We have just begun a new academic year in the Honors College and we are excited to welcome our incoming class of 291 first-year Honors students. They come from 13 different states, are pursuing degrees in all undergraduate colleges at BGSU and have an average ACT of 28.7, one of the highest academic profiles in the history of the program.
Campus life is exciting too. With the demolition of West Hall and the Family and Consumer Sciences Building, Founders Hall—Honors’ home—now has one of the best views on campus of BGSU’s oldest buildings and grandest quadrangle. This summer, BGSU also opened the renovated spaces of University and Moseley Halls—amazing new renovations of our signature buildings.
In this edition of the Honors newsletter, we’ll catch up on the success stories of several of our recent graduates, Erika Nalow, Andrea Danziger and Sarah Pilkington, who have had some wonderful experiences interning, researching and studying abroad as undergraduates. I am also happy to report on Hannah Finnerty’s summer plans, which took her to Cairo, Egypt and Athens, Greece to work with refugees. This fall she plans to connect her experiences abroad with her work as a journalism student.
Honors students continue to work on interesting research projects with some of BGSU’s outstanding faculty; recently Tarynn Clune, a Communication Sciences and Disorders major, won an award at the Ohio Gerontology conference for best student paper and has been invited to participate in the PROmoting the next GENeration of Researchers (PROGENY) program at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association annual meeting. The research she was recognized for was conducted for her Honors Project with Dr. Lynne Hewitt, chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
Finally, I’d like to invite you to visit us for Homecoming in October. BGSU plays the Ohio Bobcats at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 14. We would love to see you at the Comprehensive Campaign Kickoff event in University and Moseley Halls at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, October 13, and at our Tailgate Tent before the game on Saturday. Please stop by and say hello!
Simon Morgan-Russell, Ph.D.
Dean of the Honors College and Professor of English