Students and faculty from The Honors College at SOU have been selected as presenters during the 52nd annual conference to be held by the National Collegiate Honors Council in Atlanta, Georgia, Nov. 8-12.

The conference highlights student and faculty research presentations from across the nation, and provides training and development for honors program administrators. The conference theme, “Just Honors,” will explore how honors faculty and students can address issues of access, equity and technology as key partners in the community. Bryan Stevenson, author of "Just Mercy," will provide the plenary address.

The national submission process for the NCHC annual conference is highly selective, with hundreds of students and faculty submitting proposals each year.

“Every presentation at conference leaves an impression on the honors network. NCHC’s 2017 conference experience includes opportunities for participants to challenge their understandings and provide innovative solutions for the communities at large,” said Mary Beth Rathe, NCHC Executive Director.

While in Atlanta, students and faculty from The Honors College at SOU will have the opportunity to explore the city of Atlanta through NCHC’s City as Text program, network with other honors students and faculty from across the country and around the world, and celebrate the unique community created by honors education.

Other keynote speakers slated for the NCHC Just Honors conference include Ken Polite, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana; Dr. Dan Jernigan, director of the Influenza Division at the Centers for Disease Control; and Tom Matson, senior executive leadership strategist with CliftonStrengths, Gallup Research.

NCHC anticipates over 2,000 students and faculty hailing from all 50 states to attend the Atlanta event, as well as visitors from the Netherlands, Great Britain, China, Qatar and Australia.

The National Collegiate Honors Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to support and enhance the community of educational institutions, professionals, and students who participate in collegiate honors education around the world. NCHC members total nearly 900 institutions from the United States and around the world. Professional and student memberships are available. More information is available at nchchonors.org.