The Great Books Honors program is a shining example of academic excellence at Faulkner University, encouraging students to read, write, think, and discuss with purpose.
Andrew Jacobs has been director of the Great Books program in 2015. In 2018, Jacobs created a student-led council that would ultimately help promote and grow the program.
Jacobs said, “We knew we wanted to do something to benefit the students and we wanted to give passionate GB students as much advantage, power, and opportunity so that they could then bless the rest of the students.”
Reflecting on the thriving Great Books Council and the program as a whole he said, “When the program is doing really well, it’s doing well because the students are shining, not necessarily because the faculty is doing anything. The students themselves actually build the best energy and in many ways are more adept at attracting students who would flourish in Great Books.”
Jacobs is especially grateful for the council’s role in recruiting new students for the program during events such as College Bound and Scholar’s Day.
When asked about the council’s future, Jacobs said, “My biggest hope is that they will be able to aid in the work of strengthening and developing Great Books.”
Every council member does his or her part in contributing to the cultivation of the Great Books program. They work alongside Great Books faculty members to coordinate events. In past semesters, the council has organized movie nights, Christmas parties and trivia night, which encourage opportunities for friendship outside the classroom.
Emma Revels, who is rounding out her second year as president of the Great Books Council, also hopes to foster a strong sense of community within the program.
“The most important thing we can do is make sure we’re supporting the faculty and students as much as we can,” Revels said. “I hope the council continues to cultivate these relationships after we graduate.”
The council implemented and continued to maintain a mentorship program which helps upper-classmen and freshmen develop a bond. Revels encourages students to join. She is especially grateful for each council member and their willingness to serve.
The Great Books Council provides support to honors students by offering encouragement and allowing them to voice new ideas. “We want students, and especially freshmen, to know we’ve been through this, and the reason the council was created was to be a resource for them,” Revels said. “If we can answer students’ questions or if they need to talk or have ideas they’d like to share with us, we’re here to help.”
Not only is the council an organization that allows members to learn more about leadership and further participate in the Great Books program, but it serves the student-body and leaves a lasting impact. Members work alongside one another as well as the Great Books faculty to improve the program and help create a sense of community.