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Welcome to With Honors, Spring 2009

Welcome to the Spring 2009 edition of With Honors, the on-line newsletter for Honors alumni. We have lots of exciting news to share with you about events here on campus.

Candidates for Honors Scholar designation receive medals at the Spring Graduation reception

Robert Keller, University Honors Program Director, hosted a reception for graduates and their families, friends and advisers on May 15th in the Lory Student Center Theatre. Graduates were individually recognized and presented with an Honors medallion to wear as part of their commencement regalia. A complete list is available here.


Honors Prof of the Year Announced for 2009-2010

Dr. Mark Brown, Honors faculty member and Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Artistry, was recognized as the Honors Prof of the Year at the Spring Graduation Reception in the Lory Student Center. The Honors Student Association selected him from a field of eleven professors nominated by their students. He taught freshman Honors seminars on infectious disease and pharmaceutical development. Nominees for the award included the following:

  • Jeff Boulter, Business
  • Mark Brick, Soil and Crop Science
  • Gerald Callahan, Microbiology, Immunology, and
  • Pathology
  • Mark Frasier, Biomedical Sciences
  • Francie Glycenfer, Honors Program
  • Keith Jaggers, Honors Program
  • Jen Krafchick, Honors Program
  • Robert Lawrence, Political Science
  • Anne Marie Merline, Honors Program
  • Robert Richburg, Education

Dr. Brown will present the annual Honors Prof lecture in the fall.


Languages and Literature Professor Wins Honors Adviser of the Year Award

Frederique Grim, French Professor, was selected by the Honors Student Association as the Honors Adviser of the Year. Her student nominator acknowledged her efforts as a thesis adviser, French Club founder, and organizer of French tutoring for elementary students. Other nominees for the award included:

  • Paul Bell, Psychology
  • Brett Bruyere, Natural Resources
  • Diane Burton, Honors Program
  • James Lindsay, History
  • Kathy Thornhill, Business
  • Jessica Thompson, Natural Resources
  • Sarah Ward, Soil and Crop Sciences

New look for the Honors Webpage

Kate Harrison , Honors graduate in spring 2008, worked with Josh Gabler, Honors graduate in spring 2009, to completely overhaul the Honors website. Take a look at it at http://www.honors.colostate.edu/


Honors alumni activities

Todd Gaines, Soil and Crop 2004, will be moving to Australia to begin his post doctoral research at the University of Western Australia. The Weed Science Society of America recognized him with the Outstanding Graduate Student Award in February. Click here for more information about his award.

Jacob Walter, Biochemistry 2004, is currently a resident physician at the Broadlawns Medical Center.

Matt Lenyo, Zoology and Theatre, 2008, has been accepted into the Master’s of Public Administration program at CU- Denver this fall.

Heather Hergert, Biomedical Sciences 2009, has been accepted to Washington State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine for the fall.

Laurel Lachowiez, English 2009, will attend vet school at Iowa State University.

Teach for America will welcome Kristen Arnesen, History 2009, to the Mississippi delta region and Hatherly Powell, Restaurant and Resort Management 2009, to a Lakota reservation in South Dakota.

Ashley Fenn, Zoology and Biochemistry 2009, has been accepted to the Ph.D. program in neuroscience at the Ohio State University.


Honors Student Association Officers elected

Chelsea Rump will take over the office of Honors Student Association President from Brooke Cunningham. She will be joined by Roger Bland, Vice President, Christina Welsby, Civic Engagements Coordinator, Sarah Dueber, Social Events Coordinator, and Annie Wallin, Public Relations Coordinator. The group concluded a successful year with a Mexican dinner on Cinco de Mayo. Their spring activities included an egg hunt and Earth Day activity at the Boys and Girls Club, an ice cream social, participation in CSUnity and a toy/book drive for Community Connections.

Honors Residential Learning Community relocates from Newsom to Edwards in the fall

The uncertainty surrounding the continued availability of Newsom residence hall prompted the Honors Program to relocate the traditional community to Edwards. The university hopes to raze Newsom and construct more buildings similar to the Academic Village but the timing is still up in the air. Edwards provides proximity to the Academic Village and Dining Commons while retaining the economical room rates found at Newsom. The Honors building in the Academic Village remains the home of the second Honors Residential Learning Community. A third building at the Village is under construction and should be ready for occupancy by the general student population this fall.


ASCSU Executive Race includes Honors Students

Three Honors students were among the candidates for President and Vice President of ASCSU this spring. Melissa Panakagos, Andy Moores and Paul Wade all sought office. The race was closely contested with Dan Gearhart and Tim Hole eventually winning the offices.

Six Honors Student Projects garner “Highest Honors” at the Celebrate Undergraduate Research and Creativity Showcase

Adam Phillips, Dan Nelson, Christopher Johnson, Emily Woods, Matt Kortas, and Cassie Helms with John Herndon were recognized at an April 23rd ceremony. A complete list of Honors projects, participants, and recognition can be found at http://curc.colostate.edu/awards/index.cfm?menu=showcase09


Jake McMahon, History and Political Science major, will participate in the Gilder Lehrman history scholars program in New York this summer.

Only fifteen students are chosen to conduct primary source research for the production of historical materials and documentaries. Students have exclusive seminars with eminent historians in addition to their field studies.

Bob Richburg’s seminar on “Human Migration” takes students to the Mexican border for a closer look at the topic.

In January students traveled with Dr. Richburg and students from Polaris Expeditionary School to the Arizona/Mexico border as a capstone experience in their Honors 192 seminar. The students had studied the subject, hosted Tom Tancredo to speak on the issues, and prepared for the eight day journey in the fall class. The students presented their personal experiences in the Fireside Lounge.


Enrichment Awards assist students in their travels to El Salvador and Ecuador

Kyle Markel interned at a small primary care medical clinic, thanks in part to funds donated to the Honors Enrichment account. His experience in providing free health care supplemented his studies and travel. Kelsey Pautler volunteered to install water pipes in El Salvador using enrichment assistance. Donations to the Honors Enrichment Fund make this funding available.


Alternative Spring Break trip to Ecuador gives Honors student to see the effects of oil drilling and mining firsthand.

Madeline Anna was one of 10 students who investigated the possibilities for ecotourism and sustainability in Ecuador last March. She had previously studied abroad in New Zealand. A detailed account is available at http://www.today.colostate.edu/story.aspx?id=1516.