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  • Duncan Knox: ASU Envoy

    For the past three years, ASU senior Duncan Knox has spent almost as much time as an emissary for the university as he has just being a student.
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    Jenni deBie’s Italian Summer

    Just imagine it—a budding writer and poet getting to spend a month studying with poet laureates and writing original prose on the grounds of a historic estate in Florence, Italy. Well, that was the reality this summer for ASU senior Jenni deBie.

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    Holly Miles: On the Go

    When looking at all the activities Holly Miles has been and remains involved in at ASU, it is easy to wonder when she actually eats and sleeps.
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    Maxwell Kennady: Taking Full Advantage

    When it comes to utilizing extracurricular programs to enhance his education, ASU senior Maxwell Kennady is the master.
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    Joshua McGuire: Traveling Man

    Working his way through ASU’s pre-health professions program, Joshua McGuire has taken many a road trip.

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    Preston Wimberly: Politically Active

    The opportunity to play football brought Richardson native Preston Wimberly to Angelo State, but as the new president of the Student Government Association (SGA), he now hopes to be the school’s top cheerleader.

  • Special Recognition

    Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship

    2014 Holly Miles

    Miles has received a 2014 Thomas R. Pickering Undergraduate Foreign Affairs Fellowship, which will provide up to $40,000 per year for graduate studies, as well as summer internship opportunities and a guaranteed appointment as a Foreign Service Officer upon completion of her master’s degree.

    New York University Writers in Florence Program

    2014 Jenni deBie

    deBie will be heading to Florence, Italy as one of a select group of U.S. undergraduate students to participate in the New York University Writers in Florence program.

    An English major from Texarkana, deBie will be studying poetry and generating her own work under the mentorship of award-winning poets Dorothea Lasky, assistant professor of poetry at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, and Eileen Myles, professor emeritus of writing and literature at the University of California-San Diego.

    Eban Tisdale Public Policy Fellowship

    2014 Maxwell Kennady

    Kennady has been selected as one of six 2014 Tisdale Fellows nationally by the Fund for American Studies.

    The Eben Tisdale Public Policy Fellowship provides students with a distinctive opportunity to explore public policy affairs of critical importance in the technology sector of the economy.

    Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award

    2014 Joshua Logsdon

    Logsdon is one of 15 students nationwide to win the Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award which is sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  The award recognizes outstanding graduating college seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence, dedication to the study of American history, and a commitment to public service and community involvement.

    Presidential Fellow

    2014 Duncan Knox

    Knox has been selected as a 2014-15 Presidential Fellow by the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) in Washington, D.C. Knox is one of only 64 Presidential Fellows from universities throughout the U.S. and select foreign nations.

    2013 Donald “Trey” Moore

    Moore has been selected as a 2013-14 Presidential Fellow by the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC).  Moore is one of approximately 70 Presidential Fellows, joining about 60 students from other U.S. institutions and up to 10 from various other countries in the 2013-14 class.

    Harry S. Truman Foundation Scholarship 

    2013 Sean Motl

    Motl is one of only 62 Truman Scholars and one of only three in Texas chosen from a pool of 629 students in the U.S. to receive this award. He will receive a $30,000 scholarship to fund his graduate education in public service. The Truman Foundation seeks out student leaders who will become “change agents” in public service sectors.

    Pearson Student Advisory Board

    2013–2014 Maxwell Kennady

    Kennady has been selected to serve on the Pearson board for one year and will begin his tenure at the Pearson Student Leadership Summit in Boston. He is one of only 12 U.S. student leaders chosen.

    Fulbright Summer Institute for Young American Student Leaders

    2013 Duncan Knox

    Knox is one of just nine students from throughout the U.S. chosen for this four-week institute, themed “Slavery and the Atlantic Heritage.” He will study at Bristol University in the United Kingdom.

    Dennis Boe Award

    2014 Sean Motl

    Motl was one of only six students to receive this prestigious award at the Great Plains Honors Council Conference. He received $200 and a recognition plaque for his research paper “Memorials Without Memories,” which he presented at the conference in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

    2013 Cassady Hossenlopp

    Hossenlopp was one of only six students to receive this prestigious award at the Great Plains Honors Council Conference. She received $200 and a recognition plaque for her research paper “Detection and Identification of the Dengue Virus that Tested Positive by ELISA but Negative with Conventional RT-PCR,” which she presented at the conference in Amarillo.

    National Collegiate Honors Council Poster Competition

    2011 Yolanda Elias, First Place 
    Business and Computer Science Section, “The Effect of Color Space on Wavelet Image Compression”

    ASU Presidential Award Recipients

    2013-2014 Sean Motl
    2012–2013 Black McCracken
    2011–2012 Yolanda Elias
    2010–2011 Amanda Hill
    2008–2009 Jason Strickland
    2006–2007 Kristen Truett

    ASU Distinguished Student Award Recipients

    Adrienna Bingham, College of Arts and Sciences
    Maxwell Kennady, College of Business

    Aeriel Elliot, College of Health and Human Services

    Anna Hall, College of Liberal and Fine Arts
    Wills Register, College of Sciences

    Joshua Tindell, College of Liberal and Fine Arts
    Christopher Stegall, College of Business

    Matthew Jackson, College of Sciences

    Lori Loomis, College of Sciences
    Calinda Shely, College of Liberal and Fine Arts


  • Honors Student Association

    The Honors Student Association (HSA) is the student-led arm of the Honors Program. HSA promotes scholarship, fellowship and diversity, and represents the Honors Program on campus and in the community. Student leaders select speakers for campus presentations on general and professional topics and organize social and service events for Honors Program students. 

    2014-2015 Officers

    President: Duncan Knox
    Vice President: Aimee Denham
    Secretary: Savannah Longley
    Treasurer: Christian Garcia
    Historian: Emily Perez
    Web Master: Kyle Schroeder
    Intramural Liaison: Tristan Davis

    2013–2014 Officers

    President: Duncan Knox
    Vice President: Tara Serio
    Secretary: Braden Weinmann
    Treasurer: Jack Rebrovich
    Historian: Aimee Denham
    Web Master: Kyle Schroeder
    Intramural Liaison: Jennie De Bie

    2012–2013 Officers

    President: Preston Wimberly
    Vice President: Duncan Knox
    Secretary: Holly Miles
    Treasurer: Louis Broome/Tara Serio
    Historian: Aimee Denham
    Web Master: Ben Lin
    Intramural Liaison: Jennie De Bie

  • Mentors and Emissaries

    Mentors and emissaries serve a vital role in Honors Program recruitment and retention efforts. Mentors assist first-year students in successfully transitioning from high school into both the ASU and the Honors Program community and provide a social support system for those students. Successful mentorship translates into a cohesive Honors Program identity, creates a culture of commitment and integrity, and allows students to develop meaningful relationships with their peers. Emissaries represent the program at various university and community events, assist with recruiting efforts, and assist mentors in fostering an honors learning community.

    2014-2015 Mentors

    Jennni DeBie
    Aimee Denham
    Chelbee Farnen
    Holly Miles
    Emily Perez
    Jack Rebrovich
    Braden Weinmann

    2014-2015 Emissaries

    Joscelyn Cargill
    Mackenzie Ferguson
    Cecily Real

    2013–2014 Mentors

    Maxwell Kennady
    Josh McGuire
    Holly Miles
    Sean Motl
    Jack Rebrovich
    Tara Serio

    2013–2014 Emissaries

    Aimee Denham
    Duncan Knox
    Josh Logsdon
    Emily Perez
    Braden Weinmann

    2012–2013 Mentors

    Cassady Hossenlopp
    Josh McGuire
    Kelsey Merritt
    Fulanat Mohamed
    Sean Motl
    Tara Serio

    2012–2013 Emissaries

    Katlynn Cox
    Aeriel Elliott
    Corina Hueske
    Duncan Knox
    Josh Logsdon
    Evelyn Sullivan

  • Director’s Award

    The annual Director’s Award honors the student who best represents the values of Honors Program education and has excelled in academic, research, service, and social elements of the program.

    2014–Aimee Denham and Duncan Knox

    2013–Sean Motl

    2012–Cassady Hossenlopp

    2011–Wills Register

    2010–Yolanda Fay Elias

    2009–Kaci Pruser

    2008–Jared Bird

    2007–Matthew Jackson

    2006–Lori Loomis