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:
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:
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
Honors Residential Learning Community relocates from Newsom to Edwards in the 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.