Message from the Dean
Welcome to the Spring 2018 Semester!
I hope that your spring 2018 semester is off to a great start with a stimulating mix of interesting courses and engaging activities at Rutgers.
For the past few weeks, an air of mystery has swirled around our Honors home at 35 College Ave as students plan -- or should I say plot -- our third annual Winter Formal Dinner Dance on Saturday, February 17. The Theme? A Night of Noir. Your friends look forward to seeing you on the dance floor!
As always, at this time of year, the whole Honors Program eagerly awaits our new class of Honors students who will join the SASHP in September 2018. In early February, we will send Honors invitations to incoming first-year students, followed in May by invitations to academically talented rising sophomores. Recruiting our new class of Honors students is a big, group effort, led by our Honors Ambassadors, the stars of our Scholars Day recruiting events in March and April. Sending our special thanks to our senior ambassadors.
In other news, we are enjoying debating challenging topics and questions in "Ethics and Everyday Life," our Honors mission course. And, we eagerly await our signature lecture of the year, the Heffner Open Mind Lecture, on Friday, April 6. We are honored that Lawrence O'Donnell, MSNBC political commentator and host of "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell," will speak on the topic, "News Media in the Age of Trump."
While the fall semester often feels long and lingering, the spring semester seems to race towards graduation. I wish our graduating seniors the very best as they complete their Honors theses and Capstone projects, await news about jobs, graduate school, honors, and awards, and enjoy their last semester "on the banks." We look forward to celebrating the many accomplishments of our graduating seniors at our Senior Gathering on May 1.
I invite you to browse our website and read our weekly newsletter to learn more about all the opportunities that our Honors community provides our students. I also hope that you'll stop by my drop-in office hours from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Wednesdays throughout the spring semester at 35 College Ave. I look forward to meeting you and discussing your plans for Rutgers and beyond.
Best wishes for a wonderful spring semester!
Jennifer M. Jones
Dean, SAS Honors Program