What is the Sears Honors Center?
The Sears Honors Center is located in a beautiful house on the Harding University campus (704 East Center Street). The house was built in 1950 and served as a private residence until purchased by Harding. For a time the house housed female students, and later it was used for storage purposes. During the spring of 2005 the facility was completely remodeled inside and out. It now houses offices for the Honors College, Honors Symposium, and International Programs.
Why is it called the "Sears" Honors Center?
L. C. Sears served as the first academic dean for Harding. His life had a huge impact on the University during her early years. He was an accomplished professor, author, administrator, and Shakespearian academic scholar. His family still lives in Searcy, and the facility was named to honor him and his legacy.
What's in the Honors Center?
The interior structure of the center was not altered structurally. Instead, the space has been transformed into offices, while keeping a fully functional kitchen and a comfortable, inviting living room.
The living room is large and open and contains soft leather furniture, and a fireplace.
The kitchen (probably the most popular room in the house) is maintained in 1950’s retro style. It’s equipped with an oven and stove, refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher, as well as pots and pans and cooking utensils.
The back yard consists of comfortable patio seating and an enormous gas grill built especially for the Honors Center.
Are there computers available for student use?
Yes. There are currently six laptop computers available for students to either use in the house or check out for a few days. These computers are capable of being used for preparing research papers and other homework, and also for internet research. The computers also have wireless capabilities, so a student may, for example, sit on the couch in front of the fire and check e-mail or research a project. A second wireless antenna has recently been added to provide maximum coverage.
How is the Sears Honors Center used?
The center is a great gathering place for meeting friends, studying, and just hanging out. Picnics, meetings, small classes, study groups and group meals (e.g. chili day) occur regularly. The living room is a wonderful place to relax or work on homework. The kitchen may be used to cook ‘home-cooked’ meals or meet friends for sandwiches. The back yard is a wonderful place for picnics and small gatherings or classes. The Honors Center is intended to enrich the honors students’ experience in the Honors College and is available for most Honors-sponsored events and activities.