Cheyney University Honors Scholars Present at PASSHE Honors Conference
April 13, 2016
Keystone Honors Academy Scholars represent Cheyney University at the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Annual Honors Conference in Harrisburg, PA
Select students of Cheyney's Keystone Honors Academy (KHA) gave presentations on a medley of topics including the importance of honors programs, honors in relation to international initiatives, making the transition from campus to a career. The daylong conference, hosted by the Shippensburg University Honors Program, provided the opportunity for honors students from each of the 14 PASSHE Schools to network, compare experiences and create lasting relationships.
KHA presenters included Anitra Jackson, Cara Fantini, Samuel Owusu, Andria Mebane, Devin Randall and Raven Davis.
“It was very beneficial, not only to give information about Keystone, but to get Cheyney University out there to the other PASSHE Schools who may not be familiar with it,” stated Senior KHA Scholar Raven Davis. “At first I was nervous to present but, once we got up there, I was comfortable. I treated it as if I was talking to an incoming freshman, letting them know about the benefits of the program,” the psychology major explained.
Keynote speaker, Dr. Barbara Lyman, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Shippensburg University, spoke on the importance of honors programs both within and outside of the campus setting. Honors programs, she said, serve as models for the community, providing examples for the campus to follow. She emphasized the close partnerships of honors programs and stewardship, especially regarding the ability to serve internationally through study abroad and volunteer opportunities.
Opportunities such as the annual PASSHE Honors Conference allow students to get an outside perspective, develop networks throughout a wide array of social and professional settings, as well as provide different perspectives for common problems. In addition, students are able to build communication and public speaking skills, and develop an understanding of the importance of programs such as the Keystone Honors Academy.
Senior KHA Scholar Devin Randall, who's attended the conference for the last three years, found this one to be just as beneficial.
"Hopefully each school takes what they learn and improves their honors programs. You need to be willing to talk to people," he insisted. "We got to know those from others schools and that’s very valuable.”