Carroll University Honors Council

The Carroll University Honors Council (CUHC) represents the interests of Honors Program students. The CUHC seeks to build a dynamic and professional rapport amongst members and faculty to foster academic excellence, stewardship and integrity. It encourages leadership, individuality and friendship throughout the community. Outside the classroom, the CUHC performs charitable works throughout the Waukesha community and beyond. The Honors Council works with the Honors Center’s director and staff, the Honors Committee and Carroll University faculty and staff to shape an ever innovative and challenging Honors experience.

All students in the Honors Program are eligible to join the Honors Council. Elections are held each spring for the following academic year. Students interested in serving on the Honors Council should complete the application here: Honors Council Application.

For more information contact the Honors Center at cuhonorscenter@carrollu.edu

Council Positions and Descriptions

President 
The President will be responsible for conducting Council meetings and creating meeting minutes for the Council meetings. The President will act as a leader among the Council and assist other members when needed. Furthermore, the President will act as a student liaison between the Honors Faculty at Carroll University and the Council. The President will maintain an open line of communication between the dean of the Honors College as well as the administrative assistant to the dean of the Honors College in order to brainstorm ideas and keep the Council informed on current goings-on in the college. The President will also make an effort to attend Honors Faculty meetings whenever possible. Overall, the President will help the Council function as a unit and be the bridge between the Honors College and the Council.

Vice President 
The Vice President is responsible for conducting Council meetings and creating meeting minutes when the President is not in attendance. The Vice President will attend Honors Faculty meetings with the President whenever possible. The Vice President will record minutes from these faculty meetings to keep for Council use. The Vice President will assist with administrative tasks with the Council such as following up with members on their projects and keeping things within the Council flowing smoothly. The Vice President will create bi-monthy student newsletters with the help of the Council. The student in this position will delegate different ‘articles’ to each member on the Council and then format the newsletter. Overall, the Vice President is expected to assist actively the President in leading the Council, learn about the President’s role whilst in office, and act as interim President in the event of the President’s absence.

Recruitment Officer
The Recruitment Officer will be responsible for assisting the Honors College facilitate future student involvement in the Honors Program at Carroll University. This includes planning prospective student events, attending open house events, actively communicating details of the Honors Program to interested students, and assisting with retainment of current Honors Students as well. The Recruitment Officer will assist the Council with creating flyers for some events and working alongside the Events Coordinator to plan larger Prospective Student or Accepted Student Day events specifically for Honors Students. Overall, the Recruitment Officer will help the Council and Honors College with discovering new ways to reach out to prospective students and retain current students in the program.

Advising Officer
The Honors Peer Advisor cultivates a strong relationship with the Academic Advising Office. They facilitate communication between Honors students, Academic Advising, and the Director of the Honors Program. In collaboration with Academic Advising and the Honors Center, they offer proactive advising support to Honors students, with a focus on new first- and second-year students (which can take the form of info sessions, workshops, one-on-one meetings, etc.).

Public Relations Officer
The Public Relation’s Officer operates on the values of communication and unity. Responsibilities include updating honors Instagram feed (via posts or stories) at least 3 times a week and creating a monthly Honors Happenings and Newsletter to be distributed throughout the honors community. They are in the know about their community and the world around them, and can effectively use creativity to communicate this information in ways they see best fit. Additionally they will show support of other groups on campus by reposting their informational or entertaining media.

Events Coordinators
The Events Coordinator(s) will be responsible for brainstorming and taking lead on planning fun events specifically for the Honors Community at Carroll University. When planning events, the Events Coordinator(s) should try to plan one “major” event and one “minor” event each semester. When brainstorming ideas, the Events Coordinator(s) should feel free to ask the Council for advice and assistance with the various tasks associated with planning such an event. The Events Coordinator(s) should be able to delegate tasks and adhere to deadlines in order to plan an event successfully and smoothly. Overall, the Events Coordinator will help the Council reach out to students on campus and provide Honors Students at Carroll University with fun opportunities to get to know other Honors Students on campus and form a community. Planning events involves budgeting, creating a flyer and distributing it to all online Carroll affiliated websites such as the Post It, communicating directly with Honors Students, as well as registering each event on Pioneer Presence and taking attendance at the event. The position also includes collaboration with Carroll’s Event Management team, Chartwells Dining staff, Public Safety, and other necessary offices/ departments. If there are two Event Coordinators, it will be their responsibility to divide the duties between each other as they see fit.

Student Advocate(s)
This student is focused on advocating for under-represented and nontraditional students. This includes forming a secure connection with the DEI office and related offices. The advocate will plan educational activities and programming relating to culture and diversity to foster cultural competence within the honors community. Additionally, it is the Student Advocate’s duty to recognize the needs of the Honors in-person/online community and make their voices heard. The Student Advocate will support online student needs primarily as it pertains to the honors events, communication, and Honors Community projects. The Student Advocate will also attempt to sit-in on one first-year, first semester honors course (CCS100 or ENG170) to see how students are acclimating and how the professor is responding to students and fostering an engaging honors experience. This role will be the primary contact between online students and the Honors Council/Honors Administrators. They will also be in close communication with the event coordinators with a focus of inclusivity and outreach by adding their personal perspective.

Student Senate Representative
The Student Senate Representative will serve as a bridge between the Student Senate and Honors. The Honors Council aims to develop a close working relationship with the Student Senate to maximize the connections the Honors Community can develop. The Student Senate Representative will communicate with the Honors Council upcoming Student Senate events and projects and how Honors can participate, and/or collaborate and vice versa. It is the Student Senate Representative's responsibility to advocate for Honors inclusion while serving on the Student Senate. Thorough notes will be taken at Student Senate meetings as the details pertain to Honors student involvement.

Mentor Representative
Must be a paid mentor. The Mentor Representative is responsible for attending all council meetings, and when unavailable, will arrange for a fellow mentor to attend. The Mentor Representative must clearly communicate with the other mentors pertaining to Honors Council business. Communication may include detailed meeting notes, monthly meetings, etc. The Mentor Representative must build mentor collaboration and communication in ways they see fit, such as coffee outings or team building.  The main goal of the Mentor Representative is to actively engage fellow mentors and first-year students in the Honors Community, via communication and collaboration. The Mentor Representative will also act as the “head mentor” and make sure that mentors are adhering to their job descriptions and fulfilling all their duties. If there is ever concern about the ability of a Mentor to complete their tasks, the Mentor Representative will communicate this with the Council to help find a solution.

Senior Representative
The Senior Representative would be responsible for keeping seniors in the program engaged in the honors community through programming and activities. During the spring semester, their main duties will be mostly related to preparing for graduation. Seniors in the honors program will be directed to this representative for any questions or concerns they may have as they reach the end of their Carroll journey.

First-Year Representative
The Freshman Representative will be responsible for engaging freshman Honors Student interest and getting a sense for what the Honors Freshman expect from the Honors Program. The Freshman Representative will also act as a bridge between the Honors Freshman and the Council and bring any questions/concerns to the Council that the freshman may have. The Freshman Representative should also form a relationship with the Honors RA in Charles House to ensure communication. Overall, the Freshman Representative will help inform the Honors Freshman about the work of the Council and assist the Council in meeting the needs of the freshman class.

ALL COUNCIL MEMBERS
All members are expected to form and maintain relationships with Honors Faculty and the Director of the Honors Center. Members must cultivate effective communication with all other members of the Council and promptly inform Council Members when they cannot make a meeting, need assistance with a task, or have an idea about the program. All council members are expected to practice mutual respect and active involvement in the Honors Program, its leadership and success, uphold the values expressed in the Carroll Ethos Statement, and respect diversity and culture.
 

ADVISORY COUNCIL POSITIONS

HONORS RA
The Honors RA in Charles House is expected to be informed in all goings-on regarding Honors First-Year Honors Students. The Honors RA is invited to all Council meetings and sent meeting minutes from each meeting whether present or not. On particular occasions the Honors RA is expected to be in attendance at a Council meeting and, if unable to do so, must agree for alternate arrangements with the council’s President. Overall, the Honors RA must be an engaged member of the Honors Community and uphold Carroll’s standards and expectations for residence assistants.

HONORS MENTORS
Honors Mentors are encouraged to attend meetings as members-at-large to help the Council determine the needs of Honors Students at Carroll University and, in particular, of First-Year Honors Students. Once a month, the Honors Mentors and the Honors Council will meet to discuss any problems and brainstorm a variety of ways to communicate with and engage First-Year Students.

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