Honors Program Enriched By New Space and Advisory Council

January 20, 2015 at 2:31 pm

Canino CatherineServing the needs of the best and brightest, the Honors Program at the University of South Carolina Upstate is designed to offer students a challenging curriculum of honors courses, top professors, exciting seminars, student-faculty conversations, extracurricular activities and other honors opportunities.

“Our program provides a unique learning environment that enriches and enhances students’ academic careers by offering a curriculum of study designed to prepare them for life-long learning and achievements,” said Dr. Catherine G. Canino, director of The Honors Program. “Motivated students committed to academic excellence are encouraged to grow intellectually, think independently and critically, and engage in a challenging honors learning experience.”

The Honors Program was recently relocated to the Burroughs Building, after having been in located in several venues in as many years, in order to provide the program a much needed place to call home and to grow. The Center for International Studies will soon be relocated to Burroughs Building, providing close proximity so these groups may work together.

Interim Senior Vice Chancellor John Masterson stated, “We’re excited about the new location near the center of the campus. Our high-quality honors program offers students academic experiences usually only available at high-cost private colleges. We’re very proud of the experience we provide our honors students and plan to grow enrollments in the near future.”

In addition, the recently formed Honors Advisory Council that is composed of a representative group of multi-disciplinary and international faculty members who act as stewards ensures that the needs of the 38 students enrolled are met. The Council’s mission is to ensure that the Honors students are provided with a challenging, diverse, creative and unique program of study and co-curricular activity, and that the Honors faculty is supported in its efforts to create and teach Honors courses, to mentor Honors students, and to facilitate the needs of the Honors Program.

Honors Advisory Council members include:

  • Catherine Canino, director of the Honors Program
  • Andrew Beer, associate professor of psychology, Department of Psychology
  • Chris Bender, associate professor of chemistry, Division of Natural Science and Engineering
  • David Damrel, associate professor of religion, Department of History, Political Science, Philosophy, and American Studies
  • Paul Grady, associate professor of history, Department of History, Philosophy, Political Science, and American Studies
  • Samantha Hauptman, assistant professor of criminal justice, Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Women’s Studies
  • Deryle Hope, director of the Center for International Studies
  • Araceli Hernandez-LaRoche, assistant professor of modern languages, Department of Language, Literature and Composition
  • Celena Kusch, associate professor of English, Department of Language, Literature and Composition
  • Deshia Leonhirth, assistant professor of informatics, Department of Informatics
  • Mark Packer, assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies

For more information, contact Dr. Catherine Canino, director of The Honors Program, at ccanino@uscupstate.edu or (864) 503-5657.