Welcome Retreat FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Honors Welcome Retreat?

The fifth annual Honors Welcome Retreat has been postponed until Spring 2021. 

To our Incoming Bearkats:

We are sad to announce that we have decided to postpone our Fall 2020 Welcome Retreat. Pre-registration for Welcome Retreat has closed as of June 17, 2020, due to COVID-19 concerns. The health of our students, ambassadors, and staff remains our priority.

We understand that everyone who had already completed the pre-registration form was very excited about attending this event. Welcome Retreat is among the top favorite events of the year for our Honors Ambassadors who love welcoming incoming Honors students. With this in mind, we will reschedule the event as soon as possible for the Spring 2021 semester.

We have also created a new video series, HonorSPEAK!, available on our homepage www.shsu.edu/honors and on our Honors social media platforms. This series of videos will help incoming students learn more about the Honors College from the safety and comfort of their homes.

We hope to have the chance to formally welcome all our incoming Bearkats during the Fall 2020 semester. In the meantime, please feel free to contact us via email at HONORS@SHSU.EDU.

Until then, please take good care of yourselves!

-Honors Office Staff

Where is the Honors Welcome Retreat? How do I get there?

The Honors Welcome Retreat will be held at Sam Houston State's own University Camp in Riverside, Texas. The University Camp is located approximately fifteen minutes from the SHSU campus. Students will check in on the SHSU campus at a designated location and the Honors College will provide transportation to camp.

Who goes to Honors Welcome Retreat?

The Honors Welcome Retreat is open to all incoming Honors College students. Current Honors College students who are also Student Ambassadors and HSAC Officers help in coordinating the retreat. Honors College Faculty will guide the breakout sessions and attend as well.

What is the cost of attending the Honors Welcome Retreat?

There is a non-refundable fee for this event of $75 per student. This fee is paid online through SHSU Marketplace. 

The fee includes your lodging, transportation, programming, meals, and camp materials including a t-shirt.

How do I register for the Honors Welcome Retreat? By when should I do this?

More updates coming soon.

If you need assistance with pre-registration, contact the Honors College Office via phone at 936-294-1477 or via email at honors@shsu.edu.

Okay, I have registered! What do I do with my WELCOME RETREAT FORMS?

The required welcome retreat forms will be made available once official registration begins. Send all three required forms to the Honors College Office via email at honors@shsu.edu

Note: If you are not 18 by the deadline then you will need a legal guardian to sign your forms. 

How do I notify you about any special needs, dietary needs, etc.?

Please contact the Honors College office via email at honors@shsu.edu to discuss any special needs or accommodations.

Where do I go to meet for transportation to the Honors Welcome Retreat?

Transportation will be provided to all students who have registered and are attending the retreat. You will need to meet at the location designated via email to check-in and load your things onto the vans. It is important that students do not leave the University Camp during the retreat for any reason.

If you have a special circumstance and require other transportation than what we will provide, you will need to make arrangements prior to September 4th with the Honors College office via email at honors@shsu.edu to discuss the circumstance.

What should I bring to the Honors Welcome Retreat?

  • Linens for an extended twin bed (sleeping bag, sheets, pillow)
  • Towels for shower and pool
  • Shower shoes
  • Comfortable clothes for recreational activities such as shorts and T-shirts
    • Note: You may want more than one set per day.
  • Toiletries
  • Closed toe shoes for recreation and optional activities
  • Protection from the sun, such as a hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Appropriate Swimwear

What should I not bring to the Honors Welcome Retreat?

Valuable items that could easily be misplaced such as jewelry, credit cards, or more than $20 cash. Any drugs, alcohol, weapons of any kind, including pocket knives, are not allowed at camp. This is a sanctioned SHSU event and any violations will be handled in cooperation with the university police and/or university disciplinary council. Students who violate these policies will be asked to leave camp without a refund.

It is important that students do not leave the University Camp during the retreat for any reason.

Will I have cell phone service at camp?

Cell phone service is not very reliable at camp and we offer no secure personal storage. We strongly urge you to not bring/use your phone at camp, you will be too busy making new friends to need it anyways!

In case of an emergency where someone needs to get a hold of you while you are at camp, contact the SHSU University Camp at (936)-294-3212.

Other Questions?

Please contact the Honors College Office via phone at 936-294-1477 or via email at honors@shsu.edu.

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The Elliott T. Bowers Honors College

Academic Building IV Suite 202 | Box 2479 | Huntsville, Texas 77341-2479

Phone: (936) 294.1477 | Email: honors@shsu.edu

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