Honors Week To Feature Student Presentations, Convocation

April 11, 2001

Baylor University will salute the academic accomplishments of some of the brightest students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the faculty who serve as their mentors during the ninth annual Harry and Anna Jeanes Honors Week, April 17-20.

Activities planned include students' presentations of their honors theses, the honors week convocation, a banquet for senior honors students and their mentors and a dessert party for all Baylor faculty and honors students.

"When we began planning this week nine years ago, we thought it was fitting to set aside a time to focus on the academic mission of the university," said Dr. Wallace Daniel, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. "Honors week reminds us of the accomplishments of scholars on this campus and challenges each of us -- students, professors, administrators, and regents -- to continue and to support the life of the academy."

At 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in Armstrong Browning Library, Dr. Olin Robison, president and chief executive officer of the Salzburg Seminar, will deliver the convocation address, which will reflect on his years as an undergraduate at Baylor and a graduate student at Oxford University as they relate to his years of work in government and higher education.

Robison served for 15 years as president of Middlebury College and continues to act as President Emeritus. Before assuming the presidency at Middlebury, he held academic and administrative posts at Bowdoin College and Wesleyan University. Robison became President and CEO of the Salzburg Seminar, a leading forum for promoting global dialogue on issues of pressing international concern, in 1991.

An acknowledged expert on U.S.-Soviet relations, Dr. Robison also served at the State Department as special assistant to deputy undersecretaries U. Alexis Johnson, Foy D. Kohler and Charles Bohlen. He also has served on or chaired numerous commissions and task forces, including the United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy.

Kicking off the honors week events will be students' theses presentations from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, in the White-Beckham Room at the Bill Daniel Student Center and Thursday, April 19, in Blume Conference Center in the Cashion Academic Building.

The preparation of a thesis or equivalent project that presents the results of original research and is conducted under the direction of a faculty mentor is the capstone of the honors program. While all honors students must prepare a thesis, a select few are chosen to present their work during honors week.

Additional activities include the honors banquet, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Harrington House, and a dessert party scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 20, in the Houston Room at the Bill Daniel Student Center.

Students' presentations and the honors week convocation are free and open to the public, but seating is limited for the convocation.

For more information about Honors Week, contact the Honors Program at 710-1119.

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