2011 News

Take Me to Your Mentor WHC Student Assists High School Robotics Team

Jupiter, FL (November 29, 2011) – Students at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University are encouraged to challenge themselves academically and assist in their community through acts of service. Occasionally, those two goals come together in a single project. That is certainly the case for Wilkes Honors College Junior Christopher Holmquist, who has dedicated his knowledge of robotics and engineering to help younger students gain valuable leadership skills and identify their academic goals.
            For the past five years Holmquist has served as a mentor for the MARS (Mega Awesome Robotics System) team as it prepares for the First Robotics Competition, an event founded in the 1990’s by inventor and engineer Dean Kaman.  The competition now includes a large number of competitors from high schools across the country, and winning is anything but easy; the team will have only six weeks to design and build a six-foot tall robot that will compete for a number of awards, including prizes for design, computer programming, and completion of certain tasks. While the team usually meets every other week in the off-season to discuss the upcoming competition, the members work around the clock during the short six-week season, putting in an average of twenty hours a week to build the robot and prepare for competition.
            As a mentor, Holmquist is responsible for helping his team of more than thirty high school students build the best robot they can. For Holmquist, though, the competition is about much more than robotics. He hopes to inspire younger students to achieve their goals and gain skills they can use later in college and in their careers. “I want to help kids who may just like science or like robots get their feet wet in these fields and learn what they really want to specialize in,” states Holmquist. The competition teaches students about the ins and outs of computer programming and robotics, but there is also a major emphasis on other skills, such as community outreach, grant writing, support and promotions, and essay writing. Only the high school students on the team are allowed to complete these tasks, but Holmquist occupies an active role as a mentor, encouraging his teammates and offering advice that helped him during his years as a MARS competitor.
            For Holmquist, this program has had a significant impact on his education. “The competition taught me valuable leadership skills,” he states, “and I also learned how to fix things and make things work. Engineering is useful everywhere.” Holmquist says that MARS helped him see his own interests in a new light. “I started because I just liked robots. But as time went on I realized that I could actually have a future in this field and that robotics was a viable career path for me.” He hopes that his work as a mentor will allow younger students to do the same.
            This year MARS will compete against many other teams for a chance to compete in the national competition held in St. Louis, Missouri. However, there are plenty of ways to get to nationals, and Holmquist has his eye on something other than a first place ribbon. “The Chairman’s Award is the most prestigious award you can receive at a competition,” he explains. The award is given to the team who has been the most committed to community service, especially through mentoring middle and elementary school students in their own science programs and putting together programs to educate members of the community about robotics. In 2009 MARS left the regional competition with this award, and Holmquist wants the students to have a chance at it again this season. He feels that this award instills values in younger students that will push them to be active in their communities and in the future of generations following them.
            Holmquist maintains that he will remain a mentor for many years to come, including during his time in graduate school. “I plan to find the nearest team and sign up to be a mentor as soon as I’m accepted to grad school,” he says with a smile. “This program has given me so much; I want to stay involved for as long as I possibly can.”

byline: WHC Student Intern Megan Geiger

Heading towards new Horizons: Seniors at FAU's Honors College Prepare for Their Final Semester

Jupiter, FL (November 21, 2011) – As they near the end of the fall semester, students at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University look forward to one day in particular: registration for spring classes. Planning for the upcoming semester, choosing classes, and meeting with professors lends a feeling of excitement to the John D. MacArthur campus; students eagerly research the classes being offered and spend hours debating which of the many interesting topics they should choose. For one group, this recent registration carried a slightly different set of emotions. The senior class at the Wilkes Honors College is currently preparing for its final semester of undergraduate studies and making plans to embark on new academic adventures. For these students, registration has been distinctly bittersweet.
            The current senior class has proudly exemplified the high standards of the Honors College throughout their undergraduate years. The class contains students who have studied abroad in many foreign countries trips, including Ireland, the Netherlands, France, and Italy. They have completed internships in prestigious environments, such as the nearby Max Planck Institute and Scripps Research Florida. These seniors have also taken an active role in student leadership, serving in the Student Government Association and working as the founders and presidents of many clubs and organizations. Many have performed valuable acts of service in the local community, volunteering at elementary schools, churches, and El Sol, Jupiter’s Neighborhood Resource Center. Finally, these students have given back to the Honors College itself by representing it at national and regional conferences and in various competitions, encouraging their fellow students to uphold the same standard of excellence.
            When asked how they felt about beginning their final semester at the Honors College, the members of the senior class offered a variety of responses. Many are excited to see their senior theses take shape as a result of several semesters’ worth of research and hard work. For senior Ashleah Zigmond, these efforts have definitely paid off. “Writing my thesis has really prepared me for my future academic life,” she states. Like Zigmond, other students are excited about the possibilities that will be open to them after graduation. “I feel very prepared for what’s coming next,” remarks senior Jared Bland. “I’m very excited to enter the private sector.”
            Other students are experiencing a pronounced sense of nostalgia. Many are taking time to look over everything they have done while at the Honors College and recall the valuable experiences they have gained. Senior Adrian Viller comments, “The Honors College has become my second home; its students, faculty and staff are my second family.” Although Viller is aware of his impending graduation, he acknowledges that for now, the demands of final exams and work on this honors thesis has prevented him from dwelling on his eventual departure. “While the fact that I’m leaving the Honors College soon hasn’t quite struck me yet, I’m already appreciating everything FAU has offered me that other schools could not have equaled."

Fellow students and faculty will certainly miss this enterprising class of individuals who have accomplished such great things during their studies. However, the Honors College community looks forward to the future achievements of these students, who will join the ranks of FAU’s prestigious alumni. This year’s senior class will leave behind an inspiring legacy and a lasting impact on their classmates, their school, and their community.

byline: WHC Student Intern Megan Geiger

“We Are the One Percent:” – Honors College Strongly Represented in FAU Homecoming Court

Honors College students who were selected for Homecoming Court 2011
(Left to right) Alex Lange, Kaitlin Gallagher, Lauren Gomez, Austin Estes

Jupiter, FL (November 15, 2011)—Like all undergraduate honors programs, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University is relatively small in comparison to the University as a whole. In fact, the Wilkes Honors College consists of only about one percent of the total population of FAU. However, its small size does not prevent the students of the Honors College from being actively involved in student life on other campuses. This year the Honors College was proud to have its students occupy four out of the ten positions in FAU’s homecoming court, and also to have one of its students receive the prestigious Talon Student Award, presented during the Homecoming festivities.

The Honors College was represented on the Homecoming Court by students Alex Lange, Kaitlin Gallagher, Austin Estes, and Lauren Gomez. Court members were given front row seats at the Homecoming Comedy Show and were also honored during the weekend’s football game, where they were recognized on the field of FAU’s brand-new stadium. Court member Alex Lange remarks, “My favorite part was being reminded of the amount of support I had from my peers not only at the Honors College but in the university as a whole when it came time to elect the Homecoming King. It meant so much to me to have that support, despite not winning.” For Austin Estes, Homecoming was equally special. “I really enjoyed being able to participate in University-wide events and feel more connected to FAU as a whole. Being on Homecoming Court provided an opportunity to experience the best of both worlds: the intimacy of the Honors College and the excitement of a large university.”

Getting to Homecoming was not an easy task for the Honors College representatives. Each needed to undergo a difficult application process, which included a lengthy written application as well as an interview with a board of students and faculty members from the various FAU campuses. Homecoming Court members were later informed of their acceptance. “I was pretty excited,” describes Estes. “I got the call the same day that my roommate, Alex Lange, found out he was going to be on court too so it was a good day.” The Honors College was also proud to have their very own Megan Allore receive the Talon Student Award, which is given to individuals and organizations who exhibit exceptional service to the university. Allore’s recognition made the Homecoming festivities even more special for Honors College students, all of whom were very pleased to see a fellow student receive such a prestigious award.

Homecoming Court members say that there is a great explanation for why one percent of FAU’s population represented forty percent of the Homecoming Court this year. “I think we have a very unique community of talented students here at the Honors College, and the fact that four of the ten spots on Homecoming Court were given to students from our campus proves it,” states Estes. “Our college may be small, but everybody is involved in campus and university life in some way.” Court member Alex Lange agrees. “I think the reason so many of us applied to be on the Homecoming Court was that we feel such a strong connection to the Honors College and FAU as a whole that we believed we would be the best representation on the Homecoming Court. The Honors College really produces quality students that are stellar academically and socially.”

Homecoming Court members hope that the tradition of a strong presence in the Homecoming Court will continue in upcoming years. “Year after year, we continue to represent our campus on the Homecoming Court and I don't think that this trend should end anytime soon,” says Estes. Dr. Jeffrey Buller, the Dean of the Honors College, is also very proud of these students’ representation in the Homecoming Court.  “I think there’s a misconception that, simply because the Honors College is in Jupiter, its students don’t take advantage of the activities on other campuses.  Just as our faculty members travel between campuses frequently to serve on committees and act as full members of the university committee, so do our students take leadership roles in student government, residence life, and all the other aspects of student life found in Boca and elsewhere.  I know every one of the students from the Honors College on this year’s Homecoming Court and, believe me, FAU could not have made better choices.”

byline: WHC Student Intern Megan Geiger

A Fresh Cliché: FAU’s Honors College Reboots Its Literary Magazine

Jupiter, FL (Nov. 8, 2011)-- Students at Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College dedicate much of their time to study and research. The vast majority, however, also participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities, which include sports, clubs to promote hobbies and specific areas of interest, and methods of artistic expression. This year, the Wilkes Honors College has witnessed a renewed interest in one of the most versatile forms of art: creative writing.
            Nikki Murphy, a senior at the Honors College, is the current Editor in Chief of Cliché, the MacArthur campus’s literary art journal. During her three years of involvement with the magazine, Murphy has seen a huge transition in the level of student interest that it has generated. “The year before I was on staff the magazine had fizzled out and was inactive for a little while,” she explains. This year, however, Cliché has been a major focus of student life, not only in the creation of the magazine itself, but also through hosting literary events, something that the club has not done for quite some time. “The first event that Cliché has hosted in the last five or so years was a Scrabble Night in mid-October. The other editors and I were amazed at how many people came out for the event, and those who came said they had a great time,” relates Murphy. Other Cliché events have rallied even more support from the student body. Murphy remarks, “The biggest event of the semester so far was our National Day of Writing celebration on October 19th. We were privileged to have Dr. James Wetterer, an Honors College professor, read an original piece and have many other amazingly talented people perform as well.” The students of the Honors College attended the event in large numbers, shocking the magazine’s editorial staff with their excitement. “The attendance from that event was more than 65, which just blew all of us away,” Murphy exclaims.  “Everyone really seemed to enjoy it, and we are looking forward to hosting more events this semester and next semester.”
            The magazine staff hopes to make Cliché even more central to the MacArthur campus in the upcoming semesters. The editors hope to produce a magazine that will be comparable to Coastlines, the literary magazine on the FAU campus in Boca, with a large number of submissions and wide circulation among the student body and at other universities. Even so, the original mission of the magazine remains the same. “The main goal of Cliché is simply to be a creative outlet for students on the Jupiter campus who have amazing artistic talents and abilities in writing, photography, and art to be able to share their talents with other students on campus,” states Murphy. “Another goal of the club is to provide leadership opportunities for students.”
            Murphy and the other editors maintain that Cliché is a beneficial and rewarding aspect of campus life. One editor remarks, “My favorite aspect of Cliché is being able to see the various creative pieces that students submit. It's so amazing seeing a poem or breath-taking piece of photography and then realizing ‘Wow. I never knew this particular person had such a creative side.’” Murphy hopes that the magazine will continue to be a way for Honors College students to express themselves freely and artistically for many years to come. For her, the benefits of Cliché are worth all the work the staff puts into its creation. “It benefits the HC community because everyone has thoughts, opinions, beliefs, ideas, and visions that they want to express in some way, and Cliché provides that outlet.”  With FAU’s renewed focus on research and creative activity, Cliché will have a valuable role to play at the University for years to come as Honors College students stay the course, use the old elbow grease, and keep their eyes on the ball.  And that’s not just a cliché.  Make no bones about it; you can take that to the bank.

byline: WHC Student Intern Megan Geiger

Anthropology In Action: Wilkes Honors College Students Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

Jupiter, FL (October 31, 2011)—Historically, the Native American nations of the United States have suffered centuries of marginalization, and their unique cultures and practices have often been ignored. But this month at Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, a group of dedicated students is working hard to promote awareness about Native American Heritage among their peers and in the Jupiter community.
           The Wilkes Honors College’s Anthropology Club is excited to announce six upcoming events, all of which are focused on cultural appreciation of various Native American groups. These events will be hosted by members of the Anthropology Club as well as representatives from the Department of Student Diversity Services and the Honors College Spanish Club. This year the John D. MacArthur Campus in Jupiter will host the same number of Native American Heritage activities as FAU’s Boca Raton campus.  The Anthropology Club is proud to say that the Honors College is now able to lead the way in Native American cultural awareness, in conjunction with organizations on FAU’s other campuses. These events will include a celebration of the traditional Día de los Muertos festival and a related movie screening, a Native American arts and crafts program, a panel discussion related to the impact of Guatemalan Mayan immigrants in Jupiter, and a performance by the Piscataway Nation Singers and Dancers.
           Club members feel that the promotion of Native American cultural awareness is extremely important not only throughout the community, but also within the discipline of anthropology itself. In the words of one of the club’s members, “As Americans, we tend to focus on foreign cultures outside of the United States, and we sometimes ignore the peoples who live in our own backyard.” The club also hopes that these activities will highlight the interconnectedness of native groups outside the United States. Several of the events focus on the cultures of Central and South American native peoples, and this could help promote a better understanding of Native American practices that often transcend national borders.
           Members of the Anthropology club also feel that these events will promote more interaction between departments on the Jupiter campus. The Native American Cultural activities will also help develop a stronger campus presence for the club, which has been a long-term goal for the organization since its foundation. Club President Elizabeth Johnson remarks, “We hope to become a more active organization on campus this year. The club has historically been very small and members have almost all been anthropology majors themselves.” This situation has changed recently, however. During the fall semester of 2011 the club gained a number of students from other disciplines who joined purely out of an interest in the study of human culture and not necessarily as a supplement for their academic concentrations. “This has really helped us get an outside perspective on anthropology and cultures from members of other academic disciplines,” states Johnson. She hopes that the club will continue to nurture cultural interest among all students on campus. Johnson encourages her peers to attend as many events as possible this semester. She maintains that, “Because of these activities, we have a chance to recognize the histories of peoples who have often been ignored, and to incorporate them into our own.”

byline: WHC Student Intern Megan Geiger

Bringing the Invisible to Light: Honors Students Unite to Stop Conflict in Uganda

Jupiter, FL (October 24, 2011) – For twenty-three years the northern region of Uganda has been racked with conflict and overwhelming violence, leading some to label the situation as the “most neglected humanitarian emergency in the world today.” This conflict has stemmed from the efforts of the Lord’s Resistance Army, headed by Joseph Kony, to overthrow the government of Uganda. In their attempts to rally an increasingly powerful military force, Kony’s army has made a standard practice of abducting young children, indoctrinating them into their ranks, and training them to kill. The conflict shows little sign of stopping, especially in light of Kony’s recent refusal to attend the Juba Peace Talks aimed at ending the war. Millions of African civilians have been forced into displacement camps as a result of the conflict, and casualties continue to be amassed in both armies.
            Meanwhile, an ocean away, students at Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College have mobilized to help end the war in Uganda once and for all. The Wilkes Honors College now supports an installment of the Invisible Children Movement on campus, and it is quickly gaining supporters among the student body. Invisible Children is best known for its production of extensive documentaries filmed in Uganda, which capture the realities of the conflict and put a human face on the displaced millions living in poverty. The movement seeks to raise funds in order to continue touring the videos around the United States.  It is also trying to begin reconstructing the demolished infrastructure of Uganda and surrounding countries by rebuilding schools, implementing educational, vocational, and health-related programs, and generating jobs within the poorest sector of Ugandan society.
            The students of the Honors College can now claim a part in the great strides that Invisible Children is making overseas. Through the efforts of the Invisible Children Student Organization, documentaries have been shown multiple times on campus, helping to raise awareness about the conflict in Uganda throughout the Jupiter community and surrounding areas. They have also worked hard to raise funds to send to Uganda in the hopes of making an impact on the reconstruction initiatives taking place. “We want to end the longest-running war in Africa, whether that’s through donations, screenings, or spreading the cause,” says Ashley Hawk, an Honors College junior and a member of the Invisible Children Student Organization on the John D. MacArthur campus for three and a half years. “We are making a difference,” Hawk insists. “Every one of us matters and has an impact.” Other members echo her sentiments. Caitlyn Hood, a sophomore at the Honors College, serves as the Chair of the Business Committee that organizes Invisible Children film screenings on campus. Like Hawk, she feels that her efforts are contributing to something that reaches far beyond the Honors College. “When I watch these videos, I know in my heart that we are changing the world through awareness, action, and through support.”
            Although the goal of the club is to assist in Uganda, the organization is having a more immediate impact on campus as well. Kristi Beroldi, an Honors College junior and current president of the Invisible Children Student Organization, maintains that the club “helps build a sense of community, and creates an opportunity for students to make some great friends.” Kristiann Baluta claims that her experience with the club offered her surprising social opportunities. “I met some really fantastic people in the organization who I would have never met otherwise.”
            This club is one more example of how Honors College students are socially engaged with the world through work in their own community. These students encourage their peers and members of the community to join them in ending the conflict in Uganda and changing the lives of those living among the remnants of the war-torn nation. One student aptly captured the sentiments of the organization when he stated, “I feel like I’m a part of something bigger and more meaningful than just myself. Who wouldn’t want to feel like they’re helping such a great cause?”

byline: WHC Student Intern Megan Geiger

A Good Yarn:
Wilkes Honors College Engages in Community Service Project for the Homeless

Jupiter, FL (October 10, 2011) – There is something about being an honors student that makes you want to leave the world a better place than you found it.  Students at Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College have an impressive number of extracurricular opportunities to choose from, including sports, service work, artistic performance, and developing new hobbies. But this semester, one club on FAU’s MacArthur campus wants to put its artistic interests to the service of homeless people in south Florida.
            The student organization is known as the Yarnatics Club, and it was founded this fall semester by a group of students who shared a passion for knitting and crochet. Many students in the club were already skilled in these crafts before the semester began; other students have begun working on their very first yarn project with guidance from other club members. “I founded Yarnatics because I knew there was a group of Honors College students who were involved in yarn activities, and plenty more that wanted to learn, so a club would be a good way to get everybody together,” says club founder and president Sarah Harris. Originally, Yarnatics was intended to be solely a social organization, but it quickly evolved into something much more meaningful. Acting on the advice of the club’s faculty sponsor Sarah McHale, the Assistant Director of Career Development Center on the MacArthur campus, the Yarnatics Club began to explore the Humble Stitch Project, an initiative that distributes handmade scarves, hats, and gloves to members of the homeless community during the winter. “I decided to involve Humble Stitch because I always saw the club moving in the direction of becoming a service organization,” notes Harris. “As soon as I saw everyone’s enthusiasm, I thought we need to direct all that energy towards something that could make a real difference in our community.”
            One way in which the Yarnatics Club partners with Humble Stitch is acting as a drop-off center for handmade goods created in the Jupiter community. Kasey Minnis, the founder and organizer for the Humble Stitch Project, is excited about the additional support her project has gained among Wilkes Honors College students. “I’m tremendously grateful for the support of the students at FAU. For every participant, every item donated means another person stays warm this winter,” states Minnis. “Through the involvement of the Yarnatics, we’ve already been allowed to make FAU's Jupiter campus a drop-off location, which makes participation much easier for community members and helps to spread awareness of the project.” Yarnatics members are working steadily to produce handmade accessories before the final pick-up date in December, and have committed to providing ten percent of the Humble Stitch Project’s collected items. This project is of even greater importance in light of Florida’s recent changes in weather patterns; temperatures in South Florida have been lower in the last two winters than they have for over a century and a half. However, Minnis insists that the project does much more than just keep the homeless warm. “The reason for focusing on handmade items is to let our homeless neighbors know that people care about them. There’s still a significant stigma attached to homelessness, and each item donated is a message to someone without a home that a member of our community has compassion for them.”
            The Yarnatics Club is working to promote their project among other students and community members.  Those who can’t knit or crotchet are invited to donate yarn. Collection sites are being organized on the MacArthur campus, and students are encouraged to refer other crafters to the project. For these highly motivated honors students, crafting is not just a hobby, but also a unique opportunity to improve their community. “You can only make so many things for your friends and family,” says one club member. “We have found a way to let our hobbies touch lives and help people we may never meet. That makes every hat or scarf worth all of the effort.”

byline: WHC Student Intern Megan Geiger

Revealing the Face of Immigration:
Honors College Professor Debuts New Book, Living Illegal

Jupiter, FL (September 2011) — At FAU’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, members of the faculty and administration conduct the type of research that they hope their students will emulate.  The result has been a massive outpouring of valuable scholarship ever since the college was founded.  One of the school’s most productive scholars, Dr. Timothy Steigenga, who also serves as Chair of Social Sciences and Humanities, has published a number of books and articles, including several co-authored by other scholars in his field.  Dr. Steigenga’s newest book, co-authored with Marie Friedmann Marquardt, Phillip J. Williams, and Manuel A. Vásquez, was not only released this year, but it was also immediately incorporated into the Honors College curriculum. The book, titled Living Illegal: The Human Face of Unauthorized Immigration, provides a fresh perspective on the highly controversial topic of immigration.
            Dr. Steigenga has made a specialty of studying Latin America and its relationship to the United States.  He is well known for his expertise in the field of Guatemalan immigration to the USA in general and to Jupiter in particular.  From 2002-2008 he worked as part of a team of researchers funded by the Ford Foundation to study Guatemalan, Brazilian, and Mexican immigrants in South Florida and Georgia.  During the summer of 2010, Dr. Steigenga accepted a fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where he began work on Living Illegal with the assistance of Sandra Lazo de la Vega, an Honors College alumna who interned at Wilson and did extensive background research for the book. The goal of the authors was to produce a book that would be accessible to American non-academics as well as university students and professors.
      The book focuses on the individual lives of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S., paying close attention to the difficult circumstances they face while travelling to and living in the United States, including economic hardships, social issues, and deportation.  The work offers insights into immigrant life that the authors hope will provide the basis for a more rational discussion about immigration policy in the United States.  Dr. Steigenga and his colleagues wanted to reframe the debate about illegal immigration in the U.S.  “We realized by speaking to different groups that people’s minds are already mostly made up about immigration before we meet them,” explains Dr. Steigenga. “They need a human connection to change their perspective.  It’s easy to see immigrants as an ‘other,’ but we hope that this book will allow readers to see them as people.”
            Each of the co-authors wrote chapters of the book based on their individual research emphases, then circulated their contributions among the group for editing.  This fall, students enrolled in Dr. Steigenga’s immigration course, co-taught with Dr. Christopher Strain (who gained some national acclaim last year as the author of Reload, a study of violence in America), have already been using the book to help guide their class discussions. Living Illegal has also been introduced at the University of Florida in Gainesville, where Dr. Steigenga recently spoke at a book release event attended by an audience composed of college students, faculty, and Gainesville residents. He hopes that Living Illegal will be able to give readers an insider’s view of the complexities of unauthorized immigration.  “This book offers a look under the hood of the immigration debate, so to speak,” explains Dr. Steigenga. “We’re hoping that this book will make the light bulb turn on in the minds of people who have had an incomplete understanding of the issue.”

            Living Illegal has brought the faculty of several universities together with the students and faculty of the Honors College, giving students the benefit of many different perspectives on the same issue.  Next, the authors hope that the impact of the book will extend far beyond the Honors College and into the heart of America’s immigration debate. By making Living Illegal accessible to all American readers, Dr. Steigenga and his colleagues have made an important contribution through linking readers to one of the most often overlooked participants in the national debate on immigration: the immigrants themselves. The faculty and students of the Wilkes Honors College work to make research in every field as applicable to contemporary social issues as possible, and they have strong support for Dr. Steigenga’s efforts to provide a voice to the voiceless.

byline: WHC Student Intern Megan Geiger

Dutch Treat: Wilkes Honors College Student Studies Social Policy in Amsterdam

Jupiter, FL (September 19, 2011) – Students who attend Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College are well known for discovering fresh ways to apply what they learn in their classes to areas outside of the classroom. For Megan Allore, a senior at the Wilkes Honors College, studying abroad offered her just such an opportunity. During the summer of 2011, Allore spent a month in Amsterdam, studying Dutch Contemporary Social Policy.
            As a recipient of the prestigious Flagler Scholarship, Allore knew that her costs for participating in a study abroad program would be covered. However, because her academic work has focused on American history, she was unsure how visiting a foreign nation could relate to her concentration. “Since my interests are primarily in American history, finding a study abroad program that fits my concentration was understandably difficult,” states Allore. But she was able to get help from Florida Atlantic University’s international studies office, which pointed her towards a program that fit her needs perfectly. “The FAU Office of International Programs helped me find this program after the one I had been planning to attend fell through,” says Allore. “I decided on the Amsterdam program because I'm fascinated by social policy, so I thought I would gain a critical perspective by studying this area in another country and culture.”
            Studying abroad in Amsterdam proved to be just as rewarding as Allore had expected, although not in the manner she had anticipated. Her trip not only allowed her to learn about the complexities of Dutch social policy, but also taught her valuable skills for living alone overseas. “In Amsterdam, I was totally on my own. I had to figure out how to get around in an unfamiliar city,” Allore describes. “I had to buy and prepare all my own food, which was a challenge since all the instructions on the boxes were in Dutch. It was strange being away from my family and friends, but I learned that I can rely on myself.”
            Allore highly recommends her Amsterdam program to other students, insisting that the wide range of topics discussed could be beneficial to students studying in many different disciplines. She says the city itself has much to offer to the college students. “Besides the academic aspect of the program, Amsterdam is a beautiful city with a rich history. Every street is a postcard.” Allore encourages her peers to take advantage of the study abroad resources available during their undergraduate years. “Keep in touch with the Study Abroad Office. Even if you're not sure about whether an international program is right for you, talk to them about your options,” she recommends. Allore encourages students to inquire about financial aid for study abroad trips as well, noting that there are several scholarships available directly through the university.
            For Megan Allore, this study abroad experience allowed her to immerse herself in an entirely different culture both academically and socially. Her experience has been a priceless addition to her Honors College experience and has taught her valuable skills that she will carry into her future studies. Megan Allore has provided another wonderful example of how the Wilkes Honors College encourages its students to learn about the world both in the classroom and in settings far from home.

byline: WHC Student Intern Megan Geiger

When the Student Becomes the Master: Honors College Alumna Returns As a Professor

Jupiter, FL (September 6th, 2011)- Prospective students of FAU’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College often wonder what an honors-immersion experience will be like. They enjoy hearing from Wilkes Honors College alumni about their own experiences at the school and the educational, social, and cultural opportunities they had. Professor Kathryn Lewis, who graduated from the Honors College seven years ago, still loves to tell people about her undergraduate experience and cherishes the many memories of activities on the John D. MacArthur campus in Jupiter. However, unlike the many other alumni of the Honors College, Professor Lewis can now claim to have seen the school from a new and exciting perspective: Along with alumna Dr. Walteria Tucker, she is now one of two Honors College graduates who are teaching part-time beside the faculty members who once taught them.
            Professor Lewis arrived at the Honors College as an undergraduate student over ten years ago, desiring to study political science. After leaving the Honors College, she was employed by the State Attorney’s office for one year, then attended law school at Stetson University. During her time at Stetson, Professor Lewis became the Articles and Symposia Editor for the Stetson Law Review, and also worked as a teaching assistant, instructing students in courses on trial advocacy. After graduating Cum Laude and with a published law review article to add to her string of academic accomplishments, Professor Lewis felt it was time to devote herself to another passion: teaching.
            “I always wanted to do something a little unconventional; something besides just working from nine to five,” states Professor Lewis. “I always wanted to teach.” On a whim, Professor Lewis decided to contact Dr. Mark Tunick, the Associate Dean of the Honors College who had been one of her professors. She asked him if there were any positions opening on campus for someone to teach political science or law classes. Dr. Tunick soon contacted her, saying that indeed there was a need for someone to serve in adjunct position in those very areas.
            Professor Lewis has found her experiences as an instructor at the Honors College to be just as rewarding as her experiences as a student. She feels that her status as an alumna has helped her relate to the current student body. “(My time at) the Honors College has shown me that I am teaching students who really want to learn, who aren’t just there to get a degree,” Professor Lewis noted. She greatly enjoys watching her students grapple with a difficult concept and eventually come to understand it. “I love seeing them go through the process of understanding until they reach that light-bulb moment where it all makes sense, and then taking that concept and continuing to debate it with their classmates outside of the classroom.” She hopes to help prepare students for their futures in the ways that previous Honors College faculty prepared her. Professor Lewis remarks, “The Honors College prepared me to write well, and taught me how to express myself. The required exposure to multiple disciplines also taught me how to adapt to different learning styles.” Professor Lewis maintains that this adaptability was instrumental to her success in law school and other aspects of her academic career.
            Although the quality of education has remained as high as it was eight years ago, Professor Lewis was able to note several aspects of the Honors College that have changed over the last decade. The campus is now much larger and has grown to include a variety of new buildings and structures. “The building that I teach in wasn’t there when I was a student,” notes Professor Lewis. She admits that it was difficult to navigate the larger campus at first, but she was soon able to find her way around. In spite of these changes, many familiar aspects of the campus remain, including the faces of some of its faculty members. “I graduated eight years ago, and I can still run into a professor who remembers my name,” she says. “That unique relationship with the faculty is an invaluable aspect (of the Honors College).”
            Professor Lewis encourages her students to enjoy the vast array of experiences the Honors College has to offer. “You’re there to learn; you’re there to become a more curious, intellectual person,” she maintains. Although she understands that the very idea of college and the years following it can be daunting, her experiences have shown her that such fears are rarely well-grounded. “Looking back now, I would say that undergraduate students are too young to start really worrying about the entire trajectory of their careers,” she states. “You will leave here with a solid intellectual backbone to rely on. Careers will come. Even if you don’t find something that will result in a full-time paying job, you will find something at the Honors College that is your passion. Whether or not that pursuit makes you money, there will be something here that you absolutely love, and you will always have that.”  As Professor Lewis has demonstrated, following the dream that inspires you can indeed lead you to a satisfying, rewarding career.

byline: WHC Student Intern Megan Geiger

Taking a Risk and Gaining Confidence as a Result: FAU Honors College Student Interns at Polk Museum of Art

Jupiter, FL (August 29, 2011) - Although the summer semester is often viewed as a time of relaxation and recuperation from the rigors of academic study, many students see the summer months as a window of opportunity. This is especially true for students at Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, many of whom spent their summers reaching out to their communities, seeking out exciting new experiences, and participating in internships and study abroad programs.

Elizabeth Johnson, a junior at the Honors College, decided to use her summer to complete an internship to complement her academic studies. She wasted no time in being proactive about searching for an opportunity, and soon discovered an internship at the Polk Museum of Art, located close to her home in Lakeland, Florida. “I had always wanted to work at this museum,” states Johnson. “I just went to the website to see if there were internship opportunities, then I called the internship coordinator to apply, and the rest is history.”

During her four-week internship, Johnson worked closely with the Educational Department at the museum, helping to create study materials to be used in an outreach program focused on elementary school students. She also had the opportunity to assist in the creation and management of the exhibits by designing the exhibition layout for a new art collection and by helping to frame and hang several student art exhibitions. Johnson feels that these opportunities directly tie in to her studies in the field of anthropology. “I most enjoyed working on the exhibit design for the new art collection. This particular collection deals with food and culture around the world, which was perfect for my interest in anthropology.” When asked what she felt was the least-enjoyable aspect of her internship, she stated, “My least favorite part was knowing that I wasn't there permanently. The elementary outreach program was really large and is being continued by other interns, but it was hard to pass the project on knowing I wouldn't get to see it through to the end.”

Although Johnson’s time working at the museum only lasted a month, the experience has had a profound effect on her studies and goals for the future. “Part of why I interned at Polk Museum of Art was to find out if Museum Studies is a field I'd like to pursue, and because I enjoyed the experience so much, I've begun brainstorming ways to incorporate museums into my thesis here at the Wilkes Honors College.” She would like to return to the museum at a later date to enhance her knowledge of museum management even more. “I hope to intern at the Museum again, but next time I'd like to work for the Curatorial Department in order to see all the aspects of running a museum.”

Her experiences at the Polk Museum of Art have affected Johnson beyond the realm of her academic goals. She says, “The biggest impact of my experience was the amount of confidence my supervisor instilled in me. After years of school, even in college, I'd gotten used to being told exactly what was expected of me. My supervisor really broke that mold and would just give me general guidelines for a project and let me do it how I thought it should be done.” Johnson admits that having so much authority was unnerving at first. “It was frightening at first to be given so much power, but because she was confident that I could handle it, I became confident, and of all the things I learned during my internship, the cultivation of self-confidence is the one I believe will have the most lasting impact on me.”

As Johnson begins her junior year of studies at FAU’s Wilkes Honors College, she encourages new and returning students to be proactive in seeking out opportunities like the one she discovered at the Polk Museum of Art. She advises her peers, “Just ask. If you have always wanted to work in a particular place or field, do some research and ask about internships. Shoot for your dream internship, but don't be afraid to try something you weren't expecting to do.” Although she originally requested a different internship, the museum felt that her qualifications just weren’t quite strong enough yet. Instead of giving up altogether, she decided to accept a position with the educational department, and was pleasantly surprised by the result. “I ended up loving it, and because I took that risk, I was able to gain the experience needed to intern in the Curatorial Department.” For Johnson, her time working at the museum has been invaluable, and its impact will continue to be felt in her classes and interactions with others. She hopes that her example will show other students at the Wilkes Honors College that their goals are often achievable with just a bit of initiative, an ability to take some risks, and dedication to one’s dreams.

byline: WHC Student Intern Megan Geiger

Honors College Student Receives Fulbright Award

Jupiter, FL (May 13, 2011) – Wilkes Honors College graduate Cassidy Henry, who just completed her undergraduate degree in May of 2011 with a concentration in International Studies and a Minor in History, is the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship that will allow her to study in Macedonia. Cassidy will be taking courses at the Euro Balkan Institute and volunteering at a local NGO (non-government organization) and plans to use her time in Macedonia as preliminary research for her future graduate studies. Her research will focus on how NGOs can reach out to the government and how the government could reach out to NGOs. Her objective is to study new ways for local organizations to work in closer connection with the government to better serve the people of Macedonia.

The Fulbright award will allow Cassidy to continue study of a country that was the focus of her honors thesis. The thesis focused on conflict over entry of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia into the European Union.

The U.S. Fulbright program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, includes scholarships for U.S. students who have recently completed their B.A. degree to study abroad; for more information see the Fulbright website.

Cassidy joins several other Honors College students over the last several years who have won prestigious nationally-competitive scholarships. Others include Stephen Jones (NSEP-Boren in 2010 for study in Tanzania), Daniel Gopman (NSEP-Boren in 2006 for study in Russia), Heather Chase (NSEP-Boren in 2007 for study in Morocco), and Sarah Wiggill (2006, Jack Kent Cooke graduate award).

You Can Get There from Here:
Wilkes Honors College Has Its Largest Class Ever of Students Accepted To The University of Florida’s Medical Program

(April 4, 2011-Jupiter, FL) Finding and being accepted into graduate school can be a very stressful experience for an undergraduate student. But this year at least four students at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University will graduate knowing that they have been accepted into one of Florida’s most acclaimed graduate programs. Salvatore Crusco, Eric Bishop, Lindsay McCullough, and Leonid Zlotcavitch were recently informed that they have been admitted into the University of Florida’s medical school, and all four are excited about this great academic opportunity.

           Salvatore Crusco received the news of his acceptance on February 18th. “I could hardly speak when I received the call,” he says, adding that his shouts of excitement were probably heard throughout the Wilkes Honors College residence hall. He feels that the University of Florida is the perfect place for him to pursue his medical studies. He was attracted to the program due to its acclaim and high USMLE (Unites States Medical Licensing Examination) Board scores, and after taking a tour of the campus, immediately decided that it was the graduate school for him. Crusco states that he hopes to excel in his medical studies and become more than just a “cut-and-dry” doctor. “I want to be active in my patient’s problems, not only acting as a doctor, but as a teacher. I want my patients to be educated about their health and not dread their trips to the doctor.” He is unsure as to which area of medicine he will eventually choose as his specialty, but says that he is interested in surgery and in medical education.

           Lindsay McCullough was also overjoyed to hear of her acceptance into the program. “I was grateful that all of my hard work paid off,” she remarks. Lindsay was encouraged to apply to UF by a doctor who she was able to shadow during her sophomore year at the Honors College. She feels that the medical program at UF will help her to achieve her educational and professional goals. “The education I will receive along with the opportunities that will be presented at to me at UF will motivate me to be the best doctor I can be.” McCullough hopes to specialize in radiation oncology after completing her medical studies.

           Both students maintain that their time at the Honors College has been invaluable in preparing them for the application process and for medical school. “The Honors College undoubtedly prepared me for every obstacle I encountered in the application process,” states Crusco. “The education I received here has catapulted me above and beyond my expectations.”

           McCullough says that the faculty of the Honors College has been instrumental in helping her pursue her goals. She says that the Honors College professors have made themselves available to her throughout her undergraduate years and have always been willing to help her and mentor her through difficult academic periods. She says of her time at the Honors College, “The Honors College has been a great place to grow academically and bond with students, faculty and staff as a tight-knit community.”

           Both students look forward to the opportunities they will encounter in their graduate studies. At the University of Florida they will be able to enjoy the company of other Honors College alumni as well as that of the two other accepted students from this year’s graduating class. Crusco says, “I am thrilled that I will be continuing my education with my peers from the Honors College. I know that the FAU network that is already there will be welcoming us with open arms.” Several other students from the Honors College have also heard that they are on the waiting list for acceptance into UF’s medical program, and are hoping that they will be able join the four accepted student at the university this fall.

           The faculty and staff of the Honors College is proud of the achievements of these four students, and wishes them the best of luck in their academic and professional futures. As Jeffrey L. Buller, dean of the Wilkes Honors College, noted, “With our close ties to FAU’s own new medical school and now this phenomenal placement rate at UF, it’s becoming increasingly clear that FAU and its Honors College are the place to go for undergraduates with big dreams.  Wherever it is that students want to go, they know that they can get there from here, and I’m convinced our record of success is just going to grow and grow.”

byline: WHC Student Intern Megan Geiger

FAU’s MacArthus Campus Celebrates National Poetry Month

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.
There is no happiness like mine.
I have been eating poetry.
– Mark Strand

April is National Poetry Month! To celebrate, Diversity Student Services and Cliché Literary Magazine invite all MacArthur campus students to participate in a poetry contest. All voices and style of poetry are welcome. Contest winners will be published in Cliché, receive a prize package, and will be submitted to the American Academy of Poets’ monthly newsletter. The winning poems will also be displayed in the Student Resource Building’s Atrium for all to see. All submission will be considered for publication in Cliché.

Submit today! Deadline:  March 23rd, 2011 (winners to be announced in April). Contest Guidelines:

  • All entries must be made by a currently enrolled FAU student taking classes for credit
  • There is no minimum length, but the maximum is two pages (500 words) per poem
  • A maximum of two poems per submission (no more than two authors per poem)
  • Any and all poetry styles will be accepted

Send your submissions to Farley Leiriao at fleiriao@fau.edu. To learn more about National Poetry Month and events happening around the country, visit www.poets.org.

Wilkes Honors College Pre-Medical Society Prepares Students For Future Careers in the Health Professions and Sciences

(March 28, 2011-Jupiter, FL) Life at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University is not just about coursework and studying.  It is also about developing leadership skills, making a positive impact on society, and broadening one’s interests so as to enrich each student’s life and future career.  A group of students at the Wilkes Honors College has worked hard to create opportunities for students to experience the environment of medical school firsthand while still undergraduates. The Wilkes Honors College Pre-Medical Society was founded as a student organization in 2004, and has continued to be an active force on campus and in the community. The organization is dedicated to fostering scientific creativity among its members by enhancing their understanding of the medical field and providing medical service opportunities in the community.

           Imarhia Enogieru is about to complete her second year of classes at the Honors College, and currently serves as the president of the Pre-Medical Society. Her experiences with the club have greatly enhanced her program at the Honors College. She states, “Being a part of the pre-medical society took a little bit of the anxiety away from being a freshman in college. We have created a tight network of friends and we have all bonded over our love of biology and chemistry.”

           Enogieru is concentrating in biological chemistry and is also pursuing a minor in psychology. The club has allowed her to experience aspects of the medical field that directly relate to her plans for the future. The Pre-Medical Society holds monthly meetings where members are able to watch actual surgical procedures that have been performed by surgical teams across the nation, including an awake craniotomy and a coronary artery bypass surgery. Club members have also traveled to the FAU medical simulation center, where they were able to respond to situations similar to those encountered by physicians and to perform medical procedures on a life-like simulation dummy. The club not only helps to prepare students for their medical school experiences, however. The Pre-Medical Society also works to prepare students for their entrance into medical school by exposing them to application procedures and techniques. The club recently hosted a discussion regarding the “Dos and Don’ts of the Medical School Admissions” with a representative from the KAPLAN test preparation organization. Enogieru hopes that these programs will help relieve some of the stress related to applying to medical school. The organization also places an emphasis on the importance of service. Members have worked to raise funds for American Heart Association, and this winter several members will be traveling to Panama to participate in a medical mission effort through the Global Medical Training organization. Enogieru looks forward to the trip, and sees it as an opportunity to learn while engaging fully in a service activity. “We are excited to attend such a trip and learn about tropical medicine and village triage while helping natives get the medical care they need.”

           Enogieru says that the success of the Honors College’s pre-medical program is due to the help of several members of the faculty. Dr. Paul Kirchman, Dr. Nicholas Quintyne, and Assistant Director of the Biology Lab April Schimmel have all been instrumental in supporting the club and providing ideas for future activities. Enogieru also wishes to thank the students who form the club’s executive board, and who have put hours of work into making the club a success. She hopes that the Pre-Medical Society will have an even stronger presence at the university in the upcoming academic year, and looks forward to new activities that the club is planning for the future. The Pre-Medical Society is open to all honors students with an interest in the sciences and a standing GPA of 3.0 or higher, and Enogieru hopes that incoming students will consider choosing to participate in the club during their time at the Honors College.

           For Enogieru, the members of the club have provided her with a vital support system. She remarks, “It is nice to have students who understand your struggles and are open to helping each other out when we need it.” Enogieru plans to graduate from the Honors College in 2013, and is grateful for the experiences she has been able to enjoy through participation in the Pre-Medical Society. She states, “I know when I look back on my experiences at the Honors College, many of favorite memories will be of the experiences I had being a part of this club.”

byline: WHC Student Intern Megan Geiger

When It Pays to Think Like a Child:
FAU Honors College Student Conducts Research into Child Psychology

Jupiter, FL (March 15, 2011) – Students at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University are encouraged to begin research early in their academic careers. Rita Pruzansky, a junior at the Wilkes Honors College, is pursuing a concentration in psychology with a particular interest in child psychology and developmental studies. Pruzansky became involved in researching language acquisition in young children, and began to study how preschoolers use recently-acquired nouns. Her study, however, would require funding in order to be performed successfully.

           Dr. Julie Earles, an associate professor of psychology at the Honors College, worked very closely with Pruzansky as she developed her research proposal. When the problem of funding arose, Dr. Earles informed Pruzansky of undergraduate grant opportunities offered by Florida Atlantic University and helped her to apply. Shortly thereafter Pruzansky was awarded one of these grants that will allow her to purchase research materials to be used in her study as well as by future students.

           With the funding she has received, Pruzanksy plans to acquire software that will help her create visual research aids to use as she studies preschoolers. The software will help her determine how young children apply a newly-learned verb in a series of novel situations. “I’m presenting the students with claymation sequences of creatures performing different actions and then seeing whether they will recognize that the action can be applied to more than one object,” says Pruzansky. “It’s going to be really fun to design these creatures and bring them to life using the software.”

           Pruzansky is most excited about the valuable experience she will gain in working with children on the project. She feels fortunate that she will have the opportunity to conduct this research as an undergraduate, since this type of opportunity usually comes far later in one’s educational program. Pruzansky will be working at the Slattery Development Center on Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus and is looking forward to studying the results of her experimentation. She hopes that her study will contribute to the scientific community and help begin other psychological studies with language acquisition.

           Pruzansky plans to graduate from the Honors College and attend graduate school, where she will pursue a degree in developmental psychology. She says that the faculty and staff of the Honors College have been instrumental in preparing her to achieve her academic goals. She states that, “The faculty at the Honors College has been so helpful because everyone here wants you to succeed. They have a connection with each and every one of the students and will do whatever they can to help.” Pruzansky remarked that professors have gone out of their way to help her make the deadlines for internships and have presented her with academic challenges that have developed her research and writing skills. She feels ready to begin her research and knows that she is fully supported by her professors.

           Pruzansky says that the most rewarding aspect of her grant experience has not been the funding itself, but rather the respect and support she has received from the university. For her, the knowledge that the results of her study are valuable to the academic community is very encouraging. She says, “It’s rewarding to know that the university values the research I’m doing, and that they found it important enough to fund.”

byline: WHC Student Intern Megan Geiger

Embracing Other Cultures: Honors College Student Prepares for Study Abroad in Japan

Jupiter, FL (March 9, 2011) -  Students from Florida Atlantic University’s Wilkes Honors College have taken advantage of the opportunity to study all over the world: Ghana, Costa Rica, Australia, Guatemala, Russia, Tanzania … these are only a few of the destinations that have drawn students from the Honors College.  This summer, Zeke Thomas, a junior at the college, will immerse himself in Japanese culture through a study-abroad experience in Tokyo.
           “I’ve been interested in studying abroad in Japan since high school,” says Thomas. Armed with a deep interest in the island nation’s history and but a single course in the Japanese language, Thomas will live and learn in Tokyo for ten weeks. He hopes to be able to reside with a Japanese family so that he can find out more about everyday life in the country. However, Thomas will be doing much more than simply experiencing the local culture. He will also be taking nine credits worth of intensive academic courses. Thomas is a pre-med major, but like so many students at the Wilkes Honors College, he is excited about taking some classes outside of his usual area of study. “I’m more of a math and science kind of guy,” he says, “But if I can I certainly want to take a course concerning Anime and its relationship to Japanese culture.” For Thomas, this study-abroad experience will allow him to satisfy some of his academic requirements in a new and exciting setting.
           As a motivated student at the Honors College, Thomas encourages his fellow students to take advantage of the opportunities to study in other countries that are readily available to them during their years at Florida Atlantic. He added that the application process was easy, and certainly worth the effort it entailed. “This kind of opportunity may only come once in your life,” says Thomas. Furthermore, he feels that this program will make him more well-rounded and ready for graduate school.
           When asked about what he is looking forward to the most about his study abroad experience, Thomas immediately mentioned the chance for cultural immersion. He feels that it is important to understand the cultures of other nations, especially those of non-western societies. He hopes that his time in the country will help him to better appreciate societies that are different from his own.
           Dr. Paul Kirchman and Dr. Nick Quintyne of the Honors College were instrumental in helping Thomas make his decision to study abroad. After completing research under the guidance of both professors, Dr. Kirchman and Dr. Quintyne decided that experiencing a different culture would be more beneficial for Thomas than completing additional research, and encouraged him to seek opportunities to study in a different country. Thomas plans to complete his Honors College degree and enter medical school. He says that the prospect of entering medical school also motivated him to make plans to study abroad during his undergraduate years. “I’m going to be in school for a long time,” says Thomas with a smile. “I want to take the time to do this while I have the chance.”

byline: WHC Student Intern Megan Geiger

FAU Debate Team's Strong Season Close
FAU Debate Team with their medals and trophies. Left to right:
Rachel Tunick, Hannah Gladyszewski, Robert Bruton, Alexa Robinson, Wesley Mathieu, Philip Olsen, David Yombalakian, and Alan Gray
           The FAU Debate Team concluded its 2010-2011 season strongly at the Florida Intercollegiate Forensics Association State Championship, hosted by the University of Florida in Gainesville. For the fourth consecutive year, the team won the Division I (Small School) Sweepstakes Award, and also won Second in the Debate Team Sweepstakes and Sixth Place overall. President Alan Gray and President-elect Philip Olsen were semifinalists in Parliamentary Debate, and President Gray was also the runner-up speaker in Parliamentary Debate, the State Champion and State Champion Speaker in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and won third place in both Extemporaneous Speaking and Persuasion.

Also attending were Vice President Robert Bruton, Team Secretary Wesley Mathieu, Deputy Vice President and Team Secretary-elect David Yombalakian, Vice President-elect Alexa Robinson, Hannah Gladyszewski, and Rachel Tunick. Gray founded the team in the fall of 2007 as a freshman, and still serves as its President and primary coach. Dr. Mark Tunick, Associate Dean of FAU’s Harriet L. Honors College, is its Director of Forensics.

To learn more about the FAU Debate Team, contact President Alan Gray or visit www.faudebate.com.

From High School to Doctor in Seven Years:
New Collaboration between Schmidt College of Medicine and Wilkes Honors College Provides Accelerated Path to M.D.

Jupiter, FL (February 28, 2011) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine has teamed up with the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College to offer an exciting new opportunity for students with an interest in medicine. The Wilkes Medical Scholars program will enable students to receive provisional admission to FAU’s new medical school at the same time that they begin their first year in college and to complete both a B.A. and M.D. in seven years.
           The faculty of the Honors College expect this program to attract talented, motivated students. Dr. Mark Tunick, associate dean of the Wilkes Honors College, says that the collaboration with the Schmidt College of Medicine will greatly benefit students who have a wide variety of academic interests. While many Wilkes Medical Scholars will pursue concentrations in biology or other sciences, the program will also allow students to complete their bachelors degree in the humanities or social sciences while still receiving all the prerequisite courses needed for medical school. Dr. Tunick expects that the program “will appeal to students who are serious about becoming doctors, but who also have interests in philosophy, history, economics, psychology, and other disciplines in the liberal arts.” And there are also other benefits to the Medical Scholars program. Dr. Tunick feels that early admission to medical school will make the years leading to medical school less stressful for students.  “They’ll know that they already have provisional admission waiting for them, so the pressure many students feel while applying to graduate programs and waiting to learn the results should be reduced.” At the same time, the accelerated program should alleviate financial pressures on families. “Medical school is expensive,” Dr. Tunick says, “and with this program, students can complete their undergraduate and medical schooling in just seven years.” Financially, saving that one year can make a great difference. 
           Dr. Paul Kirchman, associate professor of biology and the chair of the natural sciences at the Honors College, feels that the Medical Scholars program is a great opportunity for extremely motivated students. He says that in creating the program, “We wanted to attract exceptional students to both the Wilkes Honors College and FAU’s brand new Schmidt College of Medicine.  Students who have worked hard and done well in high school will have the security of knowing that they will have a spot waiting for them in medical school as long as they continue to do well at the Honors College.” The faculty of the college is prepared to go the extra mile to help students succeed in this new program. Participants in the Medical Scholars program will be carefully advised by the faculty to ensure that they are able to complete their concentrations of interest as well as their medical prerequisites.
            The Medical Scholars program is open to high school seniors who will begin college in the fall semester of the 2011-2012 academic year. The Honors College has high expectations for the success of this new initiative. Dr. Kirchman says, “I expect that the Medical Scholars program will bring additional highly qualified students to the Wilkes Honors College and to Florida Atlantic University.  We’re conducting this program as a pilot, and other FAU colleges are interested in providing similar opportunities in future years.  So, this new program should attract great students to the medical school and help establish the Schmidt College of Medicine as a leading choice for great students in Florida.  It’s also a wonderful advance for FAU as a whole.”

byline: WHC Student Intern Megan Geiger

Receiving by Giving: Wilkes Honors College Students
Increase Cultural Awareness through Service to their Local Community

Jupiter, FL (February 21, 2011) – One of the aspects of campus life that students Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College in Jupiter say they appreciate the most is the wealth of extracurricular activities they have open to them.  Despite the MacArthur campus’ intimate environment that promotes close interactions with professors, students have abundant choices to help them discover new interests and develop social connections. One student organization, The Corn Maya Club, was created by Wilkes Honors College students with the express purpose of allowing them to interact with the local community through service.
           The town of Jupiter is distinctive in its large and diverse Hispanic population that has grown steadily over the last decade. The influx of peoples from various Hispanic cultures has created a rich social climate in the city. Honors College students who participate in Corn Maya are dedicated to promoting mutually beneficial interactions between themselves and the Hispanic community of northern Palm Beach County. The club is composed mostly of Spanish-speaking students, many of whom learned Spanish as a second language as part of their education at the Honors College. The organization strives to raise cultural awareness in the city of Jupiter by organizing events such as Fiesta Maya, an annual celebration of Guatemalan music, food, and dance. Such events promote the exchange of ideas, traditions, and art between the Spanish and English speaking communities of Jupiter.
           Tara Boulos, a senior at the Honors College, is concentrating in International Studies and Spanish Literature and has been an active participant in the Corn Maya organization throughout her college career. This year, she assisted in hosting Fiesta Maya, and she says that the celebration has widened her cultural understanding. “Through attending the annual Fiesta Maya, I have been able to learn and experience local Guatemalan culture and customs,” says Boulos. “I am truly expanding my knowledge of other peoples’ cultures not only in class but in real moments at the University.”
           While hosting these events is a highly rewarding undertaking, most of the club’s members say that the most valuable part of their work with Corn Maya is the club’s tutoring program. Students in the club regularly volunteer at the local El Sol Community Center, where they teach English to members of the Hispanic community. Student teachers instruct at least one night a week for two hours, and teach classes with sizes ranging from six students to more than twenty. This partnership has benefited local residents, but it has also been highly educational for the Honors College students. The tutors improve their Spanish as a result of their service learning activities, and many of them have been inspired to pursue advanced courses in Spanish. They also develop a greater appreciation for Hispanic culture and learn the value of participating in a non-profit service organization
           El Sol has also provided students involved in Corn Maya with numerous internship opportunities. Christina Turn, an Honors College student who helps organize and schedule the teaching sessions, says that her volunteer experience will contribute to her goals for the future. She says, “Teaching ESL classes with Corn Maya has given me first-hand insight into the problems facing immigrants today.” Christina is concentrating in biology and pre-medicine, and she concludes that her experiences with Corn Maya have inspired her to accomplish service goals in her field of study. “El Sol has a direct, very real impact upon people’s lives, and participating with Corn Maya in its excellent programs has strengthened my desire to someday volunteer as a physician for Spanish-speaking communities.”
            Students involved in Corn Maya say that the rigorous language program at the Honors College has helped them to master Spanish within a surprisingly short amount of time and pushed them to find opportunities to practice their language skills. Corn Maya gives undergraduate students a chance to practice their language studies in real-life situations, while they receive pride from giving back to the local community. Corn Maya club is thus a prime example of how the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College prepares students not only to achieve challenging academic goals but also to contribute in a positive way to their society.

byline: WHC Student Intern Megan Geiger

FAU Debate Team is Phenomenal
FAU Debate Team with their medals and trophies. Left to right:
Rachel Tunick, Hannah Gladyszewski, Robert Bruton, Alexa Robinson, Wesley Mathieu, Philip Olsen, David Yombalakian, and Alan Gray
Jupiter, FL (February 14, 2011) - The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University is host to a number of student-founded organizations that influence not only the students on the John D. MacArthur Campus but also students from across the university, state, and nation. The FAU Debate Team is one such organization. President Alan Gray formed the team in the fall of 2007 and since then, it has established itself as one of the top programs in Florida. The FAU Debate Team has won the Division I Small School Award at three consecutive State Championship tournaments, earned six state championship titles, and sent representatives to the Interstate Oratory Contest and the American Collegiate Moot Court Association’s for the past two National Championship tournaments.

The current academic year has continued the team’s unbroken record of success. The FAU Debate Team has competed in five tournaments from October 2010 to January 2011 resulting in numerous wins for its members and the team as a whole. From their past record, these recent wins should come as no surprise but it is also interesting to note that the debate team works hard to build on earlier successes by practicing at least twice weekly. These practices are sometimes full-length practice debates and, at other times, the team members practice their individual events and speeches.

The FAU Debate Team’s most recent tournament was the Marks Invitational hosted by the University of West Florida in Pensacola from January 28 to January 29. At the tournament, there were more than eighty students from fourteen other colleges and universities, and participants competed in twelve event categories. The FAU team demonstrated how effective this year’s practice sessions have been. President Alan Gray closed out the limited preparation events, winning Extemporaneous Speaking, Editorial Impromptu, and Impromptu Speaking. He and President-elect Philip Olsen also won Parliamentary Debate for the second straight tournament, President Gray was named the top speaker in Parliamentary Debate, and President-elect Olsen won Sixth Place in Novice Impromptu. Vice President Robert Bruton, Deputy Vice President and Team Secretary-elect David Yombalakian, Vice President-elect Alexa Robinson, Hannah Gladyszewski, Georgianne Hallam, and Rachel Tunick also attended.

Jeffrey L. Buller, dean of the Wilkes Honors College, said, “I think the single greatest reason why the FAU Debate Team has consistently been strong is the small class size that the Honors College provides. The result is that, in addition to their two practice sessions a week, the students are really practicing in every one of their courses. The intense nature of honors immersion course work, coupled with the expectation that all students defend their positions in our seminar-style courses, really develops oral communication skills, critical thinking, and creative problem solving. Those are the very skills that also make for a successful debate team.”

To learn more about the FAU Debate Team, contact President Alan Gray or visit www.faudebate.com.

byline: WHC Student Intern Megan Geiger

Wilkes Honors College Students Shine in Florida Writing Contest

Jupiter, FL (February 7, 2011) – Five students of Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College stood out among honors students throughout the state in their research and creative work this year.  Alan Gray, Tamara Howard, Nicole Murphy, Alexa Billow, and Shaina Rowell will all be recognized by the Florida Collegiate Honors Council (FCHC) as winners in this year’s competitive writing contest. Rowell and Billow received first and second prize respectively in the Junior/Senior Documented Research or Critical Thinking Division. Gray and Howard each received recognition in the Junior/Senior Documented Research or Critical Thinking Division; and Murphy was recognized in the Freshman through Senior Fiction Writing Division. 
           The five winners have been invited to attend the upcoming FCHC conference to present their work and receive their prizes. Shaina Rowell, the author of a piece entitled “Young Children's Ability to Detect Logical Inconsistency,” says that she was “surprised, but very excited” when she was informed about winning the contest. She and her fellow Honors College students are looking forward to the opportunity to share their work and interact with the honors students from around the state.
           In addition to monetary prizes, the even greater prize for these students may be the assurance that their hard work at the Honors College has received widespread recognition. Alan Gray notes how his time at the Honors College was the foundation for his success in the contest.  “My studies at the Honors College most definitely aided in the construction of this article. During my time here, I have developed the research and writing skills, as well as ability to collaborate with my peers on an academic paper, without which this paper would not have been the tremendous success that it was.”
           Gray also expressed his delight in the overall success of his fellow Honors College students and the prominence of Florida Atlantic University in the competition. He says that this exciting achievement “reflects the academic rigor and high standards of success which the Honors College promotes among its student body.”
          This year’s winners are confident that the work they put into their essays and creative works will aid them in the future. Shaina Rowell plans to continue research and intends to pursue an advanced degree in psychology. Rowell notes, “I think that this award will show graduate schools that I have been well trained in writing research papers at FAU, and presenting my research to others will be a great experience that will help my future career in research.”
          Jeffrey L. Buller, dean of the Wilkes Honors College, notes: “These awards demonstrate just how much an intense, nurturing academic environment like we’ve created at the Honors College can propel students to achieve their goals and to expect great things from themselves.”

byline: WHC Student Intern Megan Geiger

FAU Debate Team's Strong Season Close
FAU Debate Team with their medals and trophies. Left to right:
Hannah Gladyszewski, David Yombalakian, Georgianne Hallam, Alan Gray, Robert Bruton, Alexa Robinson, Rachel Tunick and Philip Olsen
            The FAU Debate Team opened the spring semester strongly at the Marks Invitational, hosted by the University of West Florida in Pensacola. President Alan Gray, Honors College '11, won Extemporaneous Speaking, Editorial Impromptu, and Impromptu Speaking events. He and President-elect Philip Olsen also won Parliamentary Debate. Alan was named the top speaker in Parliamentary Debate, and Philip won Sixth Place in Novice Impromptu. Several other Honors College students also participated.
            Gray formed the team in the fall of 2007 as a freshman at FAU’s Honors College on the Jupiter campus. Since then, FAU’s Debate Team has established itself as one of the top programs in Florida, winning the Division I Small School Award at three consecutive State Championship tournaments, earning six state championship titles, and sending representatives to the Interstate Oratory Contest – the oldest speech and debate tournament in the United States – and the American Collegiate Moot Court Association’s past two National Championship tournaments.

To learn more about the FAU Debate Team, contact President Alan Gray or visit www.faudebate.com.

10 Questions with Honors College Student Maria de Lourdes Aitken

Jupiter, FL (January 31, 2011) – Born in Madrid, Spain and a graduate of Palm Beach Gardens High School, Maria Aitken is not your average college student. She has already earned both her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Education and her Master of Science in Mathematics from Nova Southeastern University. She is an Ironman Triathlon finisher, works at The Weiss School for the Gifted in Palm Beach Gardens, and is currently working on her Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at Nova Southeastern University as well as her bachelor’s degree with a concentration in Biochemistry at the Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University. Here is a look at the already illustrious career of Maria de Lourdes Aitken.

How have your academic goals changed during your time in college?
I was discouraged from pursuing my original major by a math teacher I had early in my college career, so I decided to turn to my second love, education, and pursue a degree within that field.  I chose Elementary Education because, honestly, it had the lowest mathematics requirements.  After teaching elementary school in my internships, I chose to become a high school teacher after working as a substitute teacher when I graduated, and the only position open was for….a math teacher! So I studied for and passed the mathematics certification exam for teaching grades 9-12 math, and began to teach.  I found that I developed a love for mathematics the more I taught it and helped others understand it.  I then decided to obtain a Master’s degree in Math Education, and then I worked towards a Doctorate in Educational Leadership.  I had a scholarship from Gates Millennium Scholars Program, and I chose the concentration in Educational Leadership to open doors for me if I ever wanted to become a department chair or school administrator of some sort.

What do you feel has been the most challenging period of your academic career and how did you overcome the challenges of that period?
The most challenging part of my academic career was certainly the start of it, because the college and university system was completely foreign to my family and me.  (I am a first-generation high-school and college graduate.)  As a result, I had little support and advice from anyone close to me who had experience within it.  Close friends and mentors I met along the way were invaluable to my success in overcoming the challenges I faced, as was my husband Mark. We married early in my college career (sophomore year!), and yet he always has supported and continues to strongly support all of my academic goals.

What inspired you to pursue a second Bachelor’s degree and a Doctoral degree?
I could not deny the interest I have in the sciences, particularly in medicine, so I chose to give in to my strong desire to attend medical school.  To do so, however, I needed many prerequisite courses, and I felt that completing another degree, in science this time, would give me a better understanding of the material I needed to learn to do well on the MCAT as well as to become a competitive applicant for medical school.  The doctoral degree was a “gift” from the Gates Millennium Scholars Foundation, and I decided to continue it despite leaving my career as an educator because I have learned much about research and education in general from it; I began it because I had interests in becoming a school administrator someday.  The doctoral work has also taught me to adjust to a more rigorous work ethic, which is invaluable for the academic track I am embarking on now.

Why did you choose the Honors College as the place to pursue your Biochemistry concentration and Women’s Studies minor?
I loved the Honors College when I came here in 2001, and the small class size and individual attention you get when you are a student here are great aspects of the college.  I feel that I am not “just a number” in this school, and the professors and their teaching styles are top-notch. The time I have spent meeting other students and engaging in activities with them has been amazing for me.  I have also truly enjoyed having discussions with my professors, both in and out of the classroom; their knowledge is humbling!
I would definitely recommend the HC to other undergrads. The quality of the education, the opportunities to work with other motivated students and faculty, and the small class sizes are just the beginning!

Do you feel that your career as an educator influenced your academic career?
Absolutely!  I have a completely different perspective on the student-teacher relationship and the demands of teaching.  I have an even greater amount of respect and gratitude for my professors than when I started college, because I have been “in their shoes”, and the juggling act they accomplish is incredible.  Knowing what I expected and demanded from my students when I taught has also helped me become a more disciplined and successful student as well.

In regards to your athletics: What have sports contributed to your educational experience?
Sports have been a great source of stress relief and rejuvenation for me, I feel empowered when I accomplish something athletically and that is a great motivator.  Training for the Ironman races also helped me develop mental “toughness” and have allowed me to set an example of discipline and perseverance to my students (when I taught) and to my colleagues now.  Studying is also very demanding on the body and mind, and sports help me to feel refreshed and have the energy to take on my academic challenges. 

What do you think has been the most rewarding aspect of your educational development?
Coming to understand my potential has been a great experience.  It has been a long journey, but I have learned how to maximize my resources and time in order to be successful--I only wish I could have learned this sooner!  Now I try to help others understand how much potential is within them so they can accomplish amazing feats, and when I am able to do this, it is extremely rewarding as well.

What are your academic plans for the future?
I plan to enter medical school in fall of 2013.  My dream school, like most medical students, would be Johns Hopkins, NYU, or Harvard.  Given my circumstances of being a wife and having a house and other responsibilities, an in-state school is most likely going to be my choice unless I get an offer I cannot refuse from one of my “dream schools”.  After that, residency and fellowships will follow.  I would like to pursue a career in dermatology, emergency medicine, or sports medicine/orthopedics after graduating from medical school.
What advice would you give to students who are just beginning their college experience?
I would HIGHLY recommend completing an in-depth internship in whatever field the student is interested in.  Doing a certain job once a week is not a good indicator of what is truly required of the professional partaking in that occupation.  Summer internships are excellent options because time is not such a constraint on students as during the fall and spring.  This allows interns to get a better feel of the true demands and responsibilities of someone working in their field of interest. 
In addition-have a serious “talk” with yourself and reflect on your goals, talents, and dreams upon starting your college career.  Many people do not start to think about what they really want until junior year or graduation time...start thinking now! Try taking classes you are interested in, that are not required, to discover your interests, and get involved in many different activities on- and off-campus. Also, talk to your mentors regularly-if you do not have adult mentors, get some!  They can be invaluable guides and advisors when life gets confusing.

Last question. Do you have any advice for prospective and current Honors College students?
Pretty much to do the same things I listed above, but I also recommend that students learn about “the real world” by getting a job during school.  Working with people outside of school can teach you much about yourself and provide valuable opportunities for developing your interpersonal skills.  In addition, it helps to understand how the adult world functions before you are tossed into it after graduation; jobs help you practice interviews, time-management skills, budgeting, how to file taxes, etc.  What better time to learn than now?

byline: WHC Student Intern Megan Geiger

An Honors College Professor Studies Violence in American Life:
10 Questions with Dr. Christopher Strain

Jupiter, FL (January 25, 2011) – Dr. Christopher Strain, Associate Professor of History at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University, is the author of the new book Reload: Re-thinking Violence in American Life . In light of the tragedy in Tucson, Arizona, Dr. Strain’s study of American violence is extremely timely. We thought that the impact of these events was the best time to introduce a new format of public announcements about Wilkes Honors College news and people in which we ask various members of our community 10 key questions.  Here, then, are the observations of one of FAU’s resident experts about the shootings in Tucson and the events discussed in his book.

I understand that your new book deals with issues quite similar to what just happened in Tucson.  How would you describe the research you’ve done?
Reload is a meditation on random violence and mass shootings:  why such things happen, and how they might be stopped.  It aims to examine the American ethos of violence, i.e., how beliefs, customs, ideas, and practices reinforce and reward violence at all levels of social interaction in this society; more specifically, it looks at the relationships between masculinity, electronic media, violent entertainment, and guns.  It examines how violence is mainstreamed and normalized in American life.  Finally, it seeks ways to prevent such incidents.

What inspired you to begin researching for Reload?
I was motivated to write it after the shootings at Virginia Tech in April, 2007. 

How long did it take you to research for and write the book?
Much of the research for this book resulted from preparation for a course I regularly teach at the Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University, “Violence in the U.S.”  It took about three years to write and publish the book itself, but I’ve been teaching the course for the past decade, and the ideas have been percolating for a long time.

Have you also presented this particular set of research at a conference somewhere or another public setting?
No, not yet, but I’m setting up some readings and talks related to the book, including (hopefully) one at FAU.  I was recently contacted by a C-SPAN producer who would like to film a discussion of the book.

What other books have you written?
So far, I’ve published two other books:  Pure Fire: Self-Defense as Activism in the Civil Rights Era (Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2005) and Burning Faith: Church Arson in the American South (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2008).

Those topics are rather diverse.  What is your field of study?
I specialize in twentieth-century U.S. history with emphases in American studies and African-American history.  My research interests include civil rights and hate crime. My books share a common theme of how violence affects community and vice versa.

How specifically does your research relate to the recent shootings in Tucson?
This is a book about the school shootings and mass shootings. About that kind of random senseless violence that is pervasive in our society.  A lot of the discussion about what happened in Arizona has centered on it as a political event, as an attempted assassination of a political figure that has come about as a result of this increasingly toxic political climate in the United States.  That’s certainly one angle to the story but I think another angle is that it could have happened anywhere. I think the fact that it happened to a congressional representative was the occasion of the crime and not necessarily the cause of the crime.

What do you hope to achieve with your book?
I hope to contribute to the public dialogue about violence in our society and how to lessen its ill effects in our society.  I hope readers come away from the book with a better understanding of the interrelationship between gender, violent entertainment, and guns, as well as a better sense of the ways that violence diminishes quality of life in the United States.

How has being at the Honors College helped with your research?
My students in the violence course have led me to new ways of understanding all sorts of things related to this subject—from violent video games to mixed martial arts (MMA).  And my colleagues have been very supportive of this work.

Okay, we’ve reached our tenth question.  So, what are your final thoughts on this topic?
While random violence can affect any person at any time, it’s not really random; that is, violence directed at no one in particular is directed at all of us in general.  Until we recognize that fact, I fear that events like the one in Tucson earlier this month will continue to recur.

FAU’s Wilkes Honors College Receives Gift of $295,000
to Fund New Social Engagement Program

Jupiter, FL (January 9, 2011) – The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust has made a gift of $295,000 to fund a three-year pilot of a new program at Florida Atlantic University’s Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College in Jupiter, Florida. Called the Kenan Social Engagement Program, the new initiative will bring together best practices in community service learning, public-private partnerships, social entrepreneurship, and the use of sound business techniques to address pressing social problems. The goal is to create a series of sustainable projects to improve the quality of life in southeastern Florida.

Jeffrey L. Buller, dean of the Wilkes Honors College, described the innovative nature of the new program. “Each year five students, all with a strong commitment to solving social problems, will take a course in social entrepreneurship and work with an existing non-profit agency to learn the most effective ways of making social projects sustainable for the long term. Over the summer, each student will receive a seed grant to initiate a project, and then a faculty panel will select the most promising project to receive more extensive funding to launch it.”

Richard M. Krasno, the executive director of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, says that he hopes this initiative will serve as a model for other colleges and universities to develop their own social entrepreneurship programs. “It’s such a creative idea,” Krasno said, “that we’d love for this to be known as the Wilkes Honors College Model.”

Timothy Steigenga, professor of political science and chair of the humanities and social sciences at FAU’s Honors College noted that “this will be an outstanding opportunity to build upon the college’s existing commitment to community service; bringing student expertise and enthusiasm together with experienced practitioners to address pressing community issues.”

Dr. Steigenga along with Dr. Christopher Strain will serve as co-directors of the new program. In Dr. Strain’s view, the Kenan Social Engagement Program will not only fit the Honors College’s mission of service but also the University’s focus on “contemporary societal challenges,” which President Mary Jane Saunders identified as one of three university-wide areas of focus in her 2011 State of the University Address. “We at the Honors College are interested in creating scholar-citizens: socially engaged students who energetically and imaginatively apply what they learn in class to make the world a better place,” said Strain.

The Kenan Social Engagement Program will be the Honors College’s third Kenan-funded initiative, alongside the Flagler Scholarship Program and the Kenan Science Scholars Program. Dean Buller said, “We cherish our ongoing relationship with the Kenan Trust and are honored by their confidence in funding three major programs for us. With service to the region being a central focus of FAU, we believe that the public-private partnership of the Wilkes Honors College and the Kenan Trust will continue to play a significant role in the University’s evolving mission.” In addition, the College hopes that the new program will not only provide a unique form of educational enrichment for its students but will also address pressing social needs of the surrounding community.

byline: WHC Student Intern Tamara Howard

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