Part of the benefits of being in the Honors College are the special events during the semester. These events range from fun, relationship building dinner and outings to serving the community as a whole.

Welcome Retreat for New Honors Students. September 8-9-

Parents Luncheon- Join your student, their peers, and other Honors parents for the annual Parents Luncheon with Honors faculty and ambassadors! Register or purchase a t-shirt or additional guest seats here!



Featured Events

Medallion Ceremony

The Bowers Medallion Ceremony and Reception is held in the LSC Ballroom at the end of every semester to celebrate the graduation of honors students. This semester the ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 11 am.

Spring 2017 graduates will need to register by Friday, May 5, 2017 by following this link:

Student plus 4 guests are complimentary, each additional guest will require a $20 fee.

Honors College Open House

The Elliott T. Bowers Honors College Open House is a campus event that provides prospective students and their parents the opportunity to learn more about Honors education at Sam Houston State University.  Presentations and informal conversations with Honors faculty, academic advisors, and Honors College Student Ambassadors will include information on the following topics:

Applying to the Honors College

Academic Scholarships

The Honors Seminars

Honors Student Life

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Co-Curricular Honors Experiences

Honors Residence Life Opportunities

The Honors College Open House is scheduled during Saturdays at SAM, the SHSU college preview day:

  • Saturday, April 8, 2017 11:00 am, Olson Auditorium, AB4
  • Saturday, November 11, 2017, 11:00 am, Olson Auditorium, AB4

Reservations are encouraged.  For additional information, contact the Honors College at or 936-294-1477. For Saturdays at SAM information, view the website

Undergraduate Research Symposium

Saturday, April 29, 2017

CHSS Building

The URS was conceived of and is hosted by the Honors College Student Ambassadors, who believe in the importance of sharing undergraduate research in a multi-disciplinary environment. It was created to:

  • Provide a forum for students to present their research to faculty and other students
  • Give students the opportunity to practice public speaking to prepare for future conferences
  • Give students the chance to network with other students and faculty
  • Help students grow as emerging professionals in their fields of study

To achieve these ends, the URS is a congenial, positive, professional environment, and faculty volunteers serve as moderators to provide informal yet constructive feedback to everyone who presents.


Interested in presenting or attending the 2017 URS? Visit the official website HERE.

ProfSPEAK 2016-2017 

In a continued effort to promote undergraduate research, the Honors College is hosting a new series of informal lectures called ProfSPEAK. Each month, a different faculty member will share some aspect of his or her research with interested undergraduates from any discipline. All students, faculty, and staff are also welcome. Here is the line-up for this academic year:


Wednesday, January 25, 4-5:30, EV 105

Dr. Hannah Gerber (Education) Not so Frivolous: What Videogames Can Teach Us About Learning

Videogames, often considered a frivolous pastime, can teach us a great deal about meaning making, socialization, and literacy. Looking beyond the negative media and press that espouse the detriments of videogames, what emerges are rich environments that immerse learners in worlds that include socially imbued and interest-driven learning. This talk will discuss the affordances of gaming, through looking at social media metadata and longitudinal qualitative data, and will make the case that videogames are complex spaces that merit discussion within academic debate.

Wednesday, February 8, 4-5:30, EV 105

Dr. Victoria Lantz (Theatre) Robinson Crusoe’s Island? Tourism, Erasure, and Heritage in Tobago

In late July through early August, Tobagonians gather to celebrate historical events and cultural traditions through a variety of public performances, including parades, plays, historical reenactments, and concerts. For tourists, Tobago is promoted as the untouched, natural Caribbean isle (or Robinson Crusoe’s unpopulated island), of only 60,000 people. The “unspoiled” island persona gives Tobago a weekender identity for tourists; a place you day trip to while visiting Trinidad with its large cultural sites. The island’s tourist identity is a Caribbean paradise, but the Heritage Festival uses performance to express a complex cultural identity based in the British colonial past as well as more contemporary post-independence history. I assert that these performances are a variation on the postcolonial exercises in self-definition. ‚Äč

Wednesday, March 8, 4-5:30, EV 105

Ervin Malakaj (Foreign Languages) Post-68 Nostalgia and the Personal Labor of Women in Helma Sanders-Brahms’ Under the Pavement Lies the Strand

Joining an international array of protests calling for social justice amidst state-sanctioned repression, the 1968 student movement has triggered important political, social, and cultural change in Germany. Student leaders called for the removal of public officials with Nazi pasts, reforms in higher education, and sanctions for police violence. In fact, the movement came to be known as a progressive organ, empowering disenfranchised groups of people to demand change. What, then, do we do with the fact that women leaders among student groups were regularly pushed out of important discussions? What do we do with information that shows the key players, long held in high esteem, as sexists unable to account for the demands of women? My research approaches these questions as they figure for feminist filmmakers in Germany, whose work has extensively sought out ways to understand this history in order to move beyond it. In my talk, I will investigate a neglected yet important film, Unter dem Pflaster Liegt der Strand (Under the Pavement Lies the Strand, 1974), directed and written by renowned filmmaker Helma Sanders-Brahms (1940-2014). The film juxtaposes a nostalgia for the revolutionary potential of the 1968 era with a political-personal labor of women.


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