Honors Club members volunteering at Table of Plenty. Photo Courtesy of Honors Club Facebook page.
A perfect blend of community involvement, student bonding, and genuine philanthropy, Northern State’s Honors Club strives to help others and have fun while doing so. Club President, junior Ian Coughlin, explains that the goal of Honors is, “to facilitate the learning of students both in the classroom and out in the community so that they are not only good students but good people as well.”
The club has around 50 active members and frequently volunteers with organizations outside of Northern’s campus. From serving a free meal to community members for the Table of Plenty, to crafting tie blankets for the children of Safe Harbor, the club regularly finds itself helping the community. They have even spent their afternoons walking dogs and playing with cats at the Aberdeen Area Humane Society.
Though this club has a strong focus on volunteer work, they are still sure to have a great time. Every fall the club goes on a retreat. During this time, they discuss the usual business — what events they wish to hold and when they would like to hold them — but they also spend part of their time doing activities and getting to know one another better. This year they will be staying at Joy Ranch outside of Watertown for the annual retreat.
Additionally, the club strives to hold at least one social and one act of volunteer work each month. For the month of September, they held the annual Student/Faculty Quiz Bowl. Their October social will be a pumpkin carving party filled with treats, fun, and classic Halloween films.
They are always welcome to new ideas for socials and activities, though. Club advisor Dr. Erin Fouberg states, “If Honors can volunteer and work with other student organizations to provide new programs and opportunities at Northern, we want to be part of that.”
When asked why students should join Honors, Coughlin said, “Whenever Honors kids get together, there is always excitement, because you get to know other people. You get to work with other people to help accomplish a common goal.”
Any student of Northern is able to join Honors Club, since it is a separate entity from that of the Honors Program. Any student interested in joining the club or the program should email Club President Ian Coughlin (firstname.lastname@example.org), chat with advisor Dr. Erin Fouberg, or come to a meeting. Meetings are held the first or second Wednesday of every month at 9pm in MJ 340.