Honors Student Council
The Honors Student Council (HSC) of the Merrimack College Honors Program serves as the primary organization to plan and organize extra-curricular events such as social and community events, on-campus gatherings, and special off-campus events of both academic and non-academic interests. The purpose of the Merrimack College Honors Program Student Council is to serve as a representative student body for the entirety of the Honors Program. The Council is a specific group of Honors Students selected to enhance and enrich the academic and social experience of the greater population of Honors Program students.
2016-2017 HSC Members
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- Responsible for attending and recording notes at Honors Program Committee (HPC) meetings
- Coordinates and publicizes academic events held by the HSC and other Merrimack organizations
- Works with Honors Program faculty to coordinate events in which students and faculty interact
- Facilitates various academic and student input surveys to gather feedback and promote change
- Establishes an inclusive Honors community by organizing events such as films, shows, plays, etc. that focus on diversity and multicultural awareness
- Works with Merrimack organizations such as Jewish Christian Muslim Relations to facilitate an integrated community dedicated to inclusivity
- Builds an inclusive community with the Honors Commons and Residential Communities by incorporating Merrimack’s ideals and traditions with other organizations on and off campus
- Focuses on planning and executing service-related activities, such as the Wounded Warrior Project, Thanksgiving Basket Drive, Random Acts of Kindness Week, and Relay for Life
- Connects with various organizations, including Campus Ministry and the Office of Student Engagement to participate in service opportunities as an Honors Program community such as Mack Gives Back
- Facilitates fundraising activities and events to collect donations for outside organizations and charities
- Responsible for all logistical aspects and coordination/facilitation of social programming and events
- Ensures the facilitation of Honors events such as snack attacks, socials, movie nights, etc.
- Works with the Honors Resident Advisors and Honors Peer Mentors to plan events in the Honors Residential Communities, focusing on activities for the entire Honors Program community
- Works to interconnect all students of all classes in the Honors Program through community-building events
- Plans and executes Honors Program events in conjunction with other committees, like Google/Blackboard night!
- Coordinates with the executive team to help facilitate new member recruitment
- Tracks the Honors Engagement Expectation system and assists with the Terrific Tuesday Update weekly email
- Focuses on publicizing the Honors Program through the use of the Honors Program social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat and Instagram accounts
- Advertises events and important information, including helping write for Honors Program newsletter and website, and coordinates with Social Media Coordinator and Staff Assistants
- Assists with the Terrific Tuesday Update weekly email
HSC Programming Events:
Snack Attacks are a time for Honors students to take a break and mingle with other Honors students in the Honors lounge with food! Examples of past
snack attacks include making caramel apples and decorating cookies.
- Movie Nights for Honors students in the Honors Living Learning Communities.
- Service opportunities are a major component of HSC events and include fundraising such as for Lazarus House and the Wounded Warrior’s Project. HSC has also organized teams for the Merrimack Thanksgiving Basket Drive, Mack Gives Back, and Relay for Life.
Additional HSC Responsibilities:
- Members of the HSC represent Honors students on the Honors Program Committee (HPC) and advocate for student needs, program change, in other ways as well.
- HSC members are eligible to represent Merrimack Honors at the annual National Collegiate Honors Conference (Seattle, 2016; Chicago, 2015; Denver, 2014; New Orleans, 2013; Boston, 2012).
- The General Committee of the HSC is responsible for creating and sending out the weekly Terrific Tuesday Update email, to inform the Honors community about academic and Program updates, programming events, and other communication.
- The HSC also oversees the Engagement Expectation (formerly called the Points System). More information about the Engagement Expectation can be found in the Honors Program Student Handbook
Any Honors student can serve as a committee member on the HSC committees, which includes the committees listed above. Interested students can express their interest to the HSC Executive Team. However, at the beginning of each academic year, the Honors Community will be notified of information in joining the Honors Student Council. Students should commit to participating in the committee for a full academic year, with their position beginning towards the end of the Fall semester.
Midway through the Spring semester interested students can campaign to serve in a leadership position on the Honors Student Council. These positions include Chair, Co-Chair, Officer, and Assistant Officer. These positions will be elected via HSC member voting and/or selection by the Chair and Co-Chairs. Please see the HSC Handbook for more extensive information regarding the election process, and other information about the Honors Student Council.