Welcome to the SAS Honors Program!
The Busy Summer of 2017!
Isn’t summer supposed to be slow and lazy? Not in the SAS Honors Program!
Summer 2017 has been a busy one for the Honors Program deans and for our students. Almost as soon as we had finished celebrating the many accomplishments of our class of 2017 Honors Scholars at our Senior Gathering on May 3, Professor Richard Simmons and the students in his Honors Seminar, “China’s Capitals Across Time and Their Linguistic and Cultural Impacts,” departed for our first-ever Honors trip to China. A few weeks later, Dean Julio Nazario and Professor Sarolta Takacs led fifteen Honors students on a trip to explore the Roman, Christian, Muslim, and Jewish historical sites in Spain.
In late June we welcomed nearly one hundred members of the Class of 2021 to campus for our Peer Mentoring Kick-off event at the Werblin Center. The incoming Honors students spent the morning with their peer mentors stomping balloons, playing games, and sharing stories over lunch. We hope that many friendships were born on that day!
At the Peer Mentoring Kick-off we also welcomed Emily Wolfrum, the newest member of the SAS Honors Program staff. Ms. Wolfrum will work closely with Dean Jenny Kim-Lee on the Peer Mentoring program and other Honors Program initiatives. She looks forward to getting to know you.
This month our Sakai Summer Reading blog started to hum as students finished reading Yaa Gyasi’s riveting saga, Homegoing, and began to share their insights with fellow students. Our newest members of the Honors Program will enjoy meeting Yaa Gyasi at our Summer Reading Program and Induction ceremony on Friday, September 1. Dean Karen Dentler, who leads our Summer Reading Program, and the hardworking student members of the Summer Reading committee, have once again picked a winner!
Throughout the summer, our students have explored careers through our Honors Summer Shadow Program. As just two examples among many, rising junior Jennifer Schneider shadowed Mike Alter (SAS 2012), in his job as Distributed Energy Resources Associate at ICF International, a global consulting firm in New York City, and rising senior Ankita Veta shadowed Dr. Scott Schaffer (Rutgers College 2003) at his practice as a child psychiatrist at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Be sure to check out other shadowing opportunities on our website, at the link “Honors Summer Shadow Experience.”
Muffin Lord, Administrative Director of the SAS Honors Program, has embarked on her own adventure this summer: on July 1, 2017 she retired. Honors students, faculty, and staff will surely miss Dean Lord’s wisdom and good cheer. She was the heart and soul of Honors education at Rutgers since she joined the Rutgers College Honors Program in 1988 and we can’t thank her enough for her devotion to the SAS Honors Program and to our students. We wish her well!
We look forward to hearing about your summer adventures when you return to campus in the fall. For now, very best wishes for the remainder of the Summer of 2017!
Jennifer M. Jones
Dean, SAS Honors Program