The State of Honors

The academic year is off to a great start. The Honors faculty and staff are truly excited to have our students back on campus. We kicked off the year with the Honors Welcome event. Dr. Temple Grandin, Professor of Animal Science, spoke about autism. First-year students were given copies of her book, “Animals in Translation,” at Ram Orientation to read before the event. President Joyce McConnell welcomed the new students to CSU.

The Program has experienced unprecedented growth over the last three years. We welcomed the largest entering class of 495 students this fall. These first-year students and transfer students raised the total number of Honors students to a new record 1,790 of students. Fifty-two instructors now teach 113 Honors seminars this academic year. The Program is managed by an exceptionally talented and dedicated staff: Diane Burton, assistant director; Judi Bryant, program coordinator; Lori Williams, program assistant; Shivon Pontious, advising, student success, and special projects coordinator; and Katie Paecklar, administrative assistant.

The strength of the Honors curriculum is the Honors seminars. This fall Honors faculty are teaching twenty-eight HONR 192 sections, fourteen HONR 292 sections, eight HONR 392 sections, three HONR 399 sections, and seven HONR 492 sections. An exceptional and enthusiastic group of 54 peer mentors lead the twenty-seven HONR 192 recitation sections. About 161 students will be completing their Honors thesis in HONR 499 this fall.

The Honors seminars emphasize effective written and oral communication, professional development, interdisciplinary learning, creativity and problem solving, and critical thinking. These skills are critical to the success of our graduates in their chosen careers.

Donald L. Mykles, Director
Professor of Biology