Below are descriptions of the main events that the SHC Student Council organizes and hosts during the academic year.
Each semester, the SHC Student Council hosts an SHC semi-formal to celebrate the hard work and effort that scholars have put into their studies and extra-curriclar activities all semester long. The formal provides a lively and high-energy atmosphere where hundreds of scholars come to dance, eat and spend time with friends. The formal is headed by StuCo's Social Chair who organizes the event with the help of his or her Social Committee, which consists of StuCo members who volunteer to serve on the committee. We've been told that our formals are the best on campus.
Spring 2013 Social Committee
SHC Coffeehouse Music Night
Toward the end of each semester, StuCo recruits musically talented scholars to perform at the SHC Coffeehouse Music Night. The Coffeehouse first began in the spring of 2010, and is now a staple event within the living-learning community of the Schreyer Honors College. This event is headed by StuCo's Social Chair who organizes it with the help of his or her Social Committee. The Coffeehouse usually occurs during the week before finals to give scholars a change to relax with friends before the stressful exam week.
Scholars performing at the fall 2010 SHC Coffeehouse Music Night
Be sure to check out these videos of performances from SHC Coffeehouse Music Nights!
Date Auction Benefitting the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, StuCo puts on a Date Auction every October. Students, faculty and community members come to make bids on Penn State celebrities like the Nittany Lion, the Penn State Drum Major, the Feature twirler, Dean Brady and more! Schreyer scholars also auction themselves off. All proceeds benefit the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation. The event is headed by StuCo's Service Chair with the help of his or her Service Committee. The Date Auction is always a lot of fun and a great way to make new friends and maybe even find true love...
Students entering the "Can Buy Me Love" Date Auction 2011
DJ Sahba at the Date Auction
Since Schreyer Scholars have priority scheduling, the time frame for selecting classes often occurs very quickly. To help lower classmen with the scheduling process, StuCo organizes a "Scheduling Extravaganza" each semester on the evening before scheduling begins. This event provides an opportunity for lower classmen to talk to upper classmen about honors classes, professors, honors requirements--anything class or scheduling related. Online scheduling can be daunting for first-timers, so this is also a chance to learn more about the actual process of entering classes into eLion, Penn State's academic management website. This event is headed by StuCo's Academic Chair.
Scholars discussing classes and scheduling at the Scheduling Extravaganza of fall 2011
Kart for the Kids Benefitting THON
Every fall, StuCo's THON organization, HoCo StuCo FTK (Honors College Student Council For The Kids), partners with other THON organizations connected to the honors college to organize a fundraiser called Kart for the Kids. This is an alternative fundraiser set up as a Mario Kart tournament where students pay an entry fee to compete against each other in video games. A majority of the total entrance fees is reserved as the "prize" for the winning player, who decides to which organization the money will be donated. The remainder of the total is split evenly between the other participating organizations, so everyone leaves with more money toward their THON total. This event is headed by StuCo's THON Chair.
The final round of last year's Kart for the Kids
Every year, StuCo participates in Homecoming, one of Penn States biggest traditions. We spend countless hours during Homecoming week constructing a float to showcase in Penn State's annual Homecoming parade. We also design and order T-shirts for the council that reflect our float's theme. It's a lot of fun to get involved with such a well known Penn State custom.
StuCo and Triangle Fraternity were partners for Homecoming 2013
StuCo and Triangle's float won FIRST PLACE in the Homecoming 2013 Parade!
StuCo is heavily involved in recruitment for the honors college. Our Recruitment Chair works closely with Dr. Richard Stoller, SHC Coordinator of Selection and International Programs, to organize various elements of prospective student visits to the Schreyer Honors Colege. These elements include information sessions, student panels and campus/honors housing tours.
Zach Hostetler (SHC Student Council President 2010-2011) and Devin Weakland (SHC Student Council President 2011-2012) speak to an auditorium of prospective students and their families at an information session last spring. (Photo credit: Dean Brady)