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Student Handbook - Valencia College
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Student Handbook - Valencia College
Welcome to the
Honors College
Congratulations on your admission to the James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors College!
We are delighted you have chosen Valencia to continue your education. As Honors
Director, I want to welcome you to a dynamic community of faculty and students
dedicated to excellence in the classroom and beyond.

Though the James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors College is only three years old, the
honors tradition at Valencia College is over twenty-five years old and was founded
to provide students the opportunity for academic and personal growth in a unique
environment where intellectual exploration and quality teaching are the primary goals.
You now become part of that tradition. You will be expected to challenge your own
presumptions, to think creatively, to be audacious in your acts and ideas. In short,
you will be expected to be exceptional.

Still, we do not expect you to do this alone. Fellow honors students will offer
encouragement; some will become lifelong friends. Honors faculty will eagerly focus on
your success as they constantly assess your potential. Advisors and staff will assist and
offer direction when needed. Even after graduation, the honors alumni network will form
the basis of your continuing commitment. As part of this extended honors community, you
too will be expected to lend vitality to the whole by participating in service and leadership
opportunities, by being engaged in the classroom and in the college­—by being not just
an honors student, but also an honorable individual. I have no doubt you will meet this
challenge and exceed your own expectations.

Again, I offer a warm welcome and congratulations as you embark on this
exciting journey of self-discovery; and I look forward to working with you
with great anticipation.

		                                              Best Wishes

		                                              Valerie Burks
		                                              Director, Honors College
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The vision of the James M. and Dayle L. Seneff
  Honors College is to discover potential in
        students and inspire excellence.
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Honors Program Staff
                     Honors Office
                     Phone: 407-582-1980
                     Fax: 407-582-1671
                     Email: honors@valenciacollege.edu

                     Valerie Burks, Director
                     West Campus, 3-137, 407-582-1373
                     East Campus, 4-117A, 407-582-2659
                     Email: vburks1@valenciacollege.edu

                     B. Clyburn, Honors Program Assistant
                     West Campus, 3-136, 407-582-1729
                     Email: bclyburn@valenciacollege.edu

                     Honors Counselors/Educational Advisors
                     East Campus           Tina Crane, 5-210
                                           407-582-2058
                                           tcrane@valenciacollege.edu

                     Osceola Campus        Celeste Henry, 2-140B
                                           407-582-4840
                                           chenry19@valenciacollege.edu

                     West Campus           Tullio Bushrui, SSB-132
                                           407-582-1126
                                           tbushrui@valenciacollege.edu

                     Winter Park           Linda Villar Firmani, WP 209
                                           407-582-6887
                                           lfirmani@valenciacollege.edu

                                           Kera Coyer, WP211
                                           407-582-6891
                                           kcoyer@valenciacollege.edu

Webpage:     valenciacollege.edu/honors
Facebook:    facebook.com/valenciahonors
  Twitter:   twitter.com/valenciahonors
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Contents
                 Expectations of Honors Students. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                       2

                 Honors College Program Tracks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .                      4

                 Honors Courses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10

                 FAQs about Honors Classes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13

                 Scholarship Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14

                 Graduation Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16

                 Honors Student Advisory Committee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17

                 Seneff PEER Program. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18

                 Making the Most of Your Honors Experience

                        Service Learning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19

                        Study Abroad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19

                        Perks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19

                        Become Involved. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20

                        BayCare Student Assistance Program . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20

                        Alumni Network. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20

                 Transfer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21

                 Planning Section. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  24

Honors Resource Centers
As a Seneff honors student, you will have access to the Honors Resource Centers at each
campus. The Honors Resource Centers provide a place for honors students to study,
access computers and meet with fellow honors students. On East Campus, the resource
center is located in the library, room 117; there are two desktop computers and students
may check out laptops reserved for them at the Audiovisual Services desk. At Osceola,
the resource center is located in the new building 4, room 206 (in the library); there are
two desktop computers and a large wall monitor to which a laptop can be connected.
On West Campus, the resource center is located in the library, room 201B; there are three
computers for student use. And at Winter Park, the resource center is located in room 223.

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Student Expectations
    Students of the James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors College are members of
    a community that embraces diversity and individuality while sharing a common
    commitment to academic excellence and social responsibility. In this spirit,
    these expectations have been set forth:

          • Students are expected to exemplify academic and personal integrity by
           being familiar with and conscientiously adhering to all aspects of the Valencia
           Student Code of Conduct (see valenciacollege.edu/pdf/studenthandbook.
           pdf).

          • Students are expected to abide by accepted standards of academic
           originality and creativity, to conduct themselves honorably in collaborative
           and group work, and to refrain from resubmitting work prepared for one
           course in another without permission of both professors.

          • Students are expected to demonstrate respect for fellow students and
           for faculty at all times and to contribute meaningfully to a productive
           classroom environment.

          • Students are expected to be ambitious learners, exhibiting academic
           enthusiasm and intellectual curiosity.

          • Students are expected to participate in the well-being of the honors
           community by regularly attending meetings and events, by taking part
           in service activities, by keeping informed of program happenings,
           by behaving appropriately in the Honors Resource Centers, and by
           contributing to the development of the program.

          • Students are expected to understand their role as exemplars, to act
           accordingly both on and off campus, and to refrain from activity that
           may be detrimental to the reputation of the James M. and Dayle L.
           Seneff Honors College, to Valencia College, or to other honors students.

          • Students are expected to hold fellow honors students accountable when
           these expectations are not met.

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Honors College
    Program Tracks
    INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES TRACK
    The INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES TRACK is designed to create an integrative, holistic
    education experience that empowers a global and diverse perspective. The courses are
    team-taught by faculty members from several disciplines and provide students with a
    strong background in liberal arts. The program has been recognized by the National
    Endowment for the Humanities and the Center for the Study of Community Colleges
    as one of the best general education programs in the country. Students who complete
    the Interdisciplinary Studies Track will be able to:

          • Apply principles of dialogic argument in written and verbal communication;

          • Compare, contrast and explain the significance of different historic ages;

          •Compare, contrast and integrate knowledge of diverse cultures and disciplines.

    To satisfy the requirements of the Interdisciplinary Studies Track, students must
    complete a total of 24 credits of Honors coursework, at least 18 of which must be
    in three of the following courses:

    IDH 1110       Interdisciplinary Studies in General Education I (6 credits)
    equates to 	Freshman Composition I (Gordon Rule Writing, 3 credits)
                   Humanities (Non-Gordon Rule Writing, 3 credits)
                   (offered only in fall term)
    OR

    IDH 1112	Interdisciplinary Studies in General Education (6 credits)
    equates to 	Humanities (Non-Gordon Rule Writing, 3 credits)
                   Humanities (HUM Prefix, Gordon Rule Writing, 3 credits)
                   (offered only in fall term)
    AND

    IDH 1111       Interdisciplinary Studies in General Education II (6 credits)
    equates to 	Freshman Composition II (Gordon Rule Writing, 3 credits)
                   Natural Science (Non-Laboratory, 3 credits)
                   (offered only in spring term)
    AND

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IDH 2120        Interdisciplinary Studies in General Education III (6 credits)
equates to 	Humanities (HUM Prefix, Gordon Rule Writing, 3 credits)
                Social Science (3 credits)
                (offered only in fall term)
AND

IDH 2121        Interdisciplinary Studies in General Education IV (6 credits)
equates to 	Humanities (HUM Prefix, Gordon Rule Writing, 3 credits)
                Natural Science (Non-Laboratory, 3 credits)
                (offered only in spring term)

In addition to the above coursework, students will be required to participate in a
minimum of 15 hours of approved co-curricular activities each term of enrollment
(excluding summer).

This may include international travel experience, field trips to cultural locations,
colloquia, reading circles, speaker series, and/or service to the Honors College.
You can find a list of approved co-curricular activities on the honors calendar
(available at valenciacollege.edu/honors/current-students/honors-calendar.cfm)
or by contacting your campus honors counselor.

LEADERSHIP TRACK
The LEADERSHIP TRACK is designed to create citizen scholars—individuals whose action
is informed by theory. Students who complete the Leadership Track will be able to:

      • Develop a working, evolving and individual leadership theory or style;

      • Practice leadership principles through their campus activities and continued
        community involvement;

      • Identify opportunities to make social change.

To satisfy the requirements of the Leadership Track, students must complete a total
of 23 credits of Honors coursework in the following courses:

      A. SLS 2261H – Leadership Development – Honors (3 credits)

      B. At least two of the following courses (6 credits)

		         1. SPC 1608H – Fundamentals of Speech – Honors
		         2. ENC 1101H – Freshman Composition I – Honors
		         3. ENC 1102H – Freshman Composition II – Honors
		         4.	Any Honors Gordon Rule writing courses (to see a full list of Gordon Rule
              honors classes, students should consult the current Valencia catalog)

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C. At least one of the following courses (3 credits)

    		       1. POS 2041H – U.S. Government – Honors
    		       2. INR 2002H – International Politics – Honors
    		       3. AMH 2010H – U.S. History to 1877 – Honors
    		       4. AMH 2020H – U.S. History 1877 to Present – Honors
    		       5. SYG 2000H – Intro to Sociology – Honors
    		       6. PSY 2012H – General Psychology – Honors

          D. Experiential Learning (2 credits)

    		       1. SLS 2940H – Service Learning – Honors

          E.	Additional Honors Coursework (9 credits) – Students are encouraged
             to work with an advisor to choose honors courses that fulfill general
             education and prerequisite requirements for their intended majors.

    In addition to the above coursework, students will be required to participate
    in a minimum of 15 hours of approved co-curricular activities each term of
    enrollment (excluding summer). This may include community service, campus
    leadership, involvement with Phi Theta Kappa activities, mentoring programs,
    speaker series, and/or service to the Honors College. You can find a list
    of approved co-curricular activities on the honors calendar (available at
    valenciacollege.edu/honors/current-students/honors-calendar.cfm)
    or by contacting your campus honors counselor.

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UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH TRACK
The UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH TRACK is designed to create students who are
familiar with the process, practice, and principles of scholarly inquiry in an academic
community and is especially suited for students who plan to attend graduate or
professional school. Students who complete the Undergraduate Research Track
will be able to:

      • Complete a discipline-specific research project;

      • Present research in a peer-reviewed, academic setting.

To satisfy the requirements of the Undergraduate Research Track, students must
complete a total of 24 credits of honors coursework:

     • IDH 2911 Honors Research Process (2 credits) – this honors course will introduce
        students to the process of research (i.e. the tools, concepts, and resources
        necessary to search, evaluate, and use information in a variety of formats and
        subject disciplines). The focus will be to analyze and utilize information critically
        using a broad range of materials and interdisciplinary concepts needed for
        honors research and academic/professional success.

      • Individual Honors Study Plan (12 – 15 credits) – honors courses designed to
        enhance the individual student’s research plan, developed in consultation with
        the track coordinator and a faculty mentor. Approved study plans are kept on
        file in the Honors Office.

      • IDH 2912 Honors Project (1 credit) – the student will complete, under the
        guidance of a faculty mentor, a project that will define and execute a research
        question. Guidelines will be established regarding format, standards and review
        of projects.

      • Additional honors coursework (6 – 9 credits) – students are encouraged to work
        with an advisor to choose honors courses that fulfill general education
        and prerequisite requirements for their intended majors.

In addition to the above coursework, students will be required to participate in a
minimum of 15 hours of approved co-curricular activities each term of enrollment
(excluding summer). This may include participation in the Valencia Research
Symposium, presentation of original research at local, regional, and national
honors and/or discipline conferences, and/or service to the Honors College.
You can find a list of approved co-curricular activities on the honors calendar
(available at valenciacollege.edu/honors/current-students/honors-calendar.cfm)
or by contacting your campus honors counselor.

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JEFFERSONIAN TRACK
    The JEFFERSONIAN TRACK is designed to provide a well-rounded general education
    curriculum with thematically-integrated courses, with an emphasis on creating global
    citizens. Students who complete the Jeffersonian Track will be able to:

          • Recognize and weigh different perspectives in primary and secondary sources;

          • Produce original work and scholarly research;

          • Connect learning across academic disciplines.

    To satisfy the curricular aspect of the Jeffersonian program track, students must
    complete a total of 23 credits of honors coursework:

          • SLS 1501H – Honors Seminar (1 credit) – this seminar will introduce students to a
            variety of academic topics. The seminar is designed to allow students to explore
            issues important to self-discovery and intellectual growth, and to understand
            their role and responsibility in the educational process.

          • Thematically-Integrated General Education Courses (12 credits) – students will
            work with campus advisors to determine available options.

          • IDH 2028H – Honors Capstone (1 credit) – this course is designed to provide
            perspective to students at the conclusion of their curricular and co-curricular
            work in the Honors College. Students in the course will present their honors
            portfolios to fellow students, faculty and staff. This course will also provide
            opportunities for discussion and reflection about students’ experiences in the
            honors learning community.

          • Additional Honors Coursework (9 credits) – students are encouraged to work
            with an advisor to choose honors courses that fulfill general education and
            prerequisite requirements for their intended majors.

    In addition to the above coursework, students will be required to participate in a minimum
    of 15 hours of approved co-curricular activities each term of enrollment (excluding
    summer). This may include service learning, short-term study abroad, mentoring, cultural
    field trips, civic projects, reading groups, and/or service to the Honors College. You can
    find a list of approved co-curricular activities on the honors calendar (available at
    http://valenciacollege.edu/honors/current-students/honors-calendar.cfm) or by
    contacting your campus honors counselor.

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Honors Courses
     In addition to track options, there are a number of honors classes students
     can take to fulfill program and elective course requirements. The following
     courses are available as honors sections:

           AMH 2010H           U.S. History to 1877

           AMH 2020H           U.S. History 1877 to Present

           AML 2011H           Survey in American Literature: Colonial Period to Civil War

           AML 2021H           Survey in American Literature: Civil War to Present

           ARH 2051H           Intro to Art History II

           AST 1002H           Astronomy

           BSC 1005H           Biological Science

           BSC 1010H           Fundamentals of Biology I

           BSC 1011H           Fundamentals of Biology II

           BSC 1026H           Biology of Human Sexuality

           BSC 1050H           Environmental Science

           CHM 1045H           General Chemistry with Qualitative Analysis I

           CHM 1046H           General Chemistry with Qualitative Analysis II

           DEP 2004H           Developmental Psychology

           ECO 2013H           Principles of Economics – Macro

           ECO 2023H           Principles of Economics – Micro

           ENC 1101H           Freshman Composition I

           ENC 1102H           Freshman Composition II

           GLY 2100H           Historical Geology

           HUM 1020H           Introduction to Humanities

           HUM 2220H           Humanities – Greek and Roman

           HUM 2223H           Humanities – Late Roman and Medieval

           HUM 2232H           Humanities – Renaissance and Baroque

           HUM 2234H           Humanities – Enlightenment and Romanticism

           HUM 2250H           Humanities – Twentieth Century

           HUM 2310H           Humanities – Mythology in Art and Literature

           HUM 2461H           Latin American Humanities

           IDH 1110            Interdisciplinary Studies in General Education I

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IDH 1111    Interdisciplinary Studies in General Education II

IDH 1112    Interdisciplinary Studies in General Education

IDH 2120    Interdisciplinary Studies in General Education III

IDH 2121    Interdisciplinary Studies in General Education IV

IDH 2028    Honors Capstone

IDH 2911    Honors Research Process

IDH 2912    Honors Project

INR 2002H   International Politics

LIT 2090H   Contemporary Literature

LIT 2120H   Survey in World Literature – Enlightenment to Present

LIT 2174H   Multimedia Literature and the Holocaust

MAC 1105H   College Algebra

MAC 2233H   Calculus for Business and Social Science

MAC 2311H   Calculus with Analytic Geometry I

MAC 2312H   Calculus with Analytic Geometry II

OCE 1001H   Intro to Oceanography

PCB 1440H   Florida Environmental Systems

PHY 2048H   General Physics I with Calculus

PHY 2049H   General Physics II with Calculus

POS 2041H   U.S. Government I

PSY 2012H   General Psychology

SLS 1501H   Honors Seminar

SLS 2261H   Leadership Development

SLS 2940H   Service Learning

SPC 1017H   Interpersonal Communication

SPC 1608H   Fundamentals of Speech

STA 2023H   Statistical Methods

SYG 2000H   Intro to Sociology

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FAQs about honors classes
What is different about honors classes?
Honors classes at Valencia encourage students to become engaged and act
outside of the classroom. In addition, students demonstrate creative thinking
as it relates to course content. Beyond this, honors classes are smaller than
non-honors classes, with enrollment capped at 20 students per class.

Are honors classes harder?
Many students mistakenly believe that honors classes will be harder than
regular classes. Honors courses provide students and faculty the opportunity
to develop ideas and engage in work that would be more difficult in a typical,
lecture-style class. Most students find they actually do better in honors classes
because of the close interaction between professors and students and the
sense of community that develops.

Are honors course grades weighted?
No. Unlike high school, college honors courses are not weighted
in the calculation of your grade point average.

How does grade forgiveness work for honors classes?
You may use an honors section and a non-honors section of the same course
interchangeably for grade forgiveness. That means, if you take ENC 1101H and
get an “F,” you can take ENC 1101 (non-honors) and receive grade forgiveness.
However, if grade forgiveness is applied to an honors section due to your
successful completion of a non-honors section of the same course, no honors
credit will be awarded for your successful completion. For full details, consult
the current college catalog.

How do I remain in good standing in the program?
To remain in good standing, students must maintain a minimum cumulative
Valencia GPA of 3.0. A student whose GPA falls below 3.0 will be inactivated
in the program. Students who subsequently raise their GPA to at least 3.0
can request to be reactivated.

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Scholarship
     Information
     The James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors College awards a limited number of full tuition,
     non-transferable scholarships to admission candidates who demonstrate academic
     promise and who commit to one of the four available curriculum tracks: Interdisciplinary
     Studies Track, Leadership Track, Jeffersonian Track, or Undergraduate Research Track.
     All eligible students who apply for the James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors College
     will be considered for scholarship awards. Awards are renewable for up to four terms.

     Initial Eligibility:
           1. Apply and be accepted to Valencia.
           2.	Apply and be accepted into a curricular track of the James M. and
             Dayle L. Seneff Honors College.
           3.	Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so that results are
             received prior to the start of the term of admission.
           4.	Meet Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid Purposes.
           5. Seek an A.A. degree.
           6. Enroll in at least nine credits each term.
           7.	Register for at least one honors class required to make good progress
             in the program.

     Renewal Eligibility:
           1. Scholarship is renewed on a term-by-term basis.
           2.	Students must make good progress towards graduation in a curricular track
             as determined by the Honors Director.
           3.	Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so that results are
             received prior to the start of classes each year.
           4. Continue to be seeking an A.A. degree.
           5. Enroll in at least nine credit hours each term.
           6.	Maintain eligibility to be a student in the James M. and Dayle L. Seneff
             Honors College.
           7.	Complete at least 75 percent of attempted credits to be renewed in
             subsequent terms.
           8.	All students receiving any form of financial aid must meet the standards of
             academic progress as outlined by the federal government. See valenciacollege.
             edu/finaid/programs/satisfactory_progress.cfm
             for satisfactory academic progress criteria.

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Valencia Foundation Scholarships
The Valencia Foundation offers a number of privately-funded scholarships that are
donated by organizations and individuals interested in supporting Valencia’s students.
The Foundation maintains over 650 named scholarships, academic support funds,
endowed teaching chairs, and fellowships. Students are encouraged to apply for
Foundation scholarships through the separate online application available at
valencia.org/scholarships/scholarship_application.cfm. Eligibility criteria varies.

Study Abroad Scholarships
Each year, a limited number of scholarships are available to fund student travel on the
approved honors international trip. For more information, see the Study Abroad section
of this handbook or visit valenciacollege.edu/international/studyabroad/students/
financialaid.cfm.

Transfer Scholarships
Many four-year colleges and universities have specific honors-only scholarships available
for transfer students. There are also a small number of elite transfer scholarship programs
for which students are eligible and for which we can assist. To learn more, see the
Transfer section of this handbook.

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Graduation
     Requirements
     Honors students will be offered three levels of graduation distinction:

           1	The term SENEFF HONORS COLLEGE SCHOLARS is reserved for
              those students who successfully complete the curricular and co-
              curricular requirements of one of the program tracks, who earn
              no less than a “C” in each honors class*, and who graduate with a
              cumulative overall GPA of at least 3.5.

           2	The term VALENCIA HONORS SCHOLARS is reserved for those
              students who successfully complete at least 18 hours of honors
              coursework, who earn no less than a “C” in each honors class*, who
              graduate with a cumulative overall GPA of at least 3.33, and who
              complete 30 hours of approved co-curricular activities.

           3	Students who successfully complete at least 12 hours of honors
              coursework within a maximum of 80 total credit hours, who earn no
              less than a “C” in each honors class*, and who maintain a cumulative
              GPA of at least 3.25 will earn an HONORS CERTIFICATE.

     * See college grade forgiveness policy.

     At the Commencement Ceremony, honors graduates walk first in the A.A. student
     processional and wear stoles, cords, medallions, and/or tassels depending on the
     program they complete.

     To qualify for honors graduation, students must complete both a regular Valencia College
     graduation application and a James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors College graduation
     application by the published deadline. For more about Valencia College graduation, see
     valenciacollege.edu/graduation. The honors graduation application may be accessed at
     valenciacollege.edu/honors/current-students/gradapp.cfm.

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Honors Student
Advisory Committee
The mission of the Honors Student Advisory Committee (HSAC) is to promote academic
excellence among honors students at Valencia. The HSAC seeks to foster communication,
to plan events, to make decisions, to develop partnerships, and to coordinate outreach
with the sole goal of enriching the academic experience and quality of education for
honors students at all of Valencia’s campuses.

The HSAC acts as the sole advisory and communication body representing Valencia
honors students on issues relating to academics, fellowship, cultural enrichment, and the
honors student activities budget. It is the aim of the HSAC to provide a voice to all active
members of the James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors College in all matters that directly
impact the same issues.

Membership in the HSAC is open at all times. All Valencia honors students are invited
and welcome to attend any and all public meetings of the HSAC so long as they meet the
aforementioned criteria. Students are welcome to attend as many, or as few, of the HSAC
meetings as they so choose.

An executive board of officers oversees the agenda and activities of the HSAC. The
executive board is made up of the following elected officers: president, four vice
presidents (one each from East, Osceola, West, and Winter Park campuses), a treasurer,
and secretary. Further, there are several historians who serve to record and assist in
HSAC meetings and sponsored events. Election of the HSAC president is held at the last
meeting of the spring term; all other officers are elected at the first meeting in the fall
term. If you have questions or concerns, you are encouraged to contact the current HSAC
president at HSACPresident@valenciacollege.edu.

Each summer, the HSAC hosts a leadership and planning retreat for the upcoming year.
All new and returning students are encouraged to attend and become involved. The
HSAC is your outlet for service to the James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors College.

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Seneff PEER
     Program
     PEER stands for Partnership for Enhanced Engagement and Readiness. Seneff PEERs
     are second-year students who assist incoming Seneff students with the transition to the
     academic environment of the Honors College. They are eager to answer any questions
     you may have about the program, to offer suggestions about classes, majors, and
     transfer, and to provide support when needed. Seneff PEERs are matched with incoming
     students in their curricular track on campus and will share their personal experiences
     as honors students in both group and one-on-one discussions. In the process, you will
     learn tips and strategies for success in college and in the program—consider it inside
     information from one who has been there already. Over and above, Seneff PEERs help
     create and sustain a cohesive honors identity and culture at Valencia. A get-together
     will be held before the start of classes in fall, and a regular schedule of activities will
     make getting to know the Seneff PEERs easy and fun.

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Making the Most
of Your Honors
Experience
Service Learning
Service Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful
community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience,
teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Service Learning allows students
and faculty to blend educational goals with their passions. Honors students can earn
honors credit for Service Learning experience and have the opportunity to explore
interdisciplinary connections between different fields of study and thought. In addition,
students who complete at least 40 hours of service learning activity will be awarded a
special medallion when they graduate. For more information, visit the Service Learning
page at valenciacollege.edu/servicelearning.

Study Abroad
Each year, the James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors College offers at least one section of
IDH 2955, “Honors Study Abroad.” The course is planned in conjunction with one of the
program tracks with the goal of providing every Seneff student the opportunity to travel
internationally as part of the honors curriculum. Student travel on these trips is supported
by scholarship dollars; in 2014, the average cost to the student for a nine day trip to
London (after scholarships) was about $1,000. For more information, visit the Study
Abroad and Global Experience page at valenciacollege.edu/international/studyabroad.

Perks
Some of the perks of the James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors College are:

      • Priority registration

      • Honors Resource Centers

      • Honors-only scholarships

      • College-sponsored travel to conferences and on course field trips

      • Honors-specific advising

      • Graduation recognition

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Become Involved
     To whom much is given, much is required. Honors students are expected to participate
     in the life of the program and the college by regularly attending meetings, events, and
     academic discussions and by treating all faculty, staff, and fellow students with respect.
     Beginning students should plan to become involved at the college in a way that speaks
     to their individual interests and offers a possibility for positive impact. A few of the clubs
     and organizations at Valencia include:

           • East Campus Student Research Community

           • West Campus Book Club

           • Phi Theta Kappa – the international honors society for two-year colleges

           • Brain Bowl – a Jeopardy-style academic competition

           • Valencia Voice – the college newspaper

           • The Phoenix – the college literary journal

           • Valencia Volunteers – providing service opportunities to Valencia students*

           • Student Government Association

           • Model United Nations – academic simulation of the United Nations

           • Student Leader Team – providing peer assistance and education

     This is just a sampling of the clubs and organizations available at Valencia. For a full list,
     visit valenciacollege.edu/studentdev/clubs2.cfm or drop by the Student Development
     office on your home campus.

     * Students who document at least 100 hours of service while at Valencia will be eligible
      to graduate with a service cord.

     BayCare Student Assistance Program
     College can be stressful. If you need support, advice, or just a friendly ear, help is only
     a phone call away. Call 800-878-5470. BayCare Student Assistance Program is a free
     service to Valencia students.

     Alumni Network
     In 2009, the Association of Honors Alumni (AHA!) was formed by graduating honors
     students to raise scholarship funds and provide transfer assistance to current honors
     students. A wide network of former Valencia honors students can be found at
     undergraduate, graduate and professional schools throughout the nation. Amongst the
     AHA! members are two Jack Kent Cooke scholars, several past members of the All-USA
     Academic Team, and countless recipients of other prestigious scholarship awards; these
     honors alumni have been extremely generous with their time and advice. Each summer,
     AHA! holds an event to which students in the James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors
     College are invited. This offers an excellent opportunity for current students to meet
     and connect with the honors alumni network.

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Transfer
When thinking about transfer, it is never too early to start. In fact, students should begin
planning for transfer during their first year at Valencia. Those who wait until their second
year often find themselves scrambling to research options and put together the right
transfer strategy. Your approach will vary depending on what school(s) and program(s)
you choose. Generally speaking, there are three distinct paths you can take, each
requiring different planning and preparation:

      • Honors-to-Honors: If your goal is to transfer to an honors program or college at a
        four-year school, you will require considerable lead-time to investigate the options.
        Your first question will be whether or not they allow transfer students to enter the
        program and graduate on par with ‘native’ students (i.e., students who began at
        that institution). Many will allow transfer students to enter the program; but, when
        you scratch beneath the surface, you may find that it is next to impossible for
        transfers to complete the requirements for honors graduation. Your best bet is to
        communicate with the program director early and often. For students desiring the
        transfer to The Burnett Honors College at the University of Central Florida, Valencia
        College is one of a handful of schools that have an honors-to-honors articulation
        agreement with UCF. Graduating students wishing to transfer to The Burnett
        Honors College should have a minimum of 18 credits
        of honors work at Valencia and a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5.

      • Private and Out-of-State Colleges and Universities: Valencia College has an
        excellent tradition of placing honors students in some of the most elite institutions
        in the country, including Amherst College, Emory University, Smith College,
        Columbia University, and UC-Berkeley. In most cases, transferring institutions
        will evaluate your Valencia transcript course by course. Very rarely do students
        lose a great deal of coursework in transfer. Still, you will want to communicate
        with the institution directly before making final decisions. It is well known that
        some institutions are more transfer-friendly than others. Speaking with a transfer
        admission specialist at the school will give you a good sense for this, as will doing
        research online or consulting one of the useful peer-to-peer discussion sites, such
        as collegeconfidential.com.

      • Florida Public Colleges and Universities: Perhaps the easiest transfer situation to
        manage is when students are transferring to a Florida public college or university.
        Statewide articulation agreements guarantee that courses you take at Valencia will,
        with few exceptions, transfer to the accepting institution. Even so, you will want to
        make sure you are taking the right classes at the freshman and sophomore level
        to be prepared for upper division coursework. Florida has established an online
        advising and transfer tool to assist students throughout the process: flvc.org. This
        site allows students to determine how best to chart a path to the baccalaureate
        program of their choice.

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Transfer Fair
     Each year, the Honors Student Advisory Committee partners with Phi Theta Kappa to
     host a Transfer Fair and invites representatives from colleges throughout the nation
     to Valencia. This provides an opportunity for honors students to talk one-on-one with
     admission specialists and discuss programs and scholarship options. The Transfer Fair
     is scheduled for the fall (usually late October or early November each year). Check the
     Honors Calendar for specific date.

     Transfer Scholarships
     A number of schools have scholarships for transfer students graduating from honors
     programs. The following is a partial list of colleges and universities that offer honors-
     specific transfer scholarships:

           • Hamilton Holt School at Rollins College

           • University of Central Florida

           • New College of Florida

           • Stetson University

           • University of Tampa

           • Florida Atlantic University

           • Florida International University

           • Illinois Institute of Technology

     Honors students may also be eligible for the following
     prestigious scholarships:

          • Hites Scholarship: Established by a generous gift from Robert F. Hites to the
             Valencia Foundation, the Hites Scholarship is awarded each year to the most
             outstanding graduate of the James M. and Dayle L. Seneff Honors College.

           • Association of Honors Alumni Transfer Scholarship: Each year, the Association of
             Honors Alumni (AHA!) selects a graduating honors student as the recipient of this
             scholarship, which is partially funded by the rose sale at Commencement.

     	    • Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship: The Jack Kent Cooke
             Foundation’s Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship honors excellence by supporting
             outstanding community college students with financial need to transfer to and
             complete their bachelor’s degrees at the nation’s top four-year colleges and
             universities. The Foundation provides up to $30,000 per year
             to each of approximately 70 deserving students selected annually, making it
             the largest private scholarship for two-year and community college transfer
             students in the country.

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• Guistwhite Scholarships: The purpose of this merit-based program is to recognize
       the scholarly achievements of Phi Theta Kappa members and enhance members’
       attainment of baccalaureate degrees. Up to 20 members will receive scholarships
       of $5,000 each for completion of baccalaureate degrees. To be eligible, a student
       must post a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA and transfer to a college or university
       upon completion of coursework at a community college.

     • All-USA Community College Academic Team: The All-USA Community College
       Academic Team is presented by USA TODAY and Phi Theta Kappa and sponsored
       by Follett Higher Education Group. Twenty students will be selected to the national
       team, each receiving a $2,500 scholarship and medallion. Students nominated to
       the All-USA Community College Academic Team are automatically named to the
       All-State Community College Academic Team.

      • Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team: The Coca-Cola Scholars
       Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team.
       Fifty students will be named Gold Scholars, each receiving a $1,500 scholarship,
       fifty students will be named Silver Scholars, each receiving a $1,250 scholarship,
       and fifty students will be named Bronze Scholars, each receiving a $1,000
       scholarship. A state may have multiple Gold, Silver, or Bronze Scholars. All scholars
       will also receive special medallions. The top scoring student in each
       of the fifty states will be named a New Century Scholar and will receive a
       $2,000 stipend.

	    • Hispanic Scholarship Fund: The Hispanic Scholarship Fund supports several
       scholarship programs for students of Latino background. To learn about these
       programs, visit the HSF webpage at hsf.net.

For more information about these and other transfer scholarships,
contact Valerie Burks at vburks1@valenciacollege.edu.

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INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES TRACK
     (24 credits of honors coursework)

     Courses                                               Term        Grade      Credits

     At least three of the following:

     IDH 1110 or IDH 1112 – Interdis. Stud. in Gen Ed I   _________   _________   _________

     IDH 1111 – Interdisciplinary Studies in Gen Ed II    _________   _________   _________

     IDH 2120 – Interdisciplinary Studies in Gen Ed III   _________   _________   _________

     IDH 2121 – Interdisciplinary Studies in Gen Ed IV    _________   _________   _________

     Honors Electives

     _______________________________________              _________   _________   _________

     _______________________________________              _________   _________   _________

     _______________________________________              _________   _________   _________

     _______________________________________              _________   _________   _________

     _______________________________________              _________   _________   _________

     _______________________________________              _________   _________   _________

     _______________________________________              _________   _________   _________

     _______________________________________              _________   _________   _________

     _______________________________________              _________   _________   _________

     _______________________________________              _________   _________   _________

     _______________________________________              _________   _________   _________

     Co-curricular Activities

     Date             Activity                                                    Hours

     __________       _________________________________________________           _________

     __________       _________________________________________________           _________

     __________       _________________________________________________           _________

     __________       _________________________________________________           _________

     __________       _________________________________________________           _________

     __________       _________________________________________________           _________

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LEADERSHIP TRACK
(23 credits of honors coursework)

Courses                                              Term        Grade      Credits

SLS 2261H – Leadership Development – Honors         _________   _________   _________

Two of the following:
SPC 1608H – Fundamentals of Speech – Honors         _________   _________   _________
ENC 1101H – Freshman Composition I – Honors         _________   _________   _________
ENC 1102H – Freshman Composition II – Honors        _________   _________   _________
Honors Gordon Rule Course                           _________   _________   _________
Honors Gordon Rule Course                           _________   _________   _________

One of the following:
POS 2041H – U.S. Government – Honors                _________   _________   _________
INR 2002H – International Politics – Honors         _________   _________   _________
AMH 2010H – U.S. History to 1877 – Honors           _________   _________   _________
AMH 2020H – U.S. History 1877 to Present – Honors   _________   _________   _________
SYG 2000H – Intro to Sociology – Honors             _________   _________   _________
PSY 2012H – General Psychology – Honors             _________   _________   _________

SLS 2940H – Service Learning – Honors               _________   _________   _________

Honors Electives

_______________________________________             _________   _________   _________

_______________________________________             _________   _________   _________

_______________________________________             _________   _________   _________

_______________________________________             _________   _________   _________

Co-curricular Activities

Date            Activity                                                    Hours

__________      _________________________________________________           _________

__________      _________________________________________________           _________

__________      _________________________________________________           _________

__________      _________________________________________________           _________

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UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH TRACK
     (24 credits of honors coursework)

     Courses                                         Term        Grade     Credits

     IDH 2911 – Honors Research Process            _________   _________   _________

     Individual Honors Study Plan

     _______________________________________       _________   _________   _________

     _______________________________________       _________   _________   _________

     _______________________________________       _________   _________   _________

     _______________________________________       _________   _________   _________

     _______________________________________       _________   _________   _________

     IDH 2912 – Honors Project                     _________   _________   _________

     Honors Electives

     _______________________________________       _________   _________   _________

     _______________________________________       _________   _________   _________

     _______________________________________       _________   _________   _________

     _______________________________________       _________   _________   _________

     _______________________________________       _________   _________   _________

     Co-curricular Activities

     Date            Activity                                              Hours

     __________      _________________________________________________     _________

     __________      _________________________________________________     _________

     __________      _________________________________________________     _________

     __________      _________________________________________________     _________

     __________      _________________________________________________     _________

     __________      _________________________________________________     _________

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JEFFERSONIAN TRACK
(23 credits of honors coursework)

Courses                                         Term        Grade     Credits

SLS 1501H – Honors Seminar                    _________   _________   _________
IDH 2028H – Honors Capstone                   _________   _________   _________

Thematically-Integrated Gen Ed Courses

_______________________________________       _________   _________   _________

_______________________________________       _________   _________   _________

_______________________________________       _________   _________   _________

_______________________________________       _________   _________   _________

_______________________________________       _________   _________   _________

Honors Electives

_______________________________________       _________   _________   _________

_______________________________________       _________   _________   _________

_______________________________________       _________   _________   _________

_______________________________________       _________   _________   _________

_______________________________________       _________   _________   _________

Co-curricular Activities

Date            Activity                                              Hours

__________      _________________________________________________     _________

__________      _________________________________________________     _________

__________      _________________________________________________     _________

__________      _________________________________________________     _________

__________      _________________________________________________     _________

__________      _________________________________________________     _________

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