Developed and designed in 2020 by students in the Honors College and residents of the HRC, the crest represents the culture that exists within the community and among its residents.
Each element was carefully selected and designed to communicate what the HRC experience is to current and prospective students and the broader campus community.
*Please do not use or reproduce the HRC Crest without express permission from the Community Leadership Team.
The 3 Elements of the HRC Crest
- At the top of the crest, "the architecture of the Great Hall represents the main space that most students recognize as “The Honors College” [...]and the area where students could study, relax, or go to honors events, all which helped form a strong bond with the space."
- The Mountains "pay tribute to the fact that Clemson began as a land grant university, and its identity remains firm in the location. In fact, it is even acknowledged in our alma mater – “Where the mountains smile in grandeur O’er the hill and dale.” The addition of nature also recognizes the firm environmental role that Clemson University advocates, which is spearheaded by many students, with many initiatives started by honors students."
- The Tiger Paw "shows that while the HRC is its own unique experience, it still falls under the Clemson umbrella where students can be proud to be part of both, and not feel like there is a choice between being part of Clemson or being part of the HRC."
We get creative with our Halloween celebrations. A few years ago, we turned the Honors Center into a giant CLUE game, complete with a ballroom (The Great Hall), a conservatory (one of the classrooms), and a Library (the . . . Library). Two years ago, we held a monster's ball that included escape rooms, a haunted cemetery, and much more. Last year we turned the Honors Center into Area 51, including Martian invaders.
Want to know what we have in store for the future? Stay tuned!
Valentine's Day Lecture and Dinner Party
A lecture on Valentine's Day? Why not, if it's all about love! Enjoy some of our most talented and popular Clemson professors as they show you that Cupid has an academic side. The lecture is always accompanied by a sit-down dinner and a live jazz band!
What do our Valentine's Day lectures look like?
- 2017 - "The (Algo)Rhythms of Love: Why Nerds Make the Best Romantics" (Dr. Brian Dean, School of Computing)
- 2018 - "Gut Feelings: Bacteria Cause Infection – and Infatuation??" (Dr. Kristi Whitehead, Department of Biological Sciences)
- 2019 - "Sex Ed: Don't I know This Stuff Already?" (Dr. Bruce King, Department of Psychology)
- 2020 - "Hey Baby: A Valentine's Day Lecture on Love and Communication (Dr. Andrew Pyle, Department of Communication)
- 2021 - Hiatus
Piano Jam, Jazz Jam, Speakeasy
Our students love to share their artistic talents! In the fall, come make music with us at the annual Piano Jam. Classical, country, rock, whatever you enjoy, come perform for us! Piano not required – any instrument (including voice) welcome!
In the spring, everyone who plays jazz is invited to perform a night of improv. Piano, sax, guitar, brass – they all come out to make the Great Hall ring with fabulous sound.
Last year we added a "Speakeasy" night to the lineup. Honors students read their own creative works, or something by their favorite author. Poetry, comedy, drama – you name it. One student even read an email (don't ask!).
Once per semester, the FIRs recreate a recipe from the past. Students have the opportunity to learn about the history of the recipe and then sample them. In 2020, we enjoyed pound cake from the 1800s and switchel (a historical energy drink). Look out for more Historical Eats to come this year.
The Great Honors Bake Off
During the Spring 2021 semester, our FIRs hosted the inaugural Great Honors Bake Off in honor of Pound Cake Day (March 4th). Honors Faculty baked their own versions of pound cake and students sampled each and voted on the winner. The Great Honors Bake Off is hosted once per semester.