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Honors Program Co-Curricular Activities

Previous Activities, Spring 2010


  • Venango Honors Program Open Forum: Thursday, January 28 at 4:30 p.m.-5 p.m. in Honors Lounge (Dr. Lott)
  • 2010 Independent Film experience: "Sunshine Cleaning", Saturday, January 30 at 7:30 p.m.



  • Venango Honors Program Open Forum: Wednesday, February 10 at 3 p.m.-4 p.m. in Honors Lounge (Dr. Foster)
  • Venango Honors Program Open Forum: Thursday, February 25 at 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in Honors Lounge (Dr. Lott)
  • 2009 Independent Film experience: "The Drummer", Saturday, February 27 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Field Trip Experience: "The Inspector General", Saturday, 02/27/10 - 2 p.m. - Philip Chosky Theater, CMU, Pittsburgh, PA.




Nikolai Gogol's The Inspector General is a hilarious indictment of political corruption in 1836 provincial Russia. When a penniless drifter is mistaken for an Inspector General, the townspeople, innocent as a pack of wolves, inveigle him into a conspiracy of lies that in turn reveals a profound truth. Gogol's classic is especially apt in these times of financial and moral dislocation



  • Venango Honors Program Open Forum: Wednesday, March 17 at 3 p.m.-4 p.m. in Honors Lounge (Dr. Foster)
  • Venango Honors Program Open Forum: Thursday, March 25 at 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in Honors Lounge (Dr. Lott)
  • Venango Honors Program Open Forum: Thursday, March 31 at 3 p.m.-4 p.m. in Honors Lounge (Dr. Foster)
  • Field Trip Experience: "Capture the Power of the 21 Century Woman", Tuesday, March 16 at 7 p.m. in Rhoades Auditorium

In this lecture, Brenda Vester, a Pittsburgh native, will highlight aspects of her book entitled "Capture your Power" which is about women in the 21st century. She discusses the characteristics of women in the 21st century and how they differ from women of previous generations. She empowers women to use their inner strength to succeed in today's modern world.


  • 2009 Independent Film experience: "Long Life, Happiness, and Prosperity", Saturday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m.
  • PTK Satellite Seminar Series Lecture: Wednesday, March 17 at 6 p.m. by Ralph Nader, Consumer Advocate for issues related to product safety, the environment, clean water and health.

Honors Seminar presenter Ralph Nader is an internationally known consumer advocate who was named by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential Americans in the Twentieth Century. His seminar presentation will focus on the current Honors Study Topic, The Paradox of Affluence: Choices, Challenges, and Consequences. Nader's efforts to raise public awareness of consumer problems influenced millions of citizens to become advocates for solutions. He is largely responsible for the creation of laws, regulatory agencies and national standards that have improved the quality of life for generations of Americans, especially in issues related to product safety, the environment, clean water and health.

Organizations established by Nader-led groups were instrumental in enacting the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Safe Drinking Water Act. In recent years Nader has been an independent candidate for President, pledging to work for the public interest by returning government to the citizens by addressing concerns such as health, energy sources and corporate welfare.




  • Venango Honors Program Open Forum: Thursday, April 1 at 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. in Honors Lounge (Dr. Lott)
  • Venango Honors Program Open Forum: Thursday, April 8 at 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in Honors Lounge (Dr. Lott)
  • 2009 Independent Film experience: "Falling Angels", Saturday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Field Trip Experience - "Clarion Legal Symposium", Tuesday, April 6, 7 p.m. Gemmell Multi-purpose Room - Clarion University, Clarion, PA
  • Field Trip Experience: "The Miracle Worker", Friday, April 30, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. Barrow Civic Theater - Franklin, PA 8


The story of Annie Sullivan and her student, blind and mute Helen Keller, The Miracle Worker dramatizes the volatile relationship between the lonely teacher and her charge. Helen, trapped in her secret world, is violent, spoiled, and treated by her family as sub-human. Only Annie realizes that there is a mind and spirit waiting to be rescued from the dark, tortured silence. Following scenes of intense physical and emotional dynamism, Annie's success with Helen finally comes with the utterance of a single word: "water".  


  • PTK Satellite Seminar Series Lecture: Thursday, April 29 at 3:30 p.m. in the Rhoades Auditorium - Seminar 4: Presenter: Ray Suarez, Author and Senior Correspondent for The NewsHour.

The former host of NPR's Talk of the Nation, journalist Ray Suarez joined PBS' The NewsHour as a Washington-based senior correspondent in 1999. A longstanding member of the Washington press corps, Suarez is well-known for his expertise on quintessentially American issues, including politics, demographics, race and religion. He has also released several critically-acclaimed books, including The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration: 1966-1999 and his latest, The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America. An observer of the changing nature of communities and the intersection of religion and politics, Suarez shares fascinating insight into the evolution of American life. Suarez holds a BA in African history from New York University and an MA in the social sciences from the University of Chicago. He has been awarded honorary doctorates by many colleges and universities, most recently by Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania

  • Venango Honors Program "Night of Excellence", Monday, April 19 at 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. in Rhoades Auditorium

  • "Focus on our Future Community Forum Lecture, Thursday, April 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Oil City YWCA, Oil City, PA

"Forum Theme:  R.E.S.P.E.C.T."
- Presenting Keynote Speaker:  Jess Weiner

 Jess Weiner is this generation's "Go-to Girl" for self-esteem! Whether she is hosting a seminar for mothers and daughters on today's pressure to be beautiful, writing her monthly body image column for Seventeen, or working with celebrities to spread the message of self-esteem, Jess is motivating the women and girls of America to develop self-confidence, self-knowledge, and self-acceptance.

Jess understands the issues facing young women today because she has lived through trauma and drama herself, spending her teenage years struggling with eating disorders and low self-esteem, before finally starting along the path to recovery in college. She has chronicled her own self-discovery and ultimate recovery from her disorders in her first book, A Very Hungry Girl.

Jess tapped into her desire to create social change as a student at Penn State University where she received a B.A. in theatre arts with minors in women studies and classics. Jess was a founding member of the University Park Ensemble; the UPE used social, health and educational theatre to create social action and campus awareness on such topics as body image, eating disorders, date rape and sexual assault, hate crimes, diversity issues, and domestic violence.

Having spent over 14 years on the road listening to the real life issues of women and girls, Jess has been called upon as a trusted advisor, mentor, and role model for mothers and daughters. Knowing first hand that many women have a conflicted relationship with their body and self-esteem, Jess was inspired to write her second book, Life Doesn't Begin 5 Pounds From Now. Jess helps readers decode the 'language of fat' and explore how body image controls the way women think about their health, wealth, family, career, and relationships.