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Marketing and Volunteer

Upcoming Events Communications

Opportunities Team Spotlight

p. 5 From the Director's Desk

p. 14 Advisers' Corner

p. 19 Volunteer Opportunity Spotlight

p. 6 Alumni Spotlight

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p. 15 Honors Events

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Dating Safety

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Black Student Union

A Different Kind of



What is UROP?

Instagram: @fsuhonors

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the most up to date news on Honors events and schedules. Facebook: Florida State University Honors Program

UPCOMING EVENTS FSU Shadow Presentation - February 7th, 8:30 PM, Great Hall, HSF Seminole Shack Showdown Interest Meeting February 9th, 6:30 PM, HSF Classroom Women's Basketball (Wake Forest) - February 9th, 7:00 PM Donald L. Tucker Center FSU Shadow Presentation - February 13th, 6:30 PM, Great Hall, HSF Women's Basketball (Texas) - February 13th, 7:00 PM, Donald L. Tucker Center Women's Basketball (Clemson) - February 18th, 2:00 PM, Donald L. Tucker Center Intramural Team Interest Meeting = February 20th, 4th Floor HSF Valentine's Social and the RoomlyWed GameFebruary 20th, 7:30 PM, Great Hall HSF Women's Basketball (Pittsburgh) l - February 23rd, 7:00 PM, Donald L. Tucker Center Intramural Team Interest Meeting - February 23rd, TBA

ATTENTION! The Honors Program is proud to bring you free printing in our office. This printer is for HONORS STUDENTS ONLY. To utilize it, an honors student must bring: 1.) ID to check-in at the front desk 2.) USB flash drive with your document in PDF form on it 3.) Paper! Ensure that your document is a PDF and we will print everything for you. The printer only prints black and white.

Dobby has no master, Dobby is a free printer, Dobby has come to save stresssed college students.

If you are unsure on how to convert your file to a PDF, here is a link to do so on Microsoft Word:

Hours: M-F 8 AM - 5 PM

From the Director's Desk

Dear Honors Students I am glad that people are using the printer in our office. Please remember that you must bring your own paper and a flash drive..  Eventually we hope to have a computer hooked up so you do not need the flash drive but for now, this is the best we can offer.  I hope everyone had a great time on the campout at Lake Talquin.  I think this was a great Honors event and I hope there will be more to come.  If anyone has any other ideas for Honors getaways, please come tell us in the Honors office.

A Love Affair with Lysine So...why lysine??  I know everyone has lost sleep over why my favorite molecule is lysine so I will put your mind at ease.  As some (or most) of you know, I am a classically trained organic chemist but during my post-doctoral position, I became interested in using organic chemistry to study biological problems.  Since that time I have been involved in a number of different projects and one of my favorites was studying the organic chemistry of alcohol-induced liver disease. My collaborator and I figured out that prolonged alcohol consumption in lab animals caused the liver proteins to become modified.  These modifications are called adducts.  Most of you know that amino acids are the building blocks of proteins and there are 20 naturally-occurring amino acids.  Thus, we set out to determine the structures of the adducts and which of the 20 amino acids form adducts.  It turned out that there are 2 different types of adducts.  We also discovered that the amino acid histidine forms one of the adducts, but lysine forms both adducts.  Thus, lysine is my favorite molecule!

Sincerely, Mark Kearley

I graduated from FSU in the Alumni Spotlight: spring of 2016 with a double Victoria Sunnergren major in Art History and Religion. I was part of the first class of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) during my freshman year, and quickly fell in love with undergraduate research. I completed two independent studies, a summer research award (now known as IDEA Grants), and an honors in the major thesis (look it up in DigiNole!). My thesis research led me to the work of scholars at the University of Delaware (UD), where I applied and was accepted to complete a Master’s degree in Art History. Because of my experience leading UROP courses and an Honors colloquium section during my junior and senior years, I was able to secure a Graduate Assistantship with the Undergraduate Research Program at UD, so that my Master’s degree is completely funded. I am now studying Native American art and exploring my new surroundings in the Northeast! I would encourage students at FSU to use UROP to explore their individual passions, and use the perks of the Honors program to get involved with causes that excite them, because truly loving what you do is the best way to succeed at it.

UROP What is it? "The Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) offers a rare opportunity for first- and second-year students to partner with our excellent faculty as research assistants. Students in UROP work closely with faculty and peers, receive mentorship and training in the UROP Colloquium class, and present their contributions in the Spring Research Symposium. UROP is open to students of all majors."

What does it involve? Conducting esearch 5-10 hours per week assisting a faculty member, Ph.D. student, or startup company. See last year's UROP projects here Meeting bi-monthly with a UROP Student Leader and fellow UROP students; receive personalized guidance about research and campus resources Presenting at the annual undergraduate research symposium.

How do I apply? Visit­undergraduate­research­ opportunity­program to find the application and apply online! The deadline for current High School Seniors and current 1sr year FSU students is May 1st, 2017. For transfer students starting at FSU Summer or Fall 2017 the deadline is July 1st, 2017.

WE WANT YOU! Do you like to write? Do you love to take pictures? Do you draw or paint? Then send in your work in and you could be featured in the Honors Newsletter! Email your work to

Hi, I'm Kayla Rojics! Newsletter Chair Year: Junior Major: Biology Hometown: Jacksonville, FL Fun fact: I have met Superman and Luke Skywalker, just not at the same time. Hobbies: Reading, gaming, coloring, writing, Netflix Favorite TV Show: The Big Bang Theory Weaknesses: Kittens, especially during Kitten Season (Spring) when there are dozens of them all around my house!


Hi, I'm Ellis Daugherty! Newsletter Chair Year: Freshman Major: Exercise Physiology Hometown: Niceville, FL Fun fact:  I lived in South Korea for 4 and a half years!  Hobbies: Cooking, tripping, and reading any and every book Favorite book: The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly  Weaknesses: Forming intelligent sounding sentences in front of professors and vegan chocolate cake

Hi, I'm Allie Jacobs! Documentary Chair Year: Junior Major: Biological Science and Spanish Language Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri Fun fact: I am unusually good at Sudoku... Hobbies: Soccer, cooking, coffee, racquetball, Jesus Favorite TV Show: Incorrigible (stand­up comedy) by Chris D’Elia Weaknesses: Donuts, Disney movie soundtracks, puppies


Hi, I'm Tristen Jahn! Documentary Chair Year: Freshman Major: Exploratory Hometown: Jupiter, FL Fun fact:  Last summer, I got to hike to the top of Machu Picchu. Hobbies: Photography, yoga, anything outdoors like hiking and kayaking Favorite TV Show: Parks and Recreation Weaknesses: Dogs, Netflix, arts and crafts

Hi, I'm Logan McCord!


Publicity Chair Year: Freshman Major: Biology Hometown: Sneads, FL Fun fact: I’ve had my tooth knocked out twice by a volleyball and once by a package of Peeps. Hobbies: Running, hiking, kayaking, reading, watching "The Office", and baking Favorite TV Show: The Office Weaknesses: Mac and Cheese, Chocolate, Tacos, and 30 second videos of food being cooked

Hi, I'm Bethany Brownrigg! Graphic Design Chair Year: Freshman Major:  Theater Hometown:  Orlando, FL Fun fact:  I studied German in high school and did a foreign exchange in Bavaria for a month Hobbies:  Singing, drinking coffee, reading, dancing, embarrassing myself Favorite Movie: Dirty Dancing Weaknesses: Otters, key lime pie, 90’s R&B, breakfast for dinner, The 1975, bad puns


Corner Words of Wisdom

Hey, hi, hello from your favorite Honors Advisors!

A Reminder About Honors Legal Scholars Program:

The Honors Legal Scholars Program is designed for honors students who want to be a lawyer. It is a chance for you to make connections with faculty, current law students, and a large alumni network. The program is taking applications right now and is open to any honors student who has at least one academic year remaining. Note, the application is due by February 24, 2017.

We hope that your first month of the Spring 2017 has come to a successful end. February is a bit of a busy month for your academics and for HSA, we hope you take full advantage of all the amazing opportunities available to you! Here are some key dates to keep in mind: February 13, 6:30pm -FSU Shadow Presentation: The Career Center will be coming to the HSF Great Hall to explain the aMaZiNg Shadow program here at FSU and how to apply! Come test drive your career before you buy it! February 24 - Honors Legal Scholars Applications are due! For more information please visit:, it's the SEVENTH WEEK OF THE SEMESTER! This means that if you want to drop a class without receiving a grade this is the LAST day to do so! For more information please check out February 27 - Classes for Summer 2017 and Fall 2017 are released! You’ll be able to fill your class shopping cart and prepare for the upcoming semesters March 1, 4pm - Looking to participate in the Fulbright Program? Check our the Fulbright Workshop hosted by ONF in HSF March 6 - The magical day when you get to register for classes! April 28 at 4:30pm - Looking to start Honors in the Major in the Summer of 2017? Applications are due on April 28 at 4:30pm! For more info check out: Looking for research opportunities? UROP Applications are NOW OPEN!!!! Visit:

As always, we are here to help you succeed in your journey. If you need us please don’t hesitate to reach out!

Social Pictures Photographed by Tristen Jahn

Honors Events Executive Board Retreat

Yoga Yoga

Yoga Yoga

Yoga GBM


Q & A with the BSU

Spotlight: Black Student Union

Q: What is the purpose of the Black Student Union? A: The purpose of the Black Student Union is to act as a safe haven, as well as an advocate for students within the minority community. Q: If you had to pick three figures to highlight during Black History Month, who would you choose and why? A: Taraji P Henson: she is radiant , strong , and educated. She exemplifies what it means be a Black Queen Martin Luther King: he is a constant reminder to keep pressing forward with our mission and agenda. We are able to see how far we've come , but are aware that we still have more to do Rosa Parks: although , her story is well known I feel like it teaches our community such a valuable lesson. She should be highlighted to promote standing your ground and standing up for the right things, no matter the consequence . Meetings Sunday @ 6PM in the Black Student Union House

Volunteer Opportunities Remember Honors Students that you have

hours: you must log







deadlines for service

by the end of your

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. For example, if you earn 15 hours in your first year, you


only need 5 more by the end of your second year. Take into account

that for every 30 hours of service (up to 150 hours), you can earn one

point towards your Honors Graduation.

DATES Thursday, February 9th @ 6PM in HSF - Seminole Shack

Showdown Interest Meeting:

From April 3rd to 5th, HSA is

joining Habitat for Humanity and other student organizations

to camp out in shacks on the Union Green to raise awareness of

substandard housing! It is a great way to earn a TON of hours

whether you want to be help build or stay. This year’s theme is

Decades so come with plenty of ideas.

Fat Tuesday, February 28th @ 10AM-1:PM - Healthy Snack

Stand Fundraiser out on Landis Green! If you’re tired of bake

sales but still want to support HSA’s Relay for Life team, swing

by to pick up an apple, granola bar, or other healthy snack

between classes.

Friday, April 21st @ 6PM - Relay for Life - Join the Honors

Student Association team to take a stand against cancer! Link:



Spotlight: Service Organizations

Why Join Relay For Life? 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men in the U.S. will be

diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. One of

those people could be you or someone you love.

That's why we Relay. When you join a Relay For

Life event, you're helping the American Cancer

Society fund groundbreaking research, crucial

patient care programs, and education and

prevention information. When you Relay, you

help save lives.

What is Relay For Life? Relay is a team fundraising event where team

members take turns walking around a track or

designated path. Each event is 6-24 hours in length

and each team is asked to have a member on the

track at all times to signify that cancer never

sleeps. Cancer patients don't stop because they're

tired, and for one night, neither do we.

Each team sets up a themed campsite at the event

and continues their fundraising efforts by

collecting donations for food, goods, games, and

activities. This money will count towards their

overall team fundraising goal.



By Ellis Daugherty

In the world of TInder, finding dates through social media and online dating is becoming the norm. Because of this, safety concerns should be at the forefront of our minds when meeting someone new. Here are a few tips for gals and guys to help protect yourself when going on a first date. Chat on the phone before the date. This will allow you to "feel out" the other person and decide if you actually want to meet this person. Use your own transportation Meet in a public place! Don't leave your food or drinks unattended Don't give out your personal information like home addresses or dorm room numbers Don't lie. We all know you can't lift 500 pounds, bean sprout. Most importantly, have a way "out" of the date if it starts going down the drain! Keep your friends in the loop of where you are or if you may need an "out".

Have a lovely (and safe) Valentine's Day!

A Different Kind of Love by Kayla Rojics What is love? This is a question that I find myself pondering often as Valentine's’ Day approaches. Looking back at Valentines past, I realize that my perception of the holiday has changed, and so has my enjoyment of it. Now I am not saying that I hate the holiday, just that I don’t worry so much about putting too much pressure on the day's events. I never have, and I don’t think that I ever will. When I was young--I’m talking grade school age--Valentine’s Day was one of the highlights of my year. My teachers would always give us white paper bags and let us decorate it with hearts, glitter, stickers--you get the picture. These were to be our bags for all of the Valentine’s Day treats that we got to bring in on the Big Day. My bags were always very tastefully decorated, though. I took care to carefully draw my hearts and place my stickers, rather than just dumping glitter all over the bag and calling it a day. The weekend before my mother would take me to pick out valentines and candy for my class.  I would sit carefully at the kitchen table, picking the message on the Valentines for each of my classmates. My best friends had to have the prettiest cards, the cool kids had to have the funniest, and my enemies would get the lamest ones I could find. When the day finally came I took pride in all of the candy I brought home and in all of the awesome valentines that I had given and received. At that age I truly didn't understand the meaning of the Holiday. I would watch movies depicting the perfect Valentine’s Day date and dream about my perfect date. Now that I am older, I have come to realize that Valentine’s Day does not have to be like it is portrayed in the movies, and that it is about so much more than romantic love. My parents are the people I can always count on for a special Valentine’s Day box of chocolates and a pack of Sweet Hearts. Rather than give out valentines I do something nice for the most important people in my life: my friends, family, and pets. I learned that it is the small things that can mean the most to people, and that this is a holiday to celebrate all of the people and creatures that you love. While I have yet to have that special V-Day date, I know that when the day does come I will make time for all of the important people in my life, not just my significant other. The big difference between Valentine’s Day as a child and an adult is that as an adult you learn who in your life truly matters, and you do not worry about being popular or being liked by all. You learn to keep those important to you close, and how to show your appreciation through small acts of kindness, even if that small act of kindness still comes in the form of a heart shaped box of chocolates.


FSU Honors Issue #2— February 2017  

Honors Student Association Issue 2: February 2017

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