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The Honors Living-Learning Community is centrally located in Palmetto Hall in South Village. The Honors LLC provides an on-campus housing environment conducive to supporting the Honors Program’s mission to provide exception student scholars unique opportunities to maximize their university experience. The Honors LLC offers academic courses right in South Village as well as programs/activities that contribute to the students’ intellectual and social engagement.

The Honors Community in North Lake Village is aimed for our upper-class students in the University Honors Program to share their passion for learning. The Honors Community provides a living environment that allows students to interact, grow, and develop together. This Community is available to Honors students in their second year at FGCU.

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Meet the  Faculty

Nicola Foote 

Nicola Foote is Associate Professor of Latin American and Caribbean History and Interim Director of the Honors Program at FGCU. Originally from England, she received her B.A. and Ph.D. at University College London and her M.A. at the Institute for Latin American Studies in London. She is the editor of three books, including most recently Immigration and National Identities in Latin America, which was published by University Press of Florida in 2014.  She joined FGCU in 2005 and teaches classes in Latin American and Caribbean Studies, World History and Gender History. Before her appointment as Interim Director, she had served the Honors Program as the Chair of the Honors Executive Board. She has taught multiple Honors courses including The Great Books of Latin America; Global History and Human Culture; Human Chronology; and Study Abroad Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. In fall 2015 she will teach a new Honors course on Animal History. She is committed to supporting Honors students in their quest for personal and academic excellence, and she is delighted to have the opportunity to introduce incoming students to the Pillars of Honors as part of the Honors LLC!

 Melodie Eichbauer

Melodie Eichbauer is Assistant Professor of Medieval History, Interim Assistant Director of the Honors Program, and an Honors Fellow. Dr. Eichbauer also won the 2013-2014 Junior Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. She received a B.A. in History and an M.A. in Medieval Studies from Western Michigan University; she received her Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. with a research focus in legal and ecclesiastical history. Since law does not happen in a vacuum but in dialogue with a broad spectrum of other developments, legal texts offers an opportunity to explore how the work of ecclesiastical and secular jurists alluded to and reflected issues relevant to the time, such as property distribution, marriage customs, definitions of crimes and punishments, and concepts of justice and righteousness. Even before her appointment as Interim Assistant Director, she was very involved in the Honors Program. She has taught a number of courses, such as Heresy, Witchcraft, and Inquisition; Global History and Human Culture; The Crusades: Interdisciplinary Approaches; Women in the Middle Ages. She has also played on the faculty BroomBall team, and has served as judge for the annual student Chili Cook-Off and Bake-Off. Like Dr. Foote, Dr. Eichbauer is committed to supporting Honors students in their quest for personal and academic excellence, and is equally delighted to have the opportunity to introduce incoming students to the Pillars of Honors as part of the Honors LLC!

 Catherine Gorman

Catherine Gorman has been involved in the Honors Program for over 6 years.  As a student, Catherine graduated from Honors with a B.A. in English, minors in Elementary Education and Business Management.  Catherine also earned her M.A. in English from Florida Gulf Coast University and continues to work at FGCU as a Coordinator for Undergraduate Studies.  In her role, she oversees multiple, diverse mentoring programs on our campus, including the Honors Mentor Program, which she founded.  Catherine also founded the Eagle Ambassador Program at Florida Gulf Coast University, allowing high-achieving FGCU students to represent the university at various events and functions.  In addition, she co-founded and organizes the annual FGCU St. Baldrick’s Day, a campus-wide event that has raised over $35,000 for childhood cancer research.  As an instructor, Catherine has taught Honors Composition, Lessons in Leadership, and Happiness and Literature.  Her research interests include Victorian Gothic Literature.  She is excited to be co-teaching Pillars of Honors this Fall and Spring!