2014 NCHA Conference Held at the University of Mount Olive

2014 NCHA Conference Held at the University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE- The University of Mount Olive (UMO) recently hosted the 2014 North Carolina Honors Association (NCHA) Conference.  The organization is comprised of faculty, administrators, and students from colleges and universities across North Carolina.  They share a common purpose of continually improving, promoting, and advancing the experiences of Honors students in North Carolina.


Kasyn Sturgill, president of the UMO Honors Leadership Council, was thrilled about the success of the conference. Sturgill, a senior biology major from Pink Hill, noted, “With the help of many of the UMO Honors students and faculty, we were able to make this year’s NCHA Conference one of the best yet. It gave us a great opportunity to get the word out about our University and to show others what our Honors Program is really about – community!”


Likewise, Dr. Norman Crumpacker, director of the UMO Honors program, said, “The 2014 North Carolina Honors Association Conference was, by all measures, a huge success.”


There were 13 North Carolina institutions represented at the 2014 NCHA Conference, including North Carolina State University, University of North Carolina Asheville, and Western Carolina University, to name a few.


The conference began with a dinner and motivational speech by Kenney Moore, CEO of Highway 55 Burgers, Shakes and Fries.  Moore, a UMO alumnus, shared his inspiring story and business success with the conference attendees.


Day two of the conference focused on research.  Elected presenters staged research projects and data posters for viewing. The presentations focused on topics such as cell research, study abroad programs, and Honors College advancements. By collaborating through meetings, discussions, and research, the students and faculty interacted and celebrated their achievements.


Next year’s conference will be held at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.


The University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The University, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Research Triangle Park, Washington, Jacksonville, and in Smithfield at Johnston Community College.  For more information, visit old.umo.edu.