A Message from Dean Dave Jones
Years ago, a friend and colleague of mine used to say, whenever our department was bogged down in debate about this or that policy or procedure, “Let’s focus on what is good for the students.” His reminder usually led to clarification and satisfactory resolution of the issue at hand.
This issue of The Honor Roll contains several perhaps seemingly disparate stories, but they have a common link: they’re about our students. You will read about our most impressive entering Honors class ever — and also our most challenging, given its size. We had our largest STAR contingent ever, and introduced several new features for the STAR poster day. The highly competitive grant obtained by The Smart Set and The Daily News from the National Endowment for the Arts and Knight Foundation has already resulted in students publishing arts reviews in a major daily newspaper. Our new Custom-Designed Major is now mentoring its first freshman class of self-directed but intensively advised students. Even our interdisciplinary academic conference "Jack the Ripper: Through a Wider Lens," which drew scholars from several countries, had a strong student link: a fully enrolled fall-term Honors Colloquium on the subject. And we are especially proud of the achievements of our Fellowships Office, which has engendered confidence among our more ambitious students that they can compete with students from any university for prestigious scholarships and fellowships.