Welcome to our June 2017 Honors College Newsletter. We just ended the 2016-17 academic year and this gives us a great opportunity to reflect on the achievements and successes of some of our current students and alumni.
When I met alumna Joëlle Khouzam last year in Columbus, I knew that she would be a great nominee for the College Alumni Award, and she was recognized as Honors’ first recipient at a ceremony in March. I very much enjoy hearing about the memories our alumni share about their time at BGSU, and, like so many of our former students, Joëlle had some very clear recollections of her experiences in her Critical Thinking course. You can read about her achievements; congratulations, Joëlle, on your recognition!
Just as our alumni go on to great things, we’re always impressed by the range and success of our current Honors students’ activities. In this newsletter, you can read about Baxter Chambers, a Peace and Conflict Studies major and Theatre minor, who had the wonderful opportunity last summer of working with the Second City in Chicago. Many famous North American comedians have trained with this prestigious company and, as you will hear, Baxter learned a lot from this intensive workshop experience – an excellent opportunity to hone his skills in a professionally challenging environment.
We have also included in this edition of our newsletter a report on our recent crowdfunding campaign for the Great Ideas program, which, as many of you may remember, brings students, faculty and community members together for far-reaching conversations about current events and issues. We were able to raise over $1,500 to support this initiative and keep the conversations going, which was well over our $1,000 goal! Thanks to all of you who supported this campaign. And, of course, we would love for you to come back to campus and participate in these discussions, too. We’ve also included a short piece about BGSU’s Alumni Laureate Scholarship and its recent integration with the Honors College. We are happy to host this prestigious scholarship as part of the Honors College family.
Finally, we have included a list of students who graduated with Honors in this year’s May Commencement ceremony, along with the titles of their Honors Projects and the names of their advisors. We’re excited that so many students – 86 – graduated with Honors this spring, and we hope that you’ll enjoy seeing the projects that they’ve produced, and that maybe you’ll remember some of the faculty advisors with whom they’ve worked. Craig Dorn ’85 gave a wonderful Honors Commencement address for our graduating seniors and their families.
We don’t take much of a break in Honors over the summer. Already we’re meeting with our incoming first-year students to plan their schedules for Fall 2017! As always, we would love to hear back from you – your stories and recollections about your own Honors experience – and would welcome the chance to see you back on campus. Please let us know how we can connect with you!
Best wishes for the summer,
Simon Morgan-Russell, Ph.D.
Dean of the Honors College & Professor of English