Jamie Langbein '17
3/24/14Randolph-Macon College Honors student Jamie Langbein ’17 has been accepted into the Grand Canyon Honors Semester (GCS) 2014 fall program.
The Grand Canyon Semester, sponsored by the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) and Northern Arizona University, will help participants understand the environmental and social challenges of the 21st century through a precious resource—water. Using an interdisciplinary approach, students will experience water’s economic, political, artistic, ecological, social, and spiritual forces. Semesters are offered regularly to invite Honors students nationally into a learning experience away from their own campuses. Langbein, from Brookville, Maryland, was thrilled to receive an acceptance letter from GCS.
The GCS Program“I will take a total of 16 credits —classes in anthropology, environmental studies, political science, and humanities, and an honors independent research project,” says Langbein. “I’ll take seminars and core classes twice a week, and once a week will be a designated ‘work day’ during which I can do homework. The rest of the week will be field days or workshops. I look forward this exciting opportunity.”
Students will also take several trips through the Grand Canyon and surrounding areas and a 10-day rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Langbein applied to the program after hearing about it from R-MC Professor Jack Trammell.
“After reading about the program—and because of Professor Trammell’s encouragement—I knew it would be something I’d love,” says Langbein, a self-described outdoors person. “When I was in high school, I volunteered at a horse farm that rescued abused horses and nursed them back to health, and it was the most fun and fulfilling job I’ve ever had. I love hands-on education, and I’m excited to spend a semester doing something that will be unlike anything I’ve done before. I’ve always wanted to go to the Grand Canyon, and this is an opportunity too good to pass up.” Langbein, who plans to major in environmental studies, hopes for a career as an animal defense lawyer or a wildlife biologist. She is a scholarship recipient and a member of the lacrosse team and the Leadership Fellows Program.
The R-MC Honors ProgramThe R-MC Honors Program, founded in 1982, offers students dynamic courses, challenging research opportunities, and a caring community.
“It is designed to bring out the best in our top students,” says Trammell, who directs the Honors Program. “I can’t think of someone more suited to this experience than Jamie. The icing on the cake is that she will come back to R-MC and integrate that experience with the community of learners here. We will all benefit from it.” Philosophy Professor Benjamin Huff serves as assistant director of the Honors Program.
The Student Honors AssociationThe Student Honors Association (SHA) is an essential part of the Honors Program. The SHA officers plan activities related to intellectual and social growth and help establish a sense of unity and support. This year’s officers are: Alex Zizzi ’14 (president), Victoria Zimbro ’15 (vice president), Lucas Matuszewski ’15 (secretary), Marianna Wills ’14 (senior rep), Sarah Fetzer ’14 (senior rep), Jazmine Battle ’15 (junior rep), Heather Ramey ’15 (junior rep), Derek Dittmar ’16 (sophomore rep), and Cody Huber ’16 (sophomore rep).
Admission to the Honors ProgramInvitations to the Honors program are sent to entering freshmen who have a combined SAT score of at least 1250 and who are graduating in the top 10% of their high school class. Current Randolph-Macon students who have at least a 3.25 GPA are also eligible to participate in the program.Honors students can enroll in Honors courses, participate in other Honors Program activities (such as presenting research at conferences), and progress toward completing graduation recognition from the program, which requires them to take four courses successfully and complete two departmental Honors credits.
Honors HousingCurrently there are 50 students living in Honors housing, which includes the Honors House and wings of Andrews Hall and Conrad Hall. Honors students form a natural peer group who enjoy learning and are committed to excellence.
Yellow Jacket Community“The best thing about Randolph-Macon College is the community,” says Langbein. “You just feel welcome here and proud to be a part of it all.” Her advice to new Yellow Jackets? “Just be yourself!”