Fall 2008 Honors Freshman Colloquium
On Sunday August 17, 2008 the Honors Program and the Honors Student Association hosted the Fourth Fall Honors Freshman Colloquium sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs. The Colloquium took place in the University Center and featured Sonia Nazario’s Pulitzer Prize winning book Enrique’s Journey. A record number of incoming Honors freshmen – seventy-six - showed up for the event. Dr. Ofélia Nikolova, Director of the Honors Program welcomed the new students. The Dean of Arts & Sciences, Dr. Connie Richards introduced Dr. Susan Wehling, Associate Professor of Spanish from the Department of Modern and Classical Languages as the keynote speaker for the event. Dr. Wehling delivered a stirring address entitled “Immigration and Us”. On behalf of HSA, Jay Prosser, its new President, gave away some enticing door prizes. Small break out sessions were then formed where the students, along with two faculty leaders, discussed their thoughts on Enrique’s Journey. In addition to Dr. Richards, Dr. Wehling, and Dr. Nikolova, the following faculty volunteered their time as discussion leaders, Dr. Dennis Bogyo, Professor of Biology Emeritus, Dr. Byron Brown, Professor of English, Dr. Michael Davey, Associate Professor of English, Dr. Brian Ring, Associate Professor of Biology. Afterwards, the students were invited to come to a reception at the Honors house for further discussion and mingling.