The recently activated Honors Student Council Club held a beach cleanup as one of its first community service this semester. (Courtesy of Hans Karlsson)
Honors Student Council at Saddleback College has recently been activated and it has plans to engage the Honors Program’s students to join their club in fall 2011.
“The Honors Student Council was founded to enrich the Honors Program through extensive publicity, outreach on and off campus, and provide assistance to new students,” said President of HSC Jonathan Fisher, 19, international studies. “We will focus on meaningful community service, fundraising to establish scholarship funds for qualified honors members, and planning social events for honors students and all other students as well.”
Although the club wasn’t officially activated until April 19, the members have already done a beach clean up in San Clemente and they plan to do many more events to help the community and on campus, too, for next semester.
“We definitely have our hands full. You will not necessarily see us too often during the remainder of the spring semester, but during fall 2011,” said Vice President Eric Bremen, 19, business administration. “We are planning on expanding the program to students and offering various leadership opportunities for students seeking a challenge with plenty of benefits.”
Before joining the club, the student must attend Saddleback or Irvine Valley College, maintain a 3.25 GPA, and be an official member of the Honors Program.
All students should consider taking part in the Honors Program, Bremen said, because of the many benefits that are involved. Some of these include priority registration, smaller classes, special recognition, and a free library card.
By completing the Honors Program, a student is able to access the [Transfer Alliance Program] and will therefore get an advantage over other applicants when applying to transfer schools,” said Kimberly Du, the advisor. “The difficulty of these classes challenge students to engage their critical thinking skills, which will then assist them with all future academic endeavors.”
HSC would first like to get draw more members from the Honors Program involved in the club for the fall semester and their services to the community will begin then.
“The Honors Program is not for everyone and it might not even be beneficial to everyone,” Fisher said. “However, what I do know is that everyone that is in the program is motivated, and it is this type of motivation that we wish to recruit into our club.”
Over the summer, the club will be involved in the Honors Program awareness event where students will be able to meet with the members of the program to legitimize the HSC and get students to join.
“Joining [would] allow students to grow academically and socially. It is a way of expanding your horizons by connecting with other students and getting involved in new things,” Bremen said. “There are so many benefits and possibilities in joining the HSC, you’ll only know if you take the opportunity to join.”
For more information on how to join the HSC or for times of the meetings, visit the Saddleback Honors Student Council Facebook page.