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Fall 2015

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Greetings from the University Honors Program! With the start of the Fall semester, there are nearly 1,600 students in the Honors Program. The 388 new first-year students have settled into college life. The office and HONR 192 recitation sections have been busy with advising, as students put together their 4-year plans and register for spring classes. This fall our 17 Honors faculty are teaching 22 sections of HONR192 seminar, 7 sections of HONR392 seminar, and 6 sections of HONR492 seminar. An exceptional and enthusiastic group of 46 peer mentors are teaching the recitation sections for HONR192. We have added a second-year seminar to the Honors curriculum and now offer Honors seminars and study-abroad courses in the summer. We will be celebrating our Fall graduates at the Honors Graduate Recognition Ceremony on December 18th in the Grand Ballroom of the newly remodeled Lory Student Center. This newsletter recognizes the achievements of our students and is a way for keeping in touch. I encourage you to send us your latest news to share with us and fellow alums. 

Don Mykles, Director

Every gift makes a big difference!

Jeff Boulter received the Honors Prof of the Year award. He has taught in both the Business and Honors programs. He will present the Honors Prof Lecture on November 4th at 7pm in the Lory Student Center Theatre. The officers of the Honors Student Association selected him from an outstanding field of nominees including:

Mark Brown, Clinical Sciences and Honors
Joseph DiVerdi, Chemistry
Robert Keller, Economics
Pamela Vaughan-Knaus, History and Honors
Troy Mumford, Business
Kevin Murphy, Psychology
Liba Pejchar, Fish, Wildlife, & Conservation Biology

Paul Kennedy, a mathematics professor, was chosen to receieve the Honors Adviser of the Year Award.

Eleanor Mock has had a wild time at CSU. A fish, wildlife, and conservation biology major in the Warner College of Natural Resources with a concentration in wildlife and an Honors Scholar, Mock received the Jack and June Richardson Scholarship for her honors thesis analyzing the diet of coyotes in the greater Denver metropolitan area. Her mentor for the thesis, National Wildlife Research Center carnivore ecologist Stewart Breck, has hired Mock for the last three years as a wildlife technician to assist him in the fieldwork and data analysis for his coyote research projects. But her interests have not been strictly scientific.


 Keller-Lawrence Scholarship
provided by Paul and Clare Muller

Collete Worcester is a Biomedical Sciences major who aspires to be a doctor. She has served as a peer mentor in the ASCSU Chronic Health Project as well as cabin counselor for 5th grade girls in an Alternative Break trip to California.  She has also worked at the Roundup River Ranch for children with serious illnesses.  On campus she has worked in two research labs with special attention on lactobacillus.  But perhaps her most fulfilling activity has been raising puppies to be guide dogs.  She continues to assist others in raising and training  these special animals.

Karli Nash is a Nutrition and Food Science major who hopes to become a physician’s assistant.  As a member of Gamma Phi Beta, she served as the Scholarship Chair.  As a member of the Honors Program she has served as a peer mentor teaching first year students in a recitation for the last three years.  Ram Welcome leader is another capacity where she has served the campus.  Her most impactful activity has been serving as an intern with MedAdvance.  The organization is limited to 15 students from five Front Range colleges. Their activities range from teaching dissection to fifth graders to providing health education to homeless women at a Denver shelter. 

Willard Eddy Scholarship

Liz Bruns is double major in Political Science and History.  She has served as an intern in the Colorado state legislature and she has volunteered at Blevins as a literary aide. She will serve as an Honors Peer Mentor in the Fall 2015.  She aspires to be a teacher and coach.


Erik Johnson is a triple major in History, Education, and Spanish.  He is currently persuing a carreer in teaching. He has done a considerable amount of tutoring on campus.  His favorite activity has been his involvement with the Global Village.

Caroline King has a minor in Women’s Studies and a minor in Peace and Reconciliation Studies to complement her major in Human Development and Family Studies.  She has served on the editorial board for the Honors literary magazine and as the head editor this year.


Marina Rodriguez
is majoring in Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology.  She has a special interest in expanding the opportunities for underrepresented students in conservation and ecology.  She founded an organization to promote the engagement of those students.  She is also a winner of the nationally competitive Udall scholarship.


Jack and June Richardson Scholarship

Erin Conley is a Physics major who is looking toward earning a Ph.D. in Physics.  Her special area of interest is high energy particles.  Her thesis compares various photon detection technologies using data collected in Professor Buchanan’s lab.  She has also been a member of the marching band.


Jessy Knaus is majoring in Environmental Sociology.  She is interested in a career addressing food security, especially on a small community scale.  She has served the Honors program as a Peer Mentor and member of the literary magazine editorial board.  Her activities in the community have focused on the homeless.


Kayla Moden is an Anschutz Scholar majoring in Geotechnical Engineering.  She has serve as a Student Ambassador for Civil and Environmental Engineering and she is the Activities Chairperson for the Environmental Engineering Society.


Honors Outstanding Scholar Awards

Jill Gerberich  is a Zoology major who is interested in biological research.  She has worked in Chris Funk’s lab, as well worked on a project to map rare flora in Colorado’s Mosquito Range.  She is a co-author of a paper published in Ecology Letters.

Kayla Sherman is a Biology major looking to become a Physician’s Assistant in an underserved area.  She is the President of Pre Medica and a Campus Corps mentor. She has volunteered in a research lab and participated in the Honors Student Association.  She will be studying in Thailand and investigating health systems.


 The Students First Scholarship

Cassi Schorzman is an Ecosystem Science and Sustainability major.  She is interested primarily in rainforest ecosystems.  On campus she has served as a Resident Assistant, Warner College Council member, and President of the CSU Palm Oil Committee.

Spot’s Scholarship

Erin Burr is planning to intern at Turning Point in Fort Collins this summer.  She is focusing her studies on addiction.  Her campus activities have included participation in Campus Corps , Ram Welcome, and research in Connors lab.  This is the first time the scholarship has been awarded. 

Gladys Eddy Scholarship

Avery Olson is a Biomedical Sciences major with a minor in Global and Environmental Sustainability.  She is the President of the Biomedical Science Student Association and a member of the CVMBS College Council.  She has raised more than $43,500 for medical supplies and salaries to support Care for Zumbo, a non-profit for Mozambique. 

Outstanding Students

Caitlin Lozano was named the number 2 Army ROTC cadet in the country out of 5,617 graduates. The award is based on grade point average, physical fitness scors, and leadership performance on campus and at national summer camp. She plans to attend medical school in the fall. Details can be found here.

A 2014 graduate, Sean Luster, and his younger brother, Kyle, won a Los Angeles music award for their band Red Light Challenge.

Cheyenne McCoy received a Heartland Emmy for her documentary on Lee Maxwell and his washing machine collection. The video was prepared as part of a class project that featured the former engineering professor and his wife. The video can be viewed in its entirety here.

Matthew Truelove and Emily Robitschek both won Goldwater scholarships to pursue research interests. The scholarship provides up to $7,500 a year to 206 of the 1,200 applicants. Details can be found here

Leigha Bohn won a 2015 Fulbright Teaching Assistant award. Her interest in Spanish and culture will serve her well in Argentina

Marina Rodriguez, a Warner College student, won a Udall Scholarship for 2015.  The award of up to $5,000 recognizes outstanding students for leadership, public service and commitment to issues related to Indian nations or the environment.  Details are available here.

The Western Regional Honors Council literary magazine, Scribendi, selected two of Tim Sanchez’s musical works for inclusion in the 2015 edition.  One of those works, “Turtles All the Way Down” was recognized with an award in the Open Media category. More than 200 schools were eligible to submit works.  To listen to his work, visit http://Scribendi.unm.edu

The first Multicultural Undergraduate Research Art and Leadership Symposium recognized two Honors students, Colleen McCollum and Joei Robertson with awards of excellence. The activity intentionally reaches out to students of color to expose them to a variety of undergraduate research opportunities. A photo of the winners can be found here.

Andres Flores hosted an exhibit of his military dioramas as a way of raising awareness and funds for Honor Flight Northern Colorado and the Navy Seals.  He was hired by Loveland contractor, Frank Ward, to help replace some of the war memorabilia that had been destroyed in a fire.  Photos can be found here.

Two Honors graduates head off on Peace Corps assignments.  Hannah Pensack-Rinehart is headed to Ethiopia where she will be using her health education skill set in a village.  More information can be found here.

Katie Aker, former Richardson scholar, will be working in Community Economic Development in Peru.  She will utilize her degrees in Business and Spanish to promote entrepreneurship.

Lukas Suazo, a junior Honors student, is exploring Parkinson’s disease in Ron Tjalkens’s lab.  His grandfather was diagnosed with the disease in 2003.  The complete story can be found here.

The Rocky Mountain Honors Council competition in April was won by CSU Honors students,Paul Harmon, Ryan Winkelhake, Amanda McDaniel, Trey Reilly, Leorah McGinnis, Laura Kam, and Rebecca Cohen.  The traveling trophy is on display in the Honors Office.

Eric Wilson and Nikki Olivas will be staying at CSU to attend graduate school in counseling.

Karli Nash won the Panhellenic scholar of the year.

Eleanor Mock graduates in three years while working with the Wildlife Society, the Environmental Learning Center, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Outdoor Wilderness Lab and studying abroad in Kenya and Tanzania.  Find out how.

2015 CURC Winners

Service Learning Posters

2nd Place, Theresa Anderson
3rd Place, Katherine Dirsmith

Research Posters

Highest Honors

Mitchell Bordelon, Christine Carnicello, Lindsey Jankowski, Dillon Jarrell, Meredith Lewi, Anna Quist, Dominique Ramirez, Andrew Wilson

High Honors

Galya Fedderly, Lukas Foster, Susannah Miller, Ashley Packard, Lindsey Paricio,
Rachel Wolfe

College Honors

Kasey Jones, Jacob Moore, Lindsay Benage, Matt Donovan, Brigitte Gaudreault, Samantha Ingram, Dawnetta McGowan, Katherine Redd, Katarina Werst and Nicole Segaline, April Freeman, John Shannon, Stephanie Mills

Click here to view more details about our CURC Winners!

 Student Activities

Honors Student Association Officers for the year are:

President: Sarah Coleman

Vice President: Samantha Lange

Volunteer Coordinator: Kellyn Davis

Secretary: Adelle McDaniel