Captain Billy Party 2011

Dr. Terrie Aamodt talks about the Captain Billy Whiz-Bang tradition.
Students watch as the more skilled members of the Honors Program perform amazing feats of creativity and humor.

Welcome Back Bash, September 2011

Professor Kellie Bond: “WHAT!!! You haven’t read Moby Dick?”
Marissa: "You want me to read HOW MANY pages of it by tomorrow?"

Honors Tea

Honors students gather around the completed three dimensional Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, otherwise known as the Florence Cathedral.

Most Friday afternoons, after all classes are out for the week, can find Honors students gathering to fellowship together and enjoy tea. Some weeks this includes building puzzles--sometimes even three dimensional ones. This is a time when students can unwind from their week and catch up with each other.

Science and the Arts Field Trip - Seattle

Professor Thompson examines European Art at the SAM (Seattle Art Museum).

The Science and the Arts class got to go to Seattle and see their books come alive at the Seattle Arts Museum, the Olympic Sculpture Park, and the Seattle Public Library. After an exhilarating day roaming works of arts and a giant library, the group ate at the Cheesecake Factory in order to prepare for the next day of the field. On the second day, the class was able to get their hands dirty touring the geological site at Dry Falls and hiking out to the Blue Lake Rhino. It was quite a well-rounded field trip with the panache of fine culture in the city and the spunk of a hike to keep honors students and faculty alike on their toes.

The students were asked to "bond" with a work of art for thirty minutes and then share his or her insights with the class. Here, Christian speaks on the elements of light and dark in the painting, Saint Sebastian Tended by Saint Irene by Georges de La Tour.
Since Modern Art is a part of the focus of the 3rd quarter of Science and the Arts, students also spent time with a modern art piece. Michael tried to make sense out of Sea Change by Jackson Pollock.
Honors students and faculty enjoy the Olympic Sculpture Park.
One floor of the building had David seeing red.
The group took a break to check out the waterfront and have a stone skipping contest.
Chelsea explores the architecture in the Seattle Public Library.
On the way back from Seattle, the class stopped by Dry Falls to check out geological phenomena. Michael and Chelsea were surely impressed.
After stopping at Dry Falls, the group trekked out to the Blue Lake Rhino with due enthusiasm.
Brittany was able to get up close and personal with Blue Lake Rhino.

Captain Billy Whizbang Party, April 2010

Stage One: Julian and Logan plot how to get an A from Professor Bond in Honors College Writing.

The WWU Honors Program observes April Fool’s Day with a Captain Billy Whizbang Party.  It consists of, shall we say, a creative use of talent.

Stage Two: Perhaps a melodious musical offering will move Professor Bond to hear their request with favor. (Julian Weller and Logan Villarreal beg for an A in Honors Writing during the 2010 Captain Billy party.)
Stage Three: Begging–the final option.
Trophy winner Tyler Jacobson seems rather reluctant to share with co-winners Julian Weller and Logan Villarreal.
Professor Thompson sings his ode to The Bomb during the 2010 Captain Billy party.
Oops.
The smoke–it came right out of that window!
After the smoke cleared, Chelsea, a graduating senior, relates her honors experience–via rap.
Miles: Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be . . . Captain Billy. (2010)

Freshman Honors Retreat, September 2010

At the retreat, Professors Bev Beem and Jon Dybdahl described a world where faith and learning work together; Professor Lamberton guided the students through a writing exercise about their own experience; Professor Tom Thompson described his fascination with the wonder and beauty of the cosmos; and Professor Terrie Aamodt and honors sophomore Erica Aamodt shared interpretations of sacred space at Chartes Cathedral and Thorncrown Chapel.  After a feast of ideas and good food, Professor Linda Emmerson and the students spent some time discussing Margaret Trost's On That Day Everybody Ate (a description of a food program in Haiti) and thinking about how they can incorporate an ethic of service into their lives.

Prof. Lamberton inducing a delightful menagerie of mental gymnastics.
Rebecca, Robyn, and Brittany explore the ruins of Fort Walla Walla. Veterans of the WWU Honors Program, they helped host the freshman retreat.
Joe checks out the Fort Walla Walla cavalry barn during the Honors Retreat.
Mary Aparicio meets one of the locals.
Tyler Jacobson, Marissa Masden, and Chris Reeve fight through the thickets Walla Walla's urban jungle, AKA the Fort Walla Walla Bird Sanctuary.

Freshman Honors Retreat, September 2009

Dan Lamberton leads a writing exercise.

At the retreat, Professors Bev Beem and Linda Emmerson described a world where faith and learning work together; Professor Lamberton guided the students through a writing exercise about their own experience; and Professor Tom Thompson described his fascination with the wonder and beauty of the cosmos.  After a feast of ideas and good food, the students spent some time discussing Greg Mortenson’s Three Cups of Tea and thinking about how they can incorporate an ethic of service into their lives.

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