Honors Staff

Dr. Donald Mykles - Donald.Mykles@ColoState.edu Dr. Donald Mykles - Donald.Mykles@ColoState.edu

Dr. Donald Mykles

Donald.Mykles@ColoState.edu

Director • (970) 491-5679

Professor Don Mykles received his Ph.D. in zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in biochemistry at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee before joining the biology faculty at Colorado State University in 1985, becoming a full professor in 1993. He is also a faculty member in the Molecular, Cellular, and Integrative Neurosciences Program and the Cell and Molecular Biology Program and a scholar in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. He served as Interim Chair and Assistant Chair in the Department of Biology and Associate Dean in the College of Natural Sciences before becoming Director of the University Honors Program. His research concerns the hormonal control of growth and limb regeneration in crabs and lobsters, which has applications for crustacean aquaculture, the management of fisheries, and understanding the effects of environmental pollution and climate change. He is a strong advocate for involving undergraduate students in research. He has received awards for his research and student mentoring, including the National Science Foundation Young Investigator, Fulbright Scholar at University of Heidelberg, Distinguished Research Fellow at the UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory, Outstanding Honors Academic Adviser, College of Natural Sciences Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research, and College of Natural Sciences Excellence in Graduate Education and Mentoring.

Diane Burton - diane.burton@colostate.edu Diane Burton - diane.burton@colostate.edu

Diane Burton

diane.burton@colostate.edu

Assistant Director • (970) 491-2225

Diane received her master’s degree in Government from the College of William and Mary. She has worked in various positions in higher education including a tenure-track faculty position in political science at Thomas Nelson Community College in Virginia. She is currently teaching classes at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins. Before joining the CSU Honors Program in 2005, Diane served as Assistant Director for the Center for Life Sciences and the assistant director of the Center for Advising and Student Achievement (CASA) at CSU. Diane’s responsibilities include advising Honors students, tracking their progress in meeting honors graduation requirements, teaching the HONR 399 pre-thesis class, serving as a member of the CSU Admissions Advisory Committee, and advising and registering students at summer orientation (Preview). She also assists the Director in the recruitment and retention of high ability students and reviews applications to the UHP, as well as making presentations during high school visit days and recruiting events. She also serves as the faculty adviser for a student organization and is a member of the Professional Advising Network at CSU. Her deep commitment to higher education and strong desire to help students develop their full potential have always been evident throughout her career. She received the Honors advising award in 2011.

Lori Williams - Lori.Williams@Colostate.edu Lori Williams - Lori.Williams@Colostate.edu

Lori Williams

Lori.Williams@Colostate.edu

Program Assistant • (970) 491-6200

Lori Williams has been a dedicated employee at CSU for the past 15 years in many different capacities. She has worked in the HELP/Success Center at the front desk where she provided excellent service to undergraduate students before it became the Center for Advising and Student Achievement. Later Lori contributed to the department of Clinical Sciences as the Continuing Education Coordinator. And most recently, Lori was the graduate administrator for Cell and Molecular Biology where she orchestrated recruitment, assisted students on their path to graduate degrees and ensured that the department functioned at its highest level. Lori’s extensive experience and expertise can now be found in the Honors department where she serves as the Program Assistant. She is continuing her education by pursuing a degree in economics, right here at CSU.

Melanie Smith Nichols - Melanie.Nichols@colostate.edu Melanie Smith Nichols - Melanie.Nichols@colostate.edu

Melanie Smith Nichols

Melanie.Nichols@colostate.edu

Program Coordinator • (970) 491-2318

Melanie Smith Nichols earned her B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Colorado – Boulder, her M.Ed. in Counseling and Human Development from George Mason University, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Education, Equity and Transformation from Colorado State University.  She previously advised undeclared/exploring students and taught in the Key Communities at CSU. In addition to presenting at various regional and national advising conferences, Melanie won the Division of Student Affairs Impact Award in 2010, the APC Star Award in 2015, and the Cermak Advising Award in 2020. Melanie joined the University Honors Program in July 2020 as Program Coordinator. Her responsibilities include recruitment and training of Peer Mentors, management of HONR 192 recitations, assisting in the review of Honors applications, coordinating the review of Honors scholarships, teaching Honors courses, serving as a liaison to Housing and the Honors Residential Learning Community, Honors Student Association advisor, and Track 2 recruitment and advising.  Besides working with students, Melanie’s passions include traveling, reading, learning, camping, and kayaking. She has 2 daughters, one at University College Dublin in Ireland and one in high school.

Shivon Pontious - Shivon.Pontious@ColoState.edu Shivon Pontious - Shivon.Pontious@ColoState.edu

Shivon Pontious

Shivon.Pontious@ColoState.edu

Advising, Student Success, and Special Projects Coordinator • (970) 491-1746

Shivon received her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2008 from Eastern Washington University, and was a first generation college student. She worked for a local county government for 8 years, and joined the Honors staff after moving to Colorado in 2016. Her responsibilities include recruiting and advising Track 2 students, working with transfer students, planning and managing events, engagement activities (such as the Nerd Prom), co-curricular activities, overseeing the Spiritus Mundi literary magazine, managing the Honors Ambassador program, reviewing applications to the UHP, presenting at prospective student visit days, and advising and registering students at Ram Orientation. She received the Honors advising award in 2020. Shivon is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in English with a specialization in Writing, Rhetoric, and Social Change.

Kimberly Ross - Kimberly.ross@colostate.edu Kimberly Ross - Kimberly.ross@colostate.edu

Kimberly Ross

Kimberly.ross@colostate.edu

Administrative Assistant • (970) 491-5679

Kimberly Ross brings over 30 years of administrative assistant experience to her role as Administrative Assistant in CSU’s Honors Department.  Her responsibilities include attending the reception desk, assisting instructors and current and prospective students, providing classroom AV support, assisting with event coordination and planning, and updating social media as well as the Honors website.  Kimberly started her career in administration through a Community Work Experience Program (CWEB) in 1985 that allowed her to gain hands on experience.  From there she worked as an administrative assistant for 24 years at a local helicopter maintenance facility as well as an executive administrative assistant at a medical spa for the last three years.  Kimberly is a Colorado native who loves the outdoors.  She enjoys running, hiking, camping and spending time with her husband, kids, grandkids, family, and her dogs and cat.  She has seven siblings, one of which is her twin brother.

Shlok Gondalia - honors_tech_support@colostate.edu Shlok Gondalia - honors_tech_support@colostate.edu

Shlok Gondalia

honors_tech_support@colostate.edu

Computer/IT Assistant