National Honors Conference

Students Represent GWU Honors Program in Boston

National Honors Conference

As a student in the Honors Program at Gardner-Webb University, senior Callie Elliott has had the opportunity to travel to Seattle, Wash., Arlington, Va., Washington, D.C., and most recently to Boston, Mass., for the National Collegiate Honors Council’s annual conference. Through the trips, she said, she’s met other students and improved her public speaking skills.

“The honors program has allowed me to grow as a person,” Elliott observed. “This year, I am honored to serve as the Honors President, where I am able to engage with so many honors members and learn about their various journeys that led them to Gardner-Webb.”

Elliott, a senior biology major from Terrell, N.C., also serves as the student vice president for the Southern Regional Honors Council. Also representing the GWU Honors Program in Boston were Joy Smith, Mallory Baucom, Laine Parker and Cory Meigs. Gardner-Webb has sent representatives to 14 national conferences since 1997.

During the conference, Elliott and Smith, a junior communication studies/photography major from Casar, N.C., participated in an “Idea Exchange” to share information about the GWU Honors Student Association’s Murder Mystery Dinner. “We spoke with fellow honors students and honors directors about how they could conduct the event,” Elliott related. “Many enjoyed our idea and others gave us useful tips on how to improve our event.”

Baucom, a junior psychology major from Indian Trail, N.C., presented her honors research, “Perfection: The Fatality of Down Syndrome,” at a poster session. Parker, a senior accounting major from Greensboro, N.C., and Meigs, a senior accounting and finance major from Uncasville, Conn., served as session moderators.

During their free time, the GWU students enjoyed touring Boston. “We walked through Faneuil Hall and enjoyed some seafood mac & cheese,” Elliott shared. “We toured the graveyard where John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere, and Benjamin Franklin's family are buried, and we walked around the outside of Fenway Baseball Park.”