Honors students are encouraged to study abroad. The program believes that going abroad affords students with opportunities for active learning and engagement that are essential to the Jesuit ideal of cura personalis. Where ever an honors student chooses to study abroad, their financial aid follows them. This allows a high number of honors students to study abroad each year, in a variety of unique destinations.
Sarah Dupont, BS Honors Biology, BA Honors International Relations, studied abroad in Botswana and brought back these African masks. After graduating she joined the Jesuit Volunteer Corp and went on to study at Emery Medical School.
The moose was adopted as the unofficial Honors Program mascot while Fr. Kuder was the Director of the Program. The Honors Program boasts a large collection of “moose” from across the globe, brought back by students who have traveled abroad.
Students in the Honors Program do not only travel far afield, they also hail from across the country. Students bring back plush moose from far and wide. The program boasts a large collection of “moose” including multiple Washington, Alaska, and Idaho moose, an Arizona moose (which is actually a scorpion, but who’s judging?), and a New Hampshire moose. During freshman, sophomore, and junior colloquium class discussions, students are only allowed to talk if they are holding the plush moose chosen for that evening’s class. The students pass the moose around as a speaking totem to further discussion in an orderly manner.