As the official junior and senior honor society of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Ho-Nun-De-Kah strives to foster relationships between our members, faculty members, and the general student body. Our purpose is to aid members in the pursuit of their goals and to assist faculty members and the student body in their endeavors to benefit our community. Ho-Nun-De-Kah offers free tutoring services to all CALS students in many course subjects. Our prestigious membership is comprised of the top ten percent of the junior class and the top twenty percent of the senior class as determined by grade point average.
Ho-Nun-De-Kah was formed in 1929 when two College of Agriculture senior honor societies decided to merge. The original two groups were called “Helios” and “Hebs-Sa”. “Hebs-Sa” was founded in 1908 and took its name from Egyptian for “Plowman”. Its rival society, “Helios”, was founded in 1912 and took its name from the Greek word for sun. When the groups merged, they selected a name with more local meaning, using the Native American term for “Keepers of the Sacred Corn Council Fire”. Ho-Nun-De-Kah is involved in many major activities held within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, like presiding over large events and awarding student and faculty prizes.