Extracurricular Activities

UAF Honors Program students are always involved in lots of great activities and events, including bonfires, barbecues, academic competitions, and weekend trips. Please feel free to think of new events to get students together.

Orientation Events

Students getting dessert at Welcome BBQ. UAF Photo by Todd Paris.
Students getting dessert at Welcome BBQ. UAF Photo by Todd Paris.

Every year, the Honors students (both brand new and current) are encouraged to participate in UAF orientation. Whether it be for the Chancellor's BBQ, the Honors welcome back BBQ, making breakfast during the week for the students and parents, or showing the freshmen the ropes, Honors students are highly involved during this time.

Chena Hot Springs

Chena Hot Springs outdoor rock pool

Students organize a trip to Chena Hot Springs located 60 miles outside of Fairbanks. After students sign up, rides are arranged and the costs generally include gas money and a swim pass ($10). There are food accomodations available at Chena Hot Springs, but if you're concerened about cost, bringing your own water and snacks is recommended. And don't forget to bring your towel and swimsuit!

National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week

Honors students remain outdoors in -40 degree weather to collect donations
Honors students remain outdoors in -40 degree weather to collect donations

For the past 3 years, the Honors Student Council has organized and participated in the nationwide Homeless and Hunger Awareness Week. Participation is to help raise awareness about the difficult conditions in which Fairbanks community homeless survive in. Monies donated during this week go to the Street Outreach and Advocacy Program which works with homeless and at risk youth. At least 2 students sleep outside in -30 to -40 degree weather in tents placed in the UAF quad. Their only source of warmth are burn barrels. In 2012, wood was generously donated by UAF Chancellor Brian Rogers, former Honors Program director Dr. Gary Laursen, and the Catholic Campus Ministry.

Fall Canoe Trip

The canoe trip was a lot of fun -- and, no one got dunked in the river. (If you think getting dunked in the river is fun, you haven't been dunked in the upper Chena River in mid-September. Brrrr!)

International Talk-Like-A-Pirate Day, September 19th

Come aboard Matey!

The Honors Student Advisory Council is busy making preparations for this year's Talk Like A Pirate Day. The details are still in the works, but we'll probably have a fun activity scheduled for the weeken. Dressing and talking like a pirate is encouraged. Bringing friends is a must (they don't have to be in the program). Come join us for a swash-buckling good time!

International Ice Art

Ice Art! In March we meet at the Honors House and caravan (if you need a ride) to the World Ice Art Championships. This is, in fact, a world class event and an opportunity that should not be missed. If you're skeptical of the awesomeness that awaits, see the images at their Ice Art website.

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