A Letter from the Director
Dear Honors Alumni and Friends of the Honors Program,
Welcome to our annual Honors Alumni Newsletter!
In this issue, we celebrate the achievements of our Honors Program. We highlight student success with a feature on James O’Donnell CLAS ‘17, who has won the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship for 2017, connection with our new Honors Instagram @vuhonors, and our academic community with an overview of this year’s Honors Medical Humanities Cohort.
For our annual faculty spotlight, we welcome our new Anne Quinn Welsh Faculty Fellows for 2017-2019, Drs. Samantha Chapman and Rick Eckstein, and for our annual Alumni Love Story we share Paul Masi CLAS ‘12 and Emily Battinelli’s EE ’12 journey to their upcoming nuptials this summer.
As always, we invite you to join our Alumni LinkedIn group if you have not already done so, and to become an Alumni Mentor to our current students. We also have a direct link to our Honors Program Student Development Fund which supports our student’s undergraduate research endeavors.
I look forward to meeting and reconnecting with you at upcoming events. I hope this message finds you and your families well.
Thomas W. Smith, Ph.D.
Director, University Honors Program
Anne Quinn Welsh Endowed Chair
Professor, Department of Humanities