Dear Honors Community:
As the director of the Honors Program, I want to thank you for all of your wonderful work this past academic year. Across campus, members of the Fredonia community have spoken so highly of your work inside and outside of the classroom. From volunteer efforts during the “Days of Service” campaign to active participation in such innovative seminars like Conflicts and Crises in African History and Video Games: Their Evolution and Impact, from the residents in the Honors Honors to student mentors, you have made our program grow in profound and exciting ways. Our program’s strength is a result of your efforts, curiosity, academic excellence, and participation. Thank you.
I also want to publicly thank Laura Hart, Mary Plum, Jake Schermerhorn, and Mandi Buzard for all their assistance over the past year. Their work as interns have been invaluable in helping foster an active learning community within the Honors Program. Thank you!
This year we are saying farewell to 61 graduating seniors. Congratulations on all your success and, on behalf of the program, I wish you all the best on your next adventure. While we bestowed graduation cords to many seniors this past week, if you haven’t picked-up your graduation cords yet, please see Julie Sticek in the Office of the Dean of Visual and Performing Arts, 8th floor, Maytum. They will be available during regular business hours throughout finals week. Congratulations seniors!
In addition, congratulations are in order for the recipients for the 2014-15 honors scholarships. They are Adam Clouthier, Morgan Hartley, Alexandra Shananhan, Margaret Gilroy, Philip Landini, Jordyn Holka, Colin Mann, Antonio Regulier, Margaret Drzewiecki, Callie Patsellis, Allison Williams, and Claire Woodcock. And to all the applicants, it is truly inspiring to learn the myriad ways you demonstrate the core values of a Fredonia education, being Skilled, Creative, Connected, and Responsible.
And finally, as we close one academic year, we look ahead towards the next. For 2014-15, we are offering an exciting array of seminars, developing programs to better connect students to the local communities, and planing off-campus learning experiences as well. Enrollments continue to grow, as we are expecting an incoming class of at least 105 students. To welcome students into the program, we are planning a “meet and greet” event during the first week of the fall semester so all members of the Honors Program can get to know each other. All students in the Honors Program are invited! Information about date, time, and place will be made via email, twitter, and facebook by mid-August. I do hope you will attend. And for student mentors, you will be receiving contact information about your mentees at the end of July. We look forward to building on past successes and developing a stronger program in the years ahead.
Again, thank you for all your efforts this year. Congratulations on all your successes! Good luck with final exams and I hope you have a wonderful summer.