Get Involved in the Honors College


Every part of Westminster College’s Honors College is designed intentionally to support you and your education. Every course, trip, research project, and event will enhance your college experience. You are encouraged to take an active part in Honors, as student participation is welcomed in all facets of the Honors College. Available opportunities include:

  • Employment as a student associate (5–7 paid positions that help run the Honors College in the areas of co-curricular programming, marketing and publicity, tech support, and diversity initiatives)
  • Serving as a peer mentor to help guide incoming honors students through their first year of the program (25–30 positions for upper-class Honors students with extensive experience in the program)
  • Attending regional and national Honors conferences
  • Attending honors-sponsored lectures, meetings, and events
  • Participating in the student-run Honors newsletter (Honorable Mention)
  • Participating in the Student Honors Council
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Honors Newsletter: Honorable Mention

The Honors College newsletter, Honorable Mention, is published once a semester. It is designed, written, and published entirely by Honors student editors, writers, and photographers. The newsletter features Honors College news, Honors student and faculty profiles, updates on the work of the Student Honors Council, answers to important questions, and announcements about new courses, awards, and funding opportunities. The publication is sent to all Honors students and their families, Honors faculty, Honors alums, and staff and administrators connected to the Honors College. It is also occasionally sent to Westminster College's Board of Trustees and other friends of the college.

Students who are interested in working on the newsletter (or have story ideas) should contact the editors. These editors work very hard to produce a high-quality publication, which has won an award in the NCHC national newsletter competition on five separate occasions, including 1st place in 2010 (Kansas City) in the "student-produced" newsletter category.

Student Honors Council

The Student Honors Council represents the interests of all Honors students, meeting regularly to discuss ways to improve the Honors experience for students. An elected Honors student president and vice president—who also have voting privileges on the faculty committee that oversees the Honors College—run the council in addition to 3 other officer positions. Responsibilities of the Student Honors Council include the following:

  • Act as a liaison to the Honors Council
  • Discuss student concerns in the Honors College
  • Propose new program initiatives
  • Originate new course ideas and lobby professors to offer specifics Honors courses
  • Help generate ideas about topics and speakers for Pizza with Profs and other lecture series
  • Administer the Profs Pick the Flick film series
  • Organize academic and social events of interest to Honors students
  • Create continuity in student leadership within the Honors College
  • Help establish program identity and community among Honors students
  • Provide leadership opportunities and training for Honors students
  • Mentor incoming Honors students
  • Represent the Honors College at public events or gatherings that require an Honors student presence

Asma Dahir
President

Asma DahirAsma is a junior at Westminster College majoring in public health and is on the pre-physician assistant track. She became involved with Honors through the Lateral Entry program. Alongside the Honors College, she is affiliated with several programs on campus, including Legacy Scholars, the Black Student Union, and Dumke Center for Civic Engagement. Outside of campus, she dedicates her time serving communities in need by volunteering at Primary Children's Hospital every Saturday. She is also highly involved with the refugee community and was named Miss Africa Utah 2017 where she was able to work with refugee youth on a journey of self-acceptance with their identities and future aspirations.

Marley Dominguez
Vice President

Marley DominguezMarley is a junior majoring in justice studies with a minor in gender studies. Coming from an immigrant background, Marley strives to always be active in the communities around her by engaging in activism centered on issues of identity, inclusion, and justice. She carries this passion on campus through her position as the political engagement coordinator for the Dumke Center for Civic Engagement, vice president of SHC, ASW associate justice, and as a Legacy Scholar. In her spare time her favorite thing to do in Salt Lake is trying new brunch restaurants around the valley, meeting new people, and spending time with her family and friends.

Pedro Rico
Treasurer

Pedro RicoPedro is a community organizer, creative, compassionate, and resilient. They received their associates of science with a major in political science from Salt Lake Community College where they also graduated with honors by participating in the Civically Engaged Scholars program. In addition to this work, they are an AmeriCorps alum of the Ed Award and a recipient of the Presidential Awards Community Engaged Student, recognizing their work in addressing systemic issues on campus and the broader community.

Kate Blair
Secretary

Kate BlairKate is a junior studying dance pedagogy for multilingual learners, while pursuing an Honors certificate. Kate’s perspectives on student-centered pedagogies were transformed when she presented on discussion-based learning at the 2018 National Collegiate Honors Conference in Boston. This interest has blossomed in many ways. By studying dance and serving as secretary for Dance Society, Kate has had opportunities to create vital reflective dialogue on campus, and consider what learning looks like on a societal level. Leadership organizations like Mentoring for Moo, GriffinQuest, GO leading, and Global Story Bridges have embraced Kate and allow her to work in student-centered classrooms and vast communities.

Anisa Dahir
Historian

Anisa DahirAnisa is currently a junior studying public health on the pre-physician assistant track. On campus, Anisa is involved with the Black Student Union, the Legacy Scholars Program, and the Dumke Center for Civic Engagement. Anisa joined the Honors College in the fall of 2018 as a lateral entry student and as a first generation and minority student, she hopes to provide a diverse perspective to the Student Honors Council.

The Student Honors Council fund provides stipends to Honors College students to help offset the cost of investigating graduate schools. Contact the dean of the Honors College for information on how to apply for these $500 grants.

Honors Writing Awards

To encourage and recognize excellence in written work in Honors courses, the Honors College gives cash awards to the best essays written annually in four different categories: first-year seminar, sciences, social sciences, and the arts. The Honors Council also chooses from among those winning papers a “Best Honors College Essay of the Year,” the writer of which receives an additional cash award. Awards are announced at the annual spring Honors banquet and winners have their names engraved on a plaque that hangs in Nunemaker Place.

2018–19 Awards
  • Lienne Cupal, “Society and Sacrifice"
  • Stephanie Held, “Is Phlogiston Science?” (winner of the Best Essay of the Year Award)
  • Jessica Taghvaiee, “The Medical Monopoly: A Modern Application of Friedman’s Critique of the American Medical Association”
  • Carolyn Janecek, “Encoded in Nature: The Relationship of Mutual Care between Mental Illness and Environment in Indie Video Games”