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University Honors Program

Honors Council

Serving and guiding the Honors Program

The purpose of the University Honors Council is to serve you, the Honors student, by helping to maintain a superb Honors Program. Council members include:

  • One professor from each college:
    • Arts & Sciences
    • College of Business
    • College of Education & Human Sciences
    • College of Nursing & Health Sciences
  • The director of the Honors Program
  • The Honors faculty fellow
  • At least three Honors students two from the Honors student organization and one from the Honors Living Learning Community (Please note: we are interested in expanding our student membership soon!)

Council responsibilities:

  • Receive regular reports from Director on program status
  • Serve as liaison between University Honors Program and colleges, departments, faculty, and students
  • Review new and existing Honors components and requirements and make reports and recommendations
  • Approve Honors colloquia, Honors designations for elective courses, and departmental Honors programs from across campus
  • Admit students to the University Honors Program
  • Assist in preparation of periodic reviews of the University Honors Program

Honors Awards Students

Council members

If you see these folks in the Honors Commons, elsewhere on campus, or in Eau Claire, please give them a shout-out of "thanks" for working to guide the University Honors Program!

  • Dr. Erik Hendrickson, Department of Physics (College of Arts & Sciences representative)
  • Dr. Vicki Samelson, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (College of Education and Human Sciences representative)
  • Emily Elsner Twesme, M.A.; Department of Business Communications (College of Business representative)
  • Dr. Rita Sperstad, Department of Nursing (College of Nursing &Health Sciences representative)
  • Mariah Sands, Secretary, Honors Helping Honors student organization representative
  • Sarah Ericson, Honors Living Learning Community representative
  • Dr. Ruth Cronje, Department of English and Faculty Fellow, University Honors Program
  • Dr. Jeff Vahlbusch, Department of Languages and Director, University Honors Program

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