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Honors College Kicks Off New Academic Year with Welcome Breakfast

Friday morning the Honors College hosted the Honors Welcome Breakfast in the Cotillion Ballroom.

Incoming Freshman, joined by their respective welcome leaders, congregated in the Cotillion Ballroom to learn more about the themes critical to the Honors College experience, and to share breakfast as a community.

Dean Nancy Clark kicked off the morning with a welcome speech.

 “We’re all so happy to have you here, and we’re really excited,” said Clark. “Today what we want to do is talk to you about all the opportunities here that are available to you. We’re going to put these things out for you, and you need to take advantage of them. Come in, ask us about them, and we’ll point you in the right direction.”

After welcoming the students, Dean Clark introduced the Honors College advisors essential to aiding students through their years in the College.  Dean Clark then opened the floor to the welcome leaders, who participated in a skit involving song and dance to demonstrate the four themes of the Honors College.

Coordinator of Academic Advising and Enrollment Management Jeremy Joiner then took to the stage to further discuss the themes of the Honors College. Breaking down the four major themes that apply to each consecutive year at the Honors College, Joiner covered the importance of Service as a Freshman, Study Abroad as a Sophomore, Internships and Research as a Junior, and Thesis study as a Senior.

“You are here, in this room, because statistically you represent the top 10 percent of LSU’s incoming class,” said Joiner. “But what does that really mean? It means that what is expected of you, and what you should expect of yourself, is more than what is expected of others.  If you take advantage of all the Honors College has to offer, then I guarantee that when you leave LSU and move on to the next phase of your life, you will find yourself top among your peers, with a world of opportunities open to you.”

Joiner introduced four Honors students and four Professors who work with the Honors students to talk about their experiences with the themes for each year of study.

Among the students speaking, Senior and Truman Scholarship recipient Matt Landrieu talked about his view of service in the Honors College community. Landrieu’s involvement in the Community Bound service project his Freshman year led him to support and organize other service projects, including a service trip to South Africa.

“[The Honors College themes are] not so much themes to me, they're more like pillars and foundations,” said Landrieu. “What I think I learned through these foundations of the Honors College is that starting to live as a man for others means living every single day in service. I think that comes about when you have opportunities to explain your world to yourself and your world to others in what giving and selflessness means.”

The Honors Welcome continued Saturday with the Community Bound service project, organized by Volunteer LSU.