Saturday, April 05, 2008
Academic excellence and collegiate honors education will be illuminated with the inaugural observation of an Honors Week Celebration at South Carolina State University during the week of March 30 – April 5, 2008.
Sponsored by the University’s Honors Program Office, the Honors Week Celebration will commence on Sunday, March 30 – Saturday, April 5 with programs, events and activities designed to put a spotlight on the facets of collegiate honors education and academic excellence among academically gifted and talented undergraduate students at the University.
The Honors Program at South Carolina State University was initiated in the fall of 1988. Its mission statement posits that the Honors Program is designed to provide outstanding and creative students with opportunities for intellectual growth and achievement of the highest distinction. Housed within the Division of Academic Affairs, it is designed to provide the best possible education for the exceptional student.
“We are proud to celebrate and recognize the accomplishments of our student scholars for their exceptional achievements in academia. The Honors Week Celebration is one of the many ways SC State supports and enhances outstanding scholastic performance,” said Dr. Leonard McIntyre, President of South Carolina State University.
Currently, the SC State Honors Program has more than 150 student scholars (most of whom are on full or partial academic, merit-based scholarships) who hail from across the United States and from locations as far away as the Caribbean, Latin America, Africa, Asia, and the Czech Republic.
“This inaugural Honors Week Celebration in 2008 is just the beginning of a renaissance period for collegiate honors education at South Carolina State—we do anticipate within the next couple of years the development and implementation of an honors college, supported by new academic programmatic thrusts that will complement the university’s mission statement and strategic plan,” said Dr. Harriet A. Roland, Director of Honors, International and National Student Exchange Programs.
The Honors Program admits students at various stages of their college education, including incoming freshmen, transfer students and on-campus students. Track A Scholars are admitted on the basis of outstanding high school or college academic achievements and aptitude indicated by one or more of the following criteria: grade point average, SAT score, National Merit Semi-Finalist selection, or a score of 4 or above on tests of the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. Track B Scholars may apply for admission to the Honors Program after the first semester of their freshman year provided they have taken at least 12 course hours and maintain a cumulative minimum grade point average of 3.50.
Special honors sections of courses in the general education curriculum and other enrichment opportunities are some of the benefits of students who are members of the Honors Program—including annual national honors and leadership development conferences, cultural enrichment, character development, service learning, graduate school preparation, academic mentoring, and an honors residential living and learning community on campus.
“I’m excited about the upcoming events! It’s a great opportunity to show all of SC State University that ‘honors’ and ‘fun’ can be in the same sentence. It will be a week of excellence at best,” commented LouAnne R. Wilkes, a sophomore political science major from Trinidad and Tobago. Wilkes is also an Honors Program member and the recipient of a full Presidential Scholarship.
For more information, please contact the SC State Honors Program Office at (803) 533-3710.