The fifth annual Honors Institute was held on February 16 and 17, 2010, and featured a Presidential Lecture Series keynote address by James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic. On February 17, Minxin Pei, an expert on China, Taiwan, East Asia, and democracy, was our featured luncheon speaker at the day-long symposium. Visit the Honors Institute Website for more details on this year's event.
Mid East Honors Association Annual Conference
The 32nd annual meeting of MEHA was held in Louisville, KY, March 26-28, 2010, at the historic Brown Hotel. This year's theme was "A League of Our Own: Hitting it Home with Honors!" Honors students Baylee Butler, Ronak Ghiya, Wesam Helou, and Brandy Zapata, along with Honors staff Susan Carrafiello and Alex Wenning, presented a panel discussion on "Exploring the Depths of the Wright State Honors Program." In addition, Wesam Helou led an individual discussion featuring his research on heart pacemakers.
June Honors Graduation Ceremony
On Thursday, June 10 the University Honors Program welcomed 84 new alumni to its ranks! The ceremony, held in the Student Union Apollo Room, was attended by nearly 300 faculty, students, and special friends. Among the many recognitions that day, the University Honors Program was pleased to honor Dr. Lillie Howard, Senior Vice President for Curriculum and Instruction and Professor of English, upon her retirement after 35 years of service to Wright State University. Congratulations and best wishes to all!
Fall Phi Kappa Phi Induction
The WSU Chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi inducted 148 new members at its November 2010 induction ceremony, including honorary inductees Douglas Boyd (alumna), Haibo Dong (mechanical engineering), and Thomas Rooney (biological sciences). Congratulations to all inducted!
November Honors Graduation Ceremony
On Thursday, November 18, 2010, the University Honors Program celebrated the accomplishments of 19 University Honors Scholars, Departmental Honors Scholars, and General Studies Honors Scholars. Many faculty, family, and friends joined us for the occasion and enjoyed remarks by Dr. Thomas Sudkamp, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies and University College. Congratulations to our newest graduates!
In December 2010, University Honors Program students joined other WSU students on the trip of a lifetime, the Ambassador Program to Costa Rica. Students spent three weeks in paradise while taking a course in Travel Literature (UH 201) and brushing up on their Spanish skills. Led by Professor Robert (Bobby) Rubin, students stayed with host families and visited Manuel Antonio National Park, which is a pristine beach and rainforest. Among the other sites visited were the Poas Volcano, a coffee plantation, Tirimbina Rainforest Preserve, and several museums in the capital city of San Jose.