This year, the Honors College community is growing stronger than ever. In this newsletter, we will share with you some of our many events, but let me give you a few highlights of the semester:
Honors Welcome - The fall semester got off to an exciting start as we rolled out the carpet for “Honors Welcome” for our 450 incoming freshmen. This year’s class was our most highly qualified ever, with an average ACT score of 31 and 70% ranking in the top 10% of their graduating high school class. On “Move-In Day,” we hosted over 500 tired, hungry and thirsty family members at an Honors Family Picnic to help them recover from the moving and to make our new students feel at home. On their first Saturday at LSU, the Honors College students joined Community Bound Service Plunge, an LSU-wide event, to work in local schools to repair, paint, and clean up their campuses for the beginning of the school year. Friendships started over paint brushes and brooms as our freshmen got to know each other during the day. Honors Welcome concluded with the Honors College Convocation which hosted Bruce Watson, author of Freedom Summer, who spoke about the voter registration drive in Mississippi in 1963.
Honors Life - This year, we started a new series of events – “Honors Life” – which introduces students to curriculum-related topics outside the classroom. The Faculty Research Series opened with a focus on “community,” and the students listened to professors discuss their research on folk life in Plaquemines Parish, the impact of the oil industry on communities in coastal Louisiana, and the history of Old South Baton Rouge. The students were also treated to the “Art House Film Series,” watching movies such as Rashomonby Akira Kurosawa and Fitzcarraldo by Werner Herzog.
Honors College Campus – Our campus, comprising 10 acres in the middle of campus and including the French House, East and West Laville, and the 459 Dining Commons, is undergoing a renovation and beautification process that will match the quality of our facilities with the quality of our students. Construction on the renovation of the Honors House (East and West Laville) will be completed summer 2012 and will be ready for our incoming 2012 class. And funding for renovation of the French House was included in the state budget and planning will begin in 2012 with construction to begin in 2013. Together, these two projects will complete the renovation of the Honors College Campus, making it one of the few honors program facilities in the country and the only one located in the heart of the university.
Geaux Honors Tigers!
Note: The newsletter will now come to you three times during the school year with editions published fall, winter, and spring.
Nancy L. Clark, PhD
Dean, LSU Honors College