The 2017 annual conference provides many opportunities for the sharing of research, best practices in honors education, and networking among students, faculty, and honors administrators.

Please note: Due to last minute schedule changes, the final print program may not accurately reflect all presentations. Please check sessions below for updated presentation times. Session changes will be furnished at check-in.

Friday, April 7

Conference Check-In/Registration

EMU Honors College
511 W. Forest
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

A light dinner will be provided.

5:00 - 7:00 PM           

Welcome Address

EMU Honors College, Auditorium

6:00 PM

6:30 - 9:00 PM


Student Welcome Reception

EMU Honors College

Students have the opportunity to interact and enjoy a fun-filled Vegas-themed night.

Faculty/Staff Welcome Reception

Tower Inn

Honors deans, directors, faculty and staff can socialize and enjoy 

Saturday, April 8


Posters should be set up no later than 9:00 a.m.

8:00 - 8:45 AM

Honors and the Pursuit of Excellence: Part I

The pursuit of excellence, for most of us, is a noble-yet-elusive goal. It is often a fuzzy object just beyond the horizon that we are constantly moving forward towards, but finding just out of reach. In this session, we’ll reflect on your own personal journey of pursuing excellence through honors education. We will then explore how you invite, include, and unleash others to pursue excellence as a leader in the classroom, campus, and wider community. Come prepared to practice self-discovery through your peers.  

9:00 - 9:50 AM

10:00 - 10:50 AM

Conference Sessions I

Conference Sessions II

11:00 - 11:50 AM

12:00 - 1:30 PM

Poster Session

Pursuing Excellence in Honors Administration (Faculty/Staff Session Only)

Come explore the good, bad, ugly, and lovely of leading honors programs. In this roll-up-your-sleeves session, both novice and experienced practitioners will be invited to reflect on the complexity of this work while also seeking positively deviant ways to advance student learning and development. Be prepared to dig deep into the future of your own program AND the unfolding evolution of honors education across MEHA institutions.

This session will be divided into two parts: 1:00-2:30 and 2:30-3:30

1:00 - 3:30 PM

Explore Ypsilanti; Lunch (On your own)

1:30 PM

Banquet Check-In

5:30 - 6:30 PM


EMU Student Center

Activities include:

  • Dinner
  • Executive Committee Elections
  • Honors and the Pursuit of Excellence Part II
  • Dancing and more!

6:00 - 10:00 PM

Sunday, April 9


8:00 - 8:45 AM

Honors and the Pursuit of Excellence: Part III

Having been immersed in the honors community for the past 24 hours, we will continue to explore how you pursue excellence alone and together. The role of helping & listening in moving forward towards excellence will be our primary area of action learning during this session. Prepare for surprise as we embrace ambiguity and rely on others to provide support.

8:45 - 9:50 AM

10:00 - 10:50 AM

Conference Sessions III

Conference Sessions IV

11:00 - 11:50 AM

12:00 - 12:50 PM

Conference Sessions V