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May 2009

Release Date: May 11, 2009ASU Logo

ASU Honors Program Gets New Director

Dr. Shirley Eoff, professor of history at Angelo State University, has been named the new director of the university’s Honors Program, effective June 2.

A 28-year member of the ASU history faculty, Eoff served as interim director of the Honors Program for the 2008-09 academic year. As of June 2, she will become the permanent replacement for previous director Dr. Nick Flynn, who had headed the program since its inception in 2002.

Eoff joined the ASU faculty in 1981. Her areas of specialization include modern Britain, U.S. diplomatic history, U.S. social/cultural history, and historiography. She has written on numerous topics on West Texas history, including the San Angelo polio epidemic, the San Angelo Army Air Field bombardier school, and San Angelo’s early judicial system and court rulings. She is the author of Viscountess Rhondda: Equalitarian Feminist and several book reviews and journal articles. She has also served as a peer reviewer for academic journals and textbook reader for university and commercial publishers. She recently completed a one-year term as president of the West Texas Historical Association.

Eoff earned her bachelor’s degree from Howard Payne University, her master’s degree from Hardin-Simmons University and her Ph.D. from Texas Tech University.

The Honors Program is designed to add value to an ASU education by offering academically talented students an enriched learning experience. Freshmen students are accepted into the Honors Program based on SAT and/or ACT scores, high school class rank and demonstrated extracurricular activities. They are required to maintain a 3.25 GPA in all their classes, including the program’s core curriculum, and are given special recognition during graduation ceremonies. Honors students are also eligible for additional scholarships and have access to reserved campus residence hall space and the Honors Lounge in the Porter Henderson Library.

The Honors Program currently has 93 student members with the goal of growing to include 10 percent of the student body.