SC State’s Honors Program takes TOP HONORS

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Honors Program StudentsSC State Honors Program Scholars recently attended the National Association of African American Honors Program in Nashville, TN, and took “TOP HONORS” in various categories.

Honors Program scholar, Jared Lalmansingh, a sophomore, physics major was elected the 2nd National Vice President; Chantel Knowling, a junior, political science/ pre-law major was elected as Miss NAAAHP 2008-2000; the Honors Program delegation won 1st Place in the National Academic Competition Quiz Bowl, and the Honors Program ‘Debate Team’ won 2nd Place in the National Championship.

In addition to SC State, the other colleges and university’s that were represented and this year’s conference include:

Benedict College, Columbia, SC
Elizabeth City State University, Elizabeth City, NC
Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, FL
Florida Memorial College, Miami Gardens, FL
Bowie State University, Bowie, MD
Hampton University, Hampton, VA
SC State University, Orangeburg, SC
North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC
Mississippi Valley State College, Itta Benna, Miss
Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN
Claflin University, Orangeburg, SC
Fisk University, Nashville, TN

In May 1990, an assembly of Honors Program directors from approximately 20 Historically and Predominantly Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs and PBCUs) met at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga. to discuss plans for a national organization of Honors Programs proposed to address the specific needs of honors education for African-American students. The group of directors agreed to establish an alliance that they called the National Association of African-American Honors Programs (NAAAHP).

The NAAAHP was developed out of the following purpose and objectives:
• To develop, enhance and support honors programs in all HBCUs/PBCUs;
• To stimulate and encourage community service and leadership;
• To advocate the funding of honors programs by federal and state agencies as well as by private philanthropic foundations and organizations;
• To facilitate the enrollment of African American students into graduate/professional schools;
• To promote a curriculum that fosters a lifelong disciplined approach to knowledge and scholarship through inquiry and exploration;
• To cultivate a knowledge and appreciation of African American culture as a mirror for understanding other great world cultures.

“These student scholars possess an amazing ability to cultivate their individual and collective talents and gifts to showcase their intellectual acumen, leadership, teamwork and social networking skills,” said Dr. Harriet A. Roland, honors program director. “They have performed in an exemplary manner that should make our university family very proud to own these calibers of students,” she continued.