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Washington, DC, New York City, and Savannah, and the ifty years ago, the Honors Honors International Scholars Program, which supports Program was founded with students who work, study, and travel abroad on every only 40 students, but one continent, each year. overwhelming promise. That I know I speak for all the Honors directors over the promise, both simple and past five decades, but far more importantly on behalf profound, was to do everything of the thousands of Honors students we have served, possible to enable the best when I express gratitude for all the support that the undergraduate students at the Honors Program has received through the years, which University of Georgia to not only has made these new programs and opportunities meet, but to exceed, their dreams. possible. It has truly taken a village to get to where we This promise continues to sustain are today, and it will continue to take a strong publicus today as we provide nearly private partnership to keep us on our path of success. 2,500 students the individualized It has been exciting this year to celebrate the attention of a small liberal arts college and the 50th anniversary of the Honors Program and, in the resources of a major research university, through process, to reflect on its impressive growth over the what is the most comprehensive program of Honors past fifty years. It has been a pleasure for me to see education in the country. old and new friends, and to meet so many Honors I have the distinction of being the first UGA alumni. It is humbling to see all of the lives that have Honors director who was also a UGA Honors student. When I was an undergraduate in the 1970s, the Honors been changed for the better because of this program and its supporters. I am confident that the remarkable Program largely met its promise by providing the story of the UGA Honors Program will continue, opportunity to take smaller, more enriching courses and that the years ahead will bring new growth and and to belong to a small student community. To new opportunities. I am also confident that every continue to deliver on our promise today, however, new success will come because of our enduring requires much, much more—more opportunities commitment to that fundamental promise made 50 beyond the classroom, more ways to allow students years ago. to participate in research, to sample real-world work settings, and to make the world their classroom. Thus, since the late 1990s, B R E A K I N G N E W S the Honors Program has been continuously adding new programs and opportunities Honors Program student and Foundation Fellow for Honors students, from Tracy Yang awarded 2011 Rhodes Scholarship community-building activities in Moore College Honors Program student and Ramsey Scholar and Myers Hall to the Center Betsy Katz awarded 2011 Mitchell Scholarship for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO), Honors internship programs in More information www.uga.edu/honors
Dr. Lothar Tresp â€“ An Honors Alumni Reminiscence by John Albright â€™70, and Lee Lovvorn Albright â€™71
Lothar Tresp exemplified the Honors standard of high personal expectations and fully engaged learning with our fellow students, our teachers, and the scholarly world of large ideas
or Â the Â two Â of Â us, Â mention Â of Â the Â Age Â of Â Aquarius, Â Vietnam Â or Â Dean Â Tate Â often Â evokes Â a Â swirl Â of Â memories Â from Â the Â simplerâ€”and Â tumultuousâ€”times Â we Â shared Â here Â in Â UGAâ€™s Â Classic Â City. Â Â Add Â to Â these Â icons Â the Â Honors Â Program, Â and Â we Â both Â warmly Â remember Â Lothar Â Tresp, Â for Â a Â lifetime Â of Â reasons. Â Â For Â me, Â it Â started Â as Â a Â sophomore Â Honors Â veteran, Â intimidated Â but Â intrigued Â by Â the Â brilliant, Â chain-Âsmoking Â Professor Â 1HPHW]RQWKHÂ¿UVWGD\RIWKH+RQRUV)XQGDPHQWDOVRI3KLORVRSK\VHPLQDULQ3HDERG\+DOO 7KHUH,Â¿UVWPHW/HHDQHTXDOO\LQWLPLGDWHGDQGLQWULJXHGIUHVKPDQZKRVKHODWHUWROGPH was Â advised Â to Â take Â this Â particular Â class Â by Â Dr. Â Tresp, Â the Â director Â of Â the Â Honors Â Program Â and Â a Â family Â acquaintance. Â Â Â Given Â the Â karma Â of Â college Â life, Â forty-Âthree Â years Â have Â passed, Â ZHÂ¶YHKDGWZRFKLOGUHQDQGDJUDQGFKLOGHDUQHGDGYDQFHGFROOHJHGHJUHHVDQGOHGIXOÂ¿OOLQJ educational Â careers Â of Â our Â own Â that Â began Â in Â South Â Georgia Â but Â which Â soon Â enough Â brought Â us Â back Â to Â Athens Â to Â stay. Â Â 7KURXJKRXW/RWKDU7UHVSZDVDFRQVWDQW$WKHQVZDVKLVKRPHWRR+HÂ¿UVWDUULYHG from Â his Â native Â Germany Â after Â World Â War Â II Â as Â a Â Fulbright Â Fellow Â with Â new Â PhD Â in Â hand Â IURPWKH8QLYHUVLW\RI:XU]EHUJ+HUHWXUQHGWR8*$LQLQÃ€XHQFHGE\KLVRZQNDUPD having Â met Â and Â married Â Athens Â native Â Lucy Â Nickerson. Â Â Rising Â star Â and Â history Â professor Â Tresp Â was Â quickly Â brought Â aboard Â at Â the Â inception Â of Â the Â Honors Â Program Â in Â the Â early Â 1960â€™s. Â Named Â its Â second Â director Â in Â 1967, Â he Â retired Â almost Â a Â quarter Â century Â later Â with Â a Â great Â many Â honors, Â accomplishments Â and Â worldwide Â friendships, Â both Â personal Â and Â professional. Â Â Lothar Â seemed Â the Â prototype Â of Â a Â gentleman Â and Â scholar. Â Â He Â was Â even Â a Â little Â dashing, Â with Â his Â Teutonic Â accent Â softened Â by Â the Â sparkle Â LQKLVH\HVKLVOLJKWKHDUWHGKXPRUDQGKLVXQÃ€DJJLQJERRVWHULVPIRU all Â things Â Honors. Â Â We Â both Â took Â his Â Honors Â European Â history Â class, Â certainly Â enlivened Â but Â not Â biased Â by Â his Â having Â been Â a Â wounded Â Wehrmacht Â private Â as Â a Â teen. Â Â Like Â all Â good Â history Â teachers, Â he Â was Â a Â JUHDWH[SDQVLYHVWRU\WHOOHU+HH[HPSOLÂ¿HGWKH+RQRUVVWDQGDUGRIKLJK
personal expectations and fully engaged learning with our fellow students, our teachers, and the scholarly world of large ideas. He quickly involved us in the Program’s student advisory committee to help with Honors student recruitment and events. A decade later we were back on campus working with him and the Honors Program DJDLQ)RU¿YH\HDUV/HHVHUYHGDVKLVDVVLVWDQWIRU alumni relations, for promoting international scholarship programs such as the DAAD, Fulbright and Rhodes, and for support with Lothar’s role as executive director of the National Collegiate Honors Council. She then became the director of college guidance at Athens Academy where Lothar’s daughter Lucy Anna had attended. There Lee was particularly blessed with counseling insights for the value and challenges of a small-class experience with great professors on a great campus with other great students. I served several decades as coordinator of recruiting IRUWKH8*$$GPLVVLRQV2I¿FHVXSSRUWHGE\DGHOLJKWIXO working relationship with our mentor Lothar. A primary goal each year was to provide the Honors Program with more and better freshman applicants than the previous year. The University was notably successful as this, with generous volunteer help from Honors faculty and students. Rising demand also supported Lothar’s endless quest for more Honors class sections. Especially enjoyable for us was the rising wave of University scholarship support for National Merit and Achievement students and the Foundation Fellowship Program, turned tsunami with the start of Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship Program. Lee and I have found that all college campuses are graced with the echoes RISHRSOHZKR¶YH¿OOHG the classrooms, libraries and laboratories in the past. The legacy of Lothar Tresp’s stewardship continues to generously echo throughout the University of Georgia and our Honors Program.
2010 Scholarship Winners (L-R) Meagan Cauble, Goldwater; Yasmin Yonis, Truman; Logan Krusac, Boren; Muktha Natrajan, Udall; Stephen Dorner, Mitchell; Tracy Yang, Truman; Jenny Taylor, NSF; Katie Owers, ErasmusMundus; Winn Davis, Boren; Lindell Krige, Merage; and Dr. David S. Williams. Not Pictured: Christine Akoh, Goldwater; and David Paulk, Erasmus-Mundus.
1960 – 1969 RHODES SCHOLARSHIP 1960 Robert Edge 1970 – 1979 RHODES SCHOLARSHIP 1973 Fred Manget 1980 – 1989 TRUMAN SCHOLARSHIP 1982 Jonathan Gould 1982 Frank J. Hanna III 1986 John Hammond 1988 David Kleber 1989 Meredith Hobbs 1990 – 1999 RHODES SCHOLARSHIP 1996 Robert M. Sutherland 1998 Scott A. Hershovitz 1999 Beth A. Shapiro TRUMAN SCHOLARSHIP 1992 Chaly Jo Wright 1994 Amanda Wojtalik 1997 Benny I. Ling 1997 R. Patrick Lucas 1998 Ellen J. Sutherland GOLDWATER SCHOLARSHIP 1995 Bryan Thomas 1995 Rob Sutherland 1996 Katherine Kurkjian 1997 Adrian Daigle 1997 Jennifer Harrelson 1998 Jessica Metcalf 1998 William Shomaker 1998 Laura Feldman 4
1998 1999 1999
Dhea Tolla Melissa Bugbee Rachel Wisniewski
2000 – 2010 RHODES SCHOLARSHIP 2003 Adam Cureton 2008 Deep Shah 2008 Kate Vyborny MARSHALL SCHOLARSHIP 2003 John Woodruff 2004 Joseph Wolpin 2005 Matt Crim 2007 Jayanthi Narain MITCHELL SCHOLARSHIP 2009 Christina Faust 2010 Stephen Dorner GATES CAMBRIDGE SCHOLARSHIP 2001 Semil Choksi 2002 Yi S. Lee 2002 William Hollingsworth 2004 Amanda Casto UDALL SCHOLARSHIP 2003 Kacie Schoen 2006 Lisa Rivard 2006 Christina Faust 2009 Ashley Dronenburg 2009 Mark Milby 2010 Muktha Natrajan TRUMAN SCHOLARSHIP 2003 Virginia Barton 2004 Matt Crim 2004 Sarah Sattlemeyer 2007 Deep Shah
2008 2010 2010
Christina Faust Tracy Yang Yasmin Yonis
MERAGE SCHOLARSHIP 2006 Felix Akinbote 2007 Katrin Usifo 2008 Edmond Fomunung 2009 Tulsi Patel 2010 Lindel Krige GOLDWATER SCHOLARSHIP 2001 Beth Orcutt 2001 Paul Pollack 2001 Steven Smith 2001 Lakshmi Swamy 2002 Jennifer Gibson 2002 Jennifer Srygley 2002 Kathryn Smith 2002 John Woodruff 2003 Amanda Casto 2003 Laura Downs 2004 Rebekah Rogers 2004 Amy Sexauer 2004 James Tarr 2005 Melissa Cabinian 2005 Caelin Cubenas 2006 Phillip Ham 2006 Douglas Jackson 2006 Yunjiang Jiang 2006 Teerawit Supakordei 2007 Jessica Bryant 2007 Nithya Natrajan 2008 Vanessa del Valle 2009 Muktha Natrajan 2010 Christine Akoh 2010 Meagan Cauble
MESSAGE Â FROM Â IRELAND Â BY STEPHEN DORNER
ometimes Â people Â ask Â how Â their Â charitable Â donations Â to Â the Â Honors Â Program Â are Â spent. Â I Â hope Â my Â story Â helps Â explain Â how Â gifts Â to Â the Â Honors Â Program Â Annual Â Fund Â make Â a Â difference Â in Â student Â lives Â and Â academic Â careers. Â Â I Â came Â to Â UGA Â with Â plans Â to Â attend Â medical Â school Â one Â day Â and Â become Â a Â physician. Â Â I Â declared Â majors Â in Â microbiology Â and Â environmental Â health Â to Â bridge Â the Â biological Â and Â social Â determinants Â of Â health. Â I Â joined Â campus Â organizations Â and Â I Â YROXQWHHUHGLQWKHFRPPXQLW\%XW,ZDQWHGH[SRVXUHWRPRUH'XULQJP\Â¿UVW\HDU, planned Â to Â transfer Â to Â another Â school. Â When Â I Â was Â accepted Â into Â the Â Honors Â Program Â through Â the Â collegiate Â entry Â process, Â however, Â a Â world Â of Â opportunity Â opened Â up Â and Â the Â course Â of Â my Â life Â dramatically Â changed. Â Through Â Honors, Â I Â met Â my Â faculty Â mentor, Â Dr. Â Dan Â Colley, Â one Â of Â the Â worldâ€™s Â experts Â in Â parasitic Â disease, Â and Â began Â conducting Â undergraduate Â research Â through Â the Â Center Â for Â Undergraduate Â Research Â Opportunities Â (CURO). Â In Â 2008, Â I Â received Â an Â Honors Â International Â Scholarship, Â which Â provided Â funding Â that Â allowed Â me Â to Â work Â in Â health Â clinics Â in Â Costa Â Rica Â and Â Nicaragua. Â The Â following Â summer, Â I Â was Â awarded Â DQ+RQRUVLQ:DVKLQJWRQLQWHUQVKLSDQGVWLSHQGWRZRUNLQWKHRIÂ¿FHRI&RQJUHVVPDQ Hank Â Johnson. Â My Â work Â in Â D.C. Â led Â to Â an Â amendment Â to Â health Â reform Â legislation Â addressing Â neglected Â diseases, Â as Â well Â as Â a Â bill Â currently Â under Â review Â by Â a Â Senate Â committee. Â These Â invaluable Â experiences Â afforded Â a Â breadth Â of Â education Â possible Â only Â outside Â of Â the Â classroom. Â They Â instilled Â in Â me Â a Â passion, Â drive, Â and Â dream Â to Â improve Â global Â health Â policy Â and Â elevate Â the Â baseline Â of Â health Â around Â the Â world. Â To Â further Â reach Â WKDWJRDOZLWKWKHKHOSRIWKH+RQRUV3URJUDP6FKRODUVKLSV2IÂ¿FH,ZDVDZDUGHGD Mitchell Â Scholarship Â in Â 2010, Â and Â am Â currently Â pursuing Â a Â M.Sc. Â in Â Global Â Health Â at Â Trinity Â College Â in Â Dublin, Â Ireland. Â When Â I Â return Â to Â the Â U.S. Â next Â fall, Â I Â will Â begin Â at Â the Â Vanderbilt Â School Â of Â Medicine Â in Â pursuit Â of Â my Â M.D. Â While Â my Â work Â and Â studies Â have Â taken Â me Â far Â and Â wide Â across Â the Â globe, Â my Â heart Â is Â at Â home Â in Â Athens. Â I Â doubt Â there Â is Â a Â medical Â explanation Â for Â it, Â but Â I Â do Â and Â always Â will Â bleed Â red Â and Â black. Â Â Although Â my Â story Â has Â some Â unique Â elements, Â it Â is Â not Â an Â unusual Â one Â for Â Honors Â Program Â students. Â Â All Â Honors Â VWXGHQWVEHQHÂ¿WLQVRPHIDVKLRQIURPWKHJHQHURVLW\RI+RQRUVDOXPQLDQGIULHQGV3OHDVHNHHSWKDWLQPLQGDV\RX consider Â making Â a Â gift Â to Â the Â Honors Â Program Â Annual Â Fund Â during Â this Â anniversary Â year.
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3URYRVW-HUH:0RUHKHDGRQ+RQRUVWK$QQLYHUVDU\ It is one of the responsibilities of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost to ensure that the University of Georgia is successful in its efforts to provide the best learning environment possible for our students. As the University’s Provost and a former Director of the Honors Program, I am proud that the Honors Program stands at the vanguard of those efforts and represents the jewel in the crown of undergraduate education at UGA. The Honors Program, which encompasses the Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) and the Foundation Fellowship, attracts outstanding high school seniors who have distinguished themselves academically. As students at the University of Georgia, they become part of a special undergraduate experience provided through the Honors Program which affords them a full, four-year array of academic, cultural, research, internship, and study-abroad opportunities. As evidenced by the contents of this newsletter, the Honors Program’s capacity for promoting undergraduate academic excellence is impressive. In the past decade UGA Honors students have won more than 50 major external scholarships, such as the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Goldwater, Truman, Udall, Fulbright, and Gates-Cambridge scholarships. Honors students who seek professional employment or acceptance into premier graduate and professional schools excel due to their wide range of experiences and the depth of their knowledge and training. The University of Georgia is proud of the Honors Program’s established tradition of undergraduate academic excellence. I congratulate the Honors Program as it celebrates its 50th anniversary and wish the program every success in years to come.