Dr. W. Brett Wiley (Director of the Honors Program) Last week I found an Honors Program handbook from 1998, which was one of the first (if not the first) years of the program’s existence at what was then Mount Vernon Nazarene College. In that document, students were introduced to an Honors program that included some … Continue reading Welcome to the MVNU Honors Program!
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“Music’s Epic Stories,” a Spring 2021 Honors seminar taught by Dr. John Packard, highlighted how music plays a powerful role in telling stories. Exploring the role of music in storytelling through music genres that are both epic and expansive, the course began by focusing on music for film. However, the exploration had only just begun. … Continue reading Honors Seminar: Music’s Epic Stories
Caroline Phillips, an MVNU Honors graduate, explains how her Honors Project helped prepare her for her future career! Here's what she says about her experience in the Honors Program: "I'm Caroline Phillips, and I was in the Honors Program from 2012-2015. Currently, I am a Junior Associate Attorney at an immigration firm in Virginia. The … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Caroline Phillips
“Everyday Monasticism: What We All Can (and Should) Learn From the Monastic Life,” a Spring 2021 Honors seminar being taught by Dr. Doug Van Nest, is showing students the value monastic practices can offer to everyday life. Rather than write off monastic practices as strange and unapplicable, Everyday Monasticism considers the purpose and practices of … Continue reading Honors Seminar: Everyday Monasticism
In December, you were officially accepted into the MVNU Honors Program. We would love to address any questions or concerns that you have about the program. To help us find out who is joining the program this fall, please complete the following survey:
MVNU Honors graduate, Kailey Bradley, shares how her experience in the Honors Program shaped her thinking as she entered her career! Here’s what she says: “I have very fond memories of the Honors Program. I went on to obtain my MA in clinical mental health counseling and have been a practicing therapist for seven years. … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Kailey Bradley
When asked about her Honors Project, Salena Alexander, a senior this spring, explains how she adapted her plan to the challenges of COVID-19. Here's what she says about the work that has gone into her project: "For the past two summers I have worked as an intern at Appalachia Reach Out (ARO), a Christian non-profit … Continue reading Honors Project Spotlight: Salena Alexander
Below you will find links to presentations by the Honors Program juniors who this fall completed Honors Project Preparation (HON3091). In these brief presentations, the students will explain the plans for their Honors Projects, their motivation for taking on the projects that they have chosen, and what their next step(s) will be in the process. … Continue reading pre-sURC 2020
One of two seminars being offered through the MVNU Honors Program this semester, Dr. Jon Bossley's "Exploring the Environment: Hot-Button Issues and the Great Outdoors" gives students the opportunity to investigate the world around them. The course asks questions about what exactly "the environment" is and how the Christian should approach environmental issues. These topics … Continue reading Honors Seminar: Exploring the Environment
Abigail Leskey, a senior this year, was able to work this summer despite the obstacles of COVID-19. When asked about her experience, here is what she had to say: "Thanks to my English degree-in-progress, I obtained work this summer as an intern-level technical writer for the annual report of the town of Orono, Maine. I … Continue reading Summer Experience: Abigail Leskey
Taught by Hank Spaulding, Associate Campus Pastor at MVNU, "Religious Pluralism, Justice, and Higher Law Ethics: Interfaith Dialogue and the Refugee Crisis" offers a space for Honors Students to talk about pressing issues. One of the course's main goals is to emphasize the importance of gaining capacities in interfaith dialogue, inviting students to learn about … Continue reading Honors Seminar: Religious Pluralism, Justice, and Higher Law Ethics