The fall semester is off to a busy start here in the Jay and Jeanie Schottenstein Honors Program! We have already had two well-attended luncheons this month to kick off the year.
At our Welcome Back luncheon on September 3rd, students had a chance to sit down with members of the Honors staff and Honors Student Council, which gave them the opportunity to meet other students in the Honors program, get a sense of the program’s plans for the year, and make suggestions as to events and speakers they would like to see included in our schedule for the year. While Professor Cwilich gave students a preview of the Honors Program’s plans for the semester and upcoming events, students enjoyed pizza and contributed their own suggestions.
At our September 10th luncheon the following week, Honors students learned about various competitive scholarships and fellowships open to them. Dr. Stuart Halpern, a member of our Academic Advisement Center, and Prof. Norman Adler, University Professor of Psychology, discussed academic opportunities for Honors students, which enabled students to learn more about how these competitive scholarships and fellowships might benefit both their education and professional goals. Many of our past Honors Program alumni have received prestigious scholarships, and we always encourage our students to apply.
We will be taking a break for the holidays and our next luncheon will be on Wednesday, October 22, when classes resume after Sukkot. Dr. Selma Botman, the new Provost of Yeshiva University, will launch our series of conversations on World War I with a presentation on the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the war’s influence in shaping the present Middle East.