"Why I Give": Nancy Herin
Here at the Ogden Honors College we like to take time at the end of the year to reflect on how lucky we are to have such a supportive and engaged group of alumni and friends. One of those friends is Nancy Herin, a longtime supporter and monthly donor to the Ogden Honors College. She recently took the time to talk with us about her experience as an Honors student at LSU and why she thinks Ogden Honors is worth investing in.
What do you do?
I am the Activities Director at Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I also teach two English I-Honors classes.
What was your major at LSU?
I started in political science because I planned to go to law school when I finished LSU. But I fell in love with the liberal arts curriculum in the Honors program, so I switched to English Literature during my sophomore year.
What's your favorite memory from your time in the Honors College/Division?
Gosh, there are so many! Those that stand out stem from the friendships I made through the Honors Division. That first week of school I found myself surrounded by the top young minds at LSU. And I’m not embarrassed to admit that it was rather intimidating at first. However, it was there where I befriended people who loved learning as much as I did. As a result, we helped one another and challenged each other to be better than we were the day before. But to be honest, being a part of the Honors Division was also tremendous fun. Compared to today’s numbers, it had a very low enrollment in the late ’80s and felt like a campus club. Back when the program was a part of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Honors Division offices were located in the Old Alumni House across the street from the Union on Highland Road. There my friends and I would meet up to socialize, eat, nap, play flag football and marathon Spades games, watch movies, and clown around in general. For someone like me whose parents lived out of state, they became my chosen family. In fact, I am still close friends with several of the people I met in the program.
What motivated you to become a monthly donor?
I owe my career in large part to the mentors who looked out for me during my four years at LSU: Dr. Billy Seay, Dr. James Hardy, Dr. Bob McMahon, Dr. Gayle Carithers, and Dr. Bainard Cowan, in particular. They were the ones who saw the potential in me to lead by teaching and gave me the confidence to pursue it. The rigorous interdisciplinary experience of the intimate freshmen seminar classes, in particular, also influenced my present day teaching style. I received a top-notch liberal arts education thanks to LSU, and I am hopeful that the next generation of Tigers will benefit from this unique experience as I did.
Why do you think others should consider becoming a monthly donor?
Let's be clear here: there will not be a campus building named after me because of my philanthropy! My contribution definitely classifies as a "love offering." That being said, I think being a consistent and faithful steward to the Ogden Honors College shows the university and the state legislature our commitment to higher education and to the future of our state. More importantly, it sends a message to the Honors faculty and our future leaders that we believe in them and that what they do matters.
What do you wish others knew about the Ogden Honors College?
We have a highly competitive program of study within the "stately halls" of an already terrific university, one that allows its graduates to successfully compete at any graduate school in the country. I definitely "love purple and live gold" thanks to the Ogden Honors College, and I encourage all prospective students and benefactors to dedicate their time and resources to such a worthy endeavor. FOREVER LSU!
If you would like to invest in our Ogden Honors College students by making a one-time or monthly gift, visit lsufoundation.org/givetohonors or call 225-578-6868.