Honors Program Students Receive Acceptances to Prestigious Publication and Conference

Woodbury University Honors Program students Valentine (Christie) Iseki and Jaclyn Navar had their work accepted for publication in Scribendi, the annual print publication of the University of New Mexico (UNM) Honors College that publishes creative work from undergraduate Honors students across more than 200 institutions in the Western Regional Honors Council (WRHC).

This is an exceptional accomplishment, considering the students competed with 460 other submissions from some of the 900 programs across the country and passed a rigorous voting process conducted by the UNM editorial board to win publication. The Scribendi 2024 issue will feature Valentine’s game design, “Shifting Foundations,” and Jaclyn’s two poems, “Eat Your Heart Out” and “Why I Say Mother Cabrini and I Have Beef.”

Valentine and Jaclyn have been invited to the reception for the Scribendi release at the WRHC Conference at Cal State University, Long Beach (CSULB) in late March. At the event, they will help the magazine staff publicly introduce the new issue and receive recognition from the editors for their contributions.

In addition to these success stories, the WU Honors Program also has had two student panel proposals accepted for the WRHC Conference at CSULB. The conference brings together students, faculty, and staff of honors colleges and programs from across the Western region to learn as a community. The panel designed and proposed by Valentine (Christie) Iseki (GAME ’24), Jacob Abraham (GAME ’24), Jeremy Barretta (GAME ’25), and Jaclyn Navar (INDS ’24) is titled, “MORIA Literary Magazine: Fulfilling the Practicum Requirement in the University Honors Program.” Additionally, Jaclyn had an individual panel proposal, “Archiving Emotions: The Process of Publishing an Honors Thesis Poetry Chapbook,” accepted for presentation at the conference.

These achievements by our WU Honors Program cohort total four acceptances (involving five distinct pieces) across two venues, a remarkable achievement for one year. Dr. Linda Dove, Director of the Honors Program, reflects on this milestone: “We are so proud as an institution of the work of our honors students, which showcases the caliber, the creativity, and the camaraderie that is necessary to achieve this level of success. I am also thrilled that our students will be able to attend the conference as participants and experience what it means to be part of a community of young scholars and creatives from across the country, who are thinking and making and achieving on that national scale.”

Last Updated February 13, 2024

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