LETTER FROM THE DEAN: THE HONORS COLLEGE USHERS IN THE NEW ACADEMIC YEAR

Sept. 21, 2021

 

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Honors College Dean, Dr. Terry Hunt

We are so excited to be back on campus this fall with in-person classes at the University of Arizona Honors College. Our academic vision for the Honors College involves creating more opportunities for our students to engage in experiential and interdisciplinary learning. Through innovative research and creative programming, we can support the skills students need to become leaders. 

This fall newsletter features a lot of the exciting virtual and in-person events we have coming up. I also hope you enjoy our Alumni Spotlight featuring the important work of Honors alumna Shelly Lowe. She is the executive director of the Harvard University Native American Program, overseeing programs and services that help Native American students while also promoting Native American culture on campus. It is vital to our diversity and inclusion efforts to create meaningful partnerships with alumni like Shelly as we establish resources for our own Native American and other underrepresented students in the Honors College.

On October 9th at 10:00 am, we look forward to the Honors College Family Weekend Celebration in the beautiful Honors Village. President Robert C. Robbins will join me and the rest of the Honors College as we welcome students and families to reconnect, enjoy food and live music, and hear some big announcements about the future of the Honors College. We welcome alumni and friends to celebrate with us virtually. Join the livestream celebration by heading to our Facebook page

I hope that you have had the opportunity to attend some of the virtual programming we have launched over the last year such as the Honors College Big Ideas, Grand Challenges Series, and the Honors Now: LIVE Salon Speakers Series. These offerings were developed to inform, engage, and keep our Honors community connected. We will continue to offer these two series virtually for this academic year. I invite you to join us for these timely and intellectually engaging events.

We are gearing up for Homecoming 2021 – Together Again (Oct. 31-Nov 6). The Honors College will be offering a special in-person Dean’s Breakfast and tours of the Honors Village for alumni and friends, and I look forward to this long-awaited opportunity to spend time with you and the rest of our Honors family. 

As we begin this busy year that includes in-person learning and events, we remain committed to keeping our students, faculty, and staff safe. I want you to know that you are also a focus of our planning and priorities. As we monitor public health conditions, the safety and well-being of our community is one of our top priorities. President Robbins and his team continue to lead the way and have strategies in place to ensure that we can remain open to serve students. You may refer to the University’s COVID-19 website for the most up-to-date information. 

Thank you to the alumni and friends who helped the Honors College rise to the many challenges we faced this last year and half. Your generosity helped to provide us with the resources needed to adapt to new circumstances and provided support for our students when they needed us most. I appreciate all you do to support the Honors College in putting our students first.  

Warm regards,
Dean Terry Hunt