The Randolph-Macon College annual Honors Banquet was held April 13, 2017 in Birdsong Hall. The event celebrated the Honors program and the exceptional students it serves. Thirty-five students and faculty members attended the event.
Since its inception in 1982, the Honors program has provided outstanding students with a unique mix of academic and social opportunities. Spanish Professor Mark Malin, who directs the program, says the banquet is an opportunity to not only celebrate the graduating seniors who had finished the requirements to graduate with honors, but to also acknowledge program highlights and the accomplishments of all honors students.
"This year, for instance, marks the first year of the implementation of the new Honors program that was approved by the faculty in 2015, and its first freshman cohort of 45 students," explains Malin. "We also renewed a tradition of bringing students to national, regional or local honors conferences." This year, Malin and four students traveled to the Southern Regional Honors Conference in Asheville, North Carolina during the last weekend of spring break. Two students, Jessica Hill '18 and Ashley Easterling '19, made presentations about their Schapiro Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) projects at the conference.
After senior honors students were recognized for having finished the program, Communication Studies Professor Sara Trask was presented with this year's Art Conway Enthusiasm for Teaching and Learning Award.
As the recipient of last year's Art Conway Award, Philosophy Professor Benjamin Huff made a presentation about his educational journey, including how his childhood experiences, and living overseas, have shaped his academic interests. His research now focuses on the relationship between ethics and happiness in ancient Greek and Chinese philosophy.
The Honors Program at R-MC
The Honors program at Randolph-Macon College was created to enhance the academic and community experience of R-MC's most outstanding students. Innovative, interdisciplinary classes offer Honors students the chance to explore compelling topics not found in the standard curriculum. Working closely with faculty and with other Honors students, these courses involve unique projects and co-curricular activities, offering students the chance to explore their topic outside of the classroom.
The Honors program forges closely knit learning communities and enduring friendships among students, offering living/learning spaces, co-curricular events and activities, and extracurricular social events.