The crown jewel of the Honors Program, the Distinction Project, allows students to meld their personal knowledge bases and passions in a unique way, creating a meaningful and memorable year-long project that goes deep into a substantive question. With project funding provided, this experience is designed to enhance the way students see issues of importance to them, but also to provide experience that lets them stand out in applications for graduate school, employment, and national scholarships/awards. While the Honors Program provides students with many distinct educational opportunities and classes, it is also a wonderful way to meet new friends and form strong bonds with other Honors students. Student-run programs such as book discussions and conversations about current events occur regularly, in addition to special opportunities such as a freshman weekend retreat, annual trips, and other opportunities and celebrations. Another example of the strong Honors community can be found in Honors housing. Honors housing is optional, available to all students (including incoming freshmen) and is located in a portion of the newest residence hall on campus, designed specifically with the Honors community in mind. The Honors facility includes housing, a classroom, offices, kitchen facilities, and an Honors-only computer lab/lounge.