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Honors Envoy

Being a member of the UHP Envoy at ISU means you are an enthusiastic and dedicated representative of the Honors program.  Envoy members support Honors Leadership, are deeply involved in UHP work and recruitment, and become the face and representative of the UHP and its student members.  There are typically five Envoy positions available every Fall and Spring semester.  Specific Envoy position duties vary by semester and the current needs of the program.

As an internship position, Envoy positions are semester-long terms (available each Fall and Spring semester) and include a $300 scholarship and a stipend of approximately $300 (at $9 per hour, paid over the semester). 

Please contact Jacob Andrysiak (208.282.1383 or jacobandrysiak@isu.edu) with any questions.

Fall 2023 UHP Envoy Positions 

Assists Conner Suddick with designing, evaluating and making improvements to ACAD 1111 (F23) and HONS 2220. Tasks may include the following.

  • Providing strategic written feedback on annotated bibliographies (previous tutoring experience desired).
  • Support the development of lessons related to information literacy, writing, and arts-based research.
  • Facilitate select learning activities to improve student comprehension of material.

Assists Jacob Andrysiak to communicate with all Honors students about UHP events and happenings.  The Envoy would be responsible for compiling information and creating the Weekly Updates and creating and responding to Social Media posts.  To be successful in this position the candidate needs to be able to:

  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Have an understanding of Social Media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter).
  • Have a desire to foster the growth of UHP students and the program.
  • Work independently and be prompt with deadlines.
  • Seek assistance without hesitation.
  • Helpful Skills: Creative with technology.

Assists the Honors Director, Dr. Shannon Kobs Nawotniak, with recruiting events and materials and UHP management tasks.  Duties may include the following.

  • Assist the UHP Director with updating thesis project tracking and Honors Contract Course applications.
  • Attend in-person or online recruiting events. Such as information fairs at local high schools or on the ISU campus.
  • Communicate with high school counselors and perspective students by phone, email, or other methods.
  • Prepare, revise, or edit recruiting materials such as pamphlets, handouts, and mailers.

Assists Jacob Andrysiak with preparing for Honors Events during the semester. Tasks may include the following.

  • Assist with UHP Events during a given semester (e.g., Induction, Honors Rendezvous, Opportuni-Tea).
  • Coordinate the Recognition Event (select venue, menu, decorations, invitations, and RSVP form).
  • Update the presentations for five Bi-Annual Honors Meeting (BAHM) group-advising sessions.
  • Update the BAHM sign-up form.
  • Coordinate the Envoys presenting in each BAHM session.

Assists Lori Tapanila with Honors website updates and maintenance.  Duties may include the following.

  • Perform updates to the UHP website.  (ISU CMS Training is required and provided. More info about the training at www.isu.edu/cms/)
  • Manage email and paper recruiting and application materials.  (Using Constant Contact to send mass email and envelope stuffing)
  • Editing recruiting and application material. (Using Adobe programs to change text and images in documents, and possibly, create documents).


Honors Peer Mentors

Peer mentorship is a great way to connect with the incoming cohort and to bond with your peers across all cohorts. If you are interested in becoming a Peer Mentor for the 2024-2025 academic year, applications are currently being accepted.

Please review the requirements and submit your application by Monday, October 16th, 2023.
Contact Conner Suddick with questions at connersuddick@isu.edu.

Honors Mentors provide Honors students a resource on campus that they can rely upon to answer questions related to their education, the university, and even personal matters. Their knowledge of ISU campus resources and professional training offer new Honors students with a reliable advocate for a successful college experience.


UHP Student Club

The UHP Club's purpose is:

  • to enhance educational and social opportunities for outstanding students
  • to organize Honors related social and service activities
  • to encourage alternative forms of learning and evaluation with an emphasis on group discussion
  • to encourage the development of new Honors classes
  • to develop leadership skills
  • to promote service in the community and surrounding areas in order to encourage excellence of heart as well as of mind

The UHP Club hosts a variety of social and service events throughout the academic year, 3-4 events a month. Recent club events include: capture the flag orientation event, Veterans Home visits, a Halloween pajama party, a President's Day treasure hunt, Rake-A-Wish for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Fall Carnival, and the end of the year Floats and Votes Party.