation weekend

    • Steve and Michael met with Mary Solomons, Dir. of Alumni Affairs, and Omay  Elphick, Asst. Dir. and coordinator of the Student Alumni Society (separate  from the HF). The Society consists of 30 students, at least 12 of whom are HF students. Michael recommended that the HF student committee work with  the Society to coordinate co-sponsored events.

  3. Newsletter/Handbook/Website Committee:

  4. Phil and Jon met with HF members of the Newsletter Committee.  They  discussed projects for the year and settled on three immediate projects:

    • produce two newsletters this fall, plan and develop an HF website, announce a contest to design the HF logo with submissions turned in to the Honors Council.

    • The next meeting of the Newsletter Committee will be October 15 at 5:30.

  5. First Year:

    • Anita met with the members of the First-Year Committee - no plans so far,  but she will communicate with them and report to Council.
    • Chris McGrath, Periclean Representative, reports plans for joint activities
    • HF/Periclean e.g. academic festival.

Michael requested that each of the four committees should appoint a Chair that  would meet with him monthly to coordinate plans and to provide a supportive  context for accomplishing committee objectives.

The Meeting adjourned at 10:00 am - next meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 14, 9am, PCR.