November 2007 Archives

Socratic Symposium, Fall 2007

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On November 27, 2007, honors scholars and their faculty research advisers gathered together for the Socratic Symposium. The Symposium is an event that occurs every semester to allow students to share the classwork and research in which they have been engaged.

To see the student presenters and their posters, please view the photos from the event.

Honors Day of Service recognized by NCHC

The Fall 2007 Honors Day of Service project, Worn Out - Play Again, is highlighted in the November 2007 issue of the National Collegiate Honors Council Newsletter. NCHC is a national organization for honors coordinators and students that promotes a day of service for honors programs across the country each semester. Congratulations to James Woodruff and Peter Spizzirri, project chair and co-chair, for organizing the hugely successful project!

View the full description of the sneaker drive in the Events section of the honors blog.

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In November 2007, first-year honors scholars in ENGL 030S were busy interviewing faculty and alumni that were present at the beginning of the campus formerly known as Penn State Delaware County. The students are working under the direction of their instructor, Dr. Phyllis Cole, in writing a book on the history of the first ten years of the campus.

View the online video to see images of the students in conversations with former faculty and alumni.

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Virtual tour of the 2007 Solar Decathlon


On October 16, 2007, the students enrolled in honors courses traveled to Washington DC to visit and tour the energy-efficient homes built for the international Solar Decathlon competition. Now the competition is over, and the houses have been broken apart and shipped back to their home institutions. If you missed the opportunity to see the solar-powered homes, no need to fear - the students in ENGL 030S and EARTH 100H/STS 200H have created a virtual tour of the competition!

Viewable in Google Earth, each honors scholar was assigned the task of visiting 1-2 Solar Decathlon homes. The ENGL 030S students wrote an overall summary about each home, and the EARTH 100H/STS 200H created an online audio and photo tour of each house that includes interviews with builders of the homes.

The Solar Decathlon virtual tour is complete! You can read the house descriptions and see the audio/image files by clicking on this link that will open in Google Earth.

Note that to utilize the Google Earth module, you will need to download Google Earth, a free program, onto your computer.


In Fall 2007, the honors scholars enrolled in EARTH 100H/STS 200H engaged in a community outreach project that utilized the new digital technology available on campus. Nearby, Ridley Creek State Park has a multi-use trail with 48 numbered trees. To assist with the Park's educational objectives, the students created an audio walking tour enhanced with photos that can be downloaded on an iPod for visitors to the park. For people at a distance that are unable to come to the Park, a virtual tour in Google Earth was created to share information on Pennsylvania's tree biodiversity to a much larger audience.

Download the podcast here for iTunes and your iPod.

If you do not have an iPod, view online the same m4v file that will play on an iPod, or view the virtual tour in Google Earth. Note that to utilize the Google Earth module, you will need to download Google Earth, a free program, onto your computer.

View the credits for the project, recognizing the hard work of the scholars.

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