This winter we were thrilled to host the annual meeting of the SEC Academic Consortium for Honors College Deans, providing not only good Louisiana hospitality but also proudly showcasing our noteworthy facilities and students. We are the only Honors College in the region (and one of few in the nation) with its own campus, anchored by the historic (and soon to be renovated) French House and the newly renovated Laville Honors House. Our outstanding students, campus, and facilities were the envy of the SEC.
We are also proud to note that the LSU Honors College boasts the highest student graduation and retention rates in the state, with 85% of our students graduating in 6 years. No wonder that since 2005, over 80 of our students have received prestigious postgraduate fellowships including the Truman, Goldwater, Udall, Rotary, National Science Foundation, Jack Kent Cooke, Soros, and USA-Today All USA College awards. And kudos to Paige Nichols who was recently named a White House Intern.
We are always busy preparing our students for their futures and this year we hosted professionals from all fields to advise our students at numerous career panels – the medical and legal professions, business careers, the arts, engineering, and allied health careers. We are eager to link our students with professionals in their chosen fields and especially welcome friends and alums who can share their insight and experience. Over 200 students have benefitted from this year’s panels and we look forward to expanding these numbers.
As you may have noticed on our webpage, two of our staff have moved on – Mark “Doc” Dochterman has moved back to his beloved Midwest to serve as the Director of Volunteer and Civic Engagement at the University of Illinois at Springfield and Autumn Montgomery has returned to her studies. We miss them both and wish them all the best!
Dr. Nancy L. Clark
Roger Hadfield Ogden Dean