The Honors Program at Ferris State University, where I am Director, joined MEHA in 2013 because we were unable to travel to the Mid-west regional conferences. Since 2014, we have attended every conference, although I missed one for familial reasons.
As our budget does not allow for travel to the NCHC, MEHA represents the primary opportunity our students have to meet other Honors students and present their work. All of our students who have attended in recent years come back to campus full of great ideas for improving both our program and their own research.
Providing these opportunities is the fundamental responsibility of MEHA, and I look forward to enhancing that tradition in future conferences.
But MEHA can do more. We can hold workshops with the NCHC’s Professional Development experts for our faculty and staff. We can use the new wordpress site, along with social media, to promote our programs and our students’ successes. And we can grow our membership by reaching out to Honors Programs at Community Colleges who are not yet members.
If elected, I would work with current and former board members to enhance and enrich the organization, which for so many of us is our primary contact with the broader Honors community.