Honors faculty and students achieve greatness everyday in the FSU community. So let's just take a second to say "KUDOS!" to our outstanding faculty and students.

* The following students were honored at the 31st Annual Academic Awards Celebration:

~Gergana Angelova - Outstanding Internal Student Award and Outstanding Senior in Business
~Kera Cherrey - Bachelor of Arts Academic Achievement Award in Family and Consumer Sciences - Teacher Education
~Alyssa Childers - Outstanding Senior in Biology
~Amie Kirk - Mildred Mason Newcome Endowed Scholarship
~Renee Larue - Eleanor M. Ford Outstanding Junior Scholarship (Mathematics & Science, Secondary Education)
~Kristen Rausch - Robert Carroll Scholarship for Mathematics, A. Joyce H. Coleman Memorial Scholarship (Mathematics) and the Women of Fairmont State Scholarship
~Sarah Shuman -Outstanding French Student
~Jason Vanfosson - Mary Esther Jackson Scholarship (English)
~Christopher Warnick - Walter F. Phillips, Jr. Scholarship (Occupational Safety)

* Honors Graduates!

Congratulations to the following May graduates!!

~Aaron Twitty
~Stephanie Slaughbaugh
~Robert Ball
~Ashley Hamilton
~Justine Marcella
~Malorie Shriver
~Kim Veit
~Alyssa Childers

* Honors Faculty Honored

Our wonderful Honors faculty members are also being Honored for their hard work and dedication to the FSU community.

~Dr. Donna Long - Excellence in Academic Advising.
~Dr. Francene Kirk - William A. Boram Award for Teaching Excellence.
~Dr. J. Robert Baker - Harold and Roselyn Williamson Straight Award for Faculty Development.

* New Chair of Language and Literature

Dr. Baker, our beloved Dean, has been selected to serve as the interim chair for the Department of Language and Literature. Honors students should note that his office is no longer 321 Jaynes Hall. Instead his office is in 311 Jaynes Hall. Seriously... what does he NOT do?

* Bonjour, Editor Molly!

After spending a semester abroad in Paris, Molly Born is back! Not only is she back and ready to parlez en francais... she is also the 2008-2009 Columns editor! Way to go Molly!

If you have any achievements you would like to be included in the KUDOS section of this blog, or know someone who deserves kudos send them to jvanfosson@fairmontstate.edu and we will get them up here!


Honors is Changing

We have some exciting news to report! FSU Honors is slowly changing to be a better program, but keeping several of our older aspects and improving on them. Here are just some of the announcements you will be hearing about in the upcoming year:

* G'bye Beatles... Hello, Ceasar!Honors will continue to offer their study abroad trip this year, but in a different location. Instead of traveling to London students will spend their spring break in Rome!

* Dean, Chair, Professor... What does the guy NOT do?
Dr. Baker has been named the Interim Chair of Language and Literature! What does this mean for Honor students? Dr. Baker's office is now moved to 309 Jaynes Hall, but is accessable through 311. Don't worry, his phone number is still the same and he still wears bow-ties, for now.

* The Roadtrip Returneth
The Shakespearean Road Trip will return next spring semester. The dates are between March 27-28 and April 10-11. Whenever a decision is reached, you'll be the first to know!

The Presidential Inauguration

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is hosting a Campaign 2008 Presidential Academic Seminar Series, THE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION. The dates for this program are scheduled to be January 10-20, 2009. The early application deadline is 17 November 2008 and the regular deadline is 8 December 2008.

Some of the activities included during this ten day seminar include, a reception at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, visiting the Newseum and several other local musuems, and a performance by political satirist Mark Russell.

While The Washington Center does not guarentee admission to see our 44th president inaugurated, they will provide students with the necessary information on how to obtain admission to this prestigious event. Additionally, they have taken time out of the seminar schedule to allow participants to experience the DC area and attend many inaugural events that are open to the public. This seminar will be a great experience for any student that is able to go. This opprotunity provides an in-depth look at the American democracy in action, and I encourage anyone interested to see Dr. Baker for more information. You can visit The Washington Center's website for more information. There is also a brochure on this in the Honors Lab.

Upcoming Honor Events

Upcoming Events

* New Student Move-In - 22 August 2008

* Mentor Training - 24 August 2008 (Time TBA)

* Ice Cream Social - 24 August 2008 (Time TBA)

* Washington, DC Trip to National Gallery - 6 September 2008

* September Honors Meeting - 9 September 2008

* October Honors Meeting - 14 October 2008

* Director's Talk for The Mandrake - 16 October 2008

* November Honors Meeting - 11 November 2008

* Winter Feast - 4 December 2008

**Note: All Honors Meetings are at 12:30 in the Tower Room of Wallman Hall**