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Part of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees

- 2 - Professor Havice reported that the Honors Program is one of the oldest in the country, founded in 1961 to attract top students by - providing a small class format in which students can be active learners and participants, - providing interdisciplinary perspectives which stress connections, as well as differences, among questions and issues in the humanities, - encouraging individual exploration and development which is possible with lower student-teacher ratio, and - stimulating critical thinking appropriate to the level of intellectual maturity and experience of the students. She said that the Honors Program has long been noted as an important part of both the academic and residential life experience at the University of Kentucky. She reported on recent innovations in the Residence Hall programming and noted that the Honors Program has increased 40% in the past three and one-half years. Professor Havice introduced first-year students Jane Ann Bardin, LaMer Kyle-Reno, Phong Doan and Mark Blair who were in the audience and asked them to stand and be recognized. They were given a round of applause. She said that the students would be available following the Board meeting to talk about their experiences in the Honors Program and respond to any questions. She continued her presentation by reporting that the Honors Program students are first-rate students from almost every county in the State of Kentucky, half the states in the union, the District of Columbia, and several foreign countries. This group of students includes National Merit Finalists and Singletary Scholars. She said that the Honors Program students choose majors and careers that reflect colleges on the entire campus, noting that the Honors Program is a microcosm of the University itself. She explained that the students must enroll in four colloquia during the first two years (one per semester). These colloquia take an interdisciplinary approach to the humanities and include significant writing instruction and practice, as well as other communication skills. She said that the students must also complete a final Program requirement in their junior and senior years by enrolling in a special 300-level interdisciplinary seminar or by completing a long-term Independent Project. Professor Havice commented that a large number of the students go on to Graduate School or attend a professional school. She reported that the faculty members share appointments with various departments and mentioned some of the numerous awards that the faculty have earned. Following a report on their organized activities, she invited the members of the Board to visit the residence hail and take part in any of their events.

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