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Clemson Honors Fall 2013 Newsletter

Clemson Honors Fall 2013 Newsletter

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Fall 2012
Congratulations 2013 Honors Graduates
The Calhoun Honors College graduated 244students at the spring and summer commencements.Departmental Honors was awarded to 110 gradu-ates who completed faculty mentored research. Theaverage GPR of graduates was 3.81, and 33 earned aperfect 4.0 GPR.Three Honors graduates received Clemson’s topawards at the spring commencement.
Liz Johnson
, a financial management major fromGalena, Ohio, received the Norris Medal, awardedto the best all-around graduating senior. This isthe tenth consecutive year that the Norris has beenawarded to an Honors students. 
Douglas Morte
, a biochemistry major from Sum-ter, S.C., and
Kelsey Derrick 
, a genetics major fromGreenville, S.C., received the Algernon Sydney Sul-livan Awards, which recognize leadership and service.
From the Director’s Desk
We’re excited to share with you our Fall2013 newsletter. Over the past few months, we graduated a marvelous class of seniors, welcomed the best freshman class in our his-tory, and watched in awe as our students wonprestigious national and international awards,traveled to distant lands, published their re-search in top journals, and enriched the intel-lectual life of the university. We are very proudof our students and alumni, and grateful forthe extraordinary work of the Honors faculty and staff.Our students’ success depends on a numberof key partnerships across the University com-munity. Here are just a few:
• Faculty
Every day, proessors rom every Col-lege share their time, talent, and expertise withHonors students. They teach Honors courses,mentor our students individually and in groups,lead Creative Inquiry groups, and serve onHonors College committees. We welcome newaculty every year, and benet rom their energyand their ideas.
Key University Programs and Ofcers
Wework with the College Deans, Associate Deans,and Department Chairs to oer a wide array oHonors classes and to launch new programs.We collaborate with Clemson Housing toprovide a wonderul living-learning communityin Holmes Hall. And we are growing a key part-nership with the Oce o Global Engagementto enhance Honors students’ knowledge o andexposure to global issues.
Alumni and Parents
Our success dependson our alumni and parents or contributionso time and money and or spreading the wordabout our reputation or academic excellence.We were delighted to see so many o you atFamily Weekend in September, and we lookorward to many more opportunities to connectand re-connect.
 We thank everyone who works together with us to provide the unique educational ex-perience that is the Calhoun Honors College,and we hope you enjoy reading about what wehave accomplished together.
 Bill Lasser, Ph.D.
Executive DirectorCalhoun Honors College
Fall 2013
Summer Stories
Honors students traveled the world tovolunteer, work, and conduct research insummer 2013.
Read about more on page 2.
Medha Vyavahare volunteeredat an orphanage in IndiaJansen Nash, Davis Reed, and Micah Vasko worked inMorocco to set up a medical clinic and distribute oodJocelyn Tischworked atclinics inPanamaand CostaRica
Paul Welsh interned asa process engineer withRaytheon Missile Systemsin Tucson
Summer Stories
Honors students challenge themselves even after springexams end. Students intern, volunteer, and teach aroundthe globe each summer. In 2013 the Honors Collegeawarded more than $130,000 in Educational EnrichmentTravel Grants to students participating in off campus experi-
Paige Pribonic interned withthe State Department at theU.S. Embassy in Madrid
ences. In addition to the experiences below, Honors stu-dents worked and volnteered in Morocco, Costa Rica, Peru,Greece, China, Nicaragua, the Amazon, Romania, Brussels,Liberia, Scotland, Wales, Singapore, Uganda, Japan, Thai-land, and Tajikistan.
Zeyu Zhang volunteered in Tanzania withGIVE
(Growth International Volunteer Ex-cursion)
to help build a school and tutorCaleb Cohen unloads roo panelswhile working in the Republico Congo on the electrical andcomputer systems o a hospitalLisa Watkins interned withthe Environmental ProtectionAgency in DenverJohn Jecoatinterned at anews stationin VenezuelaBrittany Avin conductedbiochemistry research atEmory UniversityTurner Cottermancompleted a publicpolicy internship inWashington, D.C.
Dr. Michael LeMahieu was recog-nized at the fnal aculty meeting o2013 with the Douglas W. BradburyAward, given to a aculty member whohas made outstanding contributionsto the Calhoun Honors College. Dr.LeMahieu’s involvement with Honorsdates to his earliest days at Clemson,teaching numerous Honors seminars,serving on the Honors admissionscommittee, and the DuckenfeldScholar selection committee. Follow-ing are excerpts rom his nominationletters:
From a student nominator
“His passionfor his work is visible in the enthusiasmhe always displays, even at 8 a.m. It ispositively contagious and motivates menot only to perform my best for my aca-demic record but also to work diligently so I don’t disappoint him.”
From a aculty nomination
“He respectsstudents’ ideas and perceptions, placingthem deftly within a wider intellectualand historical context but never himself acts too much the authority -- eventhough his authority hovers over theproceeds. … I have never met anyoneother than Dr. LeMahieu who com-mands such a high degree the skills,energy, and intelligence necessary forsuccess in teaching, scholarship, andadministration.”
2013 Bradbury  Award Winner 
Honors hosted nearly 300 amily membersand guests during a September 6 reception inHolmes Hall during Clemson’s Family Week-end. Families met with Honors sta, learnedabout student opportunities and enjoyed theamenities o the living-learning community inHolmes.
Family WeekendDixon GPS
in Europe 
GPS students visitBrandenburg Gate
The 2013 Dixon Global Policy Scholarsparticipated in a Maymester to Berlin,Germany and Strasbourg, France. Stu-dents met with policy-makers, diplomats,and journalists with connections to theEuropean Union. In addition, scholars im-mersed themselves in European culturewhile touring sites such as the HolocaustMemorial, the Reichstag, and the Stras-bourg Cathedral to name a ew.
The ollowing are excerpts rom students’blogs written during the study abroad:
Taylor Shields
wrote“The EU parlia-ment was incredible. When rst exploringEurope, I was ascinated by all o thebeautiul, old architecture. Seeing allthe history here really helps you to havean appreciation o what our generationis doing to make our mark in the humantimeline.
Kara Jolly
wrote “All o the people that I met andall o the places that I saw on this trip helped broad-en my understanding and perspective o how theworld works, especially within the European Union.”
Honors director William Lasser with NorrisMedalist Liz Johnson and Bradbury recipientMichael LeMahieu
The 2013 Dixon Global Policy Scholarsparticipated in a Maymester to Berlin,Germany, and Strasbourg, France.Students met with policy-makers, diplo-mats, and journalists with connectionsto the European Union. In addition,scholars immersed themselves in Euro-pean culture while touring sites such asthe Holocaust Memorial, the Reichstag,and the Strasbourg Cathedral to namea few.Following are excerpts from studentblogs published during this study abroad experience:
Taylor Shields
: “The EU parliament wasincredible. When rst exploring Europe, I wasascinated by all o the beautiul architec-ture. Seeing all the history here really helpsyou to have an appreciation o what ourgeneration is doing to make our mark in thehuman timeline.
Kara Jolly
: “All o the people I met and all o the placesI saw on this trip helped broaden my understanding andperspective o how the world works, especially within theEuropean Union.”

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