The 2013-14 Student Honors Council
Jeff Collins (President) is a super senior majoring in Biology & Environmental Science with a minor in Spanish and is returning to the Student Honors Council after serving as Secretary last year. His other club involvement on campus includes membership on the Board of Directors for the Pre-Professional Health Society and President of Westminster’s Table Tennis club. He enjoys spending time exploring outdoors, playing soccer and other sports, and learning about biology. He is applying to medical schools this year and aspires to become a doctor specializing in infectious diseases.
“I am really happy to be returning to Westminster for a fifth year and am excited to serve on SHC a second time. Honors has been a really important part of my Westminster experience and I’m excited to be able to give back to the program by representing our student body. We have a great group on SHC this year, and I think we’re going to plan some really fun and unique events. I hope we can get more Honors students off campus to explore Utah’s amazing wilderness and create awesome new Honors traditions!”
Monique Arvisais-Anhalt (Vice President) is a Junior on the pre-med track hoping to complete a major in Chemistry and a minor in French, as well as the Honors degree. During her Sophomore year, she researched with Will Deutschman on the chemistry of brewing beer. She is excited, however, to switch her focus to green chemistry while researching at McGill University this summer. Monique is an avid runner and plans to participate in the Big Cottonwood Marathon this September, hopefully qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Monique is also a peer mentor for the Honors program. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking and cuddling with cats.
“I am looking forward to becoming more involved with the Honors program as vice-president of the Student Honors Council. Through the Honors program, I have created many meaningful relationships with my peers and professors. As vice-president, I would like to continue those events that foster a sense of community in the Honors program. I would also like to introduce new events that include non-honors students so that they may have the opportunity to enjoy an honors-style discussion. Last year’s vegan dinner has inspired me to also include more events centered around learning about different forms of cooking. I sincerely cannot wait to help plan all of the fun events that make the Honors program so special!”
Megan Peters (Secretary) is a junior marketing major, with a film studies minor. In addition to serving on the Student Honors Council, she serves as a Presidential Ambassador, Griffin Orientation Leader, and Community Chair for the Student Activities Commission. She also works for the Admissions Operations office on campus. Locally, she is involved with the Mundi Project, as secretary to the board, and Vest Pocket Business Coalition, as an intern. In her free time, Megan likes listening to records, snuggling with her cats, and reading.
“I am so excited to be a part of this year’s team! The Honors community has provided me with many of my best friends, who like to work hard and play hard. I hope to find more ways to bring our Honors faculty and students together to tighten our already close community, beyond the softball field. I’m looking forward to a lot of insightful and fun events that SHC will put on this next year! I can’t wait to see what this year’s cohort will add to our program.”
"I'm excited to serve as the Treasurer of the SHC this year. I look forward to organizing fun activities to engage more Honors students, like Honors-only backpacking and camping excursions through the Outdoor Recreation Program. Through the Honors Program I've taken fascinating seminar-style classes and made great friends. As a member of the SHC, I want to help others get as much out of the Program as I have. I'm looking forward to working with Jeff, Monique, and Megan, and I hope you'll join us at all the awesome Honors Program events this year!"