Tips: First Fail! A Survival Guide

by Chelsea Hodge I’m originally from Berryville, Arkansas, a small town of about 5,000 people northeast of here. I grew up on a poultry farm – my dad raises chickens for Tyson. When I was 8 years old, I was the Carroll County Cow Chip Chucking Champion, which tells...

Exploring the Extreme on Pilgrimage

After a few relatively sleepy centuries, the number of pilgrims following the Camino de Santiago has exploded, from 2,905 in 1987 to more than 300,000 in 2017. Today, hundreds of thousands of Christian pilgrims have embraced this medieval ritual, trekking and biking...

When It Rains, It Pours

Sometimes all it takes is a little adversity to facilitate a change in perspective. For freshman political science major William Motazedi, a hike through the pouring rain served as a turning point, transforming our Honors Passport: Pilgrimage trip from an incredible...

Where One Journey Ends, A New One Begins

Sophomore economics and international relations major Tenley Getschman muses over the differences between our Honors Passport experience of the Camino and that of the pilgrims who actually walked or biked the hundreds of miles to reach Santiago de Compostela. Rather...

I Am Raymond, Seventh of My Name

Freshman cultural anthropology major Curtis Worley bonded with the memory of the Count of Toulouse during Honors Passport: Pilgrimage. Here, he takes on the role of Raymond VII, son of the "heretical" count targeted by the French Crown in the Crusade against the...
A Heretic’s Life

A Heretic’s Life

At first, freshman chemistry major Jacob Purifoy worried about connecting with the liberal arts-minded students and historical sites during our Honors Passport: Pilgrimage trip, but he quickly discovered his own passion for history and the beauty of sharing...

A Tale of Nostalgia and Love

A Tale of Nostalgia and Love

Architecture major Anna Ibru, from Lagos, Nigeria, visited Europe for the first time while participating in Honors Passport: Pilgrimage. Thanks to her training in Fay Jones School of Architecture, she proved to be among the most adept in reading subtle differences in...

Tagging History

Tagging History

It seems nothing is sacred: On the Honors Passport Pilgrimage trip honors history/anthropology major Elizabeth Cooper found graffiti carved into stately Romanesque cathedrals and the Roman arena at Arles. Instead of viewing these initials, names and dates as scars on...

Close Encounters on the Camino

Close Encounters on the Camino

Maddie Whipple, an honors history major/Spanish minor, imagines an encounter between pilgrims, both corporeal and spectral, at St. Sernin, a major pilgrimage church that she researched and presented to the Honors Passport: Pilgrimage class. May 21, 1240. Toulouse, the...

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5 Questions: Jeanne Vockroth, Mildred’s Lane fellow

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Discovering St.-Trophîme

All of the students participating in Honors Passport: Pilgrimage are required to present on a particular site or theme, in that way helping to teach the course. Olivia Overton, an Honors College Fellow and freshman civil engineering major, presented on the portal of...

A Hike Through History

  Honors College Fellow Jacob Honeycutt, a history, anthropology and international studies triple major, follows in the footsteps of Roman traders and medieval pilgrims on a hike up to the Somport Pass in the Pyrenees.  All throughout our first week on Honors...

Singing in the City of the Dead

Susan Tucker, an Honors College Fellow on the pre-med track, has seized the chance to perform as part of Professor Nikola Radan’s pilgrim...

100% Awesome

Four years ago, our first group of Honors College Path Program students showed up on campus.  We knew they were exceptional from the get-go, and now we have some stats to back that up: Every single one of the 11 students in our first Path cohort have graduated in 4...

A Dispersible Feast (of Art and Ideas)

Senior studio art major and aspiring printmaker Olivia Fredricks recently received an Honors College Conference/Workshop Travel Grant to attend the Southern Graphics Council International conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. At the conference she showcased her honors...