Honors PASSHE

PASSHE Conference 2016

PASSHE Conferences and Opportunities

Did you know that as a member of the Millersville University Honors College you are eligible to apply for the opportunity to spend almost two weeks in another country and earn honors credits?

Every summer since 1985, The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) has sponsored, and one of the State System Universities has hosted, a summer honors program that takes place on the campus of that university and in another country. The SSHE Summer 2016 program "The Road to Santiago: A Medieval Pilgrimage from Leon to Santiago de Compostela, Spain" was hosted by Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The program ran from May 9 through May 30.  

Two honors students from each of the 14 state system universities are selected to participate each summer. The program of study lasts approximately 4 weeks. The cost of tuition, room and board, travel and program related trips are covered in full for each student selected to participate in the program.

Honors colleges across the state have also banded together to create an annual PASSHE Honors College Conference. Millersville's Honors College participated in the first annual conference and hosted the second annual conference, both times sending a handful of selected students interested in organization leadership to network and brainstorm with their colleagues at schools like Lockhaven, West Chester, Mansfield, and Shippensberg.  Millersville Honors students will be hosting the PASSHE Student Leadership conference again on April 3, 2017 at the Dixon University Center in Harrisburg.  

PASSHE Honors Student Development Conference 2017

The PASSHE Honors Student Development Conference is a student-run conference held at the Dixon Center in Harrisburg that brings together Honors College students from each of the PASSHE institutions for a day of discussion and debate. Millersville’s Grace Smoot (’19) and Anne Mitzel (‘19) co-lead the conference this year. Over the course of the day, students attended small group sessions with topics such as: community service, scholarships, leadership, curriculum innovation, and honors college opportunities. Each session consisted of a panel of representatives from three PASSHE schools so participants could hear different viewpoints and ask questions. A poster session before lunch allowed each school to showcase “What makes your Honors College program unique”, and the lunchtime keynote speaker was Millersville’s own Provost, Dr. Vilas Prahbu. Concluding the day was a summary of the key ideas discussed at the conference and of course many pictures to document the experience!

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