The Second Annual Honors Institute was an Outstanding Success!

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This year's event focused on poverty and society and drew a crowd of more than 1,000 to Dr. Wangari Maathai's January 30 keynote address on "Empowerment and the Escape from Poverty" in the Student Union Apollo Room. On January 31, nearly 250 community members, faculty, staff, and students participated in the full-day symposium, featuring Ambassador Tony Hall as the luncheon speaker.

This year's Honors Institute Student Fellows put thought into action by implementing the Student Microfinance Campaign to establish a Village Bank through FINCA International in the African country of Malawi.  To date, nearly $5,200 toward the $5,000 campaign goal has been raised! For more information on the 2007 Honors Institute's speakers, microfinance campaign, and other activities, please visit the Honors Institute Web site.  Also, check out our Photo Gallery to view pictures from this year's event.

The third annual Honors Institute in 2008 will focus on the environment. Watch for updates!