Belmont’s Honors Program recently placed 3rd in a competition run by the National Collegiate Honors Counsel (NCHC) to recognize the best student newsletters released by college honors programs. The official awards ceremony is set to take place on October 14.
The program’s electronic newsletter, “BU Honors Newsletter,” was started 2 years ago by the Honors Program Student Council in an effort to foster a sense of community among honors students. The publication is sent out three times per semester and is entirely student-written and developed.
Honors students Sarah Everett and Jacquie Skokna contributed to the newsletter’s honor. Skokna is a junior publishing major and the main student member in charge of the publication’s content and design. She is also the editor.
Honors Program Director Dr. Jonathan Thorndike expressed his pride in his students and their hard work on the newsletter’s accomplishment. “We have the greatest students who are enthusiastic and passionate about opportunities and building a great community of learning and service,” said Thorndike. “The Honors newsletter is a great way to document the fantastic research, leadership and artistic projects undertaken by our students.”
Thorndike also discussed the ways the newsletter builds community within the Honors Program. The publication includes many of the social gatherings created by students and heavily advertises the freshman honors retreat, held at the beginning of each school year, to ensure new students feel welcomed into the program right away.
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