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Quotation of the week:

“A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.” —Mark Twain

Academic Integrity Statement: Missouri Southern State University is committed to academic integrity and expects all members of the university community to accept shared responsibility for maintaining academic integrity. Students are subject to the provisions of the university’s Academic Integrity Policy, published in the Student Handbook. Penalties for academic misconduct in any course may include a failing grade on the assignment, a failing grade in the course, or any other course-related sanction the instructor determines to be appropriate. Continued enrollment in a course affirms a student’s acceptance of the university policy.

In  addition, Honors students are expected to abide by the requirements and regulations of the Honors Program, and to help promote an atmosphere of honesty and responsibility in order to foster intellectual and personal growth. Any Honors student who is found responsible for violating the code of Academic Integrity by the Honors Program, or fails to uphold the behavior expected of an Honors student, will be dismissed from the program effective immediately.

Fall 2017 Honors Classes 

Cap CRN Course No Course Name Time Day C Instr. Room
15 9339 ECON 201 Macro Economics 1:00-2:15 TR 3 Nichols Plaster 215
15 8226 ANTH 101 General Anthropology 1:00-1:50 MWF 3 Greer Webster 223
15 8409 PSC 120 US Government 10:00-10:50 MWF 3 Nicoletti Webster 208
15 8459 TH 110 Theatre Appreciation 9:00-9:50 MWF 3 Lile Taylor 217
15 8066 COMM 100 Oral Communication 12:00-12:50 MW  3 Clark Webster 112
15 8031 KINE 103 Lifetime Wellness 11:00-11:50 MW 2 Conklin HS 152
15 8800 ENG 111 Adv College Comp 9:30-10:45 TR 3 Rodgers Kuhn 101
15 8801 ENG 111 Adv College Comp 11:00-12:15 TR 3 Rodgers Kuhn 101
15 8149 HIST 110 US History 1492-1877 11:00-12:15 TR 3 Bever Webster 208
15 9323 PHYS 100 Fundamentals of Physical Science 10:00-10:50 MTWRF 5 Marsh Reynolds 306
20 9495 UE 100 University Experience 8:00-8:50 TR 1 Wood Plaster 208
20 9496 UE 100 University Experience 1:00-1:50 TR 1 Brown J. Kuhn Annex 118
15 8446 HNRS 101 Honors Forum 11:00-11:50 F 1 Stanley Taylor 217
15 8447 HNRS 101 Honors Forum 1:00-1:50 R 1 Howarth Taylor 217
15 8448 HNRS 101 Honors Forum 1:00-1:50 W 1 Nichols Taylor 217
15 8449 HNRS 201 Service Learning 1:00-1:50 2 Stanley Taylor 217
15 9515 HNRS 201 Service Learning 2:00-2:50 M 2 Brown   Kuhn Annex 118
15 8450 HNRS 490 Senior Thesis 2:30-3:20 R 1 Howarth Taylor 217
15 8451 HNRS 400 Research Seminar 2:30-4:50 T 2 Welsh Taylor 217
15 8452 HNRS 495 The Persistence of Craft 2:00-3:15 MW 3 Pishkur Taylor 217


Information on HNRS 495 Honors Seminar course:

 The Persistence of Craft

Monday and Wednesday, 2:00 - 3:15.

 Today we can easily acquire any object we need in our daily life from large retailers with massive inventory, say either in person at a Walmart ™ or Target ™ or off of the internet from ™. Our factories are increasingly becoming more efficient, needing less and less workers by utilizing more automation, including advanced robotics. At an even smaller level of scale, through the use of modern auto CAD software, CnC routing machines, laser cutters, and 3D printers we can take any design we can come up with and produce it in a range of materials in a fairly short amount of time. Makerspaces (and hackerspaces) are essentially workshops offering digital fabrication and are becoming increasingly more available in a range of communities.

 Yet if you go to a bookstore, you will find book after book detailing how to make your own scarf, hat, shelving, table, jewelry, and or pottery. Some of the largest retail outlets in many cities are the home improvement stores that cater to a large do it yourself’ (DIY) market. Economically speaking, many of these endeavors are in the end much more expensive than purchasing the mass produced version or hiring out a professional to do the work.

 So why do we place such importance in hand crafting objects in an era where we simply do not need to make things ourselves? Is it a psychological need to make us feel more like an individual? Is there something important in our development and learning process as a human that comes through the use of our hands, our sense of touch? Is there some shared community or social aspect that these pastimes fulfill that we cannot access in any other way?

 This course is an investigation of why in our industrialized, technologically driven society where we can easily mass produce the objects needed for our existence and have access to a global wide marketplace where we can pretty much acquire anything we desire inexpensively, why do so many of us have a drive to make things ourselves. What could this drive mean and how does it matter to us as an individual and as part of a society? Are these pastimes merely hobbies or do they reveal some deeper need in what it means to be human?

About the Instructor: 

Frank A. Pishkur is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Art Department. His creative research focuses on creating functional ceramic forms featuring a worked surface with celadon glazes. He has presented his work nationally in over 75 group exhibitions as well 15 solo exhibitions, including one in Seoul, South Korea.