2017 Honors Day
April 8, 2017
2017 HONORS DAY
Honors Day at SIU Carbondale commemorates the accomplishments of the University’s highest achieving students, those who have maintained a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale for both their total undergraduate studies at SIU Carbondale and their transfer credits. In our College, a total of 463 students met the minimum requirements: 47 Freshmen; 65 Sophomores; 71 Juniors, and 280 Seniors. Among these 463 students, 221 students maintain a GPA 3.75 or above, 97 students maintain a GPA 3.90 or above. Given the rigorous demands of our academic programs, these students are really outstanding. Moreover, 89 students were recognized for their scholarships and awards received from the College and individual departments.
This year’s Honors Day ceremonies were held on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The University event started at 2:00pm in the SIU Student Center Ballrooms with remarks by Interim Chancellor Colwell and Mr. Dan G. Korte, SIU alumnus and Chief Executive Officer of LMI Aerospace, a leading supplier of structural solutions and engineering services to the commercial, business and regional, and military aerospace markets. The University event was followed by the College ceremony at 3:30pm in the Transportation Education Center (TEC). More than 100 students were recognized by Chairs, Directors, faculty, staff, families and friends. Mr. Ralph Tate, Associate Professor of Automotive Technology, was the Master of Ceremonies. The ceremony honored student achievement as well as the role faculty, staff, and alumni play in student success. Ms. Camelle Logan, President & CEO of Teaming Solution for Education and the President of the CASA Board of Counselors, introduced the 2016-17 ASA Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Mr. Joseph Schuster. Associate Professor Richard McKinnies, the 2016 E.J. and Mary C. Simon Distinguished Faculty Award recipient introduced Professor Scott Collins, the 2017 E.J. and Mary C. Simon Distinguished Faculty Award recipient. Both Mr. Joseph Schuster and Professor Scott Collins delivered a touching and inspiring speech to the students who were honored on Saturday.
“Like anyone starting a new job,” Mr. Schuster said, “I was a little apprehensive but quickly realized I was well prepared with the skills and knowledge needed to overcome the challenges encountered. The solid foundation of knowledge and skills were built from hand work, outstanding instruction, participation in class and various campus organizations.” Dr. Scott Collins shared his experience and insight for success with the students and their family and friends. Through his inspiring talk, the audience, and I, had a better understanding of Marlon Wayans’ words: “Success is not a destination, but the road that you’re on. Being successful means that you’re working hard and walking your walk every day. You can only live your dream by working hard towards it. That’s living your dream.”
Honors Day is a unique opportunity for the faculty and staff to express our great pride and deepest respect for the special accomplishments of our students. So many of our students excel inside and outside of the classroom, which makes them invaluable representatives of the College. It is truly a privilege for us to be an integral part on their path to personal growth and professional success.
The CASA Honors Day Committee did an outstanding job in planning and organizing this year’s Honors Day event. Thanks to Mr. Carroll Walker, Computer Specialist from the Center of Teaching Excellence (CTE), the Honors Day ceremony was broadcast live to all our 16 off-campus program sites throughout the nation via Zoom Video Conferencing. I would like to extend my appreciation to the Honors Day Committee, staff members, and all of the volunteers who helped organize and facilitate this event. Thank you all!