We are nearing the end of the fall semester. Our first-year students have settled into the residence halls, seminars, and recitations. Our peer mentors and resident assistants are a big reason why the students have transitioned easily into campus and academic life. Some have changed their major; all have prepared their four-year plans and are enrolled in spring classes. They are off to a great start! Our continuing students are back in the Honors Building for Honors seminars, adding energy to the place. Many stop by the office for candy.
Sixty-two students are graduating this fall, and we will be recognizing these outstanding students at the Honors Graduate Recognition Ceremony on December 16th. Alexis Kanda-Olmstead, who was Assistant Director of the Honors Program from 1998 to 2005, is the guest speaker. She is now Managing Director for Talent Management, Training & Support, in University Advancement.
The spring 2017 course schedule is set. We are offering 18 sections of HONR193, 5 sections of HONR292, 4 sections of HONR293, 6 sections of HONR392, 1 section of HONR397, 4 sections of HONR399, and 7 sections of HONR492. There are 127 students completing their Senior Honors Thesis (HONR499).
Looking ahead, the Program is expanding summer session and study abroad courses next summer. HONR292, 392 and 492 seminars are offered in the summer session. Honors seminars or courses in Zambia, Rome, and Oxford are offered through International Programs. We are excited to provide these unique opportunities to our students.
Everyone is looking forward to winter break to spend time with family and friends. Safe travels!