The Honors College offers undergraduates many opportunities and privileges. Mass Communication honors student, Savannah Wingo, writes about her favorite things about being in Honors including; the small sizes and the opportunity to take one-of-a-kind classes with creative courses that substitute for core courses.
From The Texas State University Blog: Stephanie Daul, a junior at Texas State University double-majoring in accounting and finance, was awarded the 2012 Jo Anne J. Trow National Undergraduate Scholarship this past summer. The highly prestigious scholarship is awarded to only 35 undergraduates across the United States.
Daul received the $2,000 award through her membership in the Alpha Lambda Delta (ALD) Honor Society, which she has belonged to since her freshman year. Daul qualified for her scholarship due to her 4.0 GPA, involvement on campus and recommendations from well-acquainted professors. Diann A. McCabe, director of academic development in the Honors College, says Daul “demonstrates the kind of academic depth and leadership potential that we hope to see in all Texas State students.”
By Andrew Osegi
For full article, visit the Texas State University Blog website.
Dean Dr. Heather Galloway interviewed by News Reporter Nicole Barrios in August for campus paper, The University Star. Below is the full-text from that interview.
Q&A Dean of Honors College Dr. Heather Galloway, by News reporter Nicole Barrios
NB: What honors events can students look forward to during the upcoming academic year?
HG: We’ll have a freshman retreat for incoming freshman honors students and we will have our usual Meet the Professors Night. We also will have Del Shores coming to visit. He is a director/producer/actor/playwright and he wrote play called “Sordid Lives” that was made into a film. There will also be discussion in the (Honors Coffee) Forum, which is an Honors event, but also part of a new class, which is Introduction to LGBT studies. So he’ll also meet with the class, in which space is still available for this fall.
NB: Which honors course being offered tis fall is most exciting to you?
HG: Portraiture: Writing Yourself into Academia will be a really interesting class. We’ll look at writing in a new way, both personal and academic. The other class I’m excited about is Public Policy for Energy, the Environment and Global Sustainability. It’s being taught by a professor from political science, and obviously is of interest to people who are interested in politics and how public policy shapes our world. It will also be of interest to geography majors and history majors. Hopefully it will attract a good group of interdisciplinary students.
NB: Since becoming an Honors College from what was previously an honors program, has there been a noticeable increase in applicants and class registration for this fall?
HG: To increase class registration you have to increase your class offerings, so our fall enrollment will be a record for Honors. The reason that we are now a college is that we had already grown into a substantial size. We will have record enrollment in students, new freshman and number of students enrolled in classes. There are more than 400 students in honors classes now, and that’s before late registration.
NB: In your opinion, what type of student excels in an environment such as the Honors College?
HG: A student who’s looking to do more than they’re required. If you just want to get through college then you’re probably not interested in Honors. So someone who really wants to see how much they can get out of every class, and students who are interested in being more creative and inventive.
NB: What is your favorite thing about Texas State?
HG: Oh my gosh, I live here. This is my life. How can I say one thing that’s my favorite about Texas State? That’s a really tough one. I think the one thing I would say is that I just love my quality of life being a part of the Texas State campus. I ride my bike everywhere, so I don’t have to get in a car to go anywhere. To be able to ride your bike as your primary means of transportation and have a completely rich cultural and intellectual life is kind of amazing. People think to have a really rich cultural life you need to go live in New York City or L.A and drive everywhere. I manage to have a really wonderful life seeing amazing plays and productions, hearing amazing music and meeting students who are out to change the world, and I don’t even have to get in a car.
As students may have noticed from the chorus of drilling and hammering for the past few months, Lampasas, the building housing the Honors College and the International Studies' office, has been under construction. The project was completed the summer of 2012, just in time for the building's centennial celebration, which will take place officially in fall 2012.
Below is an article published in the Austin-American Statesman about the renovations. Our new neighbors below include faculty and staff members from the Center for Multicultural and Gender Studies, Department of English, School of Music, and School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Read the complete article posted from The Statesman to online blog, Austin360.com, here.