Fullerton College10/28/2013
This Week in Honors
Honors Counselor
Women's Opportunity Award
The Art of Hope
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This Week in Honors
Fullerton College Honors Program
Fall Semester: Week 10       
Honors Counselor -- Workshops


Tues, Oct. 29 12:00 - 1:00 pm Room 229
Wed, Oct. 30 12:00 - 1:00 pm Room 227

Brown-Bag Lunch Workshops with Linda Kelly-Mandich
  • Educational Planning
  • Advanced Placement Coursework
  • AA-T Degrees 
  • Public vs. Private Universities
  • Honors Certification
  • TAP Certification
  • Spring Registration and more...

If you haven't had the chance to meet with Linda this semester, you really need to attend one of these workshops so you get all the latest information. 


If you've already had your appointment with Linda, this is a great chance to review the new information and ask any questions you may have thought of after the meeting.

Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Award
Seeking Outstanding Students for Scholarship Nomination

Soroptimist International of Fullerton is accepting applications for our Women's Opportunity Award.


The Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Award is a cash grant given to motivated women who are the primary financial supporters of their families. The recipients of this award are seeking to improve their lives by gaining additional skills, training or education, but do not have the resources to do so. These funds are meant to offset any costs associated with the recipient's efforts to attain higher education, including tuition, books, supplies, childcare or transportation costs.


To be eligible a woman must:

  • Provide the primary financial support for their families (including children, spouse, siblings, parents, etc)  
  • Have financial need
  • Be enrolled in or have been accepted a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program.
  • Have not previously been the recipient of a Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Award; are not a Soroptimist member, employee, or immediate family of either.
Completed applications and the two reference forms are due to me by December 12, 2013.  Soroptimist International of Fullerton awards a $1000 cash grant by the end of January 2014. 
"The Art of Hope"  November 1st



Phi Theta Kappa is collaborating with Hope University to present "The Art of HOPE," an exhibit and silent auction at the Fullerton Art Walk. The opening reception is November 1, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the Hibbleton Gallery, located at 223 W. Sante Fe Avenue, Fullerton. There will also be a closing reception on November 23 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

The students of Fullerton College Phi Theta Kappa have been working on this event since last spring. They began with a desire to do an honors project related to the arts, and through research and discussion, they developed an interest in collaborating with a non profit that works with disabled artists. This led them to Hope University, "a multi-faceted fine arts program for adults with intellectual disabilities designed to serve individuals showing talent, interest or motivation in the arts." 

Hope University is a nonprofit organization aiming to "transform the lives of adults with intellectual disabilities through the arts." The exhibit will consist of original work from 20 Hope University artists, and all proceeds will directly benefit their programs and artists. "We believe that individuals with intellectual disabilities have value and deserve opportunities, acceptance, and respect," says Hope University.

Hope University Artistic Director, Shelley Rugg Thorp explains, "We are very pleased and excited to be working with this great group of students on this project. One of our organizational goals is to gain greater exposure for our artists and our organization, and an exhibition at the Hibbleton Gallery in Fullerton provides us with a great opportunity to do just that."


The Hibbleton Gallery is located in the Magoski Art Colony and specializes in street, outsider, lowbrow, graffiti, pop, surrealist, punk, and finger painting. It has been a mainstay of the Fullerton Art Walk since its inception.


More details are available at through our facebook event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/549674028445624/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming 

College Clubs

Alpha Gamma Sigma (AGS) Honors Society
AGS fosters, promotes, and recognizes scholastic achievement and serves the community and Fullerton College.

Every other Wednesday (2nd and 4th Wednesdays of the Month) from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Room 323

Next Meeting: November 6th


Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honors Society 

PTK promotes scholarship, development of leadership, service, and cultivates fellowship among qualified students of this college.  

Every other Wednesday from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Room 529

Next Meeting: October 30th


Other Student Clubs: 


ENGAGE in STEM (online application)  

All Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) majors are welcome and encouraged to join.  

Math Colloquium
We invite all students to come see what is unknown in mathematics and/or what math can be used for.  Fullerton College faculty, student presentations, and guest speakers will present their research.    

Calendar for Events  

Meetings: Every Thursday 12:45-2:50pm, Often in Room 623  


LAMBDA raises consciousness and understanding of FC students/faculty to the many diverse issues that effect gays, lesbians, bi-sexuals/transgender persons; to act as a support system; create a comfortable environiment on campus by promoting understanding, acceptance, and equality. 

Every Monday, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Room varies

Next Meeting: October 28th


Latina Leadership Network

We bring together many diverse individuals who understand the need for promoting higher education and the professional development of Latinas and worked to overcome institutional and personal barriers impeding that development and success.

Every Tuesday, 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Room 412

Next Meeting: October 29th


Political Science Student Association (PSSA)

Join to discuss political issues happening around the world. PSSA holds events, such as film screenings and presentations, for students to learn more about what goes on in our current politics. All majors are welcome!

1st and 3rd Thursdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Room 229 

Next Meeting: November 7th



STOMP stands for Student Transfer Opportunity Mentorship Program. This is a new club on campus that is focused on creating a transfer-driven community with an emphasis on UCs, out-of-state, and private universities. If you're interested in transferring, this is a great club to join.

Every Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 Room 312

Next Meeting: October 29th


If you have club or organization information you'd like to share, please let us know so we can include it.   

PTK All-American Team

Past Fullerton College PTK All-American Team students meeting with state Senator Mimi Walters with PTK Advisor Brandon Floerke.  


Seeking Outstanding Students for Scholarship Nomination

Dear Students, 

We are pleased to announce that the All-USA Community College Academic Team and the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Programs will continue in 2013.  The collaboration of USA TODAY, Follett Higher Education Group, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, AACC and Phi Theta Kappa will lead to students being featured in an April issue of USA TODAY and the awarding of nearly $350,000 in scholarships to outstanding community college students.  

Two students will be selected as nominees from Fullerton College, and those students will be recognized in the All-State Academic Team.  Fullerton College will fly our academic team to Sacramento to be honored in a ceremony where they will meet their state representatives, get a VIP tour of the Capital Building, and receive a medal.  They will also receive special recognition at the Fullerton College commencement ceremony.

At this time, we are seeking qualified applications.   To qualify, students must be on track to receive an Associates or Bachelors degree, maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA, and must have completed 36 college units. Students do not need to be a members of Phi Theta Kappa.  

For more information about the scholarships available, or to apply, please visit:


Phi Theta Kappa members may log in using their Phi Theta Kappa username and password.  If they have forgotten their log in, follow the steps on the log in page for "PTK Member Password Recovery."  

Non-members may access the application by selecting the link that says "Create an Account" on the log in page.  Non-members should follow the instructions to create an account and view the application.  You do not need to be a PTK member to apply.

Once the student has logged in, he or she should select the link in the center of the page that says "2013 Fall Common Scholarship."  They should follow the instructions and enter the enrollment key when instructed.  The application is a Common Application and Phi Theta Kappa members may apply for separate Phi Theta Kappa Guistwhite, GEICO and/or Hites Transfer Scholarships at the same time as the All-USA Community College Academic Team.

Enrollment code: MDQ4NzYy5214

The application is completed entirely online.  The website allows you to begin working on the application, save your progress, and return to work on it at any time.  This is a good thing because it is a long application.  Applications must be submitted no later than 12:00 noon on November 15, 2012.  After all applications have been received, we will notify the winners by November 19.

If you have any questions email Brandon Floerke directly:  bfloerke@fullcoll.edu

Personal Statement Tips

Fretting over your personal statement? Fussing about ways to proceed? Then take a break and read some helpful hints from Berkeley, UCI, UCLA and other great schools. These tips derive from meetings over the years with key admissions personnel, as well as from presentations at the National Collegiate Honors Council conference.  I hope you don't think of your essay as something you can do well at the last minute. It takes thought. And time. Teachers who offer workshops in the personal statement advise you to allow several weeks (some say months) to prepare it.  


So let's get started - read the full article below:


Personal Statement by Chuck Whitechurch


Here is another informational sheet from UC Santa Barbara to help you write your personal statement for the UC Apps:



Writing Center Workshop:

Tuesday, October 29, 4:00-5:00 in the Transfer Center (212)
Personal Statements (Miguel Powers)
How can you make your personal statement stand out/ Learn how to compose and revise your personal statement so you can go "from the stack to the star." You are encouraged to bring a draft of your personal statement to the workshop. 
Research and Conferences

Presenting your academic research at a conference is a great opportunity to set yourself apart from the crowd when you're applying for transfer.  As an honors student, you can apply for the Honors Transfer Council of California's Research Conference next spring (conference date: Saturday, April 5, 2014).  If you're writing a research paper this semester, you can easily use that topic as your presentation material.


More information about the Honors Transfer Council of California Research Conference:  http://htcca.org/students/ 

Deadline to apply for the conference is in December. 
Writing Center Workshops

The Writing Center offers various workshops throughout the semester to help you develop your writing skills. You do not need to register, but arrive early to ensure you get a space.  Room 808 


These are the upcoming workshops: 

Wednesday, October 30, 2:00-2:50
Put Your Five Senses to Work: Using Concrete Details in Your Writing (Patricia Thomas)
See, hear, touch, taste, and smell your way to stronger writing. In this workshop, you will learn practical skills to help refine the complex process of bringing imaginative writing and academic assignments to life with the power of image-drive language.

Thursday, October 31, 2:00-3:00
Out of Bounds Penalties: Learn to Avoid Sentence Boundary Errors (Elli England)
What is a sentence? When does a sentence run on? When is it a fragment? What is a comma splice? If you have trouble knowing what is or is not a sentence, and if you need help fixing such common errors as fused sentences, comma splices, and fragments, then this workshop is the quick fix you need. 

For more information, visit the Writing Center's website at http://writingcenter.fullcoll.edu/workshops.html 

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation grants scholarships up to $30,000 per year for transfer students. 

  • Be a current student at an accredited US community college or two-year institution with sophomore status by December 31, 2013, or a recent graduate (since spring 2009).
  • Plan to enroll full time in a baccalaureate program at an accredited college or university in fall 2014.
  • Have a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.50 or better on a scale of 4.0 (or the equivalent).
  • Demonstrate unmet financial need.
  • Have not previously been nominated for the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship.



While the Foundation considers academic excellence first in evaluating candidates, competitive applicants must also demonstrate unmet financial need, which has two components:

  • Education costs that are appreciably greater than the total amount of other scholarships or grant awards.
  • Insufficient student and family income to meet educational costs.
  • How to Apply

    The online application will open September 12, 2013.  

  • For the first time, the Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship will have a two-phase application process. 
    Phase One deadline is November 7, 2013 

    Materials submitted:
    • Online application
    • One online recommendation from a professor or teacher at your community college (due November 11, 2013)

    If you are selected as a semifinalist based on the Phase One application, you will be invited to submit additional information in Phase Two of the application process. 


Phase Two application requirements will include:

  • Continuation of student online application, including transcripts
  • Student Financial Form, including a copy of 2012 Federal Tax Return
  • Parent Financial Form, including a copy of 2012 Federal Tax Return (required for applicants under 30 years of age)
  • Student Aid Report (SAR) from the 2013-14 FAFSA
  • Second recommendation (due January 20, 2014)

Phase Two deadline is January 16, 2014 

UCLA's Transfer Alliance Program (TAP)

UCLA's Transfer Alliance Program (TAP) is a collaboration between local community college Honors/Scholars Programs and UCLA College (Letters and Science) in conjunction with Undergraduate Admissions and Relations with Schools. The program is designed to foster academic excellence at the community college level and to promote diversity and retention in the UCLA transfer population. Member community colleges like Fullerton College provide enriched general education curricula emphasizing critical thinking, writing, and research through their Honors programs.


TAP Applications will be available in January in the Honors Office.  Students who are Honors Certified at Fullerton College receive priority consideration for admission to UCLA College (Letters and Science). Admitted TAP students are eligible to apply for scholarships reserved for the Transfer Alliance Program. (FC Honors Alumni Maria Duque and Shayne Wiggins received $5,000 scholarships for the next two years at UCLA as TAP scholars) 

Transfer Workshops and University Representatives

Save the date and mark your calendar.  Make sure you attend the Cadena/Transfer Center Workshops and make your transfer plan a reality. RSVP by contacting the Cadena/Transfer Center: (714) 992-7086!


UC Application
Tue. October 29 2-3:30pm
Fri. Nov: 1 , 8, & 22 12-1:30pm


Personal Statement 

Tue. October 29 4-5:30pm

Thu. November 7 3-4:30pm


The Common Application
Fri. November 15 12-1:30pm



University Representatives:

Be sure to meet with representatives to ensure that transfer rules have not changed and to go over IGETC and major prep courses. This way you will be completely prepared to transfer and can ask your questions that are specific to a certain school. 


The schedule for university reps. can be found on the link below:


The Honors Program Staff is here to help you.  If you have any questions, please stop by our office in College Center: Room 225 or 714.992.7133. 

Jean Foster, Administrative Assistant
Michelle Kim, Student Assistant


Join our Facebook Page: FC Honors Program 


Jodi Balma
Coordinator, Honors Program
Honors Program, College Center, Room 225

Professor, Political Science Department
Political Science Office 1425-02 714.992.7522
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