Mortar Board Committees
Service is an integral part of what makes this senior honor society unique. As a committee, this group is responsible for coming up with various community service events where Mortar Board members can fulfill their 10-hour per semester community service requirement. Previous service commitments include tutoring at Mentone Elementary, Habitat for Humanity builds, working with Building a Generation at local elementary schools, purchasing bookshelves for Micah House, tutoring at Smiley Public Library and a book drive to support children in Louisiana devastated by Hurricane Katrina.
This responsibility is designated to a member or members. This individual will be responsible for working with the SLIC office to ensure that all of the floral & fern arrangements are taken care of and carnations are ordered for the honorees in May of each year.
Professor of the Year
In order to select the Professor of the Year, these individuals must help organize the nomination process for students to nominate their favorite professors. Once the voting is completed and a professor has been chosen, the top five nominees are celebrated at a Wine & Cheese Reception in February, and the Professor of the Year is announced. This committee is responsible for all planning, logistics and program for this event. The Professor of the Year speaks in March at the President’s High Table Dinner, and the Professor of the Year committee plans the program for that dinner.
Student of the Year
Students on this committee are responsible for sending out a letter to faculty, having them recommend a sophomore who has demonstrated a superior understanding of coursework, who has exhibited great promise as a scholar, and whom it is felt has meaningfully contributed to the academic life at this university. Once the nominations are sent back, the chapter selects two deserving sophomore students who will be given $150 gift certificates toward the purchase of their upcoming fall semester textbooks. These awards are presented at the Honors Convocation in May.
Finals Baskets are the sole fundraiser for our organization. This event occurs at the end of both the fall and spring semesters, specifically on Study Day. The Finals Baskets committee sends out letters to the parents of all Arts & Sciences students. Once all the letters are returned, the committee members purchase baskets and basket items for the “basket stuffing” process. The baskets are put together the last day of classes and distributed on Study Day which requires every member’s involvement.