Associations and Conferences
National Collegiate Honors Council
The Honors Program is a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC). The mission of NCHC is to further undergraduate education by promoting an atmosphere of academic opportunity and challenge for Honors students and professionals. Each fall, a national weekend conference is held in cities across the US, with driving themes that reflect the chosen location. The conference includes general sessions on honors-related topics, poster sessions and presentations of student projects, and city-as-text explorations. Each year the Director and several Honors students represent Fordham at the conference.
In November 2006 in Philadelphia, Fordham students presented a social justice initiative entitled, “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?” The project grew out of the junior Honors course, "Ethical Dimensions of Contemporary Social Problems," with Dr. Jude Jones (Spring 2006). Nicknamed, "Evil, Vice, and Sin," the course explored human nature and our capacity for evil, vice, and sin. Always present in discussions was the question of responsibility: are we in fact responsible for our fellow man? The class devised a project to study the moral passivity known as “apathy.” The project’s goal was to both understand and combat apathy through survey research and creating service opportunities for students. Because Darfur continues to be a pressing global concern, the class devised a passive education program (through flyers) to raise awareness within the campus community of the civil strife in Darfur. To supplement this passive education, Dr. Jones and students organized a lecture through the Social Justice Forum featuring Dr. Amir Idris (African Studies).
The 2009 NCHC Conference was held in Washington, D.C. Fordham Honors students, the Honors Administrator, and the Honors Director presented the Fordham Honors Oral History Project, an ongoing effort to collect the stories and memories of Fordham Honors alumni. Entitled "Remembrance of Things Past," the presentation took place during the general sessions of the conference.
To access the Powerpoint presentation given at the 2009 NCHC Conference, please click here.
Association of Jesuit Colleges & Universities
In February 2006, honors programs of Jesuit colleges and universities gathered for the first annual AJCU Honors Conference. Held at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, the conference was a chance for honors programs to be "introduced" through presentations, discussions, and social opportunities. Each program presented their history, structure, strengths, and challenges. Topics discussed included recruiting, retention, diversity, scholarships, theses, the role honors in the intellectual life of the university, student issues, mentorships, housing, the future of honors education, and the unique position of honors programs at Jesuit institutions.
In February 2007, Fordham hosted the second annual conference. In attendance were representatives from Boston College, Canisius College, Creighton University, John Carroll University, Le Moyne College, Loyola College in Maryland, Loyola Marymount University, Marquette University, Regis University, Rockhurst University, Saint Joseph's University, Saint Peter's College, Santa Clara University, Seattle University and University of Detroit Mercy. During the student sessions, the students formed a council, drafted a mission statement, and commited to a social justice project. The conference established a seven-member student board of directors from the Jesuit colleges. William Moccia, FCRH '09 was chosen to represent Fordham on the board. The social justice initiative for the 2007-2008 academic year was Operation Iraqi Children. Read more about the Second Annual Conference (2007) in The Ram.
Fordham has played a prominent role in all consequent AJCU Honors Conferences. Much of the work at these gatherings has continued in the tradition of the first two -- from the planning of shared social justice projects to ongoing discussions of the Ignatian identity of an honors program at a Jesuit university. The locations of the AJCU Honors Conferences are listed below:
2008: Regis University
2009: Santa Clara University
2010: Marquette University
2011: Rockhurst University
The Seventh Annual AJCU Honors Conference took place at Fordham University on February 17-18, 2012. Representatives from the honors programs of thirteen AJCU institutions were in attendance: Boston College, Canisius College, Creighton University, LeMoyne College, Loyola Marymount University, Loyola University Maryland, Loyola University New Orleans, Regis University, Rockhurst University, Santa Clara University, St. Joseph’s University, St. Peter’s College, and Fordham. A number of topics were discussed during the two-day conference, including: the place of technology in honors; the making of a good honors classroom; and the role of honors in the university. Attendees also developed a statement on the essential features of an honors program at a Jesuit institution, and laid tentative plans for a Jesuit Summer Institute in 2013. More information about the conference can be found in the February 22, 2012 edition of The Ram.