2011 is opening as another exciting and challenging year at the LSU Honors College. LSU is embarking on the new Flagship Agenda 2020, following on the successful Flagship Agenda 2010 that moved LSU into the Top Tier of universities across the nation. We now enjoy the remarkable reputation for academic excellence that we deserve, and the campus is going to move forward to expand our role into the community. Under Flagship 2020 we will continue to pursue academic excellence through four related goals: Discovery, Learning, Diversity, and Engagement. These goals echo the vision of the Honors College and we are excited to move forward together.
This summer the Honors College will inaugurate our first Honors College Study Abroad trip, travelling to South Africa for four weeks. As a historian of South Africa, I have studied this country for over thirty years and I am excited to share its history and culture with our students. We will spend two weeks working in South African communities – helping preschool children in Cape Town and rural families in Kwa-Zulu. The students will also tour the country, complete with a “safari” experience during our four week trip. Learning, service, and an international experience should all add up to an unforgettable summer.
On a personal note, I couldn’t help notice in my absence that sabbaticals became a great topic of discussion in Louisiana last year, so I would like to share with you the value of sabbaticals for our educational system. During the last six months, I worked on a book to be used in classes across the country. To be published by Oxford University Press, Africa Since 1800 will help to explain to our students how so many countries in Africa – from the Sudan to Zimbabwe – have come to their present situations. Despite their poverty, countries across Africa hold tremendous wealth and resources that are important for our own economic well-being. The world is at our doorstep, and few places in the world are as little known as Africa. This book will help to educate our students and prepare them for the real world challenges that surround us.
We’re happy to be offering great opportunities for our outstanding students.
Nancy L. Clark
Dean, LSU Honors College
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