SAU Honors College

The SAU Honors College was founded in 2003 by Dr. David Rankin, president of SAU. Dr. Lynne Belcher served as founding director and recently retired from SAU. The Honors College seeks and admits qualified students who seek to pursue a serious academic program with equally gifted peers and committed teachers. Honors classes are small and provide academically enriching opportunities for students and the faculty who teach them. Currently, SAU enrolls nearly 170 honors students and graduates about 66% of admitees in four years or less. Anyone interested in applying to the Honors College or seeking further information should contact the director, Dr. Edward P. Kardas at epkardas@saumag.edu or at 870 904-8897.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Honors College Report


Honors College Report
6 October 2017

Personnel:
  • Director Kardas, Assistant Director Wingfield, GAs Amgain & Edeniyl, Student Worker Nash.
Travel:
  • Three honors students and Director Kardas will travel to Atlanta in November to make presentations at National Collegiate Honors Council meeting.
  • Six SAU personnel: Dr. Berry, Dr. Wang, Mr. Ochs, Dr. Kardas and honors students will visit Havana in February to make presentations at Universidad 2018 meeting. Students will receive partial financial support from the SAU Foundation for both trips.
  • Dr. Kardas led a trip to Paris in May 2017 with several SAU students (honors and regular) and community members.
  • AGRI honors student Laura Nash visited Cameroon this past summer with three other students and the Boumpjes.
  • Gabrielle Davis attended the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience Program at Arkansas State University (ASU) Office of Diversity.
  • Taylor McNeel spent nine weeks in Mexico teaching youth (in Spanish!).
  • Drs. Paulson and Bryant are recruiting for a trip to China in 2018.
Students:
  • This year's entering class was the largest ever (N = 65)
  • The May graduating class was the largest ever (N = 32)
  • The current Honors College enrollment is the highest ever (N = 168)
  • Honors students will register early for courses in the Spring and Summer semesters during the last full week in October. Kardas and Wingfield will meet individually with each student to enter their schedule into POISE.
Honors Events
  • Faculty and students from Appalachian State University and SAU will present accounts of their visits to Cuba.
  • Dr. Kardas served as host to Rector Carlos Eduardo Suarez Ponciano in August. They visited both SAU farms, Magnolia Hospital, Southern Aluminum, the Chamber of Commerce, and Mayor Parnell Vann.
  • GA Amgain will soon activate new Linux hardware for domain: kardas.saumag.edu. That server contains archived Honors College material and runs original routines that aid in honors administration.

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