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Honors	Celebrates	50	Years
by	Elleanor	H.	Crown
On Friday, April 4, 2008, the much anticipated 50th anni-       titled, “True to Life: David Hockney on Perception.” In a
versary celebration of the Honors Program brought alums         slide-illustrated lecture, Amrine explored the philosophical
and friends from far and near to Ann Arbor for a day of re-     implications of David Hockney’s photo-collages.
                                            membering and       At noon, there was a greatly expanded version of our
                                            learning. The       popular “Lunch with Honors” in the Palmer Commons.
                                            day began with      Honors alum Tom Bombelles, Director of International
                                            an       informal   Government Relations for Merck & Co., made a presen-
                                            breakfast in the    tation and led a discussion on “Corporate Responsibility
                                            Perlman Hon-        and the Global AIDS Crises.” He provided updates about
                                            ors Commons         Merck’s efforts to make effective HIV treatments available
                                            where       Hon-    in Africa and moderated a lively interchange of ideas about
                                            ors faculty and     the issues.
                                            staff, alums, and
                                            current students                                              In the early af-
Laura MacLatchy demonstrates the            got acquainted                                                ternoon, there
evolution from quadruped to biped.          over coffee and                                               was a double
                                            pastries.     The                                             session of stu-
opening events of the day, called “Back in Class,” were a                                                 dent presenta-
series of lectures by representatives of the Honors faculty                                               tions in which
who gave our guests a sense of the academic excitement                                                    seniors reported
that characterizes today’s Honors curriculum. Professor                                                   the results of
Laura MacLatchy from Anthropology held a hands-on ses-                                                    their Honors
sion in the Museum of Anthropology entitled “How Did                                                      thesis research,
We Learn to Walk on Two Feet: Origins of Bipedalism.”           Tom Bombelles talks with alums and        resident advi-
Using actual bone samples and fossils, MacLatchy illus-         students after lunch.                     sors gave a first-
trated the process by which humans evolved from quadru-                                                   hand view of
peds into bipeds.                                               the expanded programming in Honors housing, and peer
                                                                mentors talked about their efforts to provide assistance to
Professor Timothy McKay from the Physics Department             students in challenging Honors courses.
(and now the Director of Honors) discussed with attend-
ees “The Physics of Life.” He addressed issues at the in-       Student research presentations were made by David Blair
tersection of biology and physics such as “why haven’t liv-     (Cellular, Molecular, Developmental Biology), Michael Di-
ing creatures evolved wheels?” and “why is a 100-foot-tall      amond (English), Lauren Friedman (Linguistics), Rebecca
spider impossible?” McKay has developed, and currently          Grzadzinski (Psychology), Brittany Hapner (Communica-
teaches a new Physics course geared toward students with        tion Studies), Carly Kaloustian (English), Ariel Kennedy-
an interest in the life sciences. This presentation gave the    Gebhart (Creative Writing), Erin Lichtenstein (History),
audience a glimpse into his fresh approach to the prin-         Elizabeth Mann (Political Science), Timothy McQuade
ciples of basic physics.                                        (Economics), Katherine Mitroka (German), Sarah Na
                                                                (Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science), Alexander Nich-
The third session, conducted by Professor Fred Amrine of        ols (Organizational Studies) and Korie Zink (Psychology),
the German Department, himself an Honors alum, was
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LSA HonorS                                                     Kudos
Director                                                       by	Elleanor	H.	Crown
Timothy A. McKay

Associate Director
Donna Wessel Walker                                         Honors Program awards
Assistant Director                                          Thanks to the generosity of Honors alumni and friends, we are able to
Scott Kassner                                               support and reward our outstanding students for their accomplishments.
Scholarship Coordinator
Elleanor H. Crown
                                                            Special awards to Honors seniors are part of our graduation ceremony each year. In April,
                                                            2003 we initiated a group of awards made possible by the Goldstein family (Ellen, Joseph,
Program Coordinator                                         Laura Bassichis and Paul) all of whom attended our ceremony and assisted in the presentation
John C. Cantú
                                                            that year. Named for distinguished UM alumni and associates, the Goldstein Prizes reward
office Manager                                              excellence in humanities, arts, natural sciences and mathematics, social sciences, public
Vicki Davinich
                                                            service, humanitarianism and teaching. Students are nominated by their departments for
Graduation                                                  these awards. Each of these students graduated with Highest Honors.
and Student Services Assistant
TBA                                                         Two exceptional history majors, Erin Lichtenstein and Alexandra Mitter, shared the Robert
Communications Assistant
                                                            Hayden Humanities Award. They were both highly praised by their department for the
Kendal Harlan Kloostra                                      depth of their research, the originality of their insights, and their contributions to their
                                                            concentration cohort.
Program Assistant
Mary Shelly Mageski                                         The Arthur Miller Arts Award went to Geoffrey George, Film and Video Studies major.
Faculty Advisors                                            Geoff’s ambitious senior thesis project, a film titled “It’s All in Place,” was highly regarded by
Samuel Brenner                                              his department and he was commended for his initiatives to build cohesion and community
Denise Guillot                                              among his peers.
Maria E. Gonzalez Gutierrez
Fiona Rose Greenland                                        The Jerome and Isabella Karle Award for Natural Sciences and Mathematics was awarded
Santha Jeyabalan                                            to Kevin Wilson from mathematics. Kevin, a Goldwater Scholar, received accolades from
Margaret Lourie                                             both mathematics and computer science faculty who consider him the finest student they
Robert Pachella
Megan Reif
                                                            have encountered in a decade.

Contact Information
                                                            Politcal Science major Jeremy Levine-Murray won the Marshall Sahlins Social Science
LSA Honors Program                                          Award. Jeremy’s academic career spans a wide range of disciplines, all of which have
1330 Mason Hall                                             contributed to an outstanding senior thesis. Faculty in several departments have predicted
419 S. State St.                                            a bright future for him in academics or in public policy.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1027
Phone: 734-764-6274                                         The Gerald Ford Public Service Award winner Elizabeth Mann from Political Science was
Fax: 734-763-6553                                           commended not only for the depth of her scholarship and thought but for her generous
Email:                               participation in her department. Elizabeth will spend the next two years serving in Teach
                                                            for America.
Regents of the University                                   The Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Award was presented to Sonia Isard from Judaic
Julia Donovan Darlow, Ann Arbor
                                                            Studies and Slavic Languages and Literatures. Sonia’s thesis is considered not only
Laurence B. Deitch, Bingham Farms
Olivia P. Maynard, Goodrich                                 academically important but also to have humanitarian implications for the Ukrainian Jewish
Rebecca McGowan, Ann Arbor                                  village of Mogilev-Podolski.
Andrea Fischer Newman, Ann Arbor
Andrew C. Richner, Grosse Pointe Park                       Sidney Fine Teaching Award is given to students who show exceptional promise as future
S. Martin Taylor, Grosse Pointe Farms                       educators. Charlotte Franklin, an outstanding young classicist, was nominated by several
Katherine E. White, Ann Arbor                               faculty in Classical Languages and Literature for her potential as a scholar whose work
Mary Sue Coleman, President (ex officio)                    already demonstrates sophistication, maturity, and breadth, and whose promise as a teacher
The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/        is as strong.
affirmative action employer, complies with all appli-
cable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimi-        Honors Alumni Prizes for outstanding achievement and service to the Honors Program
nation and affirmative action, including Title IX of
the Education Amendments of 1972 and Section 504            and the university were presented to Matthew Coleman and Sarah Na. Matthew, an Honors
of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The University of        philosophy concentrator, has been an invaluable member of the Honors staff for several
Michigan is committed to a policy of non-discrimina-
tion and equal opportunity for all persons regardless       years. His understanding of the mission of the program combined with his technological
of race, sex, color, religion, creed, national origin or
ancestry, age, marital status, sexual orientation, dis-
                                                            savvy and his willingness to contribute to any effort will be greatly missed. Throughout
ability, or Vietnam-era veteran status in employment,       her undergraduate years, Sarah has worked for Honors as an Academic Peer Advisor and
educational programs and activities, and admissions.
Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the             has been a driving force for the Honors Peer Mentorship Program. Sarah graduated with
University’s Director of Affirmative Action and Title IX/
Section 504 Coordinator, 4005 Wolverine Tower, Ann
                                                            Highest Honors in neuroscience and a major in Classics. She has been a brilliant example
Arbor, Michigan 48109-1281, (734) 763-0235; TTY (734)       to our students that intellectual curiosity can lead one down very rewarding paths. She
647-1388. For other University of Michigan informa-
tion call: (734) 764-1817.                                  currently attends the University of Michigan Medical School.

   National	Awards
   This year, Barry m. goldwater scholarships were won by two Honors students:
   junior mathematics concentrator, Timothy Heath and sophomore physics
                             major, Steven Moses. Tim, who comes from Camp
                             Hill, PA is interested in the mathematics of string
                             theory. When he is not engaged in some kind of
                             mathematical activity, he likes to play table tennis.
                             Steven, from Lincoln Park, MI, has been working in
                             thermoselectrics, a field that appeals to him because
                             of its practical applications. His favorite nonscientific
                             pursuit is music. He plays piano and oboe and calls
                             himself an “avid listener of classical, jazz, and opera.”     Timothy Heath
                             Steven has also won a major UM Physics Department
          Steven Moses       Goldwater Scholarships provide up to $7500 a year for one or two years of college
   work for students who show exceptional promise in mathematics, science, and engineering. There are about
   300 scholarships awarded across the country each year.

Virginia	Voss	Memorial	Scholarships
Virginia Voss Memorial Scholarships are awarded each year                  Heidi Ziegenmeyer, Program in the Environment,	A	Comparison	
to senior Honors women for excellence in writing. They pay                 of	Sampling	Protocols	to	Estimate	Species	Composition,	Percent	
tribute to the memory of the late Virginia Voss who graduated              Cover,	and	Biomass	of	Macrophytes	in	Chief	Lake,	Michigan
from Michigan in the 1950s and became College Editor of                    For	Poetry:
Mademoiselle magazine. After her untimely death, the Voss
                                                                           Carrie Luke, Creative Writing, Phantom	Eat	Phantom:		Poems
family provided funds for the awards. We were especially
honored this year to be joined by Virginia Voss’s twin sisters,
June Everett and Jo Van Boven, and Jo’s husband Sam. They                  The Honors Program is fortunate to have endowments to provide
were gracious enough to travel to Ann Arbor for the ceremony               annual grants to outstanding Honors juniors. These include
where they assisted in the presentation of the Voss awards and             the Otto Graf Scholarships and Prizes and the Jack Meiland
later had lunch with a group of recipients. This year’s winners,           Prize. Otto Graf, German scholar and humanist, was Director
their departments of concentration and their thesis topics are             of Honors for eighteen years. The awards given in his honor are
listed below.                                                              made to students distinguished by their academic excellence and
                                                                           commitment. The work of Jack Meiland, Philosophy professor
For	Academic	Writing:                                                      and Honors Director, was noted for its interdisciplinarity. The
Claire Barker, Anthropology/Archaeology, Ceramics	and	                     Meiland Award is made annually to the student whose studies
Exchange	Networks:	Understanding	Social	Interactions	at	Pithouse	          best reflect his ideals of quality and breadth. This year, Emily
and	Pueblo	Communities	in	the	Prehistoric	American	Southwest               Cappo, a joint Honors English and Oboe Performance student
                                                                           won the Jack Meiland Award. The Otto Graf Scholarship went
Christine Beamer, English, Listening	to	the	Music:	Nineteenth	             to Sam Espahbodi, an Honors mathematics and interdisciplinary
Century	Intersections	between	Music,	Class,	and	Genre                      physics junior. Graf Prizes were awarded to Amy Bao (Honors
Jenna Brubaker, Organizational Studies, It’s	Definitely	an	Uphill	         History of Art and Business) and Katherine Martin (Honors
Battle:		The	Process	of	Innovation	Implementation	in	the	Context	of	       Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science).
School-Based	Child	Obesity	Programs
Manisha Chakravarthy, English, Reading	Indian-American	                    Many of our students received funds from the Honors Program
Women:		Writers,	Protagonists,	and	Critics                                 to help with the costs of their thesis research, to enable them
                                                                           to attend and present results at conferences, to assist with the
Lauren Friedman, Linguistics, The	Loss	of	Old	English	Null	                cost of special study abroad programs or to subsidize the cost
Expletive	“it”:		How	a	language	can	transform	from	one	that	allows	        of unpaid internships. We congratulate all of them for their
null	expletives	to	one	that	disallows	them                                 excellent work.
Elizabeth Otto, Physics, Ultrafast	Single	Molecule	Spectroscopy

From the Director

Dear	Friends,
It is my great pleasure to send you a first greeting as the   could range from com-
new Director of the LSA Honors Program. My first en-          plex logic to low humor
counter with the Honors Program happened in my sec-           and back in moments.
ond year on campus, when I had the good fortune to be         Steve is now Emeritus
assigned Honors Introductory Physics for my Fall 1996         at Michigan and has
teaching. Since then I have been involved with Honors in      taken a modest retire-
many ways: teaching courses, supervising senior theses,       ment job as the Andrew
working with the annual Kickoff and as an Honors Faculty      Downey Orrick Pro-
Fellow. My activities in Honors have been the most diverse    fessor of Philosophy at
and intellectually stimulating of my academic career. The     Yale University. He will
chance to spend the next few years working in this great      be sorely missed around
community was too good to miss and I’m thrilled to come       here.
on board.
                                                              Perhaps a little background is in order, just to let you know
Much of the credit for the current vitality of the            where I’m coming from. I am a physicist and astronomer,
Honors Program goes to our outgoing                           educated at Temple University and the University of Chi-
Director, Steve Darwall. During                               cago.
Steve’s tenure student en-
gagement with                                                 I am particularly interested in the scientific study of origins,
Honors                                                        and lead a research team working to understand the origin
                                                              and evolution of large scale structure in the universe. My
                                                               students and I use telescopes around the world to map out
                                                                 the distribution of matter on the largest accessible scale,
                                                                  comparing what we find with the latest predictions of
                                                                   Big Bang theory. My teaching is largely at the intro-
                                                                    ductory level, and for the last three years I’ve been
                                                                     developing on a new physics course for students of
                                                                      the life sciences.
                                                                        Since taking over at the beginning of July, I’ve
                                                                         had the pleasure of meeting with hundreds of
                                                                          incoming Honors students in summer orienta-
                                                                         tion. We spent these many lunches discussing
                                                                 big issues they are really eager to learn about during
                                                              their four years at Michigan. During these sessions, we
                                                              sketched out the topics on a blackboard, just to illustrate
                                                              the wild range of interests they bring to the table. You can
                                      He established a new
                                                              see a sample in the accompanying photo. Yes, quite a few
                              series of Honors sponsored
                                                              honors students question the existence of objective reality
                     courses, revitalized Honors housing
                                                              before they even start here. We also had a great Honors
             by building a strong cadre of Honors RAs, and
                                                              Kickoff this year, focused around Kevin Boyle’s National
    opened the Perlman Honors Commons as a central
                                                              Book Award winning history Arc	of	Justice. Beginning with
meeting space for our students. Most important, Steve’s
                                                              expert faculty insight provided by Professors Bruce Frier
sparkling leadership of Honors events from Kickoff to grad-
                                                              and Martha Jones, we spent the morning discussing some
uation helped make the program a place where students
                                                              of the many issues this story raised. During the afternoon,
want to be. With Steve at the helm, Lunch with Honors
                                                              the Honors RA’s lightened the tone, putting on their own

little musical and sending the incoming students across campus                            Farewell to
on a scavenger hunt.
                                                                                          steve darwall
I have always heavily involved students in my research group, and
                                                                                                                    At the end of
have now worked with more than fifty undergraduates in research
                                                                                                                    June, our di-
at all levels. They have been very successful in research; just last                                                rector,     Steve
year, LSA Honors student Matthew Becker (BS ’07) won the                                                            Darwall,      left
American Physical Society’s National Leroy Apker Prize for best                                                     not only Hon-
undergraduate research in the land. While most of these students                                                    ors but the
have continued on to graduate programs in Physics and Astrono-                                                      University of

                                                                       AARON HANDELSMAN
my, many have gone on to other careers: teaching science in sec-                                                    Michigan        to
ondary schools, developing new low cost ground water purifica-                                                      accept a posi-
tion systems, and analyzing derivatives for the Deutsche Bank.                                                      tion as Andrew
                                                                                                                    Downey        Or-
Watching these students blossom through work in my lab has                                                          rick Professor
taught me how important individual challenges and personal in-                                                      of Philosophy
teractions with faculty can be. Research, the generation of new                           at Yale University. On May 29, the Har-
                                                                                          lan Hatcher Library was the site of a large
scholarship, provides an ideal environment for making this hap-
                                                                                          gathering to bid goodbye to Steve and
pen. One of my goals for the coming years is to have the Honors                           thank him for all his leadership, service,
Program do more to promote, support, and enrich the research                              and support to the Honors Program, the
experiences our Honors students have, especially as part of their                         Department of Philosophy, and the Uni-
Honors senior theses. To this end, we’ll be working with all of                           versity Libraries. Honors Associate Direc-
LSA’s 74 concentrations to develop new ways to help our students                          tor Donna Wessel Walker presented the
become scholars.                                                                          following toast.

We will also continue Steve’s tradition of running first rate extra-                      “For the past five summers, during Honors
curricular events for Honors students. Lunch with Honors this                             Orientation lunches, Steve has led incom-
fall will host people like Aaron Miller, the founder of Seeds of                          ing Honors students through a discussion
                                                                                          of Aristotle’s argument about two kinds
Peace, Jonathan Tisch, Co-Chairman of the board of the Loews
                                                                                          of honor, arete, intrinsic honor, and time,
Corporation, Michigan Professor Henry Pollack, leading climate                            bestowed honor. His goal is to guide stu-
change expert, and Michigan Athletic Director Bill Martin. In ad-                         dents away from thinking about the re-
dition, I’m starting up an “Honors Adventures” program to show                            wards of being in Honors, the “Honors
students the many off campus opportunities of Ann Arbor and                               credential,” to the activities the Honors
Southeast Michigan. So it will be a busy year again in Honors.                            label points to: to help them see that the
                                                                                          label is only as good as the reality behind
As we head into the new academic year, I also look forward to get-                        it, that, in his words, the “honorary is sec-
ting to know and interacting with more of our Honors alumni and                           ondary” and that the Honors Program is
friends. I had the good fortune to meet a few of you at the Honors                        about all those endeavors (intellectual,
50th Anniversary celebration last spring. Since then, I’ve become                         cultural, social, political, personal) that
more aware of the extraordinary achievements and remarkable vi-                           are intrinsically worth doing. He in fact
tality of our community of supporters. We look to you for advice,                         jokes that we should be called “the Intrin-
                                                                                          sically Worth Doing Program” and forgo
to help keep current our connections with the world at large, and
                                                                                          the whole Honors awards issue.
for essential financial support. These are difficult times for the
State of Michigan, daunting to our students, and now more than                            Steve has brought to the Honors Program
ever the Honors Program needs your support.                                               much in the way of arete during these five
                                                                                          years that he’s been our Director. In addi-
                                                                                          tion to invigorating our intellectual com-
All the best,                                                                             munity, building up our curriculum and
                                                                                          raising pots of money, he has brought his
                                                                                          own brand of verve, wit, and a keen sense
                                                                                          of fun. So, Steve, for all this arete, we give
                                                                                          you time: we in Honors honor you.

Tim McKay                                                                                 Hail and farewell, and may Yale be half as
                                                                                          much fun.”

   Student	Perspectives
   Archaeology in Belize
   By Maia Dedrick

The Belizean jungle in which I lived this summer is an                day artifacts mun-
environment that any student of ecology would love—it                 dane, they were
is home to a diversity of plant and animal species, spread            exciting to me
across spectra of elevation, soil depth, and moisture. It is          not only because
a place where the ancient Maya once thrived, but then                 they gave firm
were unable to sustain dense populations for reasons                  evidence       for
still not entirely understood today. The preservation of              the       domes-
this area of the jungle is emblematic of the ambiguous                tic nature of       Maia D
web of economic and ecological exploitations in which                 the structures              edrick a
                                                                                                           t the Ex
we find ourselves at the beginning of the 21st century.               around which                                 cavatio
                                                                                                                           n Site.
Twenty-five years ago, the Coca Cola Company was this                 I had been excavating, but
biological and archeological gem’s unlikely and perhaps               also because I was able to take samples
unintentional savior. In an intimidating maneuver meant               from the tools. These samples will be analyzed for mi-
to force South American citrus growers into economic                  crofossils using two newly developed methods of study.
submission, they purchased vast tracts of jungle poten-               The results of these analyses may yield evidence of the
tially to convert into citrus plantations. The move was               specific species of plants these tools were used to grind
a success for Coca Cola; the growers gave in. Coca Cola               1,300 years ago. Other finds included chert tools which
left the jungle intact and donated it to Belize in order to           may have been used to sow ancient fields. Most of the
foster good relations with sugarcane farmers. The land                information from my summer research will come from
eventually became a reserve. Most recently, new threats               the synthesis and analysis of artifact locations, numbers,
to the area have arrived in the form of oil explorations              and their relationships to soil characteristics. This is what
that lead to increasing deforestation and the use of ex-              archaeological analysis looks like, especially when we try
plosives that threaten species diversity and archaeologi-             to understand the lives the common people who simply
cal sites. I was in this beautiful, wild place as an archaeol-        did not leave as many artifacts as wealthier households.
ogist, as a scholar of the past, and yet it became clearer            What I find most exciting about my research is that I am
to me every day that I am studying the remains of past                focusing on a time period just before a huge drop in
decisions that continue to be made again and again. My                the population of this region (and others), at about 650-
                                 archaeological studies in-           750 CE. There are many theories around the Maya “col-
                                 form my understanding of             lapse,” a decentralized population decline which may
                                 today’s environmental and            have been caused by political and religious struggles,
                                 social issues, and vice versa,       warfare, overpopulation, and ecological disturbances. In
                                 in a cycle of relevancy that         the region where I worked, environmental degradation
                                 excites me every day.                seems to play a key role, especially in terms of pervasive
                              The archaeological field                erosion and drought. This region is particularly vulner-
                              research I undertook this               able to drought because it has limestone bedrock that
                              summer targeted what I                  soaks up water almost immediately. Generally, this tropi-
                              expected to be an ancient               cal environment cannot hold dense populations because
                              Maya household in a small               there is little water available for personal and agricultur-
Excavation Site               agricultural village sur-               al needs in the dry season. Also, erosion is problematic
                              rounded by the remains of               because soil nutrients exist only at the surface and can
abundant water features, including reservoirs and ter-                easily wash away. The Maya built many features onto
races. The proposed household was made up of three                    their landscape in order to try to maintain soil depth and
buildings facing each other on a raised platform. I fo-               other conditions to intensify their agricultural system.
cused on excavating areas of the houselot that might                  One theory suggests that as the population grew in this
yield evidence of the social status of the household, its             region, fallow periods were made shorter and shorter
economic function, and its relationship to the adjacent               as farmers tried to sow the land more frequently. An-
agricultural lands. Among my most exciting finds were a               other possibility is that they reduced the biodiversity of
ground stone mano, a hand tool possibly used to grind                 their traditional garden and agricultural plots, focusing
corn into flour, as well as an odd egg-shaped ground                  instead on a single crop such as maize. I am hoping that
stone tool. While many people might find these every-                 the results from my research on land use and microfos-

Archaeology in Belize Continued
sils in the household will either support or challenge           local ecotourism based on widespread interest in the
these theories. Did the people leave because the land            archaeological and natural treasures of Belize. There
could no longer sustain the population? If so, how did           are many other nature reserve areas in Belize, and
society try to deal with its predicament before and              these areas are of great interest to tourists. They could
after the abandonment of the region, and what was                be sites for experimentation with different methods
more and less successful?                                        of planting such as
These are questions I will investigate for my honors             permaculture and
thesis over the next academic year. Questions about              silviculture. The de-
how ancient people changed the forests could not feel            velopment of sus-
more relevant than when I am in Belize. Highway signs            tainable ecotour-
advertising political candidates tout campaign slogans           ism and small-scale
such as “Clear the Land!” which apparently is their an-          agricultural produc-
swer to bringing economic development and job op-                tion could provide
portunities to the country. Jungles such as the one in           a sustainable, alter-
which I worked are undergoing ground-penetrating                 native road to prog- Mano
radar in search of oil, another prospect that seems to           ress and free Beliz-
excite the locals. This has been a difficult thing for ar-       eans of dependency on foreign corporations that will
chaeologists studying the region, who may or may not             only stay in the country until they have collected what
be given only a few days notice to mark any points of            natural resources they can and perhaps until they have
archaeological interest among many-kilometer long                caused irreversible damage to the jungle. There are
tracts of land designated for explosive oil exploration.         many choices to be made in Belize in the next decade.
There are alternatives to these unsustainable methods            I hope that my research can show the consequences of
of development. Coca Cola’s decision has given Belize            decisions made about the environment in the past and
the chance to create sustainable development through             the relevancy of these consequences to today.

Kenneth	Buckfire	Scholarship	for	Fifth	Year	Studies
Honors alumnus Kenneth Buckfire, co-founder and Managing Director of the Wall Street consulting firm, Miller Buckfire,
enjoyed his studies at UM so much that he wished he could have spent a fifth year broadening and deepening his undergradu-
ate education. He has generously provided this opportunity for current Honors students whose ambitious programs require a
fifth year of undergraduate work. This year’s group of Buckfire Scholars is stellar.
Christine Beamer is a fifth-year senior from Spokane, Washington. She is a joint degree candidate in LSA English Literature
and Music Viola Performance. Christine is at the top of her game in both fields. She has earned almost perfect grades while
taking maximum course loads and working a substantial number of hours each week. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in
her junior year. Christine is teaching one of our “Ideas in Honors” mini-courses this fall on “Chick Lit.” Christine has been
nominated by UM for both the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships.
Maia Dedrick, who hails from Maplewood Minnesota, is a joint degree student in LSA Archaeology and Music Cello. You will
read about her summer 2008 research project in this issue of Forum. Maia has also participated in field work in Pompeii and
has interned at the Smithsonian Institution. She is teaching a section of “Ideas in Honors” on “Nationalist Archaeology.” Maia
is a UM candidate for the Marshall Scholarship.
Inna Dykman, from Okemos, Michigan, originally planned to earn a major in Latin and a teaching certificate to prepare for a
career as a high school Latin teacher. At the end of her third year, she took an intensive course in classical Greek and began to
realize that she would never have a full understanding of the ancient Mediterranean world without competence in that lan-
guage as well. To achieve a high level of proficiency will require that she complete a fifth year of undergraduate work. Adding
Greek to her portfolio will made her a more effective teacher for students who share her love of ancient classical studies.
Andrew Bollinger, from Livonia, Michigan, is a joint degree student in LSA Mathematics and Vocal Performance. He is
praised as a rising star in the Mathematics Department and his rich baritone has graced several UM opera productions. Drew
has not yet decided which route he will pursue professionally. His fifth year of study will allow him to complete both degrees
and to explore more of the applied-oriented side of mathematics.
Honors is profoundly grateful to Ken Buckfire for allowing us to support highly talented and successful students like these.

   Honors	Updates
national BooK award winner CHosen as 2008 Honors BooK
By	Scott	Kassner
For the ninth consecutive year, each member of the Honors                  yet transformative history of race and civil rights in Michigan
entering class received a book as part of the Honors Summer                and the United States.
Reading Program. The 2008 Honors book is Kevin Boyle’s                     Arc	of	Justice was the centerpiece of our Fall Kickoff on August
Arc	of	Justice:		a	Saga	of	Race,	Civil	Rights,	and	Murder	in	the	          29th, when the new Honors class convened for the first time.
Jazz	Age, winner of the 2004 National Book Award. Arc	of	                  Bruce Frier, John and Tresa D’Arms Distinguished Professor of
Justice is a Michigan story with profound implications for                 Classics and Roman Law and the Frank O. Copley Collegiate
all Americans. Kevin Boyle, who earned his Ph.D. in history                Professor of Classics and Roman Law as well as the Henry King
from the University of Michigan and is now a professor at                  Ransom Professor of Law, along with Martha Jones, Associate
Ohio State, tells the dramatic tale of Ossian and Gladys Sweet,            Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies and History
an African American couple who moved into a white Detroit                  and Visiting Professor of Law responded to Professor Boyle’s
neighborhood in 1925. When their neighbors attacked the                    book. The students then met in small groups with Honors
Sweets’ house, someone from within the house fired shots at                faculty and staff to discuss their impressions of Arc	of	Justice.
the mob, killing one man. The Sweets and several other African
Americans in the house were charged with murder. In a trial                We look forward to November 14 when, as part of Parents
that became a cause	célèbre and that had a major impact on civil           Weekend, Kevin Boyle will visit the Honors community as we
rights law and Detroit politics, the Sweets were represented by            resume our discussion of his work. All current students and
the nation’s most famous defense attorney, Clarence Darrow.                their parents as well as all Honors alumni are invited to attend
                                                                           our conversation with Professor Boyle. Details will be available
According to Robert Worth in the	 New	 York	 Times	 Sunday	                at Our consideration of this story
Book	Review, Boyle “vividly recreates the energy and menace of             from Michigan’s past will provide the Honors community
Detroit in 1925.” In her review on NPR’s Fresh	Air, Maureen                insight into the current national conversation on race that
Corrigan said that Arc	of	Justice is “imbued with the simplicity           has been stimulated by Senator Barack Obama’s presidential
yet sick inevitability of a great American tragedy.” Not only is           campaign. It will also help students see how fine scholarship
Professor Boyle a terrific storyteller, but he is also an impressive       can inform wonderful storytelling.
scholar who frames the story of Ossian Sweet in the tortured

    Another	Remarkable	Class	Joins	Honors	in	Fall	‘08
    By scott Kassner

    As part of the Honors admissions process, we ask that prospective students write an essay based on one of
    several prompts, and each year, a $1000 book scholarship is awarded to the student who writes the essay
    that our reviewers deem the strongest. In one of the essays nominated for this year’s scholarship, a student
    wrote about his desire to travel to the year of 1530 so that he could commune with More, Erasmus, Rabelais,
    and Luther. Another student wrote of the threat the Age of Information poses to the world’s linguistic and
    cultural diversity. The Barbary pirates and their ability to hold the great powers of Europe and the nascent
    United States hostage at the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th centuries fascinates one of our
    students. The winner of the scholarship, Aaron Bekemeyer, speculates whether mathematics is a human
    creation or if it has some sort of existence beyond the human mind.
     The range and quality of the writing of Aaron and his colleagues is just one indication of the remarkable
    intellectual breadth and depth of the Honors class of 2008. At 478, this year’s class is smaller than last year’s.
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Another	Remarkable	Class	Joins	Honors	in	Fall	‘08			…Continued
Otherwise this year’s entering class is quite similar to last year’s. Like the ’07 class, 54% of this year’s class
is female, and after Michigan, New York and Illinois have the most representatives. There will again be
students from across the United States, and international students from Europe and Asia. Along with the
Honors essays, the test scores and high school grade point averages of this fall’s students promise that we
will have another outstanding class academically: the median range of the class’s SAT scores (excluding the
writing exam) is 1380-1490 and the median range for the ACT is 32-34. Just over half of this year’s students
had perfect high school GPAs.
Numbers, though, tell only a small part of the story. The Honors application readers—LSA faculty, Honors
Fellows, and Honors staff—not only consider a student’s test scores and GPA and the student’s Honors essay;
they also do a holistic review of the UM applications for all prospective students, attempting to understand
them in the context of their high schools and their communities. Through this process, each we year we find
a remarkably diverse group of students who are utterly passionate about learning, and Honors will provide
them unique opportunities to pursue that passion.

                                                                  lunCH witH Honors 2007-2008
“Ideas	in	Honors”                                                 By	John	C.	Cantú
Mini-courses for first-year students taught by Honors se-
niors have been one of the most successful innovations            This year’s “Lunch with Honors” series included visits
of the last decade. First-year students have enjoyed the          with guests from around the world, the country, and
opportunity to examine topics they might never en-                our University campus. The programs started in Sep-
counter otherwise in a small, relaxed setting and the             tember with James Kynge author of the first-year book,
chance to forge relationships with upper-class students
who have made the best of their time at UM. Student
                                                                  China	Shakes	the	World. Kynge discussed issues from
instructors have relished the freedom to choose a topic           his book and updated students on recent developments
and craft a fruitful learning experience for freshmen.            in the rapidly changing Chinese economy. School
For some, it has completely changed the way they think            of Music pianist, Arthur Greene visited Honors be-
about a career as an educator. Topics have ranged from            fore performing Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano
mathematical biology to stand-up comedy, from politics
to the history of physics, from social justice to classical
                                                                  Concerto with the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.
drama. Each semester, we wonder what kinds of topics              Greene shared his experiences as an artist giving stu-
will attract our new students and we find that they are           dents insight into a truly creative life. In October, we
interested in everything. End-of-term evaluations are             had three accomplished visitors in three vastly differ-
always stunning. The offerings this fall include courses          ing fields: Northern Rock Foundation award-winner,
in medical anthropology, the ethics of Wall Street, na-
tionalist archaeology, the history of rock and roll, inno-
                                                                  poet, Anne Stevenson; Mayor of Timisoara, Romania,
vations in cancer treatment, humanitarian aid in Africa,          Gheorghe Ciuhandu; and Chief Executive Officer of
chick lit, and political advertising. For a list of classes       Miller Buckfire, Ken Buckfire. November saw visits
and descriptions of each from fall, 2004 to the present,          from University of California Irvine philosophy pro-
go to Just look under “Honors”             fessor, Brian Skyrms; University of Chicago astrophys-
for any given semester, and you will find all the infor-
mation there.
                                                                  ics professor, Michael Turner; and Polish poet/social
                                                                  activist, Krzysztof Czyzewski. The final fall program
                                                                  was a visit from Agnieszka Graff, Professor of Ameri-
We	want	to	hear	from	you!                                         can Studies at the University of Warsaw. Winter 2008
We hope to have the form that will let you send us up-            programs began with former Deputy National Secu-
dated information about yourself on our website soon,             rity Advisor of Israel, Chuck Freilich. In February,our
but you can always just email us at honors.alums@                 guest was composer, Derek Bermel, and in March we We have enjoyed hearing from many of                   had Egyptian Qur’anic scholar, Nasr Abu Zayd. We
you over the last few years. If you would like to receive
a copy of the weekly email announcement to students
                                                                  concluded our year in April with a return visit by the
about Honors events, let us know.                                 always entertaining New	Yorker magazine cartoon edi-
                                                                  tor, Robert Mankoff.

Honors	Fellows
Honors	Fellows	are	active	members	of	the	Honors	intel-                     Drugs in Baltimore: does it play out as it plays on TV?” Stu-
lectual	community	who	arrange	forums,	workshops,	mini-                     dents discussed a viewing of The	Wire and a public lecture by
seminars,	and	field	trips	with	Honors	students.	They	also	                 Prof. Rhonda Williams of Case Western Reserve University.
attend	 Honors	 events	 and	 contribute	 to	 the	 admissions	              Matthew Chatfield (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology) stud-
process	 by	 reading	 prospective	 student	 applications.	 You	            ies salamander evolution and, more broadly, amphibian de-
                                                                           clines. Matthew held sessions with Professor Elizabeth Jock-
will	find	below	a	list	of	last	year’s	fellows,	their	fields	of	in-         usch from the University of Connecticut: after attending her
terest,	and	a	sample	of	the	programs	and	events	they	led.	                 public lecture, “Amphibian Declines and Conservation,” he
                                                                           took students to meet with her for a small group discussion.
2007-2008 Fellows
                                                                           David Fiordalis (Asian Languages and Cultures) is engaged in
Sunil Agnani (English) studies the heritage of Enlighten-                  comparative work in Buddhism, Hinduism, and other Asian
ment ideas around the globe. His interdisciplinary research                religious traditions, with a particular interest in the close rela-
spans philosophy, political theory, literature, history, and criti-        tionship between religion and culture. David gave a presenta-
cal theory. He led a one-time seminar on “Against Empires:                 tion on “Who is the Dalai Lama?” just before the Dalai Lama
From Edmund Burke to Gandhi.”                                              visited Ann Arbor.
Michael Aylward (Economics) is interested in game and deci-                Corina Kesler (Comparative Literature) considers the con-
sion theory, complex systems, and the idea of infinity. He held            struction of utopias across space and time, from ancient my-
an event to explore “Infinity: A Modern Perspective.”                      thologies to mystical writing to science fiction, looking at the
Andrea Benjamin (Political Science) has a particular interest              construction of the perfect individual and the ideal society.
in local politics and political systems; she has studied the role          She invited students to “Build your Own Utopia” in an inter-
of advertising in political campaigns and the participation of a           active group project.
variety of under-represented groups in political activities. She           Leanne Powner (Political Science) connects the personal and
led an interactive group project, “Local Politics in Action,” in           local to the international through her work on grassroots orga-
which students simulated a local election.                                 nizing and influence, the interplay between domestic and for-
Nicholas Bowman (Psychology) is working on research into                   eign affairs, and international cooperation. She conducted an
the role social class may play in cognition and self-understand-           in-depth investigation of the election process with students.
ing; he is particularly interested in access issues in higher edu-         Ethan Schoolman (Sociology) delves into the relationships
cation. In November, he presented “The Rankings We Love to                 between human beings, human cultures, and the environ-
Hate: a Hands-on Exploration of College Rankings” for our                  ment, both built and wild; his work addresses such concerns
students.                                                                  as environmental justice, sustainability, land use patterns and
Samuel Brenner (History and UM Law School) has a back-                     decision-making. He hosted a reading, discussion and supper
ground in American and military history. He is interested                  focused on “Fencing Themselves in: How California Cities are
in intellectual property issues, war crimes, and questions of              Going on a Growth Diet.”
Constitutional authority in war time. “Isn’t Plagiarism a Good             John Speth (Anthropology) is an archaeologist who focuses
Thing?” was the title of his group discussion of The	Little	Book	          on human origins and early human communities, particularly
of	Plagiarism by Richard A. Posner.                                        in the American Southwest. Professor Speth has supervised
Tamar Carroll (History) combines scholarship and activism in               many Honors theses, seven of which have led to publications.
interdisciplinary studies of women’s movements since World                 He led a hands-on session at his lab at the Museum of Anthro-
War II and other places where historical scholarship and so-               pology.
cial change intersect. She held an event entitled “The War on

   staff Changes in Honors
   This year not only have we said farewell to Director, Steve Darwall, and welcome to new Director, Tim McKay, we have
   also sent other colleagues off to bigger and better things and brought new members into the Honors circle. After Liina
   Wallin’s retirement in the summer of 2007, Assistant Director Donna Wessel Walker was promoted to Associate Direc-
   tor. Scott Kassner, our new Assistant Director, comes to us from the Newnan LSA Advising Center. His knowledge of
   all aspects of academic advising and his knack for good common sense have made for an almost seamless transition. Our
   former receptionist, Jessi Grieser, is now pursuing a Ph.D. in linguistics at Georgetown and our Admissions Assistant, Jee-
   won Lee, is engaged in a one-year masters program in higher education at Harvard. Replacing them are Communications
   Assistant Kendal Harlan Kloostra, and Program Assistant Mary Shelly Mageski. Both Kendal and Mary are graduates
   of the Honors Program, and Mary worked in many capacities in our office during her undergraduate years. We are very
   fortunate to have found such able replacements for our valued former colleagues.

     From	scholarships	to	programming,	from	awards	to	research	funding,	alums	and	friends	of	
    the	Honors	Program	make	possible	many	of	the	resources	that	contribute	to	the	total	Honors	
   experience	for	our	students.		Without	your	support,	many	of	the	activities	you	have	read	about	
     in	this	newsletter	would	be	impossible.		We	send	a	sincere	“Thank	you”	to	those	below	who	
                        have	donated	generously	to	the	Honors	effort	this	year.
Alex and Rita Abou-Chebl, Joel S.            Goldin, Leslie J. Goldman, Joseph and       Cary R. Perlman, Mark E. Perrin, Sarah D.
Adelman, Keith Agisim, Richard T.            Ellen Goldstein, Paul Goldstein, David      Persily, Judith Phillips, H. David Politzer,
Allan, Jr., Joan Almon, Justin A. Amash,     T. Goldstick, Berk and Cecily Goodman,      Michael and Penelope Pollard, Elizabeth
Albert J. Ammerman, Leslie E. Anderson,      Scott and Cheryl Gordon, Erich L. Graf,     Ehrlich Potok, David Pribich and Susan
Mark and Marlies Anderson, Lori K.           Steven L. Graines and Marisa Pick, Donald   Alberti, Stephen G. Price, Jill Putterman,
Anschuetz, Susan Anspach, Henry and          and Ann Gralnek, David Greenblatt,          Linda L. Randell, Robert Ransom, Richard
Lisa Armbruster, Yvonne Asamoah,             Karl A. Greene, Stewart Greene, Bruce       and Susan Raphael, Robert Rebar, Paul
Paul C. Atkinson, Dorothy E. Bambach,        Greenwald, Donna Gregg, Andrew              Renard, Michael and Maurine Repucci,
Terry Barnes and Ms. Shoko Tsuji             and Cynthia Grove, Andrew Gunther,          Cecilia Ridgeway, Michael H. Ries
Barnes, Miriam E. Bar-on, Charles and        Atul Gupta, Aaron Hamburger, David          and Elaine Leboff-Ries, Deric Righter,
Janis Barquist, Robert Bartels, Roger        A. Handelsman, Steven Handler, Elnora       James and Christine Riley, Liana E.
Barton, C. Robert Beattie, John and          Harcombe, Constance Harney, Robin L.        Georgopoulos Rinzler, Jennifer Ripman,
Maryanne Bednarski, Martin A. Bell,          Harrison, John C. Hart, Julia M. Healy,     Juan Jose Rodriguez, Laura J. Roop, Ann
Edward Belongia, Richard M. Bendix, Jr.,     Caryn L. Hebets, Joan Hellmann, Thomas      B. Rosenberg, Carolyn H. Rosenberg,
Guy Martin Benian, Barry Bennett, Jill       and Carol Herbig, Alan S. Hergott, Karen    Richard and Rochelle Rosenberg, Patricia
Berkeley and Larry Goldman, Joan Berry,      Herman, Stephen Heyman, Virginia            Rosenberger, Charles W. Ross, Jeff Ross,
Brian and Dina Biesman, Russell Bikoff,      L. Hilbert, Robert Hilton, Elliott B.       Thomas M. Rosseel, Daniel I. Rubenstein,
Martha K. Bindeman, Elizabeth Bishop,        Hochman, Gary and Stephanie Hoffmann,       Jeffrey A. Rubenstein, Don and Melissa
H. Scott Bjerke, Philip M. Blackman, Janet   Jacqueline N. Horn, Steven Horwitz,         Rutishauser, Robert Salipante, Bruce
Blaustein Scholes, Joseph G. and Ilene       Liane Houghtalin, Jean G. Howard, Mary      Sangeorzan, Randy J. Schafer, Richard
Block, Laird Bloom, Jeffrey Bludeau,         D. Hutchens, Linda Imboden, William         Schafrann, Robert A. Schmitz and Judith
Randall S. Blumenstein, Fred and Cynthia     and Frances Irwin, Laurence and Diane       Grey, Myron and Jan Scholes, Howard
Bodker, Jonathan David Bokor, Thomas         Istvan, Alan D. Jackanow, Robert Jacobs,    and Laura Schwartz, Thomas and
and Denise Bombelles, Paul Boyce,            Pamela Sue Jacobson, Jennifer Jaruzelski,   Maryellen Scott, Ralph Shahrigian, Ann
Willard Boyd III, Robert F. Brammer, Linda   Jennifer M. Jensen, Timothy and Jo Wies     Shapiro, Marvin Shapiro, Mary Shapiro,
Tracey Brandon, Douglas L. Braustein,        Johnson, Daniel Kalish, Sandra J. Kalom,    Jackie R. Shapo, David and Elvera B.
Thomas and Florence Brink, Donald R.         Frank and Mary Ellen Kane, Jeffrey          Shappirio, Daniel M. Share, William
Brown, Bruce Samuel Brumberg, Thomas         Kaplan, Paul Kaplowitz, Yuko Kasakabe,      Sharfman, Stephen and Barbara Shepard,
Brusstar, Tim and Teri Buchowski, Peter      Joanne L. Kaufman, Brian Keith, John        Michael and Sara Sher, Scott Sher and
Burian, Michael Burnstine, P D Burstein,     P. Kennedy, Beth Mattson Kennel,            Anne Rosenthal, Philip D. Sherman, P.C.
Albert C. Cain, Richard L. Carter, Laurie    Judith Greenberg Kleinberg, James           and Ashalatha Shetty, Lori Shoha, Scott
Champion, Stephanie Chandler, Diana          Joseph Kochkodan, Jon Henry Kouba,          H. Shore, Jasvinder Sidhu, Joseph and
Chapin, Paul N. Chardoul, Stuart and         Donna Krasnewich, Kevan and Barbara         Linda Wolk Simon, Devan Sipher, Michael
Helen Chemtob, Nancy Chen, Shawn             Kreitman, Ronald Krone, Anne Kubert         and Barbara Sitrin, Janet Smith, Louise Z.
Chen, Adam Chodkowski, Cynthia Chua          Nathan, Frederick Kuhn, Jonathan Kuhn,      Smith, Debra H. Snider, Elizabeth Somsel,
and Eric Smith, Jerome and Susan Ciullo,     Yuko Kusakabe, Betty-Ann Landman,           John Speth and Lisa Young, Douglas
Deborah L. Clarke, Daniel S. Cohan,          David J. Lane, Elizabeth Weiss Lang,        Sprigg, Robert and Sally Springstead,
Marshall J. Cohen, Kevin Counihan,           Lincoln Lauhon and Maureen Bolon, John      James and Jean Spurrier, Joseph and Ellen
Gerald and Fern Coutant, Mary C.             K. Lawrence, Jerold Lax, William Layher,    Starr, Judith Zee Steinberg, Marc and
Crichton, Daniel L. Curtis, Sandra H.        Edward Le Baron and Nancy Moncrieff,        Laurie Steinberg, Mitchell Stengel, Susan
Davis, Mark and Paula DeBofsky, Julia        Steven M. Leber, Christine Lee, Karen       K. Stevens, Scott Stoeffler, Paul Strait,
DeLancey, Steven and Lisa Diamond,           Legault, Henry Lerner, Arthur Lerner and    Lynn Streeter, Catherine Subia, Frederick
Nicole G. Discenza, Julie Allen and          Linda Dreeben, Linda Kohn Levy, John        Synk, Alan Tannenbaum, Duane L. and
Stephen Doll, Robert Domine, James           A. Libbe, Gail H. Lift, James M. Lindsay,   Sheila Tarnacki, Emily A. Thompson,
Duncan, Stephen A. Edwards, Sophia L.        Steven and Nancy Lippman, Brian Keith       Judith R. Thoyer, Michelle Tilley, Elizabeth
Ellis, Jeffrey S. and Susan G. Englander,    Lipson, Keith Lofland, Roger Lowenstein,    Y. Turner, Nina E. Vinik, Dietmar U.
Arthur Epker and Medha Sinha, Susan          Jeffrey N. Lutz, Carol A. Mager, Lisa L.    Wagner, Abigail Wald, Marsie J. Wallach,
Epps-Ginsberg, Mindi R. Epstein, John        Magnino, Katherine J. Majeske, Marilyn      Joe and Alyssa Wallen, Rachel M.
Feighan, Douglas E. Feltner, Mark I.         Mann, Susan Mann, Lynn V. Marentette,       Webster, James M. White, Karen Wigen,
Feng, Sonia G. Fernando, Jonathan and        Robert A. Margo, Jay Marguilies, Jacob      Timothy Wilens, Carol K. Willen, Myra
Kathryn Ferrando, Lawrence J. Field,         Margulies, Ronen Mamorstein and             Leonore Willis, John H. Wilson, Joseph
Steven Figg, Robert Fink, Megan Finn,        Shoshanna Gottleib, Michael and Joan        Hays Wimsatt, Ken Wirt, Greg Wolper,
Michael J. and Alice E. Fischer, Sara        Martin, Marjorie M. Mastie, BeLinda         Stephen Worland and Joanne Chory, Jane
Fitzgerald and Walter Wurfel, John           Mathie and Brian Haag, George M.            Fowler Wyman, Douglas K. Yoder, Steven
and Mariya Fogarasi, Paul and Marcia         McCabe, Cynthia M. McCormick, Klint         J. Youra, Jay H. Zimbler, Jeffrey and
Foldes, Mary Foster, Solomon M. Foster,      McKay, Barbara L. McQuade, David            Elizabeth Zucker, Christine Ann Zurawski,
Richard and Beth Frank, Dorothy A.           Mead, Lisa A. Mets, Kenneth Michalzuk,      Benedek Family Foundation, Carey
Fraquelli, Stanley A. Freeman, Darcy         Douglas Miller, Laura Ariane Miller,        1985 Fund of the Vanguard Charitable
Fryer, Paul and Astrid Ganson, Betsy A.      Ross L. Miller, Bertley and Kathryn         Endowment Program, Martin Friedman
Gard, J. Erik Garr, Andrew M. Gaudin,        Moberg, Stephen E. Moore, Emily Moran,      - Sarah Allen Charitable Gift Fund of T.
David M. Gay, Alison Geballe, Elizabeth      Josephine Moskala, Brenda L. Moskovitz,     Rowe Price, Weiner Family Foundation,
Geise, Randy Gelber, Michael J. and          Andrew S. Nason, Chris Newth, Eugene        William Fisher Charitable Fund of the
Janelle Gelfand, Peter J. Gilbert, Grant     W. Nissen, Christian C. and Nedra           Vanguard Charitable Endowment
Gilezan, Sanford and Debra Gips, Marci       Noordhoorn, Marsha Novick and Harry         Program
M. Gittleman, Debra A. Glassman, Joyce       Rosen, Everett J. Oliven, Deborah Page,
Gleason, Miriam J. Golbert, Larry M.         Jeffrey and Emily Pearson, Ben Peng,

   Honors	Celebrates	50	Years	…Continued
   all from the class of 2008, and Matthew Becker, 2007 Physics grad who is
   currently in a Ph.D. program at the University of Chicago.
                                             The event concluded in the
                                             Michigan Union Ballroom.
                                             Visitors were addressed by Steve
                                             Darwall, Director of Honors,
                                             Terrence McDonald, Dean of
                                             LSA, Teresa Sullivan, Provost
                                             and Vice President for Academ- Ralph Williams delivers the keynote address.
                                             ic Affairs, and Peter Schweitzer,
                                             CEO of J. Walter Thompson and member of the Honors Alumni Advisory
                                             Board. The keynote lecture, “‘Only When You Have Denied Me’: Honors as
                                             Trap and Trampoline” was given by the ever-popular English and Great Books
   Matt Becker shows off the Sloan           Professor Ralph Williams. Following the lecture, a reception gave everyone
   Digital Sky Survey’s map of galaxies,     an opportunity to discuss the day’s events, reminisce about their own Honors
   the largest map yet produced. Beyond      experiences, and say their goodbyes. Alums who graduated years ago were
   this, it’s still “cosmos incognita.”      pleasantly surprised to see how much the program has expanded and improved
                                             and current students were pleased to find how much their time in Honors has
   meant to our graduates throughout their lives. The day-long celebration was a very successful way to commemorate a half
   century of academic and personal achievement.
   There is a file of material about the Honors Program and its early leaders from the Bentley Historical Library on the Hon-
   ors website. We hope you enjoy browsing through the documents.


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