To Be Honorable is to Serve.
In 1979, the Honors College at West Chester University was built upon the sure foundations of academic excellence, campus engagement, and community building. As we celebrate 40 years of Honors education, we are extremely proud of the over 1500 men and women who took the invitation to adhere to our motto: To Be Honorable is to Serve.
The pride of the Honors College is our student body. Students in Honors represent a diversity of academic backgrounds spanning 51 distinctive disciplines. Such diversity truly enlivens discussions in class when a pre-med major and a major in music education can come together to discuss strategies for economic enhancement, formation of ethical standards for genetic testing, and approaches to survey research.
Honors Student Spotlights
The Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center recognized Honors student, Kaylee Richard in their Student Entrepreneur Spotlight. Kaylee is a senior marketing and management dual major with a minor in economics. At West Chester, she is the Co-founder and Vice President of Mu Kappa Tau, a national marketing honors society, and she is a member of the Honors College. She also works as the Social Media Manager for the WCU Marketing Department. Outside of school, Kaylee currently interns at QVC and Toll Brothers along with running her small business. Kaylee started her business, Sunshine Design, in November 2018. Since then, the business has expanded to an Etsy shop in May 2020. Sunshine Design specializes in creating gifts, stickers, and drinkware. In the first 8 months of running an Etsy shop, Sunshine Design has made over 800 sales, sold to customers in all 50 states, and made it to the top 6% of Etsy shops. Check out Kaylee's work here! Find her on Instagram @sunshinedesign
Jake Henry, a sophomore Pharmaceutical Product Development major, was recently selected as the Overall Grand Prize Winner of the 2021 WCU-BIZ Ideas Competition sponsored by the Dr. Edwin Cottrell Entrepreneurial Leadership Center at WCU. His idea, LECTRA, is a wireless and portable electric muscle stimulator to help with muscle growth, fighting arthritis, increasing a mind-to-muscle connection for athletes, and repairing tendons and muscles. Jake’s idea was the top pick among 233 submissions and was also selected for the 1st place prize in the competition’s undergraduate track. Way to go Jake!
Honors College first-year, Jocelyn Brown, has recently been accepted to present at the 3rd Annual Mid Atlantic Leadership Studies Conference! Jocelyn is an International Relations major with minors in Spanish, Global Studies, and Civic & Professional Leadership. She will be presenting her piece: “Leadership Theory in The Terror” which she wrote as her final paper in CPL 120. Jocelyn and Honors faculty member, Professor Wooten, will be attending the conference together on April 4th. We are thrilled to have Jocelyn represent Honors and showcase her leadership knowledge!