The 27th annual J. Harry and Anna Jeanes Academic Honors Week will be held April 8-12, 2019, and is overseen by the Baylor University Honors College, under the leadership of Dean Thomas S. Hibbs.
The week’s special activities are organized as an ongoing recognition and celebration of the rigorous and exciting undergraduate experience provided by Baylor University, from the Academic Honors Convocation to the Honors Program graduates giving senior research presentations throughout the week, to the banquet for Honors Program and University Scholars Program seniors and their mentors. The Honors College, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Honors Program itself remain indebted to Harry and Anna Jeanes, whose generous endowment of this program in 1992 has made possible 27 years of memorable academic celebrations for undergraduate scholars across many disciplines. Below are detailed descriptions of the week’s events:
Many Honors Program seniors will contribute to Honors Week 2019 by presenting overviews of their thesis research—the points of interest for beginning, as well as the means and ends of completing, their investigations—in sessions held over five days. Conducted in Alexander 115, one of the classrooms in the Honors Residential College, these presentations are open to interested Baylor faculty and students. The continued success of these presentations, along with another large graduating class, reflect the Honors Program’s continuing promotion of academic engagement and mentoring through the vehicle of organized undergraduate research. These sessions may be attended by interested faculty, staff, and students.
The week’s activities also include the annual Honors Program/University Scholars Program Banquet, to be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in Barfield Drawing Room of the Bill Daniel Student Center. Baylor Master’s graduate in Piano Performance Alex Kostadinov, School of Music, will provide music as guests arrive and enjoy their dinner. In keeping with tradition, the program gives graduating seniors an opportunity to thank their mentors, briefly explain their thesis, and mention their plans for post-graduation.
The 2019 Academic Honors Convocation will conclude Academic Honors Week with a celebration of scholarship and academic community. By invitation only, this event will once again be held in the Barfield Drawing Room in the Bill Daniel Student Center at 2:00 p.m. Mr. Alex Kostadinov, 2018 Baylor Graduate with a Master’s in Piano Performance, School of Music, will provide the opening Prelude. President Linda Livingstone will welcome attendees and give the Invocation, to be followed by words of appreciation from Honors College Associate Dean Douglas Henry. Then 2011 Baylor graduate Mrs. Katie Jo Luningham, Law Clerk with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta, Georgia, will give the keynote address on “Prepared for Any Path.” Dr. Wesley Null, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, will next recognize Phi Beta Kappa inductees as a group for their accomplishments, along with the Zeta Chapter President, to be followed by individual recognition of all Outstanding Students from departments within the College of Arts and Sciences, the Honors College, the Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, and the Schools of Business, Education, Engineering/Computer Science, Music, Nursing, and Social Work, along with their respective Department Chairs/Program Directors and Deans. The program will conclude with the presentation of the Cornelia Marschall Smith Outstanding Professor of the Year Award by Dr. James Bennighof, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Policy, an award given annually to a Baylor faculty member who makes an exceptional contribution to the learning environment at Baylor through teaching, research, and service. Following the Convocation, the Outstanding Students will have an opportunity to have their photo taken with their respective Deans and Department Chairs/Program Directors, and then to participate in a Reception in honor of their accomplishments in the Foyer outside Barfield.