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Honors Program celebrates 50th anniversary at Homecoming

The LU Honors Program will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a Homecoming reunion October 19 from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. in the University Reception Center on the eighth floor of the Mary and John Gray Library. Lamar president, Kenneth Evans will speak at a reception that is open to all current and former Honors Program students.

The Honors Program was inaugurated in the fall of 1963 and is the oldest honors program in the Texas State University System. Since its inception, the program has grown from 20 students to more than 300 students. The entering LU freshman class for the current academic year included 140 Honors Program students, marking a record-high for the program. The Honors Program is closely connected to the Honors Student Association (HSA) which was established in 2000 as a way for Honors Program students to organize events and become more active on campus and in the community.

“Honors students are committed to doing more, both inside and outside the classroom,” said Kevin Dodson, director of the Honors Program. “In addition to rigorous coursework, honors students are engaged in community service, research and various projects around the world.”

The first student to receive the designation of Honors Program Graduate did so in 1997. Since then, the program has averaged 30 Honors Program graduates per year. This designation, however, comes only with a strong commitment and dedication to the difficult and advanced coursework.

To graduate with honors, a student must maintain a grade-point average of 3.25 or higher and accumulate at least 70 honors points which are awarded for participation in Honors Program activities and volunteer work. They must also complete 26 honors credit hours with eight from upper-level courses or 23 honors credit hours with six from an honors thesis.  Honors students are expected to take at least one honors topics course or two honors seminars.

Honors students frequently work with and volunteer for LifeShare Blood Centers blood drives, the Triangle AIDS Network and Be The Match, the national bone marrow registry. The Honors Program and the HSA also participate and volunteer in the Adopt-a-Beach Program, Girls Haven Gumbo Festival, Setzer Student Center Food Drive, Southeast Texas Food Bank Family Box Day and Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.

“I think I have the best job at Lamar. Every morning when I go to work, I know that I am going to work with some of the best and brightest students at Lamar,” Dodson said.

For more information on the Honors Program, visit the Honors Program online at http://dept.lamar.edu/honors/apply.htm or call (409) 880-2294.