UMO Honors Students Attend 2015 NCHA Conference

UMO Honors Students Attend 2015 NCHA Conference

MOUNT OLIVE- Five Honors students from the University of Mount Olive recently attended the North Carolina Honors Association (NCHA) Conference at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.

The NCHA 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.

Jessica Sellers, a freshman from Whiteville, NC; Sarah McCollum a freshman from Seven Springs, NC; Alexis McNeil, a junior from Bowie, MD; Yocelyn Garnica, a senior from Wilson, NC; and Brian Stewart, a senior agribusiness major from La Grange, NC attended the conference with Honors professors Dr. Alan Lamm and Dr. Christopher Skinner.

The conference consisted of critical thinking seminars and activities, research presentations, and poster viewings. The presentations focused on topics such as cell research, foreign studies, and Honors College course topics. Stewart, the president of the UMO Honors Leadership Council, delivered a presentation entitled “Capitalism vs. Communism: Russian Revolution and the Transitional Years of Western Europe.”

The trip enabled the students to grow closer as a community and learn from the other participating Honors programs.

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

(L-R)  Front Row:  Alexis McNeill, Yocelyn Garnica, Jessica Sellers and Sarah McCollum.  Back Row:  Dr. Chris Skinner, Brian Stewart, and Dr. Alan Lamm.