Welcome to the spring 2019 semester!
I hope that your spring 2019 semester is off to a great start with a stimulating mix of interesting courses and engaging activities at Rutgers.
The semester has barely begun and the SAS Honors Program is already a whirl of energy. Our Peer Mentors are preparing Peer Mentor Week. Our newest advising dean, Amanda D. Ackerman is putting the finishing touches on the spring One-on-One Tutoring Program. The Student Advisory Board is preparing our 4th annual formal dinner dance at the Hyatt in downtown New Brunswick on Saturday, February 2. (It will be magical!) Students and staff throughout the SASHP are also actively supporting our community as they collect canned goods to restock the Rutgers Student Food Pantry. And professors teaching Honors Seminars are making plans for trips to France and Poland with their students.
As always at this time of year, the whole Honors Program eagerly awaits our new class of Honors students who will join the SASHP in September 2019. Starting in mid-February we will send Honors invitations to incoming first-year students, followed in June by invitations to academically talented rising sophomores. Recruiting our new class of Honors students is a big group effort, led by our Honors Ambassadors, the stars of our Scholars Day recruiting events in March and April. Sending out special thanks to our senior ambassadors.
In other news, we look forward to exploring the life and legacy of Paul Robeson in Honors Colloquium this semester while debating challenging topics and questions about the goals and ideals of the university. And we eagerly await our signature lecture of the year, the Heffner Open Mind Lecture, on Wednesday, April 3. We are honored that Alberto Ibargüen, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and president and CEO of the Knight Foundation, will deliver this year’s lecture.
While the fall semester often feels long and lingering, the spring semester seems to race towards graduation. I wish our graduating seniors the very best as they complete their Honors theses and capstone projects, await news about jobs, graduate school, honors and awards, and enjoy their last semester “on the banks.” We look forward to celebrating the many accomplishments of our graduating seniors at our Senior Gathering on May 7th.
I invite you to browse our website and read our weekly newsletter to learn more about all the opportunities that our Honors community provides our students. I also hope that you’ll stop by my drop-in office hours, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays throughout the spring semester at 35 College Ave. I look forward to meeting you and discussing your plans for Rutgers and beyond.
Best wishes for a wonderful spring semester!
Jennifer M. Jones
Dean, SAS Honors Program
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