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Fall 2011

The Honors Student Association recognized Mary Elkins as the 2011-2012 Honors Prof of the Year. She teaches Honors seminars on a variety of topics but is probably best known for her seminars, "Nature in the West: Art, Politics, and Perceptions" and "America and the Civil War".
A graduating senior wrote this about her: "Looking back at my four years at Colorado State University, I can say with all honesty that Dr. Elkins has been the best professor I've had." Another observed that her seminars are the first to fill at registration.

The Honors Student Association also selected Diane Burton as the Honors Adviser of the Year.
She is the Assistant Director of the University Honors Program. Diane always declines her nominations but this year she was in Senegal visiting her daughter in the Peace Corps when the nominations came in so she wasn't able to decline. Her nominators noted that “she truly cares about every one of her students and takes the time for everyone, no matter what."

Bob Keller will retire as the Director of the University Honors Program on June 30, 2012 and return to Economics.

CSU Students Receive National Scholarship for Study Abroad

Gilman ScholarshipCongratulations to our CSU student who has been awarded the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for study abroad this spring.

Sarah Kay Hurst is earning a dual degree in Languages, Literatures and Culture (French) and International Studies, as well as pursuing a teacher's license. She is currently studying in France and earned a $4,500 scholarship through Gilman.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. The deadline for the Spring 2012 award is October 4, 2011. Learn more about the Gilman Scholarship.

The ranks of the Anschutz Scholars inaugural class includes incoming Honors students: Maria Sekyi, Jacob Dahlke, Charles Grossen, Alexander Hughes, Tyler Knecht, and Sarah Nelson. Kalie McQuillen was one of five sophomores selected to received the $7,000 scholarship. This renewable award is reserved for Colorado residents in the upper 5% of their high school graduating class, high test scores (SAT of 1300 or ACT of 30) and evidence of leadership, service to community and school and outstanding character.

Kinsey Kappeler was featured on 9 News in Denver for her work as the youngest certified pet therapist in Colorado. She earned that distinction at the age of 13 and has worked with 2,000 clients since that time.

CSU student published

Kellen Wittkop, a junior at Colorado State University, has recently been published in The Collegiate Scholar. Her article, "Media Criticism," was based on the subordination and sexual objectification of women in the popular show, Friends.

"It feels great to be published in The Collegiate Scholar. I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to share my work with so many great students," said Wittkop.
The Collegiate Scholar recognizes members who combine their creative and academic pursuits. The online publication comes out three times a year, in the fall, spring and summer semesters. An interest in analyzing media "Media Criticism" has been published in the Popular Culture category. NSCS members can submit their work to a total of five categories and are not limited to publication in one category.
"I initially thought to write on media criticism after my SPCM100 class where we had to complete a similar assignment. Since I was familiar with the topic and it fit under the "pop culture" umbrella The Collegiate Scholar was looking for, I thought it would be a fun topic. The media is something I am very interested in analyzing and there are always so many great avenues to write about," she said.

Katie Whitbeck, Dean's Student Leadership Council Relay for Life chair and coordinator of the event, was the top participant this year, raising $2,525. She spoke to participants at the event about her personal connection to the cause after losing her father to cancer at a young age. Katie graduated in May.

Marketing students, Shantil Byrne and Christine Richardson turned in outstanding performances at the National Collegiate Sales competition. The event took place in Atlanta, GA, March 4-7, 2011. Sixty-one universities were represented by 122 students at the competition.

Top individual award

Shantil Byrne received the top individual award given at the competition. "To date, one of my most life changing events has been winning the National Collegiate Sales Competition. Besides being a huge honor, it was an excellent opportunity to get real life sales experience, and the career opportunities that have come from winning the competition have been amazing," said Byrne.

Celebrating Undergraduate Research and Creativity awards for 2011 went to 22 Honors students.

Highest Honors:
Andrea Erciulescu, Kellie Woll, Katie Fialko, Katriana Popichak
High Honors:
Maria Kekyi, Jacob McMahon, Sasha Mintz, Claire Willis

College Honors:
Katilin Hornig (Agriculture), Diana Peterson (Engineering), Terese Casey, Robert Cope, Elizabeth Harrison, Elizabeth Moses, Rachel Jorgensen (Natural Sciences), Chris Counts, Melanie Schow, Lauren Kinner, Ryan Knodle (Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences) and Adam Miller (Natural Resources).

Samantha Murray will be attending medical school at the University of Iowa. Jacob Whitsitt has been admitted to the University of Colorado Medical School. Adam Phillips is returning to his native Illinois for graduate work at the University of Illinois-Chicago Circle. Abby Ness will be pursuing a PhD at the University of Missouri- Kansas City.

Resident Advisors selected for the Honors Residential Learning Communities:

Amy Ferree, Jessica Lederhos, and Ramsey Sullivan in Edwards.
Kayla Whitehead, Luke Contreras, Katye Amsden, Rachel Good, Kim Worth, Taylor Scott, and Colton Pinto in the Academic Village Honors floors.

Mariah Kincaid, a student in Food Science and Human Nutrition, was recognized with the College of Applied Human Sciences Outstanding Senior award.
Kincaid has served in many leadership roles on campus such as Student Health Advisory Council president, and has been a volunteer for countless philanthropic organizations and initiatives including ElderHaus, Food Bank of Larimer County, PreMedicAid, CSUnity, La Familia After-School Program, International Children's Fair, and the injury care team for CSU intramural and club sports. She participated in a volunteer medical internship where she spent eight weeks serving in a small clinic in Benin, West Africa, working many hours per week to help treat HIV-positive patients and many others with limited resources and access to health care. She is an Honors Program student graduating summa cum laude with a 4.0 GPA. Kincaid's future plans include medical school in Boston at Tufts University School of Medicine this fall. She will be part of a four year dual degree program pursuing both an MD and a Masters in Public Health. Her goal is to specialize in a pediatric field and to work especially with rural and disadvantaged populations both locally and globally.

Julia Reigel, CSU Honors alumna and attorney, has started the endowment of a scholarship. The five year process should yield a scholarship for an Honors student.

Danny Wilson is now an NSF GRFP fellow in mechanical engineering at the University of California-Berkeley, where he is pursuing a Ph.D.

Mariko Matsuda graduated magna cum laude with a degree in soil and crop sciences. She earned a Fulbright grant to study in Germany in the fall. She also was named a 2010 Golden Opportunity Scholar by leading industry associations. Her interests lie in pest and disease resistance.

The Honors Student Association elected officers for 2011-2012
Annie Wallin, President
James Kim, Vice President
Nicole Wong, Volunteer Coordinator
Addie Hellmers, Meetings/Events
Kristen Horsley, Public Relations

Robert Keller, Honors Director announces the winners of the 2011-2012 Honors scholarships.


Jack and June Richardson Scholars

Brent Brady

Brent graduated from Boise High School in Idaho with a top rank in his graduating class.  He is a Mechanical Engineering major with a superb GPA with ample leadership and service activities.  He received a glowing recommendation from Johannes Gessler, former Associate Dean, who gave him outstanding scores in academic achievement, analytical skills, and potential for contribution.  His specific thesis topic will be identified in the fall when the department identifies several projects for a year long group design project.  His future plans include law school with an emphasis on intellectual property.

Cara Kulbacki

Cara graduated from Golden High School in Colorado with a top rank in her graduating class.  She is a Biological Sciences major with an outstanding GPA and abundant service activities and research experience.  Her major interest is in becoming a pediatric oncologist and she will link her Honors thesis to this topic by creating a booklet for parents of children with cancer that informs them about the disease and its managements. Bob Richburg says she is among a handful of the best students he has taught in Honors during the past nine years.  Her proposed thesis adviser is Jennifer Taylor who recently won a University innovative teaching award.

Kourtney McCarthy

Kourtney graduated from Frontier Academy in Greeley, Colorado with a top rank in her graduating class.  She  has majors in Biomedical Sciences and Biological Sciences, a superb  GPA, and lots of service, especially with Larimer Humane Society.  She received a superb recommendation from Professor Don Mykles and he says she easily ranks in the top few percent of all students he has taught in the past 26 years.  Her proposed Honors thesis is designing a state of the art animal shelter which will include the physical lay-out and procedures for noise and disease control, vet services, ample time for interaction with people and so forth.  Her proposed adviser is Lori Kogan who has published in the area of animal welfare.

Christopher Nickell

Chris graduated from Fort Morgan High School in Colorado with a top rank in his graduating class.  He has majors in Chemical and Biological Engineering and Chemistry, an outstanding GPA, and a good amount of community service.  He received an outstanding recommendation from Professor Arthur Mayeno who praises his varied research experience.  His proposed Honors thesis topic is measuring the impact of various anti-biotics on TB.  His longer term plans include graduate school where he has interests in biological materials for humans and he expects to have a career in biotechnology and/or pharmaceuticals. 

Paul and Clare Muller Scholars

Sarah Al-Najar

Sarah graduated from Rangeview High School in Aurora, Colorado with a top rank in her graduating class.  She is a Biomedical Sciences major with an excellent cumulative GPA and significant service in Alpha Phi Omega and Public Achievement through Community Service.  She received an outstanding recommendation from Professor Irene Vernon who praises her desire to work with communities of color, bringing health equity and care to them.   Sarah plans to do her thesis on an AIDS related topic.  Her longer term plans are to go to medical school and become a pediatric oncologist or an obstetrician/gynecologist.  Her career plans also include joining Doctors without Borders.

Connor Jandreau

Connor graduated from Plateau High School in Mesa, Colorado with a top rank in his graduating class.  He has two majors, one in Wildlife and Conservation Biology and the other in Studio Art, an outstanding GPA, and impressive service and leadership activities including heART Africa which he founded and directs to fund education for orphaned Kenyans.  Robin Reid, Director of Collaborative Conservation, in the Warner College of Natural Resources gave him an all-around strong recommendation.  His Honors thesis topic will look at the relationship between species diversity and habitat heterogeneity in a sub artic boreal forest near Fairbanks.  His future plans include graduate school and an eventual Ph.D. degree.

Eddy Scholars

Annie Wallin

Annie graduated from Hunter High School in Salt Lake City, Utah with a top rank in her graduating class.  She has majors in Biological Sciences and Zoology, an outstanding cumulative GPA, and she has been very active in the Honors Student Association.  Andrea Purdy, Instructor in Foreign Languages and Literatures, strongly recommended her and emphasized Annie’s love of learning and work ethic that were apparent in two challenging upper division courses in Spanish.  Annie's Honors thesis will focus on pain responses of various taxa where she will design her own ethical pain reception experiment.  Her career plans include vet school where she hopes to become an exotic animal veterinarian.  

Christina Wellsby

Cristina graduated from Doherty High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado with an outstanding GPA. She has a majors in Psychology and Natural Sciences, an outstanding  cumulative GPA, and a well-rounded record of service which includes the Honors Student Association, Ram Welcome Leader, and 30 Hour Famine (2010).   Meena Balgopal, Assistant Professor in the School of Education, wrote a glowing recommendation for Christina and praises her innovative thinking.  Her thesis topic is “A Modification of Science Curriculum for Special Needs Students of Shepardson.”  Her career goal is to become a science teacher for at-risk students in inner-city schools.

Students First Scholar

Natalie Blackmer

Natalie graduated from Lakewood High School in Lake Odessa, Michigan with an excellent GPA.  She is an Animal Science major and a Spanish minor with an outstanding cumulative GPA.  She has a very good record of involvement in community service including service projects in Lima, Peru where she studied this past spring semester.  She received an excellent recommendation from Professor Noa Roman-Muniz.  Her Honors thesis topic is a bilingual training program related to zoonotic disease commonly found in dairy farms.  The main focus is to develop a training program to educate workers on how to prevent the transfer of animal diseases to humans.  She plans on enrolling in graduate programs in veterinary medicine and public health.  She sees her work directly improving food security in developing nations.  

Gladys Eddy Scholar (administered by the UHP)

Brittany Belmarez
Kelsey Heupel


Incoming Freshman Scholarship Winners Participate in Honors Program

Boettcher Scholars Cassia Kent, Jordan Lestino, Stephanie Linsley, Alyssa Kasperson (not pictured), and Lucas Suazo are members of the 2011 entering class of Honors students.

They are joined by National Hispanic Scholarship winner, Timothy Cuevas and National Merit Scholarship winners, Kaelin Newton, Melissa Gray, Brian Harrison, Lauren Heck, Kira Sniff, MacKenzie Whitesell, and Kate Winkle.

Honors Students Mackenzie Kimball, Meng Koh, and Andrew Miller were awarded full scholarships funded by the Monfort Scholars Program. Check out the story: http://www.today.colostate.edu/story.aspx?id=5839 .



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