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by Melinda Frederick, Coordinator, Honors Program and Honors Academy

This has been a great year for the Honors Program and Honors Academy! Enrollment in the Honors Program has surpassed all previous records in its 20 year history, with over 375 students currently enrolled in the program. Eight-four percent, or 21 of the 25 honors courses offered for the spring semester, met minimum enrollment.  In addition to the 21 honors classes this semester, 24 individual honors students are engaged in honors contracts, working with selected faculty on independent research projects.  Visibility in the Honors Program has increased, especially among new and incoming students, thanks to the efforts of Nelson Kofie, assistant honors coordinator for Marketing and Recruitment.

An increase in enrollment has allowed us to expand the honors curriculum.  This semester, we offered two online honors courses in Psychology 101H and Anthropology 103H and an interdisciplinary Honors Colloquium in "Globalization, the World Economy and the Environment" taught by Professors Mimi Bres (Biology) and Ron Deaton (Political Science).  Fall semester, we will offer CIS101H online and Criminal Justice 151H for the first time, in addition to an Honors Colloquium on "Communication and Conflict in Various Contexts" taught by Donnetrice Allison (Speech).

On April 30, 2002, we  featured our fall 2002 semester course offerings at the "Meet the Honors Faculty" forum, where students learned about and applied for the Honors Program.  The new booklets for fall 2002 Honors course offerings were available. 

Under the coordination of Esther Hanson, assistant honors coordinator for Activities, students in the Honors Society and Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) have had a busy semester.  In early February, members of the Honors Academy and Honors Society and PTK officers participated in an all-day Leadership Development seminar.  The College Bowl participated in a tournament at Berry College in Atlanta in March.  In April, Phi Theta Kappa members participated in a "Christmas in April" community service project.  The revitalized Model United Nations Club, assisted by faculty advisor, Dean Kostanteros, held a public forum entitled "Peace, Diplomacy and War" on April 16, 2002, featuring guest speaker, 

Dr. James Lindsay, from The Brookings Institute. On April 23, 2002, the Honors Society featured a panel discussion on "Health Care Issues for Indigent Populations" coordinated by Honors Academy member, Graciela Rodriguez. Honors American Government students took field trips to Congressman Steny Hoyer's office on Capitol Hill; students in the Honors Colloquium on Globalization visited the World Bank.  In addition, students in the Honors Society hold leadership positions in many other student organizations, including the Owl newspaper, the Nursing Club, Kaleidoscope, and the Student Governance Board.  Some members of the Honors Academy and PTK also work as student mentors for ALANA and as tutors for Student Support Services and Disability Support Services.

The Honors Academy continues to expand its membership. The Academy admitted seven new members in the fall 2001 and spring 2002 semesters for a total of ten students altogether.  The Academy members admitted this spring were Jacqueline Abadir (International Relations), Jennifer Davis (Psychology), Miriam Khan (pre-med), and Stephane Robinson (Criminal Justice).  Five of the members will be graduating in the spring and summer 2002 and transferring on to four-year colleges and universities.  The Honors Academy is actively recruiting new and continuing students into the program. Please encourage your academically talented students to apply to the Honors Academy.

The eligibility requirements for consideration are:

  • 3.5 cumulative GPA based upon 12 or more credits with 6 of the 12 credits in general studies
  • A grade of B or higher in ENG 101 or ENG 101H
  • Member of or eligible for the Honors Program

If accepted into the Honors Academy, students must maintain their eligibility by:

  • Maintaining a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Successfully completed 7 or more Honors courses, including one Honors Colloquium
  • Performing 15 hours of community service per semester
  • Actively working toward graduation and transfer to a four-year institution

Applications can be downloaded from the Honors Academy Web site ( or picked up at the Honors Program office in Marlboro 1089.  The deadline for submission for the fall is July 1, 2002. Students can contact me at 301/322-0433 or by e-mail at for further information.

On Wednesday, May 8, 2002, we held our annual Student Honors Convocation in Queen Anne's Auditorium, followed by a reception for students, faculty, administrators, family, and friends.  This year, over 175 outstanding students representing 26 departments, programs or divisions were recognized!  Among this number, 118 students were inducted into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honors society for two-year colleges.  If you were unable to attend this year's Honors Convocation, please mark your calendar for next spring 2003.  We invite everyone to join us as we honor excellence at Prince George's Community College that evening.


The Instructional Area Newsletter, Volume 17, No. 4

Spring 2002