Message from the Dean

Photo of Carla Koretsky

I hope that everyone has had a wonderful summer! Over 350 freshmen who attended orientation in June and July will join the honors college this fall, together with more than 140 transfer students. I look forward to meeting you at Fall Welcome and the many other honors college events planned for the fall 2014 semester. 

Speaking of events, there will be much to do in the honors college this year! We are continuing our Lyceum Lecture series in fall with the theme, Global Citizenship. Faculty and staff from across campus will provide lectures each Wednesday at noon in the honors college lounge. Lectures (and cookies) are free to all students, faculty, staff and members of the general community. We are also looking forward to our first Scholar Scare 5K , to be held on Nov. 1. There will be prizes for the best costumes, so come out and run, or come out and volunteer! We have a terrific Mix It Up series lined up for this fall, including a variety of workshops and special events. Of particular note are two upcoming events: Leni Sinclair, a Detroit-based photographer and radical political activist, will give a presentation on Wednesday, Oct. 29. Leni Sinclair has been known for her iconic photography of rock and jazz musicians since the early 1960s and was the co-founder of the radical White Panther Party. On Thursday, Nov. 14, Anishinabe poet and novelist Gordon Henry Jr. will provide a free poetry reading accompanied by improvised music. I look forward to seeing many of you at these events and others.

Finally, I would like to bid farewell and best wishes to three of our staff: Debra Gambino, PJ Majors and Becky de Oliveira. Debra has joined the Departments of Dance and Theatre, PJ has completed his master’s degree and is currently working at Indiana University, and Becky is relocating to Boulder, Colo. with her family. Please join me in welcoming three new staff members: Ashleigh Watson (academic advisor), Fareed Shalhout (graduate assistant) and Devin Jordan (doctoral associate).

Best wishes for the new semester!

Dr. Carla Koretsky
Dean, Lee Honors College